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Our Diocesan Crest

The Armorial Bearings, the gift of Miss Margaret Banks of England and authorised by the College of Heralds, is described as follows: Azure a Pastoral Staff and a Key ward upwards in saltire or surmounted by an open Book proper in chief Celestial Crown of the Second and in base a sprig of Maple of three leaves slipped also proper.

The Crest features:
 
  • A Celestial Crown at the top (‘Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life’ – Revelation 2.10)
  • A Bible – ‘God’s word written’ (Anglican Article XX). It is open because in it Christians find the story of Jesus Christ and, in him, their own stories
  • A Key – representing the apostolic authority entrusted to the bishop (‘I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven’ – St Matthew 16.19)
  • A Crozier (pastoral staff) – representing the episcopal responsibility to shepherd the people of God after the manner of the Good Shepherd
  • Three coloured maple leaves – representing the beauty of the diocese