Arch Symbols

Snail
Snail
“Patience, Lord; I’m coming!” symbol of our slow progress toward our eternal destiny, and the hard shell of our bad habits.

Bird in Flower Arbor
Bird in Flower Arbor
First century symbol of the soul in Heaven, our happy and eternal home.

Griffin
Griffin
A medieval beast, with the head and talons of an eagle, the body of a lion; is a symbol of the divine and human natures of Christ.

Dog Chasing Her Tail
Dog Chasing Her Tail
Dogs are usually symbols of fidelity and loyalty; here as an example of medieval sarcasm, the dog is used  to symbolize the futile attempts to reject our devotion to Mary or disapprove her role in our redemption.

Bird in Flower Arbor
Bird in Flower Arbor
The second time this symbolism is used, it represents Mary, who without sin, sings the song of our Redemption by her own life.

Peacock in Grape Arbor
Peacock in Grape Arbor
Peacocks were used in the early church as symbols of eternal life; grapes are always a symbol of the blood of Christ.

Butterfly
Butterfly
A sign of the Resurrection; here the butterfly is taking nectar from the flower of Redemption, Christ Jesus.

Sunflower
Sunflower
A symbol of the Baptized Christian who, like the sunflower, follows the light of the sun.  Our Sun of Righteousness is Jesus.

Winged, Haloed Ox
Winged, Haloed Ox
The ox is a symbol of the sacrifice of the old Testament; here a sign of Christ the High Priest, the perfect Victim.  It is also used as a symbol of St. luke the Evangelist, chronicler of the infancy.

Grapevine
Grapevine
In john’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims himself the true vine, and we the branch of His nourishing presence.  Also a reminder of the Most Precious Blood of Christ.