THE COAT OF ARMS
of
The Anglican Orthodox Church
1.  THE CROWN.  The crown is symbolical of the crown with which our ascended Lord is
   crowned.  "We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of
   death, crown
ed with glory and honour." (Hebrews 2:9).  The crown is symbolic of glory
   that is reserved for those who are victorious in Christ.  "And when the chief Shepherd
   shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." (I Peter 5:4).
2.  THE LAMB.  The lamb is symbolical of the triumhant Lamb of God "that taketh away the
   sins of the world."  "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and
   wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  And every creature which is
   in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are
   in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that
   sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." (Revelation 5:12-13).
3.  THE GRAPE VINE.  Symbolical of our Lord and of our relationship with Him.  "I am the
   vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth
   much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (St. John 15:5).
4.  THE DOVE.  The Holy Spirit.  "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out
   of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God
   descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:" (St. Matthew 3:16).
5.  THE STAR.  The Star of Epiphany, symbolical of the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles.
   "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold,
   there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of
   the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him...When they
   saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." (St. Matthew 2:1-2, 10).
6.  THE CROWN OF THORNS.  Our Lord's crown on the cross.  "And they stripped him, and
   put on him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put [it]
   upon his head..." (St. Matthew 27:28-29).
7.  THE NAILS.  The nails with which our Lord was nailed to the cross, one for each hand and
   one for both feet.  "...he
(Thomas) said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print
   of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I
   will not believe." (St. John 20:25).
8.  THE SYMBOL OF THE ANGLICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH.  
   
The Triangle:  The symbol of the Holy Trinity is representative of the Letter "A" in
   "
Anglicanism."  It has a double relevance to the Alpha in the Greek alphabet.  Christ is Both
   the beginning letter, the last, and all between.  He is complete Word incarnate.
   
The Circle:  Symbolical of the Eternity of God, and representative of the Letter "O" in
   "Orthodox."  Also, refers to Omega of the Greek alphabet.  Christ said, "I am Alpha and
   Omega, the beginning and the ending..." (Revelation 1:8).
   
The Letter "C":  Stands for Christ and is representative of the Letter "C" in "Church."
   Christ is the center Person of the Trinity.  Here He is represented too, as the central figure.

   The letter "C" is colored red indicating the blood of our Lord shed for the sins of the
   world:  "...without shedding of blood is no remission."  (Hebrews 9:22).  "But Christ being
   come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not
   made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and
   calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal
   redemption for us." (Hebrews 9:11-12).

   The symbol of the blood of Christ is at the center of our Coat of Arms, as it is at the
   center of the Christian Faith.  The atoning sacrifice of the Cross effects the reconciliation
   between our righteous God and sinful man, and makes available Divine Grace, which
   effects the regeneration of man:  "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for
   the unjust, that he might bring us to God..." (I Peter 3:18.

   Significantly, the atoning sacrifice of our Lord, which is at the center of the Christian
   Faith, is represented by the letter "C" at the center of our Coat of Arms; and is identified
   with the name of our Church.

   In the symbols of the Christian Faith, we find the letters A O C, representing the
Anglican
   Orthodox Church.

   The colors in the symbol represent:
           
Blue:  for fidelity,
           
White:  for purity,
           
Gold:  for divinity, and
           
Red:  for sacrifice.
9.  THE PHOENIX.  One of the most widely used of all symbols of our Lord's Resurrection is
   the phoenix.  The legends concerning this fabled bird vary slightly.  According to one
   version of the phoenix legend, this bird, which resembles an eagle somewhat, lives to an
   age of four of five hundred years, and then it gathers a nest of sweet smelling twigs and
   spices.  These are set on fire by the heat of the sun (a variation of the legend says by the
   fanning of the bird's wings), and the phoenix is consumed in the fire.  Out of the ashes the
   bird rises again, recreated and young, destined to live another five hundred years.  A
   different legend states that the phoenix, having attained the age of five hundred years, flies
   to Heliopolis, Egypt, and burns itself upon the high altar in the temple.  When the priest
   comes he finds, among the ashes, on the altar a small worm of very sweet savor.  This
   worm turns into a bird, which attains full growth on the fourth day, and the phoenix flies
   away with its youth renewed.
10.  THE LION OF JUDAH.  The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is among the well-known symbols
   of our Lord.  There are several variations of the old-ti,e lion legend.  The lion was thought
   by the ancients to be able to obliterate his tracks with his tail in order to escape the hunter.
   So, too, did our Lord conceal His glory from His enemies and accomplish the will of His
   Father despite their evil plotting.  The ancients believed that the lion sleeps with one eye
   open.  So, also, is it said that, "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor
   sleep." (Psalms 121:4).  Because of their closed eyes, the people of olden times thought
   that the cubs of the lioness were born dead, and were brought to life on the third day by
   the breath of the lioness, or the voice of the lion.  In like manner, was our Lord brought to
   life on the third day by the voice of the Father.

   The Lion likewise opens the seals of the Book of Life (Revelation 5:5), and is thus pictured
   in many an old church.  "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion
   of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the
   seven seals thereof."
11.  THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.  Symbolical of the righteousness of God which is
   witnessed by His Holy Spirit; the proclamation of God's law.  "Wherefore the law [is]
   holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." (Romans 7:12).  "Blessed are the
   undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his
   testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart." (Psalm 119:1-2).
12.  THE CUP OF BLESSING.  The symbol of God's Grace and the new life in Christ available
   through His blood shed on the Cross and received through the Sacrament of Holy
   Communion.  "Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament
   in my blood, which is shed for you." (St. Luke 22:20).  And, "...which is shed for many
   for the remission of sins." (St. Matthew 26:28).  (See also,
Prayer Book, Page 80, St.
   Mark 14:22-25, and I Corinthians 11:23-25).
13.  THE BIBLE AND LAMP.  The Bible at the base of the shield reminds us that our Church
   and out lives in the Church are based on the Word of God.  The Lamp reminds us that the
   Word of God as found in the Bible is a, "For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD
   will lighten my darkness." (II Samuel 22:29)
14.  THE CROSS.  The Cross in white covers the face of the shield, reminding us of the
   salvation wrought for us on the Cross by God our Saviour.
15.  THE MOTTO.  "FIDE ET FORTITUDINE IN DEO."  "Faith and Courage in God."