E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Peerage of the Apostles.
In the preamble of the statutes instituting the Order of St. Michael, founded in 1469 by Louis XI., the archangel is styled my lord, and is created a knight. The apostles had been already ennobled and knighted. We read of the Earl Peter, Count Paul, the Baron Stephen, and so on. Thus, in the introduction of a sermon upon St. Stephens Day, we have these lines:
Contes vous vueille la patron
De St. Estieul le baron.
The Apostles were gentlemen of bloude and Christ might, if He had esteemed of the vayne glorye of this world, have borne coat armour.The Blazon of Gentric.
I myself was intimate with a rector who always laid especial stress on the word Lord, applied to Jesus Christ.