Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms was designed by William Ryan.  The chief (upper partition) bespeaks St. Thomas the Apostle, the title of the church best diet pills for women.  St. Thomas is known in ecclesiastical art by the lance.  He is depicted on the doors of San Paolo in Rome with several idolaters piercing him through with lances.  Rubens has followed this legend very exactly; St. Thomas embraces the cross, at the foot of which he is about to fall, transfixed with lances.

The lances are displayed in saltire (an x) to compose the Greek letter Chi which, placed over the Greek letter Rho, forms the monogram of Christ in that language.  It was indeed for Christ that St. Thomas gave up his life on martyrdom.

The lower section of the shield expresses the notion of “Old Bridge”.  The bridge advisedly gives the appearance of bricks to recall that this area was once known for the manufacture of bricks, concrete and cinder blocks.

The crest above the shield on a wreath of the colors, gold and blue, is a cross moline, sometimes called a “miller’s cross”, derived from the coat of arms of the Diocese of Trenton to denote the See in which the Church of St. Thomas is located.  The moline cross in the diocesan arms recalls that Trenton was built about a mill.

The motto “My Lord and My God”, repeats the words of St. Thomas when our Lord appeared to His disciples for the second time. Thomas, having been absent at the first appearance, said when he was informed of the first visit:  “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  This profession of Faith is one of the great proofs of Our Lord’s Resurrection in His true and glorified body.