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Saint-Tharcisius, Quebec (Canada)

Municipalité de Saint-Tharcisius

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[Municipalité de Saint-Tharcisius flag] image by Ivan Sache, 14 September 2013

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The municipality of Saint-Tharcisius (510 inhabitants in 2008; 7,961 ha) is located in Matapédia Regional County Municipality, Region Bas-Saint-Laurent.

Saint-Tharcisius was settled in 1912, and erected as a mission in 1922, a parish in 1926, and a municipality in October 1926. The municipality is named for St. Tarcisius, listed as a Christian martyr in an epigram written by Pope Damasus I at least a century after the event. Tarcisius is there said to have been beaten to death by a pagan mob rather than deliver to them the Blessed Sacrament, which he was carrying. - Municipal website

The flag of Saint-Tharcisius is white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle. - Photo, Bas-Saint-Laurent portal, 12 July 2011

The coat of arms of Saint-Tharcisius is quartered by a cross, a symbol of Christian faith. The white disk represents a host, symbolizing the parish's patron saint. The fir symbolizes forestry while the wheat ear symbolizes agriculture. The French motto "Foi - Fraternité - Travail" reads "Faith -
Fraternity - Work". The maple green leaves surrounding the shield symbolize Québec. - Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 14 September 2013