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"We bow down before your holy Cross, O Lord, and we venerate your empty tomb; because by your Death on the Altar of the Cross and Your Resurrection from the dead You have redeemed humanity!"

"The members of the Order are like ambassadors of the Holy Land"
Exclusive interview with the Holy See Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin"
Interview by François Vayne
Q: Your Eminence, what does the Order of the Holy Sepulchre represent to you and what is its place in the universal Church?
A: Given that the Pope appoints the Grand Master, could it be said that this is the only chivalric order intrinsically linked to the Holy See? Since the dawn of Christianity, the Land where Our Lord was born, lived, died and rose again has had a special place in the hearts of believers and of the various ecclesial communities that have spread outside the Jewish world. Many faithful chose to live the Gospel both in a solitary form, as hermits, and gathering together, precisely in the places that had seen the earthly presence of Christ, in particular those linked to the stages of his public life, beginning with the Holy Sepulchre. The need is also felt to visit them. Thus, pilgrimages began, as adevotional and existential form of journey, which saw significant growth during the Middle Ages. The birth of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre dates back to that period, with explicit reference to the tomb that guarded the body of Jesus Christ devoid of life and from where he rose again. The need was felt to defend its integrity and that of those who went to visit it. The Knights of the Holy Sepulchre were among those engaged in this noble enterprise. The earliest documents concerning them date back to 1336. From the 14th century onwards, the Popes sought to give them a juridical regulation and they gradually expanded their tasks to devote themselves to preserving the faith in the Holy Land, supporting charitable works and social services of the Church, in particular.... (Continued on Pg. 4 in Newsletter No. 56)
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Grand Magisterium of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Website: Grand Magisterium of the EOHSJ / OESSH 

Covid-19 Humanitarian Support Appeal

The virus is having a severe impact on the Holy Land, especially in Palestine and Jordan.
At the present time, it is urgent for the Christian families living there to be supported for their basic needs, especially for those people who lost their employment, due to the collapse of pilgrimages and tourism and the impossibility to daily commute to Israel for work. Financial aid support is equally necessary in order to provide the cash flow to keep operational the 38 LPJ schools in Palestine and Jordan with their over 15,000 students and over 1,300 teachers and staff employed........"

If you are not a member of the Order and would like to assist our fellow Christians in the Holy Land, please contact the nearest Lieutenancy to your residence.

EOHSJ Grand Magisterium Newsletter:
Ordo Equestris Sancti Sepulchri Hierosolymitani ((OESSH/EOHSJ)

A message from the Grand Master on the Church's present-day situation - Posted Sept 14, 2018

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"Pilgrims of Mercy in the Holy Land" booklet is available in English, Italian, French, Spanish and German.


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