Order of Centurions
Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed:
because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
TIME DEUM ET
The Order of Centurions maintains the design, history, and meaning of Arms and of symbols related to the Order and for those Independent Cohorts affiliated with the Order which wish to advise the Order of items various shields, banners, and symbols connected with the cohort. This is a college of Custos Armrorm, Keeper of the Arms.
LEGION ARMS SECTION
LABARUM -- Published first on 29 September, 2003 on www.orderofcenturions.org as a principle symbol of the Order of Centurions. A spear covered in gold with a crosspiece representing a cross. At the top of the cross an image of the chi-rho within a crown of laurel. A banner hung from the crosspiece of imperial (Tyrian) purple with a gold border and the words LEGIO CHRISTI centered at the top, and the initials "IHSV" in large bold letters in the center for the Latin phrase "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES" (Under this Sign Conquer) and finally MMIII, the year of the founding of the Order of Centurions. at the bottom. Beneath the Labarum is often diplayed the Battle Cry of the Order, "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES".
MEDAL OF THE ORDER -- First published on the www.orderofcenturions.org web site in 2005?, designed and crafted by Primus Pilus Mark Carroll with concurrence from key centurions Fulvio and Michael, and a Latin teacher of Rome. The disk shown is an authorized circular form of the medal of the Order. First manufactured in 2007. It may be in color or metal. The colors are, background: white, Gladius, bronze blades and brown hilts, Vitis - wood tone, letters, black, crown of thorns, wood-tone, The Alpha and Omega Greek letters are incorporated. These were often shown with the Chi_Rho, or alone, as a sign of Christ, who said, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty" [Rev 1:8]. The phrases of the Order encircle the symbol in an unbroken ring. The medal is in antique bronze (color) and may be manufactured in any metalic color. The ring around the Gladius-Vitis symbolizes the eternal nature of the Church and the Godhead. The words are ORDO CENTURIONUM (Order of Centurions), IN HOC SIGNO VINCES (In this sign conquer) and TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM (Fear God and do what is right). Each of these phrases used by the Order is separated by a six-pointed star (which is representative of the basic shape of the Gladius-Vitis and the Chi Rho). Imaginary lines between the stars form a triangle within the circle, a sign of the Trinity.
GLADIUS-VITIS -- Published first in October 2003 on the web site www.orderofcenturions.org. Designed by Primus Pilus Mark Carroll as a principle symbol of the Order. The sign of Order of Centurions contains a Centurion's Vine Staff (vitis) with two Roman short swords (gladius) crossed before it symbolizing the Centurions of Caesarea, Capernaum, and Calvary and members of the Order of Centurions. Above the Roman arms is the Crown of Thorns with the letters: INRI in the center of the crown which stand for the words inscribed on His Cross: IESUS NAZARENUS REX IUDAEORUM in Latin. The Crown above the Roman arms symbolizes the Lord's sovereignty over Centurions. It also is witness to the confession of faith on Good Friday by the Centurion at Calvary; he beheld Jesus on the cross with the Crown of Thorns and the Inscription and confessed Him as the Son of God.
TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM
MOTTO -- Published first in October 2003 on the web site www.orderofcenturions.org and created by Mark Carroll, modified in 2004 to its current state based on advice from a colleague on Latin grammar. This is the motto of the Order of Centurions: TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM meaning Fear God and do what is Right. This is an adaption of Peter's observation in the book of Acts when Cornelius the Centurion and his family were overcome by the power of the Holy Ghost.
SHIELD OF THE ORDER -- First published on the www.orderofcenturions.org web site in 2004, designed and crafted by Primus Pilus Mark Carroll. The Shield of the Order is elliptical. It's boat shape relates to the idea of the early church in a boat (from whence we get the word Nave for the place of the congregation) with imperial Roman Purple" trim on a white background. It shows the gladius-vitis on one side with the words "MMIII * ORDO CENTURIONUM * IHSV" on the left arc and "TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM" on the other arc. The other side of the medal shows the chi-rho inside a wreath. Below it is the date of the Battle of Saxa Ruba: 312 AD. On the left arc is written "CENTURIO - IN HOC SIGNO VINCES" and on the other arc "LEGIO CHRISTI * ECCLESIA MILITANS". It may be worn with a chain or "Imperial Roman Purple" cord or ribbon.
LABARUM GUARD : Published first on 28 October 2005 on the web site www.orderofcenturions.org and designed by Mark Carroll with the concurrence of several centurions. The medal of the Labarum Guard has a dark red/maroon background and a gold, hand-painted, Chi-Rho with gold marks about its edge representing a wreath. It represents the first shield hand painted on 28 October at the Battle of Saxa Ruba by order of Constantine
PRAYER & CHALLENGE COIN OF THE ORDER -- The Prayer & Challenge Coin is the Order of Centurions Medal on one side and a drawing of a military pay coin in the reign of Constantine on the other side. The drawing of the coin side is from a 1901 drawing of coin for Roman Legion Pay of Constantine c.336 from The Life of Christ as Represented in Art, and is in the Public Domain, the drawing was modified only to change the shape of the Chi-Rho to agree more closely with specimen of coins of that era. The lettering for the Order The coin displays the Labarum with two legionaries. Christ Church Militant "ECCLESIA MILITANT" and the name of the Legion "LEGIO CHRISTI" is inscribed below the Labarum, replacing Roman inscriptions.
COHORT ARMS SECTION
Cohort Holy Martyr Ignatius Banner Notified by the Cohort on 9 November 2009. The cohort's banner shall be the Pulaski Legions Banner carried in many battles of the American Revolution by this Polish hero and American General.
History and Lineage
" Standard of Pulaski's Legion - " Standard of Pulaski's Legion - This banner was made by Moravian [Single Sisters] nuns of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and presented to Colonel Casimir Pulaski [by the patriotic women of Baltimore] in 1778 when he organized an independent corps of 68 horse and 200 foot soldiers at Baltimore. Pulaski bore this banner gallantly through many a campaigns until he was mortally wounded at Savannah, on October 9, 1779. His adjutant, though wounded himself, returned the banner to Baltimore where it is preserved at the museum of the Maryland Historical Society. ..."[source unknown]
The banner "is of yellow silk with the letters 'U.S.' in the center and in a circle around them in Latin, 'Union makes valor.' On the reverse side, [with 13 stars surronding a six pointed star and set with a triangle, base at the top, with four bombs in the courners of a square border, all in gold in a scarlet field] ... is the motto, also in Latin, "Non Alius Regis" "No other governs." [The Flag of the US by Fredrick Cock Hicks]
Hymn of the Banner
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