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1.1 CHARACTER OF THE ORDER 
    
a. The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, is a Humanitarian Service Order, registered in various national jurisdictions as an international, nonpolitical, ecumenical or nondenominational and independent nonprofit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) according to the European Convention on the Recognition of the Legal Entity of International Non-Governmental Organizations. In some Jurisdiction the Order also operates under the auspices of Canon Law. 
   
b. Traditionally it is organized as a Nobiliary Christian Chivalric Service Order.
  
c. It is both a Military Order of Mercy and a Hospitaller Order dedicated to the care and assistance of the poor and the sick. The Order dedicates itself especially to lepers, always mindful of its origin in the Holy Land in the early centuries following the life of Christ, and to the supporting of the Christian faith.
  

1.2 RELIGION

   
All Members of the Order shall be practicing members of the Christian Faith in good standing within their particular denomination. All Members of the Order shall be committed to upholding with their lives, fortunes and honour, the principles of Christianity, and shall stand united before all men in their determination to live and die following the teaching of Christ and His Holy Church.
  

1.3 AIMS OF THE ORDER 

  

a. The aim of the Order dates back to the birth of the Order to around 1198, when it started a hospice - infirmary for pilgrims in the Holy Land, especially for those infected with leprosy. These rules are still valid today for the members of the Order (Knights and Dames) and the volunteers acting under its flag. Today, Order's activities in charitable, philanthropic, health and education fields continue to be carried out for benefit to needy regardless of religion, race, origin or age. Furthermore, they are consistent with the humanitarian principles and aims of the United Nations Charter. 

     
b. The activities of the Order are worldwide with particular attention to leprosy.
  

1.4 INVOCATION 

  
The Sign of the Cross and the invocation "In the name of God, and of the Virgin and of St. Lazarus" is to precede every official act of the Order.
   

1.5. CROSS OF THE ORDER 

   

   
a. The Cross of the Order shall be the Cross of the Eight Beatitudes, commonly called the Maltese Cross, green in colour.
    
b. The Cross of the Order may be used by the Order itself, by its Jurisdictions and Volunteer Corps and by all active individual Members.
   

1.6 BANNER AND ARMS OF THE ORDER

    

   

a. The Banner of the Order is: Argent a Cross vert.

  

  Ancient

    

Modern

  
b. The Arms of the Order are: Argent a Cross vert, surmounting a Cross of eight Beatitudes, encircled by The Grand Collar, the whole on a mantle sable, with tarsils and ornaments or, on the sinister side bearing the Cross of eight Beatitudes vert, over all the Eastern Crown of the Order lined sable on which is borne a Cross and Orb or; beneath the arms is the motto "Atavis et Armis".
   
c. The arms of the Order, with or without the motto, may be used by the Order itself and by its Jurisdictions only, but not by individual Members.
    
d. Differenced Banners and Ensigns as well as Pinsil and Standard of the Order as prescribed in the General Regulations (Part 3, chapter 9, section 1) may be used by various Jurisdictions, Volunteer Corps and Senior Officers.
    

1.7 BANNER, ENSIGN AND ARMS OF THE GRAND MASTER

   

   
a. The Banner and the Ensign of the Grand Master are: Argent the full personal arms of the Grand Master, golden fringed.
   
b. The Arms of the Grand Master are: Quarterly, 1 and 4, the arms of the Order; 2 and 3, the personal arms of the Grand Master.
    

1.8 SEALS OF THE ORDER

   

a. The Great Seal of the Order is: The full arms of the Order encircled by the inscription "S. Ordinis Sancti Lazari in Jerusalem". The seal of the Order shall be used only by the Grand Chancellor to be affixed to all diplomas and other documents of highest value.

    
b. Other Seals as prescribed in the General Regulations (Part 3, chapter 9, section 2) may be used by Senior Officers in the exercise of their official duties.
   

1.9 MOTTO OF THE ORDER 

   
The Motto of the Order is in Latin "Atavis et Armis", translated "by Ancestors and Arms".
    

