The Crossed-Arms Symbol of St. Francis
West fašade, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Arizona
This is the traditional crossed-arms symbol of St. Francis. Christ's bare arm crosses over Francis's sleeved one, with a cross in the background. The hands seem to show the nail-holes. Unusually, we see a part of the torso of each man.
The symbol is on the uppermost tier of the fašade.
According to the Mission's official web site construction of the church began in 1776 and interior decoration began shortly after the arrival of a new pastor in 1790.
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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.