Of special scholarly and artistic interest are the ancient religious symbols and the carved quatrefoils that provide their settings. There are 29 large carvings in the symbol series. Here is a sampling of some of the finest carvings. They are in the walls of the East and West Trancepts.
Beneath the East Gallery
A symbol of martyrdom or suffering.
Emblem of the earth or earthly life.
From the Latin, “soter,” meaning “saviour.”
A symbol of resurrection and new life. Used on ancient Hebrew priestly garments.
Spiritual rank, kingship, authority.
Charity, unselfish love.
Hope. A form used by early Christians to conceal the cross during times of persecution.
A symbol of freedom from sin, death and opression won by Christ’s death on the cross.
Beneath the West Gallery
All Seeing Eye
Symbol of God’s omniscience.
Symbol of the Messianic promise, taken from Isaiah’s text, “the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose” (35:1).
Five Point Star
Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles represented by the Magi. Also the star of Jacob (Num. 24:17) and the Morning Star (Rev 22:16).
The five Greek letters spelling fish form the acronym of the phrase “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Saviour.” The symbol was used when Christians were not allowed to worship openly.
M. with Rose at Center
Symbol of the virgin birth.