The two thieves

robbers, rather brigands, probably followers of Barabbas (Luke 23:32, 39-43)

Our Lord's cross was placed between those of the “malefactors,” to add to the ignominy of his position. According to tradition, Demas or Dismas was the name of the penitent thief hanging on the right, and Gestas of the impenitent on the left.

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