Mark Conclave No. 13
The Order of the Red Cross of Constantine
Cross of Constantine is officially The Masonic and Military Order of the
Red Cross of Constantine and the Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and St.
John the Evangelist, the latter two of which are called the Appendant
Orders. There are also two chair degrees conferred on the Viceroy and
Sovereign of a Conclave, and two honorary orders: Knight Commander of
Constantine and Knight Grand Cross. The governing body of the Order for
the United States of America, the Republic of Mexico and the Republic of
the Philipines and their territories is styled The United Grand Imperial
Council of Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine and Appendant Orders
for the United States of America, Mexico and the Philipines.
Saint Mark Conclave’ Name
In keeping with the ancient custom of the Order that Conclaves be dedicated to or bear the name of biblical Christian Saints, Saint Mark Conclave was named for Saint Mark, an Evangelist and Gospel writer.
Mark was one of the oldest Evangelists and the author of the New Testament Gospel bearing his name. John, whose surname was Mark had close acquaintance with two great apostles, Peter and John. He was minister or assistant to Paul and Barnabas and accompanied them on their early missionary journeys. A strong friendship and confidence existed between Paul and Mark, even during Paul’s weary days in prison. Mark was a great comfort to him. Paul sought after Mark as profitable to him for the Ministry. After the death of Peter and Paul, tradition affirms that Saint Mark visited Egypt, founded the Church of Alexandria, and died of Martyrdom.
The Gospel of Mark, one of the oldest of the Gospels, was written primarily for the Gentiles at Rome. Mark designed in his Gospel to present Jesus as the conquering Savior, the incarnate and wonder-working Son of God, living and teaching among men.Little wonder that our Conclave bears the name “Saint Mark”
Saint Mark Conclave No. 13
Charter Date June 14, 1906
Last updated 12/08/2010