A few years ago I used to run a personal blog under the Reformation banner “Post Tenebra Lux” (after darkness, light). After conceiving the idea of running a new website dedicated to quotes and extracts, I decided to name it “Word of Eternity”, based on 1 Peter 1:25:
“…but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”
With Ephesians 6:13–18 in mind, I decided to go medieval with the logo, something like a crest, or a battle shield… That’s when I came across to the Hipster Logo Generator, which covers everything I need for the design, and with a hipster look!
For authenticity, I look up 1 Peter 1:25 in the Latin Vulgate, hoping to find some abbreviation for me to put on my shield:
“…Verbum autem Domini manet in æternum: hoc est autem verbum, quod evangelizatum est in vos.”
A quick search on the first few words on Google, bam… It turns out this verse is actually another Reformation banner and predated “Post Tenebra Lux”. It was first used as a motto in the court of Frederick the Wise in 1522, and continued with his successors, his brother John the Steadfast, and his nephew John Frederick the Magnanimous1)https://lutheranreformation.org/history/the-motto-of-the-reformation/. It then became the official motto of the Schmalkaldic League, a defensive alliance formed by Protestant territories of the Holy Roman Empire to defend themselves collectively against any attempt to enforce the recess of the Diet of Augsburg in 1530.2)https://www.britannica.com/event/Schmalkaldic-League, inscribed on their swords, cannons and armour, as a symbol of the unity of the Protestants who struggled to defend their beliefs, communities, families and lives against those who were intent on destroying them.
And that’s the story behind the logo, and what VDMA stands for:
Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum
The Word of the Lord Endures Forever