Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem – Eastern Lieutenancy

Dear Knights & Dames,

The deadline for promotion applications is quickly approaching. Please return your promotion application to the Eastern Lieutenancy office by Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

The office mailing address is:
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
1011 First Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Should your application arrive after the deadline date, the office will make every best effort to process the application for the 2019 Investiture ceremony.

As always, if you have questions, please feel free to reach out to the office staff via email or phone 212-371-1050. We are always happy to assist you.
The Eastern Lieutenancy Office Staff
Please forward this information to any member you know who does not 
have access to email.
Dear Knights and Dames,
We invite you to join us for our Lenten Day of Recollection taking place in Bridgewater, New Jersey at St. Bernard of Clairvaux RC Church on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 1:30PM


Below is the flyer for this event, as well as a hyperlink to download the flyer.


Please RSVP to the office by Tuesday, April 2nd  if you are interested. You may call our office (212) 371-1050 or email us at with any questions or to make your reservation.  
Dear Knights and Dames,
In the second week of our Lenten journey, the meditation we would like to share with you is from the Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa. His Excellency’s reflection from the Second Sunday in Lent is below, and we have also included a hyperlink so that you may view it on the Latin Patriarchate’s website or share with others.
Lenten blessings.
The Eastern Lieutenancy Office
Second Sunday in Lent, Year C
The Gospel passage that tells the event of the transfiguration of Jesus is set among the announcements of the Passion. Jesus is starting to tell the disciples that His journey to Jerusalem will conclude with Easter and, immediately after the first of these announcements, Jesus goes up on a high mountain, which tradition identifies with Mount Tabor. The Transfiguration event, which the Liturgy of Lent proposes to us every year on the second Sunday, after the temptations, happens there. We can also reread the transfiguration as an announcement.
On Tabor, Jesus announces the purpose of every human life, the vocation to which man is called: to live a full experience of glory, of fullness, of relationship with God. Every man is called to become, with all his heart, a revelation of the Father, a full opening to Him.
We discover that all this, usually, is not visible to the human gaze: if we look with the eyes of our body, we can only see our fleeting and mortal reality, incapable of eternity.
If we look with the eyes of faith, on the other hand, we can see the vision that Peter, John, and James witnessed; the one man already is called to live, before passing through death, the experience of resurrection.
The Gospel tells us how this is possible.
First of all with prayer. The reference to prayer is explicit at the beginning of the passage (Lk 9:29), but returns continually, hidden within the entire text, because this moment of light is a continuous dialogue, in which each one speaks, each listens, each feels heard. Jesus dialogues with the Father and does so by listening to the Law and the Prophets in the people of Moses and Elijah. The disciples listen to the Word of the Father, who bids us to do nothing but listen to the Good News of the chosen Son on His way to Jerusalem, where He will give His life for all.
Prayer is this mutual opening, done primarily by listening, and in which each one, listening, receives the revelation of his own face in relation to the other. The new humanity is, therefore, humanity in listening, in dialogue.
But what does Jesus listen to, what is the Word of the Father that, having heard, is capable of transfiguring existence, of bringing it to its fullness?
This is what we find in verse 35: “This is my Son, the chosen one; Listen to him.” Praying is just learning to listen, among so many voices, to the Father who wants to communicate His will to choose us, to love us and to have us as children. Listening is making this Word resound more and more in-depth, letting it shape our life, our perception of ourselves, our relationships.
In addition to listening and prayer, the disciples are invited to enter a cloud (Lk 9:34), they feel fear: they have before them the luminous face of the Lord, which they must somehow permit, to enter into the darkness of a cloud where all the boundaries vanish, where one loses control of things.
The disciples, at the moment of the Passion of the Lord, will be called to enter this cloud, this darkness. They will do it as they will be able, and they will instinctively experience failure, disbelief, and flight.
The new life will not happen thanks to their strength but by the power of the One who instead will not refuse to enter the darkness of the Passion and will come out alive and victorious over death, capable of giving life to everyone in a definitive way.
The Paschal Mystery, the new life, does not happen but through this trust, this experience of abandonment in a Word that tells of the unilateral and gratuitous love of God: and Lent is given to us to surrender to the evidence of this Love, the only One who knows how to transfigure every existence and free it from darkness.
Dear Knights and Dames:
Below is an invitation to a presentation entitled “Persecuted: The Hopes & Challenges of Christians in the Middle East.” This a free event hosted at America Media on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
We have also included the event as a PDF that you may download in case you are unable to access the information below in the body of this email.
Please note that the RSVP, which is required for this event, is handled by America Media: .
Thank you.
The Eastern Lieutenancy Office