1.10 SEAT OF THE ORDER

    
a. The spiritual (titular) seat of the Order will be the place so established by the Grand Master, at the moment at Chateau Boigny, France.
   
b. The administrative seat of the Order will depend on the residence of the Grand ChanceIlor and will be so designated by the Grand Master. At the moment the administrative seat of the Order is at Malta.
   
c. The Grand Custodian should, if possible, also reside in the same area, unless it should be desired otherwise by the Grand Master.
    

1.11 ANTHEM OF THE ORDER

    

a. The Anthem of the Order is the musical composition "Hymn to St. Lazarus", written and composed by Confr. Peter LaManna, D.Mus., KStG, CLJ, and dedicated 1986 to the Members of the Order of St. Lazarus.

     
b. Text and music of the Anthem are enclosed to this Constitution as an appendix.
    

1.12 ORGANIZATION OF THE ORDER 

  

a. The Order shall be divided into a number of national Jurisdictions, depending to the Grand Chancery and all of equal standing whether calIed by the various names, e.g. Grand Bailiwick, Grand Priory, Grand Commandery, Bailiwick, Priory or Commandery, according to custom.

   
b. A Grand Bailiwick, Grand Priory or Grand Commandery will normally be subdivided into suitable smaller jurisdictions called Commanderies, Sub-Commanderies or Delegations, but such have no independent standing outside of their Grand Bailiwicks, Grand Priories or Grand Commanderies.
  
c. There shall be no distinction between (Grand) Bailiwicks, (Grand) Priories and (Grand) Commanderies as these terms have historically been used in the Order except as provided herein.
   
d. All Jurisdictions called Bailiwick, Priory or Commandery are by nature the same, and the foregoing terms may be used interchangeably as best suits the requirements of the local Jurisdiction.
   
e. The terms Grand Bailiwick and Grand Priory may also be interchangeable as best suits the requirements of the local Jurisdiction, but those terms are normally limited to Jurisdictions which are divided internally into Commanderies or Delegations as sub-jurisdictions of the national one, or which have within their geographic boundaries one or more Hereditary Commanderies, notwithstanding the fact that the latter do not depend from the local Jurisdiction, but directly from the Grand Master.
   
f. Hereditary Commanderies depend directly from the Grand Master, are installed by him and are not subject to the local Jurisdictions within whose geographic territory they exist, but all communication to the Grand Master will be passed through the Grand Chancery.
   

1.13 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

   
The official languages of the Order are English, Spanish and French in Europe and English and Spanish in the Americas. In the event of controversy the English version shall prevail. 
   
   

Chapter 2 - Membership of the Order

  

2.1 QUALIFICATIONS

   
a. Every person proposed for admission into the Order shall be a practicing member of the Christian faith and shall be of sound mind and of such means and position as will enable her or him to live honourably and to observe fully and freely the laws and decrees of the Order. Every candidate for admission into the Order, called Postulant, must be known to two Knights, or one Knight and two Commanders, or one Knight and one Commander and two Officers who must know the candidate personally and sponsor him for admission to the Order.
  
b. Each Postulant must prove that he is a person of irreproachable conduct, honour and integrity, and if he is married, that the contract of marriage into which he had entered is perfectly honourable and is valid in accordance with the laws or regulations of their particular Christian denomination.
   
c. Each Postulant must complete an application in writing in a form prescribed by the Grand Chancery and must submit for review a curriculum vitae and a certificate from his Church showing he is in good standing, or with a copy of his Baptismal Certificate.
   

2.2 APPLICATION PROCEDURE

   
a. Each Postulant must submit all documentation required by part 2, chapter 7, section 1, to the Admissions Commission of his Jurisdiction, which must approve the candidate. Following such approval the Admissions Commission of the local Jurisdiction shall transmit the application together with its recommendations via the appropriate officers of the Jurisdiction concerned to the Grand Chancery.
   
b. The Admissions Commission of the Order shall decide upon the admission, the rank and the category, being guided as appropriate by the recommendations of the local jurisdictional Admissions Commission, and shall transmit the application, if approved, together with its decision to the Grand Master, who shall decide upon the admission of the postulant and confirm rank and category. The decision of the Grand Master is final and not subject to any appeal. The Grand Master may delegate such responsibility to the Grand Chancellor. Each Postulant admitted into the Order receives it's own Grand Chancellery (GC) number, a Brevet, and notification detailing date, time and the place of his / her Investiture. 
   

