Diocese of Olympia, Washington

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DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA

Denomination : Anglican

Official blazon

Azure, a lymphad argent, sail unfurled argent, two bars below three mullets gules, from the masthead a pennant argent, atorteaux charged with a mullet and from the stern a banner argent, a cross gules.


Origin/meaning

Designed bu Pierre de Chaignon LaRose and adopted in 1913 by the third annual convention of the Diocese. The Boat symbolizes the Church, and also commemorates Captain Robert Gray, who discovered the Colombia River in 1792. The Sail shows the Arms of George Washington and in the stern is the Flag of St George for the Anglican heritage. The Pennant with the star is for the USA.


Literature : Eckford De Kay: Heraldry in the Episcopal Church; Michael Francis McCarthy: Armoria Sedium.