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Altar Servers: The St. Michael’s Medal
Monday, February 28th 2011

The red and green colours of the ribbon used for mounting this medal (St. Michael’s Medal) draws inspiration from the portrayal of Michael the Archangel in iconography.

He is often depicted wearing a green tunic draped in a red cloak, a sword in one hand and scales in the other. The green, in ancient heraldry represents hope, joy and loyalty; the red strength and courage. In Christian symbolism green signifies freedom from bondage and the victory of life over death; while red signifies action, charity, the Holy Spirit, spiritual awakening and the joy of life and love.

St Michael's medalThe cross symbolises our Christian call to service through the grace of the Sacrament of Baptism. It also represents the unity of heaven and earth through the celebration of the Eucharist. Red and blue are the dominant colours of the cross – blue, the colour of truth, hope and loyalty. Red and blue, in iconography symbolise the humanity and the divinity of Jesus Christ.

On the cross is depicted the altar with chalice and bread – the essential elements for the celebration of the Eucharist – the “source and summit of Christian life”. As Servers wear this medal it is a reminder of the call to “model their lives on the mystery of the Lord’s cross”.

This medal will be awarded to servers in Ashbourne Donaghmore Parish who have completed at least three years service as Altar Servers.

You can download the information about the St. Michael’s medal (including a more child-friendly description of its symbolism) by clicking here (PDF).

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