Greetings Sisters and
Brothers, we are pleased to announce that our Sister Kristina Henriques
has been promoted to the rank of Hon. Lady LKHT. Thank you Hon. Lady
Kristina Henriques LKHT for your continued support of our work and Order,
We would also like to welcome a new Companion to our Outer Order -
Jennifer Blair CHT. Welcome Jennifer, we all look forward to getting to
We now hear from Tau Graham where he explains about Titular titles.
Some of you have asked what the word ‘Titular’ means, in regards to our
titles, so I thought I would do a little piece on it for this month’s
I’ll start with the obvious dictionary definition:
tit•u•lar [tich-uh-ler, tit-yuh-]
1. Existing or being such in title only; nominal; having the title but
none of the associated
duties, powers, etc.: the titular head of the company.
2. From whom or which a title or name is taken: His titular Saint is
3. Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a title.
4. Having a title, especially of rank.
5. Designating any of the Roman Catholic churches in Rome whose nominal
6. A person who bears a title.
7. A person from whom or thing from which a title or name is taken.
8. Ecclesiastical. A person entitled to a benefice but not required to
perform its duties.
Titular is formed from a combination of the Latin titulus (title) and the
English suffix -ar, which means "of or belonging to."
Normally within the larger mainstream churches, when someone is
consecrated to the Episcopate, (made a Bishop) they are given an area,
known as a Diocese or See that they are responsible for, these are usually
historical areas dating back hundreds of years, sometimes these areas fall
out of use and so cease to be, due to merging of Diocese, but the name
remains, these then become Titular Sees, and can be granted to new
Bishops, when there are no Diocese available. Titular sees are also used
to avoid causing offence or confusion when a Bishop of one denomination
serves a place which is also the see of a Bishop of a different
Within some smaller independent churches the consecration of a Bishop is
done ‘ad personam’ (to the person) and so they have no see, Titular or
Historically an Abbot/Abbess was simply the head of the Abbey where they
resided, and where chosen by the local Bishop and later by the other
Monks/Nuns, however here in the UK & Ireland since the dissolution by
Henry VIII there are very few Abbeys left so the title has largely fallen
Within the Church of St Mary & St John we use a slightly different setup,
as we are attempting to revive the old (although modified) Monastic system
so we use the title of Abbot/Abbess more than the other churches of today,
our titles although currently Titular are based on areas originally
occupied by Hospitallers in the past, but have no current community under
our guidance. As time goes by we will instigate Territorial Abbacies for
our Abbots/Abbesses these will then give them similar powers to Bishops,
within their territories, and will be over seen by a Bishop within that
That is all for this month,
I now hand over to Hon. Lady Isabella de Medici CSsM&J, Snl, OIO-LHT who
will tell us a little about herself. Next month we will be learning more
about Hon. Sir Andrew Cohen Snl, OIO-SqHT.
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