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In 1940 the Episcopal Shield was adopted. The shield is a visual representation of the church's history. Its colors (red, white and blue) represent the colors in the American flag. Within the white field there is a red St. George's Cross; as he is the patron saint of the Church of England.

While the Episcopal Shield recognizes its roots in the Church of England, it does more to represent its individual history in the blue field with the nine crosslets. Each cross represents one of the nine dioceses that met in Philadelphia in 1789 to ratify the initial constitution.

Also, the crosses in the Episcopal Shield form a St. Andrew's cross as a remembrance to Scottish Episcopal Churches. (St. Andrew was the patron saint of Scotland.)

The St. Andrew's cross appears in recognition of the fact that the first American Episcopal Bishop, Samuel Seabury, was ordained a Bishop by the Church of Scotland.