This year’s vigil and Investiture took place over the weekend of April 28 in the St Ninian’s Episcopal Cathedral in Perth. Not only was St Ninian’s a new venue, but this was the first time that the Order had held a ceremony in The Fair City.

For the first time too, a Vigil was held on the evening before the Investiture, with some 30 members joining postulants Philip Tibbets and Neil Yarr. This moving and solemn event had a special atmosphere, setting the tone for the rest of the weekend. Welcoming us to the cathedral on the Friday evening was the Rev Richard Sutton, standing in for the Provost, unfortunately Ill. The sermon was given by Chaplain General Rev Alexander Macdonald, with readings by Grand Bailie Roy Scott and Secretary General Colin Russell. Order members were joined in the Vigil by David and Gail Cradd, and Charles and May McKerrell, all from Cumbria Commandery. This was followed by dinner in the Royal George Hotel.

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During the Easter period the Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands organised a number of religious oriented events.

The first event was the celebration of the Jewish Passover meal reflecting on its relevance to the New Testament. This was held as a fundraising event at Dar Frate Jacoba, a house which welcomes people, especially youths, who are facing social problems. It offers shelter and the possibility of re-discovering their life together with the rest of the community who reside at Dar Frate Jacoba.

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At its last meeting the Governing Council of the Grand Priory of Spain of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem approved the striking of a Commemorative Medal commemorating the meeting of the General Chapter of the Order on May 5 in Madrid and the election of a new Grand Master, HE Don Francisco de Borbón Graf von Hardenberg GCLJ. It was commissioned and approved by the Judge of Arms of the Grand Priory, Chev. Dr. Don José María de Montells based on a design created by Mr. Fernando Martínez Larrañaga.

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Saturday 7 April 2018 marked the final Investiture presided over by H.E. Dame Countess Éva Nyáry DGCLJ-J as Grand Prior of Hungary. The Solemn Investiture and Gala Dinner took place in Budapest.

Dr. Sándor Pellek KLJ was invested as the new Grand Prior, and the Countess now assumes the title of Grand Prior Emeritus.

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