Restoring the Glory of Christ Church’s Seal


The Cathedral’s seal is like its corporate identity or brand, representing its authority and playing an essential historic role from authenticating documents to embellishing vestments, and literature. Dating back to the 13th Century, the seal depicts the Trinity of God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

So as part of our exciting plans to build on the historic significance of the Cathedral, and ensure it plays a substantial role in the future, the Cathedral’s visual identity has been refreshed.  Renowned illustrator and wood carver Chris Wormell was commissioned to painstakingly recreate an updated seal using traditional wood-engraving methods dating back to the 18th Century.

 

Seal RestorationThe result is an astonishingly crafted new seal and identity that will take Christ Church Cathedral into its second millennium.

The process involved refining the sketches representing the key elements of the Trinity, with God the Father enthroned, with Jesus on the cross beneath him, and the Holy Spirit represented as a dove on the Father’s chest, his hand raised in absolution of our sins.

This was then painstakingly engraved in perfect detail on wood, to add depth to the illustration. Finally a print was produced from the engraved woodblock that will now unite the past with the future of Christ Church Cathedral.

The result is a beautifully hand-crafted restoration of the Seal, a unique icon for Christ Church Cathedral and its role as a spiritual and historic centre for Dublin.