Church of South India
The Logo of the Church of South India is an important and significant as the formation of the CSI through the process of unification. The Lotus and the Cross used in the Logo possess a rich cultural history and heritage which will help us in the understanding of the significance of the unification and our call and mission as members of this great and unique church.
The Lotus, a typical Indian flower, in Mythology is supposed to be not only a temple flower but also the seat of the creator. “Pankajam” one of the Indian names given to the Lotus has a very significant meaning that “it is born in mud”. The Lotus blooms at sunrise and withers at sunset, in other words it lives as long as it can receive the sunrays hence it is also called ‘Thammipuvu’ meaning flower of the sun. Whether it means “born in the mud” or “flower of the sun” to the Indian Church, it stands to be interpreted as symbolizing the composition, nature and role of the members of the Church of South India in the bond of the union and in the context of being indigenous and also being dependent on the grace of God.
Diocese of Cochin
The Cross in the image signifies Christianity The sea-shore and the coconut trees….Kerala. The two ships …that the church in the Diocese of North Kerala is the result of the Union of two Churches founded by the labours of the two Missionary Societies in Europe and England (Basel Mission and C.M.S) The Crown of thorns in the middle: symbolic of redemption through the sufferings and death of Christ which is the basis of the Union. The Mitre…signifies that the C.S.I is an Episcopal Church. The divided top of the Mitre….is symbolic of the holy spirit whose indwelling gives life and light to the Church.(Cloven Tongues) The suggestion for an Emblem were Invited in 1960 and in the light of the suggestions received the present Emblem was finally approved by the Standing Committee in 1961. It was drawn by Mr. K. C. Thomas of St. Mary’s Church, Calicut.