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Founder of the Order of Malta honoured at celebration Mass

London, 13 October 2020

The anniversary of the birth of the Order’s founder, Blessed Gerard, was celebrated at a special Mass in St James’s Spanish Place this week. With social distancing was in place, the many members and friends present could still fill the church. The choir, under the direction of Isetyn Evans, with organist Ed Tambling, created sound that was indeed a Song of Praise.

Gerard, born in Scala, Amalfi, around 1140 became the rector of the hospice in Jerusalem, and there founded the Order of Malta, establishing the mission which is still followed today, to care for those in need, whoever they are and from wherever they come.

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.