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Saltire: X shape, referred to as St. Andrew's Cross, most frequently stands for protection
Blue colour: fidelity, steadfastness, strength, loyalty
Gold colour: understanding, respect, virtue, majesty
White: Symbol of : Cleanliness, Wisdom, Innocence, Chastity, Joy.
http://www.heraldryandcrests.com/273-2/

Cross: symbol of the Catholic Christian Church, and the Resurrection,
"Crux immissa" or "Latin Cross": the most common form of the Cross and believed to be of the style on which Jesus died. http://fisheaters.com/symbols.html
 
Open book: the Bible, and the manifestation of revelation it contains, wisdom http://www.heraldryandcrests.com/273-2/

Clover: Ireland, the country associated with D'Arcy McGee, also the three persons of the Blessed Trinity

Dove: the Holy Spirit, who, at the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan, descended on Jesus in the form of a dove. Matthew: 3:16

“16 And Jesus being baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to him: and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him.”

The Dove is also of the Pentecost, the release of the soul in death, and is used to recall Noah's dove, a harbinger of hope. http://www.planetgast.net/symbols/symbolsd/symbolsd.html

Lamp: Jesus Christ is
the Light of the World. In the 2nd Century, Tertullian wrote: “We never hold a service without [lamps and] candles, yet we use them not just to dispel night's gloom we also hold our services in daylight but in order to represent by this Christ, the Uncreated Light, without Whom we would in broad daylight wander as if lost in darkness [ Works, 3rd ed., Kiev, 1915, p.76]. The Blessed Jerome wrote in the 4th Century that In all the Eastern Churches, [lamps and] candles are lit even in the daytime when one is to read the Gospels, in truth not to dispel the darkness, but as a sign of joy...in order under that factual light to feel that Light of which we read in the Psalms (119:105): Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path [Works, part IV, 2nd ed., Kiev, 1900, pp.301-302].His word is a lamp to our path (Ps. 118). Lights are signs of hope, symbols that draw us to the Eternal Light.
St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, wrote in the 7th Century: Lampadas and candles represent the Eternal Light, and also the light which shines from the righteous [Writings of the Holy Fathers..., St. Petersburg, 1855, Vol. I, p.270].
-vigilance, the prophetic word, and the presence of God. Life and existence of
the soul http://orthodoxyinamerica.org/article.php?id=62

[In the time of Jesus the lamp was molded out of clay, it was round and flat, had a pinching on one side to contain the wick, and was fuelled with olive oil. (Olive oil had many uses and was considered precious, as it was a valued foodstuff, also it was a source of light, it could alleviate pain, cleanse wounds, strengthen the sick, and mixed with perfume it was offered to guests as a sign of respect).

The Lamp once lit, was placed on a stand and was never permitted to go out, it burned, bringing warmth and light within the house day and night. It was also regarded as being made for enlightenment, and could symbolize vigilance, the prophetic word, and the presence of God. It was a reminder to the Jew of the Holy Tabernacle, and so therefore had deep religious significance.

In the book of Exodus, the Lord speaking through Moses says:

"And you shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive oil for the light, that the lamp may be set up to burn perpetually. In the tent of meeting, outside the veil which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to be observed throughout all generations by the people of Israel." (Ex. 27.20)

Judaism was the cradle of Christianity, and the light that burnt before the Tabernacle in the wilderness was a forerunner to the Vigil Light that ever burns before Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Lamps and lights have been used symbolically to represent the life and existence of the soul, both among the living and the dead. The Romans are said to have preserved lamps in some of their sepulchers for centuries. In the papacy of Paul III, one of these lamps was found in the tomb of Tullia (Cicero's daughter) which had been shut up for 1,550 years.

At the dissolution of the monasteries a lamp was found which is said to have been burning for 1,200 years. Two are preserved in Leyden Museum.

Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, and the light of our inner world; He is the Light that the darkness can never extinguish. His word is a lamp to our path (Ps. 118). Lights are signs of hope, symbols that draw us to the Eternal Light.

Lamps and light are bound to this world, to our earthly pilgrimage, and we need the Light of Christ to bring us to the Blessed Kingdom ...

Light is only needful where darkness falls. Be it actual or spiritual, let us follow the Light of Christ.

One day all flames will be extinguished, for He Alone will be our Light:

"Then he showed me the river of life, clear as crystal, gushing from the throne and from the Lamb ... The throne of God will be in the city and God's people will live in His presence. They will see His face and His name will be upon their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of lamp or sun for God Himself will be their light and they will reign forever" (Apocalypse 22)

Shine upon us, O Light of Christ!]
http://www.boston-catholic-journal.com/a-primer-to-catholic-symbolism.htm#The_Lamp_