2.3 RANKS IN THE ORDER

   
a. From the most junior to the most senior the ranks in the Order are:
    

Orderís Standard

International Standard

   
Member (MLJ) Knight/Dame
Officer (OLJ) Officer
Commander (CLJ) Commander
Knight or Dame of Grace (KLJ/DLJ) Grand Officer (of Grace)
Knight or Dame of Justice (KLJ/DLJ) Grand Officer (of Justice)
Knight or Dame Commander of Grace (KCLJ/DCLJ) Grand Commander (of Grace)
Knight or Dame Commander of Justice (KCLJ/DCLJ) Grand Commander (of Justice)
Knight or Dame Grand Cross of Grace (GCLJ/DGCLJ) Grand Cross (of Grace)
Knight or Dame Grand Cross of Justice (GCLJ/DGCLJ) Grand Cross (of Justice)
   
b. Whilst the above system of ranks is common to most nations, there are countries where the system varies considerably by custom and law. In such cases application should be made to the Grand Master for a variation decree quoting the principle outline of the system they wish to adopt and recommending rates of passage money, oblations and promotion fees.
   

2.4 CLERGY

  

a. All priests and ministers of Christian faith are admitted as ecclesiastical Members (Chaplains of the Order). Postulants who are priests or ministers must submit, in addition, documentation required by chapter 2, section 1, proof from the appropriate ecclesiastical superior of the candidate attesting to the fact that the candidate has been validly ordained and is in good standing as a minister or priest of his particular denomination.

    
b. The ranks of the Clergy are in order from junior to senior;
   
  • Assistant Chaplain (AChLJ) - (Equivalent rank OLJ)
  • Chaplain (ChLJ) - (Equivalent rank CLJ) 
  • Senior Chaplain (SChLJ) - Equivalent rank KLJ or KCLJ)
  • Ecclesiastical Grand Cross Chaplain or Chaplain Prelate (EGCLJ) - (Equivalent rank GCLJ)
c. From the various clerical Members the Grand Master may appoint a Senior Spiritual Grand Prior for the Order.
    

2.5 CATEGORIES OF MEMBERS

  
a. There are two categories for all admissions to the Order in the rank of Knight or above, these being of  Justice or Magisterial Grace. The Justice category being the senior grade. 
   
b. Normally no Postulant shall be admitted to the Order in the category of Justice unless, as a minimum requirement, he shall have proved hereditary nobility from each of his four grandparents, or, when the paternal line alone is used, from his paternal great-grandfather. Each Jurisdiction within the Order may establish its own criteria for admission in the category of Justice in accordance with the custom and  practice of its nation, which criteria shall be approved by the Grand Master and promulgated by the Grand Chancellor.
   
c. Members admitted in the category of Justice are entitled to wear the Orderís Cross of Justice and must represents more that seventy-five percent of the membership of a Jurisdiction. The Knights, or above, in the category of Justice are the only members of the Order who are entitle to hold High Office positions within their Jurisdiction or the Order. 
  
d. Those members who are unable to furnish proof of hereditary nobility in accordance with this will always be admitted in the category of Magisterial Grace. 
  
e. The award in the category of the Companion of Merit, on the discretion of the Head of the Jurisdiction,  can be bestowed on any exemplary volunteer who participate in any International or community program of the Order. This category doesn't gives the recipients membership in the Order, however, it allows the recipient to participate in various Order's activities that are usually not open to the public.
  
