COAT OF ARMS AND MOTTO

 

The Coat of Arms of Bishop Joseph Ha is made up of six parts.

 

Above the shield is a green galero (hat) and tassels which are symbols of the Episcopal order. The simple loop of the cord symbolizes simplicity, straightforwardness and sincerity.

 

Behind the shield is a light green T. The T is not only the last letter in the ancient Hebrew alphabet but also a Franciscan cross. It represents Christ’s salvation, the penance of sinners (see Ezek 9:40 and the virtue of minority.

 

On the left side of the shield is the crucifix that spoke to the Poverello. It symbolizes returning everything to the Lord and the mission to rebuild the church. The orange colour behind the crucifix is a sign of optimism, creativity and determination.

 

On the upper right side of the shield is a blank space to represent “sine proprio” (poverty) and giving space to the Holy Spirit, desiring the holy operation of the Spirit of the Lord.

 

The bauhinia on the lower right side of the shield symbolizes dedication and commitment to Hong Kong. The flower is supported by green leaves, forming a picture of fraternal relationship which is necessary to build up a community.

 

The motto is the Latin expression for peace and goodness, the greeting of St. Francis, wishing peace and the goodness of God to all humankind.

 

 

 

牧徽與格言

 

盾牌上方的帽及繩索,代表主教的聖秩。單一個的繩圈,象徵簡樸、率直及誠懇。

 

在盾牌後,是夏天青綠色的T,作為希伯來古字母的最後一個,既是方濟會的十字架,亦代表了基督的救贖、罪人的悔改 (見則9:4) 以及謙遜的微末心。

 

盾牌的左邊是向亞西西小窮人講說話的聖達勉苦像,代表了對天主的全歸還,以及重建教會的使命。苦像後的橙色,代表樂觀、創意及意志力量。

 

盾牌的右邊上半是以水墨畫風格的留白,一方面代表了不佔有,另一方面代表了給予空間讓聖神帶領,以及渴望主之神的聖善工程。

 

盾牌的右下方是香港的市花洋紫荊,代表了對香港的委身及承擔;紫紅花及相扶的綠葉,表示建立團體的手足情。

 

格言是平安美善的拉丁文,是方濟的問候語,代表了祝願人間充滿源於天主的平安及美善。

 

  

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