Luther’s Coat of Arms Luther’s Coat of Arms has become a symbol of the Lutheran Church. The black cross in the center of a red heat from which extends golden rays is to remind us that “it is faith in Christ who did on the cross to save us. The heart is set in the middle of a white rose. The rose a symbol of Christ’s nativity, shows that faith yields joy, peace and comfort. The rose is a set on a blue field encircled by gold to show this joy as the beginning of heavenly joy which lasts forever.
Symbol of St. PaulThis is the symbol of St. Paul. The sword is assigned to him because he was persecutor of the Church. The open bible is a symbol of his conversion into the greatest preacher of the Church. Paul referred to the Word of God as the “Sword of the Spirit”. The shield is red; the book is white and the sword is gold.
Chalice and HostThe Chalice and Host shown are symbolic of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The institution od the sacrament took place at the “last Supper” “Now as they were eating Jesus took the bread, and blessed, broke it and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this us my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Baptismal FontThe Baptismal Font is symbolic of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, and the Dove hovering over all, symbolize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our baptism. In Matt 28:19 we read: “Go therefore ad make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
Alpha and the OmegaThis is Alpha and the Omega, first and last letters if the Greek Alphabet, symbolizing the beginning and the end, and showing the eternalness of God . In Revelations 1:8 we read “ I am the Alpha and the Omega says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come.”
Shield of the Holy TrinityThe Shield of the Holy Trinity: This equilateral triangle reminds us that all three Persons of the Trinity are distinct, as are the sides of the triangle . All three sides are equal, showing the equality if the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, joined in one figure showing the one ad inseparable Godhead.
Christ in GethsemaneChrist in Gethsemane: Following the Last Supper, Jesus went sorrowfully into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and we quote from Matt 26: 36-39: “Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go yonder and pray. “And taking with him Peter and the two sons if Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
Trumpets and BannersTrumpets and Banners: Musical instruments were a large part of worship in Bible times, just as they are today. In Numbers 10:1 “While the Israelites were in the wilderness, The Lord said to Moses: “ Make two silver trumpets; of hammered work shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp.” The banner is illustrated by reading from Psalm 150: “Praise ye the Lord, Praise him with the sound of the trumpet.”
Vine and BranchesVine and Branches: the vine is the symbol of Christ, the branches are we Christians, Christians become fruitful in all good works as they remain in Christ through the use of prayer and love of our God. John 15:4 7 5 “ Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.
The Agnus Dei (The lamb of God)The Agnus Dei (The lamb of God): In the bible, Christ is referred to as a lamb. The standing lamb is the victorious lamb and denotes Christ’s victory over death. The banner is also a symbol of victory. We sing “Oh Lamb is God who takes away the sin of the world…”
Crown of Thorns and Nails Crown of Thorns and Nails: A symbol of Christ’s humiliations and crucifixion on the cross. The three nails symbolize the Trinity and it is thought that only three nails were used when Christ was crucified- one in each hand with feet placed one o top of the other, only one nail was used through both feet.
The Cross and CrownThe Cross and Crown: portray a picture of the life of the Christian. In the world of suffering, the Christian life is represented by a cross. In eternity, reward is represented by a crown. Rev. 2:10: “ Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life.”
The Shield and BannerThe Shield and Banner: The straight cross symbolizes the risen Christ who triumphed over his death on the cross. The banners symbolize the victory over death and shield emphasizes faith I the victory of Christ through the cross. I Cor. 13:13, So faith, hope, love, abide, there three; but the greatest of these is love (charity).
Fortress on the RockFortress on the Rock: This is a symbol showing the strength of our God on whom we call upon for help. Many if the psalms refer to our Lord as “my rock and my fortress”. Psalm 18:1-3 “ I love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the lord who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies”, Our Reformation hymn from Luther “A mighty fortress is our God” is another example of this powerful symbol.