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The Crest of the International Diocese is a rich representation of our life together and of our heritage of Apostolic faith to which we are committed.

At the top of the crest is a Bishop’s Miter. It is a hat that bishops wear that has two points, symbolizing the cloven tongues of flame that appeared on the Apostles heads on the Day of Pentecost. It is a reminder that present day bishops who are the successors to the Apostles should also be filled with the Holy Spirit. The miter at the top of the crest  shows that the Diocese is under Apostolic authority led by the Bishop. The ribbon-like tabs that are attached to the back of bishops’ miters date back to Bible book markers to remind that everyone, including the Bishop, is under the authority of the Bible.

The red cross in the middle is the Jerusalem Cross. The largest of the five crosses in red stands for the Gospel, the four smaller crosses stand for the gospel going to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth which is symbolized by the white circle.

At the center of the Jerusalem Cross is a white figure which is made of one line that describes three parts.  It is an ancient symbol of the Trinity–God who is Three-in-One. At the heart of who we are is Trinitarian faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The Processional Cross and the Bishop’s Staff (called a Crozier) that are crossed in the background, are both budding, symbolizing new life.

At the bottom of the crest is a dove, representing the Holy Spirit Who undergirds all that we are called to do and empowers us to extend the Kingdom of God.