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HOSPITALLERS ORDER OF THE GOOD NEWS

He who walks with me, walks with Him”

"Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
And ye shall be unto me a Kingdom of priests, and an Holy Nation." - Exodus 19:5-6

 

Name

Hospitaller Order of the Good News

The Mottos of the Order

"The Lord He Is God"

He who walks with me, walks with Him”

"Others may do as they may, but for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!"

"Serve the Lord, make known His paths, love thy brother as thyself."

Spanish (South America)
Orden Hospitalaria de la Buena Nueva

Portuguese (Brazil & Africa: Cabinda, Kongo, Lunda Tchokwe, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau)
Ordem Hospitalária da Boa Nova
 

Hymn of the Order

“Our Nation is and will always be loyal to Thee Christ our God, Protect and guide us your children of God on Earth”

Ecclesiastic

From Middle French ecclésiastique and directly from Late Latin ecclesiasticus, from Greek ekklesiastikos "of the (ancient Athenian) assembly," in late Greek, "of the church," from ekklesiastes "speaker in an assembly or church, preacher," from ekkalein "to call out".

As a noun, "one holding an office in the Christian ministry".

Official languages: English

Women: Women are considered as equals with the men, in their activities, in their abilities to formulate, to live, to act, to serve the Lord.



The Cross of the Order

Description of the Cross of the Hospitallers Order of the Good News

A traditional shield with its base and surroundings in Gold containing two crosses; one cross in Gold upon which there is a second cross in White both crosses are over a Red cloth.

The Gold represents the Golden Age of the Return of the Christ
The Red represents the Blood of the sacrifice of Jesus
The White represents the Purity of the Teachings of the Christ

The Colours of the Shield of the Order are the Following

Gold RGB colour value of #D8982B
Red
RGB colour value of #C40000
White RGB colour value of #FFFEFE




The circle with the Cross,
These make for the sign that all thou hast heard is fulfilled in Him.
 

ARMS IN THE ORDER

Heraldry first appeared in Europe in the 12th Century. Arms were borne originally by monarchs, great nobles and knights – essentially the noble and warrior classes.

However, the practice of using arms was widely imitated, and not only by individuals. Heim states that the Church began to use arms in the mid-13th Century for the purpose of identification.

In the early days of heraldry, before the establishment of heraldic regulatory authorities, arms were assumed.

The assumption of arms implied no virtue or qualification but was merely a mark of identification. The adopted armorial compositions had to be distinctive, rather than symbolic, to be effective.

Also, Fr. Selvester stated that the designs did not necessarily contain a meaning that could be “read” like some code or arcane language.

Dioceses, cathedrals, churches, abbeys and other religious organizations displayed arms, particularly in seals. In addition, members of the clergy used personal arms – even though, in theory, they would never be combatants and thus, again in theory, would not need to be easily recognizable on a battlefield.

The principal vehicle for heraldry coming into the Church was the seal. In the Middle Ages, as they became more involved in civil administration, a greater use of seals by bishops occurs.

Heraldry became increasingly important to the Church as it was a means to distinctly mark more than documents.

Episcopal seals were originally oval, or in a “vesica”, to differentiate them from the round secular seals, and usually depicted figures of saints or even portraits of the bishop him self (as seen in the example at left).

Anything could be marked as belonging to a bishop, abbey or prelate via heraldic symbols.

Buildings and property were marked as were servants and officials with heraldic badges.

The heraldic emblem often evolved into symbols of office and authority.

As non-combatants the clergy replaced some of the more martial elements in heraldry with objects they used in the exercising of their office(s).

The shield remained; but the helm, mantle, torse and crest (as well as supporters and symbols of secular honours and dignities) disappeared and were replaced by the mitre, cross, crozier and galero, an ecclesiastical hat of which the colour and the number of tassels denote the ecclesiastic rank of the armiger.

Rev’d. Fr. Guy W. Selvester, M.Div., M.A.

Anthem of the Order

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Rev. John Newton (1725–1807)


Insignia
The Christian Symbols of the Order

 


Banner of the Order

 



Flag of the Order

 

The Pennon of the Order "THE LORD HE IS GOD"
 




Flower of the Order

Blue Star, Aquilegia x Hybrida

Blue
the colour of both water and planet Earth. Corresponding to the Physical Body in its 5 pointed star.
White the purity of the Soul in its attachment to the physical body in its 5 pointed star.
Gold the electrical vibration of the spirit in a perfect eternal circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Principality of the Good News



Coat of Arms of the Capital City of the Order

Capital City: Essenia

Meaning of name: "Those who expect".

Location: The "City in the Hills and the Plains", Principado da Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, South America

The City were those activities in which there is the application of the Healing Arts. It is were there are those that by injury, or by old age, or by mental derangements are given particular attention by those in the "City in the Hills and the Plains."

