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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Rev. Fr. David O. Reyes, Jr. Coat of Arms


The ordinary ecclesiastical hat (galero) of the simple priest is black and has on either side a single tassel(fiocchi) of the same color. Placed over this hat is the shield bearing the symbols of Rev. Fr. David O. Reyes, Jr.

The shield’s dexter side depicts the origin of Father David. At the upper dexter is the harp and two crowns. The harp symbolizes the biblical shepherd-turned-king David, his namesake who is also notable as a psalmist; while the two crowns signify Father David’s lineage, the Reyes family. In Spanish, “reyes” is transliterated as “kings,” hence the two crowns. The harp and the crowns are placed side by side to stand for the fact that Father David is the second person to bear such a name in his family. The lower dexter bears the symbols of the patron saints of Nagcarlan. Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, the principal patron of the town, is represented by the flaying knife, the instrument that awarded the saint the crown of martyrdom. Beside the flaying knife is the symbol of the rose. It reminds us of the food which Saint Didacus of Alcala, the secondary patron of the parish, kept in his Franciscan habit for distribution to the poor and which miraculously turned into roses. It also implies the Blessed Virgin, the Rosa Mystica. She who is Queen of Apostles guided Father David as a seminarian and continues to watch over him even to this day. It is in the town of Nagcarlan that Father David was brought up to live the Catholic faith and to be of service to the Church.

The right side depicts the patron saints of the seminaries where Father David studied. At the upper right is the crossed sword and scroll, famed symbols of Saint Paul the Apostle. The very foundation of Father David’s formation to the priesthood lies in the Pauline spirituality that he imbibed during his days at Saint Paul Seminary under the tutelage of the Society of Saint Paul. At the lower right is the three overlapping circles tiered with a crown, reminiscent of Saint Charles Borromeo’s coat of arms. Father David was formed into the diocesan priesthood at San Carlos Seminary, the first conciliar and diocesan seminary in the country.

The heraldic colors of metallic silver and amaranth red demonstrate a contrast of light metal against dark color. Silver expresses sublimity and solemnity; red corresponds to passion, love and sacrifice.

In honor of the Apostle Paul, his protector and patron, Father David chose as his motto the words Comprehensus sum a Christo (Christ made me his own) to remind him of the great task that has been given to him – to be an alter Christus in capitis, to be another Christ the Head – and of his constant need to grow in holiness. The motto was liberally derived from Paul’s letter to the Philippians (3:12): “Non quod iam acceperim aut iam perfectus sim; persequor autem si umquam comprehendam, sicut et comprehensus sum a Christo Iesu”(It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus).

Bishop Gregory hartmayer's Coat of Arms

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer's Coat of Arms
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, USA

A bishop’s coat of arms is distinguished by a sign of his rank. That sign, placed over the shield, is a particular version of an ecclesiastical hat that was worn in processions, as late as 1870. The hat is lowcrowned, flat, and wide brimmed. On a bishop’s coat of arms, the hat is green and hanging from it are 12 green tassels, six on each side. There’s also a processional cross above the shield. The cross on a bishop’s coat of arms has one bar; an archbishop’s cross has two. The design of the shield itself differs from bishop to bishop.

Municipality of Somosierra, Spain, Coat of Arms

Municipality of Somosierra, Spain, Coat of Arms

Republic of the Philippines Coat of Arms

Republic of the Philippines Coat of Arms

Bishop Leo M. Drona Coat of Arms

Bishop Leo M. Drona Coat of Arms

Diocese of Paranague Coat of Arms


The miter symbolizes the pastoral authority of the bishop-elect, which he will be exercising within the three cities, Parañaque (Crown with “M”), Las Piñas (Bamboo Organ), and Muntinlupa (the mountain near a body of water), comprising the Diocese of Parañaque.



Coat of Arms of Isabela II


Coat of Arms of Isabela II

Monday, 12 December 2011

Coat of Arms of Bishop Pol Jaucian


Coat of Arms of Bishop Pol Jaucian

Here's the explanation of the bishop's Coat of Arms"

The shell of the upper left corner is the symbol of hierarchy of the Diocese of Bangued, Abra. This item adapted from the coat of arms of the Diocese of Bangued. The shell also pertains to St. James being a fisherman. A symbol of authority being fishers of men [and women].

The lion in the upper right corner calls to mind the animal symbol of the name 'Leopold'. Like a lion, the bishop hopes to be courageous and strong in facing up to the challenges of the Diocese of Abra.

