Introduction to the Patriarchal 
Order Of Mar Gregorios

This section provides an overview of the Order which is governed by the Rule of the Order provided to members. The POMG makes no claim to ancient origins. It is also not a “reconstituted” order. It is a new Order of Chivalry emanating from the Patriarchal Household of His Holiness, Mathias Mar Yusef, Patriarch of the Apostolic Orthodox Church of India (Nasrani Mappila). 

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Patrons of the Order

The Spiritual Patrons of the Order are Saint Geevarghese Mar Gregorios (Geevarghese Pallathitta Chathuruthil) and Saint Thomas, Apostle of Jesus Christ and the bringer of Christianity to India.
The Ecclesiastical Patron, Fons Honorum and Founder of the Order is His Holiness, Mathias Mar Yusef, Patriarch of the Apostolic Orthodox Church of India (Nasrani Mappila).

Founding of the Order
Letters Patent establishing the POMG in perpetuity was signed and on the 12th day of August, 2004 by His Holiness, Mathias Mar Yusef.

The POMG is distinctly Christian in nature. It is ecumenical and shall not impose a specific denominational theology or dogma upon its members. The Order is completely autonomous from any and all ecclesiastical, as well as civil, authority. 

The Order does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of gender, race, color, nationality or denomination. Membership in the Order, however, is reserved to those who profess the Christian Faith, be they Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant.

The Order exists to further the spiritual life and growth of each member, to pursue philanthropic and charitable works, and to promote a Code of Chivalry. While the Order may from time to time rally its membership around a common charitable effort, it places its primary focus at the local level. Knights and Dames within a region may either band together, work individually or both to aid their communities. This aid may be in the form of monetary donations, providing needed materials (such as lumber for a building), the volunteering of time and talent or a combination of any or all of these. 


Ecclesiastical Patron
The Ecclesiastical Patron of the Order shall be the incumbent Patriarch of a Church possessing valid apostolic succession. The Patriarch may decline the Office and may appoint the Patriarch of another Church holding valid Apostolic Succession, such appointment meeting with the approval of the Supreme Council.

Sovereign Grand Master
The Sovereign Grand Master of the Patriarchal Order of Mar Gregorios shall be appointed by the Ecclesiastical Patron. The Sovereign Grand Master shall have the right to nominate his successor.

Grand Priors
Grand Priors hold national jurisdiction. They are appointed appointed by the Sovereign Grand Master.

Other Officers
Priors and Other Grand and Local Officers, are elected and appointed per the Rule of the Order.

A Priory consists of at least three members of the Order, one of whom must be a Knight or a Dame.

Ranks Within the Order

The Novice is the first step towards Knighthood and begins immediately after acceptance into the Order. The Order realizes that spiritual discipline is of primary importance to the Christian Knight. Therefore, the new member will be given instruction in such spiritual practices as meditation and contemplation. Once the mind is quiet and controlled, it may begin to grasp and absorb those things of a higher nature. The Novice then begins a systematic study of the spiritual aspects of Chivalry as set forth in Ephesians 6:11-17 (the “Whole armor of Christ”). These studies center around the practical application of spiritual principles into daily (material) life. Finally, the Novice will learn to enter the “Fortress of Solitude.” For it is in the Fortress, a spiritual place of regeneration and renewal, where the Knight or Dame receives strength and inspiration. Throughout this course of study, Novices will be asked to express in writing, through answering a series of questions, their views on the material presented. 

After successfully completing the Novitiate, the member passes to the second prepatory step of the Postulancy. As the Novitiate was concerned with the spiritual aspect of Chivalry, the Postulancy addresses the material or mundane aspect. Included in the course of study is a history of Chivalry as pertains to Christianity, in Myth and in reality, and most importantly, how the Code of Chivalry can be applied to the Postulant’s personal life. Again, the Postulant will be asked to submit written answer to questions posed. The Postulant will then begin the final phase of his or her journey towards Knighthood—the Quest. Simply put, the Quest is a plan for action, formulated by the Postulant with aid from his or her Prior, of a charitable or philanthropic nature. This may be outright donation of funds to a worthy cause, volunteering of time and talent, or combination of both. The Postulant will set forth a timeline and expected results; the Quest shall be approved by the Postulant’s Prior, and a detailed report shall be submitted by the Postulant when the Quest is completed.

A Postulant is elevated to the rank of Knight or Dame upon completion of the Quest. The Investiture must be in person; there are absolutely no exceptions. As is traditional, the Postulant shall travel to the nearest Chapter; all expenses for travel and lodging shall be borne by the Postulant. The Order recognizes that duties of home and work and/or finances may prevent the new Knight or Dame from immediately attending his or her Investiture, however, every effort must be made to arrange one’s Investiture as soon as possible. We view Knighthood not as merely postnominals after one’s name or carrying a membership card in one’s wallet or purse, but as a spiritual estate, not unlike the dignity of the Clergy. As the Clergy must be empowered through ordination to perform their duties, so too through the Investiture is the Knight or Dame empowered.

Advancement Within the Order
Through the consistency of their Good Works, Knights and Dames may be advanced in Rank. The Knight or Dame does not petition for advancement, but rather is nominated by the members of his or her Chapter; the nomination is then ratified by the Prior, who petitions his Grand Prior to Advance the Knight or Dame in Rank. The Ranks of the Order are:

Knight/Dame Officer

Knight/Dame Commander

Knight/Dame Grand Officer

Knight/Dame of Saint Thomas

For exemplary service to mankind or to the Order, a member may be granted the Rank or Knight/Dame of Saint Thomas. This is the Order’s highest accolade and is only granted by the Sovereign Grand Master and/or Ecclesiastical Patron. This Rank may be awarded at any time during membership in the Order; it is not a step in advancement, but rather a singular honor. 

Nobility Recognized Within the Order
As is common in all Orders of Chivalry, the Patriarchal Order of Mar Gregorios recognizes the Honorable Estate of Nobility. The possession of a Title, however, is not always an indicator of the worthiness or the bearer; therefore, Nobles do not, ipso facto, possess positions of leadership within the Order, nor are they accorded deference over other members.

The Order, through the Patriarchal Household may ennoble members as a Mark of Honor; the Order or individual members may petition the Household to grant Noble Titles to those in their community who have performed outstandingly worthy service that betters the lot of individuals or humanity in general. 
The Noble Titles recognized by the order are as follows:

Page/Damosel (children ages 5-12)

Squire/Damsel (young men and women ages 13-18)









Entry into the Order
Entry into the Patriarchal Order of Mar Gregorios may be by petition or by recommendation of a member in good standing. Any individual of good moral character and standing who considers him- or herself a Christian is eligible to petition or be recommended for consideration of membership. All prospective members must present:

A completed Petition for Consideration

Curriculum Vitae

Passage Fees as set by the Order

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