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    MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “THE MANAGEMENT OF A COMMON ASSET: ACCESS TO DRINKABLE WATER FOR ALL”
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Grand Priory of Great Britain - Vigil for Investiture 2018
Members and friends of the Grand Priory of Great Britain
gathered recently in Lancashire in the historic setting of Samlesbury Hall
to prepare new members for rece...
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CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Cardinal Duka blessed the minibus for the Children's Psychiatric Hospital in Opařany
Dominik Cardinal Duka, OP, Archbishop of Prague and Chaplain General of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, visited on Wedne...
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MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “THE MANAGEMENT OF A COMMON ASSET: ACCESS TO DRINKABLE WATER FOR ALL”
Mister Cardinal,
Magnificent Rector,
Brothers and sisters
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WORLDWIDE ALERT
Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the oc...
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GRAND PRIORY OF GREAT BRITAIN - VIGIL FOR INVESTITURE 2018

Members and friends of the Grand Priory of Great Britain
gathered recently in Lancashire in the historic setting of Samlesbury Hall
to prepare new members for reception into the Order. All were honoured once again with the presence of Grand Master of the Order, HE Jan Count Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz and also, as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen in the County, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Col. Alan Jolley and his wife, Mary. After Vigil Service, the postulants hear the Marshal instruct them as soldiers of Christ, our unseen Captain.
OUR BATTLE is with the sword.
It is a battle not against flesh and blood, but against the evils of this world,
and against the temptations of the prince of darkness.
The Marshal inverts the sword, gripping its blade so that the Cross-shaped hilt is exposed and says :
This battle is under the sign of the Cross. May no other battle divide mankind.
Returning the sword to its up-right position, he says;
Postulants, behold the sword! Remember always its double significance of both Cross and Arms. Use it to defend what is right and good, and to fight what is wrong and evil, to the greater glory of God, the benefit of those in need, the honour of the Order, and the furthering of your own salvation!
ATAVIS ET ARMIS

REQUIEM MASS 2018

An invitation to annual Requiem Mass open to all.

Saturday 10th November

12 noon

Church of St Thomas of Canterbury
and the English Martyrs

18 Garstang Rd, Preston PR1 1NA

Music: Fauré's Requiem

Tea & coffee served afterwards.


High Mass offered for deceased Members and Friends of the Order of St Lazarus

and this year, the day before the 100th Anniversary of the ending of the First World War, also for those who have fallen in war.

With thanks to the Canons of the
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest for their kind hospitality.

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL IN PRAGUE

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, the annual meeting of the Governing Council Military Order of the Military and Hospitaller Order of the St. Lazarus of Jerusalem was held at the Adalbert Hotel in the premises of the Břevnov Monastery. The Grand Master of the Order Jan Count Dobrzenský from Dobrzenice and other top officials of the Order took part. The delegations of the national jurisdictions of the order from Belgium, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hungary, Monaco, the United States of America, Switzerland and Great Britain participated in the meeting.
The meeting was chaired by Martin Thacker, Baron of Fetternear, Vice-President of the Governing Council. At the beginning, the greeting of the Chaplain General of the Order, Cardinal Duka the Archbishop of Prague, was read. The most important part of the meeting was devoted to the evaluation of the charity projects of the Order and the search for ways to get more funds for their implementation. It also talked about the strategy of acquiring new quality members of the Order and volunteers for orderly and charitable work.
In the second part of the program, the individual national jurisdictions presented their activities. The Grand Priory of Poland informed about the preparation of the Grand General Chapter of the Order to be held in September 2019 in Warsaw. Approximately 250 representatives of each grand priory are expected to attend.
The Prague Session of the Governing Council was organized by the Grand Priory of Bohemia.

