International Knightly Order of St. George – Canadian Corporation
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INTERNATIONAL KNIGHTLY ORDER OF ST. GEORGE – CANADIAN CORPORATION
Arms : Per pale Gules and Argent a cross and in the canton a Latin cross pommé bendwise all counterchanged
Crest : Issuant from a coronet set with maple leaves Gules and swords Argent a demi-lion affronty Or holding in its dexter arm a patriarchal cross Argent
Supporters : Dexter a horse Or supporting a lance Gules, sinister a dragon Or its breast transfixed by a lance palewise Gules standing on a grassy mount proper
Motto: AMORE OFFICIOQUE CONJUNCTI
The arms were officially granted on May 15, 2012.
Red and white are the colours of Canada and of the ancient arms of Hungary, where a chivalric order of St. George was established in the 14th century. The small cross alludes to the cross on the crown of King, later Saint, Stephen of Hungary.
The patriarchal cross is another reference to the modern arms of Hungary. The sword symbolizes chivalry, the maple leaf Canada, and the lion England, of which St. George is the patron saint.
The horse, dragon, and lances allude to the legend of St. George, who killed a dragon with a lance while mounted on a horse.
The Latin motto, meaning “United in love and service”, comes from the oath each is required to swear when becoming a member. It represents two of the values held by the membership.
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