Last modified: 2013-10-14 by rob raeside
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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.
http://www.sainttharcisius.com - Municipal website
The flag of Saint-Tharcisius is white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.
http://www.hebdosregionaux.ca/bas-st-laurent/2011/07/12/le-drapeau-de-saint-tharcisius-flotte-en-afghanistan - 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.
http://www.sainttharcisius.com/notre-village/notre-identite - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 14 September 2013