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Mappa Mundi Christiana Colossians 1:11-20

Mappa Mundi Christiana

In our map of the world, Christ is at the center and touches everything.

At a Glance

In the thirteenth century, someone sewed 30 goatskins together and then painted a map of the world on it. The center of the map was Jerusalem, and holding the world together is Jesus. In this Colossians text, the apostle also sees a cosmos that is held together by Christ. To preach this text, you might ask how Christ might have control of all things, even our own lives.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Big Rocks," November 22, 1998, at

Google "Ebstorf Map" to see a fascinating map of the world. You'll find it to be one of the most intriguing maps in the world. Put an image of it on your bulletin cover, or project it on a screen in your worship space.

At the center of this round medieval map is Jerusalem. At the top of the map is the head of Christ, on either side are his hands, and at the bottom are his feet. In Latin, you would call it a mappa mundi Christiana, a Christian map of the world.


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