This "City in the Hills and the Plains" is where the Teachings of Christ, and those activities which bring, which make for the better understanding to Peoples of many lands, as to a Union of Thought for the conservation of power and strength towards the making of All lands better and safer for man's indwelling.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isaiah 52:7


Archangels Patrons of the Order

Gabriel The Messenger
Michael The Defender of Children
Metatron The Defender of Children

Saint Healing Patron of the Order

The Holy Apostle Ananias of the Seventy: The holy, glorious, all-laudable Apostle Ananias is numbered among the Seventy Apostles.

He was the first Bishop of Damascus. The Lord ordered him to restore the sight of Saul, the former persecutor of Christians, then baptize him (Acts 9:10-19, 22:12).

Saul became the great preacher and Apostle Paul. St Ananias boldly and openly confessed Christianity before the Jews and the pagans, despite the danger.

From Damascus he went to preach at Eleutheropolis, where he healed many of their infirmities. Lucian, the prefect of the city, tried to persuade the holy one to offer sacrifice to idols. Because of Ananias’ staunch and solid confession of Christ, Lucian ordered that he be tortured.

Harsh torments did not sway the witness of Truth. Then the torturers led him out beyond the city, where they stoned him. The saint prayed for those who put him to death. His relics were later transferred to Constantinople.

Evangelists of the Order

Matthew
John

Apostle of the Order

Paul the Apostle

Saint Missionary Patron of the Order

Saint Francis of Assisi

The Essenes

The correct meaning of the term Essene is Expectancy.
 

Health Towns

“That it is healthier to live in the country than in large towns, is a plain matter of fact which experience renders familiar to all.

But it is only with in a comparatively short period that any attempt has been made to investigate the causes of this effect; though without such an investigation it is obviously impossible to devise any means at all likely to be effectual in improving the health of towns.

If we would arrive at an intelligent view of the subject, we must carefully consider the phenomena which are engendered in the course of years by the impregnation of the soil of cities with substances which are deposited there in the shape of refuse, or gradually accumulate from various sources.

Everything that comes into contact with man partakes more or less of the character of clothing, and is similarly affected by the action of those causes which are in constant operation wherever men are collected together.

Clothes, as we all know, require to be frequently washed and changed; and if we cannot cleanse and renew the soil upon which we tread, and the emanations from which are constantly rising about us, we ought at least to endeavour to maintain its natural purity as far as lies in our power.

Let the soil be impregnated with organic matter of various kinds; let it receive water enough to moisten it, but not enough to cleanse it; let this water be charged with a solution of sulphate of lime, which, by its combination with the organic substances buried in the soil, will give rise to the most mephitic and poisonous gases; let the ventilation which might have carried off these deleterious emanations be impeded; let light, which facilitates the slow combustion of organic substances, be prevented from often reaching the ground; and we have combined" all the conditions necessary to render the soil a pest-house of infection, a dreadful swamp under the show of splendour, whence silently go forth day and night the treacherous agents of so many diseases, which are in reality nothing but the natural and necessary results of this concealed corruption.

The usual causes of the accumulation of those substances which tend to render the soil of large towns prejudicial to health, are, the necessity we are under of using organic substances for food, and the various consequences of that use, the employment of these substances in manufactures, the domestic animals which live among us, and the human corpses which were formerly—and are sometimes even now, if the statements in the public press are to be believed— buried in the heart of towns, and, wasting away by decomposition, after a number of years form a large mass of putrid matter.

In towns lighted by gas—that is to say, in all towns of any extent—there is an addition al cause of infection, and one which, if not counteracted, may become, in time, productive of immense mischief.

This is the development of vapours which, after being carried along with the gas in the pipes, issue through the escapes, and spread in the earth, giving it a fetid smell that betrays itself when there is any digging for repairs, make trees wither and perish by poisoning the roots, and taint the water in wells.

It is obvious from the above remarks, that the means of preventing the soil from getting into an unhealthy state must consist mainly in endeavouring to diminish, as much as possible, the quantity, of organic substances which penetrate into the earth. The most customary and simple plan is, to pave the streets with stone. Independently of the advantages of this plan on the score of convenience for traffic, and the prevention of the formation of ruts and puddles, it evidently diminishes the permeable portion of the soil, since it is only through the interstices between the stones that anything can reach the earth beneath.

Among other means of accomplishing this important object, the following deserve special mention. There should be numerous water-plugs frequently, if not constantly, open, so as to pour into the gutters a body of water sufficient to carry off all the filth from the houses before it has time to sink into the soil. Sewers and drains should be plentifully laid down and kept thoroughly watertight.

To prevent the dispersion of the vapours and fluids engendered by the gas, some recommend that the gas-pipes should be placed inside the sewers. It is alleged that such an arrangement would render the repair of escapes more convenient, but on this point there is some room for a difference of opinion.

