“The Phoenix Renovatio”: What’s it mean?

As of late I have had an obsession with the concept of the Phoenix, a mythological bird which, at the end of its life, sacrifices itself upon a funeral pyre in order that it might be reborn and resurrected from the ashes to begin its life anew.

“Renovatio” is the latin word for renewal and rebirth, so essentially this is referring to that process of rebirth which the Phoenix goes through.

“Wherever it is found, the phoenix is associated with resurrection, immortality, triumph over adversity, and that which rises out of the ashes. Thus it became a favorite symbol on early Christian tombstones.

In chapters 25-26 of his letter to the Corinthians, St. Clement, Bishop of Rome, upheld the legendary phoenix as an evidence of Christ’s ability to accomplish the resurrection of the faithful. He quotes Job as saying, ‘Thou shalt raise up this flesh of mine, which has suffered all these things.’

In numerous ways, the phoenix was found to be a symbol of Christ. In most countries, it was believed that only one phoenix lived at a time. It was born from itself without following the natural laws of reproduction. During the Middle Ages, it was believed to rise from the dead after three days.

Often, as an emblem of Christ, it was found with the palm tree (another symbol of resurrection) or carrying a palm branch (a symbol of triumph over death), or carrying an olive branch (a symbol of God’s peace offered to humans).” (Monstruous.com)

And so this is all somewhat a symbol of me, the phoenix as a follower of Christ being renewed through the death of my flesh and the resurrection of my new life. This is my journey. This is my rebirth. My renewal. My “renovatio”.

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