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    Icon of the Madonna of Lidice blessed by the pope
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    The exhibition of paintings and support for Children´s Psychiatric Hospital
    The exhibition of paintings and porcelain paintings by Academic painter Helena Schmaus Shooner, was officially opened at the Municipal Museum in Bechyně (Czech Republic) on Saturday 10 June. The...

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    HOLY MASS, PROCESSION AND EUCHARISTIC BLESSING ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS On this Solemnity of Corpus Domini, the idea of memory comes up again and again. Moses says to the people: “You shall remember all...

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    Cholera epidemic: 14,659 people infected and 292 deaths
    Cases of cholera in Khartoum and White Nile States continue to increase. In the Khartoum Bahri areas, the Ministry of Health registered 30 new cases, while local sources confirm at least one hundred. Hospitals cannot...

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LIFE OF THE ORDER
Icon of the Madonna of Lidice blessed by the pope
Pope Francis has recalled the 75th anniversary of the Lidice massacre at the hands of the Nazi regime during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday.
In a special Czech-language gre...
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
The exhibition of paintings and support for Children´s Psychiatric Hospital
The exhibition of paintings and porcelain paintings by Academic painter Helena Schmaus Shooner, was officially opened at the Municipal Museum in Bechyně (Czech...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
HOLY MASS, PROCESSION AND EUCHARISTIC BLESSING ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

On this Solemnity of Corpus Domini, the idea of memory comes up again and again. M...
read more

WORLDWIDE ALERT
Cholera epidemic: 14,659 people infected and 292 deaths
Cases of cholera in Khartoum and White Nile States continue to increase. In the Khartoum Bahri areas, the Ministry of Health registered 30 new cases, while local sources confirm at l...
read more


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THE ESQUIRES

In accordance with the Constitutional Charter of the Order of Saint Lazarus, to become a member, you must be at least 25 years old. It is possible to be received, following the same criteria as for members, from the age of 18 as an Esquire or Demoiselle.

The Order of Saint Lazarus allows young men and young women to discover chivalric commitment in the 21st century. Being an Esquire or Demoiselle is to work within a team to excel in a spirit of service, to participate in humanitarian missions and give meaning to live a committed Christian life in society.

The Esquires and Demoiselles have seven goals, which are :
  • To perform physical education : integral to personal fitness.
  • To espouse the spirit of defence : to protect and rescue.
  • The development of endurance : personal orientation.
  • To serve : through humanitarian action.
  • To communicate : with others.
  • To know : their history, their culture and their religion.
  • Contemplation : to rely on God because he is counting on us.

The oath of Esquires and Demoiselles of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is simple but precise: “I solemnly promise before Almighty God to serve faithfully and loyally the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem as an Esquire (or Demoiselle), to serve the poor, in obedience to the instructions of its leader, in accordance with the Constitutional Charter and for the greater glory of God.”


The Esquires and Demoiselles have a prayer of their own:

“Lord Jesus, in your goodness, we are called to love and serve you with the Knights of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, we thank you for this call that we have received. Grant that we may be united in your love. May Mary, Saint Lazarus, your friend and our patron saint, all the Saints of our Order help us in our commitment. Make us to be without fear and without reproach, ready to serve our brothers and especially the poor everywhere and always. Amen.”

How to join? Contact the Jurisdiction in which you live, or closest to your country of residence, to be introduced to the Esquires and to embark on the adventure of generosity. You can view the contact details, of each Jurisdiction, by visiting the contact page.

THE GUARD

 Since 1668, the Order of St Lazarus has made 12 Knights available to the Royal House of France to serve within the company of the Garde du Corps of the King. This tradition was maintained until 1830, when the Order lost the protection of the royal House of France.

In 2004, the Order of St Lazarus revived History and tradition and regained the temporal protection of the royal House of France under the authority of his leader, Monseigneur le Comte de Paris, Duc de France. Two centuries after it was dissolved, the Garde was recreated.

Faithful to its traditions, the Garde is placed under the authority of the leader of the royal House of France. It is however attached to the Grand Priory of France. Its mission is to ensure security during the Order ceremonies and especially to protect its dignitaries and the French royal family if they so wish. The Garde is composed of 12 Knights and the language of command is French.
Recruitment, training, organisation and leadership are carried out by the commander of the Guard, currently Knight Paskal Pillon.

The Garde has got its own emblem and the sign that it is part of the Order is represented by the aiguillettes on the Order uniform. Its motto in latin is: "Fidelate et Honor", fidelity and honour, while recalling the motto of the Order, "Atavis et Armis", for the ancestors and with the arms.

Once a year, in May, in Nice, the Garde is reunited for an aptitude training, sanctioned by the admission of new members or the renewal of the current members. The programme includes: jogging, kick boxing, VIP accompanying and protection methods, shooting sessions, etc.
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