A sea-bird and early symbol of Our Redeemer and particularly of the Holy Eucharist. In this sense it is invoked in the sixth stanza of the hymn Adoro te. According to legend, it feeds its young with its own blood, and hence is an emblem of Him Who shed His Blood for us, and Who nourishes our souls with His Body and Blood.

MLA Citation

  • “pelican“. Emblems of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 January 2016. Web. 20 September 2021. <>