Most seasoned Episcopalians probably know the history of our shield, but as a fairly new member I found this information quite interesting and just wanted to share.
The red white and blue are the colors of the American flag. The white field with the red cross is the cross of St. George, the patron saint of the Church of England. The nine small crosses on the field of blue symbolizes the nine dioceses that met in Philadelphia (1789) to ratify the constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. The crosslets are formed as the X-shaped cross of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
The colors have a symbolic meaning: Red = the blood Christ shed for us and for the martyrs of our faith. White = color of purity. Blue = traditional color of the Virgin Mary.
Other interesting tidbits of our country's history:
Twenty-eight of our founding fathers were Episcopalian.
A majority of the signers of our Declaration of Independence shared our faith:
Religious Affiliation # of signers % of signers
Episcopalian/Anglican 30 53.6%
Presbyterian 11 19.6%
Congregationalist 10 17.9%
Quaker 2 3.6%
Unitarian/Universalist 2 3.6%
Catholic 1 1.8%
Total 56 100.0%
Eleven of our United States Presidents were Episcopalians:
George Washington Franklin Pierce
James Madison Chester Arthur
James Monroe Franklin D. Roosevelt
William H. Harrison Gerald Ford
John Tyler George H. W. Bush
Hope you enjoyed this little history lesson.
Blessings to all,
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