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Psalm: 98
Iconography: Christ sits on a throne with one foot on a stool and the other on the green earth. He prods the earth with his crozier. Let the earth be moved.. adore his footstool because it is holy. Isaiah 11:4 refers to God striking the earth with the rod of his mouth. Hence the abbot's crozier was a symbol for preaching, the Word. The Word is making the earth green. John 6:64 refers to Christ's words as 'the spirit and life'. The position of Christ's feet derives from St Augustine's commentary on this psalm where he links the text to Isaiah 66:1 'The Lord said.. the earth is my foot stool. (AP, 241; PL, xxxvii, 1264)
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