Reconciliation The Keys are a symbol of the authority of the Papacy and the Church's power to "bind and to loose" (Matthew 16:19). The priest imparts absolution saying "Ego te Absolvo" and blesses the penitent.
Eucharist The Host and the Chalice with the sheaf of wheat and bunch of grapes. Because of the bread and wine they produce, the symbols of wheat and grapes are often used to designate the Eucharist. The Chalice is the symol of Holy Communion and the forgiveness of sin won by Christ's blood, shed on the [...]
Confirmation A Dove descending with Tongues of Fire. The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It is taken from the story of Jesus' baptism, where the Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove. The dove is also a symbol of purity and peace.
Matrimony A pair of golden rings intertwined with a priest's stole draped through them. The rings, without beginning or end, are symbolic of eternity. Intertwined, signifies the joining together of two lives to create one. The IHS and stole symbolise that marriage is in the presence of Jesus, God and Saviour.
Holy Orders The panel has the host, the priest's stole and three nails. The stole alludes to the rope with which Christ was bound and led to Calvary and is symbolic of good works, vigilance and penitence. The stole also represents the preaching and teaching roles of the priest. The three nails symbolize the Crucifixion. The [...]