The Brick Mosaic

These historic Christian Church symbols, found in Rev. 4:6-7 and Ezek. 1:5-12 are used to depict the four Gospel writers.

The symbol chosen to represent each Gospel writer was based on the Gospel's content and the author's particular focus on Christ.

Matthew

A divine man is used for Matthew because his Gospel highlights Jesus’ humanity.

Matthew still preserves Jesus’ divinity which in the mosaic is represented by the wings.

Mark

Mark is represented by a winged lion based on how this Gospel begins.

It starts with a passage from Isaiah in which a messenger of God cries out in the desert for people to prepare the coming of the Lord. The voice crying out is reminiscent of a lion’s roar and the lion also signifies royalty.

The wings are symbolic of the prophetic spirit in this first passage.

Luke

A winged ox is used to represent Luke because his Gospel begins with announcing the birth of John the Baptist to his father Zechariah who was a priest.

He offered sacrifices in the temple, some of which were oxen. The winged ox therefore is symbolic of Jesus’ priestly character.

John

His Gospel begins with a lofty theological reflection about Jesus and delves into the mystery of God.

The eagle is also lofty because of its grace, strength, and acute vision.