bas-relief of the lion as a symbol of Saint Mark the Evangelist; 1509, artist unknown; choir stall, abbey church, Bordesholm, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany; photographed in October 2014 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

A symbol of Our Saviour, “the Lion of the fold of Juda” (Apocalypse 5) and others. Being emblematic of solitude, it is sometimes shown in pictures of hermit saints. Represents strength and fortitude, or the method of martyrdom.

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MLA Citation

  • “lion“. Emblems of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 December 2012. Web. 30 May 2017. <>