  

2.6 PAYMENT OF OBLATION AND PASSAGE FEES

   
a. It shall be a requirement of membership in the Order that each Member pay such oblations and passage fees as may properly from time to time be assessed by the Grand Chancery. Until such payments are made the membership or rank acquired on promotion shall not become effective. All fees must be paid directly to the national Jurisdiction, from Members "in gremio religionis" to the Grand Chancery.
   
b. For good cause shown the Heads of the various Jurisdictions within the Order, with the approval of the Grand Chancery, may suspend or remit the requirements of this section in individual cases.
   

2.7 AGE FOR ADMISSION

  
Except in those cases where the Grand Master shall prove otherwise by decree, and in the case of Postulants claiming the right to admission by reason of hereditary right, no Postulant shall be admitted to the Order unless he shall have attained the age of twenty one years, at the time of his investiture.
  

2.8 HEREDITARY ADMISSION OF ISSUE OF MEMBERS

   
a. The sons and daughters of Members may, after reaching the age of eighteen years, apply for membership in the Order by reason of hereditary right. Upon satisfying himself that such Postulant is otherwise qualified for admission, the Grand Master shall admit the Postulant as a Member, or in such higher rank as the Grand Master may deem appropriate in the circumstances of the particular case.
   
b. The sons and daughters of Knights (Dames) of Justice admitted by reason of hereditary right shall, upon obtaining the rank of Knight or Dame, prove anew the claim to category of Justice, or, failing such proof, be admitted in the category of Grace.
  

2.9 INVESTITURE

  
a. The Grand Master is the sole authority for investing Members on entry, on promotion or receipt of an award. He may delegate such authority to High Officers to act on his behalf and in such cases investing Officers may invest to one rank below that which they hold. 
  
b. When possible all investitures not carried out by the Grand Master or his personal representative or by the Grand Chancellor will be carried out by a Member of the Supreme Council or a High Officer of another Jurisdiction. The Grand Chancellor is to be given eight weeks notice of the wish to hold an investiture and in the absence of the Grand Master or his representative if he himself is unable to attend, he will arrange for a suitable lnvesting Officer to attend or delegate approval to the Head of Jurisdiction to act accordingly.  
  

2.10 RESIGNATION AND RETIREMENT

  
a. All Members of the rank of Commander and below may resign. Those senior will be placed "in gremio religionis" on giving up duties or responsibilities in the Order.
  
b. All Members of the Order who cease to be Christian shall ipso facto cease to belong to the Order. Upon regaining his status as a Christian, such former Member may petition the Grand Master for reinstatement in the Order via his national Jurisdiction, and upon a showing of good cause and with the approval of the Grand Master he may be so instated.
   
c. Resigned Members may not wear the insignia nor the uniform of the Order. It is desirable that the insignia should be returned to the Head of Jurisdiction. 
  

2.11 EXPULSIONS

   
a. Members may be expelled from the Order should they transgress the aims and objects of the Order. Such application will be made by the Grand Chancellor to the Grand Master, except Commanders and below who may be expelled by the Grand Chancellor.
    
b. Members being at least three years on the inactive list may be expelled from the Order by the Grand Chancellor on written request of the Head of Jurisdiction.
   
c. Expelled Members are not to wear the insignia nor the uniform of the Order. They should return their insignia to the Head of Jurisdiction.
   

2.12 AWARDS AND TITLES

  
No Member may use, in the course of his duties, any title, award or rank that has not the authority of his Head of State. Manorial and such titles may not be used. In any doubt the matter should be referred to the Grand Chancellor.
  

  

Chapter 3 - The Grand Master

  

3.1 HEAD OF THE ORDER

   
a. The Grand Master is the Head of the Order and to him, upon taking the oath as Grand Master, is delegated all power and authority of the Chapter General. The Grand Master is elected for life by the Chapter General; he must be a Member of the Order before his election and he should be a member of a reigning or former reigning family. 
    
b. Before being invested as Head of the Order, the Grand Master shall take the following oath in the presence of the Chapter General as convened for the election or before the Supreme Council:
  
"I do solemnly promise before Almighty God to honour, uphold and observe at all times His Holy Commandments, and to ensure that they may be upheld, venerated, and observed as far as that may lie within my power; to administer and govern The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem loyally and faithfully as becomes the duty and dignity of the Grand Master; and to uphold the Constitution, laws and custom of the Order, and to ensure that the same are upheld and observed by all members of the Order; So Help Me God."
  
c. According to ancient traditions the Grand Master is styled as "H.R.H. Prince Grand Master". 
  

