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The Cross of the Order
The cross of the Order was officially adopted in its first Constitution on November 5, 1891. The senior cross of the Order is a modified Greek Fleury cross inscribed in Latin "Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine," which means "With heart, mind, and spirit uphold and bear the cross." At the base of the cross are the letters "FHS" which stand for the motto of the Order "For His Sake."
The Junior cross of the Order is also a modified Greek Fleury cross the letters "FHS" inscribed across the horizontal bar. The cross was designed by the Rev. Willard Davenport, husband of Mary C. Davenport, founder of the Junior Daughters. The cross is worn by Junior members of the Order ages 7-21.
The cross members of The Order of the Daughters of the King® wear is blessed during The Service of Admission and entrusted to them so long as they remain a member. While the cross belongs to the Order, members wear it as a constant reminder of our vows. It is revered and guarded with care. It is worn as a pendant on a necklace, or as a pin on the left side of our chest and may not be altered in any way.
In order to let family and friends know what should be done with the cross upon a member's passing, the Disposition of Cross Card is used to designate if the cross is to be buried with the member or placed in the urn, attached to a suitable marker, or returned to the National Office to be used as a “pre-loved” cross.
The Cross Policy of the Order
The Cross Policy provides guidance for all members of the Order - Senior, Junior, and International, with clear guidance on how to obtain, wear and ultimately dispose of their cross through resignation or death.
This sheet shows pictures of the various sizes and types of Senior and Junior crosses as well as the Chaplain's cross. Please refer to the National Office Order Form for prices and shipping fees. Pre-loved sterling silver crosses in senior size large or small are available for replacement crosses only. Crosses for new members must be new.
Care of our Cross
Our crosses are quality silver but tarnishing does happen over time for several reasons. The "Care of our Cross" lists some of the most common reasons, as well as helpful information on how to help prevent future tarnishing.
The Disposition of Cross Card is used by a Daughter to convey her wishes as to what should be done with the Order's cross upon her passing.
Use this form when returning a cross.
Members may return a cross for the following reasons:
1 - If you have had the cross for less than 6 months and you would like to exchange it
2 - If you are resigning from the Order
3 - If a member has passed away
The name, The Order of the Daughters of the King® as well as both our senior and Junior crosses are registered trademarks of the United. The document, "The Order of the Daughters of the King® Trademark Policies and Procedures", establishes the policies and procedures that govern the use of its registered name and trademarks. This policy applies to all of the Order’s members and staff at all of its organizational levels. Further, the Order maintains a licensing program in order to establish a foundation for promoting and protecting the use of its registered trademarks.
Found a cross for sale?
If a cross of The Order is found on eBay, please provide the statement below to the seller. Do not attempt to purchase the cross, The Order cannot reimburse for it and it will only drive the price up of future crosses. Further, do not engage in a conversation with the seller unless they are willing to mail the cross directly to the National Office. If you have any questions please contact the Trademark Chair of The Order.
The cross you are selling is a United States registered trademark and belongs The Order of the Daughters of the King®. Only members of The Order may wear it. It would be appropriate and legally responsible for you to return the cross to our National Office in Woodstock, GA. Mail to: 101 Weatherstone Dr. Suite 870, Woodstock, GA 30188. Thank you.