About our shield and logo
Harvard University was founded in 1636
with the intention of establishing a school to train Christian
ministers. In accordance with that vision, Harvard's "Rules and
Precepts," adopted in 1646, stated (original spelling and Scriptural
"2. Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed
to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know
God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore
to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound
knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let
every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of him
3. Every one shall so exercise himselfe in reading the Scriptures
twice a day, that he shall be ready to give such an account of his
proficiency therein, both in Theoreticall observations of Language and
Logick, and in practical and spiritual truths, as his Tutor shall
require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the word
giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130)."
The motto of the University adopted in 1692 was "Veritas Christo
et Ecclesiae" which translated from Latin means "Truth for
Christ and the Church." This phrase was embedded on a shield as
shown to the right, and can be found on many buildings around campus
including the Widener library, Memorial Church, and various dorms in
Harvard Yard. Interestingly, the top two books on the shield are face
up while the bottom book is face down. This symbolizes the limits of
reason, and the need for God's revelation.
Consistent with "Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae" and the purpose of
Harvard's founding, our fellowship is dedicated to discovering and
experiencing Truth (Veritas) for the sake of Christ and his church.
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