The Chaplain-General, Canon Victor Bullock SChLJ, presided over the Vigil service assisted by Canon Andrew Stevens SChLJ who delivered the traditional Vigil meditation on the Beatitudes. Following the blessing and dismissal, the members of the Order departed in silence leaving the Postulants in church to hear the Vigil Charge given the Secretary-General, HE the Chevalier Gareth Vaughan GCLJ, assisted by the Deputy Marshal.
A drinks reception and the Vigil dinner were held in the delightful setting of the Cardiff and County Club.
admitted to the Order and clothed with the St Lazarus mantle, seven promotions in the Commandery and five of our loyal supporters receiving awards in the Companionate of Merit. The investiture service concluded with a rousing singing of the Regina coeli and the National Anthem, after which we processed out of the West door and back to the Cornerstone accompanied by Philip Aspden playing a majestic rendition of the finale to Widor’s 6th Organ Symphony.
Chevalier David Knox KLJ is not only to be congratulated on his promotion to Knight of Grace of the Order, but also for the efficient manner in which he deputised as Marshal for Chevalier Peter Salt KCLJ, who sadly was not able to be with us for the Investiture weekend.
Pre-prandial drinks, accompanied by madrigals sung by the Newman Schola, were served in the Jane Hodge Room of the Cornerstone complex.
The wonderfully jolly luncheon concluded with toasts proposed by the Grand Prior and the Bailiff.