Ecclesiastical heraldry dates back to the eleventh century, but Christian symbols were used as early as the second century. The use of ecclesiastical heraldry today fills a need for the stability of tradition and the mark of identity conferred by the deep and instant appeal of the beautiful picture language of the Church.
The armorial bearings of the Most Reverend Murphy Pakiam elaborates his motto which is MERCY AND PEACE or HESSED WE SHALOM in Hebrew. The saving Mercy and Peace of God comes to us through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit and is mediated for us in the Church – which nourishes us with the Word and the Sacraments; inspires us with the example of the saints; and shepherds us with apostolic authority. Thus the Bishop reminds himself that he has to become the instrument of God’s Mercy and Peace to his flock.
The following is the brief description of the significance of the various symbols of the Bishop’s coat of arms:
Symbols of a diocesan Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church.
Symbol of Jesus the Light of the world.
Symbol of the Holy Spirit, the river of Living Waters.
The sacraments of the Church.
The Word of God
Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health
Lorong Satu, Kampung Pandan
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam is a Emeritus Bishop in residence at Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health, Kg Pandan, Kuala Lumpur.