The peacock is a symbol traditionally found in the Orthodox Church, representative of resurrection and eternal life. It’s not a symbol I see frequently, though. The peacock is rare and beautiful, both out in the world and inside the church.
I visited the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (in the north of Pittsburgh) with my family, for a baptism. Though it wasn’t my first visit, I hadn’t noticed this seal inside the main church doors, before.
Thinking about the peacock that day also helped me realize the connection between the themes of resurrection and baptism. A synonym for resurrection is revival, and when a person is baptized, she is renamed. She is revived.
On this sincerely pure, joyous day, the seal was a striking, beautiful reminder of the promises faith holds.