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Luther's Coat of Arms


In 1530, while Martin Luther was still living in Coburg Castle, Prince John Frederick ordered a signet ring for him that was characteristic of Luther's theology.

The black cross on a heart (faith in Christ who died and rose again) rests on a white rose (joy, comfort, and peace beyond that of this world) in a sky-blue field (the beginning of a heavenly joy), and is encircled with a gold ring (the eternal and precious possession of salvation).

What We Believe - A Guide to the ELCIC


Copyright ©2002 Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Significant portions of this booklet, and of this Web version, have been adapted or excerpted by permission from This Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ours, copyright © 1994 Kenn Ward, published by Wood Lake Books Inc. All rights reserved.

This web version is published by permission of the author. The original booklet, A Guide to the ELCIC, containing photographs and the text of Evangelical Declaration, is available from Augsburg Fortress Canada.

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