The Year of Faith: The Logo & St. Philip the Evangelist

 The Year of Faith Logo

According to the official Year of Faith website, the Year of Faith logo consists of …

1)  A boat which symbolizes the Church.
2)  The main mast of the boat shaped as a cross.
3)  The sail portraying the trigram* of Christ (IHS)*.
4)  A sun behind the sail representing the Eucharist.

* A trigram is a sequence of three adjacent letters or symbols.  
* IHS symbolizes the Holy Name of Jesus.

The Year of Faith and St. Philip the Evangelist
The Year of Faith began on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, however, it also started on the Feast of St. Philip the Deacon (also known as St. Philip the Evangelist) – October 11.  Very appropriate, I think … for St. Philip the Deacon /Evangelist was known for his great skill in preaching, performing miracles, and discerning the will of God; in short, he was a great biblical man of faith.  (For St. Philip the Deacon/Evangelist stories, see Acts 8:4-13; 26-40.)

With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
-Acts 8:6

Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
and Philip and the eunuch both
went down into the water,
and he baptized him.
- Acts 8:38