Faith, Hope and Charity - Subsequent Meanings

Subsequent Meanings

  • The three Gloster Gladiator fighters Faith, Hope and Charity defended Malta against the Italian Air Force during the early part of the siege of Malta in World War II.
  • Faith, Hope and Charity are also the name of some Christmas decorations used in Finland (especially near the town of Jakobstad). They are symbolized by a cross, an anchor and a heart.
  • Edmund Spenser references Faith, Hope and Charity in Book I of his epic poem The Faerie Queene through the characters of Fidelia, Speranza and Charissa. They are Caelia's daughters who teach the Red Cross Knight in the House of Holiness.

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