This is a great Templar collectible. This item is very beautiful and of the highest quality materials. This item is 1 inch tall and made of iron with epoxy colorfill and gold plated. This is still in package and never has been worn. This will be the envy of the lodge...get yours today! Item will ship First Class Mail and in a bubble envelope.
MEANING:On the Grand Standard of a Commandery of Knights Templar these words are inscribed over "a blood-red Passion Cross," and they constitute in part the motto of the American branch of the Order. Their meaning, "By this sign thou shalt conquer," is a substantial, but not literal, translation of the original Greek. For the origin of the motto, we must go back to a well known legend of the Church, which has, however, found more doubters than believers among the learned. Eusebius, who wrote a life of Constantine says that while the emperor was in Gaul, in the year 312, preparing for war with his rival, Maxentius, about the middle hours of the day, as the sun began to verge toward its setting, he saw in the heavens with his own eyes, the sun surmounted with the trophy of the cross, which was composed of light, and a legend annexed, which said "by this conquer." This account Eusebius affirms to be in the words of Constantine. Lactantius, who places the occurrence at a later ... read more