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FRA' FREDRIK CRICHTON-STUART RIP

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REQUIEM AETERNAM DONA EI DOMINE, 
ET LUX PERPETUA LUCEAT EI.


Frater Fredrik
John Patrick
Crichton-Stuart

KNIGHT GRAND CROSS OF JUSTICE IN SOLEMN VOWS
OF THE SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA
GRAND CROSS ‘PRO MERITO MELITENSE’
GRAND PRIOR OF ENGLAND

BORN 6th SEPTEMBER 1940  DIED 14th  JUNE 2011


REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Beate Ioanne Baptista, ora pro eo.
Beata Maria de Philereme, ora pro eo.
Beate Hadriane Fortescue, ora pro eo.

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VISIT OF THE GRAND MASTER TO THE SOVEREIGN PONTIFF

It is a pleasure to be able to share a video of the recent official visit of His Most Eminent Highness the Grand Master to Pope Benedict in the Apostolic Palace on 25th June 2011, in connexion with the feast of our Blessed Patron Saint John the Baptist.  The Grand Master makes regular less formal visits to His Holiness regularly throughout the year.

Fra' Matthew presented the Pope with, among other gifts, a finely bound copy of the new Regulations and Commentary on the Code and Constitution of the Order.


Ad multos annos!

THURSDAY 23rd JUNE - ST JOHN'S EVE - FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI

On the Vigil of Saint John the Baptist, which falls this year on Thursday which is also the Feast of Corpus Christi, the will be a Sung Mass of Corpus Christi in the Conventual Church at 6.30pm, which will replace the customary First Vespers of our Patronal Feast.  The celebrant will the Chaplain of the Grand Priory, Mgr Antony Conlon. The Mass will be followed by a short reception in Fortescue House

All members of the Order, Companions and their friends are warmly encouraged to attend this first celebration of St John's Day.

Please note that exceptionally the Thursday evening Mass at St James's Spanish Place will not be said this week.  It will resume as normal next week.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

DEATH OF THE GRAND PRIOR

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It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the death of

H. E. FRA’ FREDRIK CRICHTON-STUART
Grand Prior of England
Knight Grand Cross of Justice in Solemn Vows
from a heart attack earlier this morning, Tuesday 14th June, 2011.

Please pray for the repose of his soul.

Details for the Funeral, which will be held in Edinburgh, will be issued when available.

Click here for BASMOM obituary.

Requiescat in Pace.

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REPORT - ASCENSION THURSDAY

Our Chaplain, Father David Irwin, celebarted a Missa Cantata of the Feast of the Ascension in the Lady Chapel of Saint James's Spanish Place yesterday evening, with music sung to chant by members of Schola Baptista, attended by professed of the Grand Priory, knights and companions, as well as some parishioners.
The extinguishing of the Paschal candle "et ascendit in caelis"
With the feast of the Ascension we begin the closing days of Eastertide, in preparation for the great Feast of Pentecost, the sealing of the new Covenant of our Redemption by the Holy Spirit. Today marks the beginning of the Novena of Pentecost, which the Church encourages us all to observe.
The Pentecost mosaic in the Sanctuary at St James's
 Prayers to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Oremus. Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

REPORT - LADY JAFFRAY'S MUSICAL EVENING LAST WEEK

HMEH the Grand Master with Lady Jaffray
It is a renewed pleasure to be able to report upon Anne Lady Jaffray's wonderful concert and dinner which was held last Tuesday, 24th May, in the gracious setting of the Principal's House of Imperial College London, in aid of Saint John's Hospice. The guest of honour was His Most Eminent Highness the Grand Master, Fra' Matthew Festing.

Lady Jaffray embodies all that is good about the Order of Malta; with her customary and consummate ease she manages to bring together people from every walk of life of the Order to produce the most delightful and entertaining evening, which was truly a family event, with the collaboration of the Companions and the fundraising team of the Hospice, whose enthusiasm and cheerfulness our hostess was very quick to honour with well-merited praise.

This evening, sadly the last of Lady Jaffray's many annual fundraising events for St John's Hospice, among the many varied guests who included relatives and former patients of the Hospital and members of the Order and Companions, were the Chancellor of the Grand Priory, as well as the President, Vice-President and Chancellor of the British Association.  The Director of the Hospice, the Matron and the Director of Fundraising were also present, a testimony to Lady Jaffray's long-standing contribution.

Lady Jaffray, following the concert, most especially extended her gratitude to Schola Baptista, the choir of the Conventual Church, for their wonderful interpretation of the early music of the Order of Malta, (rightly praised also by Lord Guthrie in his speech, who echoed the view of many present that it was a once-in-a-lifetime pleasure to hear such rare music) for their generous contribution of their talents without remuneration.  It was a particular joy that they were able to offer to us, for benefit of the Hospice, several of the pieces which the circumstances of the building works had prevented them singing for their concert in our Church in the Hospital a couple of months ago.

Lord Guthrie, as Chairman of the Hospital, offered fulsome thanks to Lady Jaffray after dinner, which was graciously replied to on her behalf by the Grand Master with his customary brevity and humour, which many of us in England have come to miss. On behalf of us all, we should also like to add our gratitude to our hostess for her many years of contribution to the Hospice, both as a visitor and a tireless fundraiser, and most especially in the last few years as a very active member of the Order of Malta, and also as a friend of so many.  We wish her well in her new literary endeavours, which we are sure she will pursue as tirelessly and successfully.

For those of our readers who were unable to attend, and who might still wish to contribute to the Hospice funds, please visit the link HERE for the Hospice secure donations page. A Gift Aid declaration is included for UK taxpayers.  You contributions are of inestimable value to the work the Hospice is able to do, both for the resident patients, and for the many dozens of people who are cared for in their homes.
Schola Baptista