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A symbol of power and courage in Christian art, ascribed to Christ -- "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Apocalypse 5:5). Credited with exceptional vigilance, the lion is portrayed as guardian before the doors of churches. St. Jerome is often shown with a lion with whom he shared his cave in Palestine.