The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is one of the oldest Christian Orders of chivalry . Founded in the Holy Land in the 11th century , the Order finds its origins in religious , hospital and military traditions , as well as that of chivalry and nobility . Its members are lay and ecclesiastical Knights and Ladies, dedicated to the pursuit of Christian virtue and charity. Members are characterized by the willingness to strive for spiritual perfection within the Catholic Church or ecclesial community of their own , and their enthusiastic at the service of the poor and the sick .
Today the Order of Saint Lazarus is an international charitable organization charitable activities around the world that creates thousands of sick , suffering and needy are helped .
The Order of Saint Lazarus remains true to its original foundation , summed up in the motto " Atavis and Armis " . The Association works to ensure respect for Christian values and to serve the poor, a principle which is reflected in voluntary work done by the Knights , Ladies and chaplains in humanitarian and charitable activities of the Order .
The Order of Saint Lazarus has the distinction of being the only Catholic Order of chivalry is also welcome non - Catholics called , it also allows members of other Christian churches to : Orthodox, Protestant and Anglican .
Of great importance is that every knight or lady has a natural courtesy and awareness of service is to help other people. This is done in a spirit of charity is obvious and seems a normal thing , but we want such attitudes and beliefs especially like to emphasize at the present time .
The ceremonies are an essential part of our chivalrous community during the annual meetings , form the connection of the members of the Order in the here and now with the original founders and members of the Order throughout the centuries with their chivalric ideals and ideas .
All charitable projects aim to actively combat disease and poor social and hygienic conditions , whereby eliminating leprosy ( leprosy ) traditionally in the foreground , but certainly not decisive . The Association wants to give the widest possible attention to the sick and less fortunate in our society , both at home and abroad .
We do this to offer in our immediate environment by, for example single or less mobile elderly with music framed coffee morning or via a Christmas project for poor children . You can find some examples in the chapter Charitas .
In addition, a special fund of the " Saint Lazarus Foundation Netherlands " was established to give . Together with the members of the order contents to the pier charity This foundation has a ANBI status and from there to larger national and international charitable projects funded and coordinated , which are determined annually. By the General Assembly The projects are directly controlled from Dutch Grootprioraat , followed by ( return ) reporting to the participating members and third parties.
We are the only ecumenical Knighthood in the world .
This implies that we have all Christian churches ( Anglican , Armenian, Greek Orthodox , Catholic and Protestant ) , and we will keep our word services also from the Christian philosophy . " Chaplains "
The point is to get the members to be aware of the fact that they are tied to the Order by a vow , and that this has consequences for their attitude . Although the Order each release to impart content in its own way is still no full permissiveness here.
The spiritual completing the life of the fraternity is very important and this is traditionally a lot of attention . This is done by holding . Services mentioned and the word spiritual gatherings
The Order has a special commission Spirituality in the Netherlands , which together with the clergy these services and prepares meetings .