FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
What is the Mission of the Sacred Medical Order ?
We are dedicated to preserve monastic medicine as an intangible cultural heritage which can only be done by continuation of the practice of Christian medicine as a religious and indigenous right under international law and customs. Monastic medicine was preserved during the dark ages in the monasteries and advanced by the crusaders called the 'hospitallers' who built hospitals all over the Levant, Europe, and later the New World. The Hospitallers of St. John were their own rulers, having governed in Cyprus, Rhoades, the island of Malta, as well as the colonies of St. Christophe, St. Barthalomew, St. Croix and St. Martin. The Knights of Hope is the only such Order continuing this ancient and respectable legacy.
How can one practice under the Church?
Ans. All forms of man's law except Natural Law (Laws of Nature, Law of Gravity, Law of Heredity, etc.) come from religion. This is because our religion establishes what we consider "right" and "wrong" and that in turn establishes our Laws. The Western world was formed from the basis of the church and only later separated into 'church' and 'state' during the reformation, leading to 'sphere sovereignty.' The fact remains, the 'church' has always licensed and regulated its own affairs (marraige, diet, medicine, beliefs, worship, education, monasteries, dioceses, mission camps, ordination) and continue to be respected by the courts and the western world. This is however, generally not taught today in secular schools.
What religion does SMOKH practice?
Ans. SMOKH is a religious 'order' and diocese of special function under the Easteran Chaldean Church, one of the original and oldest. Our mission and sacerdotal duties are healing, our faith is Christian, our membership is ecumenical. Our practice is healing and our formal code of doctrines and disciplines are found in our publications:
Our creed and form of worship are shared beliefs of many members of the natural medicine community in the form of a fixed formula summarized by Hippocrates in the Hippocratic Corpus, core tenets which became the basis of monastic medicine, naturopathy, nature cure, and homeopathy in the West. We believe in the teachings of Christ, in miracles, pay homage to Saints, Angels, relics and sacred sites, as all those of the catholic communities, both orthodox and roman. These same core tenets can be found in Eastern texts on medicine and in most indigenous forms of medicine. In short, healing is universal to humanity. For that reason, we remain ecumenical.
What is the 'Order'?
Ans. An order is a society of monks, priests, nuns, etc., living according to certain religious and social regulations, disciplines, and beliefs, and whose members take solemn vows. The Hippocratic Oath is central to our faith. The Magistral Council oversees the diocese of the Church of Hope, with its central Chapel and monastic grounds on Nevis, West Indies.
There are established criteria that various governmental agencies use in determining whether or not a church is in fact a practicing religious entity or legitimate ecclesiastic jurisdiction. We are not an association, club or other secular organization. As a religious 'order', we hold certain doctrines and observances which clearly differentiate us from other secular groups, clubs, associations, and regulated corporations (which offer little proctections like privacy, separate jurisdiction, exemptions, and privileges). Mere 'association', effectively a secular 'club' membership, is not of our concern.
A religious Order expresses belief in the divine Kingdom of God as a firmly held belief; ordains ministers selected after completing prescribed studies; follows a formal code of doctrine and discipline; and holds regular religious services and ceremonies.
What is the structure of your Order?
Ans. We are a lineage of practitioners, set apart from society, practicing the original principles of the Hospitallers, respect the Hippocratic corpus, with its mission of Jesus to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers..." (Matthew 10:18). Our Order maintains an uncorrupted historical and traditional link with the original Hospitaller Orders (St. John, St. Lazarus) by 'doctrinal succession.' We have formally declared 'sphere sovereignty,' have our own constitution, practice doctrinal faith not associated with any other church or denomination. Our commissioned and ordained practititioners take vows accordingly, thus 'membership' is not by 'association' and cannot be obtained by mere internet contact or financial consideration. All candidates for ordination take our prescribed (online) course of study, complete our on-site seminaries, and enter into holy orders by taking vows at investiture.
As a 'hospitaller' Order, from inception, we have always accepted patrons and communicants - infirmed, sick, and disabled - from all religions, ages, and creeds of face. Due to today's complicated society, we provide and recommend our members obtain an 'informed consent' prior to conducting religious ceremony, sacerdotal duties, and healing on communicants.
What are Priories ?
Traditionally, a 'priory' was a religious convent, cloister, house or monastery governed by a prior or prioress. Today, this also includes a religious residence - residence that is a place of religious worship, education, or seclusion; chapel, hospice, or religious retreat or hostel.
The Priories follows a long Hospitaller tradition and therefore is a Christian based service. Priory members of SMOKH will be chartered as an integrated auxillary of the Church of Hope. Members are urged at all times to use the Informed Consent form supplied to ordained members for standard service and protections. The membership aspect of Priories is largely ranked, and members fall into a hierarchical structure of Priories. Ranks run from Deacons, through Knights and Dames all the way up to high title of ChorBishop.
The independent auxillaries function in several areas of fellowship:
The Hospitallers have always believed in the sanctity of all human life and considers each person to be of infinite value and each life a gift from God to be cherished, nurtured and redeemed. Human life is sacred because it is made in the image of God and has an eternal destiny.
Why Title of Nobility?
If you practice 'natural medicine' or indigenous medicine and this information is new to you, we posit, consider your heritage 'stolen' from you (Jeremiah 17:4).
There is a historic tradition we respect that nobles are directly born from the natural order of the Great Chain of Being. As a result of God-given, enviable qualities, they have a task to fulfill on behalf of the common good, evidenced by the physician-priest. Their very existence and destiny dictates that they should be willing to sacrifice their talents as this Christian duty demands, and to improve the world as God’s fulfillment requires as part of chivalrous activity. For it would be absurd to imagine that God created the natural order of the Great Chain of Being solely to benefit pleasure-seeking people solely for their own selfish benefit while deprivation creates unhappiness, sicknessand misery for all others. Evil Flourishes When Good People Do Nothing.
Where are you Located?
Ans. Our home base is on the island Nevis, discovered by Christopher Columbus (Knight of Christ), in the Federation of St. Christopher/Nevis (at one time owned and governed by the Knights of St. John), where we have monastic grounds, our Chapel and Museum, monastic clinic, teaching facilities and monastic housing. We have additional locations in Ecuador, Curacao, Florida, and members throughout the world.
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How Can I Find Out More?
We suggest you first read out Book: Sanctified Healing (online edition FREE), and see if you agree with our doctrines and wish to regain your health sovereignty and nobility.
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