3.2 APPOINTMENT OF HIGH OFFICERS

   
a. The Grand Master shall appoint all members of the Government of the Order.
  
b. To facilitate the conduct of the affairs and work of the Order, the Grand Master may, in his discretion and subject to such limitations as he may impose, delegate in such manner as he deems fit any of his powers or authority to any other Grand Officer or other officer of the Order as he may specify.
  

3.3 ADMISSION OF MEMBERS

   

a. The Grand Master shall be the only authority to admit Members of the Order and for confirming promotions and awards of merit. He may, however, delegate such authority to the Grand Chancellor or to another member of the Supreme Council. 

  

b. All Members of the Order appointed to any office or dignity within the Order by the Grand Master shall serve at the pleasure of the Grand Master.

   

3.4 VACANCY OF THE GRAND MASTERSHIP

  
a. If a Coadjutor has been appointed with the right of succession the Supreme Council will immediately determine, the Coadjutor not being present, whether there is, in its opinion, any reason of sufficient weight to require the convening of the Chapter General so that it either confirms the right of succession of the Coadjutor or proceed to the election of a Grand Master.
   
b. Should there be no such reason the Supreme Council will proclaim the Coadjutor Grand Master upon his taking the oath provided for in chapter 3, section 1b of this Constitution.
   
c. Should the Grand Mastership become vacant and the Coadjutor for any reason not assume the provisional Grand Mastership, the Order shall be governed by a Grand Vicar vested with the prerogatives of the Grand Mastership but without being entitled to the external pomp and honours.
   
d. The Grand Vicar shall be appointed by the Chapter General but, if circumstances have not permitted to convene, then and only then by the Supreme Council.
  

3.5 STATUTES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ORDER

  
The Grand Master shall promulgate such Statutes for the Government of the Order as he may, either in his absolute discretion, or with the advice of the Supreme Council, deem necessary and advisable.
  

3.6 UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA

  
The uniforms, insignia and special armorial bearings of Members of the Order shall be as prescribed by the Grand Master and published by Statute and General Regulations. 
  

3.7 GRAND COLLAR

   

a. The Grand Collar is a high honour and a mark of great distinction and gratitude from the Grand Master.
   
b. It may be given to Heads of State and Prime Ministers, and to Members of the Supreme Council who have served the Grand Master faithfully and have four or more years on the Council. It is a gift for life.
   
c. The Grand Master, the Coadjutor, the President of the Supreme Council and the Grand Chancellor are ex officio holders of the Grand Collar.
      
  

Chapter 4 - The Coadjutor

  

4.1 THE COADJUTOR

  
The Coadjutor is the first dignitary of the Order after the Grand Master. He shall preside over the Executive Council of the Order and he takes the Grand Master's place when the Grand Master is incapacitated or otherwise unable to fulfill the duties of his office. In the event of the death or abdication of the Grand Master, the Coadjutor shall become provisional Grand Master until the Chapter General elects a successor to the Grand Master.
  

4.2 APPOINTMENT

  
The Coadjutor shall be appointed by the Grand Master for life, with the consent of the Supreme Council. He may, with the consent of a Chapter General, be appointed with the right of sudden succession.
 
 

Chapter 5 - Government of the Order

   

5.1 GOVERNMENT

  
a. The Government of the Order will consist of:
  
  • The Chapter General
  • The Grand Magisterial Council
  • The Supreme Council
  • The Executive Council
  • Grand Secretaries and Heads of Jurisdiction
 
b. All appointments to the Government of the Order will be at the discretion of the Grand Master, and will be for life, but serve at the pleasure of the Grand Master.
  
c. All correspondence between Heads of Jurisdiction and the Grand Master relating to the Order shall be channelled through the Grand Chancery.
  
d. All members of the Government of the Order other than Hereditary Commanders will retire at the age of eighty years, when they must offer their resignation. They may apply to continue for a period of two years followed by a second such period at the pleasure of the Grand Master.
  

