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Fr. Michael August Blume, SVD

Description of the Coat of Arms of The Most Reverend
Fr. Michael A. Blume, S.V.D.
Titular Archbishop of Alessano
Apostolic Nuncio in Benin e Togo

 

In according to the Roman Catholic Church heraldic tradition, the Coat of Arms of an Archbishop is normally composed by:

  • a shield with its charges (symbols) coming from family, geographic, religious and historical meanings and/or referred to the name of the Archbishop;
  • a golden processional cross, with two traversal bars, to represent the rank of the archbishop, “impaled” (vertically) behind the shield;
  • a green hat (galero), with 20 (ten on each side) attached tassels, ordained 1; 2; 3; 4
  • a scroll with the motto, written in black, below everything.

Heraldic description (blazon) of the Coat of Arms
of the Archbishop Blume

“ Chapé ployé. In 1st Azure, a crescent Argent below an open book Or charged by the letters “A” and “Ω” Gules. In 2nd Gules edged Or ; dexter: a pair of wings Argent; sinister:a basket of six breads supported by a fish naiant of the last “.

Motto:
VERBUM DEI CURRAT

( 2 Thess 3,1 ). The motto recalls the belonging of Fr. Blume to the Society of the Divine Word.

Interpretation

The shield has a gothic shape: classical and very used in heraldry.

The blue (Azure) symbolizes the separation from the worldly values and the ascent of the soul toward God, therefore the run of the Celestial Virtues which raise themselves from the things of the earth toward the sky.

The silver (Argent) is the symbol of the transparency, of the purity; that’s why it has been used to design the crescent of moon, symbol of the Blessed Mary (…“dressed of sun and with the moon under her feet…”-Ap 12,1). Besides, the crescent appears also in the Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South bend where Fr. Blume comes from and recalls even the parish of “Our lady of Hungary” place of his growth.

The red (Gules) is the colour of Love and blood: the Love of Christ for us, so strong to pour His own blood for His children. In addition to this, the red is the colour which appears in the flags of Hungary, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands, origin Countries of Fr. Blume. It is also the colour of the Ghana, land where he lived for his missionary service for many years.

The Virgin Mary is woman of listening to the Word of God and She gave us the Word become flesh, concept of the missionary Church; the Word is here represented by the book of the Holy Scripture, “charged” by the greek letters ”A” and “Ω”, everything starts and ends in Christ.

The book is painted in gold, the most noble metal, symbol of the first Virtue, the Faith: thanks to the Faith we can comprehend totally the teaching of the Word.

The position of the crescent respect to the book wants to underline the full of love attitude of the presence of Mary,, also of the Church then, who hugs the Word to transmit It to us.

The wings of the angel represent:

  • Saint Matthew, to whom is dedicated the Co-Cathedral of South Bend, birthplace of Fr. Blume;
  • Saint Michael, the archangel, the first name of the Archbishop.

The fish is one of the most known symbol of the Christians of the catacombs in Rome, to recall the time that Fr. Blume passed in Rome to serve the Holy See, by the Pontifical Council of the Pastoral for the Immigrants and Itinerants. The acrostic which comes from the greek letters composing the word ICHTUS, origine the words Jesus Christ Son of God the Saviour.

The bread symbolizes the Eucharistic bread, to underline the Year of the Eucharist, indicted by the deceased Holy Father, John Paul II (during this year Fr. Blume has been named and ordained Archbishop); besides, the breads “heraldically read” after the wings, want to recall the “Panis Angelicus”, in order to find the strict connection between the Bread and the Eucharist in the same communion table, the altar.

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