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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chalice of Antioch 3D Laser Hologram

1 Corinthians 11:23-26: "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." Read more...
Great Chalice of Antioch Hologram, 2015. Silver halide emulsion on 8 x 10 inch glass plate. Laser / optical system: Frank DeFreitas. Laser exposure / darkroom processing: Deb DeFreitas. Photo is of 3D rendered Chalice in holographic recording set-up.

The church at Antioch dates from 41 A.D. It was there that the followers of Jesus first became known as Christians, and for many years missionaries were sent to preach the gospel. With the fall of Jerusalem, Antioch became the main center of Christianity in the east. The inner bowl of the chalice may have been brought from Jerusalem, where it may have been the very vessel used in apostolic times by the infant church. The vessel is an open-work container of silver, bearing what is believed to be the earliest known portraits of Christ and his Disciples. It is 7.56 inches high, standing on a pedestal and holding a cup which would contain about two quarts of liquid. This cup, too, is of silver, and is a Jewish Passover bowl of great antiquity, identical with those used when Christ was alive. Several timelines suggest that in 30-47 A.D. Peter conceals the Passion relics in Jerusalem; 47 A.D. Peter brings the Passion relics to Antioch; 47-357 A.D. The Church of Antioch conceals the Passion relics; 1910 Archaeological discovery of the Great Chalice at the ruins of Antioch's ancient cathedral. Attempts to discredit began immediately upon its excavation at Antioch. Today it housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA, and is considered to be a "standing lamp" from the 6th century, despite previous authentication by world-renowned experts that place it in the time of Christ. The debate continues, but regardless of it, the Great Chalice of Antioch remains a treasured example of early Christianity and Byzantine artisan silver work that was once considered the true "Holy Grail" (exhibited as such at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair: A Century of Progress, and at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1936).

I will be displaying a full-size hologram at all of my Wonders of the Bible presentations in 2017.