the weighing of souls

We spent a lovely day last summer getting lost and exploring old churches in the Cotswolds, one of my favorite things to do. I fell in love with the Norman door of St Michael & All Angels church in Great Tew (c.1290). St. Michael’s has a gorgeous fresco of the passion cycle in faded rust tones, crowned by a tableau of the church’s eponymous saint weighing naked souls. Each soul amounts to a few chips of rose pigment; the weight of breath, or prayer.

                  
   

 

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