14th May Mr Pat McLaughlin Symbolism in South Yorkshire Faith Sites.

96252The sym­bols that adorn so many churches are paint­ing a story of the events of the Bible, much like a comic does today, because in the early days so many people could neither read nor write. The qual­ity of Pat’s pic­tures of the sym­bols in many churches in Yorkshire were only matched by his encyc­lo­paedic know­ledge and storytelling skills. The well-known symbol of the fish — ever-watchful with its unblink­ing eyes — was one of the most import­ant sym­bols of Christ to the early Christians. In Greek, the phrase, “Jesus Christ, Son of God Savior,” is “Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter.” The first let­ters of each of these Greek words, when put together, spell “ich­thys,” the Greek word for “fish”. The Christians’ choice of a cross as the symbol of our faith is really sur­pris­ing when one con­siders the horror with which cru­ci­fix­ion was regarded in the ancient world. So the next time you go in a church, look around at the sym­bols in the stained glass win­dows, the paint­ings, carvings and stone work for they tell their own story and have their own mean­ings. The web will help you unravel them!