The Grand Knight is the fount of honor within the Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr, and by virtue of his position, has the exclusive right of conferring the Most Meritorious Order of the Holy Spirit. This honor is the Order’s only Order of Merit and is reserved to express the Order’s appreciation of a person’s service when honor, prestige, or special degree of service has been shown to or for the Holy Orthodox Church or to the Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr. This means that an individual has assumed a responsibility or displayed an ability considerably greater than might have been expected of him or her; that an individual had performed activities, in an excellent manner, which have been of great benefit to Orthodox Christians worldwide. The Order of Merit is awarded regardless of religion.
The Order of Merit like the medals of the Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr are to be worn with great care and with appropriate and suitable dress. The Order’s protocol for wearing medals should always be observed and followed by anyone who has been given the honor and privilege to receive them. Individuals who have been awarded the medals of the Order of Saint George the Great Martyr or of the Order of Merit should wear their insignia on the following occasions:
- Official receptions hosted by either His Most Excellency the Grand Knight or by Her Most Excellency the Grand Dame
- Official receptions hosted by the Prior of a national Priory or their spouse
- Investitures of the Order; and
- Official receptions, dinners and other official functions of the Order.
The Order of Merit is broken down into three grades:
- Companion 3rd Class (lowest rank)
- Companion 2nd Class (middle rank)
- Companion 1st Class (highest rank)