The figure at the bottom (with the dove) is a Chinese character symbolizing the Divine Word, a reminder of the Society of the Divine Word wherein the Bishop belongs to. At the same time, it is a symbol of the Blessed Trinity. The Chinese element in the Coat of Arms is a memory of his apostolate to the Chinese of the Society of the Divine Word. The first SVD missionary to Abra was a former missionary to China. Now the new Bishop has in his resume a long running involvement in the Chinese apostolate.

The dove bearing an olive branch is the universal symbol for peace. To be an instrument of peace is the foremost concern of the Bishop of Abra.

The Coat of Arms is completed by the gold processional cross behind the shield; the green hat with the tassels at the sides, indicated of his Episcopal rank; and the motto on an ornamental scroll.

The motto "Manete in Me" ("Remain in Me"), from John 15:4,9 was chosen as a reflection of the constant prayer the Lord, and the Bishop, will be always with his people.

Coat of arms of Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales


Coat of arms of Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales



Diocese of Pasig, Coat of Arms



The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pasig is the diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines that comprises Pasig City, Pateros, and Taguig City. It was established by Pope John Paul II on June 26, 2003 by virtue of the Papal Bull Deus Caritas. It was formally inaugurated on August 21, 2003, with the installation of Most Reverend Francisco C. San Diego, DD. as its first bishop. The Immaculate Conception Parish, located in the central vicinity of Pasig, was made the cathedral or the seat of the diocese.

Bishop Mylo Vergara's coat of arms

Bishop Mylo Vergara's coat of arms


Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia Coat of Arms

Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia Coat of Arms



EXPLANATION OF THE COAT OF ARMS OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE MOST REV. FRANCISCO SAN DIEGO, D.D.


EXPLANATION OF THE COAT OF ARMS OF HIS EXCELLENCY
THE MOST REV. FRANCISCO SAN DIEGO, D.D.
BISHOP OF PASIG

MOTTO
The bishop’s motto "Servus Die" Latin for "servant of God," implies His Excellency’s ardent desire to follow the Eternal and loving Will of the Father in all the circumstances of his life and most especially in his new assignment as Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Pasig. He knows fully well that the performance of God’s will in the spirit of obedience and humility is the key to open the door and enter the Kingdom of Heaven for he who does the will of my Father shall enter it (Mt. 7:21).

COAT OF ARMS
The new coat of arms of Most Rev. Francisco san Diego, D.D. combines the official seal of the Diocese of Pasig (left) and his own personal coat of arms (right).

LEFT QUADRANT: Official Seal of the Diocese of Pasig
The official seal of the Diocese of Pasig reflect the past and present of this newly erected ecclesiastical territory. The shield is divided in two by a wavy line composed of three pairs of white and blue. A light blue field occupies the upper part while a green field the lower part.

The light blue color symbolizes the sky and the Virgin Mary as the immaculate patroness of the diocese. The green field recalls the agricultural past of Pasig, made fertile by the Pasig River represented as a wavy line.

On the upper section is placed the monogram of Mary encircled by twelve gold and silver star and below the monogram is a silver crescent moon, representing the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of the new diocese of Pasig.

The pairs of wavy lines also represent the three towns from which the diocese has been constituted: Pasig, Taguig and Pateros. The towns are represented by the attributes of their patronal saints. The diocesan seat, the town of Pasig, is represented in the upper filed of the monogram of Mary encircled by stars. An open book is the attribute of Sta. Ana, patroness of Taguig. She is often depicted teaching the Virgin Mary her first letters. But the act of teaching the Virgin how to read is far less important than teaching her God’s covenant. The open book with its clasps undone represents the revelation of the Old and New Testaments. The Greek Alpha represents the letters of the alphabet; it is also the equivalent of the Hebrew Aleph, which represents God as the beginning of all. Impaled behind the book is the pilgrim’s staff with a water container symbolic of san Roque, and a simple cross, symbolic of Santa Maria, invoked by duck farmers and balut makers. Both are patrons of Pateros.

UPPER RIGHT QUADRANT
The coat of arms of the bishop has adopted a design that reflects his person. The shield’s chief or upper third is a red field on which is a golden heart, bleeding and inflamed. This speaks of the bishop’s love for God that is ever kindled by faith and nurtured everyday by his ardent devotion to the Eucharist and personal prayer.


LOWER RIGHT QUADRANT
This quadrant is a blue field on which are a silver star, a net and fishes. The fish and net symbolize His Excellency’s family origin, Obando, Bulacan, a town known for its rich marine life, and his vocation as a "fisher of men." The star, which hovers over the fish and net symbolizes the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Star of the Sea. His fidelity to the task of being a fisher of men draws strength and inspiration from our Lady whose will undoubtedly guided each one to heed each respective vocation, thus making Christ reign.