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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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Jennies, bumper stickers, heraldry…

donkey jenny card.jpg

This card came in from Father Gordon J Macrae (About). He can’t receive cards, but he can send them. These two mama donkeys (jennies to be exact) sport some great bumper stickers. Which reminds me. I need to come up with a motto for the coat of arms wrought by elizdelphi. I have been told by the priest who first reprimanded me about the heraldic sin of my having arms (sword and quill) behind the blazon is perhaps not forbidden after all. “Actually, I just don’t know,” he said. At any rate, I’m falling back on my original motto of many years, decades really, which comes from Luke 15:20, wherein the father of the prodigal son has pity, mercy, compassion…. on the prodigal. Actually, the word in Greek, a verb, is a passive aorist, whereby we see that what the inspired Scripture actually says is that the father’s heart was sacrificed. We’ll keep it in Greek (ἐσπλαγχνίσθη), but in all capital letters with no breathing or accent marks). The banner will have to be without the ripple in the middle…. You’ll remember what we have so far:


The sword, as I’ve pointed out in other posts on my coat of arms, refers also the flaming fiery sword of Elijah, which sword, mind you, was hardly a CCW! ;-) Anyway, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about CCW stuff as you know, and haven’t yet concluded that series, as I would still like to comment more about CCW priests and whether that’s a good idea or not. Just sayin’…


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