Confession Banner: Second Helvetic Confession

By: John Reiter

Posted: January 13, 2022

Category: Daily Devotional

THE BLUE AND WHITE. Heraldic colors of ancient Switzerland.

THE CROSS. Again dominant on this banner because of the extensive discussion of salvation in the Confession.

THE HAND AND THE BURNING HEART. A traditional symbol for John Calvin, father of Presbyterianism in its Swiss homeland.

THE LAMP. Knowledge and discipline, two of the themes of the Helvetic which make it unique.

THE SHEPHERD’S CROOK AND THE PASTURE. The pastoral ministry and the flock’s care for its own members.

THE CHALICE AND THE WAVES. Holy Communion and Baptism.


Holy God, we celebrate in these confessions that You are Lord of all. Truly, there is great freedom if we release our need for control and recognize that You are in charge. Help us to enjoy that freedom and to trust in You in all parts of our lives. Guide us to answer Your call today. In Your name we pray, Amen.