CUSTOMARY OF THE HOSPITALLERS OF ST. MARTIN

(August 2017)

“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.” The Gospel of St. Luke Chapter 9

Each member may wear the appointed habit when participating in liturgy, preaching, hearing confession, counseling, teaching, or any other time they deem appropriate. The Hospitaller may wear a white tunic or alb and the blue hood and scapular. A cincture is optional, but if worn, the color shall be Blue. Additionally, a black monastic belt may be worn. The Hospitaller may wear a rosary or some other form of prayer rope on the cincture on the left side.

The Episcopal Church Service Cross shall be worn either inside or outside the habit. Black shoes or sandals are appropriate footwear for the habit. At masses the principal celebrant shall wear whatever is the custom of the house; assisting priests and deacons shall wear the stole appropriate to their order. The customs of the local parish, related to any habit, should take precedence when a member ministers there.

Novices shall wear only the alb and blue cincture for all ministries and liturgies. Full members, professed for three years or life shall wear the hood and scapular.

Life professed members’ rope cincture will include three knots reflecting the three vows. In addition life professed members may wear a black skull cap (Zuchetto). The Cincture is optional at all times.

Full members of the Hospitallers of St. Martin may, on occasions deemed appropriate by the Prior, wear the “Brother’s Collar.” When such a collar is worn, it is appropriate for the Episcopal Church Service Cross to be worn prominently.

When serving together or resident in the same parish members should strive to wear habits of matching character. Members of the Community who are canons, bishops, archdeacons, deans, etc. may follow the clothing customs of their respective office, particularly when functioning within their jurisdiction or on behalf of their jurisdiction.