COMMEMORATIVE ACT FOR DEAD ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR

With the participation of His Excellence Aldo Amati, the Ambassador of the Italian Republic in the Czech republic, representatives of the Czech and Italian armies, the mayor of the town of Milovice and members of the Grand Priory of Bohemia of the Military and the Hospitaller Order of the St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, a commemorative act for the dead prisoners of war was held in Milovice (Czech republic). The act took place at the Italian Military Cemetery. It is located southwest of the town and was formed during the First World War, when a camp for Italian and Russian prisoners was held in Milovice. At that time, nearly 20 000 men were interned, many of whom died as a result of typhus epidemics and hunger. There are 5170 Italian, 521 Russian and 51 Serbian soldiers buried in the cemetery. These prisoners also took care of the prelate of the Order of St. Lazara, Msgre. ThDr. Antonin Count Bořek-Dohalský from Dohalice.
(Photo Petr Řehoř, Lenka Šalamoun)

SOLEMN VIGIL OF INVESTITURE

On the feast of St. Wenceslas in the medieval hall and chapel of Salmesbury Hall, Preston in Lancashire, a solemn vigil for postulants and a gala charity dinner was held by the Grand Priory of Great Britain, hosted by the Grand Prior Anthony Dickinson, KLJ, CMLJ.
The Grand Master, Jan count Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz, was present and the Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire Col Alan Jolley MBE OStJ, who is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 's deputy representative in the County, accepted a cheque for BLESMA the charity which helps limbless ex service personnel.

(Photos Liam Hackett)

NEW LINKEDIN COMPANY PAGE OF THE ORDER

You can found new Linkedin company page of the Order of Saint Lazarus on this address: https://www.linkedin.com/company/order-of-saint-lazarus/

MASS FOR THE FEAST OF THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD

On the 1st July, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord, Fr Simon Henry, Chaplain General in Great Britain, celebrated Mass for those suffering from leprosy, at his church in Lancashire. many chaplains of the Order all over the world did likewise, offering a spiritual work of mercy. It was taken up here at the suggestion of our new Grand Prior designate, H.E. Anthony Dickinson.

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Devotion to the Precious Blood is not a spiritual option, it is a spiritual obligation, and that not only for priests, but for every follower of Christ. I really believe that one of the symptoms of modern society (and I would even include, sadly, modern Catholic society) one of the symptoms of a growing, gnawing secularism is the lessening and the weakening of devotion to the Precious Blood. Devotion, as we know, is a composite of three elements: It is first- veneration, it is secondly- invocation, and it is thirdly- imitation. In other words, devotion to the Precious Blood of Christ, the Lamb of God who was slain, is first of all to be veneration on our part, which is a composite of knowledge, love and adoration. We are to study to come to a deeper understanding of what those two casual words, Precious Blood, really mean.

I found this passage in the oldest document, outside of sacred scripture, from the first century of the Christian era – to be exact, from Pope St. Clement I, dated about 96 A.D. Says Pope Clement: "Let us fix our gaze on the Blood of Christ and realize how truly precious It is, seeing that it was poured out for our salvation and brought the grace of conversion to the whole world."

To understand the meaning of the Precious Blood we must get some comprehension of the gravity of sin, of the awfulness of offending God, because it required the Blood of the Son of God to forgive that sin. We are living in an age in which to sin has become fashionable.

This veneration of the Precious Blood, which is the first element in our devotion to the Precious Blood means that we have a deep sensitivity to the awfulness of sin. Sin must be terrible. It must be awful. It must be the most dreadful thing in the universe. Why? Because it cost the living God in human form the shedding of His Blood.

Excerpted from The Precious Blood of Christ, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

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Lord Jesus, You became Man in order by your Passion and Death and the draining of your Blood on the Cross, might prove to us how much You, our God, love us. Protect us, dear Jesus, from ever running away from the sight of blood. Strengthen our weak human wills so that we will not only not run away from the cross, but welcome every opportunity to shed our blood in spirit in union with your Precious Blood, so that, dying to ourselves in time we might live with You in Eternity. Amen

