St. Paul

Paul has been depicted at center; his right hand baring his object of martyrdom- the sword and in his left a book, referencing his role as the author of the Epistles. Below, his emblem, the Spiritus Gladius or sword of the Spirit, derived from Ephesians 6: 17: ‘that which the spirit give you’ and his martyrdom. Scenes to the left and right of Paul illustrate Paul’s Conversion on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9) and St. Paul Imprisoned at Philippi (Acts 16: 16-26). In the tracery above, a threaded needle before a tent references Paul’s profession as a tentmaker. According to Acts 18:3, Paul lodged with the couple Aquilla and Priscilla. Sharing the same profession as Paul, the trio worked together during his stay in Corinth. Here, Paul Christianized the pair and wrote the book of Galatians and the Epistle to the Romans. At left a rayed Latin cross symbolizes the shield of Faith.

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