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Michael Allan Bird
Grant of Arms
August 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 330
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Gules a pale wavy Azure fimbriated and between two birds statant close respectant Argent;
WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE;
The birds refer to Bishop Bird’s name, and the blue and white stripe alludes to the falling water of Niagara Falls, a feature also represented on the arms of the Diocese of Niagara. The red, white and blue colours are prominent in the flag of Newfoundland, where Bishop Bird was ordained.
This is taken from the Old Testament book of the prophet Micah, chapter 6, verse 8: “and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God”.
Canada Gazette Information
The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Volume 142, page 2985 of the Canada Gazette.
Original concept of Ralph Spence, Albion Herald Extraordinary, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.