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Annual Service of Remembrance and Rededication of the Order of St John
September 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
We hope you can join us at St Botolph’s for a very special service on Friday 21st September at 6:30pm for their Annual Service of Remembrance and Rededication of the Order of St John. The service will be followed by refreshments.
The Order of St John
The roots of the order of St John date back at least 900 years. When the Knights of the first crusade captured the holy city of Jerusalem, they found a hospice run by a group of monastic brothers led by the blessed Gerard. This was the hospital of St John in Jerusalem which, because of its work, was recognised by the pope in 1113 as an independent religious order whose special task was to care for the sick. It was also given a military role to protect pilgrims to the holy land. When the city of Jerusalem fell to the Saracens, the Order moved its headquarters and hospital to Acre on the Mediterranean coast.
After the loss of Acre, the Knights moved first to Cyprus, then to Rhodes and on to Malta, expanding into many countries and existing in England until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540. In 1831 the Order was reformed in England. As this was unacceptable to the then pope it developed as a separate independent organisation. The two Orders have come together and work in a spirit of close and friendly harmony. The Orders of St John Care Trust Homes in Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and Suffolk are part of this working together.
The Order is divided up into priories set up in various part of the world. We are part of the priory of England and the Isles covering England, Northern Island, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The Priory concentrates on providing a better service in relieving human suffering. It will continue to be true to the mottoes of Order: Pro Fide – for the Faith. Pro Utilitate Hominum – For the service of Humanity.
The Order of St John operates through its two foundations, the Eye Hospital and St John’s Ambulance.
The first Eye Hospital was opened in Jerusalem in 1882. The present Hospital was opened on the north side of the City in 1960. It is one of the leading Eye Hospitals in the Middle East. Treatment at the Hospital is irrespective of race, class, creed or ability to pay.
St John Ambulance continues to operate in Lincolnshire but is now part of the East Midlands Region. We are the leading trainer in First Aid in the country and the numbers trained are increasing each year. Our ambulances and uniformed members can regularly be seen on duty at many of the major and village events in the country. Increasingly our vehicles and crews are being called upon to support NHS work and we regularly cover shifts as part of the Ambulance service.