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Episcipalan (sp?) Question...WINGED LION?

I was parked in front of a Episcipalian (I don't know how to spell it) Church last night on the UNL campus...

Any how, out in front of the church was a beautiful statue of a WINGED LION.

What's that all about? I'd love to hear the story. The Name of the church was "St. Mark's on the Campus" if that helps.

 
MamaK88

Asked by MamaK88 at 6:29 PM on Jul. 11, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The lion is a common charge in heraldry. It traditionally symbolizes bravery, valour, strength, and royalty, since traditionally, it is regarded as the king of beasts.  (from wikipedia)


    This makes some sense since the Episcopalian church is the American version of the Church of England and the winged lion has been used in British heraldry for hundreds of years.  The Episcopalian church also uses St. Georges cross which is the flag of England.


     

    beeky

    Answer by beeky at 7:03 AM on Jul. 12, 2009

  • A winged Lion (which may also be called a Griffin?) is the symbol for St. Mark, author of the Gospel.
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 6:35 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Found a reference for you:

    The winged lion is the symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist, and is used as the logo for St. Mark's Parish. This symbol comes from St. Mark's description of John the Baptist's voice "crying out in the wilderness" upon hearing the Word of God (Mark 1:3). His voice is said to have sounded like that of a roaring lion. This lion symbolism also appears in a vision of the Prophet Ezekiel where four winged creatures represent the four evangelists (Ezekiel 1:10). Matthew is depicted as a human, Mark as a lion, Luke as a bull, and John as an eagle.

    http://www.stmarkscatholic.org/about/why_winged_lion.asp
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 6:36 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • huh...interesting

    Thanks NL!
    MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 6:48 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • here


    MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 6:54 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 6:55 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Nice.
    lighthousemom3

    Answer by lighthousemom3 at 8:44 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Wow that is cool!
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 10:05 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

  •    The Episcopalian Church.

    beeky

    Answer by beeky at 7:09 AM on Jul. 12, 2009

  •   St. Georges cross - the flag of England.


     


    Stupid character restrictions!

    beeky

    Answer by beeky at 7:10 AM on Jul. 12, 2009