Saturday, June 13, 2009

Calvin's Seal / Radio Ulster tomorrow

I was talking to a friend last night - he and his wife are about to take a 3 week train tour of the Continent, and in particular will be stopping off to visit the key sites in the life of John Calvin, who was born 500 years ago this year. I found recently that Calvin had a personal seal, combining a heart and a hand, along with the motto “My heart, I give you, O Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Here's one depiction of the seal

Calvin Seal.jpg

The "heart in hand" symbol is also associated with the Amish and Shakers in the USA. I also found it on an old Orange collarette a few years ago, in an exhibition in Co Fermanagh:

REMINDER - Radio Ulster programme tomorrow at 1.30 about Calvin