Ad Crucem Set of 2 Banners - The Four Gospels
SET OF 2 BANNERS FEATURING THE FOUR EVANGELISTS
The Lamb Victorious adorns the center of each banner. The lamb is an historic symbol of Christ — in this instance as the victorious Lamb of God (Agnus Dei - John 1:29; John 1:36; 1 Corinthians 5:7; throughout Revelation, but especially Rev. 5:5–14 and Rev. 17:14) carrying a banner with a cross (the vexillum), and often gashed in the side. The lamb is sometimes also represented lying on a book with seven seals attached to it. The lamb is central to the book of Revelation as both redeemer and judge.
Gospel Author Symbols
Icons and symbols have been associated with the four evangelists — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — since as far back as the third century, and have been in widespread use since the fifth century.
The most frequently used symbols for the Gospel writers represent four creatures: a winged man, winged lion, winged ox, and eagle. The basis for these symbols comes from the four “living creatures” mentioned in Ezekiel 1 and 10, and Revelation 4. They are most commonly shown with just the head and wings. A nimbus around the head is also commonly used.
The arrangement or order of the symbols varies considerably. When the Gospel symbols appear together it is known as a Tetramorph. Gospel Books usually display all four symbols together.
Since medieval times, Christianity has adopted Saint Jerome’s (347-420) iconography:
Matthew, the winged man or angel — because his Gospel starts by tracing the human lineage of Christ (Incarnation - Christ’s Humanity).
Mark, the winged lion — because he opens his Gospel with the voice crying in the wilderness, John the Baptist (Resurrection - Christ’s Kingship).
Luke, the winged ox — because of his detailed account of the sacrificial death of our Lord (Sacrificial Death - Christ as High Priest).
John, the eagle — because, from John 1 to the end of Revelation, he carries us on eagle’s wings to the throne of heaven (Ascension - Christ’s Divinity).
Old Testament Prophets
Isaiah — the book is rich with prophecies about Christ and already has an identity as the “Fifth Gospel”.
Daniel — Daniel has a vision (Dan. 7:13) of “one like the son of man” coming on clouds of heaven to replace earthly kingdoms with God’s Kingdom where the righteous in Christ will reign forever.
Ezekiel — has repeating themes of Justification (especially chapters 6 & 7) and the kept promises of salvation through a Messiah (chapters 40-48).
Jeremiah — powerful Law-Gospel themes such as the frightening judgments of all (especially chapter 17) yet great promises of God’s grace to save those whom He calls to faith (chapter 31).
Romans 1:16-17 — speaks clearly in a compressed form about what the Gospel is and what it accomplishes.
Matthew 11:28-30 — reminds us that salvation is certain, easy, and joyful when we stop making it something we must accomplish.
LEFT SIDE BANNER
* Verse: Matthew 11:29-30 "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
* Gospels: St. John and St. Mark
* Roundels: Baptism Shell and Communion Chalice
* Prophets: Ezekiel and Daniel
RIGHT SIDE BANNER
* Verse: Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith."
* Gospels: St. Matthew and St. Luke
* Roundels: Lamp and Communion Host
* Prophets: Isaiah and Jeremiah
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