Scutum Fidei

illustrated of a Scutum Fidei from Illustrated Cathlic Family Annual, 1883, artist unknownAlso known as

  • Shield of Faith


This was a sacred device frequently represented in old Catholic times in stone and wood-carving, on monumental brasses, in stained glass and ancient paintings, in which the unity of substance and the trinity of persons in God were set forth for the instruction of the faithful. It exemplifies the text of Saint Paul in Ephesians 6:16 – “In all things taking the Shield of Faith, wherewith ye may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” The accompanying engraving is from a window in the venerable church of Thame, in Oxfordshire, England.

MLA Citation

  • “Scutum Fidei”. Illustrated Catholic Family Annual, 1883. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 January 2017. Web. 22 October 2020. <>