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Celebrating Our Lady of Palestine
October 25th is the Feast of Our Lady of Palestine, the Patroness of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ). The EOHSJ is one of just six Catholic orders recognized and protected by the Holy See. The mission of the order is to protect and preserve the presence of Christianity in the Holy Land.
On October 21st Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Grand Master of EOHSJ will Livestream Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica for the intentions of Christians in the Holy Land, and for all the Knights and Dames of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. The Mass will take place at 5 AM EDT on Wednesday, October 21 at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/349943216258955/
There are more than 60 Lieutenancies with an estimated 30,000 members around the world. Several members of the 206 Tours Team are members of the Eastern Lieutenancy of the Order, including our Founder Milanka Lachman, LC*HS, and her husband Charlie (KC*HS), our Vice President Sandra Lippold, LHS, and our Business Manager Patrick McKenna, KHS.
Each year around the Feast, the Order comes together for prayer, investiture, and celebrations. Amid the pandemic, this year the order will not celebrate together.
Rather, together we invite all to join us in this beautiful Prayer to Our Lady of Palestine, which is recited daily by many in the order.
Prayer To Our Lady Of Palestine: (Patroness Of The Order)
O Mary Immaculate,
gracious Queen of Heaven and of Earth,
behold us prostrate before thy exalted throne.
Full of confidence in thy goodness
and in thy boundless power,
we beseech thee to turn a pitying glance upon Palestine,
which more than any other country belongs to thee,
since thou hast graced it with thy birth,
thy virtues and thy sorrows,
and from there hast given the Redeemer to the world.
Remember that there especially
thou wert constituted our tender Mother,
the dispenser of graces.
Watch, therefore, with special protection
over thy native country,
scatter from it the shades of error,
for it was there the Sun of Eternal Justice shone.
Bring about the speedy fulfilment of the promise,
which issued from the lips of Thy Divine Son,
that there should be one fold and one Shepherd.
Obtain for us all that we may serve the Lord
in sanctity and justice during the days of our life,
so that, by the merits of Jesus
and with thy 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, and help us to continue the Order’s mission to protect and preserve Christianity in the Holy Land.
For more information on the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, visit: https://eohsjeastern.org/
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