Florentine Service Order is an extension of the Most
Honourable Legion of the Eagle of Christ. It was originally
established to recognize the distinguished service and honorable
conduct in defense of the Anglican Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman
Catholic Church) through direct engagement. Its scope was soon
expanded to include distinguished service in a volunteer or clerical
capacity to the Patriarchate or to humanity on a global, national, or
local level. It is conferred by the Archfather.
The red of
the ribbon is the color of martyrdom, and the yellow is the color of
heavenly victory, in diagonal stripes like the stole of a deacon, all
in honor of St. Stephen the Deacon & Protomartyr. On the ribbon
is a bar with the abbreviation "Pro D.N.J.C.," meaning
"For Our Lord Jesus Christ."
postnominals are "FSO" in English and "OFS" in
Italian. In precedence it ranks immediately below the St. Stephen's
Cross and above the Order of Merit.
Cross of the order is rarely conferred by the Archfather for
exceptional service to the Patriarchate or to the Archfather. The
insignia is identical to the regular form of the order, but is
pendant from oak clusters and crossed swords studded with diamonds.
It is pendant from a yellow sash worn over the right shoulder or from
a yellow neck ribbon.