The Commandery of King Offa celebrated Oak Apple Day on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at the ancient Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. 


The celebrations to mark the restoration of King Charles II in 1660 commenced with a Concert of Music and Songs performed in Church by Mr Tony Wade MMLJ. He played many musical instruments, from...


On Saturday 14th July 2018 thirty-seven members of the Commandery of Wales and their guests gathered at the ancient church of St Senwyr, within the grounds of Llansannor Court, to celebrate Vespers in anticipation of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Following the amalgamation of the Order of St Lazarus with the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1668, this has been a day of devotion for our Order.  This is the reason why an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel appears on the reverse face of our insignia.


 Saturday May 5 dawned bright, sunny and warm.  The previous evening those of us attending the Chapter-General had renewed acquaintance around the bar of the Hotel Meliá Madrid Serrano.  The Grand Priory of England & Wales was well represented, with 9 senior members of the jurisdiction in attendance, including our Grand Prior and Bailiff.



The beautiful setting of The Cathedral Church of The Holy Trinity Chichester saw the National Investiture of the Grand Priory of England and Wales on Saturday 28th April 2018.

With members, visitors and guests in attendance, the Choir sang the Introit ‘Non nobis, Domine’ as the Grand Prior, The Most Honourable the Marquis of Lothian PC, GCLJ, QC, DL, The Rt. Revd Dr Martin Warner MA, PhD, Bishop of Chichester, Clergy, Members of Grand Priory and distinguished guests processed into Chichester Cathedral. The service was led by the Chaplain-General, The Revd Canon Victor Bullock SChLJ...


What a truly tremendously talented travelling troupe of thespians and marvellous mellifluous musicians there are within our Commandery, who proficiently performed under the absolutely ardent anticipation of our very own effervescent and enormously entertaining Commander, Chevalier Mario Rizzardi, during our exceptional Edwardian event held on 23rd March 2018.

Friday's fantastic full-flowing 'Good Old Days' was superbly, sizzlingly successful and was greatly and generously enhanced by the raptly received raffle prizes, which amassed the astonishing amount of £367 from our 58...


Last weekend eleven members of the Commandery of Wales and our guests travelled to Dublin for the Grand Priory of Ireland National Investiture.  We were the largest national group present at the investiture, a fact that was commented upon by our host, HE the Chevalier the Honourable Mr Justice Bernard Barton GCLJ.


On Friday evening, we gathered for the...


The Grand Priory of England and Wales held the National (Northern) Services of Vigil and Investiture in Liverpool 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. 

The contemplative Vigil before an Investiture was held on Friday Evening and was conducted by the Chaplain-General, The Revd Canon Victor Bullock SChLJ who, assisted by Chaplains of the Order, led a...


The St Lazarus Charitable Trust has been working with EMMS International since 2014, supporting young medical students undertaking elective placements in leprosy-affected countries.  We were delighted to welcome their Development Officer, Alison Steele, and 3 students to speak to members of the Order at the Liverpool Investiture in October.

Alison writes:

‘It was a pleasure to bring bursary winners and the Order together, and enable Emma Bean, Judith Clarke, and Andrew Duncan to share their experiences of what being on elective was like. Emma and Judith are currently in their...


It is with deep sadness that we announce that the XLIX Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, His Excellency, Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marqués de Almazán, passed away at 7.00am on Tuesday 29th August 2017 at his residence in Madrid, Spain.

He  had been hospitalized a few weeks ago but after nearly...


The International Pilgrimage of the Order in June was a great success, increased by the attendance of the Grand Master and the Grand Master Emeritus, and everyone attending was very appreciative of the work and effort that had gone into preparing for the event.  The weather was perfect: not too hot, with glorious sunshine throughout.  It would be difficult to choose better locations anywhere in Italy.  Both Palermo and Monreale are filled with magnificent ancient monuments and churches steeped in history.  The atmosphere among members attending was formal  where required, but generally...