Investiture of the Grand Priory of Ireland, December 2017

Grand Priory of Ireland Investiture: Dublin, December 2017

Last weekend eleven members of the Commandery of Wales and our guests travelled to Dublin for the Grand Prior of Ireland National Investiture.  We were the largest national group present at the investiture, a fact that was commented upon on several occasions by our host, HE the Chevalier the Honourable Mr Justice Bernard Barton GCLJ.

Friday evening, we gathered for the Investiture Vigil and Evensong at St Patrick’s Cathedral.  This was followed by a splendid dinner at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.  The following evening, we assembled again at St Patrick’s Cathedral for the Investiture service.  This was presided over by the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Very Revd William Morton ChLJ, and Canon Jeremy Haselock QHC, GCLJ, in the presence of HE the Chevalier Dr Ronald Hendricks GCLJ, the Grand Commander of the Order.  The investiture marked the retirement of Bernard Barton as Grand Prior of Ireland, after fifteen years of loyal service to the Order.  The Grand Commander installed Chevalier Conor Keoghan KLJ as the new Grand Prior.  By express command of the Interim Grand Master, HE Don Francisco de Borbon, Graf von Hardenberg GCLJ, the Grand Commander awarded Bernard Barton the Gold Cross of Merit and appointed him Grand Prior Emeritus of Ireland.  The investiture was followed by a gala dinner in the Great Hall of Trinity College Dublin.  Below are some photographs of the weekend’s celebration taken by Sgt Glenrory Low OLJ.  We are all most grateful to the Grand Priory of Ireland, and to Bernard and Anne-Marie Barton in particular, for their generous hospitality during the investiture weekend.

Grand Priory of Ireland Investiture Service in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Commandery of Wales guests at the gala dinner in the Great Hall of Trinity College, Dublin

The Commander of Wales with Sgt Glenrory Low OLJ and Col Julian Tyson-Woodcock KLJ


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The Order's Hospitaller Report: 2016-17

The Order's Hospitaller Report for 2016-17, compiled by the Grand Hospitaller, H.E. Chev. Prof. Brett Delahunt GCLJ, can be downloaded  here.

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Concert in Memory of the 49th Grand Master

The Commandery of London and Westminster is delighted to be hosting a Charity Concert given by the St Lazarus Singers.

The concert takes place on Thursday 19th October at the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE. The concert starts at 7.30pm and will consist of about one hour's music, followed by drinks in the church.

Tickets are available on the door, at £10 each. Parties of 4 or more may ask for a 10% discount.

All funds will be donated the St Lazarus Foundation, in memory of the late Grand Master.

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Death of the 49th Grand Master - H.E. Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbon, Marques d'Almazan

It is with deep sadness that we announce that the XLIX Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, His Excellency, Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marqués de Almazán, passed away at 7.00am on Tuesday 29th August 2017 at his residence in Madrid, Spain.

He  had been hospitalized a few weeks ago but after nearly ten days in the hospital he was taken home and, once there, received palliative care. He was surrounded by his loved ones and suffered no pain.  His body was interred at the family pantheon on August 30th at a private service.

His cousin, The Grand Master Emeritus, His Excellency, The Duke of Seville, Grandee of Spain, Francisco de Borbón y Escasany, as well as the Grand Prior of Spain, His Excellency The Marquis of Ariza, Grandee of Spain, Iván De Arteaga y del Alcázar, and the late Grand Master's Personal Assistant, Dame Patricia Pedrazas Freeman DLJ, will organize a Memorial Service in Madrid, probably in October. Details will be announced later.

In accordance with the Order’s Constitution, The Coadjutor, His Excellency The Chevalier Francisco de Borbón von Hardenberg, GCLJ, has become Interim Grand Master until the Chapter General shall elect a successor Grand Master.  We sincerely welcome his leadership.

May the legacy of our late Grand Master be forever lasting and let us all be a reflection of the Order he always wished for.

Et cum Lazaro, quondam paupere, aeternam habeas requiem.


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The beautiful setting of St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London saw the National Investiture of the Grand Priory of England and Wales on Saturday 29th April 2017.

