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Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia


Registration number 20061022J


This certifies that the heraldic arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Azure on a fess engrailed Argent a bar Gules in chief a mullet encircled by ten lessor mullets in base a crescent Argent.


Source

Diocese website: http://www.arlingtondiocese.org

Design Rationale

The Diocese’s Coat of Arms is composed of a blue field on which is displayed a silver (white) fess (bar across the middle), with engrailed edges on both sides. Within the fess is a red bar. The use of these colors red, white and blue, the colors of our nation’s flag, are to reflect the close proximity of the See ‘City’ of Arlington to our nation’s capital and the close connection of the See ‘City’ and its people to the government of the United States. The engrailed edges of the fess are taken from the coat of arms of Saint Thomas More, titular of the Cathedral Church of Arlington. Above and below the fess are a silver star and a silver crescent, both symbols of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Patroness of the diocese and of the United States. The star above the fess is encircled by ten smaller silver stars to represent the State of Virginia, which was the tenth state admitted to the Union.

Registered by

Michael Swanson

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