Apostolic Crests

With the second major installation of our sanctuary project, we have the opportunity to reflect on some of the symbolism from the Church's ancient tradition. The 12 crests vertically mounted on either side of the Tabernacle are ancient symbols that depict the 12 Apostles.  Below is the description of which symbols represent each Apostle and why each symbol is used for the various disciples. The crests are placed on either side of the tabernacle to remind us of the last supper where the disciples reclined at table near the Lord and received the command to “do this in memory of Him.” They are listed top to bottom, left to right, in the order they are named in the Roman Canon (the first and most solemn Eucharistic Prayer). Along with all of the woodwork in the Sanctuary, the crests were made by woodcarver Paul Sirba.


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