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Constantine

The Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, with some 35 priests serving as Chaplains, and over 7,000 members in the United Kingdom, is an Order of Christian Freemasons which celebrates the Holy Cross (keeping the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross as its patronal festival). In its ceremonial the Order recalls the story of the conversion of the Emperor Constantine the Great from paganism to the Christian faith. For some time, members of the Order in and around London have been joining us in church for Evensong every other year, on (or close to) their patronal festival.

On Sunday 28 October 2012 we held a special afternoon service of Evensong with members of the Order, celebrating 1,700 years since the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, where Constantine was converted, which led to the legalisation of the Christian religion. The Vicar was the preacher.
Photographs of that event may be viewed here.

The Order of the Red Cross of Constantine returned to us on Holy Cross Day 2014 for a similar service.
The preacher was the Rt Rev'd John Salt, formerly Bishop of St Helena.
The Bishop, though not a member of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, is a Freemason.
He inspired us with his exposition of the Gospel reading of the day.

The Order came again for Holy Cross Day 2016 for Evensong and Benediction.
The preacher was the Rev'd Malcolm Lane, a prominent clergyman and a member of the Order.
Photographs of the event may be viewed here.

Members of the Order joined us again for Holy Cross Day 2018 for Evensong and Benediction.
The guest preacher was the Rev'd Canon Andrew Stevens, a parish priest in the Diocese of Southwark.