The sword crossed with
a quill pen represents St Justin the first century Christian Martyr.
St. Justin, who was beheaded by a sword, wrote important works in
defence of the faith. The gold emblem of the Order of St Benedict
represents the armigerís affiliation with the Order as a Benedictine
Oblate. The Cross of St Cuthbert is a common symbol of the home
county of the armiger (Durham, UK) and the hare represents his place
of birth, Easington, County Durham. Red, the colour of martyrdom,
calls to mind the blood shed by St Justin and blue represents both
the Blessed Virgin Mary and the sea of North East England.
The motto, Suscipe Me
Domine, (Uphold me Lord), is taken form Psalm 118 and in its longer
form, is commonly used by Benedictines as an act of self-offering to