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Crest of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth

Registered at the Bureau of Heraldry on 28-04-1978

Official description:

"Argent, on a cross Gules, between in dexter chief an anchor, in sinister chief a cross moline, in dexter base a clay pot in in sinister base a triangle Sable void of the field, a lamb couchant proper, the shield ensigned with a mitre proper"

The Anchor and the red cross are included to maintain the link with our former diocese of Grahamstown: the red cross is the atoning cross of Christ, and the anchor demonstrates that we are steadfast in the faith. It is also a link with our seaboard and the ships that sail there.

The Cross Moline is taken from the Uitenhage coat of arms.

The Clay Pot is a symbol of fellowship and a reminder to us all of the large number of black members of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth.

The Triangle speaks loud and clear of the Trinity, but also refers to the Donkin Memorial in Port Elizabeth.

The Lamb is the Lamb of God, who died for us and who calls us to His joyful service, "not only with our lips but in our lives" - and the lamb of the Karoo reminds us of the vast farming areas of the Diocese and the textile trade of the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage.

The Mitre is over all, set there to remind us that the Bishop is our Father in God, concerned for us all and for all of our needs.

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