Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Acadia: St Jacques de L'Achigan

Paul Emile Rivet father of Claire, Albert, and Raymond was born in St Jacques de L'Achigan and his mother's family, the Lord or Laurie, was one of the first Acadian families to settle in the town when it was founded as a haven for exiled Acadians. The mother of Claire, Albert and Raymond was born in Saint Côme but her mother and maternal grandparents, Amireault, and maternal great grandparents, Bourgeois, Melancon were all born in Saint Jacques de L'Achigan and their families early settlers. So this village it of great significance to the Rivets of Cohoes as well as many family of Acadian and Québec descent.
The entire story of St Saint Jacques, in French, and in great detail is online here.  it is the story of a village founded specifically for exiles from Acadia in the 1760s.
For a little more information on present day St Jacques,  check out St Jacques on Wikipedia.

Below is the Google translation of the municipal page explaining the seal of Saint Jacques.....

The three shells
Quartered in the first three gold shells Messer St. Jacques.
In the Middle Ages, the shell became an emblem of pilgrimage. And those who went to pray at the tomb of Monseigneur Saint Jacques de Compostela in Spain wide hats adorned their shells. It was the distinctive badge of the pilgrims.

Subsequently came into common usage in the heraldry of the emblazon
"Saint-Jacques" with shells. So we have the right to wear them.

They stand on a gold background, symbolizing the honest people of our affluence and their proverbial generosity.
The chalice and the Host
Second gules a golden chalice in chief of a host of money.
Which says "Saint-Jacques" scroll immediately sees in his mind a legion of priestly and religious vocations.

Red --- --- Gules symbolizes God's special love for Saint-Jacques.
The star and the boat
Azure in the third vessel of silver, floating on a sea of the sinister a golden star.
While the children of Acadia have suffered, we kept a instinctive devotion to Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Hope exiles. 

Ave Maris Stella is the national anthem of the Acadians.  The ship recalls the 1755 deportation, the star and blue are the symbols of that spirit of Mary.
The foot of tobacco
In the fourth gold at the foot of natural tobacco, stem and flowers on a terrace of sand.
Our Parish is in the great history, not only because of the dispersion, but also because of our industriousness that made sense from us, circa 1875, one of the first centers of large tobacco growing in Canada.

Again, the gold evokes the source of income provided by this industry.
These arms are the emblem of what Acadia has given us the best: his devotion to the Eucharist and the Virgin and his work ethic.
They come as a great poem of thanksgiving. They want to proclaim the Magnificat of the recognition of benefits for two centuries and in every home and remember every moment, now and forever, the four corners of heaven and earth, that the Virgin Mary is our guide: IPSA DUCE.

In 1955, the village of St Jacques remembered the 200th anniversary of the Grand Dérangément - the expulsion of the Acadian people from the area around present day Nova Scotia. After wandering several years in the British colonies, the Acadians were reestablished in St Jacques and other small villages in Québec.

Below is a recap of the stories written about Acadians in this blog so far.  This list includes some early posts that may not have been well researched but I am reviewing them for accuracy and hope they will "make the cut"!

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