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The owl is another animal that has mixed symbolic messages. In funerary art it’s most likely that an owl symbolizes watchfulness, wisdom or contemplative solitude. Although owls are not mentioned specifically in the New Testament, the owl has become an attribute of Christ, and depictions of the crucifixion often contain an owl, which refers to Christ’s ability to guide those who are in darkness. The owl-like powers of Christ are described in Luke 1:79: …to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.

Owl, Pere-Lachaise

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. In Christian iconography, the Alpha and Omega emblem relates to three similar passages in the book of Revelation. The most expansive of the three passages, found in Revelation 21:5-7, reads: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

It is quite common to see the Alpha and Omega symbols in all sorts of religious art, especially on books and clothing. As a symbol, the letters are frequently seen dangling from a Latin cross or incorporated in a Chi-Rho emblem

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