The Order

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is one of the oldest and most historic Chivalric Orders of the Roman Catholic Church. The Order originates from the time of the First Crusade in 1099, when Godfrey de Bouillon reclaimed Jerusalem and the Holy Lands from the Turks and established a guard of honor to protect one of the region’s most sacred sites – the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Today, the Order is an international association of the Christian faithful whose mission is to support the needs of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and its Christian community. It is governed by the ordinary regulations of Canon Law, the dispositions of the Church, and the rules of its own Constitution.


Grand Magisterium – Vatican

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The Holy See

Custodia Terrae Sanctae

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