Retablo Series. Saint Francis Xavier


His image is carved as a hardwood relief, located at the first level, the first frame from the left of the Epistle altar. The polychrome work was a Jesuit memorial depicting the bearded Jesuit in his black robes. His missions in the east were depicted in the palm tree motifs on either side as the image was looking over to the flying cross across the skies sending the word of the cross all over the world. Note that palms are symbols of Christ’s

Note that palms are symbols of Christ’s triumph over death (Dilasser 41). From his head shone 12 rays of light (similar to Jesuit emblem) and laurel-crowned by an angel symbolizing their triumph in evangelization.

“He is considered the greatest missionary since the time of the Apostles, and the zeal he
displayed, the wonderful miracles he performed, and the great number of souls he brought to the light of true Faith, entitled him to this distinction” (Astrain, He was canonized with St. Ignatius in 1622.

Photo: Filipinas Heritage Library


Astrain, Antonio. “St. Francis Xavier.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 6. New
York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909.

Dilasser, Maurice. The Symbols of the Church. Collegeville Minessotta: Liturgical
Press, 1999.