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Chapter 6 - Administration

   

6.1 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 
    
a. All statutes and decrees of the Central Government of the Order, and of the Grand Master, shall be promulgated through the office of the Grand Chancellor, who shall forward copies of each such statute or decree to the Head of each Jurisdiction within the Order, and to such additional persons within the Order as may be required to ensure full distribution of such statute or decree. lt shall be the responsibility of each Jurisdiction within the Order to establish procedures for such jurisdiction which shall ensure that each Member of the Order in that Jurisdiction receives notice of each statute or decree promulgated.
   
b. All orders emanating from the Grand Master, whether issued direct or through the Coadjutor, shall be promulgated through the Grand Chancery.
  
c. No Jurisdiction within the Order shall without the prior written approval of the Grand Master or the Central Government of the Order solicit, circularise or otherwise contact the Members and Affiliates of any other subordinate Jurisdiction within the Order on any matter dealing with the Order, in the absence of the written consent of the Head of the subordinate Jurisdiction whose Members are to be contacted. Where consent has been given to such contact by the Head of the Jurisdiction whose Members are to be contacted, the Head of the Jurisdiction making the contact shall report in writing to the Grand Chancery the purpose for such contact. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting the communication between officers or individual members of different Jurisdictions.
  
d. All voting within the Order shall be in person. No written proxy shall be recognised except in the case of Heads of Jurisdictions each of whom has a seat on the Grand Magisterial Council. When any of such officers is unable to attend a meeting of the Grand MagisteriaI Council he may appoint in writing a proxy who may attend and vote in his place and stead.
  

6.2 ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCES

   
a. The year of the Order will be 1st January to 31st December annually; the financial year will be the same.
   

b. An annual report covering the following will be submitted to the Grand Chancery to reach it by 31st March and will be accompanied by all payments due. All accounts will be audited by a qualified and independent auditor:

  • Audited annual accounts of the Jurisdiction and those of relative sub-jurisdictions.
  • The annual report will cover all work and activities within the Jurisdiction and in particular hospitaller work, collection for charity, drugs etc. collected.
  • The annual report should include members by ranks at the beginning and at the end of the year. Number of postulants entered by ranks granted, that of promotions by number and ranks, names of any member who has resigned or died.
  
c. On all annual oblations Jurisdictions will retain the approved amount and remit the balance to the Grand Chancery by the 30th April.
   
d. On passage money (entry fees) Jurisdictions will retain the approved amount and remit the balance to the Grand Chancery with the applications to join.
  
e. On all promotions Jurisdictions will remit the amount in full to the Grand Chancery with the application for promotion.
  
f. On chapter 6, section 2 d and e above no approval will be given without receipt of the appropriate fees.
  
g. Donations may be retained in full by the national Jurisdictions.
  
h. If sub-jurisdictions are established depending to a local Jurisdiction, all fees and annual oblations have to be paid directly to the local Jurisdiction. 
   
i. The approved amount for retention is for administrative purposes and each Jurisdiction will settle the amount between Jurisdictions and sub-jurisdictions itself.  
  

 6.3 STATUTES OF JURISDICTIONS

  
Heads of Jurisdictions may make statutes for the good administration of their Jurisdiction but such statute may not contain any authority that disagrees with the decrees and statutes of the Order which will always be the main ruling authority.
  

6.4 COMPLAINTS AGAINST SENIOR OFFICERS

  
a. Where a subordinate officer has a complaint against his superior officer he may complain to higher authority only through that officer; he must also give the superior officer of who he makes complaints a copy of the letter he wishes to have transmitted to higher authority. 
  
b. A senior officer may not receive direct the complaint of a junior officer about that officer's superior, who is junior to the said higher ranking officer. If he receives such a complaint he is duty bound to return it to the junior officer concerned, while at the same time making known to the person who is the subject of the complaint, the action taken and the nature of the complaint. 
  
   

Chapter 7 - Membership Regulations

  

7.1 APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

  
a. Every applicant for membership of the Order shall submit his application in duplicate through his local (national) Jurisdiction on forms provided by the Order. Applications shall be accompanied by a certified copy of the applicantís Baptismal Certificate and other documents as specified on the application form.
   
b. One copy of the application and a certified copy of the Baptismal Certificate will be submitted to the Grand Chancellor, duly signed and sealed by the senior officers of the Jurisdiction.
  

7.2 MEMBERSHIP IN THE CATEGORY OF JUSTICE

    
a. Applicants for the category of Justice shall submit their arms and a sworn petition listing each of the applicants' ascendants to that ascendant whose nobility and status can be established beyond a reasonable doubt. Each generation listed in the petition shall be supported by satisfactory proof, and shall show the dates and places of birth, marriage and death, where applicable, of the persons named.
  
b. Each Jurisdiction within the Order shall establish its own criteria for admission in the category of Justice and shall file with the Grand Chancellor a copy of such criteria, which must meet the minimum requirements and be approved by the Grand Master.
 
c. According to ancient traditions Ecclesiastical Members of the Order holding the rank of a Cardinal within the Holy Roman Catholic Church may be admitted in the category of Justice, as they are by protocol known as "Princes of the Roman Catholic Church".
    

