Why is the Griffin our Mascot?
- Posted May 15, 2012
- Bill Leach, Founding Board Member and RCS Parent
- Why Do We?
The Griffin has a colorful and ancient history as an icon and symbol- a mythical creature with the face, beak, talons and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. In its body, the griffin is blessed with the speed, flight, and penetrating vision of the eagle and the strength, courage, and majesty of the lion.
In symbolism, the griffin combines the qualities of both the lion and the eagle. It is the king of birds and lord of the air united with the king of beasts and lord of the earth. in British heraldry, the Griffin has been a recurring symbol of bravery and courage.
The griffin’s dual nature led it to be associated with Jesus Christ, God and man, king of heaven and earth. The eagle half of the griffin signified Christ’s divinity and the lion half represented His humanity. During the Middle Ages, griffins were symbols of Christ’s resurrection. The strength of the lion and the wisdom of the eagle combined in the griffin symbolized the strength and wisdom of God.
As Redeemer trains children, it is our hope they will be like a “flock” of Griffins, displaying humility and courage as they pursue the true, the beautiful and the good in our community.