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The Maltese Cross

 

"In the 15th century, the eight points of the four arms of the later called Maltese Cross represented the eight lands of origin, or Langues of the Knights Hospitaller: 

Auvergne, Provence, France, Aragon, Castille and Portugal, Italy, Germany, and England (with Scotland and Ireland)."--Wiki

 

 

The 8 points of the Maltese Cross also refer to the 8 obligations of the Knights:

To live in truth.  

To have faith.     

To be sincere.  

To give proof of humility.  

To love justice. 

To be merciful.  

To endure persecution. 

To repent of sin.

 

(a boat being restored in Valletta, Malta)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Maltese Cross

 

"In the 15th century, the eight points of the four arms of the later called Maltese Cross represented the eight lands of origin, or Langues of the Knights Hospitaller: 

Auvergne, Provence, France, Aragon, Castille and Portugal, Italy, Germany, and England (with Scotland and Ireland)."--Wiki

 

 

The 8 points of the Maltese Cross also refer to the 8 obligations of the Knights:

To live in truth.  

To have faith.     

To be sincere.  

To give proof of humility.  

To love justice. 

To be merciful.  

To endure persecution. 

To repent of sin.

 

(a boat being restored in Valletta, Malta)

 

 

 

 

 

 

comments (25)

A lovely photo, of a lovely boat... And I like knowing what it all means! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elizabeth...and I do, too!
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 27 Jun 2016, 03:48
I am much-taken with the restoration, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Everywhere we went, Ray, there was someone eager to tell us all about it.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Jun 2016, 04:44
Jolis détails du travail sur le bois.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Martine. Thank you.
Lovely details of this restoration Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 27 Jun 2016, 06:19
I didn't know that, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I didn't either, Lisl, until Philine told me about it a few weeks ago!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Jun 2016, 06:36
Very reasonable obligations too Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Chris!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Jun 2016, 06:39
A very powerful picture. I love the details of the restoration and the meaning of the Maltese Cross. A great design in that way....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, MLMA. We had so much to see that day in the two places where we saw boat restoration going on.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Jun 2016, 06:59
I love this cross and its meanings.
Ginnie Hart: I first learned about its meaning from you, Philine, for which I thank you!
Restoration, good photo!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Roland, and thanks.
I say I say I say

How do you make a Maltese Cross?

I don't know how do you make a Maltese Cross?

Stamp on his foot!
Ginnie Hart: LOL. I have a feeling a lot of feet are being stamped on right now, Bill, even though they might not be Maltese!
belle présentation et merci pour les explication!! pour les inondation l'eau s'est retirée il n'y a plus qu'a tout nettoyer et réparer!! amitiés
Ginnie Hart: Merci, JP. Many things are having to be repaired these days, it seems...including countries! sad
We have seen this cross forever, Now we know what it means.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Mary. Finally! smile
A nice abstract, Ginnie, for such a small island Malta does have a remarkable history, due to its position I suppose.
Ginnie Hart: ...due to its position and previous 150 years of British rule, I'm sure, Frank! Thank you.
I never knew what it stood for...thanks!
Ginnie Hart: I didn't either, Robin. We live and learn!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Jun 2016, 12:22
Now I always assumed thet the Maltese Crooss related to Malta's involvement during WWII; I never realised it related to much earlier times.

I like the obligations of the Knights; sounds mainly like my sort of values.
Ginnie Hart: It's always an educational joy to understand these things, Alan, isn't it!
An altogether excellent post Ginnie, apart from the picture my new knowledge gained on SC today (and I seem to learn something new very day) is all about the Maltese Cross, thanks very much.
Ginnie Hart: Philine was the one who raised my awareness awhile back, Brian, so I owe this post to her. But thanks anyway. It's always good to get our education, isn't it!
A fine symbol, we could do with all these values over here at this time.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Martin. I think we all could agree!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Jun 2016, 13:53
Lovely inlaid cross. Interesting to know what it all stands for.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Louis. I owe it to Philine for raising my awareness a few weeks back!
your description of the 8 pointed star will make sure i remember the looks of it, Ginnie. effective post and thank you for sharing.
Ginnie Hart: You're more than welcome, Ayush, of course. It's kinda hard to forget the importance of this cross once you hear about it!
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 27 Jun 2016, 20:04
Incredible ... such stories to be told, even from something that most people would disregard.

I like the detail of the boat -- and it's nice to know the history behind it!
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes the story really is in the details, Emily...most of which we sadly never see or know! Thanks.
Interesting information and a fine image...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Larry. Sometimes you don't find out these things until after the fact!
We have St John Ambulance (SJA) in Malaysia. They use the same cross too.

www.sjam.org.my/

The organisation was created in England back in the 19th century. It is still fairly common in most Commonwealth countries.

Originally, the Maltese Cross logo also contained (two lions - England & two unicorns - Scotland). Modern British and Canadian logos no longer keep the lions and the unicorns. But the animals can still be found on Malaysian, Australian and New Zealander versions. smile
Ginnie Hart: Interesting stuff, LC. I learn something new almost every day! smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jun 2016, 00:02
The cross is a very nice detail on the boat smile
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Cherry. Thanks.
Lovely image and I have been educated as well. That is always a bonus.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Michael, and I agree!
Beautiful texture and maltese cross. I forget to visit you before no newsletter, as all my friends of Shutterchance
Ginnie Hart: I know, Marie. Not all sites are user-friendly, which I hate. But thanks for stopping by again.

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