Emblem of Archbishop Peter OKADA Takeo

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Emblem of Archbishop Peter OKADA Takeo

But those who trust in the Lord for help

will find their strength renewed.

They will rise on wings like eagles;

hey will run and not get weary;

they will walk and not grow weak.

(Isaiah 40:31)

 

QUI AUTEM SPERANT IN DOMINO

MUTABANT FORTITUDINEM

ASSUMENT PENNAS SICUT AQUILAE,

CURRENT ET NON LABORABUNT,

AMBULABUNT ET NON DEFICIENT.

 

Archbishop of Tokyo

Peter OKADA Takeo

 


  

The two stars in the Emblem mean the two regions that form Tokyo Archdiocese: The Metropolis of Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture.

The Latin words CARITAS, FIDES, SPES mean Love, Faith and Hope.

The five loaves of bread and the two fish, like we read in Matthew 14, show that if we share with each other the little we have, through God’s blessing we will receive all we need.

The hat on top is a symbol of responsibility in the Church, and the layers of tassels from the rope varies according to the title: 3 layers for Bishops, 4 Layers for Archbishops and 5 layers for Cardinals.

The Japanese writing at the bottom is the motto of Archbishop Okada: “The one who trust in the Lord”