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Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Grant of Arms and Badge
December 15, 2021
Vol. VIII, p. 42
Arms of Stephen Andrew Hero
Sable a saltire pommé throughout between in chief and in base six mullets Or and in the flanks two turtledoves respectant Argent;
For Bishop Hero, black represents both earth and mystery, while gold symbolizes divine glory and the royal dignity of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. White stands for purity and holiness. The saltire shape alludes to the cross of St. Andrew, as well as the tilted cross on the crown of St. Stephen of Hungary, the two saints after whom Bishop Hero is named. More generally, it also indicates that disciples must share in the cross of Jesus. The two turtledoves stand for St. Joseph, embodying the love for one’s God and one’s neighbours, and mark Bishop Hero’s association with St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, of which he formerly was rector. The twelve stars are sometimes found in artistic depictions of Mary.
This Latin phrase, meaning “God alone,” is taken from Psalm 85:10 in the Vulgate Bible: “For you are great and do wondrous things; you are God alone.”
Original concept of Stephen Andrew Hero, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.