This saint is sometimes pictured as at right, skimming across the sea with his cape as both boat and sail. His vita claims that he accompanied James I of Aragon on a visit to Majorca. Unable to dissuade the king from his hedonistic lifestyle, he announced he was going back to Barcelona. James ordered him to stay and forbade any sailor to transport him, but Raymond sailed away undeterred as shown.1
Less fanciful images identify St. Raymond by references to his life work. As Archdeacon in Barcelona he promoted the mission of preaching to Jews and Muslims, so in the picture at right below we see him pointing to an image of Jesus. He also holds a book under his arm, referring to his works on canon law and moral cases, and his right hand holds a wand and key, symbolizing his status as Master-General of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans).
Prepared in 2015 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University