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This page lists Once Upon a Time's various references to numerous religious works and practices.
- The priest at Snow White and Prince Charming's wedding is dressed in robes similar to the robes worn by Christian Deacons.
- A cross can be seen hanging on Emma's baby crib.
- The cursed Snow White bears the name Mary Margaret. Mary is a common Biblical name for women, two of the more famous figures being the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene. Mary Margaret is the mother of the savior, just like the Virgin Mary.
- Mary Margaret, who originally was supposed to be a nun, appears wearing a cross in a necklace.
- Prince James duels a man called "Behemoth", a creature from the Bible.
- David Nolan, the cursed identity of Prince Charming, a former shepherd, shares his name with King David of the Bible, himself a former shepherd.
- Prince Charming's mother is named Ruth. Ruth is the name of King David's great-grandmother.
- Prince Charming is betrothed to Princess Abigail. King David's third wife was named Abigail.
- A cross can be seen on a shield dropped by a fallen soldier outside the dragon's cave.
- Graham asks Mary Margaret if she believes in other lives. She replies, "Like heaven?".
- A cross-shaped headstone can be seen in the Storybrooke graveyard, while a cross is etched into the grave of an "Olson, Anthony".
- The Storybrooke counterparts of fairies are reviewed to be nuns. They seems to be similar to Roman Catholic Religious Sisters, which is evident such as: doing community service, refers by others and themselves as "Sister" and also have a Mother Superior who is in charge of them.
- The nun convent logo on the "Miner's Day" banner is a Budded Cross, which is characterized by three scalloped shapes at the end of each arm, which symbolize the Holy Trinity.<refBUDDED CROSS. Trinity Collection. Retrieved on February 15. “This simple cross is characterized by the trefoil or three scalloped shapes at the end of each arm, which symbolize the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”</ref> The logo reads as "Sisters of Saint Meissa Dona Nobis Pacem MMDCXLVIII". Dona nobis pacem (Latin for "Grant us peace") is a phrase in the Agnus Dei section of the Roman Catholic mass.
- Dr. Whale asks David whether or not nuns can date as the Dark Curse was broken, referring the oath Roman Catholic nuns made when joining the community.
- During Archie's funeral, one of the headstones in the Storybrooke graveyard is shaped like a Celtic cross, while another headstone is shaped like an ordinary cross.
- Victor Frankenstein, Gerhardt and their father Alphonse celebrate the Christian-based holiday Christmas.
- Prince Charming's real name is David, just like the shepherd-turned-King.
- David Nolan fights against a giant, similar to the story of David and Goliath.
- There is a cross on two of the headstones next to Regina's heart vault.
- Mary Margaret is seen wearing a cross in a flashback from 1983.
- Tamara remarks that magic is unholy.
- Noticing that Regina Mills is reluctant to meet Tinker Bell, Emma assumes that Regina did something to the fairy when they first met, including the possibility that Regina stole Tinker Bell's halo.
- The convent chapel is full of religious stained glass windows. Among the religious motifs are:
- A Celtic cross is sitting by the convent altar.
- Two cross-shaped headstone can be seen in the Storybrooke graveyard as the green smoke goes out of the Heart Vault.
- When Hook is pondering where and when in the past Enchanted Forest he and Emma have landed, he briefly mentions the belly of a whale; referencing the biblical story of Jonah.
- While Belle is looking up information on how to get her memories back, a cross can be seen on the cover of one of the books.
- The Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Joseph Tayer and Vocabulary of the Greek Testament by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan are sitting on a shelf in the Storybrooke Free Public Library.
- A statue of an angel can be seen next to the Heart Vault.
- As Emma and Elsa run away from a furious Regina, one of the headstones in the Storybrooke graveyard is shaped like a Celtic cross.
- An angry Hook promises Mr. Gold that Mr. Gold's next life won't be so pleasant for him. Reincarnation is a shared element of various religious, spiritual and philosophical communities.
- Still, Mr. Gold believes he doesn't need to care about Hook's promise, telling the pirate, "Given my immortality, you'll have quite the wait amongst the fire and brimstone". "Fire and brimstone" is a figurative expression of signs of God's wrath in the Bible.
- Rumplestiltskin tells the Queens of Darkness that he offers the answer to all their prayers. Cruella is not convinced, and remarks, "I'm not exactly the religious sort."
