V is for… Via Veritas Vita [ABC Sundae]
You’ve probably seen the University of Glasgow motto numerous times around campus, as it is a part of the University’s Coat of Arms. Do you know what the Latin phrase means and furthermore, where it’s from?
It comes from the Bible. The New Testament, to be more specific. The King James version of the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verses 1-14, reads:
1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. [Source]
If you prefer, here’s the New International Version of this passage.
Via Veritas Vita, stands for the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The University of Glasgow, being founded by Papal Bull, is an ecclesiastical institution, and many of its traditions and parts of its identity reflect this history. The motto is spread all around campus, but I chose the one on the Communion Table in the Memorial Chapel (and yes, I played around with the colours a bit).
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