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About the Hagios Eagle

The Hagios Press "eagle" is an adaptation of the Eagle of St. John, as depicted in the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells contains three Evangelists pages that show four winged forms with halos - the symbols traditionally associated with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In the Book of Revelations, they are described thus 'and around the throne were four beasts... and the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.'

One theory suggests that the symbols are related to the life of Christ, it claims that the man symbolises the Nativity, the lion shows His royalty and majesty, the calf, as a sacrificial animal represents His sacrifice on the cross, and the eagle His ascending to Heaven.

The Book of Kells, a record of the Gospels is perhaps the crowning glory of the Celtic art form, consisting of some 340 calfskin leaves featuring elaborate illustrations and Latin calligraphy and is thought to have been prepared anytime between the middle 6th century to possibly as late as the 9th century AD.