From the time of our foundation until 1877, a very simple emblem was used consisting of the letter M in reference to Mary which culminated on the top with a small cross or crown.
In 1877 an emblem designed by Father Juan de la Concepción Calvo was approved. The meaning was as follows:
In 1913 modifications were made, resulting in the Emblem being used today.
Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The royalty of Mary: Mary is the Queen of all creation, of heaven and earth. In a special way she is Queen and Lady of the Institute of the Servants of Mary.
In Latin: “Salus Infirmorum” “Health of the Sick”. The Institute honors Mary under this title, acclaiming her as Mother and principal Patroness of the Congregation. She desires to use the Servants of Mary as bearers of health for body and soul.
This signifies the special protection of the Virgin Mary. The Congregation is beneath her heavenly mantle and her maternal protection and aid.
These are reminders of the Passion of Christ as well as the three religious vows by which we are bound and united to Christ so as to participate in His passion through self-denial and by assuming our daily cross at the bedside of the sick and in our daily life.
Mary was also a collaborator in the redemption of the human race. Throughout her entire life, sharp thorns pierced her heart and soul. Her love for Jesus and for all of her children drew her to participate in the suffering of Christ. So it is with us. We seek to enter into the suffering of Christ, the Head of the Mystical Body. With our souls pierced with the suffering of Christ, we are prepared to acquire the spirit of our Institute which entails the virtues of humility, self-denial, sacrifice and charity. We are called to see Christ in the sick and to care for Him diligently, thus consoling His suffering head.
As Saint Joseph’s was the guardian and protector of Jesus and Mary, we care for the members of the Mystical Body of Christ in the sick. We place them beneath his protection and ask him to attain for them a happy and holy death in the arms of Jesus and Mary. We place beneath his paternal protection our Vow of Chastity that we have promised to keep inviolate. The Holy Patriarch Saint Joseph is the most perfect model of fidelity to grace and of the interior life. He is also a model of love for the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. In such a perfect model we have a great protector in heaven to help us attain the degree of interior life that our Rule asks of us.
The Precursor of the Lord: As Servants of Mary, we are also precursors of the Lord as we prepare the way in the souls confided to our care. We prepare the way for so that souls will recognize the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and that they will be prepared to receive the Sacraments of the Church. He is our great model of perfection.
We can make the beautiful words of the Precursor our own: “That He may increase and I may decrease.” May He increase in our thoughts, desires and affections. May He increase in our body through modesty, in our intelligence through contemplation of His infinite perfection and in our heart through the constant practice of love and charity so that Christ may fill our entire being. At the same time, we must decrease: in our own esteem and in the esteem of others, placing others first as our rule requires; we must decrease and disappear, hidden in His Divine Heart so that He may reign in souls and live in His suffering members, unto the point of truly saying: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
To fulfill this wonderful example of John the Baptist, the Servant of Mary must especially imitate his austere yet sweet interior mortification of the soul and externally in the senses; and so Jesus, the center of all hearts, will reign in her forever.