Portfolio Category: Signs & Symbols

The Lion

THE LION The lion is popularly known as ‘king of the Forest.’ He symbolises royalty, strength, courage, power and magnificence. He is also known to be a proud animal that, because of its colour, is identified with the sun.  He graces the banners and insignia of many nations, cities, kings, military and naval forces. The…
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The Griffin

THE GRIFFIN Because it has a dual nature, the griffin is reminiscent of the dual nature in Christ Jesus. This mythical creature has the face, beak, talons and wings of an eagle while, at the same time, its body resembles that of the lion.  In its body it is endowed with the speed, flight and…
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The Dolphin

THE DOLPHIN The Dolphin has long been symbolic of Christ. Among the earlier artistic impressions of it are those to be found in abundance on the walls of the Catacombs.  The reason for the emphasis on this particular symbol is drawn from the experience and lives of the fishermen of the early church period. The…
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The Deer

THE DEER “Like a deer that yearns for running streams So my soul is longing for you my God.” (Ps 42:1)   King David, from whose tribe Jesus descends, compares his seeking the Lord to a deer thirsting for running water. We have here a symbolic reference to two sacraments, that of Baptism (water), and…
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