About the Episcopal Shield


History of the Episcopal Shield


The Episcopal Shield is made up of several crosses.  The large red cross is the St. George cross, the cross of the Church of England, and it represents our ties with our mother church.

The nine small crosses in the upper left of the shield are arranged in a St. Andrew’s cross, the cross of the Church of Scotland.  When no Anglican bishop would ordain a bishop for the fledgling Protestant Episcopal Church in America, bishops of the Church of Scotland laid hands on Samuel Seabury, ordaining him as the first American Episcopal bishop.  Each of the crosses in the St. Andrew’s cross represents one of the original nine American dioceses that founded the Episcopal Church.

The red, white and blue motif signifies that our church is the American representative to the Anglican Communion.  Each color has symbolic meaning:  the red represents the blood shed by Christ and the martyrs of our faith; white is the color of purity and blue is the traditional color of the Virgin Mary, mother of the Son of God.

Episcopal Shield Coloring Sheet