24.1.08

Christological Vexillology in Louisiana

This article is from Andrew Cusack.



Christological Vexillology in Louisiana

SINCE BOBBY JINDAL, a traditional Catholic and sometime New Oxford Review contributor, today became the eighty-fourth Governor of Louisiana (sixty-first of the republican era), we decided to share with you the interesting development regarding the Louisiana state flag. Louisiana's flag consists of a pelican displayed with a scroll bearing the state motto of "Union, Justice, and Confidence". Heraldically, the pelican is known as a "pelican-in-her-piety" depicting the mother pelican piercing her breast to offer her own blood as sustenance to her children. The "pelican-in-her-piety" is a traditionally Christian symbol meant to parallel Christ's sacrifice, and so this is why you sometimes see representations of pelicans in churches. more



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