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Agony in the Garden

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An event close to the end of Jesus’ life described (with some variation in details) in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the agony ) in the garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives is the episode in which Jesus prayed for deliverance from death but accepted it nonetheless. This is symbolized by the “cup” which he asked to be taken away from him, but which he stated his willingness to accept, according to God’s will. The Gospels also describe Jesus’ companions in the garden , who fell asleep during his solitary prayer in spite of his request that Page 7  they stay awake with him. Luke also describes the appearance of an *angel to Jesus. Immediately after this episode, Jesus was arrested

The subject appears in early Christian art of the fourth century and is found in manuscript illustration, mosaics, wall paintings, and sculpture throughout the medieval period in various formats. Abbreviated versions may depict simply Jesus in *prayer with three sleeping apostles in a landscape setting on a rock or mountain. In early Christian art Jesus may be shown as an orant figure. The hand of God and the angel may be included, as well as the eleven apostles

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