Lion of the Tribe of Judah for the Altar?

The picture above was taken on 2 November (Altar cards down at that moment). I’m mulling over creating something for the front of the altar, with inspiration taken from the coat of arms of the Pontifical Biblical Institute:

Just the bits in the middle:

  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus with the crown of thorns.
  • That Heart topped by the two beams of the cross each of which count as one of the rays of Light shining from the Sacred Heart.
  • The rays of Light come from the Lumen gentium, the Light of the Nations, Christ Jesus, shining through the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles (Judas replaced altogether). There are eleven rays of Light otherwise. The two cross beams fill up the count.
  • The Alpha and Omega, as Scripture says, Jesus, the First and the Last, the Almighty.
  • The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Messiah, Jesus, presented as a winged Cherub, for it is YHWH Elohim Incarnate who provides the flame of charity, the grace, by which sanctification comes about.
  • The Scriptures of the words inspired by the Holy Spirit about The One Eternal and now Incarnate Word of our Heavenly Father.
  • The Flaming Sword of Division: Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
  • The Star of David, in expectation of the seventh point of fulfilment, of perfection, which is the Incarnation of the Son of David, the Son of God: “The Lord said to my Lord…” (see Matthew 22:44), with Jesus depicted just above that Star of David.

Just mulling it over. What think ye?


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7 responses to “Lion of the Tribe of Judah for the Altar?

  1. Anne

    I vote: YEA

  2. I love it – very beautiful and true

  3. Monica


  4. Dianna

    Simple and beautiful. I say, yes!

  5. Joisy Goil

    I Like it! A lot!

  6. nancyv

    Could you rearrange the “bits”? Like have the Star in the middle of the Alph and Omega, Lion of Judah in the middle and the Sacred Heart at the bottom? (don’t mind me, I am always rearranging)

  7. sanfelipe007

    —random thoughts—
    So I’m looking at the arrangements of the “bits” and I see a triangle composed of five elements.
    If we keep the triangle and the five elements, I think symbols for the Trinity for each corner. and a combo of two symbols in the center.
    Maybe change the elements, or the number of elements?
    The triangle is pointing down (due to the shape of the chevron)
    Pointing the triangle up might bring to mind the masonic pyramid with the eye at the top.
    That’s all I have.

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