With over 150 members, visitors and guests in attendance, the Choir of St Paul’s sang the Introit ‘I was glad’ as the Investing Officer, The Bailiff H.E. The Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, KMLJ, Clergy, Members of Grand Priory and distinguished guests processed into Church. The service was led by The Chaplain-General, The Revd Canon Victor Bullock SChLJ assisted by several Chaplains of the Order. An inspirational Sermon on St Lazarus was delivered by The Rt Revd Robert Ladds SSC, Former Bishop of Whitby, Superior-General of the Society of Mary. The Investiture then took place with several postulants being admitted into the Order. Then followed Promotions and Awards together with the Appointment of Deputy Bailiff of the Grand Priory of England and Wales, Jonathan Charles Whitaker.

Members then re-dedicated their lives to the service of God through the most noble Order. The ‘Regina coeli’ was sung followed by the blessing, dismissal and National Anthem. The Royal Thames Yacht Club, founded in 1775, was the venue for an excellent banquet to conclude this highly successful and memorable day.

The Vigil before an investiture was held the evening before at The Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair and was conducted by The Chaplain-General who, assisted by Chaplains of the Order, led a meditation on the Beatitudes followed by Postulants taking their vows. The Charge to Postulants was delivered by The Secretary-General H E The Chevalier Gareth Vaughan. Following the Vigil, a delicious meal was enjoyed at The Cavalry and Guards Club overlooking Green Park in Piccadilly.

A wonderful and spiritually enriching occasion, the London National Investiture was certainly a highlight of this year for the The Grand Priory of England and Wales.

The Vigil at The Grosvenor Chapel

Reception at The Cavalry & Guards Club

The Rt Revd Robert Ladds delivers his address


Newly invested members with the Bailiff and other senior officers

Bishop Ladds, the Chaplain-General & other chaplains of the Grand Priory

Lunch at The Royal Thames Yacht Club

The Bailiff and guests

The Bailiff promotes Amanda Keaveny to CMLJ

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Inspired by a rallying pre-pilgrimage itinerary message from Fr Ian Evans QHC, SChLJ, the Chaplain-General, eighteen pilgrims, under the auspices of the Commandery of Wales, made the 250-mile journey on Friday 22nd July 2016 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  Six of the group were first time Walsingham pilgrims.

After Vespers and supper, the pilgrim group gathered in The Orangery for an illustrated lecture on the history of Walsingham given by the Commander of Wales, Dr David Woolf KLJ, a Member of the Order of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Fig 1 the Commander’s lecture.

Following the lecture the Interim Administrator, Fr Philip Barnes, treated the pilgrims to a splendid summer evening’s drinks party on the lawn of the College.

Fig 2 the Interim Administrator’s drinks party.

Early the following morning the pilgrims were given a guided tour of the Shrine grounds by Tessa Hobbs, the Landscape Gardener who was responsible for the total redesign of the grounds in 2004 and its subsequent management.

Fig 3 tour of the Shrine grounds by Tessa Hobbs.

Tessa explained how the grounds had been designed to balance the need for a peaceful space for quiet, private contemplation, with the facility to accommodate large liturgical celebrations.

Fig 4 pilgrims walking the serpentine path that bisects the Shrine grounds.

Later in the morning, Canon Brendan Clover, ChLJ MMLJ, a Chaplain of the Commandery, celebrated Mass in the Holy House for the Anglican pilgrims.

Fig 5 Fr Brendan Clover at the altar of the Holy House in the Shrine Church in Walsingham.

After lunch the pilgrims gathered in the village car park, next to the site of the medieval Lazar House (leper hostel).  In glorious summer sunshine we made our way along the Holy Mile to the Slipper Chapel at the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham, following the route of the former Fakenham to Walsingham branch line.  We paused briefly at the old village railway station, now converted to an Orthodox chapel, to recall the first pilgrimage to Walsingham organised by Fr Alfred Hope Patten in 1922.

Fig 6 the Chaplain and the Commander deep in erudite conversation!

