Symbolism and Catholicism
That Catholic liturgy is full of symbolism is not an exaggeration, but symbolism with meaningful explanation. I don’t really want to go into details about symbolism in general but to simply limit myself to the symbols on Chasubles.
The Chasuble is the outer garment the Catholic priest wears for the celebration of the Holy Mass, it comes in different colours, depending on the liturgical season. It also comes with different designs and symbols which some few persons confuse for something that it is not. An anti-Catholic Christian once said that the Catholic Church has an occult background which is reflected in the designs on the Catholic Chasubles, he claimed that most of the symbols on Catholic liturgical vessels and vestments are of demonic origin. What a shallow way of thinking! Ignorance is indeed an inflammatory disease that can make the mind swell to resist the truth.
The rich heritage and traditions of the Catholic Church is too deep for some people to understand; Catholicism demands a lot of faith, so many things to really understand, if not, you may confuse it for what it is not just as many confuse our symbols for what they are not. The symbols used in the Catholic Church are not in any way connected to Satanism, they are Christian symbols with beautiful meaning. Below are some of these symbols engraved on the Chasuble.
This is a Chasuble with the symbol of a Fish. The fish was the early Christian symbol of identity. When the Church was under persecution, they could not used the cross as their symbol but rather used the fish to avoid easy identification.
The Holy Mass is all about the sacrifice of the body and blood of Jesus Christ fully present in the form of bread and wine. The Chalice engraved on the Chasuble symbolizes the blood why the bread the body.
The symbol on this Chasuble is familiar to many Catholics, but I guess not every Catholic knows what it stands for. The sign (PX) simply means Christ the priest, why the sign or symbol below signify Christ the beginning and the end.
These are some of the symbols engraved in Catholic vestments and sacred vessels, they are not satanic nor connected in any way to occult practices. We are proud of our heritage.