SAINTS FLOOR MEDALLIONS
ALL SAINTS CHAPEL
THE EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF DALLAS
Two fish are composed diagonally to represent the fisherman Andrew and also to represent his crucifixion on an "X" shaped cross. Silver fish are composed on a blue background.
Saint Anne is the mother of Saint Mary the Virgin, whose loving care of her daughter is shown by the silver border masoned in black. The silver lily on a blue field refers to the girlhood of the Virgin.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
Saint Augustine of Hippo, a native of North Africa, converted by St. Ambrose and educated at Carthage, was the writer of "Confessions" and "City of God." A gold heart aflame with two silver arrows on a blue field depicts his intense zeal and devotion to Christ.
Saint James "the Great" is mentioned as the first of the disciples to go on a missionary journey. The scallop shells refer to pilgrimage. The three shells are gold for purity on a blue background for heavenly love.
Saint John the Evangelist - The ancient symbol of a rising eagle is assigned to Saint John because his gaze pierced further into the mysteries of Heaven than that of any man. A gold eagle and white nimbus represent his holiness while the blue background represents the unveiling of truth.
Saint Luke the Evangelist is symbolized by the winged ox. This was assigned to Saint Luke as a reference to his gospel, which deals with the sacrificial aspects of Christ's life. A gold ox and white nimbus represent his holiness. The red background represents his martyrdom.
Saint Mark the Evangelist is represented by the winged lion. This ancient symbol of Saint Mark refers to his Gospel, which stresses the power of Christ. The gold lion and white nimbus represent his holiness while the red background represents his martyrdom.
On June 3, 1886, 32 young men, pages of the Court of King Mwanga of Buganda, were burned to death for their refusal to renounce Christianity. They walked to their deaths singing hymns and praying for their enemies. The martyrs left the impression that Christianity was truly African, not simply a white man's religion. Uganda now has the largest percentage of professed Christian population of any nation in Africa. In this medallion, the continent of Africa is outlined in black for solemnity. Uganda is blue for the unveiling of truth and the flames of martyrdom are gold on a red background.
The symbol for Saint Mary, the Virgin, is the mystic rose. The traditional form of the design is represented here. The colors of the medallion include red for the color of the rose to symbolize love. The background color is blue for heavenly love.
Saint Matthew the Evangelist is represented by the "Divine Man.” It was assigned to St. Matthew in ancient times because his Gospel teaches us about the human nature in Christ. The gold angel (depicted here as a youth) with a white nimbus represent his holiness while the red background signifies his martrydom.
The symbol for Saint Paul is two swords crossed diagonally symbolizing "The Sword of the Spirit." The swords are silver with gold handles on a red field for his martyrdom.
Because he felt unworthy to die as had Christ, Saint Peter requested that his cross be inverted so that he might look up towards Heaven as he was crucified. A gold cross and the silver keys of the Kingdom of Heaven appear on a red background.
It was to Saint Philip that Christ addressed his remark concerning the feeding of the multitude. The roundels represent two loaves of bread. A gold cross and silver roundels on a red field (symbolic of his martyrdom) are the attributes of this medallion.
The story of Ruth is about a Moabite woman's unselfishness, faith, and commitment. The moral of the story emphasizes the reward for human kindness. Three golden grains of wheat signifying the bountifulness of good works are composed on a white background symbolizing purity.
Silver stones are represented on this medallion referring to Saint Stephen’s death. The golden palm refers to spiritual victory. Both symbols appear on a red field alluding to his martyrdom.
Saint Thomas is represented with a carpenter's square because tradition holds that he built a Church with his own hands in East India. The spear refers to the instrument of his martyrdom. The carpenters square has a silver blade and a gold handle. The spear has a silver head with a gold handle, all on a red field that is symbolic of his martyrdom.