The College's seal identifies Holy Cross as an educational institution founded by Rev. Benedict J. Fenwick, S.J., second Bishop of Boston. The outer circle of the seal states in Latin "College of the Holy Cross, Society of Jesus, Worcester, Massachusetts."
The inner shield contains an open book (symbol of learning) and a cross of gold (symbol of Christian faith). The Latin motto "In Hoc Signo Vinces" (in this sign you shall conquer) has been attributed to King Constantine the Great, Roman emperor noted for his tolerance of Christians. According to some historians, King Constantine had a dream or vision of a flaming cross in the sky with this inscription, on the day preceding his decisive victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge (Oct. 28, 312). This victory led to his capturing Rome and convinced him of the importance of Christianity.
The cross divides the lower part of the shield into quarters, which are alternately red and sable, the colors on the ancient shield of Worcester, England.
The upper part of the shield has in its center the emblem of the Society of Jesus, a blazing sun with the letters IHS, the first three letters of Jesus' name in Greek. On either side is a martlet, reminiscent of those on the ancestral crest of Bishop Fenwick.
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