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This page lists Once Upon a Time's various references to numerous religious works and practices.

Season One

"Pilot"

"The Shepherd"

  • 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.
  • Prince James duels a man called "Behemoth", a creature from the Bible.

"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"

"Dreamy"

  • 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[3] is a Budded Cross, which is characterized by three scalloped shapes at the end of each arm, which symbolize the Holy Trinity.[4] 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.

"The Return"

"An Apple Red as Blood"

Season Two

"We Are Both"

  • 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.

"Lady of the Lake"

"In the Name of the Brother"

"Tiny"

"Welcome to Storybrooke"

"Selfless, Brave and True"

"Second Star to the Right"

  • Tamara remarks that magic is unholy.

Season Three

"Quite a Common Fairy"

  • 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.

"Going Home"

"Snow Drifts"

  • 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.

Season Four

"Family Business"

  • 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.

"Smash the Mirror"

"Heroes and Villains"

  • 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.

"Darkness on the Edge of Town"

  • 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."

"Best Laid Plans"

"Lily"

  • Emma and her foster family say grace before dinner.

"Mother"

"Operation Mongoose Part 1"

"Operation Mongoose Part 2"

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