CHAPTER GENERAL OF THE GRAND PRIORY OF POLAND

One of the oldest and historic cities in Poland - Przemyśl and the former seat of the Princes of Sapieha – Krasiczyn hosted the participants of the Chapter General of Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus from Jerusalem. The events on 8-9 June 2018 are the next important dates in the Orders latest history. Present were, among others, the Grand Master of the Order Jan Count Dobrzensky from Dobrzenicz, Bailli of the Grand Polish Priory - Krzysztof Polasik-Lipiński and
Chancellor of the Grand Priory of Poland Jan Szmyd as well as Bailli of the Grand Priory of Bohemia Ondrej Vanke.
In a beautiful Renaissance castle chapel in Krasiczyn on the eve, that is on Friday, June 8 a preparation for the Investiture was done. During the ceremony three people were admitted as postulants and three others took vows before the Investiture, while all the members of the order renewed their vows.
On the second day the Chapter General took place. The Auxiliary Bishop of Przemyśl Stanisław Jamrozek honored the meeting with his presence. During the Chapter the assembly listened to the reports on the activities of the Commanderies: Kujawsko - Pomorska and Podkarpacka and also talked about their plans, the directions of activities, religious regulations and the design of a
medal. The Chapter was an occasion for everyone to meet with one another, exchange
experiences, hold conversations and it also allowed to experience the sense of unity in the activities carried out by the members.
In the afternoon in front of the Carmelite church of St. Teresa appeared people in their characteristic mantles with green crosses and women with lace mantillas on their heads; and the religious greeting: "Atavis et Armis!" could be heard. A solemn Holy Mass of Investiture was held there. The musical setting was provided by the Archdiocesan Magnificat Choir. The concelebration was presided over by Archbishop Senior Jozef Michalik who also gave his homily. During the Eucharist three postulants - a sister and two brothers - received the mantles of the order, thus becoming members of the order. Promotions to higher ranks and decorations were given as well. Guests and representatives of both Commandories also visited the Arboretum and the Department of Physiography in Bolestraszyce and met with the volunteers associated with the Order. Meeting with the Archbishop Józef Michalik and President of Przemysl Robert Choma were significant moments of that event. The Chapter General and Ceremonies were attended by the representatives of the Kujawsko-Pomorska and Podkarpacka Commanderies as well as by the Delegation from Zamość.

PRIESTLY ORDINATION

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool celebrated Pontifical High Mass for the Ordination of Deacon Seth Phipps to the sacred Priesthood at the Shrine of St Mary in Warrington, Lancashire last Saturday. The Shrine is run by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. It is the second year that the Archbishop has celebrated ordinations there and only the second time ordinations have been conducted in the Traditional Form of the Roman Rite in Great Britain in the last 50 years.
Present was Great Britain's Chaplain General, representing the Order of St Lazarus,
at this wonderful occasion, offering our prayers and congratulations to the new priest,
Fr Seth Phipps, FSSP.

ELIZABETH A DOUGLAS - 15TH MAY 1937- 25TH MAY 2018

The memorial service and cremation of the late Dame Elizabeth Douglas DStLJ was held in Clydebank Scotland this morning.
Libby had been ill for a while and she passed away on 23 May 2018.
Friends and relatives gathered for the simple service.
Present also, representing the order of St Lazarus, were,
The Grand Prior of Great Britain HE Anthony Dickinson KLJ CMLJ
The Grand Priory Chaplain Fr Simon Henry ECLJ GOMLJ
The Hospitaller Chev Liam Hackett OStJ KLJ CMLJ
Chev Daniel Lawler KLJ MMLJ and
Dame Margaret Lawler DStJ MMLJ
Elizabeth A Douglas 15th May 1937- 25th May 2018
Requiescat in Pace +++


HUNGARIAN PRESIDENT AWARDED CARDINAL DUKA

Hungarian President János Áder awarded our Grand Chaplain General Dominic Cardinal Duka the State Medal of the Cross with a Star of the Order of Merit of Hungary.
This is an important award to the Archbishop of Prague .
The ceremony was attended by the President of the Hungarian Parliament László Kövér, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén and Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Ostrihom-Budapest.
Deputy Prime Minister Semjen in a speech praised Cardinal Duka as a devoted friend of Hungary.
The President of the Hungarian Parliament, László Kövér, then personally presented the medal in the Parliament building in Budapest on the 23 rd May.
The Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem congratulates our Grand Chaplain General on this prestigous bestowal of recognition.


MEETING OF FOLLOWERS OF THE RENEWAL OF THE MARIAN COLUMN IN PRAGUE

On the 12th of May in the Old Town Square in Prague, there was a meeting of more than two hundred followers of the renewal of the Marian column, a cultural monument of European significance and the first Baroque statue in Bohemia. The Column was pulled by the street crowd as an alleged symbol of the monarchy on 3 November 1918 in a vandalistic manner. The Grand Priory of Bohemia has been supporting the rebuilding of the column for many years. On the Old Town Square, the pilgrims on the Old Town Square drew three and a half tons of block, one of the stones, which should be part of the architecture of the future Marian column. The restoration of the monument has a valid territorial decision, the architecture, the pillar and the statue of Virgin Mary have just been finished after 27 years of sculpture and stonework, and the implementers are ready to be installed. The beginning of the construction is prevented only by deliberate administrative delays by the opponents of the column.


