Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Anchor Symbolism


The anchor is first seen in the third degree lecture, where we are
taught that it is a symbol of a well-grounded hope. As the anchor was
often a seaman's last resort in stormy weather, it was frequently
connected with hope. Being made of a solid body, the anchor was also
identified with firmness, solidity, tranquility and faithfulness. The
anchor remains firm and steady amidst the stormy waters, symbolizing the
stable part of a human being, that quality which enables us to keep a
clear mind amid the confusion of sensation, emotion and the general
"storms" of life. Therefore the anchor keeps us steady in the storms of
temptation, affliction, and persecution. Indeed St. Paul mentions that
"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast"
(Hebrews 6:19). Christ is sometimes referred to as the anchor in the sea
of life. This usage in Christianity can also be seen in the usage of the
anchor in pictures of Saints, including St. Clement of Rome, St.
Nicholas of Myra - patron saint of sailors, and John of Nepomucene -
patron saint of confessors.

Brooke M. Truong

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