It’s one of the most iconic Christian statues in the world. The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, attracts almost two million pilgrims annually to pay homage to its religious symbolism as well as admire the grandeur.
However, a photographer captured a moment that has blown social media wide open with its breathtaking image. Imagine if you were with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, joined by his three closest apostles, when his glory shone and his holiness was revealed. We are not given details about this particular moment, but I can imagine it might have instilled an even greater awe than this photo.
It’s not a rare occurrence for the beautiful statue to attract a bolt of lightning. It has been struck several times as it has stood 125 feet tall over the great city since 1931. The thumb of the statue was damaged by a lightning strike in 2014. This recent strike, captured on camera Friday, February 10, does not appear to have harmed the image. It did, however, attract worldwide attention.
The photographer, Fernando Braga, told Catholic News Agency that he had been attempting to capture a lightning strike on the statue for quite some time and had always came up short. He calls it “the divine lightning!”
In the photo, the lightning strike comes down from the sky and hits the head of Christ. The lightning then causes the statue to appear glowing while simultaneously appearing to form a massive energy line from Christ to the heavens.