The Incorruptible Peacock

Peacock

This magnificent bird has been an emblem of Christ’s incorruptibility and resurrection for centuries. St. Augustine (AD 354 – 430) speaks of his astonishment, while in Carthage, of discovering that cooked peacock doesn’t rot as other meat does. The peacock is found in early church artwork conveying Christ’s incorruptibility  and, due to the molting and renewal of it’s brilliant tail-feathers, resurrection.

© 2014 Tyrel Bramwell

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