7.3 GENERAL RULES

  
a. Women may be admitted to the Order in like manner to men. In order that there shall be no distinction between the sexes, women shall be accorded the same rights and privileges and shall be subject to the same rules as their male counterparts in the Order. With the rank of Dame or higher the Military Trophy above the Cross is replaced by a wreath of Laurel and Oak sprigs in green enamel with a white enameled "SLJ" monogram in the centre.
   
b. At times it may be desirable to grant wives the same rank as their husbands and vice-versa, granted on the basis of motu proprio by the Grand Master. 
    
c. Membership in the Order is for life.
  
d. Those Members who fail to participate in the hospitaller, ecumenical, or other good works of the Order, and who fail to pay their oblations shall be transferred to the list of inactive members. Each Jurisdiction shall review its membership list annually and report to the Grand Chancery the names of those Members transferred to the inactive list pursuant to this section. Such will be included in the yearly report of the Jurisdiction. Inactive members will no longer be asked to contribute to the work of the Order, and will not be given notice of any assemblies of the Order. Inactive members may wear the insignia and uniform of the Order on suitable occasions where social custom demands the wearing of such. Being at least three years inactive Members may be expelled on demand of the Head of Jurisdiction by the Grand Chancery according to chapter 2, section 11.
     
e. Inactive Members may be transferred to the active list upon petitioning the Grand Chancery stating the reasons for requesting such transfer and submitting a certificate from the Receiver General of the national Jurisdiction involved that the member has paid all his oblations to date since his last payment before being placed on the inactive list.
   
f. All Members wishing to resign or retire must inform the Head of Jurisdiction by 1st November failing which they may be liable for the following year's oblation.
  
g. When for reasons which must be duly specified by the Member and approved by the Grand Master, a Member cannot or does not wish to form part of the national Jurisdiction wherein he resides, or of another national Jurisdiction, he shall form part of the Order "in gremio religionis" and shall fall directly under the jurisdiction of the Grand Chancery.
  
h. Each Member shall report himself or herself to their national Jurisdiction annually. Where for whatever reason it is not possible to report to their Jurisdiction, the Member shall report in writing to the Grand Chancery. Any Member or Affiliate who fails to so report for two consecutive years shall be deemed to have become inactive. Payment of annual oblations shall be deemed to be on annual report. 
    
i. As a rule each Member forms part of his national Jurisdiction. If this Jurisdiction is divided into sub-jurisdictions the Member may join one sub-jurisdiction acting in its region. If a Member wishes to be transferred from one sub-jurisdiction to another one belonging to the national Jurisdiction, this may be performed on written approval of the Head of Jurisdiction only.
  
j. Members forming part of a national Jurisdiction wishing to join a Hereditary Commandery and vice versa may be transferred on written petition, approved by both the Head of Jurisdiction and the Hereditary Commander, and with written authorization of the Grand Chancery only. 
  
k. Members living in a country different from that in which they live are ipso facto honorary Members of the Jurisdiction in which they live and are expected to take part in all the work and assemblies of that Jurisdiction. They shall have no right to vote in the Jurisdiction in which they are honorary Members. This section shall not apply to Members who have requested or may hereafter request transfer from the Jurisdiction of their residence to another Jurisdiction, as such Members shall have no rights whatever in respect of the Jurisdiction from which they were transferred, however, no Member shall be transferred from the Jurisdiction of his residence to another Jurisdiction if an active Jurisdiction exists in the country of the Members residence except in exceptional cases where the express permission of the Grand Chancery has been obtained. Members may be transferred to the Jurisdiction within which they reside upon written request to the Grand Chancery for such transfer.
    
l. As a rule it is desirable, that after resignation or death of a Member his Insignia should be returned to the Head of Jurisdiction to which the Member belonged.  
   
m. The appropriate Insignia for Members are as follows: 
  

 

 

Members in category of Magisterial Grace (Honorary)

MLJ / OLJ

CLJ / KLJ / DLJ

     

   

Members in category of Justice (Nobiliary)

Cross of Justice

KLJ-J / DLJ-J / KCLJ-J /  DCLJ-J / GCLJ-J (Knights and Dames)

  
n. The rank of Grand Gross is a mark of highest distinction. This rank is strictly reserved to Heads of State, Prime and State Ministers, Governors, Generals etc., and Members of the Supreme Council, and to Heads of Jurisdiction who have served the Grand Master faithfully. 
    
