The Compass Rose Symbol

The Compass Rose, a mariner's compass, symbolizes the Anglican Communion spreading the gospel to all its points around the world. The emblem was designed by the late Canon Edward West of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The Compass Rose is set in the nave of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Canterbury, England, and it was dedicated by Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie at the final Eucharist of the Lambeth Conference in 1988. He also dedicated a similar Compass Rose in the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (The National Cathedral) in Washington, D.C. in 1990.