The Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem was originally founded as a Catholic Order. From the beginning of the Order’s history, the Roman Catholic Liturgy has been a central liturgy within the Order; it was attended by her members and offered by her priests. The Order was established in Jerusalem, and has historically admitted members from nations throughout Christendom. This included men from the various Catholic Rites within the one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Accordingly, the liturgies of these various Catholic Rites have been used in the Order to serve her members. Notably, the Liturgy of Saint James, the Apostle and first Bishop of Jerusalem, has an historical use within the Order. This respect for traditional culture and life has been a characteristic of the Order throughout its history. While the Knights of Saint John were called to service from various nations, they were bound in their common purpose of serving and defending Christians in the Holy Land, and later Christendeom. This tradition continues in the Order today.

The Latin Rite

The Divine Liturgy of the Syro-Malankara Rite