St. Thomas of Acon

St. Thomas of Acon

The Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon.

The meaning of Christ’s Chapel No. 39

In keeping with the rich, diverse and historic tradition of Christian doctrine and worship we receive this Chapel in the name of Christ our blessed redeemer and Son of God. The first chapel in Arizona reflects a new identity in the Christian landscape and further light onto a new Masonic community. We raise our cups to the praise of God’s glory, to the practice of stewardship, and of the making of new Chapel Knights. We pray that the formation of this chapel may serve Jesus Christ and our Masonic heritage. We pray that the Order will anchor us in the reality of God’s unquenchable joy, beginning in this life and ever increasing in the life to come.

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St. Thomas of AconThe Order of St. Thomas of Acon was established in 1974 as a result of twenty years’ research in the Guildhall Library in London by John E. N. Walker, who for many years was the Secretary General of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. The ancient records of the Order, written in medieval French and Latin, had been deposited in the Guildhall Library and escaped the Great Fire of 1666. The Order now operates under the official title of The Commemorative Order of St Thomas of Acon.

That we have a revival of this very English Order of Chivalry is due to the untiring efforts of our first Grand Master, Sir John (Walker) of Dorking. John spent more than twenty years searching the archives of the Guildhall Library for information about the Order of St. Thomas of Acon, intending initially to write its history. Happily, he discovered the report of the Installation of the Master in 1510, an account so unusual and so typically English, that he felt compelled to revive the Order, albeit Masonically.

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