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Bruce Joseph Andrew Myers
Grant of Arms and Badge
September 15, 2017
Vol. VI, p. 756
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Per pale barry wavy Vert and Argent counterchanged a ship Or its sail charged with a Chi Rho Gules;
IN SURE AND CERTAIN HOPE;
A square barry wavy Vert and Argent overall a crozier Or;
The ship, an ancient symbol of the Church, symbolizes the reconciliation of churches through Bishop Myers’ work in various expressions of the ecumenical movement, including the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches, which both have a ship as their emblem. A ship also features in the arms of Quebec City, the episcopal see of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec, which he serves as its thirteenth bishop. It also honours the numerous boat trips Bishop Myers took while he was incumbent of the parish of the Magdalen Islands. The chi rho, another ancient Christian symbol, is engraved on his episcopal ring. The wavy bands recall water and his ministry in maritime locations. They also allude to radio waves and to Bishop Myers’ previous career as a broadcast journalist. The green symbolizes hope, and it is also an official colour of Ontario, his birthplace. The vertical division line alludes to Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces with which he has a strong connection.
This phrase is taken from the funeral office of the Book of Common Prayer, and is an expression of the Christian faith: “In sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The square alludes to the sail of a ship and to the background of the arms. The crozier symbolizes that Bishop Myers is a professed member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, an international Anglican religious community.
Canada Gazette Information
The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 31, 2018, in Volume 152, page 897 of the Canada Gazette.
Original concept of Manon Labelle, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
Robert S. Bengry