STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE GRAND COUNCIL OF THE UNITED GRAND PRIORIES OF THE ORDER OF SAINT LAZARUS OF JERUSALEM
The Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is a ‘Confraternity of Hospitallers’ founded on the ethos and ideals of the original Order of Saint Lazarus, which came to prominence during the time of the Crusades, and ended with the death of the last King of France.
The governance of the Order in the UK, and overseas, is in the hands of The Grand Council of The United Grand Priories of The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.
The strict requirements, in this day and age, of claiming to be, and being recognised as, a bona fide ‘Order of Chivalry’ are very clearly stated and defined by the British, French, Spanish and other national Governments. The Grand Council of the Order has therefore legislated, and ensured, that none of its members or organisations make any claims that cannot be readily substantiated and supported by national and international law.
The Statutes and Constitution of The United Grand Priories of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem are firmly based on the Constitution of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, and are considered legally binding in the UK.
The Confraternity has adopted a Church Cape similar to that used by other organisations, but its decorations are peculiar to itself.
Ranks and Grades in the Order are similar to those adopted by other British organisations of a similar type and in no way contravene British law, or the laws of those countries overseas in which the Order is currently operating.
The Confraternity is ecumenical, in that it may accept into membership any person belonging to a recognised Christian denomination, and is open to men and women over the age of 18.
By order of The Grand Council
31st October 2004