Relics and Charms

Well, unless you’re very secluded, you’ll be aware that a new Pope has just been chosen in Rome. The pomp and circumstance associated with papal conclave, and the adornments of the new pope are an extraordinary thing to see, from the rings to the shoes, the hat, the entire package. And relics from old popes are priceless items that find their way into museums and churches worldwide, just for their connection to the highest officials in the Catholic church.

Religious symbolism in general is perhaps one of the most popular forms of iconography still used today in the same way it was thousands of years ago. I mean, we don’t see too many ancient dialects like Roman or Greek, or¬†Mesopotamian¬†symbols used on t-shirts, necklaces or lapel pins. But the cross has been around a long time, and I think I can safely say it’s not going anywhere any time soon. Catholics especially pride themselves on their icons, from the chalice to the lamb, from palm fronds to fish, and having them represented¬† in their churches is simply the beginning.

People of faith use necklaces and lapel pins indicating the cross or a patron saint as a means of strength and protection throughout their every day lives, a way of carrying the church with them. And while not everyone is Catholic, Christian, or even religious at all, we’ve all had that talisman, or lucky charm throughout our lives, and the sentiment is no different.


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