serpent

[serpent]
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An emblem of Satan and sin. The tempter appeared in that form to our first parents in Eden. When seen in a cup or chalice it indicates poison or an incident of poisoning. On the other hand, a serpent twined around a cross is an emblem of Our Lord, recalling the brazen serpent which Moses erected to cure the Israelites in the desert.

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MLA Citation

  • “serpent”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 16 August 2013. Web. 21 August 2014. <>