The CCC Crest of Arms
The Christ Church Cranbrook crest of arms is full of symbolism. Each section reflects the history and mission of this congregation.
- Three Golden (Or) Pinecones
The pinecone is the seedpod of an evergreen tree. It symbolizes the inexhaustible abundance of life in nature. Evergreen trees symbolize eternal life. The color gold symbolizes generosity.
- The White (Argent) Background
White represents Peace and Sincerity.
- The Red (Gules) Cross
This is the Cross of St. George, Patron Saint of England. Red is symbolic of martyrdom and magnanimity. The Cross of St. George is central in the Union Jack, the current flag of the United Kingdom. It is also central in the arms and flag of The Episcopal Church. Cranbrook, Kent, England is the ancestral home of the Booth Family. Canterbury is located in Kent and its cathedral church is Christ Church Cathedral, commonly known as Canterbury Cathedral. Both the Booth Family and the Episcopal Church have their origins in England.
- The Wavy Red (Gules) Lines
The wavy red lines represent the fact that Christ Church Cranbrook is situated on the banks of the Rouge River in Michigan. Flowing water is also referred to as “living water,” a significant
Upper Left Quadrant = Arms of George Gough Booth
The Arms of George Gough Booth are included in the emblem of the parish in recognition of the central role Mr. and Mrs. Booth and their family played in the founding of the parish and establishment of the Cranbrook Community.
- Blue (Azure) Background
The color blue represents Loyalty and Truth.
- Gold (Or) Chevron
The color gold symbolizes Generosity and Elevation of the Mind. The Chevron, resembling a roof, symbolizes protection and worthy accomplishment.
- Three Gold (Or) Bees
Bees symbolize Efficient Industry. Gold represents Generosity. The head of the first Generation of Cranbrook Booth Family in America was Henry Gough Booth. George Gough Booth was in the third Generation of Cranbrook Booths. His grandfather used one bee in his emblem. His father used two bees in his emblem. According to the Compiler of The Cranbrook Booth Family in America, the bee was chosen because “The bee seeks out the beautiful, receives the sweet and nourishing, and works energetically to produce enough to share with others. The family motto, devised by Henry Gough Booth, is “Look to the bees and follow.”