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St John’s Day celebrations in London: commemorating the saint, reinforcing the Order’s mission of care for those in need

Every year, the traditional commemoration of St John, the Order of Malta’s patron saint, takes place in the Order Assocations and Priories all over the world. In London, the day is celebrated with a solemn Mass at the London Oratory and the awarding of medals for those whose work on behalf of the poor and the sick has been especially distinguished.

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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.