Grand Lodge of Quebec
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GRAND LODGE OF QUEBEC
Arms : Per pale, dexter per fess Gules and Argent, in chief on a chevron between three castles Argent a pair of compasses extended Or, in base a shamrock, a thistle, a red rose and a maple leaf conjoined on one stem proper, sinister quarterly Azure and Or a cross quarterly Argent and Vert between in the first quarter a lion rampant Or, in the second an ox passant Sable, in the third a man statant affronté with hands elevated proper vested Vert his robe Gules lined ermine, and in the fourth an eagle displayed Or
Crest : The Ark of the Covenant rayonnant, the mercy seat set with two cherubim kneeling respectant Or
Supporters : Two cherubim proper
Motto: AUDI VIDE TACE
The arms were officially granted on May 15, 2003.
These arms were created in 1869, the year in which the Grand Lodge of Quebec (G.L.Q.) was founded. Except for the lower left quarter, they are identical to the 1813 arms of the United Grand Lodge of England, which has given its approval for the use of its arms in this grant. The difference is the additional quarter with floral symbols on a single stem representing the mother Grand Lodges of the Lodges that formed the G.L.Q., i.e., those of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. The upper left quarter served as the arms of the premier Grand Lodge of England, and the arms on the right side were those of the Antients Grand Lodge, both created in the early 18th century. The former were those of the mediaeval guild of stonemasons in the City of London, and these arms were initially adopted by the Grand Lodge of London or Premier Grand Lodge founded in 1717 and later known as the "Moderns Grand Lodge". The arms of the Antients Grand Lodge make an allusion to the creatures with the faces of a man, a lion, a bull, and an eagle in the first prophecy in the Book of Ezekiel (Ez. 1:10), which became the respective symbols associated with the four Evangelists.
The shield is surmounted by a wreath of twisted cloth in white and red on which is set the Ark of the Covenant in the Temple in Jerusalem, all in gold. Two kneeling cherubim are placed on the mercy seat.
On either side of the shield is a cherub standing upright in natural colours. These cherubim have human faces and torsos, the legs and feet of an ox, and the wings of an eagle instead of arms. The outside wings are resting against their bodies, and the inside ones are raised as if to protect the Ark.
The motto means: "Listen, look, and keep silence."