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CHURCH LICENSING

The word 'licence' comes from late 14c., "formal authorization, official permission, permit, privilege," from Old French licence "freedom, liberty, power, possibility; permission" (12c.). The modern meaning: "Official or legal permission to engage in a regulated activity."

The word 'commission' comes from the mid-14c., "authority entrusted to someone." The modern meaning: "The act of granting certain powers or the authority to carry out a particular task or duty."

TEST OF FAITH

You can easily purchase over the internet a 'preacher's license,' ordainment, 'pastoral license,' etc. Because these are matters of 'church,' states (due to a litany of court rulings and the Constitution states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof") generally do not regulate such activity. However, when it comes to trial on the witness stand, that does not mean one cannot be put to the 'test of faith,' or 'sincerity of religious belief' in which one can be legally challenged as to their 'firmly held beliefs.' Many parents have 'claimed' they do not believe in 'vaccinations' for their children due to 'religious beliefs', only to lose a trial because it was easily disproved they had no 'firmly held belief' in a religion. Only a simple question at trial, like, 'how often do you go to church?' ends the question of a 'firmly held belief.'

[‘Sincerity of religious belief ’’ belongs to the Court when it fashioned a useful standard to identify religion worthy of the legal benefits or religious exemptions, and refers to the holding of U.S. v. Ballard, 322 U.S. 78 (1944).]

Therefore, religious belief, by itself really means little in legalese.

Secondly, there are established criteria that various governmental agencies use in looking at or determining whether or not a church is in fact a practicing religious jurisdiction by the 'tenets' it professes. Just because you are 'licensed' as an internet minister, pastor or priest, does not really give you righteousness to conduct a funeral, perform exorcism, nor perform healing; simply because you were not taught nor indoctrinated, and properly 'ordained' as a priest in such professed 'tenets' of a particular religion, while holding extreme sincerity in a religious belief, of the supernatural. To be properly 'ordained', in the Church of Hope, means that after study, one take vows in a sacred church, before the presence of the Lord and the College of Priests.

Thirdly, faith entails "strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof," which must transcend a superficial understanding. It takes time and study to bring two hemispheres together. We do not advocate 'buying any license' as a means to not only 'skirt the law' but to also commit sin and blasphemy. And is often the case when life's challenge brings the devil to the party, jailhouse conversion or confession is too little and too late.

Therefore it is well for Christians to study this subject carefully. More...

Click here to Learn how to become a Commissioned Sanctified Healer

Click here to Learn how to establish a St. John Point-of-Care Health Screening Service

Knighthoods

Orders of knighthood today are either ecclesiastical, or secular organizations composed of members selected according to certain rules, and governed by directors. SMOKH as a Diocese, 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, demonstrating of earned merits, and taking vows. It is our important rule that knighthood or damehood in this 21st century must be reserved for those trained, tested and accomplished members of proven merit in a genuine Christian 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 the first 'hospitals,' to the crusades, to monastic medicine, through to nature cure and the nursing movements instituted by Florence Nightingale, the religious Orders, and the Red Cross.

The fact that the Orders of legion no longer exercise nor assert any armed military role in the modern era, 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. The development of modern fraternal orders was especially dynamic in the United States, where the freedom to associate outside governmental regulation is expressly sanctioned in law. Few realize that at the beginning of the 20th century about 50% of adult males belonged to at least one of these organizations or fraternal Order. This led to the period being referred to as "the Golden age of fraternalism."

A chivalric order, order of chivalry, order of knighthood or equestrian order is an order, confraternity or society of knights founded during or in inspiration of the original Catholic military orders of the Crusades (circa 1099-1291), paired with medieval concepts of ideals of chivalry. During the 15th century, orders of chivalry, or dynastic orders of knighthood, began to be created in a more courtly fashion. These orders would retain the notion of being a separate society of individuals, yet some of them were ultimately purely honorific. In fact, these institutions in turn gave rise to the modern-day orders of merit of sovereign states.

However, the Church retained its right to confer Orders of Knighthood. Pontifical decorations are the titles of nobility, orders of Christian knighthood and other marks of honour and distinction which the papal court confers upon men of unblemished character who have in any way promoted the interests of society, the Church, or the Holy See. 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. The Church has awarded the distinction of knighthood since the early medieval period. Such honors originally conferred nobility, personal or hereditary according to military rank, but today the Ecclesiastical Orders are a means by which the Church may personally distinguish those who have particularly served the Church and society since the early medieval period. If all seems interesting to you, you may read our book on CHIVALRY, you can order here.

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 education and licensure from the Church of Hope. One may also aspire to a Doctoral Degree with Title of Nobility - a most unique opportunity.

LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP

Deacon/Deaconess (S.H.) A commission to counsel and heal others as a "Sanctified Healer." A deacon/deaconess ministry for one to promote health and to care for the sick or infirm.
Priory of Santiago Membership is available to men and women supporting the Order but active in non-medical fields or public service. Membership is honorific and does not require any course of study for admittance.
Priory of St. John Hospitallers One being entrusted with a position of pastoral and teaching functions and duties towards health care. Members are trained in health screening services (Point of Care). See Video...
Priory of St. Lazarus Hospitallers One being entrusted with a position of pastoral and teaching functions and duties towards hospice care and chaplaincy. In times past. the Lazarites were in charge of the Leper hospices and colonies.
Priory of Star of Bethlehem Membership in this Priory allows applicants to enroll in our monastic medical astrology courses of special mission. Monastic Medical Astrology was often considered as necessary for physicians as was pathology of the humours in Christendom. Its rich history spreads from to Hippocrates but began with the priests of Chaldea (Church of the East, the first and largest Christian church for several centuries). More modern research on this subject shows great importance beginning in the early 20th century with supporting studies validating its worthiness in today’s world for physicians of special intellect and interest.

Priory of Knights of Christ (Templar)

One being entrusted with the sacred texts, in continuous study of Christ, antiquarian research, and pastoral functions. The Knights Templar, after dissolution, were reconstituted under King Denys of Portugal and their name changed to the 'Knights of Christ'. Many of these knights joined the expiditions to the New World with Columbus, Vasco de Gama, Cortez, and other explorers.
Knight/Dame of HOPE (K.H.) Our highest honorific title and positiion in the Church of Hope, to those who aspire to functions include charity and service to the poor and needy. Knights of Hope strive towards a doctorate within the Order.
Elders One of the governing mentors of the church and/or member of the College of Priests.

Doctoral Degree with Title of Nobility

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 to communicants.

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. After completion of the required course work and participation in the Fellowship Seminary, the postulant is Christened into Vocation. Vocational Deacons have then their special Sacerdotal Duties. Deacons after Christening, are then able to apply to the Bishop for the next formal stage in their journey to full Ordination into other Priories.

We view Santified Healing (SH) as a new and separate Vocation for humanity. 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. We thus continue the traditional link with the Hospitallers of prior centuries and continuing Doctrinal Succession.

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 members 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 as Hospitallers.

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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