At the beginning of the Emmanuel’s Bicentennial season, a new design was chosen to represent the Parish. Named the Emmanuel Cross, it was rendered in mosaic tile in the Chancel of the Church. Dedicated Ascension Day 1999, the 150th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone, it became the first of many Bicentennial gifts. The George Young family were the generous donors, and the firm of Eaton Young Galleries did the actual work.
‘Emmanuel’ is a Hebrew word meaning ‘God with us.’ This Bicentennial emblem of Emmanuel Parish consists of three symbols: at the center of a cross of lilies which recall the Virgin Mary and the humanity of Jesus; this is surrounded by a cross of circles, which recall the divinity of Christ; together, these are within a larger circle which represents the eternal love of God.
The Emmanuel Cross is also found in the needlepoint kneelers, the worship bulletin and, of course, in many places on this website.