(Photo by Martina Řehořová)

AUDIENCE AT THE EMPEROR CHARLES 2018

In cooperation with the Grand Priory of Bohemia, the event "Audience at the Emperor Charles" took place traditionally in the town of Brandys nad Labem - Stara Boleslav (Czech republic), where this last monarch of the Habsburg monarchy lived. Emperor Charles was beatified by Pope John Paul II. Part of the program was a show of historical military units and the Holy Mass in the Basilica of St. Wenceslas. Honorary guests were Archduke Georg Habsburg-Lothringen and Archduchess Gabriela Habsburg-Lothringen, the grandchildren of Blessed Charles.

(Photo by Jakub Holman)

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 new Grand Prior. H.E. The Grand Master, Jan Count Dobrzensky z Dobrzenicz, writes:
"He will enjoy my full confidence, protection and respect. Success within the Order has been based upon unity, fraternal respect and Christian love. As members in Great Britain it is my wish that you embrace and support the leadership of your new Grand Prior and assist him in this challenging vocation. I commend this mission to you."
The Grand Prior outlined a strategic plan for Grand Priory of Great Britain to move forward with some bold new initiatives and some welcome encouragement for our existing and prospective new members - already petitioning to become our brothers and sisters at our Investiture later this year on 28th and 29th September.

DOMINIK CARDINAL DUKA CELEBRATED HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY

On Thursday, April 26th, the Archbishop of Prague Dominik Cardinal Duka OP, celebrated his 75th birthday.
He is also the General Chaplain of the Military and Hospital Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.
The 50th Grand Master of the Order Jan Count Dobrzensky z Dobrzenicz GCLJ-J, and some members of the Grand Priory of Bohemia had the opportunity to congratulate their General Chaplain for his jubilee on Saturday, April 21, in the garden of the Archbishop's Palace.
They thanked him for his help and cooperation to the order, and as a gift of the Grand Priory of Bohemia, they handed him a painting by the artist Zdirad Čech, EOSSP, KCLJ.
The painting is of the church of St. Marcelina and Peter in Rome, the titular church of the cardinal, together with his coat of arms and the arms of the cardinals who preceded him in this church.
Members of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem wish the General Chaplain of the Order a very happy birthday,God's blessings and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, necessary for the performance of his demanding pastoral profession.
PHOTOS: Man and Faith - Martina Řehořová and Roman Albrecht

REMAINS OF CZECH CARDINAL RETURN HOME FROM VATICAN

Grand Master of the Order and members of the Grand Priory of Bohemia took part in the solemn return of the remains of Cardinal Josef Beran. Cardinal Josef Beran was imprisoned by the Nazi and Communist regimes. After his travel to Second Vatican Council, the Communist government in Czechoslovakia refused his return to homeland. During the festive Mass, served by His Eminence Dominik Cardinal Duka OP, GCLJ, the remains were exhibited at the The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert and then stored in the crypt. Beran's Beatitude process is ongoing.

(Photo Jakub Holman)


His Eminence Josef Beran, Servant of God (29 December 1888 – 17 May 1969) was a Czech Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Archbishop of Prague from 1946 until his death and was elevated into the cardinalate in 1965. Beran was imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp during World War II after the Nazis had targeted him for "subversive and dangerous" behavior where he almost died in 1943 due to disease. He was freed in 1945 upon Allied liberation and Pope Pius XII nominated him to head the Prague archdiocese. But the introduction of the communist regime saw him imprisoned and placed under house arrest. His release in 1963 came with the condition that he could not perform his episcopal duties and he was later exiled to Rome in 1965 as part of a coordinated deal between the Church and the national government.


His cause for canonization opened in 1998 and he became titled as a Servant of God. He was granted the rare honor of being buried in Saint Peter's Basilica upon his death and remained the sole Czech national to be buried there until 2018 when his remains were transferred back to his native homeland for internment in the Saint Vitus Cathedral.

