Edward Robert Adams
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EDWARD ROBERT ADAMS
Born : May 24, 1934
Bishop of Oudtshoorn, 1983-2010
The hammer and anvil refer to the former profession of the bishop, who was an apprenticed blacksmith and worked as a wheelwright. They are also the biblical sign of brotherly co-operation as described in Isaiah 41:6-7.
The lower half shows an incense burner with clouds of incense. This symbolises the prayers to the Holy Father.
Below the shield are two ostrich feathers, a reference to the diocese and town of Oudtshoorn. They also symbolise that God cares about all creatures.
The motto means 'always ready'.
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Literature : information leaflet from the bishop