Knights of Columbus Emblem
The Columbian coat of arms consists solely of
straight lines and angles, symbolizing the determination,
tenacity, firmness and courage that the Order's founders had to
demonstrate in the face of difficulties to surmount, problems to
solve to defend their faith and their rights in a milieu
ill-suited to the growth of their Movement.
Figures and Symbols
The Columbian Coat of Arms contains three
symbolic elements: the sword, the anchor and the battle axe,
recalling the noble and illustrious deeds of the Order's
The sword and the anchor, placed one over the
other, form a sort of "X" or St Andrew's cross.
The sword symbolizes honor, distinction,
bravery and courage.
The anchor, an instrument designed to hold a
ship in place, represents that which attaches, stops,
consolidates and stabilizes.
The battle axe, placed on the shield,
symbolizes action taken to overcome obstacles or ambushes on the
road to accomplishing one's objectives.
The bundle represents the solid grouping of
people come together to realize a common ideal under the
guidance of a recognized leader. It symbolizes teamwork, the
strength inherent in unity and fraternity.
The helmet, placed on the upper part of the
Coat of Arms represents rank or degree of nobility. On the coat
of arms of a warrior it is the noblest and principal ornament.
The little white triangle, above the helmet
and pointing upward, symbolizes the flame which lights and
The blue (azure), represents the sky, that
is, God who watches over the world. It is the symbol of hope,
peace, and confidence.
The white (silver) is innocence, frankness
and purity of intention.
The yellow (gold) denotes indestructible
goods, the richness that comes with hard work.
The red symbolizes giving of one's self,
courage, valor and heroism in the fight for one's faith, one's
language and one's rights.