Dear Knights and Dames,
As we begin our Lenten Journey, the Eastern Lieutenancy will be circulating a weekly Lenten message or reflection.
Our first reflection is from our Grand Master, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien. His Eminence’s reflection is below, and we have also included a hyperlink so that you may view it on the Grand Magisterium’s website or share with others.
Lenten blessings.
The Eastern Lieutenancy Office
“Make a Little Time for God”
A Lenten Message from the Grand Master
Now the annual challenge presents itself. What will I do for Lent? The Psalmist advises us: “Busy not yourself with great things, things beyond your reach” Pope Francis reminds us that Jesus asked his disciples to pay attention to details – the little details:
·        that wine was running out at a party
·        of noticing that one sheep was missing
·        of noticing the widow who offered two small coins   
·        of having spare oil for the lamps should the groom delay
·        of asking the disciples how many loaves of bread they had
We are not ordinarily called to do significant things each day, but to do simple things, but always with Jesus in mind. May I give some examples?
·        ten minutes of complete silence each day: “Be still and know that I am God”
·        visits to the Blessed Sacrament, if only brief
·        take prayerful notice of God’s beauty in nature
·        dust off the New Testament
·        Sunday Mass: review readings at home; get to church 10 minutes earlier
·        daily prayers: Sign of the Cross, Our Father, etc, performed more deliberatively and reflectively
·        attend somehow to a poor or lonely person
·        sacramentals in the house? Be more prayerfully conscious of them as you pass by
·        a daily prayer with spouse and family (family Rosary?)
·        seek to heal estranged relationships, whether involving yourself or others
·        a daily prayer for members of the Order facing difficulties
Surely, you will not do all of these each day: choose one or two, step by step, and you will undoubtedly come up with others, more suited to your routine.
Saint Anselm’s advice:
“Insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while with him.”
A successful Lenten Pilgrimage to all!
Edwin Cardinal O’Brien


Dear Knights and Dames,
I would like to wish you all a Blessed and Holy Lenten season on behalf of all of us at the Holy Sepulchre Office and the Lieutenancy Council.
As we embark on this 40 day journey, I would like to encourage all members to reflect on the Holy Father’s words in his Lenten message, Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain!
Let us all include special prayers for all those persecuted for their faith each day of this special season. We are so privileged to be able to practice our faith openly and sometimes forget that there are so many who cannot. I would especially ask that you remember the children of the Holy Land in your prayers.
I have included below a Lenten reflection from our Treasurer, Deacon Anthony J. Gostkowski, KCHS, which I hope you will find helpful as you contemplate this special time.
May Our Lady of Palestine bless and embrace you.
Love and Prayers,
H.E. Vicki Downey, DGCHS


