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Old 12-04-2016, 10:36 PM   #171
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Decorations of the Order..

Slavery Days - Burning Spear + 1492..
The Order of Christ Cross, or simply the Christ Cross, is the emblem of the historical Portuguese Order of Christ.. Later, it also become the emblem of the Brazilian branch of the Order of Christ..As the Order of Christ, led by Prince Henry, the Navigator, was a leading developer of the Portuguese Discoveries, the Christ Cross was used on the sails of the Portuguese caravels, carracks and other ships involved in the exploration of the seas..It was also the symbol of the Movimento Nacional-Sindicalista, a Portuguese political movement of the early 1930s..Today, the Cross of Christ is present in many flags and emblems of Portugal and Brazil..Examples are the flags of the city of São Paulo and the Portuguese Autonomous Region of Madeira, the coat of arms of several cities and municipalities, the badges of the Portuguese/Brazil national football teams and the roundels of the Portuguese Air Force aircraft..The Cross of Christ was also present in the coat of arms and flag of the former Empire of Brazil..Knights of the Order of Christ were part of the untitled nobility of the Empire of Brazil..The order was awarded for exceptional services that resulted in notable and proven utility to religion (Roman Catholicism), to humanity & the state..

Frontispiece of Zurara's Crónicas dos Feitos de Guiné (Paris codex)..

Talent de bien faire ("the talent of doing well" or "Hunger for good deeds") and the pyramids, of Prince Henry's motto..It has been argued that the image inserted portrays his brother, King Duarte, rather than Henry..The empresa or divisa placed below is Henry`s motto..According to Friar Luis de Sousa, based on papers of Henry`s contemporary chronicler Gomes Eanes de Zurara, and other 15th century documents, Henry's pyramids represented the Pyramids of Egypt, at Giza, and at the top of his Pyramids was a golden Sun..On 25 May 1420, Henry gained appointment as the Grand Master of the Military Order of Christ, the Portuguese successor to the Knights Templar, which had its headquarters at Tomar, in central Portugal..Henry was the third surviving son of King John I and his wife Philippa, sister of King Henry IV of England.. He was baptized in Porto, and may have been born there, probably when the royal couple was living in the city's old mint, now called Casa do Infante (Prince's House), or in the region nearby..Another possibility is that he was born at the Monastery of Leça do Bailio, in Leça da Palmeira, during the same residential passage of the royal couple in the city of Porto... allow you to undertake another voyage..Of all the words my father wrote - and there were many - I remember these the most.."Nothing that results from human progress is achieved with unanimous consent..And those who are enlightened before the others are condemned to persue that light in spite of others..We are not the members of a democracy, Father..We are the members of an order..Centuries before the exploration of space, there was another voyage into the unknown...

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