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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 

Welcome to the new Grand Master of the Order

Cardinal Fernando Filoni succeeds Cardinal Edwin O'Brien as leader ofthe Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
By decision of the Holy Father, His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni has been appointed Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre starting this December 8 2019, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
We publish below the official communiqué of His Eminence Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, Grand Master of the Order since 2012, who concludes his mandate a few months after reaching the age of 80:
""It is with complete acceptance and appreciation that I welcome the decision of Pope Francis to replace me as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order ofthe Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. I am especially pleased that His Holiness has appointed His Eminence Fernando Cardinal Filoni as my successor. I have been privileged well beyond the time of my letter of resignation, submitted over five years ago. Throughout my more than eight years as Grand Master, my personal faith and love of our Church have deepened as I have witnessed our members' commitment to the goals of our Order, expressed in different cultures and languages, all profoundly Catholic!
I am most grateful to the two Governors General with whom I have served, Their Excellencies, Professor Agostino Borromeo and Ambassador Leonardo Viscontidi Modrone. Our collaborators in the Grand Magisterium and the daily, dedicated service of our office staff largely account for the steady growth of our Order. Their commitment to our lieutenancies and to the mission of the Latin Patriarchate has been unwavering.
Finally, I welcome His Eminence, Cardinal Filonias Our Grand Master. His long and broad pastoral and administrative experience in service to the Universal Church will be precious assets as he leads our Order into the future.
I offer him my full and fraternal support as I beg the continued intercession of Our Lady of Palestine."

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Cross Of Jerusalem Yearbook for 2018

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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CURRENT NEWS of the Order On the Grand Magisterium's website,

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


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