The Maltese Cross: Virtues for Today's Fire Service

04/25/2014
BY EDMUND J. ENRIGHT and KURT GLOSSER The Knights of Saint John are with us. Pull strength from our past as we reflect on this historic emblem and what it means for us today. The Maltese cross has a rich history of symbolizing a noble breed dedicated to serving their fellow man. An emblem we have seen and probably have worn many times has a story to tell, if we listen hard enough. The original meaning of the eight points of the Maltese cross was the "Beatitudes as given by the Lord Jesus Christ, in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew."1 The working of these eight Knightly obligations changed over the centuries, but the symbolism never changed, as it represented a group of...

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