photograph of a stained glass image of an anchor, Saint Michael's church, Oxford, England; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Brother Lawrence Lew, OPDerivation

  • Greek: ankyra, hook


A symbol of hope as it is an aid to mariners in danger of shipwreck. It was a favourite emblem in the early Church and is found frequently in the catacombs and elsewhere, often with a dolphin intertwined as a symbol of Christ.

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MLA Citation

  • “anchor”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 August 2018. Web. 27 October 2021. <>