• LIFE OF THE ORDER


    Cons Jean Yates died
    One of our former members, Cons Jean Yates, dies today (13th January 2018) after a short illness. She was a devoted servant of Holy Mother Church. May God grant her eternal rest and comfort her family at this time.

  • CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES


    Grand Priory of Great Britain: Burns' Night 2018
    We are planning to celebrate Burns’ Night again this coming year - for practical reasons, a little after the actual date - ours will take place on Friday 2nd March starting at 7.30pm. This has been an excellent evening over...

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    HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD - 51st WORLD DAY OF PEACE
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

    The year opens in the name of the Mother of God. Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady. But we might ask why we say Mother of...

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  • WORLDWIDE ALERT


    Still a very slow recovery after the passage of the hurricanes
    The area most affected by recent Hurricane Irma regards the northern islands of the Antilles (see Fides 20/9/2017). The most affected and damaged dioceses are Saint John's-Basseterre, which includes the islands of...

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LIFE OF THE ORDER
Cons Jean Yates died
One of our former members, Cons Jean Yates, dies today (13th January 2018) after a short illness. She was a devoted servant of Holy Mother Church. May God grant her eternal rest and comfort her family at this time. read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Grand Priory of Great Britain: Burns' Night 2018
We are planning to celebrate Burns’ Night again this coming year - for practical reasons, a little after the actual date -
ours will take place on Friday 2nd March
starting at...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD - 51st WORLD DAY OF PEACE
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS


The year opens in the name of the Mother of God. Mother of God is the most important title of ...
read more

WORLDWIDE ALERT
Still a very slow recovery after the passage of the hurricanes
The area most affected by recent Hurricane Irma regards the northern islands of the Antilles (see Fides 20/9/2017). The most affected and damaged dioceses are Saint John's-Bas...
read more


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THE ORDER CONSTITUTIONAL CHARTERThe Knights Hospitaller of Saint Lazarus followed, initially, the rule of Saint Basil. From the twelfth century, they adopted that of Saint Augustine. An edited rule dating from the beginning of the fourteenth century, combining the religious, hospitaller and military aspects of the Order, was found in Switzerland, once a Commandery of the Order.

In 1649 a new rule and statutes were printed to address the changes in the Order over the previous two centuries, and the amalgamation with the Order of Our Lady of Mount Caramel. It allowed Knights to: marry, live in a less rigid structure and live an independent spiritual life by praying the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This rule and its statutes were effective until 1830.

During the second half of the nineteenth century the Knights of Saint Lazarus were governed by Statutes established by the Council of Officers and Patriarch Protector.

In 1933 the rules and statutes were rewritten to be relevant in the modern world; the rank of Dame was created to honour the original Sisters of Saint Lazarus, who once cared for lepers, and Orthodox, Protestants and Anglicans were formally admitted. Adapting to the developments throughout society, the rule of life for members were revisited and amended.

The Order of Saint Lazarus is currently defined and governed by a Constitutional Charter which was adopted in Prague on 21st day of September, in the year of our Lord 2006. This document preserves the authentic charism of the Order; based on spirituality, love and tradition, and allows it to remain effective and relevant in the 21st century for the benefit of its members and those they serve. The Constitutional Charter is a public document written in French, the language of the Order.

Documents for DownloadCharte Constitutionnelle Français
Charte Constitutionnelle Français
Constitutional Charter<br /> English
Constitutional Charter
English
Carta  Constitucional<br />   Español
Carta Constitucional
Español
Carta Costituzionale<br /> Italiano
Carta Costituzionale
Italiano
Declaration of Legitimity <br /> English
Declaration of Legitimity
English
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