• LIFE OF THE ORDER


    New Grand Prior for Great Britain
    The annual Chapter meeting of the Grand Priory of Great Britain took place in Lancashire. Members of the Grand Priory were delighted to give our wholehearted assent to the Grand Master's appointment of H.E. Chev. Anthony Dickinson KLJ CMLJ as...

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  • CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES


    Grand Priory of Great Britain sponsors Summer Conference
    Europe and the Faith : an inter-disciplinary Catholic conference 30th July to 3rd August 2018 The Grand Priory of Great Britain is sponsoring the Summer Conference in Chavagnes International College and Studium this...

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  • CHRISTIANITY


    HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS In the first reading of today’s Liturgy, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is compared to “the rush of a violent wind” (Acts 2:2). What does this image tell us? It makes us think of a...

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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
New Grand Prior for Great Britain
The annual Chapter meeting of the Grand Priory of Great Britain took place in Lancashire. Members of the Grand Priory were delighted to give our wholehearted assent to the Grand Master's appointment of H....
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Grand Priory of Great Britain sponsors Summer Conference
Europe and the Faith :
an inter-disciplinary Catholic conference
30th July to 3rd August 2018
The Grand Priory of Great Britain is sponsoring the Summer Confer...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

In the first reading of today’s Liturgy, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is compared to “the rush of a violent wind” (Acts 2:2). Wha...
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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ORGANIZATION TEMPORAL PROTECTORThe Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, dates from the 12th century community of Hospitallers of Saint Lazarus, attested throughout the centuries by Papal Bulls, favours and indulgences of the Supreme Pontiffs. Especially Pius IV in his Bull Inter assiduas, 9 February 1565 and the Bull of Clement XIV Militarium ordinum institutio, 10 December 1772.

In order to prevent theft on returning from the Holy Land after the fall of Saint Joan of Acre, King Philip IV the Fair gave the Order of Saint Lazarus his “special guard and protection” at Poitiers in July 1308. Since then, successive heads of the Royal House of France assumed that pledge of protection until King Charles X in 1830.

In its formative years of being under the Spiritual Protection of Greek Catholic Patriarchs of Jerusalem, the Order of Saint Lazarus was confirmed by Pope Alexander IV, in the Bull given in Naples on 11 April 1255. Having forged new links with the Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarchate and returning to its eastern origins in 1841, the Order of Saint Lazarus found its official Temporal Protection from the Royal House of France on 12 September 2004 and re-established a link directly with the Catholic Church on 2 February 2005 through the protection of a High-ranking Catholic prelate.

By offering his Temporal Protection as Head of the Royal House of France, the Count of Paris, Duke of France restored the Order to the status it had lost in 1830. Confirmation of the Temporal Protection was given in the Cathedral of Orléans, during the Investiture of his nephew, Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, Duc d’Anjou, as Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. This confirmation was witnessed by official representatives of the Catholic, Greek Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Reformed Churches. Also present were members of the diplomatic corps, dignitaries of the French Republic and the City of Orléans and Military Officers of France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Ireland.

Today, the Order of Saint Lazarus is the only Order in the world under the Temporal Protection of the Royal House of France.


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