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Armas Tirronen: Good Samaritan, 1954. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

Laupias Samarialainen / Good Samaritan

Artist Armas Tirronen

, Helsinki

The Good Samaritan at the Meilahti Church is a ceramic relief designed by Armas Tirronen. It depicts the Samaritan and the hapless victim he helped. Undulating waves symbolize the righteousness of the deed and also act as a reminder of the Holy Trinity – the Son turning towards his Father, and the Holy Spirit. The parable of the Good Samaritan told by Jesus is in the New Testament, in the Gospel according to Luke (10:25-37). Jesus taught that we should love the Lord, our God, with all our heart, soul, power and mind, and our neighbours as ourselves. To make his point clear, he told a story of a man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho who is robbed and beaten and then left on the road to die. A priest and a Levite passed the poor man but did not stop; they merely crossed over to the other side of the road. The Samaritan stopped, however, and treated the man’s wounds with wine and oil, took him to a inn and paid the keeper to take care of the man, promising to compensate all costs.

The work doesn’t belong to the collections of the Helsinki Art Museum.

Other pieces by Tirronen in Helsinki include Mari of Käpylä and the memorial to those who remained in Karelia, located at the Hietaniemi cemetary.

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