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Saint-Alexandre, Quebec (Canada)

Le Haut-Richelieu, Montérégie

Last modified: 2020-06-13 by rob raeside
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[municipal flag] image by Olivier Touzeau, 15 May 2020

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Saint-Alexandre: 76.55 km˛, 2,500 inhabitants.

The municipality of Saint-Alexandre (2,560 inhabitants; 7,600 ha) is located 20 km south of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The parish of Saint-Alexandre was established on 8 November 1850 (canonical erection) and 13 January 1851 (civil erection). The village was then composed of 356 houses inhabited by 2,203 people. The municipality of the parish of Saint-Alexandre was established on 1 July 1855, while the municipality of the village of Saint-Alexandre was established on 16 September 1915. The two distinct entities would coexist until merged in the municipality of Saint-Alexandre, established on 17 September 1988.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 16 May 2020


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White flag with coat of arms.
Olivier Touzeau, 15 May 2020

The arms of Saint-Alexandre are "Or a saltire escutcheony gules charged with four crescents acorny argent superimposed with a bishop's miter argent.

The escutcheons on the cross are the conventional representation of protection shields, alluding to the Greek meaning of Alexander, Men's Protector.
The miter and the crescents represent the town's patron saint, St. Alexander, bishop of Alexandria (Egypt).

The Latin motto placed on a scroll beneath the shield, "Fidelitas and fides vicunt", reads "Loyalty and Faith Shall Triumph".

St. Alexander (d. 326), Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria expelled from the church the heresiarch Arius, "perverted by heretic impiety, refuted by divine truth". With his deacon (and subsequently, successor as the Patriarch of Alexandria), St. Athanasius, he joined the Council of Nicaeus, during which he obtained from the 318 members the confirmation of the anathema of Arius.
Ivan Sache, 16 May 2020