THE GRAND MASTER'S EASTER MESSAGE

Hæc dies quam fecit Dominus, Alleluia!
The recent atrocity in Paris focuses our mind on the call to embrace a sacrificial life of service, understanding that during this season “Christ became obedient for us, even to death, death on a cross.” It is a reminder that to fully understand the glory of the Resurrection, we must first experience the tribulations of Holy Week.
The Declaration of Legitimacy, promulgated in 2013, encompasses the essence of who we are as an ancient Order of Chivalry. During this most glorious of Solemnities I ask you to contemplate the importance of its opening exhortation: “The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is, since its origin in the Holy Land, a Catholic institution. Its spiritual vocation was solidified with the search for Christian unity during the nineteenth century.”
In a very real sense it re-enforces our identity through 3 clear facets: Tradition as we embrace our foundations in the very city where Our Lord walked the road to Calvary and Easter; Catholicity as a universal Order reaching out to all people of good will with the offer of God's mercy, so often spoken of by our Holy Father Pope Francis; and Spirituality through which we support the marginalised, the abandoned and the sick.
The Apostolic Exhortation Laudato Si speaks of a spirituality that embraces the whole of creation. It reminds us that the Earth, as our mother and common home, requires protection. In these simple words, our Holy Father is challenging us to cultivate a spiritual awareness that does not put man above all creation, rather placing ourselves at the service of God’s beautiful works.
In a subsequent address to the Polish Bishops, our Holy Father focused on two pillars of the Gospel which I see as fundamental tenets for us to follow in the Order. He acknowledged that Christ’s teaching, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” has to be underpinned by a genuine belief in the Beatitudes. It is, in fact, through these teachings that we promise serve God as brothers and sisters in the Order of Saint Lazarus.
The hardship of Holy Week reminds us of the broken world in which we live. The joy of Easter reminds us of the hope to which our Faith and our vocation calls us. Our Blessed Lord himself reminds us that those who are truly blessed are those who share the qualities that He values; these are what make us truly noble, not the qualities valued by the world.
I pray that you and your families will have a blessed Eastertide and go forth with new hope.
In the name of God, the Virgin Mary and Saint Lazarus,
Jan Count Dobrzensky z Dobrzenicz
50th Grand Master

GRAND PRIORY OF BOHEMIA LENTEN RECOLLECTIONS

On 16-18th March, members and postulants of the Grand Priory of Bohemia had the opportunity to participate in three-day Lenten Recollections at the International Center for Spiritual Restoration in Hejnice. The tradition of Lent Recollections in Hejnice was created thanks to the efforts of two members of the Order - Miloš Raban, SChLJ and the commander of the North Bohemian delegation chev. Antonín Schauer, KCLJ, who have organized the recollections of the North Bohemian delegation in 2008 (Miloš Raban died 2011, Antonín Schauer died 2017).
This year, the 10th recollections for members of the Grand Priory of Bohemia was held in Hejnice. The programme began on Friday afternoon with the dedication of the cross-way in the cloister of the Basilica. The main block of lectures was held on the second day by P. Milan Badal, ECLJ, secretary of the cardinal Dominik Duka.

P. Milan Badal, ECLJ, secretary of the cardinal Duka

(Photo Jakub Holman)

INVITATION FOR MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

Invitation to the upcoming investiture of the Grand Priory of the USA.


His Excellency Lord Thierry Pauquet of Villejust, KCLJ-J, M.M., Grand Prior of the USA and The Officers of the Grand Priory request the honor of your company at the official investiture ceremony of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Saturday April 28th, 2018 at the Church St Mary & Ursuline Convent, along with the investiture gala & events that will be hosted at Arnaud´s Restaurant.
In the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Clotilde d´Orleans, DGCLJ-J.
Investiture at Saint Mary 3pm - Gala Dinner at Arnaud 6:30pm, New Orleans, Lousiana. USA - Dinner is 120 dollars per person. To place your reservation, please email: info@saintlazarususa.com.


REACTIVATION OF THE GRAND PRIORY OF SWITZERLAND

In Rougemont, Switzerland, a ceremonial mass was held on the occasion of the reactivation of the Grand Priory of Switzerland. On that occasion, the Grand Master made an act of admission and promotion. Celebrations were honored by the presence of several royal and diplomatic figures. A charity dinner followed in favor of the Grand Priory of Switzerland.

