Revising my coat of arms for battle


The great elizdelphi sketched this up with enormous talent, but I couldn’t use it as there was a grievous error in the motto. That was back in mid-2016. Time has passed. ἀγαθωσύνη καὶ χρηστότης (paraphrasing a bit) is still something I would like for the motto, perhaps in Hebrew (a personal thing). This refers to the many times in the Scriptures when kindness and goodness are placed together, for instance, in Galatians 5:22. I have much personal family history with this phrase.

  • “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Doing up a revision might be an opportunity to do more changes than just the motto:

  • The “saturno”, still a “galero” for purposes of ecclesiastical heraldry, might be… flattened out a bit, less of a bonnet and more like the rings of Saturn. This achievement device for this lowest level armigerous cleric could never be affordable at the level of the blue reflections that would be seen with likely black horsehair on a sunny day, so just flat black is fine. The same goes for the quill. Plain colors, boring, is good for heraldry. Some persnickety armorer might quibble with the mixing of colors, such as with the flames of the sword as well.
  • As time goes on with my Ancestry(R) subscription, I’m finding out that the Irish I thought I had and was in fact reported earlier on in my subscription, has now been reappraised as being more Scots-English than Scots-Irish. However, the contemporary use of the Triquetra on the shoulder of the quillon of the sword is most appropriate because of personal history, and so is most appropriate for what’s happening with the personal coat of arms, especially on the sword itself.
  • The water flowing from the cross needs to be brown and no longer water but a mountain, which specifically is Mount Carmel. However, because of personal history, the cross at the top of that mountain needs to be a red Jerusalem Cross. It is what it is because of personal history.
  • The Star of David needs completion of its lines: ✡. Meanwhile, the Donkey is perfect and the Monstrance is perfect, though I think the radiant bits would have to be removed. Those familiar with O.Carm. and O.C.D. will know what I’m doing here. Again, it’s all personal history, loaded with personal history.
  • The sword and the quill have to be flipped up, ready for action in this Church Militant, Ecclesia Militans, and are in use, in fact, continuously in the present. Having said that…
  • Armorers have gotten quite upset with me about the fact of (1) the use of weapons at all as devices for a cleric, and (2) that this cleric is not entitled to armorial achievements because of not being a member of an equestrian military order, and (3) that I’m forbidden because of all that to have weapons crossed in back of the shield as some kind of supporters. Consider, however, that neither quill nor flaming sword of Genesis 3:24 is a this-worldly weapon. Sometimes armorers are so wrapped up in familial armory that they forget ecclesiastical armory can have a much fuller reality. The quill of exegetical commentary and sword of Genesis 3:24 and Elijah is quite different than a pair of muskets for some secular ranking military officer. Am I wrong? Armorers?


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11 responses to “Revising my coat of arms for battle

  1. I have the privilege of knowing “elizdelphi” and chatting with her at church on a regular basis. As you suspect, she does, indeed, have many treasures. :-)

  2. sanfelipe007

    To think I was here, and saw the genesis of your coat of arms. Three cheers for Elizabeth! Well done.

  3. I believe the sword is very appropriate – because a real priest (meaning one who is willing to fight for the souls our Lord Jesus died for) is a warrior. As Jesus said do not fear those who can only kill the body – fear those who can thrust you into eternal death by killing your soul. Real priests battle the ‘real enemy’ all the time. I like the coat of arms very much. Great job elizdelphi !

    As for a motto how about, ” All for You, Lord Jesus! “

  4. Jennifer

    On a series that my children like (The Wiggles) one of the characters is named Captain Feathersword.

  5. sanfelipe007

    Few can cut through to the truth as do children.

  6. SognPlaci

    If this is your coat of arms then the motto should be: solvite illum et adducite (from Mk 11,2). Or from John 12,14: Et invenit Iesus asellum et sedit super eum.

  7. elizdelphi

    There was no question in my mind that the sword should be downward-pointing because (besides the fact that one always writes with the business end of a quill pen downward) St Michael always seems to be stabbing downward at lucifer. As for the sword not being allowed, maybe St Michael simply flew behind Fr George’s blazon going one way, and one of Elijah’s ravens at the same instant flew by going the other way and that is just the fact of the matter whether it is “allowed” or not.

    I have more work to do, and I’m not sure the motto is yet settled on, except that for certain it will be in some language that uses a different alphabet!

    I am able to seem extremely talented because this design involves only things I know reasonably well how to draw.

    • Father George David Byers

      You made me laugh out loud elizdelphi! Poor Raven meeting up with Saint Michael!

  8. Aussie Mum

    Regardless of what the armorers might say, I think the revisions to your coat of arms is just the thing for it more clearly expresses your life’s work (vocation) and its meaning (the opening up of salvation history through the workings of grace upon personal history).

    When you mention that the Star of David needs completion of its lines, are you referring to its seven parts? I looked back on what you have written on that in the past. You wrote: “The bit in the middle refers to the perfection (seventh point) of the Son of David, the Messiah, who brings us from Day 6 (when Adam was created and the day he fell, and we in him, the day when Redemption was promised by YHWH Elohim.” The clarity we need. Thank you for teaching us, Father.

  9. The American Heraldry Society and the American College of Heraldry both dislike the use of supporters in American personal arms, because they typically denote nobility. I don’t *think* that St. Michael’s sword does so, and I’m almost certain that a raven or crow quill does not. In fact, I’m not at all sure that they count as supporters at all. But you might inquire with one or both.
    The Society would be willing to defer to ecclesiastical heralds and rules of heraldry, and the College might also. You might want to consult with an ecclesiastical herald first.

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