Lenten Reflection
Deacon Anthony J. Gostkowski, KCHS
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our lives as followers of Christ, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we have done and failed to do, and to be generous to our brothers and sisters in need. 
Each year the Church gives us forty days to take a look at our lives to see if our priorities are in line with God’s wishes for us. Since most of us find that we have wandered from God’s plan for us, Lent becomes that “second chance” or “do-over” to return to God.
As you journey through these days, remember that each step brings you closer to the welcoming arms of our loving God. 
Our Lady of Palestine Prayer
O Mary Immaculate, gracious Queen of Heaven and of Earth, we come before you full of confidence in your goodness and boundless power. We ask you to turn a pitying glance upon Palestine, which, more than any country belongs to you, since you graced it with your birth, virtues and sorrow and from where you gave us the Redeemer of the world. Watch, therefore, with special protection over your native country; bring peace and justice to the people of the Holy Land.
Obtain for us all the grace to serve the Lord in sanctity and justice during the days of our life, so that by the merits of Jesus and with your motherly aid, we may pass at last from this earthly Jerusalem to the splendors of the heavenly one.

Our Lady of Palestine.

Pray for us.



Our Lady of Palestine written by the hand of Vivian Imbruglia. Generously donated by
Sir Christopher Simonetti, KHS, Section Representative of New Jersey, Eastern Lieutenancy.
Dear Knights and Ladies,
 As the season of Lent approaches, we invite you to join us for our Lenten Days of Recollection taking place in the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Metuchen.


 Lenten Day of Recollection


Archdiocese of New York
St. Malachy’s Church
239 West 49th Street (btw Broadway & 8th Avenue)
NY, NY 10019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
RSVP by Friday, March 5, 2019
Diocese of Brooklyn
Church of the Assumption
259 North 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
RSVP by Friday, March 22, 2019
Diocese of Metuchen
St. Bernard of Clairvaux RC Church
500 US Highway 22
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Saturday, April 6, 2019
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RSVP by Friday, March 29, 2019
Specific Flyers for each event will be circulated with more details in the coming weeks. Each Lenten Day will be comprised of a Conference, Reflection, Exposition/Adoration, Mass and a Luncheon. 
The cost for each of these events is $35 per person. Please reach out to the office if you are interested. You may call our office (212) 371-1050 or email us at with any questions or to make your reservation.
Save the date! Additionally, Msgr. Caldwell is planning a
Day of Recollection in Rockville Centre on Saturday, April 27, 2019. More information will follow.
Dear Members:
We are pleased to announce that The Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Eastern Lieutenancy’s 2019 Investiture and Promotions weekend will take place on:
Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2019
in New York City.
If you would like to nominate someone for membership, you can obtain the necessary forms and related documents by doing one of the following:
  • Email – Send an email to Please include your name, mailing address and number of applications required in your message.
  • Phone – Call our office at 212-371-1050
Important note regarding Clergy nominations:
     Members of the clergy may be nominated only by their Archdiocesan Archbishop or Diocesan Bishop.
The Application for Membership, supporting documents and Sponsor Endorsement form must be returned to our office no later than Friday, March 8, 2019.  
**Applications received after March 8, 2019 may be considered applications for the 2020 Investiture Weekend. **
Thank you for your continued support of the Order.


H.E. Vicki Downey, DGCHS        

Dear Knights & Ladies,
We are exploring the possibility of a new fundraising event in 2019 to benefit the Order. 
On Tuesday, May 28th 2019, we will be holding the first (and hopefully) annual Golf Outing to specifically benefit the Children of the Holy Land. The event will take place at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country club in Farmingdale New Jersey – a Championship Jack Nicklaus Design course in Monmouth County. 
We are in the early planning stages at this point, and we are trying to gauge interest in the event before formally committing to it. The outing will also include brunch prior to the round and an awards banquet afterward. Guests will be able to join the event only for dinner, as well. This is an excellent opportunity for our members to come out and play with friends and family as well as support a cause near and dear to our hearts. Different levels of corporate sponsorship will also be available.
If you think you might have an interest in playing or supporting this event, we would like to hear from you – please call our office at 212 371-1050 or email us at with the words GOLF OUTING in the subject line. 
Additionally, we are looking for members to join our planning committee for the event.  If you would be willing to serve on the planning committee, please let the office know.
Wishing you blessings in the New Year.
The Eastern Lieutenancy 



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