For the Lutheran religion, we offer two main designs: The Lutheran Rose and the Lutheran Swan.
The swan is a popular symbol of Martin Luther and is frequently found in Lutheran art. The history (or perhaps legend) behind the references to Luther as a swan are quite interesting. John Huss (1370-1415), whose name literally means “Goose” in the Bohemian language, was an important religious figure whose teachings stongly influenced Martin Luther and the Reformation. He was excommunicated and burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. So what does this have to do with Luther and a swan? The following is recorded by a priest observing the execution of Huss. Just prior to being burned at the stake, Huss was asked to recant his teachings. His response…
“You are now going to burn a goose, but in a century you will have a swan which you can neither roast nor boil.”
Almost exactly 100 years later, on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.