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A symbol is a visible sign commerating a person, a thing, an idea, or of a mystical experience. The use of symbols is a very ancient practice, dating back to its very beginnings. Today a normal Christian practice, once the use of symbols was considered evil or satanic. In the Catholic Church the Seven Sacraments represent physical symbols in the reality of great mysteries that can not be seen. For example, baptism uses water and oils to physically show us the action of the Holy Spirit bringing us into God's family. Another example is the Eucharist, the presence of bread and wine to symbolize the actual transubstantiation of Christ's Body and Blood

Symbols have been used to tell us the stories of the saints throughout the history of the Church. Since we have not met them and do not know what many of the saints looked like, we use symbols to tell us about them. Whenever we see a statue or icon of a saint, their symbol is almost always shown with them to help people know who is being shown and to remind them of their story.

Catholics believe in the Communion of Saints. That is the belief all the holy people who have died are in heaven with God and praying for the rest of us to be able to join them someday. Saints are examples of how to behave, how to be holy, how to stay strong in faith with Jesus Christ and the Heavenly Father.

Saints are commerated with medals, pendants, necklaces and statues. St. Frances is especially commerated by blessed St. Frances medals, St. Frances necklaces or other kinds of Saint Frances jewelry, St Frances of Assisi gifts. St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of animals is also commerated by many kinds of garden and yard adornments and statuary.

St. Francis of Assisi d. 1226-confessor was well known for his love of nature. In his love of all people he wished to share the Gospel of Christ with them. Pictures of Saint Francis often portray him holding a bird. The bird represents his love of nature, but it is also a symbol for the human soul. One story tells how St. Francis stopped on a journey to implore a field full of birds to sing God's praises at all times. It is said the birds flew away singing.

Saint Francis is Patron: against fire; of animals; of Catholic Action; of dying alone; ecology; the environment; of families; lace makers; merchants; peace; zoos; Italy; Assisi, Italy; Colorado; Sante Fe, New Mexico; archdiocese of San Francisco, California; archdiocese of Denver, Colorado; archdiocese of Sante Fe, New Mexico; diocese of Salina, Kansas

Saint Francis of Assisi Symbols include pictures, pendants, charms of St Francis holding birds and animals; Statues of St. Frances or Pictures of St. Francis portray a bag of gold and rich raiment at his feet; Paintings of St. Francis of Assisi portray him with a winged crucifix with five rays; receiving the stigmata; standing beneath a crown of thorns; before a lighted lamp; on fiery chariot; St Francis of Assisi protector of animals is portrayed with an array of birds; deer; fish; skull; wolf; fire.

The San Damiano Cross of St. Francis is the cross was praying before when he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original cross presently hangs. All Franciscans cherish the cross of Saint Frances as the symbol of their mission from God. The cross is called an icon cross because it contains images of people who have a part in the meaning of the cross. The tradition of such crosses began in the Eastern Church and was transported by Serbian monks to the Umbria district of Italy.

The San Damiano Cross was one of a number of crosses painted during the 12th century in Umbria. The name of its painter is unknown. The purpose of an icon cross was to teach the meaning of an event and in order to strengthen the people's faith. There is very little literature concerning the San Damiano Cross available in English. Most information is written in Italian or French.

The Rosary recited under certain conditions on the feast of the Most Holy Rosary, Aug. 6, gains a plenary Indulgence. It has been called the 'Portiuncula' of the Rosary but has no direct connection to the Holy Rosary. The Rosary was created by St. Dominic after he received a vision from the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Dominic is said to have met with St. Francis when Saint Francis made a pilgrimage to Rome during 1217-18.

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