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Knighthoods, Commissions, Ordination

True Orders of knighthood today are institutions composed of members selected according to certain rules, and governed by directors. SMOKH respects “knighthood” as more than membership in a club, or even a simple “association” of professional networkers. As a result, to “join” SMOKH means to participate as a “Knight” or “Dame”, having taken substantive training, and demonstrating of earned merits. It is an important rule that true knighthood or damehood in this 21st century must be reserved for those trained, tested and accomplished members of proven merit in a genuine Order.

A hospitaller as defined in historical terms is a member of certain religious orders, dedicated to hospital work, ambulance services, charity, mission work, etc. We can effectively state that the era of the Christian military Orders came to an end long ago. Historical prisms aside, today the real issue of legitimacy is truly a matter of upholding the attributes of those original historical institutions, what they did and what they stood for, namely - Christian values and virtues, which today such persons of faith and morals can be likened to an endangered species. The author has well documented the plight of the hospitaller heritage, spanning from monastic medicine through to nature cure and the nursing movements instituted by Florence Nightingale.

The fact that the Orders of legion no longer exercise nor assert any armed military role in the modern era, readily explains their transition from military Orders, to the collapse of serfdom in Europe, the rise of democratic states worldwide, and their transformation into fraternal societies and organizations. Catholic seminaries accept independent Orders as private chivalric associations. Thus today there are the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Pythias, the Odd Fellows, the Freemasons, and many other chivalric associations.

It is recommended those interested in SMOKH take a view here or our structure and function:

1. Knights of Hope flash video popup - click here to view

2. Hospitaller History flash video popup - click here to view )

One can order our volumes of books here:

An anthology of the History of Western Medicine, a history never before revealed!

Gifted individuals are welcomed to join our community of healers. We require that the postulant (candidate) has a dedication and chosen duty of 'calling.' Through our School ministry, we educate and ordain clergy into Divine/Sanctified Healing. Formal entry requires the postulant attend an investiture which are conducted generally four times per year at various locations. The starting level of membership is Deacon which includes licensure from the Church of Hope.

LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP

Deacon/Deaconess (S.H.) A commission to counsel and heal others as a "Sanctified Healer."
Ecclesiastic Nurse (E.N.) A deacon/deaconess ministry for one to promote health and to care for the sick or infirm.
Minister (Rev.) One of ordained clergy being entrusted with a position of pastoral and teaching functions and duties.
Knight/Dame (K.H.) An honorific titl ande positiion to those who functions including charity and service to the poor and needy.
Elders One of the governing mentors of the church.
Brothers & Sisters Friends of the Church.

COMMISSIONS - of Vocation (Deacons • Sanctified Healers)

As members of the Sacred Medical Order, we are ecumenical and respectful of the various theologies, traditions, and values of our faith communities and committed to the dignity and worth of each individual and culture. We as a Church of special function are solely dedicated to advancing the health and welfare of those who seek our assistance and to the maintenance of high standards of professional conduct and competence of our members.

Vocation is a Christian term meaning one's call to God THOUGHTS - CLICK HERE. An Ecclesiastical Commission gives the Deacon Episcopal Authority definition to conduct the respective vocation tocommunicants.

Fellowship of Vocation [How to Join]

An applicant first submits their desire to join with this online form, then becomes a postulant after consultation with their Vocational Minister who will recommend them to the Sovereign Council for approval. Initial application implies no pledge to the postulant either by the Minister or by the Church. After completion of the required course work and participation in the Fellowship Seminary, the postulant is Christened into Vocation. Vocational Deacons have then special and limited Sacerdotal Duties. Deacons after Christening, are then able to apply to the Bishop for the next formal stage in their journey to full Ordination.

We view Santified Healing (SH) as a new and separate Vocation. It matters not what station of life or profession to which the applicant is placed, secular rigors have created a near spiritual vacuum in today's health care field. The invocation of the sanctity of healing work is a theme for which we strive to consecrate and purify mind, body and spirit. All therapeutic actions should enshrine anointing the patron with grace.

As commissioned Sanctified Healers of vocation (Deacons), we are dedicated to our calling regardless of our professional/secular functions and ambitions, the settings in which we work, or the community which we serve. This accountability is expressed in our conduct of relationships with communicants, colleagues, students, our faith communities, and through the acceptance and practice of the principles and procedures of ourCode_of_Ethics.

Qualifications

Newly admitted m embers are required to abide by our code of ethics and donate to the Order's works before nomination. There is an initial (one time) passage fee and annual donation. The one-time passage covers costs of education, investiture, church donation, regalia (insignia, mantle, certificates) and other fees assessed for postulants being invested into the Order, and for standing Members achieving promotion.

ORDINATIONS

Men and women can be ordained, according to his or her vocation, and according to ecclesiastical tradition after having taken our unique courses of study. Sacred Orders, in the Church of Hope, is the sacrament through which men and women are ordained as presbyters (ministers). It maintains the continuity of the apostles, the gospel, and the men and women in health and medicine who have followed Christ through the centuries.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Members enjoy a wide range of benefits in missions, education, therapeutics, healing and comradery. The Order conducts regular Seminaries, Christenings and Investitures worldwide. Through our membership and affiliates, activities occur weekly. Educational programs occur both online and by seminaries. Promotions include ceremonies, apostolic blessings, achievements of merit, and recognition of titles. Members perform healings on a daily basis. All commissions (licenses) are reviewed by an attending Elder and conferred by the Sovereign Council. Promotions are won by achievements and Christian charity. This means that active members enjoy promotions up through the ranks, with the ultimate achievement of Knight or Dame of Honor bestowed by the Sovereign Council, Grand Master, and/or Spiritual Protector upon those who selflessly serve Humanity.

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