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The Synaxarion

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This chapter talks about the miracle performed by Jesus Christ on Abgar the ruler of Edessa. Black leprosy had spread over Abgar's body and was gradually eating him away, and he was also affected by severe chronic arthritis. As a result of this he never went out and none of his subjects ever saw him. Abgar wrote a letter and sent it to Jesus with Ananias. He told Ananias to make a drawing of Jesus, showing in all detail his age, his hair, his face and his whole bodily appearance, as Ananias knew the art of painting very well. Ananias went to Jerusalem and gave the letter to the Lord. The Lord knew about Ananiass desire. The Lord washed his face and after washing he wiped his undefiled and divine face with it. His divine form and aspect was imprinted onto the linen cloth and he gave it to Ananias.

Keywords: Abgar; Ananias; black leprosy; Edessa; Jesus Christ



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