Welcome to the principal website of
the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem!

 

Who are we?

An international community of Christian knights and dames devoted to ecumenical spirituality, unostentatious charity and chivalric tradition; a centuries-old fellowship bound by noble ideals of caring for the poor and sick.

 

Where did we come from?

At the end of the eleventh century, many European noblemen began to see it as their spiritual duty to forsake a comfortable life and travel to the holy city of Jerusalem to defend Christianity in its historical homeland. They bonded together as ‘orders’ of knights in a number of distinct military and religious groups, the most famous of which were the hospitallers and the templars. Those knights who contracted leprosy or were permanently wounded in battle were confined to the ancient Hospital of Jerusalem. This community was dedicated to Saint Lazarus and is the foundation of our Order.

 

In succeeding centuries the Knights of Saint Lazarus benefited from royal and ecclesiastical privileges and established houses all over Europe. As the world’s spiritual and temporal powers evolved, the Order continued to adapt itself from one generation to the next while remaining true to its noble traditions.

 

Where are we going?

The green cross of Saint Lazarus is the origin of the international symbol for healthcare. The unbroken succession since mediaeval times of men and women inspired by it continues today as a charitable confraternity supported by chaplains and Spiritual Patrons from all the major Christian Churches. Members of the Order of Saint Lazarus undertake a special commitment to love and serve God and their neighbour according to a tradition enshrined in the Constitutional Charter of the Order. The quiet giving of time and money to help those who cannot help themselves continues to be the core of the Christian chivalry they practise.

 

In this century based once more in the Old City of Jerusalem, the multicultural and ecumenical Order is proceeding with

and developing its Saint Lazare humanitarian activities in many countries. The hospices and healthcare of previous

ages have recently been augmented by a focus on problems related to water and green concerns. And so the 

hospitaller vocation continues to evolve, drawing those of noble heart, 

united in their common baptism, to service with valour in the spirit of

our forefathers: ATAVIS ET ARMIS!

 

“The periods of history come and go, social contexts change,

but the Christian vocation to live the Gospel

in solidarity with the human family

does not vary or go  out of fashion.”  Pope Benedict XVI

 

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