a. The Companionate of Merit is open to those meriting well for the Order without distinction of religion, nationality, race, language or sex, but also to Members of the Order. The Companionate of Merit may be conferred by approval of the Executive Council.
b. The President of the Supreme Council may establish by Decree such other procedures as may be appropriate for the awarding of the Companionate of Merit as decided by the Executive Council.
c. The award of the Companionate of Merit alone does not constitute membership in the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem nor does it confer a knightly title, and holders are not entitled to wear the Church Cape (Mantle) of the Order.
d. The awards in the Companionate of Merit shall be from junior to senior:
f. Ladies and Ecclesiastical holders in the Companionate of Merit do not have the crossed swords between the limbs of the cross.
g. On conferring members with the Decoration of Merit, account is taken of the rank they hold in the categories of Grace or Justice. The decoration of substance can not be higher than that rank.
h. A member awarded the Grand Cross of Merit, who also is the bearer of the Grand Cross of the Order, cannot wear two sashes but will be authorized to wear the neck- (if male) or the side (if female) pendantbandinsigna with the crown of the Grand Cross of Merit.