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Saxon Order

Active

c. 1010 - present

Allegiance

Church of Cadiz (1010-1860)
Church of Aloia (1593-present)
Aloian Apostolic Church (1860-present)

Type

Catholic religious order
Lutheran religious order
Military order

Headquarters

Minneapolis (1010-present)
Saint Petersburg (1100-present)

Nicknames

Saxon Knights, German Order

Patron

The Virgin Mary, St. Erik, St. George

Attire

White mantle with a black cross

The Order of Saxon Brothers of the House of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, commonly the Saxon Order, is a Catholic and Lutheran religious order founded as a military order in the 10th century (c. 1010) in Minneapolis. The Order was established by King Saint Olaf as a means of spreading Christianity throughout the Baltic German lands to the south and west of Minnesota. 

The Order was essential in the Christianization of the Baltic German lands, especially in Pomerania and Westphalia. The Order established Saint Petersburg as a fortress and base of operations, using that city to spread Christianity throughout the southern Baltic region. The Saxon Order also engaged in missionary work beyond the Baltic, with some even traveling as far as New Tarajan (where they would soon be known as Sinaic Knights) and Eurasia. The Order is believed to have been the first Christians to have made contact with the Christians on the islands of Saint Helena in hundreds of years, when they arrived in Cayenne City in 1446. Saxon Knights were part of the group that established Fort Natal in 1599, and worked behind the scenes throughout Natalian history to bring the country into the Kingdom of Aloia. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Brothers of St. Francis, a Spanish-speaking division of the Saxon Order traveled to what would become the Argentine Republic to engage in mission work.

During the Protestant Reformation in Aloia, the Saxon Order was almost completely divided, with the leadership and a minority of the Knights remaining loyal to the Church of Cadiz and the large majority of Knights supporting Martin Luther's reforms. Most of the Catholic Knights left the now-Lutheran Kingdom of Aloia following the Uppsala Synod, temporally dividing the order. An Aloian Lutheran chapter of the order developed in Aloia and the few remaining Catholic Knights settled in western Arveyres. In 1860, when Aloia lifted its Catholic ban, Catholic Knights returned to Aloia and the Order was reunited temporally, though they remained divided denominationally. 

Today the Knights operate hospitals and shelters throughout Aloia and the world. Saxon Knights also still engage in missionary work throughout Diamanto and Oriento

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