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The Agony in the Garden

The Agony in the Garden is written about in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Following the Last Supper, Christ ventured to the Mount of Olives to pray. Here he was to struggle between the human and divine; the fear of death and the spiritual strength he would receive to continue on.

In many depictions, Jesus is standing, most of the time around the sleeping disciples. In this particular image, Christ is kneeling in prayer which is more in line with the Gospel of Luke. In the Gospel of Matthew and Mark, Jesus was said to prostrate on his face.

The angel descends from heaven, bringing Christ the chalice and Eucharist. The angel is surrounded by clouds to again symbolize that the angel comes from heaven. Jesus wears white and red, red this time representing the Passion.

Near the bottom, the fern which once grew is now dying. As the fern represents conifidence, it could mean that Jesus's confidence in the Apostles is dying, or that his confidence in God is dying. Most likely the dying plant is representative of Christ's up and coming death. A live plant does not appear until the Resurrection.

Far in the background is the City of Jerusalem. In traditional depictions, soldiers can be seen walking along the road.