Why We Light The Cross
Out of the wonderful story of the sacred pages of this old BOOK DIVINE comes the sad, sweet story of CALVARY’S rugged but HOLY CROSS. This old cross is a SYMBOL of SACRIFICE and SERVICE and a sign of the CHRISTIAN FAITH. Sanctified and made holy nearly nineteen centuries ago by the suffering and blood of fifty million martyrs who died in the most holy faith, it stands in every Klavern of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
As a constant reminder that CHRIST is our criterion of character and his teachings our rule of life blood bought, holy, sanctified and sublime.
It was once a sign of ignominy, disgrace and shame but being bathed in the blood of the lowly Nazarene, it has been transformed into a symbol of FAITH, HOPE and LOVE. It inspired the Crusaders of the Middle Ages in their perilous efforts to rescue the Holy Land from the Heathen Turks; and is today being used to rally the forces of Christianity against the ever increasing hoards of anti- Christ and the enemies of the principles of pure Americanism.
We have added the fire to signify that CHRIST IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. As light drives away the darkness and gloom, so a knowledge of the truth dispels ignorance and superstition. As fire purifies gold, silver and precious stones, but destroys the cross, wood, hay and stubble; so by the fire of Calvary’s Cross we mean to purify and cleanse our virtues by burning out our vices and the fire of HIS SWORD. Who can look upon this sublime symbol, or sit in its sacred holy light without being inspired with holy desire and determination to be a better man?
BY THIS SIGN WE CONQUER … NON SILBA SED ANTHAR