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THE SEAL & SHIELD OF OUR DIOCESE The shield was adopted by the General Convention of 1940 and is Above St. John’s head are seven rich in symbolism. The red cross on a white golden stars representing the seven feld is the St. George Cross, an indicator of our link churches, which organized the Diocese in 1838: to the Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion. The miniature crosses in the Christ Church, Pensacola; Christ Church (now Trinity blue quadrant symbolize the nine original American Church), Apalachicola; St. John’s,Tallahassee; St. John’s, Dioceses that met in Philadelphia in 1789 to adopt the Jacksonville (now the Cathedral); St. Joseph’s (now St. constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the James’, Port St. Joe); St. Paul’s, Key West; and Trinity, United States of America. The blue feld in the upper St. Augustine. The use of John is assumed to have an left is the color traditionally associated with the Blessed historical connection to the St. Johns River. Virgin Mary and is symbolic of Jesus’ human nature, which he received from his mother. The central fgure in the seal is St. John the Evangelist. He holds in his left hand a chalice, one of the symbols The outline of the miniature crosses is in the form of St. of St. John. The Book of Common Prayer is in his right Andrew’s Cross in tribute to the Scottish church’s role hand. Wearing an alb, he stands with three palm trees in ordaining the frst American Bishop, Samuel Seabury, on either side, suggestive of the subtropical latitude in 1784. The colors red, white and blue symbolize, of Florida. The eagle, with wings outspread, is one of respectively, (Red) the sacrifce of Christ and Christian the symbols of St. John. Beneath the eagle, hiding his martyrs, (White) the purity of the Christian faith, and talons, is an orange branch with the blossoms which, (Blue) the humanity of Christ received from the Virgin being the State fower, are reminders that all of the State Mary. In duplicating the colors of the American fag, was once included within the Diocese of Florida. they also represent the Episcopal Church’s standing as the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion. Please add our Diocesan Seal and our Episcopal Shield to your church website. You may download the Seal and the Shield at the following website address: http://www.diocesef.org/resources/resources-for-all/image-gallery.aspx We are even more grateful if you will link these seals from your website to the Diocese website and the Episcopal Church website. Diocese Seal link: http://www.diocesef.org/ Episcopal Church link: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/ Please contact Sandy Wilson, Communications Director, at swilson@diocesef.org if you have questions about how to do this. To receive all publications, please visit diocesef.org and click the Communications tab. Easy registration is available. Thank you most sincerely for your assistance! DIOCESAN MAGAZINE | WINTER-SPRING 2017 25
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