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    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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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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