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Ceiling Stencil

Throughout the nave, some stencils picture buds (new growth), shells (baptism),  and four interior Latin crosses (pointing toward the four corners of the earth. Note their lower arm is twice as long as the others), and what appears to be a four leaf clover (the cross at the center.  Some say the leaves represent hope, faith, love, and luck.) 

To mark the completion of your exploration of some of the symbols at All Saints, you are invited to offer this prayer:  “Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”— pg. 832, BCP


Prepared by Gregory Hayes

March 2023


David Thompson, Symbols of the Church

Frederick L. Eckel, Jr., A Concise Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Terms

Oxford English Dictionary

The Book of Common Prayer (1979)

Except where noted, scripture references are from

the New Revised Standard Version.

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