The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is an association of the Christian faithful, established according to ecclesiastical law and entrusted with a special mission from the Holy Father to aid the Church in the Holy Land and to strengthen among its members the practice of Christian life. It is governed by the ordinary regulations of Canon Law, the dispositions of the Church, and the rules of its own Constitution.
The Mission of the Order
In 1977, a new Constitution for the Order was promulgated, which states the mission of the Order as follows:
- To strengthen in its members the practices of Christian life, in absolute fidelity to the Supreme Pontiff and according to the teachings of the Church, observing as its foundation the principles of charity of which the Order is a fundamental means for assistance to the Holy Land;
- To sustain and aid the charitable, cultural, social works and institutions of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, particularly those of and in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem with which the Order maintains traditional ties.
- To support the preservation and propagation of the Faith in those lands, interesting in this work the Catholics scattered throughout the world, united in charity by the symbol of the Order, and also all brother Christians.
- To sustain the rights of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.