Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
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Azure a Latin cross throughout Or issuant from a base barry wavy Argent and Azure, between first an open book, second rays in bend sinister, third a torch enflamed, and fourth a dove descending Argent;
An apple tree Or fructed Vert;
Two horses saddled and bridled proper standing on a grassy mount Vert set with wild roses proper above barry wavy Argent and Azure;
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The apple tree recalls the orchard that once stood on the present site of the university. It also recalls the group of Baptists who, in 1763, established a settlement on the Tantramar region of what became New Brunswick in order to “plant a new church”. The green colour of the apples symbolizes hope.
The horses symbolize the pioneering pastors and itinerant preachers, including Joseph Crandall, who travelled by horse to evangelize immense regions and territories. The horses depicted here are Canadian horses, a breed recognized as an official symbol of Canada, and which were used extensively in the early history of the region. The compartment on which the horses stand refers to the land and sea of the Atlantic region served by Crandall University. The wild roses are a common flower in the region. They are chosen to illustrate the religious fervour of Joseph Crandall, who commented in his autobiography of his evangelizing work: “Truly the wilderness blossomed like the rose”.
CHRISTUS PRÆEMINENS, translated as “Christ preeminent”, is inspired by Colossians 1:18: “And he is the head of the body, the body the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence”.