Cemeteries should be placed not merely quite out of the town, but also below its level; for if the water which runs through the soil finds its way by subterranean imbibition to the soil of the town, it is evident that the evil, against which we are anxious to guard, will be secretly gaining ground. Every species of manufacture which gives out much organic matter ought to be removed to a distance from the town, or carried on close to a stream of water, powerful enough to carry off everything of this sort at once.

Lastly, the strict est vigilance should be exercised over all gardens, markets, and other places where organic substances are likely to accumulate. But, besides resorting to such preventive measures as the above, it is of the greatest importance to employ suitable means for counteracting the infection which already exists in the soil. It is a fact, to which we can no longer shut our eyes, that in almost all our considerable towns the soil is more or less infected.

In this, as in other cases, prevention is better than cure. The first step should be to let the oxygen of the atmosphere have free circulation wherever there are organic materials capable of becoming injurious to health by decomposition. It is well known that oxygen, especially when aided by the influence of light, has a tendency to convert organic matter into water, carbonic acid, and nitrogen, by a slow combustion, which, from the moderation of its action, involves no sort of danger. Thus, oxygen is a powerful agent, which destroys the sources of infection whenever it is brought into contact with them.

Besides, the air, by penetrating freely into every hole and corner, has a tendency to dry the earth, the streets, and the walls of the houses. Hence, not only ought the streets to be of sufficient width, but the yard s at the back of the houses should' be large enough to admit the fresh air to that side as well as the other, for if this is not the case the work of purification is only half done. The next means to be employed consists in the use of wells, a means which has never yet received a fair trial, but which, with proper management, is capable of being turned to good account. A single experiment by a skilful engineer may suffice to demonstrate this.

Having sunk a well in an old farm-yard, the soil of which had been long impregnated with the manure to a considerable depth, he could not get any water from the well at all fit to drink, though the water of another well, situated at a little distance above this, was excellent. However, by dint of working the well, and using the water from it for purposes of cultivation, he at last succeeded in completely changing its condition.

The water gradually lost its colour and its smell, till in the course of a few years it became quite fit to drink. It is evident that, in this case, the well performed the part of an emunctory.

It served to wash the body of the soil by means of the water which was drawn down to it, dissolving and bringing with it the animal substances through which it passed.

This action is naturally very slow, and depends upon the quantity of rain -water imbibed by the earth, and flowing down to the interior of the well; but it cannot be denied that, in general, when there are many wells in a town, they contribute to the gradual purification of the soil, especially if, at the same time, the preventive measures above indicated be adopted.

But here an important observation suggests itself with regard to paving, and that is, that the paving, which in some degree prevents the soil on which towns are built from being penetrated with infectious matter, in the same degree prevents it from being cleansed by the rain which falls upon it, and would otherwise sink into it.

This was remarked by the sagacious Franklin, who, in his will, observed that the soil of towns being paved and covered with houses, the rain is carried off, instead of penetrating the earth and renewing and purifying the springs; in consequence of which the water from the wells becomes worse every day, till in old towns it is not fit to drink.

There is evidently no other means of remedying the evil than to have pure water laid on from without; but at the same time it is desirable not to abandon the use of wells wherever they can be sunk, because of their valuable action as emunctories, when the subterranean water that gradually accumulates in them is occasionally exhausted?

A third resource, and one which is likely to be more effectual than any other, consists in the raising of plantations near the town.

As an eminent engineer observes, if the utility of trees in preventing the impoverishment of sloping ground, and mitigating the evil effects of violent or continuous rain, is undeniable, they must be no less serviceable in constantly counteracting the unhealthiness produced, or on the point of being produced, in populous towns by organic matter and the excessive dampness of the soil.

The roots of the trees, by spreading out in all directions within the soil, relieve it of the moisture, charged with organic an d saline materials, that it has imbibed. At the same time the more distant portions of the roots, by virtue of the law of capillary attraction, give back to the earth a portion of the water with which they are overcharged; and thus, if the trees are sufficiently numerous and suitably arranged, a subterranean circulation is established.

Hence we have here self-acting emunctories, far more efficient than wells, because they can be multiplied to a greater extent.

It has been ascertained by experiment that a sunflower, placed in a glazed flower-pot covered with a sheet of lead, so as merely to let the stem come through, will evaporate as much as twenty-eight pints of water in the course of only twelve hours. What, then, must have been the quantity if the experiment had been made upon a tree?  At the same time that the water is thus drawn off, it is purified.

The pure liquid is diffused through the atmosphere, and contributes to freshen and improve the air. The salts and organic substances are absorbed by the roots, and serve as nourishment to the tree; so that, by this happy combination, the very deleterious substances themselves are employed to sustain the agents destined to counteract them.