- Two paintings of the Virgin Mary are inside the convent.
- A shield lying on the floor in Maleficent's cave is emblazoned with a cross pattée.
- One of the headstones in the Storybrooke graveyard is shaped like a Celtic cross.
- When Isaac gets into Mr. Gold's car, a cross can be seen on a small chapel.
- Emma and her foster family say grace before dinner.
- When young Emma is sitting at the bus stop, a church can be seen in the background.
- The Evil Queen tells her subjects that "next time there is a wedding, book the church".
- Lily says that Snow White and Prince Charming sent her through the portal in her eggshell, "like baby Moses in his basket"; a reference to the Biblical story of the birth of Moses, from the Book of Exodus.
- The priest at Zelena and Robin Hood's wedding is dressed in robes similar to the robes worn by Christian Deacons.
- The Unquenchable Flame, used by Arthur and David in Brocéliande, is said to be a part of the burning bush itself.
- Violet's horse is named Nicodemus, a reference to a Christian saint mentioned in the Gospel of John, who is most notable for assisting in the burial of Jesus.
- The Holy Grail, an object from Arthurian Legend and Christian lore, is decorated with cross pattées. The same symbol is on the shrine where Prometheus' fire burns.
- Adda refers to the Grail as a gift from the gods. Polytheism refers to the worship of or belief in multiple deities. Before Merlin drinks from the grail, he looks up into the sky and asks for permission. The sky has important religious significance, and most polytheistic religions have a deity associated with the sky. In addition, Christians sometimes look up to the sky while praying.
- After Zelena tricks Mary Margaret, she says "there's no rest for the wicked". "No rest for the wicked" is a phrase originating from the Book of Isaiah in the Bible.
- Mr. Gold says that the Underworld will make everyone wish that the old stories of fire and brimstone were true. "Fire and brimstone" is a figurative expression of signs of God's wrath in the Bible.
- Hook refers to Charon's boat as the "S.S. Purgatory".
- There is a statue of the Virgin Mary inside the convent nursery.
- According to Hades, people are always confusing him with the Devil.
- Zelena tells Hades to go back to his brimstone. "Fire and brimstone" is a figurative expression of signs of God's wrath in the Bible. "Brimstone" is the archaic name for sulfur, and evokes the acrid odor of volcanic activity.
- While talking to Belle about the latter's fear of Hades taking her baby, Zelena is drinking whiskey. The label on the bottle says Moloch. Moloch was the sun god in Ancient Canaanite religion. In the 8th-6th century BCE, firstborn children were sacrificed to him.
- When Mary Margaret walks away from Emma, a cross-shaped headstone can be seen on a grave in the Storybrooke graveyard. When Emma and Hook are reunited, a cross can be seen etched into another headstone.
- In one of the storybooks Henry finds, angels and archangels are mentioned in an excerpt from Charles Kingsley's children's novel The Water-Babies.
- The Holy Grail Twin is decorated with cross pattées.
- One of the Three Musketeers is wearing a sash decorated with crosses bottony (furnished with knobs or buttons at the end of the arms).
- There is a statue of an angel next to the Mills mausoleum.
- One of the headstones in the Storybrooke graveyard is shaped like a Celtic cross.
- The name of the Shears of Destiny is reminiscent of the Spear of Destiny, the Holy Lance's alternative name. Like the shears, the Spear of Destiny is closely connected to the Savior, as it is said to be the weapon used to pierce Jesus Christ's side as he hung on the cross.
- A headstone shaped like a Celtic cross can be seen in Belle's Dream World. Another headstone is shaped like a regular cross.
- Roni snidely says to Eloise, "So you're wiping out humanity with a rainstorm? How biblical." This is a reference to the Genesis flood narrative from the Bible.
- The Sultan's coat of arms is a modified version of the star and crescent, an Islamic symbol which appears on the flag of many countries where Islam is a state religion or which has a largely Muslim population. Note that the Sultan's symbol has been rotated 90 degrees.
- When Edwin is about to eat, he recites part of the catholic meal prayer: "Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty." He also says that his God hears every prayer, and that he prays for his daughter. Alice later says that every meal she's ever had with her father could not begin without saying grace.
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