The Consecration of the Grand Priory of the Ukraine (October 2008)
The month of October was indeed a historic occasion for the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. Indeed, the officers of the Grand Priory of the Mediterranean were very proud to not only aid and sponsor the setting up of a new Grand Priory for the Order, but also to host its very first investiture in the spiritual home of the Grand Priory.
In fact, the Cathedral of our Lady in Victoria, Gozo, received a delegation of forty two Ukranians and Russians who travelled from afar in order to be accepted as members of the Order and in order to be the first members of the newly consecrated Grand Priory of the Ukraine, led by the energetic Grand Prior – elect, Chevalier Anton Savvov.
Chevalier Savvov is the Director General of The Assembly of Business Circles with its head office in Kharkov. He is very active in various projects of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and is indeed the ideal person to run the newly consecrated Grand Priory.
The Grand Priory of the Ukraine was officially consecrated by HE Richard Comyns of Ludston GCLJ, as Grand Prior of the Supreme Grand Priory of the Order. Indeed, Chevalier Comyns of Ludston is the senior ranking officer of the Order and has a long and distinguished career as an officer in the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus.
The investiture was also historic due to the fact that, for the first time in the Cathedral, no less than four Grand Priors (Scotland, the Mediterranean, Ukraine and Slovakia) were all physically present for this event.
A satisfying number of male and female postulants hailing from the above mentioned countries were admitted to the Order, including two Knights of Grace and a Dame of Grace. The ceremony was conducted in English and Russian and the Grand Priory was superbly assisted by Ms. Julia Egorova in the carrying out of translations from and to the Russian language.
The Ukrainian delegation was invited to a superb investiture dinner held at Il-Kastell in Tarxien, as hosts of the Mayor of Tarxien, Confrere Paul Farrugia CMLJ. During the dinner, it was announced that in July 2009, the Grand Priory of the Mediterranean would be sponsoring the setting up of the Grand Priory of Russia as well. The Grand Chancellor wished the newly elected team of officers of the Grand Priory of the Ukraine a harmonious first year of operations, working hand in hand with the proposed Grand Priory of Russia.