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THE EMBLEM OF THE ORDER

 

The Emblem of the Order of St. Luke is a Cross within a circle which together forms  an acrostic.  The motto is in Latin.

 

JESU ESTO MIHI JESUS       DUX-LUX-REX-LEX

 

Roughly translated this means:

"O Jesus, be to me my Saviour (Healer), my Leader, my Light, my King and my Law "

 

The tradition is that this cross was found in the catacombs of Domitilla in Rome during the second century.  It is the prayer of  a Roman nobleman. The story is that this Roman officer lost his wife who had been the guide and inspiration of his life. He felt  the light of his life had been extinguished.  Restless and distraught he wandered this way and that.  Then he heard  the Glad Tidings of the Christian Gospel and found Christ and made this prayer the rule of his life.

 

The light of Christ shone into his life with healing and integration.  He lived long and happily and usefully.