But in proportion to the efficacy of this measure in promoting the health and improving the aspect of towns, is the necessity of careful consideration with regard to the number and arrangement of the trees in different quarters, the choice of such as are suitable for the irrespective positions, and the steps to be taken in order that the roots, as they extend, may meet with sufficient nourishment without ever passing through beds impregnated with substances that are deleterious, or deprived of the oxygen of the atmosphere.

Unless these precautions are adopted, the success of the method must be greatly impaired, if not altogether nullified, because the plantations cannot thrive.

Surely if anything were needed to convince even the most obtuse and inert of the urgent necessity of prom pt and vigorous measures of some sort, the recent outbreak of that dreadful pestilence which is now making such fearful havoc in almost every portion of the globe, is more than sufficient for the purpose.” - in “The Illustrated Magazine of Art”, Vol. 4, No. 23, 1854.

 


Heritage

The Hospitallers Order of the Good News follows its Ecclesiastic Heritage in the Apostolic Succession of the Episcopal Lines of Bishop Joannes Mosases, and in particular follows the example and legacy of 1 of the 3 groups of Israelites: The Essenes

In the Christian Community follows the ideas and ideals as laid down by the original founders of the Unitarian Christian Movement and their aim in Uniting the Christian Church, the Christian Family.

The Following are a few distinguished Unitarian:

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) - Founding Fathers of the United States

John Adams (1735–1826) – Second President of the United States

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) – Third president of the United States

Charles Darwin (1809–1882) - English naturalist and geologist

Arthur J. Altmeyer (1891–1972) – Father of the United States Social Security

Charles Dickens (1812–1870) – English novelist

Isaac Newton (1642-1726) – English physicist and mathematician

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) Inventor

Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) – Discoverer of Oxygen

Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) - Social reformer, statistician, founder of modern nursing

Architecture of the Order


1. Outer Building

Victorian style: Gothic Revival architecture such as spires, buttresses, pointed arch door surrounds and windows and decorative ironwork; medieval influences of flowers and plants, heraldic motifs and quatrefoils.

2. Inner Buildings

Tudor style: multi-paned, lattice work and casement windows; stained glass with heraldic and ecclesiastical motifs; rich wood panelling, plasterwork and stone hearth surrounds; walls adorned with tapestries and embroideries; walls adorned with tapestries and embroideries; velvet, damask and brocade fabrics for bed hangings and drapes; decorative symbols of flowers and plants; trestle tables, benches, heavy chests; and wooden floors, encaustic tiles and plaited rush matting.

3. Cornerstone of Buildings

The Official Buildings of the Order have each one a cornerstone. The cornerstones are build in the triangle, and bear the following inscription:
"That we may make manifest the love of God and man."

Ecclesiasticus

Chapter 38

King James Version (KJV)

1 Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the gifts which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him.

2 For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king.

3 The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration.

4 The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.

5 Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?

6 And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works.

7 With such doth he heal men, and taketh away their pains.

8 Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth,

9 My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.

10 Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness.

11 Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being.

12 Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him.

13 There is a time when in their hands there is good success.

14 For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.

15 He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.

 

MEANING OF THE NAME

The full name of the organization in the classical sense and within its traditional principles and values is called: “Sovereign Hospitaller Order Civil and Military of the Good News”

The name of the Order indicates its aims and objectives as follows:

Sovereign: Self Governing

Hospitaller: Gives shelter and Provides for those activities related to the provisions of Health Care, a new model for a medical philosophy where patients cared primarily for themselves using Dietary, Hygienic Methods and Spiritual aid drawn from the Living Word of the Christ.

Order: It is an Organization with a Hierarchy.

Civil and Military: It works both with the civilian society as well the military in like manner as other organizations such as other "Non Governmental Organizations" in times of war or natural disasters.

Good News: This indicates the word of the living Christ and the Good News that he brought to humankind 2,000 years ago.

Present

Charitable Purposes of the Order

To advance the Christian faith for the public benefit by:

- Raising awareness and understanding of Christian religious beliefs and practices;

- Promoting the study of religious teachings and practices and scriptures;

- Promoting religious narratives and / or doctrines through producing and performing musical and theatrical liturgy;

- Providing religious instruction and supervision.”

The main purpose of the Order is to give proof by Healing the sic, and feeding the hungry, that the hope of the world is Jesus Christ and the hope of the world rests in our ability to Educate others on the Good News of the Gospels.

- To Maintain Civilization, Law and Order, Christianity and Health, and to Teach the relationship with others, as ever set forth by Him, given by Him, when He was Yehoshua "I Am the Salvation" a Man: "Others may do as they may, but for me and my house, we will serve the living God." Not a dead past, but a living God. For as He gave, He is God of the living, not of the dead.

