- Object Number: LDOSJ_2016_15_2
- Description: An illuminated dedication on parchment, presented in an olive wood frame detailing the provenance of a fragment of stone from the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem.
- Additional Information: This illuminated dedication relates to a fragment of stone from the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem, LDOSJ 2016.15.1. This stone is now inset in to the step leading to the dias of the Almoner Altar in the crypt of the Priory Church of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell.
The dedication reads:
'Upon this paving-stone countless thousands of Pilgrims have knelt and offered their humble prayers to GOD at Bethlehem, for it formed part of the paving where the Manger is reputed to have stood in the Grotto of the Basilica of the Nativity. The old paving-stone was work away by the knees of pilgrims and the remains were taken up when the paving was renewed by the Palestine Government in 1931, and I rescued the only piece of any size. All the rest of the pieces were thrown away in the fields after I had selected this portion. The stone is surrounded by a frame of Olive wood grown in the Holy Land and made up in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Presented to the Venerable Order of Saint John of Jerusalem in memory of my wife Violet Oliva Keith-Roach and my son Lieutenant Martin Keith-Roach, D.S.C. Royal Navy, an Officer of the Order, First Lieutenant H.M. Submarine "Triad". Killed in action 1940.
Knight of Grace,
District Commissioner of Jerusalem, 1926 - 1943.'
- Acquisition Date: 1946
- Acquisition Method: Gift
- Acquisition Note: Edward Keith-Roach
- Form or Iconography: Parchment
- Form or Iconography: Wood Olive
- Object size: 475 x 388 x 70 mm
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- For more information contact: Museum of the Order of St John