(Photos: David Nivière)

MEETING OF THE COMMANDERY PRAGUE

The February meeting of the Commandery Prague of the Grand Priory of Bohemia took place at the beginning of the Lent. The meeting began with Holy Mass in the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and St. Charles the Great in Prague. Then they all remembered the third anniversary of the Apolinář Clinic. This clinic provides free legal advice to clients of the Addictology clinic of the General University Hospital in Prague. The counseling activity was reviewed by csr. Lenka Šalamoun, SBLJ and it outlined the plans for the future. The guest Mgr. Martin Vlček, therapist of the Addictology clinic, thanked for all the work of the Apolinář Clinic.


Csr. Lenka Šalamoun, SBLJ; Apolinář Clinic

MASS, INVESTITURE AND PROMOTIONS IN GENEVA

Mass, investiture and promotions of new members of the Swiss Commandery was celebrated by Mons. Waclaw Depo, Archbishop of the Czestochowa, and by Mons. Slawomir Kawecki, priest of the Collonge-Bellerive, in Geneva.

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.

GRAND PRIORY OF BOHEMIA CELEBRATED ST. BASIL THE GREAT

Grand Priory of Bohemia celebrated St. Basil the Great, Patron Saint of the Order, during the Holy Mass on 9th January 2018. Mass was celebrated by R. D. Pavel Porochnavec, ECLJ, at St. Wenceslas Cathedral in Prague. Homily from His Grace Mons. Jiří Hladík, ECLJ.

BOIGNY INVESTITURE

After the Christian forces were expelled from the Holy Land, Boigny was the first commandery given to the Order of St Lazarus in France by King Philip IV in 1308. The chateau, church and lands, though no longer in the possession of the Order, still bear those historical links. The Grand Priory of France celebrated here the feast of St. Lazarus, main Patron Saint of the Order, in December 2017.










CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM GRAND MASTER

THE ORDER´S DAY OF THE GRAND PRIORY OF BOHEMIA

The Order´s day of the Grand Priory of Bohemia was held in Prague (9th December 2017) with the participation of the Grandmaster of the Order, Jan Count Dobrzenský and Chaplain General, Dominik Cardinal Duka, Archbishop of Prague. Order´s day were also a commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Grand Priory of Bohemia. Grand Priory of Bohemia was founded in 1937 by Charles VI. Prince Schwarzenberg. Also the most important charity activities (support for Children Mental Hospital in Opařany, counseling "Apolinář"...) were presented to guests during the Order's day.








(Photo by Jakub Holman)

REQUIESCAT IN PACE – CHEV. ANTONíN SCHAUER, KCLJ, GCMLJ

Chev. Ing. Antonín Schauer, KCLJ, GCMLJ (12th December 1940 - 24th November 2017)

Message from the Grand Master:

My Dearest Antonin.
I will miss you tremendously.
You have been a wonderful friend, the most noblessny a gentleman could have been ,and an example to all as a Knight of Saint Lazarus.
Your Christian Qualities in the defense of our cause to the sick, the poor, and the needless has always been upheld by you, Antonin. as your personal Credo.
And that peaceful and smiling face. The sunshine of The Grand Priory of Bohemia.
We will all miss you but we will never forget you. Here on earth, we pray for your soul.
Without a doubt the place reserved for you alongside the Almighty is the best compensation for this accomplished life on this earth.
May you look down upon us and continue to guide your Friends and Brothers from The Grand Priory of Bohemia.
And to Radka and your family we shall care to honour your memory with our prayers.
Yes, my Dear Antonin, this is not an eternal goodbye but only a short goodday from all your friends who send you their brotherly love.
May you rest in peace from your friend and Brother Jenda.

Jan count Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz, Grand Master et Grand Prior of Bohemia

(Photo Jakub Holman)

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 the deceased members of the Order.

(photo ICKSP Preston)

MASS AND INVESTITURE IN BRUSSELS

Brussels was the setting for the annual meeting of the Chapter of the Governing Council this year, hosted by the Grand Priory of Belgium and Luxemburg. Following on from the business meetings, where we heard reports of the great charitable work being done by members of the Order throughout the world, members gathered in the beautiful church of St Nicholas in the heart of Brussels for Holy Mass and the investiture of new members, as well as promotions.


