Christian and military
The Order is governed by the Grand Imperial Conclave for England and Wales and its Divisions and Conclaves Overseas (founded in 1868) which has its seat at Mark Masons’ Hall in London. It has some 500 Conclaves all over the world and about 8500 members.
As with freemasonry in general, we enjoy a fraternal relationship with our brethren, and perform the associated ritual in a military setting, and in accordance with our religious values.
As in Craft Freemasonry, we are not permitted to debate politics or religion, but rather to take inspiration from a Roman Emperor, who following his conversion to Christianity, proceeded to become a faithful and generous icon within his Empire, something which we as freemasons (of all religions) also strive to become. As Christians we aim to promote these values in accordance with the dictates of freemasonry in general.
As with freemasonry in general, we enjoy a fraternal relationship with our brethren, and perform the associated ritual in a military setting, and in accordance with our religious values. We aim to promote the values of the Order within the brotherhood of Christian Masons.
The beauty of freemasonry is that its values can be found in all aspects of life – ‘Religion’ being no exception! An understanding and belief in ‘Trinitarian Christian’ values is an essential element to becoming a member of our Order. Our Rules therefore not only call for members to have a ‘Trinitarian Christian’ belief, but are also members of the Holy Royal Arch.
This Order is conferred in a short ceremony of an overtly Christian character; it is common for the Order of St John the Evangelist to be conferred on the same day as the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, one ceremony occurring straight after the other. A meeting of the Order of St John the Evangelist takes place in a ‘Commandery’, and the presiding officer is called the ‘Commander’. The jewel of the Order of St John the Evangelist features a silver eagle with its wings extended, to which a crown is added in reference to the role of Commander, or any member of the Order who is a current or past Commander. The eagle is a traditional symbol of St John the Evangelist.