The Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster

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Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Registration of Arms
April 15, 2021
Vol. VII, p. 348

Arms of the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster
Arms of the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster
 
Arms of the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster

Arms of the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster

Blazon

Azure a cross patonce between five martlets, on a chief dancetty of three points Or a pale Ermine charged with a mitre proper between two roses Gules barbed and seeded proper;

Symbolism

The Canadian Heraldic Authority does not have confirmed symbolism for this emblem. The following comments are hypotheses only. The design of the blue shield, the cross patonce, the martlets and the gold chief with two roses is based on that of Westminster Abbey in London. The cross patonce and martlets are the attributed arms of King Edward the Confessor, the founder of Westminster Abbey in the 11th century. The mitre is a symbol of episcopal authority, and ermine appears in the arms of several dioceses in western Canada as a reference to the fur trade. The division line refers to the mountains in British Columbia.

 

Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the letters patent was made on December 11, 2021 in Volume 155, page 5668 of the Canada Gazette.

Letters patent registering the heraldic emblems of the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster

Additional Information

Creator(s)

Not Available.

Painter

Artist of the College of Arms, London / Artiste du Collège d’armes, Londres

Calligrapher

Not applicable

Recipient Type

Civil Institution
National, Regional, Diocesan, Administrative

Other Information

The recipient’s emblems were originally recorded at the College of Arms, London, England, 10 February 1960.