FAURÉ'S REQUIEM

The Grand Priory of Great Britain
will celebrate it's annual Mass
offered for the souls of deceased members, benefactors and friends on

Saturday 18th November at 11.30am

in the

Church of St Thomas and the English Martyrs

Garstang Road, Preston.

Further details to follow.

There is a fine pipe organ at the church and we are very pleased that
Mr David Scott-Thomas will accompany the Octavius Choir in providing

Faurés Requiem

as the Mass setting.
It will be Solemn Mass in the Traditional Form.

Our thanks also to the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King
for allowing welcoming us to their church.

INVESTITURE OF THE GRAND PRIORY OF GREAT BRITAIN

19th August 2017, the Grand Priory of Great Britain held the annual Solemn Mass of Investiture at the conventual church of St Catherine Labourè in Farington Lancashire.
After Holy Mass
The Grand Prior HE The Baron Fetternear assisted by the Grand Priory Chaplain General Fr Simon Henry and The Grand Priory Chancellor Fr Mark Lawler promoted members within the Order and the Order of Merit.
The special guest of honour was the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Colonel Alan Jolley .
Those promoted were....
Andrew McDermot from Brother to Serving Brother.
Brian Williamson from Brother to Chevalier(Knight).
Rev Fr William Charlton to Senior Chaplain.
The Order of Merit.
Senior Chaplain and the Grand Priory Chancellor, the Rev Fr.Mark Lawler and Chevalier William Hackett ,the Grand Priory Hospitaller , were both created Commanders in the Order of Merit for their service to the Order of St Lazarus both here and Internationally.

A celebration luncheon was held after the Solemn Mass of Investiture by the Grand Priory of Great Britain. This was hosted by the Grand Prior HE The Much Honoured Baron Fetternear.
The special guest of honour was the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lanashire Colonel and Mrs Alan Jolley.







(Photo Liam Hackett)

VIGIL SERVICE FOR THE GRAND PRIORY OF GREAT BRITAIN

The annual Vigil Service for the Grand Priory of Great Britain was held last night (Friday 18th August) in the conventual church of St Catherine Labourè,Farington Lancashire.
Members of the Grand Priory renewed their vows and afterwards had supper in a local restaurant.











(Photo Liam Hackett)

NEW WEBSITE OF THE GRAND PRIORY OF THE USA

Please visit the New website of the Grand Priory of the USA !
www.saintlazarususa.com


MGR. DOMINIQUE REY BISHOP OF FRÉJUS-TOULON IS MADE PRELATE GRAND CROSS OF THE ORDER

The annual Chapter of the Grand Priory of Monaco took place on 10th June at Castelet in the presence of Monsignor Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon. Also present were HE Count Jan Dobrzenskÿ z Dobrzenicz, Grand Master of Order and HE Prince Charles-Philippe d' Orléans, Duke of Anjou and Grand Master Emeritus, now Grand Prior of France and President of the Governing Council of the Order.
On this occasion Archbishop Rey received the Grand Cross of the Order, becoming a Prelate Grand Cross. In addition, one new Consoeur and seven new Confreres entered the Order, whilst eight members were promoted. Thanks be to God.
Bishop Rey is renowned far beyond his own diocese in the south of France for his forward thinking and the number of ordinations he draws to his diocese, bucking the trend of most dioceses in the western world. Also, for his support of tradition in the Church. For the past several years he has been the inspiration behind an innovative Liturgical Conference - Sacra Liturgia - this year held in Milan (and previously in Rome and London). To say nothing of the annual festival of St Tropez (the Bravade), which draws thousands to take part in the three-day spectacle every year.

CHEV. ANTHONY DICKINSON WAS PRESENTED WITH A BENEMERENTI

Chev. Anthony Dickinson KLJ was presented with a Benemerenti. The Benemerenti Medal is an honour awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church. Originally established as an award to soldiers in the Papal Army, the medal was later extended to the clergy and the laity for service to the Church. The Inscription reads:
The Supreme Pontiff Francis has deigned to decree and freely bestow on the well–deserving gentleman Anthony Dickinson, a gold medal, established to recognise exemplary Christian service, granting him the faculty of being decorated with this honour.

