Symbols of the 12 Apostles February 5, 2019 17:08

Did you know that each of the 12 Apostles has their own symbol or emblem? Sort of like a coat of arms or a family crest, these pictures have meanings that tell a small part of each Saint's story as a visual reminder to us of their faith.

Symbols of the Apostles

Peter:
Symbol: upside down cross with crosse keys (he holds the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven)
Quick Fact: answered Jesus that he was Christ, the son of the living God. He is the rock upon which Jesus would build his Church

Andrew:
Symbol: X-shaped cross (how he died), 2 crossed fish (he was a fisherman).
Quick Fact: Andrew was Peter's brother, brought him to Jesus Christ & he recognized Christ at first sight.

Philip:
Symbol: basket & loaves (present at the feeding of the 5000) (cross as a sign of Christianity and victory).
Quick Fact: disciple of John the Baptist, one of the Apostles. Mentioned only in New Testament in John, called by Jesus and brought Nathaniel/Bartholomew
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John:
Symbol: a chalice with a snake (poisoning attempt was made on his life), eagle.
Quick Fact: was the first to see the grave & believe Jesus had risen, one of the 7 disciples who saw Jesus at the shore. His close relationship with God earned him the name "the disciple whom Jesus loved"
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Bartholomew:
Symbol: knife & strip of skin (he was flayed alive).
Quick Fact: also known as Nathaniel, converted Polymius the King of Armenia
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Matthew:
Symbol: Angel; 3 money bags (used to be a tax collector).
Quick Fact: invited Jesus for supper at his house with sinners and tax-collectors, "I came not to call the just, but sinners."

Simon:
Symbol: saw, fish lying on the Bible (former fisherman who became a fisher of men).
Quick Fact: sometimes called Simon the Zealot because of his zeal about the Mosaic law.

Jude:
Symbol: ship (thought to be a fisherman), staff (missionary, pilgrim), square rule.
Quick Fact: sought in desperate situations, letter in New. Testament, patron saint of desperate cases & hopeless causes.

James the Greater:
Symbol: 1 or more shells (symbolising pilgrimage by sea), cross of St James.
Quick Fact: part of the prominent group (Peter, James, John). He was present at Jairus' daughter's rising, transfiguration, and the Agony in the Garden
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Thomas:
Symbol: spears, stones, square (he was a builder).
Quick Fact: known as doubting Thomas
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James the Lesser:
Symbol: saw (his body was sawed into pieces), book, halberd.
Quick Fact: author of the first Catholic epistle, son of Alphaeus and Mary, brother of the Lord, witness of Resurrection, pillar of the Church
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Matthais:
Symbol: lance or hatchet (martyred in South Asia).
Quick Fact: was with Jesus since baptism by John the Baptist. Filled the place of Judas the traitor (either him or Barsabas) become associated with the eleven apostles
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Deborah
Feb 2019