o. The rank of Ecclesiastical Grand Cross is reserved to Cardinals, Patriarchs, (Arch)Bishops and Abbots of all Christian denominations.
    
p. The rank of Knight (Dame) Commander is reserved to Heads of Jurisdiction and to those Members of the Order who have not held office, but have served the Order ten or more years as Knights (Dames).
   
q. Traditionally the following addresses, prefixes and postnominals are used within the Order:
   

Rank

Address

Prefix

Postnominal

Postnominal

     

Justice

Mag. Grace

Member Confrere/Consúur none MLJ

MLJ

Officer Confrere/Consúur none OLJ

OLJ

Assistant Chaplain (OLJ) Right Reverend Chaplain AChLJ

AChLJ

Commander Commander Commander CLJ-J

CLJ

Chaplain (CLJ) Very Reverend Chaplain ChLJ-J

ChLJ

Knight Chevalier Chevalier KLJ-J

KLJ

Dame Dame Dame DLJ-J

DLJ

Senior Chaplain (KLJ) Most Reverend Chaplain SChLJ-J

SChLJ

Knight Commander Chevalier Chevalier KCLJ-J

none

Dame Commander Dame Dame DCLJ-J

none

Knight Grand Cross His Excellency Chevalier GCLJ-J

none

Dame Grand Cross Her Excellency Dame DGCLJ-J

none

Ecclesiastical Grand Cross/ His Excellency  or EGCLJ-J

none

Chaplain Prelate His Eminence Chaplain Prelate EGCLJ-J

none

   
r. With the rank of Senior Chaplain or higher the Military Trophy above the Cross is replaced by a wreath.
  

7.4 FUNERAL OF DECEASED MEMBERS

  

The Order shall participate in funeral rites only at the specific request of the deceased Memberís representative. 

  
   

Chapter 8 - Other Decorations of the Order

  

8.1 ORDER OF MERIT and COMPANIONATE OF MERIT

  
a. The Order of Merit is presented to the members of the Order for Meritorious Service, however, it is never presented in a higher rank than already held by the recipient in the regular Order. The color of the ribbon is Saint Lazarus green overlaid with two purple stripes. The Order of Merit may be conferred only by the Heads of Jurisdiction.
  
b. The same decoration can presented as the Companionate of Merit, however, the Saint Lazarus green ribbon is overlaid with three black stripes. It is open to those meriting well of the Order without distinction of religion, nationality, race, language or sex. The Companionate of Merit may be conferred by the Grand Master "motu propri", or by the Heads of Jurisdiction. The Companionate of Merit is newer presented to the members of the Order. 
  
c. The award of the Companionate of Merit does not constitute membership in the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem nor does it confer a knightly title, and holders are not entitled to wear the Church Cape (Mantle) of the Order. However, the recipients of this award are entitled to wear a white Church Cape (Mantle) with the insignia of the Companionate of Merit displaced on the left shoulder of the Cape.  
  
d. The awards in the Companionate of Merit shall be from junior to senior:
  

Orderís Standard

International Standard

   
Member in the Companionate of Merit (MCMLJ)

N/A

Officer in the Companionate of Merit (OCMLJ)

N/A

Commander in the Companionate of Merit (CCMLJ)

N/A

Knight / Dame in the Companionate of Merit (KCMLJ / DCMLJ)

N/A

Ecclesiastical Grand Cross in the Companionate of Merit (EGCCMLJ)

N/A

Knight / Dame Grand Cross in the Companionate of Merit (GCCMLJ / DGCCMLJ)

N/A

   

MMLJ (silver)
OMLJ (gold)

CMLJ (silver)
KMLJ (gold) Order of Merit

GCML (gold)
Order of Merit 

  
d. Ladies in the Companionate of Merit do not have the crossed swords between the limbs of the cross. 
  
e. The ribbon of ecclesiastical Members in the Companionate of Merit is differenced by a central black stripe. Ecclesiastical holders do not have the crossed swords between the limbs of the cross. 
   

8.2 OTHER AWARDS OF THE ORDER

   
Other Awards of the Order are the following: 
  
  • Crosses of Merit
  • Medals of Merit
  • Donat Crosses
  • Meritorious Service Decoration
  • Crusaderís Medal (Pilgrimís Shell)
  • Other Decorations issued by national Jurisdictions
  

8.3 CROSSES OF MERIT OF THE ORDER

   

a. The Crosses of Merit of the Order may be conferred only upon Members of the Order performing meritorious conduct.
  
b. The awards of the Crosses of Merit of the Order shall be from junior to senior:
  • Bronze Cross of Merit (BCrLJ)
  • Silver Cross of Merit (SCrLJ)
  • Golden Cross of Merit (GCrLJ)
   

8.4 MEDALS OF MERIT OF THE ORDER

    

a. The Medals of Merit of the Order may be conferred upon Members of the Order and on those performing meritorious conduct.
  
b. The awards of the Medals of Merit of the Order shall be from junior to senior:
  • Bronze Medal of Merit (BMLJ)
  • Silver Medal of Merit (SMLJ)
  • Gold Medal of Merit (GMLJ)
   

8.5 DONAT CROSSES OF THE ORDER

  

Donat 3rd Cl.

