Symbols of the Eucharist (1 of 5)

The pelican is an ancient symbol of the Eucharist because of the Roman belief that pelicans fed their young with their own flesh in times of famine. Since Jesus feeds us with His Body and Blood, He is the “holy pelican” as St. Thomas Aquinas called Him in the great Eucharistic hymn “Adore Te Devote.” The same image is on the flag of the State of Louisiana.