Monday, August 29, 2011

Supporting the Holy Land: What is the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre?

With the Pope's appointment of the Archbishop of Baltimore as the new Grand Master of this almost 1,000 year old Order, this is a great time to bring up the need to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land.

Christians today only number between 2-4% in the Holy Land.  Only recently, they used to be at about 18%, a significant drop in recent times.

One way to support the Church in the Holy Land, the land of Jesus' birth, death and resurrection, is through the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

The Order supports the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.  He is the bishop of the area, but by calling him "patriarch" there is a more unique status that he enjoys as bishop.

For more membership information about being a Knight (for men) or a Lady (for women) of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, click here.

My two thoughts are:

1.) Let us turn to prayer: For peace in the Middle East.  I am saddened, yet realistically hopeful for peace and justice, that the land of Jesus' birth is undergoing so much violence and turmoil.  This, of course, has consequences on the international community.

Dear God, grant the peace of the olive branch to this Holy Land and where you have chosen to become one of us through the Incarnation of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

2.) One of the great activities of this Order is its support of education in the Holy Land.  Not just Catholics, but Muslims and Orthodox, interact peacefully among each other through these schools.

HW: Learn about the Holy Land.

Class dismissed.



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