Symbols: The Maltese Cross
The Maltese cross is identified as the symbol of an order of Christian warriors known as the Knights Hospitaller.
The cross is eight-pointed and has the form of four “V”-shaped arms joined together at their tips, so that each arm has two points.
The arms of the cross are said to represent the 4 Cardinal Virtues (prudence, temperance, justice and fortitude). The eight points are said to symbolize the eight points of courage or the Beatitudes:
- Glory and honour,
- Contempt of death,
- Helpfulness towards the poor and the sick, and
- Respect for the church.
The Maltese cross shows up the Queensland, AU flag, St. John Ambulance, Order of the Bath, Royal Order of the Seraphim, firefighters and Columbian Squires (above).