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DIOCESAN COAT OF ARMS FOLLOWS THE CROSS

21st April 2017


DIOCESAN COAT OF ARMS FOLLOWS THE CROSS

The Bishop has discovered an original nineteenth century coat of arms from the early days of the Diocese of Leeds and has redesigned the Diocesan Coat of Arms to incorporate some new features: most notably, the Cross of Christ.

 

Prior to the 1950's, the Diocese used the coats of arms of its bishops.  The first 'Diocesan Curia' coat of arms was designed in 1957; then in 1994, this was slightly altered to become the arms of the Diocese of Leeds.  The version to be used in the Diocese from now on still takes the form of a shield, surmounted by a bishop's mitre and retains all the familiar features, comprising:

 

Silver fleur-de-lys on a blue background for Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Our Lady of Unfailing Help), Patroness of the Diocese of Leeds

 

A gold crozier for St Wilfrid, Patron of the Diocese

 

A small green shield with silver rose for the ‘County of Broad Acres’ and ‘Yorkshire White Rose’.

 

Behind the shield is now positioned a crozier, symbol of the pastoral jurisdiction of a bishop and a processional cross, recalling that the bishop and diocese must look to and always follow the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The Diocese of Leeds was created in 1878 and Bishop Marcus is the 10th Bishop of Leeds.

 

Interested in the history and heritage of our Diocese of Leeds?  Visit http://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/archives/ for details of the Parish and family history resources available in our Diocesan Archives.