Saints and Their Symbols: Recognizing Saints in Art and in Popular Images
Christian saints, in both the East and in the West, have historically been associated with particular accoutrements or "attributes" by which they are identified. Through such associations, these saints come to life in visual imagery and iconography, in statuary, and in the popular imagination. In the course of time, however, such attributes have become dimmed in the minds of many. This book revivifies these saintly attributes and enhances foremost in the minds of its readers the associations built up by tradition. For those unacquainted with the traditional attributes associated with the saints, this book will serve as a useful introduction. For those who have pondered the reason for a particular object's or characteristic's universal connection with a saint's image, this volume will provide, through narrative context, the "why" of the association in the first place and the reasons for its continuity down through the ages. Short biographies anchor the saints in their legendary and historical exploits, almost all of which are accompanied by beautiful photographs illustrating the saints' distinctive attributes. Situated initially through the introduction, the saints' histories that follow are further cross-referenced with an accessible iconographic dictionary and a useful index of the saints' emblems.
Agnes Virgin and Martyr 304
and Doctor of the Church +373
Basil the Great Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Bridget of Kildare Abbess ca 453525
Anselm of Aosta or of Canterbury Bishop
Leopold III Margrave of Austria ca 10731136
Sabas of Serbia 11741225
Elizabeth of Hungary or of Thuringia
Philip Neri Priest and Founder
Camillus of Lellis Priest and Founder
DICTIONARY OF SAINTS
Ursula of Cologne Virgin and Martyr 452
Casilda of Burgos or of Toledo Virgin 1087
20th cent abbey Abbot Agatha Ambrose angel Anskar Anthony apostles Augustine Baptist baptized Basil basilica basilica of St became beheaded bishop blessed Bologna born brother called canonized cathedral Catherine celebrated century child Christ Christian Church Cistercian cloak Columbanus Cosmas and Damian cross crown crucifix cult death depicted devoted died Diocletian disciples divine Dominican episcopal garb Evangelist evangelization faith father feast feet Francis Francis of Paola Franciscan gave Golden Legend Gospel Gregory habit healed heaven hermit Holy Spirit icon iconography images invoked James Jerusalem Jesus John Joseph king known Lazarus lived martyr martyrdom Mary Memorial miracles miter monastery monastic monks mother Nicholas pastoral staff patron Paul Peter pilgrimage pilgrims Pius XI poor Pope prayer preaching priest principal attribute proclaimed protector relics Roman Rome Russ Sabas saint Serbia Siena sword symbol Thomas tomb took tradition venerated Vincenzo Foppa Virgin Willibrord wonderworker young
Page 57 - And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Page 28 - Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
Page 32 - Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?' And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers ! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Page 32 - They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.
Page 32 - Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Page 74 - Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.
Page 33 - Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Page 66 - Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.
Page 28 - And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.