Having entered through the Year of Mercy Jubilee Holy Door at the Slipper Chapel, we were welcomed to the Basilica by the Rector, the Rt Revd Monsignor John Armitage, who presided at Commandery Vespers, assisted by Fr Brendan and Dr Woolf.

Fig 7 Commandery Vespers in the Slipper Chapel.

In December 2015 the Holy Father, Pope Francis, promoted the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham to the status of a Minor Basilica.  One of the privileges of a Basilica is that it is allowed to display a papal ombrellino, which displays the heraldic arms of the Pope and the arms of the Basilica.  In March 2016 Dr Woolf arranged for the arms of the National Shrine, which are derived from the ancient Priory of Walsingham arms, to be adapted to incorporate the insignia of a Basilica.  These have been woven onto the ombrellino that is on display in the Basilica.

Fig 8 the ombrellino of the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham.  The arms of Pope Francis are on the right, and the arms of the Basilica are shown on the left.

Vespers concluded with devotions at the image of Our Lady of Walsingham, after which the Commander presented the Rector with a new flag of the arms of the Basilica.  This was a gift from the Chaplain, Fellows & Students of Newman Hall (Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy), the Cardiff Oratory in Formation, and the Sisters of Nazareth.  The Commandery of Wales uses Newman Hall in Cardiff as its base.

Fig 9 the Commander presents the new flag of the Basilica Arms to Rector.

Monsignor Armitage invited the members of the Commandery present to accompany him to the Basilica flagpole where he ran up the flag for the first time.

Fig 10 Canon Brendan Clover, Monsignor John Armitage and Dr David Woolf prepare to run up the new Basilica flag for the first time.

Fig 11 the Basilica flag.

Fig 12 Commandery of Wales pilgrims with Monsignor John Armitage at the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham

The return journey along the Holy Mile to Walsingham was concluded with a refreshing beverage outside Walsingham’s famous Bull Inn.

Fig 13 pilgrims at the Bull Inn, Walsingham, after completing the Holy Mile.

After supper the Commandery pilgrims joined the other two hundred weekend pilgrims for the traditional Saturday evening candlelit procession of the image of Our Lady of Walsingham around the Shrine grounds.

Fig 14 Preparing for the procession of the image of Our Lady of Walsingham, Canon Brendan Clover sat in quire with Fr Philip Warner, Cardinal Rector of St Magnus the Martyr, London.

Fig 15 The Interim Administrator and a Guardian of the Shrine, Fr Philip Barnes, and Dr David Woolf, a Member of the Order of Our Lady of Walsingham, escort the image of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Fig 16 pilgrims singing the famous Walsingham Pilgrim Hymn with great gusto during the candlelit procession.

Fig 17 pilgrims enjoying a post-procession debrief in the Bull Inn.

The following morning, Sunday, pilgrims worshipped at Mass at the Anglican Parish Church of St Mary or the Catholic Church of the Annunciation.  The Commandery pilgrimage concluded with the sprinkling liturgy at the well next to the Holy House in the Shrine Church.

All agreed that this Commandery pilgrimage was an amazing and rewarding mixture of the sacred and secular.  As the Chaplain-General, Fr Ian Evans, wrote in our pilgrimage itinerary, "When all is over and the return journey beckons, may you depart refreshed and revitalised in faith.  May that blessing and revival of Spirit, renew within you all, your dedicated service to the Military & Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem."  We look forward to future pilgrimages to Walsingham, England’s Nazareth.  We fervently hope there may be an opportunity to organise a Grand Priory Pilgrimage to Walsingham.

Chev. Dr David Woolf KLJ, Commander

(Photographs: Peter E. Woolf)


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News from Purulia

A new water purification unit has been installed at the Leprosy Hospital of Believers’ Church of Purulia, India, sponsored by the Order of St Lazarus and organised by Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, India. The money was raised by members of the Commandery of John of Gaunt. Samir from Purulia writes that it has been of enormous benefit for leprosy patients and also staff members and local residents, especially since the temperature is currently around 50⁰C in that area.