Future

Charitable Purposes of the Order

Areas of Work

Religious Services

- Charitable and solidarity activities relating to the cultural, philosophical and spiritual values of the Christian Faith;
- The provision of places of worship;
- Raising awareness and understanding of the Christian religious beliefs its Gospel and practices;
- Carrying out Missionary and outreach Work and the physical establishment of Missions: To take the living word of the Christ by the explanation of the gospels in an understandable manner.

Charitable Humanitarian Services

- Provide assistance and safety to all Christians who may be fleeing religious persecutions;
- The advancement of Health Sciences by establishing of: Health and Pharmacology Schools, First Aid Training Centres, Health Centres, Sanitarium;
These centres to be operated under the classical Monastic Medicine Therapies such: as those of Monsignor Sebastian Kneipp and Rev. Johann Künzle;
- Orphanage;
- The advancement of education: Schools Primary, Secondary, Academic;
- Library containing all universal knowledge available;
- The advancement of the Arts, Culture and Science:

Professional Studies & Education;
Scientific research in Health Care Sciences
Farming, Forestry, Agriculture, horticulture, Apiculture
Dairy Cheese & Yoghurt Production
Mineral Sea salt
Carpentry
Architecture
Music
Electrical Sciences
History
Religion

- The advancement of environmental protection and improvement of the management of nature by humans;
- Personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals in the humanitarian field, namely social assistance in the field of housing;
- Social assistance for the sound management of natural resources in the field of agriculture;
- Social assistance for the improvement of agricultural techniques;
- Personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals, in particular relating to the fight against hunger;
- Social and material assistance and psychological support for victims of natural catastrophes or wars;
- Charitable and social services;
- Protection of Human life (civil protection);
- Protection of Animal life;
- Protection of Plant life

Erasing Hunger Mission

Our Mission is helping families, friends, and communities to feed one another.

Diplomatic Services

- International Humanitarian services;
- Legal services; Security services for the protection of property and individuals;
- Personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals, in particular in the Humanitarian field

Defence Force

"You know very well, Lord Jesus Christ, that for your love I took upon me this war against your adversaries. In Your hand you give me and those with me my strength to overcome these blasphemers of Your Name." - Don Afonso Henriques I, Founding King of Portugal 1152 Anno Domini.

The structure of the Order Defence Force is based on the model Swiss militia system, soldiers and officers keep their own personal equipment, including all personally assigned weapons, at home (this also included ammunition).
Compulsory military service applies to all male Citizens of the Order, with women serving voluntarily. Males receive initial orders at the age of 18 for defence military conscription eligibility screening.

Tenets or Lessons or Truths of the Order

1. On God: Christ The Lord Is God, and Saviour of Humankind.

2. On Civilizations and Institutions: Unless those activities among men are the aid for the greater number, rather than for the class or the few, they must eventually fail.

3. On Service: As an Ecclesiastical group, may individuals work, but the Order must supply to the needs of every character of individual, whether they be of this or that faith. For the faith must be in the good, in the God, that is presented in same.

4. Spiritual Awareness: To sought communion with the unseen forces and influences in a material world, from a spiritual world.

5. On Others: Magnify the virtues, and minimize the faults in others. For there is none so bad nor yet so good that any can afford to judge or speak evil of the other. Ye may speak evil of evil things, but not of man. For he is in the image of his God and his God is eternal. The man's soul is eternal. Then speak not evil of thy brother, lest ye condemn thine own self.

6. "The meek shall inherit the earth."

7. Each soul that manifests itself in human form Is thy brother, and the spirit and soul of same is in the form of thy Maker. For the Lord's sake, then, the opportunities are not to be used to self's own glory but that the Glory of the Father may be made manifest in the earth.

8. I Am my brother's keeper.

9. "If ye will be my people, I will be thy God," and "Though ye wander to the far corners of the earth, if ye will call I will hear - and will answer speedily."

10. He is the guide, "upon Him may I lean." Though at times the way be heavy, or the storms such as to cause doubts and fears, He stills the tempest, He brings harmony to those that are weary, and tired.

11. For the Lord thy God is One: One Lord, one Christ, one faith, one hope, one baptism - in the Christ; putting on Christ.

These are the Tenets upon which the Foundation of the Order must be laid. In that Name, and in Him, shall many find blessings and understandings.


GOOD NEWS FOR THE POOR: CHRISTIAN INFLUENCES ON SOCIAL WELFARE

Mary Anne Poe

For Christians, the question of what to do about the poor raises even more critical concerns. How does God want the poor to be treated? What does the Bible say?

What is our responsibility as individuals and as part of the church to our poor neighbours? How should Christians try to influence the political and economic systems?

