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Sign and Symbol

  1. 1. Sign and symbolSign and symbol
  2. 2. A SignA Sign Communicate meaning.Communicate meaning. Can be a word, a drawing, an object or anCan be a word, a drawing, an object or anaction, which communicates a piece ofaction, which communicates a piece ofinformation.information. Conveys a simple, agreed message orConveys a simple, agreed message ormeaning.meaning.
  3. 3.  We experience signs everyday.We experience signs everyday. When people see a sign and recognise itsWhen people see a sign and recognise itsmeaning they decide whether to act on themeaning they decide whether to act on theinformation the sign has given or not. E,ginformation the sign has given or not. E,gSTOP sign.STOP sign.
  4. 4. A SymbolA Symbol Is an object, gesture or action that helpsIs an object, gesture or action that helpspeople express something abstract such aspeople express something abstract such asfeelings or ideas that are difficult to put intofeelings or ideas that are difficult to put intowords – a handshake, a rose, a wink maywords – a handshake, a rose, a wink mayhelp someone communicate feelings suchhelp someone communicate feelings suchas friendship or love.as friendship or love. Can have more than one meaning.Can have more than one meaning.
  5. 5.  A sign usually has only one meaning, aA sign usually has only one meaning, asymbol can have more than one meaning.symbol can have more than one meaning. Symbols have the power to produce aSymbols have the power to produce areaction in a person.reaction in a person.
  6. 6. Religious symbolReligious symbol Is an object, gesture or action that helpsIs an object, gesture or action that helpspeople to give expression to their religiouspeople to give expression to their religiousbeliefsbeliefs
  7. 7. Blessed Trinity iconBlessed Trinity iconIcon – a sacred imageIcon – a sacred imageof Jesus, Mary or theof Jesus, Mary or thesaints used as an aidsaints used as an aidto worship, mainly into worship, mainly inthe orthodoxthe orthodoxChurches.Churches.See pages 424 – 427See pages 424 – 427in your text book forin your text book formore information onmore information onIconsIcons
  8. 8. MusicMusic Music can be symbolic when it is written +Music can be symbolic when it is written +performed to praise and express belief inperformed to praise and express belief inGod.God. The music used can either be:The music used can either be:– Solemn + dignified or cheerful + livelySolemn + dignified or cheerful + lively– Instrumental or sung or a combinationInstrumental or sung or a combination
  9. 9. HymnsHymns Hymns are usually inspired by a passageHymns are usually inspired by a passagefrom the Bible.from the Bible. Classical music written for worshipClassical music written for worship– The St Matthews Passion by BachThe St Matthews Passion by Bach– The Messiah by HandelThe Messiah by Handel
  10. 10.  Some Christians dance in their worship toSome Christians dance in their worship toshow the presence of the Holy Spirit.show the presence of the Holy Spirit. Others, eg Quakers worship in silence.Others, eg Quakers worship in silence.

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