Order pro merito Melitensi

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Cross pro merito Melitensi

The Order pro Merito Melitensi, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta's Order of Merit, is a chivalric order of merit established in 1920. It is awarded to men and women who have brought honour and prestige to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta or actively promoted Christian values or works of charity in the Christian tradition as defined by the Roman Catholic Church. Those decorated are not invested in a religious ceremony as knights and dames of the Order of Malta itself (which is a military order of chivalry); therefore the Order pro Merito Melitensi (sometimes "Melitense") may be bestowed upon non-Catholics. Conferees include prominent statesmen, such as Ronald Reagan (who received it while still in office) and George H.W. Bush. The Order pro Merito Melitensi has certain ranks (such as commendatore or knight commander) now rare in the Order of Malta, and has no nobiliary grades. In this way it is comparable to numerous orders of merit around the world, including the Papal orders, France's Legion of Honour and Britain's Order of the British Empire. Unlike knights and dames in the Order of Malta itself, those decorated with the Order of Merit do not swear any oath or make any religious commitment. In addition to the Order, a Medal is awarded in three grades, namely gold, silver and bronze.

Order pro Merito Melitensi[edit]

Collar of the Order pro Merito Melitensi[edit]

OPMM-colX.svg Pro Merito Melitensi Collar - Military Class
OPMM-co.svg Pro Merito Melitensi Collar - Civilian Class
Single grade, usually bestowed to Heads of State only.

Cross of the Order pro Merito Melitensi[edit]

Military Class[edit]

OPMM-gcsX.svg Grand Cross with Swords pro Merito Melitensi – Special Class
OPMM-gcX.svg Grand Cross with Swords pro Merito Melitensi
OPMM-guX.svg Grand Officer Cross with Swords pro Merito Melitensi
OPMM-cX.svg Commander Cross with Swords pro Merito Melitensi
OPMM-uX.svg Officer Cross with Swords pro Merito Melitensi
Ordine al merito melitense BAR.svg Cross with Swords pro Merito Melitensi

Civilian Class - Gentlemen[edit]

OPMM-gcs.svg Grand Cross pro Merito Melitensi – Special Class
OPMM-gc.svg Grand Cross pro Merito Melitensi
OPMM-gu.svg Grand Officer Cross pro Merito Melitensi
OPMM-c.svg Commander Cross pro Merito Melitensi
OPMM-u.svg Officer Cross pro Merito Melitensi
MelitenseMilitare.png Cross pro Merito Melitensi

Civilian Class - Ladies[edit]

MelitenseMilitare.png
  • Grand Cross pro Merito Melitensi - Special Class
  • Grand Cross pro Merito Melitensi
  • Cross pro Merito Melitensi with Badge
  • Cross pro Merito Melitensi with Crown
  • Cross pro Merito Melitensi with Shield
  • Cross pro Merito Melitensi

Ecclesistics Class[edit]

OPMM-gcr.svg Grand Cross pro Piis Meritis Melitensi
OPMM-r.svg Cross pro Piis Meritis Melitensi

Medal of the Order pro Merito Melitensi[edit]

Old style (1920-1960)[edit]

SMOM-meritAU.svg Gold Medal pro Merito Melitensi
SMOM-meritAG.svg Silver Medal pro Merito Melitensi
SMOM-meritBZ.svg Bronze Medal pro Merito Melitensi

Military Class[edit]

MOPMM-oX.svg Gold Medal with Swords pro Merito Melitensi
MOPMM-aX.svg Silver Medal with Swords pro Merito Melitensi
MOPMM-bX.svg Bronze Medal with Swords pro Merito Melitensi

Civilian Class[edit]

MOPMM-o.svg Gold Medal pro Merito Melitensi
MOPMM-a.svg Silver Medal pro Merito Melitensi
MOPMM-b.svg Bronze Medal pro Merito Melitensi

The Order pro Merito Melitensi[edit]

Classes of the Order pro Merito Melitensi[edit]

The Order pro Merito Melitensi comprises the following classes:

  • the Collar
  • the Cross
  • the Medal

The Collar « pro Merito Melitensi »[edit]

The Collar does only have one single grade, but it has instead two divisions, namely "Collar pro Merito Melitens" for Civilians and "Collar with Swords pro Merito Melitensi" for the Military. The Collar is only awarded to Heads of State.

The Cross « pro Merito Melitensi »[edit]

The Cross is bestowed upon both civilians and military personnel, comprising several grades:

  • Knight or Dame Grand Cross pro Merito Melitensi – Special Class
  • Knight or Dame Grand Cross pro Merito Melitensi
  • Knight or Dame Grand Officer pro Merito Melitensi (with Badge for women)
  • Knight (or Dame) Commander pro Merito Melitensi (with Crown for women)
  • Knight or Dame Officer pro Merito Melitensi (with Coat of arms for women)
  • Cross (Knight or Dame) pro Merito Melitensi

N.B: these decorations are "with Swords" for serving military and "without Swords" for civilians.

The Cross « pro piis meritis »[edit]

When awarded to ecclesiastics, it has the same cross as awarded to civilians and military personnel. Nevertheless, this ribbon is black crossed with two thin red lines and comprises only two grades :

  • Grand Cross « pro piis meritis » pro Merito Melitensi,
  • Cross « pro piis meritis » pro Merito Melitensi.

The Medal « pro Merito Melitensi »[edit]

This class has three grades : Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Ribbons[edit]

There are only three different types of ribbons for both the medal and the crosses.

Cross of Merit, Ecclesiastical Cross of Merit, Civil Cross of Merit, Military
Ordine pro merito Melitensi, ecclesiastici.png MelitenseMilitare.png Ordine al merito melitense BAR.svg
Ribbon
Black ribbon
with thin red stripes
White ribbon
with large red stripes
Red ribbon
with large white stripes

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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