The Appendant Orders

Two additional Christian Orders of Masonry are under the control of the Grand Imperial Conclave (national ruling body) of the Red Cross of Constantine. One is the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the other is the Order of St John the Evangelist. Each of these Orders consists of a single ceremony, and although the two Orders are conferred separately, they are usually conferred on the same day, one straight after the other.

It is a rule of most jurisdictions that a member who has undertaken the first ceremony of the Red Cross of Constantine must subsequently take these two Appendant Orders, before he may be considered qualified to proceed to the second and third ceremonies of the Red Cross of Constantine.

The Order of the Holy Sepulchre

OHSThe Masonic Order should not be confused with the Roman Catholic Church Order of the same name. It should be noted that both Orders recall the same historical events. The Masonic Order of the Holy Sepulchre has a multifarious ritual of symbolic meaning which is based upon the legend of knights who were used to guard the thought place of burial of Jesus Christ.

The Order uses a Jerusalem Cross as its symbol. The Masonic Order displays the cross within a circle set at the centre of a Cross potent, this sits on the jewel of the Order, this badge is enclosed within a black and gold lozenge. A meeting of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre takes place in a ‘Sanctuary’ and the presiding officer is called the ‘Prelate’

The Order of St John the Evangelist

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This Order is conferred in a short ceremony of an obviously Christian character; it is common for the Order of St John the Evangelist to be conferred on the same day as the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, one ceremony occurring straight after the other. A meeting of the Order of St John the Evangelist takes place in a ‘Commandery’, and the presiding officer is called the ‘Commander’.

The jewel of the Order of St John the Evangelist features a silver eagle with its wings extended, to which a crown is added in reference to the role of Commander, or any member of the Order who is a current or past Commander. The eagle is a traditional symbol of St John the Evangelist.