One of the things that makes a Greek organization much like any other
is that almost all of them have mottoes of some kind. For Lambda Chi
Alpha, there are seven distinct mottoes that we hold quite dear. Three
of the seven mottoes are "open". This means that they are not considered
secret and anyone, including non-initiates, may know their meaning.
Below are the three open mottoes and their translations:
"Per Crucem Crescens", which means the "Crescent in the Cross". The
translations "Crescent through the Cross" and "Growth through the Cross"
are also legitimate. This motto is written in Latin.
"Calepa Ta Kala", which translates
"Naught, without Labour". This motto is written in Greek.
"Vir Quisque Vir", which means "Every Man, a Man". This motto was
originally taken from the Coat of Arms of Theta Kappa Nu and it was
then written "Vir Quisque Vir Est" or "Every Man Is a Man". It was
later shortened when added to our Coat of Arms after the merger of the
two fraternities. This motto is also Latin.
The remaining four mottoes' meanings are "closed" or secret:
LCA, Lambda Chi Alpha
DP, Delta Pi
ZAC, Zeta Alpha Chi
COAZ, Chi Omicron Alpha Zeta
The ideals of the Fraternity are many and quite encompassing. There
are four basic ideals which our Fraternity is based on. There are,
however, many more principles which are built upon these four ideals
The four ideals of Fraternity are:
Beyond these foundational four are the other virtues which demand
attention in the bonds of our brotherhood. One such set of ideals are
found symbolically on the Associate Membership Pin.
Each triangle on the pin is representative of an ideal. They are
Patriotism, Learning, Morality, and Fraternity. These are the four
ideals taught in the Associate Member Ceremony, the induction ceremony
for new members of the Fraternity.
In furtherance of this ideal, we have also taken from the Associate
Member Ceremony the lofty charge of whom we follow, for Jesus of Nazareth
is our Exempler.
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