The Bishop’s coat of arms builds on elements shaped by nature as well as elements created by human thought and hands. The oak leaves allude to the town of Herdecke in Westphalia/Germany, where Antje Jackelén grew up and which carries an oak tree in its city arms.
The little oak leaf also hints at the direction of scientific inquiry toward the smallest parts of nature. The dialogue between theology and science has been a main focus of bishop Antje’s academic work.
The crosses on the shield are called mantuan crosses. They are frequently used in ecclesiastical heraldry and can be found in illustrations from as early as the fourth century. The variant used in this coat of arms is a ‘stick cross’ and refers to a pilgrim’s cross, which with its pointed end can be stuck into the ground wherever the pilgrim wants to do her/his devotions on the pilgrimage The cross represents theology, faith and worship.
Christianity’s holy number three is part of the composition as well as the number six, which can be said to symbolize creation (Genesis 1.31). The tinctures red and or (gold) are the colours of Scania. The oak is the tree of Blekinge, the north-eastern part of the diocese of Lund.
The shield has the shape of a so called super-ellipse. The oval shape of the shield is traditionally used by women. The mitre and the crosier refer to the office of the bishop. The cross staff is a so called primate cross and reminds of Lund’s former position as archbishop’s see. Such a cross staff is carried in the church of Sweden only by the Archbishop in Uppsala and the bishop in Lund.
The bishop’s official coat of arms is a four-part shield, where the personal coat of arms is placed in the second and fourth field and the coat of arms of the diocese is placed in the first and third field. The diocese’s coat of arms contains a black gridiron, placed on a shield of or. The gridiron refers to St. Lawrence, who is the patron saint of Lund cathedral and diocese. Deacon Lawrence suffered martyrdom, burnt on a gridiron, in Rome in 258.
The bishop’s coat of arms has been created by Jan Raneke, PhD, Lomma, who for many years has been active as the diocese’s heraldist. He has previously created coats of arms for Per-Olov Ahrén, KG Hammar and Christina Odenberg.
biskop Antje Jackelén