5.2 CHANNEL OF CORRESPONDENCE

  
All correspondence between any Member of the Order whether a member of the Supreme Council, Heads of Jurisdiction or otherwise, without exception, and the Grand Master in relation with the Order will be channelled through the Grand Chancery. Further on such person seeking an interview with the Grand Master on matters relating to the Order will inform the Grand Chancellor first and furnish him with a memoir giving the points he wishes to raise with the Grand Master.
 

5.3 CHAPTER GENERAL

 
a. The supreme governing body and repository of all power in the Order is the Chapter General. The delegation of this power belongs permanently absolutely and irrevocably in the Grand Master. The Chapter General is composed of all Members of the Order both lay and clerical. The Chapter General shall be convened by the Grand Chancellor upon order of the Supreme Council for the purpose of electing the Grand Master and for the confirmation of the appointment of a Coadjutor with right of succession. This is a right that has been exclusively theirs from remotest antiquity. The Chapter General may also be convened by the Grand Master whenever the Grand Master deems it to be in the interests of the Order.
    
b. The right to vote at Chapters General and all other meetings shall be restricted to Jurisdictions and Members from the rank of Commander and higher, in good financial standing vis-a-vis of the Government of the Order. Any exceptions must be approved by the Grand Master.
 
c. When convening the Chapter General, the Grand Chancellor will send a summons to all Heads of Jurisdiction setting out the reasons for the Chapter General and giving a clear exposition of each and every item that is for consideration and quoting the official dates of the Chapter General.
  
d. On receipt of the summons the Heads of each Jurisdiction will forward to the Grand Chancellor a list of all members of his Jurisdiction fully paid up on the dates quoted. Any such list not received within six weeks of the dates quoted will be declared void. The Grand Chancellor will on receipt of such lists send the Heads of Jurisdictions sufficient voting papers to cover the list of paid up members.
  
e. Heads of Jurisdiction will distribute voting papers and subsequently collect back same, put them in a sealed envelope and forward to the Grand Chancery together with (if not already sent) monies due to the Grand Chancery based on paid up voting members. Failure to pay up fees will cause all the Jurisdiction votes to be declared void.
 
f. Members of the Order "in gremio religionis" will be circulated by the Grand Chancellor.
 

5.4 GRAND MAGISTERIAL COUNCIL

  
a. The Grand Magisterial Council will normally be held every two years (at least every three years) and will be summoned by the Grand Chancellor upon the order of the Grand Master.
  
b. The agenda of the Grand Magisterial Council Meeting will be prepared by the Grand Chancellor.
  
c. The Council Meeting will consist of the Grand Master, the Coadjutor and all Members appointed to the Government of the Order.
 

d. All Members and Affiliates of the Order may attend its meetings as observers and may attend all functions held in connection with a Council meeting.

 

5.5 SUPREME COUNCIL

  
a. The Supreme Council shall consist of:
 
  • The Grand Master
  • The Coadjutor
  • President of the Supreme Council
  • Grand Chancellor
  • Grand Custodian
  • Grand Legal General (Grand Justiciar)
  • Grand Hospitaller
  • Grand Capitular
  • Keeper of the Privy Seal
  • Grand Archivist
  
b. The following seats are to remain part of the Supreme Council for the time being but subject to natural wastage and shall not be replaced:, unless the Grand Master will decide otherwise:
 
  • Keeper of the Seal
  • Grand Almoner
  • Grand Marshall
  • The Cross Bearer
  
c. The following have for some time been inactive and vacant. They will continue that way at the discretion of the Grand Master: 
   
  • Grand Commander
  • Grand Inquisitor
  • Grand Registrar
  • Herald Principal
  • Grand Genealogist
  • Principal Vice Chancellor
  
d. The Grand Master as advised by the Grand Chancellor may keep seats in the Supreme Council vacant or to fill them from time to time for a fixed period of time.
 
