The red chalice, bearing the “X-shaped” cross of St. Andrew was adopted as the symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) by the denomination’s General Assembly in 1971.
The chalice symbolizes the centrality of the Lord’s Supper to Disciple life. The St. Andrews Cross, the national cross of Scotland, focuses attention on the Scotch Presbyterian roots of the church. Thomas and Alexander Campbell both studied in Scotland and were Presbyterians. St. Andrew has been identified with the laity and evangelism, prominent emphases of the Disciples over the years.
The red color of the chalice signifies vitality, spirit and sacrifice.
The chalice and St. Andrew’s cross, symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United States Patent Office.