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The coat of arms is a combination of the original arms of the Ursuline Monastery, Rue Saint Jacques, Paris, and an ancient Badge of the Order of Saint Ursula. This badge, dating back to 1607, provides the Laurel Tree with the legend Ursula Laurus (Laurus being an anagram of Ursula). The Laurel Tree is surmounted by a Dove. This is a reference to an old document, which stated that a dove alighted on a tomb in the Cathedral of Cologne to indicate the burial of St. Ursula. The dove is flanked by a Cross, the Christian symbol of victory, and an Arrow symbol of Ursula's martyrdom. At the base are two Shamrocks, which were added with the arrival of the Ursulines in Ireland in the 18th century.

The coat of arms of the Monastery of Rue St. Jacques shows a Halo surrounding the names of Jesus and Mary blended, three Passion Nails at the base and a Cross on top. Over the halo is a Star, commemorating the star that is said to have shone over the house where St. Angela's body lay awaiting burial. The Fleur de Lis, right and left of the cross, recalls the patronage by the House of Bourbon to the St. Jacques Monastery.

The Motto, taken from the Book of Daniel, 12.3, was adopted by the order from its early years:

Those who instruct many unto justice

will shine like stars for all eternity.

The Crown and Stars represent the reward promised to those who fullfil the words of Daniel, and to all who live for the Glory of God alone; Soli Deo Gloria.

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