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Christopher Lynn Hall


Registration number 20080605P


This certifies that the heraldic arms of Christopher Lynn Hall are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Argent masoned Sable a wooden door closed proper charged thereon in dexter with two heart hinges Sable and in sinister a gimmel ring opened palewise Or, on a chief embattled Vert in dexter three mullets one and two and in sinister a crescent all Or.
Crest: On a wreath Vert and Argent issuing from a celestial crown Or jewelled proper encircled by a crown of thorns an annulet radiating eight bars evenly spaced on the outer edge the lowest extending into a staff supported by a pair of wings conjoined in lure Argent.
Mantling: Vert doubled Argent.
Motto: Maior His Est Caritas (The Greatest of These is Love)


Design rationale

The green chief should be viewed primarily as a symbol of hope for the future of my life and my hope for the afterlife. On the top half of the shield I’ve placed three mullets (or stars), one on top of the other two. I have three gold mullets in chevron (the angled shape of a Lambda or top of a triangle; a shape that can represent faithful service) as seen in Lambda Chi Alpha’s coat of arms, which is emblematic of the Brotherhood of which I am a part, and of the greatest lesson I’ve learned during my membership. The top-right Crescent (with horns pointing upwards), is symbolic for me on three different levels. First, the crescent is commonly accepted as a sign of the hope of greater glory (my hope for a successful life). Secondly, in English arms it was also a mark of cadency signifying the second son, which I am in my family. Finally, this crescent can symbolize enlightenment, which is important in my life (my first life-goal of education and my roles as parent, teacher, and fraternity advisor support that).

Separating the top half of the shield from the bottom is an embattled line, which forms the top of a masoned (bricked) Argent wall. This is my principal metal, because it can signify the purity of my straightedge lifestyle, sincerity, and peace. The wall can be seen in heraldry as a town’s wall or a fortress wall of protection. I view this wall as the familial role I play as the head of my home, able provider, strong protector, and decisive leader. The portal through this wall is a closed door “proper” (displayed in its usual color), which symbolizes for me the entrance into my family and into the hope of my future with my family. This represents my second life-goal of raising a successful family.

The annulet is a plain ring that symbolized fidelity. As a closed circle, it is symbolic of continuity and wholeness. Two annulets linked vertically, also described as a Gimmel Ring in pale, mean for me my union with my wife (and Or, the heraldic name for the metal gold, can symbolize generosity and trustworthiness). The customary exchange of two rings to join a husband and wife together is the catalyst for a great change in my life, and can open the door to my new life of hope with her. Also, it can be noticed, opening the door to a hopeful life is hinged upon the two hearts working together.

On the torse is set a celestial crown, which is not frequently seen on coats of arms. This crown symbolized the heavenly reward, which is awarded at the end of a life well served. This is my third life-goal: to get to Heaven and bring my loved ones with me, while earning that celestial crown which is set with jewels. Around the first crown is placed another one: the Crown of Thorns. This crown is the one Jesus Christ wore on the day of his greatest sacrifice. This symbolizes for me the opportunity I have, to make a sacrifice in His name for the betterment of others. First I must “wear” the crown of thorns to earn the bejeweled celestial crown.

Rising out of the two crowns is seen a black circle with eight bars extending out, sort of looking like a child would draw the Sun if he were to use a black crayon. This crest is of representative nature, and symbolizes one of the most important parts of my life. On either side of this circle is placed an Angel Wing. In the middle, these wings are “in lure” which means they are joined together with their tips turned downwards. These Angel Wings represent my future" rise" up toward Heaven, which is another nod to my third life goal.

Finally, placed below everything else, is displayed my motto: “Maior His Est Caritas” is translated into “The Greatest of These is Love.” This Latin phrase comes from the Vulgate, and is found in the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians.

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Armiger

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