Episcopal coat of arms of Bishop Boleslas Sloskans
Bishop Sloskans’ episcopal motto is ‘Hostia pro fratribus‘, ‘offering for his brothers‘. Bishop Sloskans intended to live his episcopal ministry in the perspective of the configuration to Christ who offered himself for the salvation of the world. This motto is also eminently Eucharistic.
His episcopal coat of arms is also a testimony. The coat of arms is divided in two by a golden chevron which symbolises the glory of Christ.
The upper part is in red and evokes his blood. On this red background are two pieces of shin, which recall the death of Jesus on the cross, who was the true paschal lamb. We read in Jn 19:33 and 36: « When they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, but they did not break his legs. […] all this happened so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: Not one of his bones will be broken. This quotation combines Ps 34:21 on the suffering righteous man and Ex 12:46 on the paschal lamb (« you shall not break his bones »).
The lower part of the coat of arms is in blue and symbolises heaven where the lamb now reigns. On this blue background, we see the lamb above the book of the apocalypse sealed with seven seals that only the lamb could open to inaugurate the time of salvation and bring it to its end. Let us remember the hymn that the twenty-four elders sang before the Lamb: « You are worthy to receive the book and to break its seals, for you were slain and by your blood you redeemed for God men from every tribe, language, people and nation » (Rev 5:9).