Duties of Knights and Ladies
Membership in the Order presumes a firm willingness to develop and deepen the three characteristic virtues of the Order: Zeal for self-renunciation in the midst of a society of abundance, generous aid to the weak and those without protection, and a courageous struggle for justice and peace.
The words of Pope Paul V are still relevant:
“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses. Bearing witness is the external manifestation of our adherence to Christ through faith as well as testimony of hope and charity in service to our brothers and sisters.”
The duties and responsibilities of Knights and Ladies of the Order today are:
To observe and promote the objectives of the Order; which relives in a modern manner the spirit and ideals of the Crusaders, with the Arms of the Faith, of the Apostolate and of Christian charity, more specifically:
- Practice the virtue of charity supporting and aiding the Church and the Catholic Religion in the Holy Land.
- Promote the preservation and the propagation of the Faith in the Holy Land, and to aid the Catholic Missions in their activities and in their religious, charitable, cultural, and social institutions, particularly those of and in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with which the Order maintains traditional ties.
- Intensify the practice of the Christian Faith in absolute loyalty to the Roman Pontiffs.
- Bring together the Catholics from all over the world, in the love and service to the Holy Land, uniting them in charity by the symbol of the Order.
- Foster in all Catholics and non-Catholics of every nation, interest in the Holy Places.
- To keep in mind Catholic ethical principles in carrying out their own professional and social duties.
- To strive to set an example as a Catholic gentleman or lady in word and deeds in adherence to moral and religious principles and evangelical spirit.
- To actively and generously support the Parish and Diocese to which they belong.
- To give generously and freely to the Order for the sustenance and development of the Catholic works in the Holy Land and to endeavor to make at least one pilgrimage there.
- To attend the Annual meetings and Investiture of the Lieutenancy to renew their promises to the Order given at their investiture.
- To participate at ceremonies of the Order and of the Lieutenancy whenever possible.
- Endeavor to attend daily Mass, but in any event to attend Mass not only on Holy Days, but at the following times when a Plenary Indulgence is granted to members of the Order under the usual conditions:
- The Feast in honor of Holy Mary Queen of Palestine (last Sunday in October
- The Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross (September 14)
- The Feast of St. Pius X (August 21)
- The Feast of St. Helena (August 18)
- To attend the funeral of a departed member whenever possible and called upon to do so.
- To never risk suspension, expulsion or disciplinary measures by an unethical act of any nature.
- To assemble in your Diocese annually honoring the Ordinary at a dinner.The annual meeting and investiture is the one time during the year that we come together from all over the Lieutenancy to pray, invest new members, learn and socialize. This meeting provides an update on current conditions in the Holy Land and an explanation of how the Order’s funds have been used. It also provides us the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the Order. Each member has a firm obligation to attend this meeting. The annual meeting and investiture in the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy is a 2-day event (Friday and Saturday) that is usually held at the end of October. The date and location of the meeting is published on our website and in a mailing in late spring.