Current Mission Crest, by Michael Capell 1997
divided chief, the upper half per pale with three dividing lines thirded, the outer lines
being the same in thickness coloured OR and the centre line being four times the thickness
of the other two coloured Azure. Thereon at the fess point is the Bristol City Arms
[Gules, in base per pale water proper and a mount vert, thereon to the sinister a castle
with two towers domed all argent, on each dome a pennant charged with the cross of St.
George and to the dexter, sailing from a port in the dexter tower, a ship, the fore and
main masts visible, on each a round top OR, the rigging sable, on the foremast a sail set
and on the main mast a sail furled argent]. The dexter chief contains a pair of English
roses gules, the sinister chief a pair of Welsh daffodils OR, both slipped and leaved
proper. In the base portion of the field is a pair of scrolls crossing saltire tenne, on
rods OR with the scroll running sinister to dexter in front. these are tied together in
centre by a cord azure.
Helm and Crest: A closed knight's helm
sideways argent with a wreath of purpure and azure. Mantling issuing therefrom on dexter
gules and sinister OR. Upon the wreath lies a crown celestial OR.
Supporters: On dexter the English Lion
rampant guardant OR and on the sinister the Welsh Dragon rampant gules.
Banner: "England Bristol Mission",
coloured argent with bordure tincture of azure.
Symbolism in Colour:
- OR (gold): faith, obedience,
- Argent (silver): cleanliness,
- Gules (red): Courage, an eagerness
to serve one's homeland.
- Azure (blue): truth, loyalty,
- Purpure (violet): royalty, majesty.
- Vert (green): Freedom, hope,
In other words, the
crest is a silver shield divided into three parts. The dividing line is also divided into
three parts, the inside being blue, and the outside lines gold. This is representative of
the three-fold mission of the church (Ephesians 4:11-12), the large blue line being
proclaiming the gospel. The upper left section contains two red English roses
representative of the missionary teams in England and the upper right section has two
golden Welsh daffodils symbolic of teams in Wales (D&C 42:6). In the centre of the
shield is the shield of the city Bristol. In the lower portion of the shield is a pair of
crossing scrolls tied together with a blue cord which is symbolic of the sticks of Judah
and of Ephraim (Ezekiel 37:15-17). On the top of the shield is a silver helmet turned
sideways with a blue and violet wreath resting on top of it. From behind the helm is
mantling which is red on the left and gold on the right. On the wreath is a celestial
crown symbolic of the glory the faithful will receive in the celestial kingdom (D&C
20:14, 75:5). The supporters are a golden English lion to the left and a red Welsh Dragon
to the right. The banner bears the name of the mission and is coloured silver with a blue
Mission Crest used before 1997.
History unknown. Possibly introduced by Pres. Price?
If you can shed any light on the use or history of this version please contact the maintainer.