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The Legion of the Eagle was re-established 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. The original Legion of the Eagle was a military unit of the Roman Empire tasked with defending the Empire against the barbarians. 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 Honorable Legion of the Eagle is under the patronage of the Old Holy Roman Church of the English Rite and the leadership of the Etrurian Royal Household. Membership is limited to 25, not including the Hereditary Companions. Companions are generally required to be Roman Catholic and of noble lineage and to have rendered significant service at a high level to the Church or to humanity in general.

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 badge consists of a silver Eagle pendant from a gold wreath. The eagle is symbolic of the divine nature of Christ. It is silver as a reminder to spread the pure Word of God to the world. Also, since gold and silver are sometimes used to represent heavenly and earthly respectively, such as in the gold and silver keys in the papal insignia. Thus the silver Eagle is indicative of the duality of the nature of Christ, both wholly God (as symbolized by the eagle) and wholly man (as symbolized by the silver). The gold laurel wreath is symbolic of eternal victory and a reminder that all true honor comes from God. The badge is worn suspended from a red ribbon with blue borders. Red is the color of martyrs and here symbolizes defense of the Christian Faith. Blue is the color of the Blessed Virgin. Also, red is the color of St. Stephen the Protomartyr, Patron Saint of the Patriarchal See, and blue is the color of the Court of Saint Mary of Walsingham.

The star badge of the Legion has 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 motto is "Honor Virtutis Praemium," which translates as "Honor is the prize for virtue."

The modern Legion, re-established in 1996, is the original and sole legitimate successor to the Roman Legion of the Eagle in the Christian Order. Only those admitted as Companions by the Cardinal Patriarch or Grand Master enjoy the right to wear the Eagle insignia.


Insignia of Life Companions


Collar and jewel of hereditary
Companions of Justice

 

Hereditary Officers

Sovereign - H.M.E.R.H. the Cardinal Count of Sainte Animie
Prince Grand Master - H.R.H. the Count of Valais
Hereditary Deputy Grand Master - H.E. the Count di Santa Croce

Appointed Officers

Marshal
Deputy Marshal
Chancellor
Vice Chancellor
Registrar
Eagle King of Arms

 

In Memoriam Chev. John Refieuna, Chancellor of the Legion of the Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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