I snapped this photo while on vacation, but I’m having a hard time identifying all the symbolism.
The hand at the top would obviously be God the Father. However, the Thumb, index and middle finger extended, with the ring and pinky folded is not clear. A reference to the Trinity?
I’m not sure what to make of the animals along the bottom. They appear to me to be sheep that were shorn. By the different positions of their legs, it appears that they are walking.
The people at the sides appear to me to represent the choir of angels. Some of them have cymbals and other instruments. but some have items I can’t identify. On the bottom, two people to the right of Mary, there’s someone holding something that looks to me like a lower-case omega (like a “w”) with a cross. Similarly, on the left, two over from the Justice image there’s something that I can’t identify at all. It looks almost like a compass or other drafting tool.
I’ve never seen before two angels holding up the world. Does that refer to something in the Bible or other tradition?
A bit of info that may help: this is from Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, OH. The Latin is from Exodus “The Lord is my strength and my song and he has become my salvation”. It is a shrine associated with several miraculous cures.
Any help is much appreciated!