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Commitments of the Order and its individual members

The Order seeks to foster:

1. Personal renunciation through self-discipline, witness to one’s faith and zeal for good. This commitment requires cultivating an interior aptitude for detachment, a wish to subordinate one’s own personal interests to the needs of others and the common good, and a marked generosity in using one’s own material and spiritual resources, talents, influence, time and energy for the benefit of one’s neighbour.

2. Generosity in line with the mandate conferred on the Order which requires from its members solicitude in extending their help to the most vulnerable and least fortunate and, in particular, in the exercise of their solidarity to benefit the populations of the Holy Land. This involves material, moral and spiritual support for people in a state of need and for those who do not have an opportunity to make their voices heard or who are without the means to defend themselves and their rights.

3. Courage in the struggle for justice and peace. The practice of this virtue involves the adoption of initiatives in the field of formation at all levels and the wish to provide support for the recognition of, and respect for, the dignity and human rights of individuals, especially freedom of religion and worship and equality before the law, as well as reasonable safety as regards their lives for those who live in the Holy Land.

4. Solidarity through the prayer and generous help of its members. This is expressed principally in support for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and contributes to the maintenance of religious, charitable, educational, cultural and social institutions, as well as activities that are specific to the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. The Order cooperates with the local Churches in which it is present.

5. Concern for the Christian presence in the Holy Land. This commitment includes both the defense of the Church in loco, providing financial contributions for the Holy Places as well, and the survival and the continuity of the Christian communities. This commitment must also develop prayer and activity to promote mutual understanding between peoples, dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation and other fundamental values that are pre-conditions for the peaceful co-existence of all the peoples of the Holy Land.

6. Involvement of the members of the Order. This involves the obligation to be actively committed and take part, with enthusiasm and generosity, in activities in the field of charity, evangelisation and ecumenism promoted by the local Churches. Members must be aware of the spiritual and ecclesial meaning of their membership of the Order and be witnesses to ties not only with the universal Church and the Holy Land but also with the dioceses and parishes to which they belong.

7. Cooperation with other bodies and organisations, whether religious or secular, which share similar goals and objectives in the Holy Land. The members of the Order seek to call to the attention of Catholics, other Christians, the members of other religions and men of good will of the whole world the good works in which the Order is involved in the Holy Land, as well as the promotion of the union of Christians and inter-religious understanding and cooperation.

If you are interested in joining the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, please email our Chancellor.

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