St. Philip's Crest

St. Philip, Deacon and Evangelist,
Episcopal Church


About the St. Philip's Crest

The St. Philip's Church Crest was designed in 1996 by Canon Eckford J. deKay, author of The Heraldry of the Episcopal Church (Acorn Press, 1994). Each of the elements has a particular meaning for the history and ministry of the church, representing the story of St. Philip, Deacon and Evangelist.

In the somewhat obscure language of heraldry, the crest is defined in this way: BLAZON: Azure, the Roman numeral VII Or on a bend sinister gules fimbriated Or between a chariot in the chief and an escallop shell in the base of the same, all within a belt bearing the wording, "St. Philip's Episcopal Church- San Jose."

Translated, this means: DESCRIPTION OF ARMS: Blue, with the Roman numeral VII in gold on a red diagonal (top right to bottom left) with gold edges; between a chariot above and a scallop shell below, both in gold, surrounded by a belt reading "St. Philip's Episcopal Church- San Jose"


The Shield

The red diagonal stripe edged in gold on a blue field symbolizes the Deacon's stole.

Roman Numeral VII

The Roman Numeral VII

A reference to the first seven deacons of the Christian Church, of whom Philip was one (Acts 6:1-6).

Chariot and Shell

The Chariot and Shell

These refer to the encounter between Philip the Deacon and the Ethiopian eunuch, whom Philip baptizes (Acts 8:27-39). The shell is a common symbol for baptism.


The Belt

The belt is a distinctive feature of Scottish clan badges. While coats of arms belong to one individual only, members of the clan are entitled to wear the shield encircled by a buckled strap. The oldest cultural festival at St. Philip's, dating from 1973, is the Kirking of the Tartans.

St. Philip's Crest

St. Philip's Episcopal Church
5038 Hyland Avenue
San José, CA 95127
Phone: (408) 251-8621

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