Biblical Principles Regarding the Poor

The Bible records God’s revelation to people and how humans have responded to God. The biblical record, taken as a whole, supports specific principles about what it means to be human and how humans should relate to God, to other people, and to the environment. Some of the fundamental premises in the biblical record set the stage for social welfare history. These basic premises have been described in more detail by others (Keith-Lucas, 1989; Sider, 1999), but generally include the following:

• Humans are created beings designed for relationship with others. They are interdependent.
• God is concerned for justice and right relationships among people.
• In these relationships humans can do great good or great harm.
• Humans have the ability and responsibility to choose, perhaps not their particular life circumstances, but how they will respond to their life circumstances.
• Humans have value and dignity.
• Work is a natural part of human nature and contributes to one’s sense of worth and dignity.
• The ability to create wealth is a gift.
• Material and environmental resources should be shared. They do not “belong” to any one person or group. Stewardship is the human responsibility to share resources fairly.
• God has a special concern for those who are disadvantaged.

The earliest biblical records reveal distinctive guidelines for the care of the poor. The guidelines are shaped by the covenant relationship of a people with their God who represented love and justice.

If God is Creator, then all human life should be treated with respect and care. This is a way to honour God. The guidelines apply not only to individuals and families, but also to the larger community and society.

The ancient Hebrew idea of charity, tsedekah, is directly related to the concept of justice (Morris, 1986). The helper benefited from the act of charity as well as the one receiving help.

It was a reciprocal benefit that balanced relationships between people. In the Scriptures, God specified the need for interdependent relationships and charity was an aspect of this.

The prophet Micah summed up this principle by stating, “He has showed you, O people, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). God intended that society benefit by sharing resources among all its members in a just and equitable way.

The Old Testament law specified how the community should provide care and to whom. God’s people were supposed to be hospitable to strangers and foreigners (Exodus 22:21; Hebrews 13:2). The Sabbath and Jubilee years restored property and maintained a more equitable distribution of resources (Leviticus 25; Exodus 21: 1-11; Deuteronomy 15: 12-18).

Those with wealth were supposed to leave grains in the fields for the poor (Leviticus 19: 9-10). Communities and families cared for widows and orphans (Deuteronomy 14: 28-29; 26:12).

They were to offer kind treatment to slaves and debtors and provide a means for them to gain their freedom (Deuteronomy 15). Lenders were to make loans without charging interest (Exodus 22: 25; Deuteronomy 15: 1-11).

God is known for avenging the mistreatment of the weak (Psalm 9:8, 12, 16; 10: 17-18).

The prophets railed against the people and nations that failed to behave mercifully and justly with the poor.

They voiced words of judgment when the laws were ignored (Isaiah 59: 15; Ezekiel 34: 1-6; Amos 4: 1-3; Amos 5: 21-24; Zechariah 7: 8-14; Malachi 3:5).

Those who could work were expected to do so, but the laws were aimed at the community and required the kind of compassion toward the poor that God himself had demonstrated. God’s word strongly asserts that God is just and wants people to behave in a just and caring way toward one another, and especially toward the weak (Sider, 1999).

The New Testament added a new and more challenging idea to the care of the poor. Jesus’ life serves as a model for all to follow. The four Gospels record the behavior of Jesus toward those who were disenfranchised. The message to those who will hear it is to “follow Jesus,” do what Jesus did.

Jesus asked his followers to love others as he loved. The reason to care about the poor is not simply the reciprocal benefit of charity or obedience to the Old Testament laws, but one’s commitment to God. One cares about others, especially the poor, not because it brings benefit but because that person in need is made in the image of God:

“Whatever you do for one of the least of these, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

The New Testament also proclaims God’s concern for justice. Jesus announced his mission in his first public message in the synagogue in Nazareth. He read from the prophet Isaiah, The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19).
His ministry was characterized by attention to the weak and helpless and oppressed.

The early church adopted the same standard of care so that “there was no poverty among them, because people who owned land or houses sold them and brought the money to the apostles to give to others in need” (Acts 4:34). The apostle James warned the church about unequal distribution of material resources (James 5: 1-6) and about prejudicial treatment based on one’s social class (James 2: 1-17).

The Bible supports the value of work and the accompanying idea that one’s ability to create wealth is a gift. Adam and Eve worked in the Garden even before their fall into sin. The story of Job shows that wealth can be transitory and is subject to God’s control.

Jesus himself worked as a carpenter. The apostle Paul admonishes believers to “settle down and get to work and earn your own living,” and “whoever does not work should not eat” (II Thessalonians 3: 10-12).

Social Welfare History in Western Societies

Biblical principles about human relationships and God’s will for humans have had a profound impact on social welfare history in the Western Hemisphere. The earliest records of church life reveal radical efforts to be sure that material and spiritual needs were met.

The book of Acts states that material resources were shared in the community so that none were needy. The early church stressed the need to provide help to the poor even if some that were helped were not deserving of it.

