SYMBOL OF ORDER
NATIONAL NAME OF ORDER
The Masonic & Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine
LOCAL NAME OF ORDER
Thames Division (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire)
|The Masonic & Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine consists of three degrees, named Knight-Mason, Priest-Mason (or Venerable Eusebius), and Prince-Mason. The 2nd and 3rd degrees are usually only conferred on those elected to the two ruling chairs of a local Conclave, although there are exceptions. The ceremonies of the Order are based upon the story of the Emperor Constantine, who first legalised the Christian faith. The Order is open only to Trinitarian Christian Freemasons.
|The Order also administers two other unrelated degrees, known as the "Appendant Orders". These are the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Order of St John the Evangelist. Having joined the Red Cross of Constantine, a member must take these Appendant Orders before progressing to the 2nd and 3rd Red Cross degrees. The Appendant Orders ceremonies are amongst the most spectacular in English Freemasonry, and are usually only worked once or twice within each Division of the Order annually.
As may be guessed from the titles already used, our Order is founded upon the Christian faith, and candidates must fulfil certain requirements to qualify for membership. They must be Christians, and profess their belief in the Holy Trinity; they must also be Freemasons, and members of both parts of 'pure, ancient Freemasonry', namely Craft Freemasonry and Royal Arch Freemasonry.
WHO CAN JOIN
Candidates for our Order must be Trinitarian Christians, and must be Royal Arch Masons.
|There are three essential qualifications for membership of our Order. You should be a Craft Freemason, and a Royal Arch Freemason, and a Christian able to profess a belief in the Christian concept of God as Holy Trinity.
|The Intendant-General is the head of the Division. He is appointed by our Grand Sovereign (who governs the Order at the national level) and will serve in that office for a number of years. He is empowered to appoint his own Deputy, and a number of officers to assist his work.
|The Divisional Executive
|The key officers form an Executive to advise and support the Intendant-General. The Executive consists of the Intendant-General, the Deputy Intendant-General, the Divisional Eusebius (who holds the 'number three' position, for a two year term of office), the Divisional Registrar (responsible for strategy and expansion), the Divisional Treasurer (responsible for finance), the Divisional Recorder (responsible for administration), and the Divisional Marshal (responsible for ceremonial).
LIST OF CONCLAVES