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Acts of solidarity in Jolly Olde England!

Acts of solidarity in Jolly Olde England!

910_10153398547305698_5613502558815227524_nYesterday we received an order for all of the Episcopal Shield Lapel Pins we had in stock, 175 of them. The order came from an Anglican priest in England. His group plans to wear them at their Synod meeting to show support for the Episcopal Church USA that has been sanctioned to include no voice or vote for three years. That action is a response from the part of the Anglican Communion, world-wide, that objects to the Episcopal Church in the U.S. for agreeing to marry couples who are in love, regardless of their gender identity.

Our bookstore staff was saddened at the decision of the Anglican Communion. The actions of the faithful members of the Church of England who purchased the lapel pins lifted our spirits. We were jubilant for their support.

In case you may have ever wondered how the Episcopal Shield came about, here is an informative description of the significance of its different parts;

The shield was adopted by the General Convention of 1940 and is rich in symbolism. The red cross on a white field is the St. George Cross, an indicator of our link to the Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion. The miniature crosses in the blue quadrant symbolize the nine original American Dioceses that met in Philadelphia in 1789 to adopt the constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. They are: Connecticut (established in 1783), Maryland (1783), Massachusetts (1784), Pennsylvania (1784), New Jersey (1785), New York (1785), South Carolina (1785), Virginia (1785), and Delaware (1786). The blue field in the upper left is the color traditionally associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary and is symbolic of Jesus’ human nature, wich he recieved from his mother.

The outline of the miniature crosses is in the form of St. Andrew’s Cross in tribute to the Scottish church’s role in ordaining the first American Bishop, Samuel Seabury, in 1784. The colors red, white and blue symbolize, respectfully, (Red) the sacrifice of Christ and Christian martyrs,(White) the purity of the Christian faith, and (Blue) the humanity of Christ received from the Virgin Mary. In duplicating the colors of the American flag, they also represent the Episcopal Church’s standing as the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion.

From the Facebook page of the Episcopal Bookstore!
The story of the shield is from St James Episcopal Church, Goshen NY website.
Emphasis is mine!


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Paul Woodrum

David, it doesn’t show up well in the image but check out any Episcopal Church flag and you’ll see the very clear image of the crosses that are combined to form the X cross of St. Andrew, patron of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

June Butler

What a splendid gesture. The lovely responses of encouragement and support from our friends in the Church of England warm my heart.

Molly Elizabeth Haws

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow is also expressing support, and has created an awesome “JeSuisTEC” badge available in their shop. I’m loving all the support from around the Communion!

Joan Rasch

I appreciate the “TEC-support” from the English priest who ordered the Episcopal Shield pins. Perhaps people also might consider using the shield as a badge on blogs and social media, along with a #TEC-support hash tag.
Gratefully – Joan Rasch

Andrew Steward Dotchin

Thank you very much for your kindness in sharing this. We may be ‘olde’ but with age comes wisdom (we hope). I may have to order even more lapel pins such has been the support for ECUSA in my neck the woods! Aluta Continua!

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