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Rev. Fr. Gregory A. Pilcher OSB, KHS

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 28th August 2007. Registration No. 00124.

Arms: Pean, on a chief Gules between two fleur-de-lis a sprig of thistle all Or.

The shield is placed upon the Jerusalem Cross Gules of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and is ensigned by a priest’s galero with cords and one tassel pendant on either side all Sable.

Motto:
“Duc in Altum”.

Assumed: United States of America, 17th June 2007.

Further Private Registration: American College of Heraldry 28th June 2007, Reg No. 3044.

The Arms of Gregory A. Pilcher OSB, KHS

The arms were designed and emblazoned by The Rev’d. Fr. Guy W. Selvester, MDiv, MA.

The coat of arms of the Reverend Gregory Pilcher of the Order of Saint Benedict, Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, reflects his family name and his ethnic heritage.

The name “Pilcher” means, among other things, a person who makes “pylches”, that is, garments of fur. The main part of the field is composed of one of the heraldic furs called pean. This is a black background powdered with gold coloured ermine spots. The black of the fur also alludes to the black Benedictine habit. The chief or upper third of the shield has a red background on which is two symbols of the armiger’s ancestry. On his mother’s side he is French Canadian (the gold fleur de lis) and on his father’s side he is Scottish (the gold thistle).

The shield is placed on the symbol of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a red Jerusalem cross, to represent the armiger’s membership in that chivalric order. In addition, his priesthood is reflected by the ecclesiastical hat, called a galero, placed above the shield. This hat is used in ecclesiastical heraldry in place of the more martial helmet, mantling and crest. The hat is black with two tassels that hang one each on either side of the shield.

Fr. Pilcher’s motto, “Duc in Altum” (put out into the deep) is from the fifth chapter of Luke’s gospel, verse four.

 
 

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