Part 8: The Order of St. John of Jerusalem

By 1113 ,  Pope Pascal II recognized the group as an Order. The Order’s transition from a hospitaller order to a military order, parallels the creation of the Knights Templar in 1119.  Simply put, the Order needed to recruit Knights for protection of the pilgrims, as the number of pilgrims coming to the Holy Lands increased.

The symbol of the Order a/k/a the Hospitallers, is the 8 pointed Cross, this was adopted from the Italian Republic of Amalfi, the original benefactor of the Hospital in Jerusalem.    The Order was identified in  battle by black surcoats with a white cross covering their breast.  Their flag, a white cross on a red background.

In contrast, the Knights Templar wore white surcoats with a red cross and the Teutonic Knights  wore white surcoats with a black cross.

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District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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