THE MOST HONOURABLE LEGION OF THE EAGLE OF CHRIST
The Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle of Christ was re-established under the blessing of Pope St. John Paul II as a noble company by the Etrurian household and a group of Papal knights as a successor to the ancient Roman Legion of the Eagle. Its re-establishment took place on the 900th anniversary of the First Crusade.
The original "Legion of the Eagle" was a military unit of the Roman Empire tasked with defending the Empire against the barbarians and refers to the Legio IX Hispana (Spanish Legion), which was founded by Julius Caesar and re-activated by Caesar Augustus. It served mainly in Spain, Britain, and Germany. Their principal headquarters became York, and their mascot was the eagle. They earned their name, Hispana (Hispanic), during the Cantabrian Wars in Spain. Its Spanish home is León, its Germanic home is Speyer in the historic Duchy of Franconia, and its Italian home is Aquilea in the historic sovereign Patriarchate of Aquilea in Imperial Italy. The Legion was formally consecreated to Our Lord in 2020. In addition to the patronage of Christ, the patron saint of the Legion is Saint Patrick, the British Roman best known as Apostle to the Irish. The principle feast days are those of Corpus Christi, the Sacred Heart, and St. Patrick.
Through the gift of Emperor Constantine the Great, the Roman Church became heir and successor to the Roman Empire. The Christian knights defended the Church, in part through the Crusades against the infidels. The Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle is under the patronage of the Anglican Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church) and the leadership of the Etrurian Royal Household. Membership is limited to 10 Companions of Honour, in addition to the Companions of Justice (hereditary), and no more than 15 Supernumerary Companions (ad honorem). Companions are generally required to be Catholic and of noble lineage and to have rendered significant service at a high level to the Church or to humanity in general. Companions in all categories are considered honourary cousins to His Holiness and Eminence the Papa-Prince of Rome.
Symbolism plays an important role in the Catholic Faith. These symbols help us to encounter, engage, and learn about our Faith. Nowhere is this greater than in the Holy Mass. Religious societies and orders also make much of symbolism, some of which are rooted deeply in antiquity. The insignia is known for its two-tone gold and silver design. Gold is used to represent the eternal light of Christ, and silver is used to represent purity and Evangelism (Psalm 11.7 "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.")
The greater badge consists of a gold eagle, symbolic of the divine nature of Christ, pendant from a lapis lazuli stone (known for its Marian symbolism). It is worn suspended from a royal blue neck ribbon. Companions of Justice and Companions of Honour who also hold the Grand Cross of St. Stephen, the Grand Cross of Justice of Mary Immaculate, or both instead use a ribbon in a colour representing both or all three orders respectively as described below.
The lesser badge is worn suspended from a royal blue sash and consists of a blue cross with a gold eagle upon a red stone, together representing a stylised form of the aquila and standard of a Roman Legion. Companions of Justice also have a collar for wear with the church habit consisting of similar badge worn suspended from square links of gold.
The star badge of the Legion is gold of eight point, with a central starburst of twelve points, coming from the twelve stars in Marian symbology. The five stars represent the five wounds of Christ. This symbolism is continued in the 5-pointed version of the star worn on the Legion's church cape.
The Grand Cordon of the Three (or Two) Supreme Orders
of Justice and Companions of Honour who also hold the
The Grand Cordon of the Three Supreme Orders
The Eagle, St. Stephen, and Mary Immaculate
The Grand Cordon of the Two Supreme Orders
I: The Eagle and St. Stephen
who hold two or three of the specific orders
Legion of the Eagle and the Grand Cross of St. Stephen
On the sash of Two Supreme Orders or Three Supreme Orders, those with the Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order suspend the correct version of the Lesser Eagle from the oak leaf cluster of that order's regular insignia. Those with the Pontifical Order of Merit use that cross instead of the Lesser Eagle. Those with both the Service and Merit Crosses use the cross of the Order of Merit pendant from the oak leaf cluster of the Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order.
Greater Eagles of the Three (or Two) Supreme Orders
The Florentine Service Order and the Order of Merit are extensions of the Legion of the Eagle of Christ. They recognise significant service and merit respectively. The Order of Merit is limited to no more than ten living members.
- H.H.E. the Archfather
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