Welcome to the official Essex Division Website for the Red Cross of Constantine.
It is good to know that you are seeking to know more about Freemasonry and in particular
the Christian Orders. Let me for just a moment quickly sketch out what we as an Order
bring to the “universal” Masonic movement.
The Red Cross of Constantine or as it is more formally called the “Masonic and Military
Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Appendant Orders of the Holy Sepulchre
and of St. John the Evangelist”, is a Christian Order within Freemasonry. Candidates
must already be members of a Freemasons Lodge and a Holy Royal Arch Chapter; they
must also be members of the Christian faith and ready to proclaim a belief in the
Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
The Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine is a “three-degree”
Order and with its "Appendant Orders" a total of five degrees are conferred within
the system. Installation as a “Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine” is admission
to the Order’s first degree and there are two more degrees which follow and also
two other distinct Orders of Masonry (both Christian in ethos), all is under the
control of the Grand Imperial Conclave of the Order administered world-wide from
our headquarters in St. James Street, London.
Grand Imperial Conclave covers all the activities of the “Conclaves” (Individual
Units) in England and Wales and also regulates them in Countries such as Jamaica,
South Africa, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria.
The Order itself commemorates the miracle at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, in
which the Emperor Constantine was granted a vision of the Cross of Christ and instructed
to "conquer in this sign". This event led to the legalisation of Christianity and
is one of the most significant events in the history of the Christian Church.
Again welcome and thank you for paying the Essex Division of the Red Cross of Constantine
Website a visit;
May The Great Three in One keep you ever in his care.
John Railton Simons
Intendant General for the Division of Essex