23rd April – St. George’s Day

Today we celebrate the Patron Saint of England and the patron of Anglicanism. St. George’s flag with a red cross on a white background features in the symbols of each of the various Anglican jurisdictions (national churches and dioceses) and since Pastoral Provision days has graced the arms of the Anglican Use movement,


which is carried forward in the Ordinariates. The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society (successor of the Anglican Use Society) is proud to keep these arms alive alongside its Canterbury Cross logo:

anglican-use-society cross

I would also like to see the Ordinariates use the St. George’s flag embellished with their coats of arms, as the Anglican dioceses do:

flag-st-george-olw-mit-randst george flag CSPst george flag OLSC

Happy St. George’s day to everyone!

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4 Responses to 23rd April – St. George’s Day

  1. Rev22:17 says:


    The use of a shield with a white background, a red cross, and a blue field surmounted with a symbol of the jurisdiction has a longstanding tradition among Christians of the Anglican tradition here in the States. The colors — red, white, and blue — are, of course, those of our national flag, including the placement of the blue field in the upper left quadrant. The body originally called the Protestant Episcopal Church, subsequently known as the Episcopal Church – U. S. A. (ECUSA) and now known as The Episcopal Church (TEC), which perceived itself to be a national church (its cathedral church in Washington, DC, is actually named “National Cathedral”) adopted this shield very early in its life. In the field, this body placed nine small crosses representing its nine original dioceses, arranged in the form of a larger Cross of St. Andrew, Patron of Scotland, to represent the Episcopal Church of Scotland from which its first bishops received episcopal ordination. TEC continues to use this symbol, though clearly downplaying its heritage by displaying the shield in microscopic size in the current banner of its website. Several “continuing Anglican” bodies continued the tradition, placing different symbols in the field.

    >> The Anglican Province in America (APA) places a white Chi-Rho interposed between the upper case Greek letters alpha and omega, also in white, in the field.

    >> The Anglican Church in America (ACA) places the Canterbury Cross in the field, despite its lack of communion with the see of Canterbury.

    >> The Anglican Catholic Church, the web site of which identifies it as “the original province of the Traditional Anglican Communion,” uses a white crosier (slanted upper left to lower right) crossed with a white key (slanted lower left to upper right).

    >> The United Anglican Church uses a gold crown superimposed on a gold crosier (slanted upper left to lower right) crossed with a gold key (slanted lower left to upper right).

    And, of course, the former Anglican Use Society, now known as the Anglicanorum coetibus Society, adopted two white keys crossed in the manner of the papal symbol, emblematic of bringing the Anglican patrimony of ECUSA into communion with the see of Rome under the so-called “pastoral provision.” I’m not so fond of the stylized version in the present banner of the society’s web site since the original color of the shield reflects the organization’s heritage more authentically while providing immediate recognition of Anglican heritage and patrimony to those who belong to Anglican bodies here in the States.


  2. Joseph Golightly says:

    And Scotland and Wales?

  3. Rev22:17 says:

    (somewhat abbreviated)


    I should add that it seems unlikely that any of the Ordinariates will adopt the flag of St. George, as it historically was the banner of the English monarch. … The use of a flag bearing the cross of St. George, therefore, would suggest that the entity is subject to the English crown — true of dioceses of the Church of England … and most assuredly not true of any of the Ordinariates! …

    That said, I did notice a rather curious flag displayed in front of a TEC parish yesterday afternoon — probably because your article raised my awareness. The flag bore the cross of St. George with the shield of TEC … in the upper left quadrant. …

    • (fron the website of The Episcopal Church)

      Episcopal Church Flag and Seal

      On Oct. 16, 1940, the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies adopted an official flag for the Episcopal Church. This was the 251st anniversary of the day the General Convention ratified the Constitution and Canons and adopted the BCP. It was designed by William M. Baldwin (d. 1942), a member of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Long Island, New York. The symbolism of the flag has been explained as follows: The white field represents the purity of the Christian religion. The red cross represents the sacrifice of Jesus and the blood of the martyrs. The red cross on a white field is the cross of Saint George, the patron saint of England, indicating our descent from the Church of England. The blue in the upper left-hand corner is the light blue of the sky, often used by artists for the clothing of the Blessed Virgin. It is called Madonna blue and represents the human nature of our Lord, which he received from his mother. The nine white crosslets on the blue field represent the nine original dioceses of the Episcopal Church in America in 1789: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and South Carolina. They are arranged in the form of a St. Andrew’s Cross to commemorate the fact that Samuel Seabury, the first American bishop, was consecrated in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Nov. 14, 1784. The colors red, white, and blue represent the United States and stand for the American branch of the Anglican Communion. The same design is incorporated in the Episcopal Church seal, which was also adopted by the 1940 General Convention. The seal and flag serve as emblems of the Episcopal Church. The design is seen on signs, publications, decals, letterheads, pins, and many other places. Some congregations display the Episcopal Church flag and the American flag in the church or parish hall.

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