The Seal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
adapted from the PCUSA website

pcusa sealThe seal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a symbolic statement of the church's heritage, identity, and mission in contemporary form. Its power depends on both its simplicity and complexity as well as its traditional and enduring qualities.


symbol The Cross

 The cross represents the incarnate love of God in Jesus Christ, and his passion and resurrection. Because of its association with Presbyterian history, the Celtic cross was chosen...


The Bible

 The two center lines of the cross represent an open book... the role of Scripture as a means of knowing God's word.


The Dove

The uppermost section... the shape of a descending dove. A symbol of the Holy Spirit, ...also symbolizes Christ's baptism by John and the peace and wholeness which his death and resurrection bring to a broken world.


The Pulpit

Beneath the image of the book is the suggestion of a lectern or pulpit, which captures the important role of preaching in the history of Presbyterian worship.   

flamesThe Flames

 The flames convey a double meaning: a symbol of revelation in the Old Testament when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, and the beginning of the Christian church when Christ manifested himself to his apostles at Pentecost and charged them to be messengers of the good news of God's love.


The Triangle

The triangle a traditional symbol of the Trinity also suggests the nature of Presbyterian government, with its concern for balance and order, dividing authority between clergy and elders and among different governing bodies.


The Fish

In the shape of the descending dove, one can discern the form of a fish, an early-Christian sign for Christ, recalling his ministry to those who hunger.


The Font/Chalice

In the lower central part of the image of the cross one can find a baptismal font or a communion chalice (cup) both images of the sacraments ... an ongoing sign and symbol of God's presence with us and working through us. more....   

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