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The Christian Flag in the Lutheran churches

The Lutheran Church in the United States also uses the Christian Flag.
Eric Martin, 4 June 1997

Evangelic-Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD)

[Evangelic-Lutheran Church, Germany] by Dieter Linder, 7 June 1997

In Germany flags are only shown *in front of* religious buildings, but not *in* churches. It would be very, very unusual for a German to see the national flag in his church.

There are two religious flags to be seen very often on Sundays or religious holidays in front of churches: the flag of the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) and of the Römisch-Katholische Kirche. These are the two dominating denominations, the Evangelic-Lutherans running up to 35,7 % and the Roman Catholics to 34,7 %.

The flag of the EKD is white with a violet Latin cross all over. However, the cross does not touch the edges.
Dieter Linder, 7 June 1997

Evangelic-Lutheran Church Convention

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From June 18th to June 22th 1997 the Evangelic-Lutheran Church in Germany had its Church Convention (Kirchentag) in Leipzig. Such a Kirchentag is the opportunity for all people, belonging to this church or not, to present themselves. Flags were prominently displayed in Leipzig. At the fairground there were about 50 flagpoles with the flag of the Evangelic Church (vertical flag; purple Scandinavian cross on white). The emblem of the Kirchentag itself is a simple Greek cross with a smaller Greek cross in each of the four corners. This was shown on flags as well. The size and the colours differed a lot, so I post four of the variants I have seen. All of them were displayed hanging from the top of a fairground hall.
Marcus Schmöger, 15 August 1997

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The flag of the largest Lutheran denomination in the US, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, can be seen at, although the prominent spelling mistakes probably make this an "unofficial variant" being used locally in India!
Ned Smith, 22 August 2004

Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod

The flag of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod is emblazoned: The church's logo--a stylized cross--in burgundy on a white field with burgundy stripes in the fly. An image of the flag can be seen at Concordia Publishing House's Web site.
Peter Guerin, 25 July 2004

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is the second largest Lutheran denomination in the US.  The largest is the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Ned Smith, 22 August 2004

The flag shown in the pictures in India wasn't produced in America. I browsed the site and found that the donator of the flag, NELC, is the Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church in India (so the spelling errors are more understandable). It thus may well be a unique specimen.
Martin Karner, 23 Augst 2004

Lutheran Church--Canada

The Lutheran Church-Canada has a somewhat similar flag to that of the Missouri Synod. The Church's homepage says that it developed from Canadian congregations of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and still retains close ties with it, so it isn't surprising that there is some similarity between their flags. Both have a doubly silhouetted cross and thin vertical stripes, but whereas the LC-MS's flag has the cross and stripes in burgundy, and the stripes at the hoist, the LC-C's has the cross and stripes in blue, and the stripes not as close to the hoist (note: I am judging that the linked picture of the LC-MS flag is displaying its hoist to the viewer's right) . There are also a few subtle differences between the shapes of the crosses.
Ned Smith, 22 August 2004