United Religious, Military and Masonic Order of the Temple, and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta of England and Wales and its Provinces Overseas

Installation of an Eminent Prior


E.P.: I declare this a duly Constituted Conclave of Installed Priors.
Mareschal places Prior Elect at the apex of the Pentagonal table as before and takes post behind him.
E.P.: You will now attend to a portion of Holy Scripture.
Chaplain stands in his place facing West and reads St. Johnís Gospel, chap. XX, vv. 21 to 28: But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus was not with them when Jesus came.
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst and said, Peace be unto you.
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, my Lord and my God.
Mareschal conducts Prior Elect to the right of E. P. and then resumes his seat. E. P. rises.
E.P.: The words are: M.L. and M.G.
Prior Elect repeats.
E.P.: The Grip is given thus: touch left shoulder with left hand. Grasp right hand, F.T. in P.
E.P.: Brother Knights. To order.
E.P. and Prior Elect do not draw swords.
E.P.: I now install you in the Chair of this Priory.
E.P. takes him by the hand and places him in the Chair, whispering in his ear: R-x. C-x-s.
Installing Prior: Brother Knights. Return swords.
I.P.: Brother Knights. I call upon you to salute the Eminent Prior with P.S., taking the time from me.
Brother Knights. Be seated.
I.P.: Eminent Prior, you will now close this Conclave of Installed Priors.
E.P.: I declare this Conclave of Installed Priors closed.
I.P. takes his seat.