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The Emblem of the Fourth Degree
The Triad Emblem of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus features:
the Dove, the Cross, the Globe...
The Dove, the classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and Peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth or Globe. Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader's cross, that which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading Knights who battled to regain the Holy Land.
Our Honored Order cherishes as its patron Christopher (Christ Bearer) Columbus (Dove of Peace), symbolizing the Paraclete.
Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the Union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead...the most blessed Trinity.
The Globe... God the Father, Creator of the Universe
The Cross...God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind
The Dove...God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity
The colors of the symbols are:
A Blue Globe with the lands of the Western Hemisphere in White
A Red Cross with gold borders, and gold knobs at the ends of the Cross
A White Dove.
Red, White, and Blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which our Order originated; and are used to stress the basic principle of the Fourth Degree: Patriotism