Members are called to increased personal sanctification.
Prayer: a Call to Sanctification
Knights and Dames are called to live the vocation of membership daily. Along with the commitment to support Christians in the Holy Land, members are called to increased personal sanctification. Throughout the year, the Western Lieutenancy offer various events and activities where in the practice of faith and worship members may fulfill that vocation.
Feast Day: August 18th
Holy and blessed Saint Helena, with the anguish and devotion with which You sought the Cross of Christ, I plead that You give me God’s grace to suffer in patience the labours of this life, so that through them and through your intercession and protection, I will be able to seek and carry the Cross, which God has placed upon me, so that I can serve Him in this life and enjoy His Glory ever after. Amen.
Pope St. Pius X, Former Grand Master of the Order
Feast Day: August 21
The Feast of Pope St. Pius X is a Feast of the Order at which a Plenary Indulgence can be granted under the usual conditions set by the Church. In the first few decades of the Twentieth Century, the reigning pontiff held the senior leadership position of the Order. During this period of time, Pius X intended the title Grand Master to be reserved for the papacy, a political move that linked the Order personally to the Pope without the Order becoming assimilated into the Holy See’s own honors system.
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Feast Day September 14
The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates two historical events: the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, in 320 under the temple of Venus in Jerusalem, and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which mark the site of the Crucifixion.
However the feast, more than anything else, is a celebration and commemoration of God’s greatest work: His salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened.
Our Lady Queen of Palestine, Patroness of the Order
Feast Day: The Last Sunday in October
Our Lady, Queen of Palestine, Pray for us and all the peoples of the Lands made sacred by your Son’s Life, Death, and Resurrection. Amen.
Devotion to Our Lady
Filial devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary should be a special characteristic of every member of the Order. The faith of Mary, Mother of Jesus, has illuminated the path that each member of the Order takes. Mary, the model of faith which is put into practice, is the woman who was docile to the voice of the Spirit, a woman of silence and hope. As the highly favored daughter of the Father, she is the perfect model of love towards both God and neighbor.
First Monday Rosary
The Western Lieutenancy reserves the first Monday of every month as a day of fasting and gathering together in the evening to pray the Rosary. The Area Councillor will arrange for members in the Section to meet at a member’s home or at one of the parishes in the Diocese to pray the Rosary. If unable to join one of these groups, members are encouraged to nonetheless pray the Rosary at home. Contact your Area Councillor for locations and times.
Thursday Evening Rosary
We warmly invite you to join our weekly Zoom Prayer Meeting every Thursday night from 7:00-7:30 PM Pacific to pray the Holy Rosary for peace in the Holy Land. This is an open invitation to all members of the Order, regardless of where you are, along with any of your friends and family. This Thursday night Rosary has been going strong every week for over 4-years. It’s a moment for us all to pause, reflect, and pray together for the Christians in the Holy Land and for all our personal intentions.
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PRAY FOR DECEASED MEMBERS
Please pray for following members of our Order who have passed on since the 2022 Annual Meeting.
May their souls rest in peace.
Dame Marcella Aldern, DGCHS
Sir Mario Antonini, KCHS
Dame Joan Eichler, DGCHS
Sir Arnold Elias, KHS
Sir Richard Fuchs, KGCHS
Sir Patrick Giacomi, KC*HS
Dame Susie Giannantonio, DCHS
Sir Leo Hadad, KC*HS
Sir Philip Hawley, KHS
Dame Margaret Hoffman, DC*HS
Sir Conrad Hoffner, KGCHS
Dame Esther Jacobs, DGCHS
Dame Mary T. Jarchow, DGCHS
Dame Grace Jewell, DCHS
Sir Russell Johnson, KGCHS
Dame Johana Jorgensen, DHS
Dame Janice Lemann, DHS
Dame Carolyn Leontos, DGCHS
Sir Henry Maguire, KGCHS
Dame Mary Mayo, DHS
Sir David McEachen, KGCHS
Sir Terence Mullane, KHS
Most Reverend David G. O’Connell, KC*HS
Sir Edward Pezanoski, KGCHS
Sir David Pino, KHS
Sir Paul Sampson, KHS
Reverend Raymond Skonezny, STL, SSC, KHS
Dame Pauline Taylor, DCHS
Dame Elizabeth Utschig, DCHS
Dame Karen Wagner, DC*HS
Sir Konrad Witt, KGCHS
Among the duties of Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is prayer for deceased members. We have developed our own Mass Card in which Mass intentions are available for both members and non-members living or deceased. Once we receive the specific information, we will send it to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem where a Mass will be celebrated for the intended person. We encourage members to avail themselves of this grace-filled service.