Though we are ancient in origins, the Order is working diligently to keep relevant with what is happening within the church and around the world. The new website : www.oessh.va is up and running along with Facebook and Twitter – visit and follow!! There are reports from the Lieutenants’ meetings both in North America and Europe and an interview with Fr Pizzaballa who has taken responsibilities as the new Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarch with the retirement of His Beatitude Fouad Twal. For real assurance that the Order is following its mission to assist those living in the Holy Land, read about the project to build 400 care centers to alleviate the ‘Babywarehouse” problem. (P XVIII). Our Order is vitally important to providing aid (both spiritually and materially) to those in the Holy land. Please keep them all in your prayers.
The Ladies and Knights of the Equestrian (Knightly) Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem are pleased to greet you in the name of our Crucified and Risen Lord. We invite you to explore both the history and the mission of this Order of Chivalry
By visiting this site, we hope you will have some idea of the relevance of being a Knight or Lady of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the few Orders of Chivalry which entails a serious commitment for its members.
Throughout the ages, various Popes have praised the Order and have entrusted to the members of the Order the primary missions of personal sanctification and support of our Christian sisters and brothers in the Holy Land. Being a Knight or Lady of this Order is not an empty honor -it is a privilege conferred on those who profess the Catholic Faith in union with the Pope and strive to live out the promises made at their investiture in their daily lives.
The work of the Order in the Holy Land is expressed through prayer, knowledge and education about the conditions in the Holy Land, sharing this awareness with others,and through financial contributions to the work of the Latin Patriarch and various other institutions. Many educational institutions owe their very existence and continued operation to the contributions made by the various Lieutenancies of the Order throughout the World. While struggling to maintain a relatively strong Christian presence in the land made sacred by the Life, Death and Resurrection of Our Saviour, the percentage of Christians in these Sacred Land is diminishing for a variety of reasons. All institutions supported by the Equestrian Order are available to all peoples living in the Holy Land.