Marriage of the Lamb

The Marriage of the Lamb. Circa 1255 - 1260. US Public Domain via Wikimedia
The Marriage of the Lamb. Circa 1255 – 1260. US Public Domain via Wikimedia

In the image above, we see the Marriage of the Lamb. What follows is the description from the Getty Museum:

“This artist represented the scene as a medieval marriage ceremony with the bride depicted as a beautiful young woman. The illuminator took some details directly from the text, such as the bride’s clothing, “glittering and white,” but he also added details not mentioned, such as the white cloth over the couple’s heads and the large ring that the Lamb gives to his bride.”

The image depicts a scene out of the book of Revelation. Carl Jung saw the ‘marriage of the Lamb’ as an image of “indescribable fulfillment” (CW 9ii, para 22-23). The image represents the hieros gamos of symbolic life in the form of divine union. As Hieros gamos, the image shows the marriage between Christ and the Bride, representing not only the masculine and feminine poles of symbolic life, but also the unity of the conscious and the unconscious.  What follows are the verses from the Bible (book of Revelation 19:6-9) depicting the apocalyptic celebration:

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, (6)

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure” (7-8)

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said to me,

“Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” 

And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” (9)

Reference:

  1. Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 2)
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