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Seven Doves

A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and White .jpeg image for download.

Description of Seven Doves

During Pentecost we celebrate the advent of the Holy Spirit. The "fruit of the Spirit", depicted here in the shape of flaming doves, is represented by characteristics and attitudes. In Galatians 5:22-23 nine characteristics are listed. Six are recorded by the prophet Isaiah (11:2-3). In medieval art seven doves are shown because a seventh characteristic—piety—was added to the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. Our focus, though, is not on the exact number but on the out-pouring of this wonderful gift. The presence of the living God among us unites us all as one community with a diversity of gifts. This diversity in unity is represented by the circle, a reflection of the unity of God in three Persons.

Scripture References

  • Isaiah 11:2-3
  • Acts 2:4
  • 2 Corinthians 1:20-22

Occasions for Use

  • Pentecost
  • Profession of Faith and Remembrance of Baptism
  • Unity of the Church

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."