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The Lanteri Center Logo

The Lanteri Center logo is quite simply a merging of the official
emblem of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary with the IHS symbol associated
with St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits.  The circle of twelve
stars represents the Virgin Mary (Rev. 12).  The stylized “O”
stands for “Oblates.”

IHS (from the online Catholic encyclopedia at www.newadvent.org)
A monogram of the name of Jesus Christ. From the third century the names
of our Saviour are sometimes shortened, particularly in Christian
inscriptions (IH and XP, for Jesus and Christus). In the next century
the “sigla” (chi-rho) occurs not only as an abbreviation but also as a
symbol. From the beginning, however, in Christian inscriptions the
nomina sacra, or names of Jesus Christ, were shortened by contraction,
thus IC and XC or IHS and XPS for Iesous Christos. These Greek monograms
continued to be used in Latin during the Middle Ages. Eventually the
right meaning was lost, and erroneous interpretation of IHS led to the
faulty orthography “Jhesus”. In Latin the learned abbreviation IHC
rarely occurs after the Carlovingian era. The mongram became more
popular after the twelfth century when St. Bernard insisted much on
devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, and the fourteenth, when the founder
of the Jesuati, Blessed John Colombini (d. 1367), usually wore it on
his breast. Towards the close of the Middle Ages IHS became a symbol,
quite like the chi-rho in the Constantinian period. Sometimes above the H
appears a cross and underneath three nails, while the whole figure is
surrounded by rays. IHS became the accepted iconographical
characteristic of St. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1419) and of St. Bernardine of
Siena (d. 1444). The latter holy missionary, at the end of his sermons,
was wont to exhibit this monogram devoutly to his audience, for which
some blamed him; he was even called before Martin V. St. Ignatius of
Loyola adopted the monogram in his seal as general of the Society of
Jesus (1541), and thus it became the emblem of his institute. IHS was
sometimes wrongly understood as “Jesus Hominum (or Hierosolymae)
Salvator”, i.e. Jesus, the Saviour of men (or of Jerusalem=Hierosolyma).

 

The Lanteri Center Logo
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The Seal of the Society of Jesus
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The Oblate Seal
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