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La Valette Preceptory and Priory No 649

PRECEPTORY BANNER

La Valette Preceptory Banner

Donated by the Members

Designed by E Kt John Pullan and Kt Leo Crossfield

The inspiration for the design of the La Valette Preceptory Banner is taken from both past and present.

top left section contains the portrait of Jean Parisot de la Valette

The top left section contains the portrait of Jean Parisot de la Valette to whom the Preceptory is dedicated.

The top right section contains the Maltese lion and crown.

The top right section contains the Maltese lion and crown.

bottom left has the Maltese lions linked in a circular chain behind the two crosses.

Whilst the bottom left has the Maltese lions linked in a circular chain behind the two crosses. It was E Kt John Pullan's idea to embed the red Templar cross within the outline of the Maltesee Cross and consequently this has become the symbol of this Preceptory.

bottom right hand section contains an image from a beautiful water colour by Edwin Galea,

The bottom right hand section contains an image from a beautiful water colour by Edwin Galea, a Maltese watercolor artist who was commissioned by E Kt David Broxup artist in 2001 to paint Marsamxett Harbour over looking the beautiful city of Valletta where the Joint English Orders meet on 6 and 7 Marsamxett Street.

Below the shield is a banner containing the latin motto "Esse Quam Videre" - "To be rather than to seem to be". It is found in Cicero's essay, "on friendship" and represents the great and long lasting friendships that we have all made in our Preceptory, within the joint Orders on the Island, and with the many visitors to our meetings and our beloved friends on the island.

Below the shield is a banner containing the latin motto "Esse Quam Videre" - "To be rather than to seem to be". It is found in Cicero's essay, "on friendship"

Finally, the Preceptory Banner shows the Consecration date of the La Valette Preceptory on 29th October 2004. The Banner was consecrated at a special La Valette meeting, on the Island, on the 1st May 2009.