Bishop Moth of Arundel & Brighton


Today, May 28, the Most Rev. Richard Moth was installed in the beautiful Arundel Cathedral as the 5th Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. His coat of arms (above) is described as follows on the diocesan website:

The Grant of Arms contains the following description:
Paly-wavy of ten Bleu-celeste and Gules on a Chief Or four Crosses of Jerusalem the outer pair issuant Gules

Which might be expressed in modern English:
Ten wavy stripes in sky blue and red, with a gold field above containing four red Jerusalem Crosses, the outer pair appearing from the side

The wavy stripes hark back to Bishop Richard’s place of birth (the Zambian Arms consisting of similar stripes in black and silver), blue a reminder of Our Lady and the red a reminder of the English Martyrs. The Crosses of Jerusalem are a reference to Bishop Richard’s membership of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Bishop Richard’s motto is Pax et Gaudium in Domino – Peace and Joy in the Lord.

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