Quick Facts about the Maltese Cross
The Maltese Cross has four arms and eight points. The cross is white for purity. The points are said to represent the eight beatitudes and the eight langues of the Knights of St. John. The four are said to represent four knightly virtues.
The beatitudes come from Christ’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:3-10.
There were eight languages that had knights represented in the Order of the Knights of St. John. They are:
The knightly virtues represented by the arms are:
(Definitions adapted from Webster’s Handy College Dictionary, 1972.)
The Order of St. John
The order still exists as the Order of Malta, where the knights made their home for about 250 years. While the knights still claim sovereignty, they are without a country. They do various charitable works carrying on the hospital tradition of the order that began in the Crusades.
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