ALMS BOX – It is a symbol of charity.
ANCHOR – 1. A ship’s anchor gives it stability
in the midst of a storm. In the same way, the anchor symbolizes the church, which stands steadfast in the storm, giving hope to those who rest in it. This is based on Hebrews 6:19. The anchor is a very old symbol, being used by the church as early as the 2nd century A.D. 2. The construction of the anchor allows it to double as a cross, thanks to the crossbar at its top. The cross anchor symbolizes our stability found in Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection.
ANVIL – An instrument by which some Christians were martyred. 1. It symbolizes martyrdom in general. 2. It symbolizes specific saints who were martyred by an anvil.
ARCH – 1. The arch can stand for triumph. 2. If it is a broken arch, it stands for an untimely death.
ARM – 1. An arm symbolizes protection, defense and strength. 2. Hairy arms symbolize Jacob’s deception of Isaac as told in Genesis 27.