The charity of the early church was formulated in small Christian communities that had little or no influence on the state in the early years under Roman rule. Christianity began with many, but not all, members from the poorer classes because most people were from these ranks (Stark, 1996).

The aim was to show God’s love. The church was not a political movement and thus not necessarily directed at prompting social reform.

The human tendency of those with sufficient means to try to distinguish the deserving from the undeserving emerged regularly and in contrast to the earliest biblical teachings. Some early Christian leaders responded to this human tendency toward judgment.

Chrysostom of Antioch in the fourth century was a strong advocate for charity based on the need of the giver to share. He was concerned with the heart of the giver and the need for those who had sufficient means to share with those who did not.

Gregory of Nanzianus believed that a lack of care for the poor was a greater sin than giving to the undeserving poor (Keith-Lucas, 1989). The tension between the idea of charity as a need of the giver’s soul and charity to simply meet the needs of the poor has existed throughout social welfare history.

Personal Responsibility

During the period of the Protestant Reformation in the church, the culture changed from an agrarian one built on a communitarian spirit to an industrial society focused on individual rights and responsibility.

Families were more isolated and less interdependent. Understanding of many biblical principles was shifting as well. Rather than the one Holy Catholic Church representing the biblical tradition and having authority to interpret biblical principles, the reform movement sanctioned individual responsibility to God for understanding and interpreting scripture and for how to live one’s faith.

Martin Luther, John Calvin, and the Anabaptists stressed personal salvation and church authority became less hierarchical. Anyone who had faith could relate to God and interpret the Bible.

Global Context

Christians believing the call to follow Jesus should be very concerned about global poverty. For the richest and most powerful nation on earth to be knowledgeable about devastating poverty in some nations and continue to live in its ease evokes the prophetic voice of the Old Testament: “Away with your hymns of praise! They are only noise to my ears. I will not listen to your music, no matter how lovely it is.

Instead I want to see a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry” (Amos 5:23). “I despise the pride and false glory of Israel, and I hate their beautiful homes. I will give this city and everything in it to their enemies” (Amos 6:8).

Biblical faith calls Christians to practice good citizenship by being engaged in the public discourse about social welfare policies and programs and the impact of all policies on the poor in the world. The reality for the twenty-first century is a global economy. It is this political and economic context that will shape U.S. policy in the years ahead.

Today, social welfare policies are inevitably linked to the global marketplace. Minimum wage laws, immigration laws, labour and trade laws will all influence how the poor are treated in the United States as well as around the world. The relationship of faith-based organizations and their provision of social services with the government system of social services will also continue to be a dominant theme.

Conclusion

The Bible says that we will have the poor with us always (Deuteronomy 15:11; Matthew 26:11).

What distinguishes followers of Christ is a fundamental commitment to continually work to support the most vulnerable members of society for all are God’s children and made in God’s image. Whether it is organizing a soup kitchen or challenging tax policies, the call of God for Christians is to bring good news to the poor. This is the mission for social workers as well.

Self Sustainability

God's command to man is to subdue the earth! Use in applied manners all the manifestations of God's love in those influences and forces of the natural activities in the earth!

The sustainability of the Order shall be from the running of the following sectors:

I - Agriculture

1 – Organic Agriculture
2 - Organic Horticulture
3 - Floriculture
4
- Dairy Products Production (Organic Raw Milk, Cheese, Yoghurt & Butter)
5 - Wood (Construction and Paper Production Printing and Personal Hygiene)
6 - Water management

II - Manufacture

1 -
Food
Manufacture of, Food Condiments and Spices, Bovine Food Gelatine

2 -
Pharmacology
    a) Pharmacology grade production of medicinal raw materials
    b) Production of Natural Remedies

3 –
Therapeutic Equipment
4 – Wood Furniture
5 – Clay Bricks, Ceramic & Pottery
6 –
Organic Fertilizers (Including Top Soil Production)
7 -
Ecological Biodegradable Sanitizers, Disinfectants 
     & Mild Detergents, Safe, Non-toxic formulas, products.

8 -
Phytoremediation and Bio-coagulants for waste water purification
9 – Pure Heirloom Organic Seed Production
10 -
Sea Salt
11 -
Sea Weed Farming
12 – Mineral Water
13 - Natural Fibres Production, Processing and Application

14 - Production of Natural Dyes for Fabric & Clothes

III - Teaching

1 - Schools
2 -
Professional Training Centres
3 – Book Publishing
4 – Nautical Navigation
5 - Architecture
6 - Agriculture
7 - Electrical Sciences
8 - Mechanic Engineering
9 - Aeromechanics: Science of the movement of air and gases
10 -
Health Sciences

IV - Sanitariums

Health Clinics and Centres - Brazil
Health Clinics and Centres - Chile

"Behold, I will bring it Health and Cure, and I will Cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of Peace and Truth." Jeremiah 33:6

V – Security

Security, responsible to secure the Orders Facilities, including land property, buildings and belongings hold inside any of the Orders property facilities.

