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Episcopal Flag

We carry authentic Episcopal Flags in both indoor and outdoor varieties, both of which are proudly made in the United States from durable nylon. Our indoor flags are finished with a pole hem and your choice of with or without golden fringe, whereas our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas header and brass grommets. Gold Fringe is the traditional way to display an indoor flag, however, some congregations choose without fringe for a more streamlined look that is also less expensive.

Many churches display an indoor flag presentation set on the stage of their congregation. If you are looking to purchase an indoor flag set, our Build Your Own Indoor Religious Flag Set program will allow you to select a durable nylon indoor Episcopal Flag and choose between premium quality poles, bases, and ornaments, and tassel. We also carry Indoor Episcopal Flags if you are simply looking to replace the flag on your existing indoor presentation hardware.

Some churches also display the Episcopal flag outdoors in front of the congregation on an in-ground or wall-mount pole. If you are looking for a replacement flag to fly outdoors, our durable nylon outdoor flags will be the right option. Likewise, if you are looking to purchase outdoor flagpoles or hardware, we can assist with that as well.

If the Episcopal faith is an important part of your identity and you are looking to display the Episcopal flag outside your home, our Build Your Own Outdoor Religious Flag Set program will allow you to choose between premium quality 6ft. poles and brackets to display the Episcopal Flag on your front porch.

Regardless of your application, we are looking forward to working with you to provide the required flags, flagpoles, and hardware for your application. If you need assistance, please reach out to us by phone, email, or chat, and we will be happy to help.



History of the Episcopal Flag

The Episcopal Flag serves as an important symbol of the Episcopal Church, which is a Christian denomination founded in the United States in 1785, following the Revolutionary War. The design of the flag is comprised of a white background with a red St. George's Cross emblazoned upon it. The upper left portion of the cross is filled in with a blue background and a white x-shaped cross. The St. Georges Cross pays homage to the fact that St. George is the patron saint of England and the Episcopalian religion was descended from the Church of England (also known as the Anglican Church).

The x-shaped cross (also referred to as a Saltire or diagonal cross), located in the upper left canton of the flag is a variant of the St. Andrews Cross, which is a national symbol of Scotland. St. Andrew was the Patron Saint of Scotland who was crucified on an x-shaped cross by the Roman Empire in the 1st Century. The inclusion of St. Andrews Cross pays homage to the first American Episcopal Bishop, Samuel Seabury's consecration in 1784 in Scotland.

The St. Andrews cross is comprised of 9 smaller crosses or crosslets, which represent the 9 original dioceses (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, & Virginia) who united to form the first Episcopalian convention in Philadelphia in 1789. This flag was not officially adopted, however, until 1940.

The Episcopal flag is said to have been designed by William Baldwin who was a representative of the New York Diocese at the first Episcopalian convention. Prior to the convention, Baldwin designed and created the flag to serve as a symbol of the new denomination. Baldwin's original flag is on display at the Cathedral of the Incarnation Garden City in the Diocese of Long Island.

The design of the Episcopal features a predominant white background which is symbolic of Jesus' purity and also represents the concept of heaven. The red color is representative of the blood that Jesus sacrificed, while the light blue color signifies the sky and Jesus' faithfulness. The red, white, and blue colors used on the flag also reference the colors of the American Flag to honor the fact that the religion was founded in the United States and is practiced predominately in this country.

In modern times, the Episcopal church holds some very progressive opinions on social issues, especially compared to other denominations of Christianity which are usually very conservative. For example, the church officially opposes capital punishment, was supportive of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, and has been supportive of the LGBTQ community and gay rights including supporting gay marriage. Moreover, the Episcopal church has ordained both women and homosexuals. The flag serves as a reminder of the Church's roots, and its originality.

Today, the Episcopal Flag is flown in 9 provinces across the world. Apart from the USA, there are Episcopal churches in the Caribbean, Europe, Central and South America, Micronesia, Navajoland, and Taiwan. An indoor flag presentation set is typically displayed on the stage of the congregation and some places of worship also include an in-ground or wall-mount flag which is flown in front of the building.

Download Episcopal Flag Images

We offer free images of the Episcopal Flag in four sizes (small, medium, large, and high resolution). These images are distributed royalty free for both personal and educational use and are ideal for use in projects and on websites. If you choose to use one of our images, attribution is appreciated, but not required.

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