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
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"