Is anyone aware of any American Presbyterian heraldry? I seem to remember that the PC(USA)‘s contains a burning bush with the motto "Lux Ex Tenebris" if that spelling is correct. We’ve talked of Catholic & Anglican- what about Prebyterian?
When it was formed by merger of the old United Presbyterian Church in the USA and the Presbyterian Church in the United States, the PCUSA adopted a logo with elements that could have been portrayed heraldically but weren’t.
The Presbyterian Church (US) had an almost-heraldic coat of arms, a blue shield with a white fillet down the center, a
http://www.pcusa.org/pw/images/upcusa.gif, a burning bush to dexter, an antique lamp to sinister, a star superimposed on the center of the upper edge of the shield, and a dove descending as a crest. The motto was Lux lucet in tenebris, "The light shines in the darkness."
The old UPCUSA had a non-heraldic logo that, again, could have easily been made heraldic, with a Celtic cross between a burning bush, a dove descending, an orb whose cross cantoned the letters IC XC NIKA, and an open book surmounted by an arrow palewise and inscribed with the letters lambda and theta.
I think at least one of the predecessors of the UPCUSA also had a more traditional coat of arms, but I don’t recall what it was.
Presbyterian bodies outside the United States do use heraldry to a greater extent, especially, of course, the Church of Scotland.
Thank you, Joseph. And thanks for correcting the motto I came up with, whose shield obviously came from the Southern Church.
Have their been any moderators with arms, like in Scotland?
I wonder whether any Synods or Presbyteries posess arms?
The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which I think is one of the heirs of the Scottish covenanters of the 17th century, uses this coat of arms. Not great, but at least it’s heraldry.