Donat 2nd Cl.

Donat 1st Cl.

     

a. A category of Donat shall be open to all whose munificence has been of signal assistance in the charitable works of the Order, including Members of the Order. They shall be in three classes. Their insignia shall be a three limbed Cross edged with silver for the third class, edged with gold surmounted by a Military Trophy for the second class, and edged with gold surmounted by the antique crown of the Order for first class. The same shall depend in each case from a neck ribbon of amaranthine red with a narrow green stripe down the center and edged with gold. The same badges will be worn by the appropriate ranks on the church capes.
  
b. The awards of the Donat Crosses of the Order shall be from junior to senior:
  
  • Donat 3rd Class (Don3LJ)
  • Donat 2nd Class (Don2LJ)
  • Donat 1st Class (Don1LJ)
  
c. The award of the Donat Cross does not constitute membership in the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem nor does it confer any knightly title, but holders of the Donat Cross are entitled to wear the Church Cape (Mantle) of the Order.
  

8.6 MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATION OF THE ORDER

  

a. The Meritorious Service Decoration (MSDLJ), instituted in July 1984 by the late Grand Master, D. Francisco de Borbon y de Borbon, may be conferred to any Member of the Order, who has completed twenty years continuous service as an official office bearer to recognize the extraordinary amount of time given to the Order.
  
b. It must be expressly noted, that this decoration is not simply for being a member for twenty years.
  

8.7 THE CRUSADER'S MEDAL OF THE ORDER

  

a. The Crusaderís Medal (traditionally called Pilgrimís Shell; PSLJ) may be conferred to any Member or Affiliate of the Order recognizing his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This pilgrimage must have been under religious auspices and must include at least three of the major sites in the Holy Land (like the old city of Jerusalem with Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Tomb and Church of St. Lazarus in the village of Bethany; the birthplace of Our Lord in Bethlehem; the cities of Nazareth and of St. Joan díArc).
   
b. Holders of the Crusaderís Medal are, according to ancient customs, entitled to affix a woven model of the Badge in the centre of the Cross on their Church Cape. 
     

8.8 COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS

    
a. National jurisdictions empowered to organize Grand Magisterial Council Meetings (or other important events) of the Order are authorized to issue Commemorative Medals to commemorate such events. Commemorative Medals may be conferred to any participating person. The design of such a Commemorative Medal must be approved by the office of the Judge of Arms of the Order. They may not be worn on uniform other than national custom.
   
b. The following Commemorative Medals have been issued since 1973 with the approval of the late Grand Master, D. Francisco Enrique de Borbon y de Borbon:
  
  • 1973 - Inauguration of the Castello Lanzun (Castle of the Small Lance), Malta, as Headquarters of the Order, donated by the late Lieutenant Colonel The Chevalier Robert Gayre of Gayre and Nigg, GCLJ
  • 1974 - Visit of the 47th Grand Master in Scotland and Grand Magisterial Meeting at Edinburgh, U.K.
  • 1979 - Grand Magisterial Meeting at Salzburg, Austria
  • 1981 - Donation of a bell to the Parish Church of Salzburg-Guggenthal, Austria, by the Order
  • 1984 - Grand Magisterial Meeting at Washington D.C., USA
  • 1988 - Grand Magisterial Council Meeting at Vienna, Austria
  • 1990 - Grand Magisterial Meeting at Salzburg, Austria 
In addition, the following Commemorative Medal has been issued: 
  
  • 1999 - Grand Magisterial Meeting at St. PŲlten, Austria
  

 

 

    

Malta 1973

Scotland 1974

Obverse - Reverse

Obverse - Reverse

   

                
Salzburg 1979 Salzburg 1981 Washington 1984 Vienna 1988 Salzburg 1990 St. PŲlten 1999

      

Obverse - Reverse always the same

  

8.9 THE CHAIN OF THE ORDER

   

      a. The Chain of the Order is a badge of office and may be worn by Members of the Supreme Council, Grand Secretaries, Heads of Jurisdiction, deputies and Chancellors only and by Heads of Sub-jurisdictions on receipt of a brevet appointing them to that position.
  
b. Once any of the above, other than Members of the Supreme Council, cease to hold such office, that person will no longer be entitled to wear the Chain of the Order. The Chain will be worn as is without backing, ribbons etc.
   
c. Any person, Member of the Order and holding a Grand Magisterial Decree authorising him to wear the Chain of Office predating this decree may continue to do so for life.
  

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