Coat of Arms of His Lordship, Most Rev. Prof. Augustine Ndubueze Echema
Motto: Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da Gloriam (Not to us Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory (Ps 115:1)
Coat of Arms: Apart from the usual Episcopal symbols visible in my coat of arms, there are four other personal symbols which are heavily influenced by my motto and sacred liturgy from where I am coming.
- The crown upon the cross represents Christ the King Cathedral Aba, the preeminent center of worship of our Almighty God in Aba Diocese. This shows that there is no crown without cross.
- Besides the crown, is the palm branch which is a rich symbol of absolute victory of Christ over death. It is also a sign of joy, happiness, life, freshness and peace (Rev 7:9). Palm branches were always present in worship (Lev 23:40; Neh 8:15; 1Mic 13:27; 2Mic 14:4). The temple of Jerusalem was decorated with palm branches (1kings 6:29; Ezek 41:18). The palm is equally a symbol of Martyrs.
- A burning incense symbolizes the movement of prayer toward heaven like smoke from the burning incense (Rev 5:8-9; Rev 8:4; Ps 141:2).
- Monstrance is a symbol for adoration of our lord in the Blessed Sacrament by the faithful used during benediction and procession, etc,.
There are three colours in the logo: Green, White and Yellow, the combination of which represents the Vatican and the Nigerian Flags.
- Green is primarily associated with the life of plants. Thus, it is a symbol of natural growth, life, hope, fidelity and immortality. It signifies humanity’s perfect environment as in the Garden of Eden (Gen 1:11-13). It is the colour of eternal life as seen in the perennial and evergreen plants that never change their colour from season to season.
- White- signifies purity, innocent, optimistic, joy, peace, unity and harmony. It reflects what is sacred, revered and pure.
- Yellow- Although yellow is a non-liturgical colour, it is a rich symbol of dignity, royalty or kingship. It is the colour of glory, associated with the sun which symbolizes light and Christ is the light of the world.