Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;
What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;
Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true.
|Beginning on the right side, Rubens pictures St. Jerome, dressed as a cardinal receiving Communion.
Next to him stands St. Norbert, clothed in his white habit and carrying the Eucharist beneath his robes.
St. Thomas Aquinas stands in the centre holding a book and extending his other hand to heaven.
Beside him is St. Clare of Assisi, holding a monstrance that displays the Sacred Host.
To her left is St. Gregory the Great, the pope who wrote so many works contained in the Mass.
Then comes St. Ambrose, who wrote about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Rubens finishes his gathering of defenders of the Eucharist with St. Augustine.