Coat of Arms
A. Dale Climie
The archepiscopal heraldic achievement or archbishop’s coat of arms is composed of a shield with its charges (symbols), a motto scroll and the external ornamentation. The shield, which is the central and most important feature of any heraldic device, is described (blazoned) in 12th century terms, that are archaic to our modern language, and this description is presented as if given by the bearer with the shield being worn on the arm. Thus, where it applies, the terms dexter and sinister are reversed as the device is viewed from the front.
By heraldic tradition the arms of the bishop, who is the “first among equals” of an ecclesiastical province, called a “Metropolitan Archbishop,” are joined, impaled, with the arms of his jurisdiction. In this case, these are the arms of the Archdiocese of The Western Province.
These arms are composed of a blue field on which is displayed the Eastern Orthodox Cross encircled by a green vine. The vine represents Christ, in whom we have new life. The Eastern Orthodox Cross represents the strong ties between the Conservative Anglican Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church.
For his personal arms, His Excellency, Archbishop Climie has chosen the battle shield of his family's clan. This fess serves as a reminder that we "Battle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers...". The white color of the field recalls God's standard of conduct for all His ministers: Holiness unto The Lord".
In the lower portion of the design is depicted the Agnus Dei. This symbol has been used throughout his ministry to represent one of the covenant names of God: Jehova Nissi, which means "The Lord is my banner" and by extension also means "The Lord is my victory". Reminding us that a victorious lifestyle should be the norm for every Christian. This symbol was also used by the Knights Templar during the middle ages. When the Templars fled France, they were protected by the Sinclair clan in Scotland - the parent clan of the Climie clan.
For his motto, His Excellency, Archbishop Climie uses the phrase, “Omnia In Glorium Dei.” This phrase is translated “All to the Glory of God“.
The achievement is completed with the external ornaments which are a gold archepiscopal processional cross, that has two cross-members, that is placed in back of and which extends above and below the shield.
Archbishop Climie’s shield has a green galero (wide-brimmed hat) with 10 tassels on each side. The motto and the scutcheon are proper to the individual Bishop.