Regarding the Latin and Greek used in our publications, our Latin motto is Veritas vos Liberabit (WAIR-ih-tahss wohss lee-beh-RAH-bit) -- The truth will make you free. The origin is John 8:31-32, Jesus speaking, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
(Always Vigilant, Strong, Prepared and Faithful)
Pro Deo et Libertate -- 1776
(For God and Liberty -- 1776)
Pro Deo et Constitutione -- -- Libertas aut Mors
(For God and Constitution -- Liberty or Death)
Fidelis Deo et Patriaeque
(Faithful to God and Country)
Si vis Pacem, Para Bellum
(If you want peace, prepare for war)
De Oppresso Liber
(To liberate the oppressed)
Lex et Libertas
(Law and Liberty)
IChThUS Imprimis -- IChThUS is the Greek spelling for "fish" and one noted symbol of early Christendom as Jesus called on his disciples to be "fishers of men." In the early church, when believers were being sought and persecuted, a secret method for determining if a stranger was a fellow believer was to draw a crescent shape in the sand. If the stranger drew the inverse of that crescent shape, completing the IChThUS symbol, he was a fellow believer.
IChThUS forms the Greek acronym: Iota Chi (Jesus Christ) Theta Upsilon (Son of God) Sigma (Savior).
Imprimis means Foremost.