e. The Grand Custodian of Insignia, the Judge of Arms and the Referendary do not form part of the Supreme Council, but are appointed as Grand Secretaries there to and are directly under the control of the Grand Chancellor who will submit an annual report of their activities to the Executive Council.
  
f. Any member of the Supreme Council who resigns his Grand Office or becomes incapable of fulfilling the duties required of him as a member of the Supreme Council shall be removed from that Council by decree of the Grand Master.
 
g. A member of the Supreme Council who fails to attend a Supreme Council Meeting for two consecutive times unless "force majeure" (which should be specified) shall forfeit his seat forthwith. No proxy is permissible and presence must be in person. Members of the Supreme Council whose service is terminated for any reason whatsoever may be appointed Supreme Council Emeritus or not at the discretion of the Grand Master.
  
h. No member of the Supreme Council may hold two appointments on the Council at the same time.
  
i. The quorum for a Supreme Council meeting shall be not less than six members including the Grand Master or the Coadjutor. Should a quorum of six members not be reached, the meeting is proceeded with after thirty minutes when those present will form a quorum providing that either the Grand Master or the Coadjutor is present. If neither of these high dignitaries is present, the meeting will be proceeded with under the chairmanship of the senior member present who will present a report to the Grand Master.
 

5.6 EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

  
a. The Executive Council will consist of:
  
  • Coadjutor
  • President of the Supreme Council
  • Grand Chancellor
  • Grand Custodian
  • Keeper of the Privy Seal
   
b. The Coadjutor shall be the Chairman of the Executive Council.
 
c. The Executive Council shall meet at least once every calendar year and/or at discretion of the Grand Master in order to examine the affairs and accounts of the Order in general and report therewith to the Grand Master. The Executive Council shall also discuss, advise and assist the Grand Master in the execution of matters of policy.
 
d. The quorum for a meeting of the Executive Council shall not be less than three members.
  

5.7 DUTIES OF SENIOR HIGH OFFICERS AND GRAND SECRETARIES

   
Their relative duties shall be:
 
  • President of the Supreme Council:
    To call Supreme Council meetings at least every two years to determine and ascertain progress of the Order in general and that the other members of the Supreme Council are doing their work as directed by the Executive Council. To call a meeting of the Executive Council once every calendar year and/or at the discretion of the Grand Master.
  
  • Grand Chancellor:
    Administration, control, external relations, membership discipline, promotions, Awards of Merit and the control of those "in gremio religionis". The Grand Chancellor reports directly to the Grand Master.
 
  • Grand Custodian:
    To work in very close collaboration with the Grand Chancellor and reporting directly to the Executive Council, through the Grand Chancellor, who will make certain that the accounts are duly audited.
 
  • Grand Legal General (Grand Justiciar):
    To advise on legal matters and assist any Jurisdiction worldwide in its legal problems.
 
  • Keeper of the Privy Seal:
    To advise the Grand Chancellor.
  
  • Judge of Arms:
    To be responsible for the administration of all matters concerning heraldic arms within the Order, subject to the approbation of the Grand Chancery.
 
  • Grand Custodian of Insignia:
    Stockholding and distribution of all kinds of insignia and other items of the Order, subject to the approbation of the Grand Chancery.
  

5.8 SIGNATURE ON DOCUMENTS

  
a. Grand Magisterial Decrees regarding membership of the Supreme Council must be signed by: Grand Master, President of the Supreme Council, Grand Chancellor and Referendary.
 
b. All other Grand Magisterial Decrees and Diplomas in respect of Heads of Jurisdiction and membership of the Order and matters relating to administration matters must be signed by: Grand Master, Grand Chancellor or one member of the Supreme Council and the Referendary.
   
c. In all cases unless the above documents bear the signatures indicated, they shall be declared null and void.
 

