Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb!
The lamb standing on the altar, looking directly at us, with the background of the cross, reminds us of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice (CCC 1367).
The standing lamb, often referred to in the Book of Revelation, is an image of hope. It represents that, by his resurrection, the innocent Christ won victory over evil and death. Witnesses to the apparition of Our Lady at Knock also described seeing a lamb, standing on the altar, in front of a cross.
The blue colour of the shield and the cross fleury (with arms endings in the fleurs-de lys) are in honour of Mary, the Mother of God.
The two sprigs of oak leaves and acorns represent Derry, Doire Cholmcille where Archbishop Eamon was born and grew up.
The motto Cantate Canticum Novum occurs many times in the Bible in its fuller form: Cantate Domino Canticum Novum (Sing a new song to the Lord) e.g. Psalm 96:1; Psalm 98:1; Isaiah 42:10; Rev 5:9; 14:3. It represents a call to personal conversion and to a closer relationship with Jesus in our own lives. It also signals that this is a time of hope and renewal for the Church.
About Archbishop Eamon Martin
Eamon Columba Martin was born in Derry in 1961; his parents, Catherine Crossan and the late John James Martin were both from Inishowen in Donegal and his grandparents came from Counties Donegal and Fermanagh. He has six sisters and five brothers.
On 18 January 2013 it was announced that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Monsignor Eamon as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh. He was ordained Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh on 21 April 2013 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh and on the retirement of Cardinal Seán Brady, succeeded as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland on 8 September 2014.