John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church
A cross on a heart, resting on the center of the Messianic Rose and surrounded by a circle to symbolize eternity, was adopted by Martin Luther as his own Coat of Arms and as an expression of trust in God.
"The Christian's heart is resting on roses
The colors are usually gold for the circle; the outlines of the petals, red; the background for the rose, a heavenly blue; the heart, red; and the cross, black.
While a professor at Wittenburg, Luther devised this seal which he declared was meant to be "expressive of his theology". The following explanation is the gist of a letter written to his friend, Herr Spengler, town clerk of Nuremberg, and is taken from an information sheet by the Lutheran Brotherhood ....
"The first thing expressed
in my seal is a cross, black, within the heart, to put me in mind
that faith in Christ crucified saves us. 'For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness.'
Reformation Day is October 31