Happy Easter! This Sunday's eagle is the Eagle of Saint John:
The eagle is often used to represent Saint John the Apostle, a symbolic reference to his achievements in gospel writing. I had to look it up, but discovered John's gospel describes Jesus turning water into wine, raising Lazarus from the dead, the feeding of the five thousand (loaves and fishes!) and also Jesus' death and resurrection. So it turns out John is the source of pretty much my entire sketchy religious education.
There's another Saint John who needs mentioning, and that's the most marvellously named Saint John the Wonderworking Unmercenary. Along with his similarly named friend Cyrus, he provided a free medical service - a fourth century Doctors Without Borders. Very deserving of the superhero style nickname, I feel.
Here they are below. John is the Wonderworking Unmercenary on the right:
Fine work, John.
Eagle image from Met Museum; Title: Plaque with the Eagle of Saint John
:Made in Catalonia, Spain
:Basse taille enamel, silver
: Overall: 2 3/16 x 2 x 1/16 in. (5.5 x 5.1 x 0.1 cm)
:Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917