MILITARY & HOSPITALLER ORDER
OF ST. LAZARUS OF JERUSALEM
GRAND BAILIWICK OF SCOTLAND
RANKS & INSIGNIA
RANKS & INSIGNIA
There are two categories for all admissions to the Order in the rank of Knight or above, these being "Category of Grace" and "Category of Justice".

The “Category of Justice” is restricted to postulants who have proved hereditary nobility from each of his four grandparents or, when paternal line alone is used, from his paternal great-grandfather (Nobility in the European sense is the entitlement to properly constituted and legal armorial bearings).

Those members who are unable to furnish proof of hereditary nobility will be admitted in the category of Grace (by ‘grace’ of the Grand Master).  According to ancient traditions ecclesiastical Members holding the rank of a Cardinal within the Holy Roman Catholic Church may also be admitted in the category of Justice.  Members admitted in the category of Justice are entitled to wear the Order’s Cross of Justice.  The membership in both categories is divided into Affiliates and Members.
Member:
Wears a plain cross of the Order pendant from a chest ribbon - ladies from a ribbon bow.
Holders are entitled to use the post-nominal letters MLJ.

Officer:
Wears a plain cross of the Order pendant from a chest ribbon - ladies from a ribbon bow - with an additional green rosette.
The holder is entitled to use the post-nominal letters OLJ.

Assistant Chaplain:
wears the same Badge as the Officer Companion
Holders are entitled to use the postnominal letters AChLJ

Commander:
Wears a plain cross of the Order pendant from a neck ribbon
(ladies from a bow) plus the silver Breast Star or ‘Placca.’
The holder is entitled to use the post-nominal letters CLJ.

Chaplain:
Wears the same cross as the Commander.
The holder is entitled to use the post-nominal letters ChLJ.



Knight:
Wears the cross with ciphers between the arms beneath a Military Trophy pendant from a green ribbon at the neck, plus a golden Breast Star or ‘Placca.’
Holders are entitled to prefix their name with "Chevalier" and use the post-nominal letters KLJ.


Dame:
Wears the cross with ciphers between the arms pendant from a wreath of laurel and oak sprigs from a ribbon bow, plus the golden Breast Star or ‘Placca.’
Holders are entitled to prefix their name with "Dame" and use the post-nominal letters DLJ.


Senior Chaplain:
Wears a similar cross with wreath of laurel and oak sprigs from a neck ribbon, plus the golden Breast Star or ‘Placca.’
Holders are entitled to use the post-nominal letters SChLJ.
(As a mark of gratitude, merited Senior Chaplains may be honoured with the rank of a Knight Commander).



Knight Commander:
Wears the cross with ciphers between the arms beneath a Military Trophy pendant from a Sash (Grand Cordon edged in purple), plus the golden Breast Star or ‘Placca.’
Holders are entitled to prefix their name with "Chevalier" and use the post-nominal letters KCLJ.
Dame Commander:
As above, but beneath a wreath of laurel and oak sprigs. Holders are entitled to prefix their name with "Dame" and use the post-nominal letters DCLJ.
(The rank of Knight/Dame Commander is strictly reserved for Heads of Jurisdiction and merited Members of the Order).

Knight Grand Cross:
Wears the cross with ciphers between the arms beneath a Military Trophy pendant from a Sash (Grand Cordon), plus the golden Breast Star or ‘Placca.’
Holders are entitled to prefix their name with "Chevalier" and use the post-nominal letters GCLJ.



Dame Grand Cross:
As above, but beneath a wreath of laurel and oak sprigs.
(The rank of Knight/Dame Commander is strictly reserved for Heads of Jurisdiction and merited Members of the Order).





Ecclesiastical Grand Cross Chaplain/Chaplain Prelate:
Wears the cross beneath a  wreath of laurel and oak sprigs pendant from a Sash (Grand Cordon with a central black stripe), plus the golden Breast Star or ‘Placca.’
Holders are entitled to use the post-nominal letters EGCLJ.
(The rank of Ecclesiastical Grand Cross is reserved to Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops and Abbots).



Cross of Justice:
Members from the rank of Knight/Dame and above admitted in the category of Justice may wear the Cross of Justice.




Chain of Office:      
The Chain of Office is worn as a sign of office by
Members of the Supreme Council, Grand Secretaries,
Heads of Jurisdiction and Chancellors.





Grand Collar:                                                    
The Grand Collar may be given to Heads of State, Prime Ministers and merited Members of the Supreme Council, holding the Grand Cross.  Holders are entitled to use the
post-nominal letters GCLRLJ.
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