I.H.S. medallion and eucharistic chalice relief

Ceiling medallions and decorations (continued)

On the west side of the ceiling, nearest Hell, Sargent placed a medallion bearing the letters I.H.S. In the story of Constantine’s dream, Constantine saw these letters on a cross. They stand for “in hoc signo vinces,” meaning, “by this sign you shall conquer”—the sign, that is, of the cross. Just above this medallion, the viewer sees Sargent’s relief of a eucharistic chalice.
I.H.S. medallion and eucharistic chalice relief, installed 1916
Painted and gilded plaster
(2002 photo)
The Triumph of Religion