Missouri Synod Seal
The seal of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is
a unique blend of symbols and words:
The blue shield represents the Christian faith
- The prominent gold cross proclaims that we preach Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead
- The Latin words under the cross read "Jesus Christ is Lord"
- The three equilateral gold crosses symbolize the Holy Trinity
- The three gold stars on the shield stand for the three Christian creeds: the Apostolic, the Nicene, and the Athanasian
The seal was designed by Rev. A.R. Kretzmann of Chicago, and the drawing is by Walter Geweke, also of Chicago. The design was approved by the Synod's Board of Directors in 1948. Today it is used for corporate, legal, and ceremonial purposes.
- Luther's seal (see description) appears beneath the shield
- The three gold stars on each side of the shield stand for the six Lutheran Confessions that were published in Concordia in 1580
- Grapevines fill the bottom white spaces, symbolizing Christ's words in John 15:5
- Around the inner circle are the words on which Lutheranism is founded: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide (by Scripture alone, by grace alone, by faith alone)
- The exterior circle contains the proper name of the church and the year it was founded