The entire “achievement” or coat of Arms as it is generally called, is composed of the shield with its charges, the motto and the external ornaments. As one looks at the shield, the terms dexter and sinister must be understood contrariwise, as the shield was worn on the arm in medieval days, and these terms were used in the relationship of one behind the armor.
The dexter impalement, on the left of the viewer, bears, according to custom in ecclesiastical heraldry, the jurisdictional Arms of the Eparchy of St. Sauveur in Canada. The sinister impalement, on the right of the viewer, displays the personal Arms of Eparch Ibrahim. By combining the personal Arms on the same shield with those of the Eparchy of St. Sauveur the spiritual unity of the Eparch with his flock is signified.
The personal Arms of Eparch Ibrahim consist of a green area upon
which stands a lamb, supporting an olive branch. The altar and the lamb
symbolize the sacrifice of Abraham (Gen.22: 1-19) patron of the Eparch,
his family and the church of his hometown, Jensnaya. The green field of
the shield recalls the verdant countryside of Lebanon, the birthplace of
the Eparch. The lamb is standing to symbolize the victory of Christ over
death through his resurrection. The olive branch represents the Eparch’s
commitment to peacemaking and ecumenical work. It is customary for members
of religious ordes raised to the episcopate, to display on their Arms a
symbol of their order. In this instance the dome of the church of the monastery
of St. Savior represents the Basilian Salvatorian Order through which the
Eparch received his monastic vows and holy priesthood. The lily symbolizes
the Mother of God and her distinctive role in the life of the Eparch.
The Arms of the Eparchy of St. Sauveur in Canada is divided into two fields: The blue field represents the Mother of God. On the field is placed the symbol of the Savior, patron of the Eparchy, expressed by the Greek letters IC XC NIKA which stand for “Jesus Christ conquers”. The two letters, A and W, which are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, symbolize Christ as the beginning and the end. These letters are placed on the globe which is surrounded by the wreaths of victory of the Savior, King of the Universe and Master of Creation. The white field and the red maple leaf that is placed on it denote the Canadian territory of the Eparchy.
The motto: Keep My Covenant (Genesis, 17: 9) recalls God’s command
to Abraham and complements the emblems on the Arms.
Behind the shield is a processional cross and a Byzantine pastoral staff (both gold) and placed in saltire and the whole displayed upon an open mandyas surmounted by an Episcopal crown, or mitre. It is a custom among Eastern rites of displaying the shield in front of an open mandyas, analogous to the Western capa magna (great cloak). The mandyas (a long mantle) is usually purple, and is the dress of an eparch (bishop) in the Eastern Church.