 


Social work in South America


1. Present

Education

- Schools
- Libraries
- Support for peasant in agricultural development

Detention Centres

- Women's Prisons
- Men's Prisons

2. In the future

Orphanages and Programs for Children

- Abandoned children
- Children with Mothers in Prison
- Kids from the street

Host Home

- Teenage Mothers

Health

- Health Centres
 

Living in Community

The member of the Order are part of the Order as citizens of the Order. Life in the Order is based in the tenets of Christ, the equality of between man and women and the freedom which is the right of every soul on earth given by the Lord God to each and every individual.

 

The Legal System of the Order

Theonomy is the bases of the Legal System of the Order, its interpretation is made under Common Law based on the Anglican Communion system of canon law. Of which the principal body of canon law enacted since the English Reformation the Book of Canons approved by the Convocations of Canterbury and York in 1604 and 1606 respectively. Common Law is based on the premise that everything is legal unless it is deemed illegal.

Roman and Napoleonic Law is based on the premise that everything is illegal unless it is deemed legal.

State Territory

The Order as the result of its policy through diplomatic negotiations seeks actively to implement its ideal aimed and foreseeable status of extraterritoriality. The Order is a De Jure State, establishing and becoming in a timely an orderly manner a De Facto State.

Form of Government

The form of Government of the Order is called Theocracy, it is the same form of Government which was implemented by Moses the Law Giver, and kept by Yehoshua
"I Am the Salvation", in the commonwealth of Israel from the time of Moses until the election of Saul as King.

Government of the Order

A government of the people, for the people and by the people, a realization of the need for a trust to man's seeking to be helpful to his fellow man. As is set forth in the preamble, as is interpreted in the Declaration of freedom, these are principles which are eternal, those same set forth by those, through which the hope of the world must come; which all men must recognize if they are to live together as brethren.

Not that all need be of one mind, but on one purpose and one hope, each loving his neighbour as himself. The banner of the Cross be again lifted to the world, that hope may come to the sons of men.

Yes, zealots have used and do use such for their own gratification, but ye who would be the servant of all may indeed by the greatest among his brethren.

A nation, too, may have a soul if those who formulate its policies give it the spirit of truth, in the application of self. It is wise, to concentrate on improving society by spreading religious understanding, and know that science and religion are one, when their purposes are one.

A Government established under that promise, which have been made as of old,
"If ye will be my people, I will be thy God."

Government of the Nation

The Sovereign is The Lord He Is God.

The Nation is Governed by 3 Heads of State, called Regents. These 3 Grand Masters of the Order are aided, and advised by the Members of the Privy Council of the Order.

The Members of the Privy Council are those who work as channels to the Throne of Universal Information.

The Privy Council is formed of 12 Consuls of the Order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"​For the Son of Man Himself has not come to be served but to serve,
and to give His life to set many others free.” - Mark 10:45

Government of the Order



Emmanuel or God among men

The Prince of Peace, The Lord Christ, He Is God
The Sovereign, The Master of All Humanity, The Light of the World

Administration of the Order

The running of the Order is based in the cooperation between Spiritual & Physical Worlds. And while it stays in Truth it shall rule and exist. It shall rule for one thousand years has an opportunity for soul development of many. This period will create and allow for those conditions in which the soul of man can find its place in the creation and its relationship between the creator and the created. The Position of Grand Master of the Order is by The Grace of God.

Grand Master David, Regent
Grand Master Head of State
Field Marshall, Lord Protector of the Faith

 "We all are born in this life with a mission,
and in general, that mission is to help others"
- Rui Gabirro

“The Purpose of Human Life is to Serve,
and to Show Compassion and the
will to Help Others” - Albert Schweitzer




The Function of the Grand Master is to Serve

The Grand Master, is the Grand Master of the Order, he us such: in the capacity of Administrative, Executive functions and Responsibilities, he is the servant of all. The Grand Master of the Order serves as a Guide, a Helper in Directing the Members of the Order to the Light of Christ, Who Is God.

Rt. Hon. Dimitrij Klinar, Regent
Grand Master Head of State
Field Marshall, Lord Protector of the Faith

Rt. Hon. Ingrid Betancourt, Regent
Grand Master Head of State
Field Marshall, Lord Protector of the Faith


The Privy Council

Justice Grand Prior
Grand Hospitaller
Grand Treasurer
Secretary of State for Agriculture
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Secretary of State for Home Department
Secretary of State for Defence
Secretary of State for Education
Secretary of State for Work
Secretary of State for Social Work
Secretary of State for Industry & Technology
Secretary of State for Transportation

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