• LIFE OF THE ORDER


    Annual Requiem for deceased members and friends of the Order
    Solemn High Mass of Requiem with the Fauré setting sung by the Octavius Singers today (18th November) at English Martyrs Church, Preston. There were very happy to welcome Father Simon Henry for this Requiem for...

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  • CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES


    TV Interview with founder of Save Haven for Newborns
    TV Interview of Sir Nick Silverio, Knight of Saint Lazarus & founder of "Save Haven for Newborns" on EWTN, Catholic Network.


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  • CHRISTIANITY


    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR - HOLY MASS
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS We have the joy of breaking the bread of God’s word, and shortly, we will have the joy of breaking and receiving the Bread of the Eucharist, food for life’s journey. All of us, none excluded, need...

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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
Annual Requiem for deceased members and friends of the Order
Solemn High Mass of Requiem with the Fauré setting sung by the Octavius Singers today (18th November) at English Martyrs Church, Preston.
There were very happy to welcom...
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
TV Interview with founder of Save Haven for Newborns
TV Interview of Sir Nick Silverio, Knight of Saint Lazarus & founder of "Save Haven for Newborns" on EWTN, Catholic Network.

read more

CHRISTIANITY
WORLD DAY OF THE POOR - HOLY MASS
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

We have the joy of breaking the bread of God’s word, and shortly, we will have the joy of breaking and receiving the Bread of the Eucharist, food for li...
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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