The Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands celebrated the feast of St Paul's Shipwreck with Holy mass at the Sanctuary of Saint Publius at Rabat, Malta.  The mass was celebrated by Senior Chaplain Father Thomas Moore and a good number of members from the Grand Priory and its Gozo Commandary.  The account of Paul’s shipwreck and the three-month winter time stay on Malta can be found in the Bible’s Acts 27:27 through 28:11. Nevertheless it is to be noted that the Bible says the storm was in the Adriatic Sea, though Malta borders the Ionian Sea and this is because in ancient times, the Adriatic’s boundaries were considered to extend much further south.

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The Grand Priory of England and Wales held the National (Northern) Services of Vigil and Investiture in Liverpool, England on the 27th and 28th October 2017.

This took place in Liverpool Parish Church, dedicated to Our Lady and St Nicholas, which is situated near the famous Royal Liver Building at the Pier Head on the Mersey, by permission of The Rector, The Revd Dr Crispin Pailing.

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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 was the obligation of members of our Order in this country to build on the lessons learned during a very recent Pilgrimage of Prayer, visiting and praying in a wide range of churches representing a cross-section of Christian expression in the city.

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Members and friends of the Western Cape Commandery of the Grand Bailiwick of South Africa recently completed its inaugural one day, 10 km, eleven church Pilgrimage of Prayer through historic parts of Cape Town.

Starting with prayers led by our chaplain, Canon Rowen Smith, at the Order’s home parish of St Michael and All Angels in Observatory, walkers took off on foot to visit and pray at historic churches and three cathedrals representing a cross-section of Christian expression in the city. This included memorable moments in the glorious explosion of colour and vibrancy of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral; the quiet, austere simplicity of the Moravian Chapel in District Six and the sanctity and rose windows of St Mary’s (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt) and lastly, St George’s Cathedrals.

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