Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Our Arabic Edition needs your support.
PLEDGE NOW
Aleteia

7 Catholic symbols from the early Church that we still use today

FISH,BREAD,
Share

Look for these symbols in Catholic art and icons.

The Catholic faith has a rich tradition of artistic expression in every medium. For over 2,000 years we have made icons and paintings that depict everything from angels and saints to specific moments from the Bible. Of course, in all media the challenge is how to accurately capture the complexity of biblical moments without words and for that, Catholic artists have turned to symbols, some of which have become deeply ingrained in traditional understanding.

One such symbol is, of course, the crucifix or cross. Then there is the Good Shepherd tending his flock, while a flame of fire is usually representative of the Holy Spirit. These, however, are scriptural representations.

Click “Launch the slideshow” in the image below for a list of Catholic symbols and their meaning:

Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]

Millions of readers from around the world — including thousands of middle-eastern Christians — count on Aleteia for information, inspiration and encouragement. Please consider helping to underwrite this edition with a small donation.