COAT OF ARMS
The parish coat of arms of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Project 6, Quezon City is divided into three sections each representing something significant to our parish community.
CROWN– the crown of gold represents the Kingdom of God. He is the Sovereign Lord of Carmel. The blue stones on the crown symbolize Mary, our mother, patroness and intercessor to God. Mary, Queen, Mother and Flower of Carmel, patroness of the parish.
THE UPPER LEFT SECTION CONTAINS THE LOCATION OF THE PARISH (HERALDIC “DEXTER”) – The Quezon City Memorial Circle is the landmark of Quezon City where the parish is located. The leaves of the Sampaloc tree, symbolize the beginning of the parish community where the priests from Sta. Rita Parish celebrated the first masses from 1955. The Sampaloc tree still stands in what is now the ground of Project 6 Elementary School. In 1958, on its present site, the construction of the permanent structure of the church began. On August 15, 1961, Cardinal Rufino Santos signed a decree creating the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.
THE UPPER RIGHT SECTION CONTAINS THE CARMELITE SPIRITUALITY (HERALDIC “SINISTER”) – A mountain painted in brown, with rounded sides, its tip reaching to the sky. It refers to Mount Carmel, the Carmelites’ place of origin. Mount Carmel is situated in Haifa, Israel. In the 19th century BC, the prophet Elijah lived there. In the same place, towards the end of the 12th century some hermits, inspired by the memory of Elijah, gathered there, with a desire “to live a life in allegiance to Jesus Christ”. (Carmelite Rule no. 2). Mount Carmel is a symbol of union with God.
Three Stars. The two stars at the top are symbolic of Elijah and Elisha, while the single star at the bottom is for Mary. The stars each with six points, colored gold, are placed symmetrically in the colored white heavens. The lower star also represents the plight of the parish’s Santatlo: the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful which is still on its way to the top of Mount Carmel with the guidance of our Mother Mary, the Stella Maris.
THE BASE OF THE SHIELD IS TAKEN FROM THE DIOCESE OF CUBAO. The hills are reminiscent of the original landscape of Quezon City, which geographically constitutes the new Diocese of Cubao. Quezon City was built on hills. The three hills symbolize the Trinity after which the communion of the three sectors of Cubao (Santatlo) – Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful is inspired.
The Tau Cross on top of the hill depicts the missionary character of the diocese. It reminds us of the Franciscan missionary and martyr, San Pedro Bautista, who founded the first missions in San Francisco del Monte in the late 1500s before he was martyred in Japan. The cross is the symbol of Christ and His sacrificial love for us. The Tau cross on top of the hill echoes the words of Christ in Matthew 5: “Civitas supra montem posita non abscondi” – A city set on a hill cannot be hidden”. The Diocese of Cubao envisions a community of disciples that will shine forth through its faithful and loving witness to Christ.
The yellow background suggests light radiating from the cross. The darkness, which characterises the wilderness of Diliman, the name given to the vast area of Quezon City because of its once gloomy condition, is now suffused with light emanating from the Holy Spirit. Christ who overcomes all things has overcome the darkness of sin that we may have the light of life.
The blue color and the white flowers are symbols of Mary, the titular of the Diocese. Historically, Quezon City has a strong Marian tradition. The Quezon City Council has declared the Virgin of La Naval as the Patroness of Quezon City. Furthermore, the white flowers also complement the flowers in the coat of arms of the late Archbishop of Manila, Jaime Cardinal Sin. We attribute our devotion to the Virgin Mary as one of the precious heritages of our beloved Archbishop. Providentially, the establishment of the Diocese of Cubao coincides with the celebration of the Year of the Rosary declared by Pope John Paul II. The four flowers bring to mind the mysteries of the rosary with the new Mysteria Lucis. These mysteries of the rosary symbolized by the four flowers, as Pope John Paul II puts it, “ are resplendent with the Mystery that surpasses all understanding: the mystery of Christ, the Word made flesh, in whom all the fullness of God dwells.”
THE MOTTO IS IN LATIN “ASCENDE AD MONTEM CARMELI” – which means Ascent to Mount Carmel. As a pilgrim community, the people of God of Mount Carmel Parish are invited to ascend to the Mountain of Carmel, the symbol of beauty and victory. Biblically, Mt. Carmel is referred most often as a symbol of beauty, fertility and victory. To be given the “splendor of Carmel” was to be blessed indeed (Isa 35:2). Solomon praised his beloved: “your head crowns you like Mount Carmel” (Song 7:5). It reflects the Lord’s victory over the prophets of Baal. Shortly after fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, altar and even the water, Elijah had the prophets of Baal slaughtered at the Brook Kishon. This is the reason why Mt. Carmel is called Mountain of Victory, where we encounter the loving God. The date 1961 is the Canonical Erection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.