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Post by David Wooten » Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:12 pm

I am pleased to announce the posting of an article entitled "Orthodox Ecclesiastical Heraldry" by the late Professor David Pittman Johnson, D.S.W., with line drawings by Cmdr. Valery Pavlovich Yegorov and Natalie Rostislavovna Yegorova, and featuring an Introduction and Commentary by Father Guy W. Selvester, ACH Advisory Board.

The article may be found, along with several others, on our website at www.americancollegeofheraldry.org (click the Select Articles link). It will be published shortly in our quarterly, "The Armiger's News," but is available now online.

To quote from the introduction:

"This article by the late Dr. David Johnson is an interesting attempt to codify in one place the collected knowledge, limited as it is, concerning heraldry in the Orthodox Churches. Generally speaking, ecclesiastical heraldry as we know it was, and still is, heavily influenced by European heraldry. As such, the Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions have developed heraldic systems of their own. However, heraldry is less present in the Orthodox tradition. Nevertheless, in European countries where there is a large Orthodox Christian population, primarily in Eastern Europe, there are distinct heraldic customs, traditions and practices. In Greece, the Middle East and Africa the use of heraldry as we would understand it is not common among the Orthodox Churches.

"Dr. Johnson's article serves as an interesting proposal. Some of what he proposes is extrapolated from existing heraldic traditions. Some of it may be in use in some of the Orthodox communities (such as the Russian) while not in others. Because of the decentralized nature of Orthodoxy it is impossible to impose a single unified system on a widely disparate group of ecclesiastical communities each with a distinct identity based on ethnicity and/or nationality. Still, Dr. Johnson suggests some interesting ideas that could serve as an excellent model for those positions held in common throughout the Orthodox world. Since he himself was an Orthodox Christian this was an area of personal and particular interest to him. The ideas expressed in this article may not be agreed with universally but they do give excellent food for thought and discussion. The American College of Heraldry does not necessarily endorse this system proposed by Dr. Johnson as normative but is happy to share this article to which he devoted so much time, effort and energy."

- Guy W. Selvester


I would urge anyone interested in the subject to review this article - one that David Johnson was working on when he passed suddenly 2 years ago, and which was completed with the gracious assistance of Cmdr. Yegorov.
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Thanks David for bringing this to our attention!

Post by doland » Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:33 am

Thanks David for bringing this to our attention! If this was found in rough draft form I can only imagine the quality handwriting that was such trademark of Dr. Johnson. That would be a masterpiece of reading in and of itself, even if unfinished. I thank Commander Yegorov, Natalie Yegorova, Father Sylvester and all others that were involved in the completion of this fine work.
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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Wed May 02, 2007 5:28 pm

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Arms of The Archeparchy of Chicago and the Midwest of The Orthodox Church in America, as designed by the Very Venerable Igumen Father Vladimir (Wendling).


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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Wed May 23, 2007 12:59 pm

An interesting page on Orthodox Ecclesiastical Heraldry at the blog of The Right Reverend Protoprezbyter-Mytrophor Father Waldemar Janusz Kuchta D.D.

http://fatherwaldemar.blogspot.com/2005 ... hurch.html
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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:44 am

With the blessing of His Eminent Grace Episcope of Australia & New Zealand Lord Irinej (Dobrijevich), my Clerical arms were established.

They were rendered by Iconpainter Rade M. Pavlovich (Heraldic Artist of The Princely Branch of The Serbian Royal House of Karageorgevich, Heraldic Artist of The CROM-BHGS) in the ancient technique of egg-tempera.

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Post by J Duncan of Sketraw » Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:07 pm

Very Very nice nenad :D
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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Sun Aug 05, 2007 12:37 pm

Some more Ecclesiastical heraldry from the Romanian Orthodox Church.

The arms of Metropolitan Andrey (Shaguna) /1808-1873/.

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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:54 pm

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The arms of Nikon, by the Grace of God The Grand Lord, The Most Holy Archepiscope of Moscow and The Patriarch of All Great and Small and White Russia (1605-+1681).
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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:24 pm

The beautiful arms upot the seal of The Metropolitan of Moldavia Veniamin (Kostaki), mid 19th c.

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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:11 am

The doubleheaded eagle of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Konstanitnoupolis.

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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:40 pm

Bishop John R. Martin of The Orthodox Carpatho-Russian Diocese of America

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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:07 am

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Saint Dimitry of Rostov, Metopolitan of Rostov and Yaroslav (1651-1709)
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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Sun Dec 23, 2007 9:14 pm

Arms of The Serbian Orthodox Church upon a stained glass window (detail).

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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:22 pm

Arms of The Patriarchate of Jerusalem upon the Patriarchal Throne

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Post by Nenad M. Jovanovich » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:42 pm

One of our Armigers, V.Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter-Michael Preble, has recently been promoted to a Clerical Rank of Protoprezbyter by his Archbishop, and therefore his CoA was upgraded too…

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