In reading the meta discussion about what logo should be used for Christianity.SE, I got to wondering what symbols are unique to various denominations. Note: I'm not looking for symbols which are common across Christianity -- such as the Cross -- but which are more narrowly focused.

For example, the following symbols are -- as far as I know -- uniquely Catholic:

Chi Rho Holy Name Monogram "M" for Mary

An example of a symbol which I think is denominationally unique (and I think is Episcopal) is this:

Shield http://aldiechurch.com/images/episshield.png

What other denominationally unique symbols are there?

  • This is an interesting question but could result in an endless list of logos and emblems of different denominations and national/international church groups. We'd need to consider how to avoid that.
    – Waggers
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 22:47
  • I meant to make this a community wiki question as there isn't, by definition, a single answer yet there can be lots of very good ones... but I don't seem to have the ability to do that. Do I need a higher rep score? Can an admin make the change? Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 22:49
  • @Audio only mods can do that since the great "Should be CW" edict of 2010. But it's up to them to make an exception to the "no list" rule.
    – Peter Turner
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 22:58
  • I've seen the first one (Chi Rho) in several Lutheran churches here in Norway, so I don't think that one's exclusively Catholic. Also, see Christian symbolism.
    – hammar
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 23:21
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    Okay, it makes sense that the Chi Rho isn't only Catholic: it's a symbol that goes back to antiquity as those are the first two letters of "Christ" in Greek. I am accustomed to seeing that as a symbol referring to a Catholic priest. The IHS monogram was invented with advent of the Society of the Holy Name whose aim was to combat blasphemy... I thought that was post-reformation but maybe it wasn't... or maybe it was a crossover symbol? Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 17:02

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The Chi-Ro symbol dates back to 312 AD when Constantine had a vision, and was told to fight under that symbol at the Battle of Milvan Bridge. It is truly "catholic" in the sense that it is universal to all of Christianity. [You may have heard of a city in Egypt that the Copts named after this symbol ;) ]

IHS is also fairly common- I've seen that in Baptist churches and Anglican ones. I believe that is supposed to be the Greek form of Jesus but I don't know. (maybe someone should ask!)

The last one is just a coat of arms for The Episcopal Church, much like the emblem of the Holy See.

  • IHS is Latin, isn't it? Jesus Saviour of Men (where L. homo is gender-neutral, but is traditionally translated into E. as man, which used to be gender-neutral but no longer is).
    – TRiG
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 18:45

I suspect most Protestant denominations in America and Europe have some sort of official logo. For example:

Southern Baptists

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Christian & Missionary Alliance

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Evangelical Lutheran Church of America enter image description here

United Methodists
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Etc etc. I'm sure we could list hundreds.


I would not be surprised if every church had some form of logo. Here are the ones I know:

Lutheran cross:enter image description here

ELCA enter image description here

Papal flag:Papal flag

Episcopalenter image description here

(American) Anglicanenter image description here

Baptistenter image description here

Methodistenter image description here

Orthodox (and Eastern Catholic) enter image description here

Russian Orthodox (foot goes opposite way) Russian

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    What's the difference b/w the Orthodox and the Russian Orthodox? They look pretty much the same to me?
    – Matt
    Commented Feb 4, 2012 at 19:50

For good measure, the Church of England (Anglican Church - i.e. what Episcopalians diverged from):

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