Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Religious Heraldry in Maine

Arms of the Minor Basilica of
Saints Peter and Paul
I've been distracted by life in general, but also some other heraldry projects including International Heraldry Day and a Facebook page dedicated to American Heraldry. I haven't forgotten about this small side project, though. For the sake of posting something, here are a couple examples of arms of religious institutions in Maine.

From the Basilica's website:

This ancient papal insignia shows the crossed keys of Saint Peter and the pilgrim's canopy - theombrellino. For the new Lewiston Basilica, green was selected to represent both Saint Peter and the State of Maine. On this field appears the crook of a crozier ( a pastoral staff; a processional staff with the head in the form of a shepherd's crook) representing Saint Peter, The first Bishop of Rome. 

Arms of the Diocese of Portland
 The blue field on the right is in honor of Saint Paul - Apostle to the Gentiles and inspired writer and teacher. The deep blue represents the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the Diocese of Portland under her title of the Immaculate Conception. Blue is also a symbol of the truth of the Gospel that Saint Paul taught in his Letters. The book represents the Latin version of the Bible opened to Saint Paul's letter to the Romans which begins with the words: Ad Romanos Caput Primum (" To the Romans, First Chapter.") At the base is a smaller gold field. Gold is a symbol of wisdom and truth. On it appears the Fleur-de-Lys - the oldest image for Mary, Mother of the Church. Known as the Lily of Mary, It was selected for two other reasons: the great French Canadian heritage of the people who built the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and, when depicted half silver and half black, is also one of the most important emblems of the Order of the Preachers of Saint Dominic.

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