Ad Crucem Sacristy Prayer Poster

$ 30.00

This finely illustrated version of Martin Luther's Sacristy Prayer has been on our hearts and in our minds for a number of years. It incorporates many symbols of the Christian faith to celebrate and communicate the Office of Holy Ministry.


This poster can either be purchased personalized ($50) OR without personalization ($40). To personalize, provide us with the following information in the notes at checkout:-

  • Name of the Pastor
  • Date of Ordination or Installation
  • A Chosen Scripture verse


18" x 24". Frames for this size are readily available at stores like Michael's or through


TRANSLATION translated Martin Luther's original prayer into modern, easily readable, and understood English. This is the "short" version cited in Luther's Works (LW 5:123).



VDMA – Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum (The Word of the Lord Endures Forever). The battle cry the Reformation, taken from 1 Peter 2:25. Learn more.

Luther Rose – Martin Luther’s symbolic seal. This is how he described it:-
The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. "For one who believes from the heart will be justified" (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious, and best metal.”

Holy Spirit Dove – From Matthew 3:16, “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.” (ESV)

Crucifix – representative of Christ on the Cross, crucified for sinners. Romans 4:24-25.

Office of the Keys - The Office of the Keys is spiritual (Mt. 20:25–26; Jn 18:36; 2 Co 10:4; Eph 6:10–17); it includes all spiritual rights, duties, and privileges necessary for the welfare of the church on earth, e.g. the conveying of grace to mankind through preaching, administering Baptism and Lord's Supper, and through mutual conversation and consolation. In particular, the Office of the Keys gives the power to forgive and retain sins (loosing and binding), ie., not merely to announce and to declare to men the remission or retention of sins, but actually to give forgiveness to penitent sinners and to deny forgiveness to impenitent sinners (Jn 20:23; 2 Co 2:10). (Source

Alpha and Omega - A Title of Christ from Revelations 21:6, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.”

Open Bible and Oil Lamp - Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Ps 119:105). Oil lamps are symbolic of knowledge and wisdom and the Word of God.

Shell with water droplets - Symbolizing the sacrament of Baptism and the Holy Trinity.

Chalice - The Holy Chalice is the vessel that Jesus used at the Last Supper to serve the wine. Confessional churches continue the tradition of using a chalice for Holy Communion.

ChiRho - The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of Christogram, formed by superimposing the first two letters—chi and rho —of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ in such a way that the vertical stroke of the rho intersects the center of the chi.

Figs - Symbolic of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Figs were also a sign of peace and prosperity for ancient Israel ( 1 Kings 4:25; Micah 4:4; Zechariah 3:10 ). They were also valued for their medicinal properties ( 2 Kings 20:7 ).

Olives - Symbolic of illumination, food, and healing. It was an abundant and critical commodity in Judea.

Grapes - Symbolizing the Blood of Christ.

Pomegranates - Symbolic of righteousness. When Israel sent spies to the Promised Land, they returned with figs and pomegranates, along with grapes, from the Vale of Eshcol (Numbers 13:23). Vines, figs, and pomegranates are mentioned (Numbers 20:5) as fruits the Israelites missed in the wilderness; the promised land was to be one "of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates" (Deuteronomy 8:8), a promise renewed in Haggai 2:19. (Source:

Wheat - Symbolic of the Body of Christ. The "wheat harvest" was one of the regular divisions of the year for the people of Israel (Exodus 34:22; Judges 15:1; 1 Samuel 12:17).

Shepherd’s Staff - Symbolizing the role of the pastor as under-shepherd, who is commanded to care for his flock. The shepherd uses his stave to bring wayward sheep back to the fold and to strike wolves who would devour their souls.

Stole – A vestment of the pastor that signals that he holds a rank in the Office of Holy Ministry, established by Christ Jesus himself. It shows the people that he is a rightly sent, called, and ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament.

U.A.C. - The Unaltered Augsburg Confession. Orthodox Lutherans refer to the UAC specifically because in 1540, Philipp Melanchthon produced a revised edition, the Variata, which the Reformed theologian John Calvin endorsed.

MDXXX (1530) – The year the Lutheran Confessions were codified. The Augsburg Confession is the primary confession of faith of the Lutheran Church and one of the most important documents of the Protestant Reformation. The Augsburg Confession was written in both German and Latin and was presented by a number of German rulers and free-cities at the Diet of Augsburg on 25 June 1530.

Lamb of God - in 1524, Martin Luther created a "book trademark", or seal, to try to stop his work from being pirated. The trademark was an image of the “Lamb of God” holding up the flag of the cross, as his redemptive bloodstream filled the chalice of salvation. The bleeding lamb would later be joined by a second, preferred Lutheran trademark or seal (see above). Source: Serpent and the Lamb: How Lucas Cranach and Martin Luther Changed Their World and Ours.

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