26 January 2015

Verbum Domini

Hanging from the lectern at Our Lady of the Atonement Church is a needlepoint frontal which was done by one of our parish needleworkers. Because the lectern is the place from which the Word of God is proclaimed, there are various symbols incorporated in the hanging which indicate that.

The overall pattern is the Tree of Life, with an abundance of fruit in its branches. Nesting in the tree is the partridge, a bird which will feign injury in order to lure predators away from her young, and so is a symbol of Christ. The tree is shown to be overwhelming the greyish-green acanthus leaves, which symbolize sin and punishment. At the top are the words "Verbum Domini" (The Word of the Lord) and at the bottom, "Deo Gratias" (Thanks be to God).