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 greeting to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father invited them to rely “with trust on the intercession of the Holy Virgin, whom you venerate in the icon of the Madonna of Lidice”. He prayed Our Lady help them “to be courageous witnesses of the Resurrection of Christ, especially in difficult or trying moments”.
The group is participating in a national pilgrimage being led by Cardinal Dominik Duka, Archbishop of Prague and Chaplain General of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, which brought the icon to Rome. Icon of the Madonna of Lidice was hand-painted by Chevalier Zdirad Čech and from 1th June 2017 is located in Church of Saint Marcellinus and Peter. This church is titular church of cardinal Duka.
*The village of Lidice (then in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and now in the Czech Republic) was completely destroyed by Nazi troops in 1942.


CARDINAL DUKA AND PRAGUE FESTIVAL

Cardinal Duka, Chaplain General of the Order, led the celebrations for the feast of St John Nepomuk, Patron Saint of Prague, last week. A splendid Mass in the packed Cathedral celebrated by the Cardinal, who was joined by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza with about forty priests in attendance, many seminarians, members of the Order and Chaplain General from Great Britain, Fr Simon Henry as well. In the morning before the Mass, Cardinal Duka received Fr Simon in his office in the Archbishops Palace for a short meeting.

PILGRIMAGE TO CZęSTOCHOWA

From May 5th till May 6th, 2017 the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem made their first pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Jasna Góra. It was organized by the Grand Priory of Poland of OSLJ. In this place – so unique for all Poles – an Investiture was also held during which four postulants were admitted to the Order: two sisters and two brothers; and promotions were received by Rev. Prelate Józef Bar and Mariusz Bieńczak from Podkarpacka Commandery as well as by Rev. Prelate Józef Kubalewski and Andrzej Mamys from Kujawsko-Pomorska Commandery.

During the celebration we were honoured by the presence of the representatives of the Grand Priory of Czech Republic with the Grand Master of the Order - Jan Count Dobrzensky from Dobrzenicz, baili Ondrej Vanke and the Chancellor  Petr Rehor.

During the two – day pilgrimage there was also time to see the most precious collections of the history of the Polish nation gathered by the Puline Friars in Jasna Góra. The greatest treasure of the Marian Shrine is the Miraculous Icon of Black Madonna placed in the main altar in the Chapel of Our Lady, which already Jan Długosz himself described in Liber Beneficiorum. The Icon is surrounded by great love of all Poles and it has been receiving due veneration for ages.

There was also a moment for a personal reflection and prayer before the Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Góra – the Patroness of Poland.

MEMORABILIA OF THE ORDER FOR SALE

Memorabilia of the Order by Grand Priory of Bohemia (design by Zdirad Čech) for sale. Prices valid for members of the Order only (plus postage and packing). For order send email to: linhartova@stavitelstvirehor.cz
Cross lapel (no box) 4 €

Cross with spikes for epaulettes 4 €

Small cuff for uniforms 2,50 €

Big cuff for uniforms 3 €

Uniform belt 110 €


Applique on blazer 40 €


Epaulet for "Austrian" uniform 30 €

BAILLI OF THE GRAND PRIORY OF POLAND CHEVALIER KRZYSZTOF POLASIK-LIPIńSKI WAS APPOINTED A KNIGHT OF THE ORDER OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT

On December 17, 2016, Bailli of the Grand Priory of Poland chevalier Krzysztof Polasik-Lipiński was appointed a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. The award was presented to him by HE. bishop Jan Tyrawa during the Holy Mass dedicated to the memory of St. Lazarus in Bydgoszcz. This Holy Mass was attended by church representatives and Bydgoszcz city authorities.

THE 50TH GRAND MASTER OF THE ORDER OF SAINT LAZARUS WAS APPOINTED A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT.

On December 10, 2016,
the 50th Grand Master of The Order of Saint Lazarus H. E. Jan Count Dobrzenský z Dobrzenic was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
The award was presented to him by HE. Dominik Cardinal Duka during the General Chapter of the OSLJ - Bohemia in Prague.
On the same occasion the Cardinal presented the Knight´s Cross of the Order of St. Sylvester to Chevalier Zdirad Čech, who is an expert and painter of European heraldry.
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