The Knights of the Province of Monmouth & South Wales held their annual Provincial Priory of Malta on on Saturday 8th November 2014 at Llanelli Masonic Hall.
The event was presided over by The Right Eminent Provincial Prior RE.Kt. P. Gordon W. France along with the Provincial Sub Prior E.Kt. D. Gareth Gait and was very well attended by the Knights of the Province of Monmouth & South Wales.
So what is the “Malta Degree”?
The more observant will notice that the regalia is somewhat different from the normal Knights Templar white tunic and mantle. A Knight who is a member of the Knights Templar is eligible to join the Masonic Order of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta, and thereby become a member of the United Orders. Prior to receiving ‘the Malta degree’, a short introductory degree of Knight of St Paul is conferred, based on the history of St Paul and his journey to the island of Malta. Candidates for the Knights of Malta are then given ‘the Mediterranean pass’ so that pilgrims might distinguish one another from those who tried to bar their passage to the Holy Land. The main Malta ceremony takes place in a Chapter House of the Order, and during the ceremony, the history of the Order is explained, including the merger with the Order of the Knights Templar and their arrival at Malta in 1530.
The Order of the Knights of St John was originally founded in Jerusalem during the first Crusade by the association of Knights with St John’s Hospital, an establishment founded in 1048 for the relief of Pilgrims visiting the Holy Lands. They later founded what is perhaps their most well known memorial, The Hospital of St John at Valetta in Malta, which can still be visited and viewed today.
Each KT Preceptory has a Knights of Malta Priory attached to it, all Knights are eligible to take their Malta degree at the annual Provincial Priory meeting held in November (7th November 2015).
Any Mason wanting to know more about the Order can visit the Provincial Web Site www.kt-msw.org or contact the Provincial Vice Chancellor for further information. E.Kt. Wayne Dyer, Provincial Vice Chancellor