Monday, March 1, 2021

A Tale of Three Bishops

Or, at least, memorials to three bishops.

On another wall in St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, we found three rouwbord, memorial boards, to three of the bishops of the Cathedral in the early to mid-20th Century.

The memorial board at the top commemorates Antoon Stillemans, 24th Bishop from 1890 to 1916.

Below and to the right of his memorial board, we find the rouwbord of his successor, Emilius Seghers, 25th Bishop from 1917 to 1927.

And finally, on the lower left, we have the memorial board of Honoré Jozef Coppieters, 26th Bishop from 1927 to 1947.

We will see each of these arms again, along with those of several other bishops whose arms we have already noted, when we come to the large stained glass window containing the arms of the first twenty-eight bishops of the Cathedral. It'll be a treat, I promise!

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