Proudly fly the long-lasting American-made Episcopal Flag outside your church or home. Our Episcopal flag is crafted with high-quality, lightweight nylon for reliable everyday use in all weather. It’s quick-drying and light enough to wave in low winds. The durable screenprint design retains its colors in the sun and resists heat damage. Fly your new flag confidently thanks to the tough canvas header and rust-proof brass grommets.
- Made in America
- Original 1940’s design
- 100% nylon
- Heavy-duty canvas header
- Brass grommets
History and Symbolism of the Episcopal Flag
The Episcopal Church is one of the oldest active churches founded in America after the American War of Independence. The Episcopal church was based on the Anglican order. However, as the colonies fought for independence and older English religious practices fell out of style, the Episcopal faith was established in 1785.
The Episcopal church banners are said to have been designed by William Baldwin, a representative of the New York Diocese at the first Episcopalian convention. He created it to make it the symbol of the new Christian denomination.
The red cross in the design is known as St. George’s cross. St. George is the patron saint of England, and the red and white cross design that bears his name has become a famous symbol of the country and the Anglican church. The X-shaped cross in the top left corner is called a Saltire, and this particular blue-and-white design is based on St. Andrew’s saltire; likewise, to England, St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.
The coloration was selected as a reflection of the Episcopal denomination being founded in America and for symbolic Christian reasons. The white represents Jesus Christ’s purity, the red for the blood spilled in Christ’s sacrifice, and the blue for the sky and Jesus’ faithfulness.
Baldwin, unfortunately, did not live to see his design become the main symbol of the Episcopal faith. It was officially adopted in 1940 after decades of widespread use.
Flag & Pole Size Recommendations for Outdoor Display
We carry this flag in several sizes; please see our table below for recommendations for which flagpole height to use.
The American and Episcopalian flag can be flown on the same flagpole. If you choose to do this, the American flag should be above the Episcopalian one.
3’ x 5’
4’ x 6’
5’ x 8’
Are you looking for an Episcopal flag for your formal indoor display? Check out our Episcopalian flag lined with gold fringe.