Our athletic teams have adopted the name of the HFA Griffins. The following gives a sense of the reasoning as to why this name has been selected.
GUARDIAN OF PRICELESS TREASURE, FUSION OF INTELLIGENCE AND STRENGTH, EMBLEM OF FIDELITY, CHARIOT OF HEAVENLY TRANSPORT, SYMBOL OF CHRIST THE GOD-MAN
With thanks to Rob Canfield for designing this logo for HFA.
**The griffin, griffon, or gryphon (Greek: γρ?φων, grýph?n, or γρ?πων, grýp?n, early form γρ?ψ, grýps; Latin: gryphus) is a legendary creaturewith the body of a lionand the head and wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin was also thought of as king of the creatures. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions.
Griffins not only mated for life, but also, if either partner died, then the other would continue throughout the rest of its life alone, never to search for a new mate. The griffin was thus made an emblem of the Church's views on remarriage. Being a union of a terrestrial beast and an aerial bird, it was seen in Christendom to be a symbol of Jesus, who was both human and divine. As such it can be found sculpted on some churches.
In heraldry, the griffin's amalgamation of lion and eagle gains in courage and boldness, and it is always drawn to powerful fierce monsters. It is used to denote strength and military courage and leadership. Griffins are portrayed with a lion's body, an eagle's head, long ears, and an eagle's claws, to indicate that one must combine intelligence and strength.
In Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, Beatrice meets Dante in Earthly Paradise after his journey through Hell and Purgatory with Virgil have concluded. Beatrice takes off into the Heavens to begin Dante's journey through paradise on a flying Griffin that moves as fast as lightning. The griffin itself represents the dual nature of Christ’s humanity and divinity due to the fact that the being is mystical bird in mythology.
** From Wikipedia