The Western Cape Commandery of the Grand Bailiwick of South Africa recently held a Vigil and Investiture Service at St Michaels and All Saints, Observatory, Cape Town.

The theme of the sermon during the Friday evening’s Vigil lay in our Southern Hemisphere Spring and its promise of new birth, growth and renewal. This was of particular importance to the six new Associates who were to be installed at the next day’s Investiture Service as full Members and to those members being promoted to the rank of Officer of the Order.

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The Autumn National Investiture of the Grand Priory of England and Wales was held at The Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Nottingham on Saturday 26th October 2019. Undaunted by the wet weather, members and guests travelled from far and wide to join the celebrations.

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The Spring National Investiture and Meeting of the members of the Grand Priory of Finland was held in St Göran Church in Mariehamn Åland on 17-19th of May2019.

The warm weather and atmosphere surrounded almost one hundred members in the beautiful locations in the Åland Islands where the Commandery of St Olof organized the National Meeting and celebration of its 40 years anniversary.

In the picture the Grand Prior of the GP of Finland Helena Pesola GCLJ stands with the new members and the merited members.

The Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands celebrated the feast of St Paul's Shipwreck. The Grand Priory organised a Holy mass at the Sanctuary of St. Paul Shipwreck at St. Pauls Bay. According to tradition, the site of the sanctuary is located where a bonfire was lit to keep the stranded survivors warm after the wreck, and where St Paul was consequently bitten, and remained unaffected, by a venomous snake. The mass was celebrated by Senior Chaplain Father Thomas Moore and a good number of members from the Grand Priory had participated. The account of Paul’s shipwreck and three-month, wintertime stay on Malta is found in the Bible’s Acts 27:27 through 28:11, giving a very detailed account of the story which makes Malta as one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

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