Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Emblem of the Order dates from the Second Supreme meeting, May 12, 1883, when it was designed by James T. Mullen, who was then the first Supreme Knight. A quick glance at the Emblem indicates a shield mounted upon a cross similar to a Maltese cross, turned 45 degrees sideways. The shield is that associated with a medieval Knight. The cross of Malta, represents the Cross of Christ. Through the Cross of Christ all graces of redemption were procured for mankind. This Cross and Shield represents the Catholic Spirit and Commitment of the Knights of Columbus.  Mounted to the shield's lower field are three objects; a medieval ax standing, and an anchor and a sword crossed under it. The ax represents strong leadership, authority and an efficiently operating organization. The anchor is the symbol for Christopher Columbus, the patron of our Order, while the sword is the weapon of the Knight.  On the top field of the Shield are the letters "K of C", meaning Knighs of Columbus, representing the Knighthood of a Catholic man in our organization. Knights lived by a code of chivalry. They were merciful in action, just in deed, fearless in battle and committed to serving God.  The red, white, and blue in the shield and cross, are the colors of our beloved country.   Red is the color of stout-hearted courage, of pulsing activity and a full measure of devotion. Blue is the symbol of hope, of calm tranquility under God, and of confidence in the protection of our country, established under God. White is the symbol of nobility of purpose, of purity of aim, and of crucible tried ideals to be carried out.

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