As you may know, you must follow proper flag etiquette at all times when flying the American flag. There are various guidelines to follow when displaying any flag and the Christian flag is no different. Christian flag etiquette may not be as in depth as American flag etiquette, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as important. Follow the guidelines below when displaying your Christian flag.
Christian Flag Etiquette
- The Christian flag is never to be dipped to any flag; however, it may be dipped towards the Alter Cross.
- It is appropriate to place the Christian flag next to a national flag. This symbolizes patriotic, religious and spiritual loyalties.
- The Christian flag is always placed to the right of other flags stationed in the same area, except for the American flag (see below).
- It is appropriate to display the Christian flag with the American flag as long as both flags are on the same level and placed on opposite sides of the sanctuary facing the congregation.
- Most believe that best practice is to place the American flag to the congregations front left (congregations perspective), and the Christian flag to the congregations front right (congregations perspective). Both flags should be relatively the same size and placed on the far outside of the congregation.
- If flown on a flag pole, the Christian flag should be flown below the American flag. The only exception is when church services are conducted by naval chaplains at sea.
- When displayed alone, the Christian flag should be on floor level on the far outside of the congregation’s front right point of view.
- If displayed on the chancel, choir loft or communion railing, the Christian flag should be placed to the far right of the clergymen, alter, and choir – always facing the congregation.
Days to display your Christian Flag
(In alphabetical order)
- All Saints’ Day
- Ash Wednesday
- Assumption Day
- Good Friday
- Palm Sunday
- Sunday – Sunday is known as the Lords day.
You may fly the Christian flag on any day, but these days are singled out as more important dates in the Christian religion. This list may never be comprehensive because of different standards and beliefs.