5.9 JURISDICTIONS

 
a. The Order is divided into a number of Jurisdictions that vary in name but all are equal in rank and status. They form part of the Government of the Order and are commanded by Grand Bailiffs, Grand Priors, Grand Commanders, Bailiffs, Priors, Commanders, Delegates and Hereditary Commanders.
  
b. Jurisdictions may in turn be divided into dependant sub-jurisdictions called Commanderies or Delegations, but such are always subject to their Head of Jurisdiction.
  
c. A local Jurisdiction in the process of forming will be designated a Delegation and it takes its place after all other sub-jurisdictions.
  
d. There shall be no distinction between Bailiwicks and Priories, Grand Bailiwicks and Grand Priories and Grand Commanderies as these terms have historically been used in the Order except as provided herein. All Jurisdictions called Bailiwicks, Priories or Commanderies are by nature the same, and the foregoing terms may be used interchangeably as best suits the requirements of the local jurisdiction. The terms Grand Bailiwicks and Grand Priories may also be interchangeable as best suits the requirements of the local jurisdiction, but those terms are normally limited to jurisdictions which are divided internally into Commanderies or Delegations and sub-jurisdictions of the national one, or which have within their geographic boundaries one or more Hereditary Commanderies, notwithstanding the fact the latter do not depend from the local Grand Bailiwick or Grand Priory, but directly from the Grand Master.
 
e. Heads of Jurisdiction, duly appointed and approved, are acting as the direct representatives of the Order's Government. They are the only ones responsible for all matters and activities, official and unofficial, for finances and membership within their national Jurisdiction as well as for its depending sub-jurisdictions, according to the Constitution and Statutes of the Order. They may delegate as necessary to their deputy and Chancellor.
   

f. Heads of Jurisdictions may appoint from suitable Members a Receiver-General, Hospitaller and Almoner and such additional local officers as may be required. They may appoint similar such officers for sub-jurisdictions under their control, including their heads, or they may delegate such power to the heads of the sub-jurisdictions.

  
g. Heads of Jurisdictions may appoint from the various clerical Members a Spiritual Prior.
 
h. On a change of Head of Jurisdiction or sub-jurisdiction all officers of such are subject to re-appointment. They hold their appointment at the pleasure of the Head of their Jurisdiction.
 
i. Sub-jurisdictions do not form part of the Government of the Order, but all officers of such will retire on similar terms and conditions as members of the Government of the Order. Any extension being granted by the Head of Jurisdictions.
 
j. Each Jurisdiction should possess a national flag and an Order flag of same size and material, a Processional Cross (Maltese Cross), a ceremonial sword, and some green velvet cushions for carrying the sword and decorations.
  

5.10 HEREDITARY COMMANDERIES

 
a. According to ancient customs the following traditional Hereditary Commanderies are known, installed centuries ago, but not at all times active: Boigny (near Orleans; France), Burton Lazar (England), de la Motte des Courtils (France), Saint Francois de Bailleu (France), Askely-Kloster (Sweden) and some others.
 
b. All other Hereditary Commanderies existing today have been installed during the last two decades by the late Grand Master, D. Francisco de Borbon y de Borbon, and are known as new Hereditary Commanderies.
  
c. According to ancient customs new Hereditary Commanderies are limited in their number of Members and of these more than 50 percent must belong to the family of the petitioner and first appointed Hereditary Commander.
  
d. Hereditary Commanders may appoint, with written approval of the Grand Chancellor, from suitable Members only one deputy (Vice-Commander) and one Chancellor.
  

e. The installation of a new Hereditary Commandery is at the discretion of the Grand Master on written petition only. This petition must include the certified will of the petitioner to dedicate a building (house, church or chapel) together with appropriate land to the Order, the proposed name of the Hereditary Commandery, and the consent of the Head of the local Jurisdiction (if applicable). This petition has to be channeled through the Grand Chancery to the Grand Master.

   
f. If the dedicated building and/or land is lost for the Orderís use, the Hereditary Commandery will be revoked.
 
g. In the case of death or retirement of a Hereditary Commander the assembly of all Members, belonging to the family of the Hereditary Commander, must elect a successor and forward their proposal to the Grand Chancellor. The new Hereditary Commander will be appointed by the Grand Master with Magisterial Decree.
  

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