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[Flag of the Anglican Church of Virginia]

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The Anglican Church of Virginia is a small denomination following Anglican traditions but not part of the Anglican Communion. It was founded in 2001 and has parishes in the US states of Virginia and Kentucky. It has been in communion with the Anglican Church of India since 2005. The church's homepage is at At one of their news page ( is a photo of the heads of the two churches with a flag of the ACOV (shown above). A news item further down on the page says "The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of India and Prelate of the Virginia Communion, Larry Johnson, agreed to join their respective jurisdictions in "communion... Bishops are pictured above at Evensong, with the Virginia Anglican flag which now hangs in India as symbol of union."

The flag is a vertical banner of the church's arms- on is a description of the church's "crest" [sic]:
"the shape of the shield is the warrior’s shield of ancient time carried into battle for defense. We in the ACOVA are the "defenders of the Faith." The golden cross reminds us of the cross upon which Christ died because of His love for us. The stripes on the golden cross remind us that by His stripes (those imprinted upon His beaten and scourged body) we are healed. The empty cross reminds us that He is no longer there but has ascended into Heaven and sits on the right hand of God serving as our intercessor. The white cross on the blue field has several meanings: It is the cross of St. Andrew who died on such a cross, but more importantly reminds us to be missioners as he was. St Andrew, brought his brother, Simon Peter, to Christ. It is the symbol of Scotland, from which the orders of the United States came, the white representing the purity and peace that Christ gives; the blue representing the unity of God’s people. The chalice and bread are to remind us that the Holy Communion is the focus of our worship; that we take each week His blood and body in order that we may take on His Nature and be strengthen to fight the devil and his works. Finally, all these components rest on a red shield to remind us of His shed blood"

Ned Smith, 30 March 2006