Prayer of the Western Lieutenancy
Oh, Almighty God, we, the Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre, who throughout the centuries have watched and witnessed at the gloriously empty tomb of Jesus, beg you to send us forth again, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, clad in the armor of our faith, with good works as our sword, in the loving service of Christ Our King. Amen
Knight’s Code of Honor
My soul to God—by the full spiritual life;
My life to Christ the King;
My heart to our Blessed Lady; and
My own honor – the ineffable honor that comes to him who called the Church my Mother and to him who calls God, my Father and strives to live like His Son.
The Memorare (Prayer of the Order)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Membership carries with it certain spiritual and temporal responsibilities with the first being daily prayer for peace in the Holy Land. Praying the Memorare to Our Lady, Queen of Palestine is especially encouraged. The Blessed Virgin Mary, under this title, was officially declared Patroness of the Order in 1994, by order of the Apostolic See. The Memorare was given to the Order by St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, when he urged the Second Crusade.
Prayer to Mary Queen of Palestine, Patroness of the Order
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, asked several contemplative monastic communities of his diocese to write a prayer to Mary Queen of Palestine, patron of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, whose feast falls on October 25.
The hope expressed is that with the Virgin Mary we place ourselves before the One for whom nothing is impossible. Faced with the difficult situation of the Holy Land, we strengthen our trust in the Mother of the Prince of Peace, confident of the power of her intercession in favor of justice.
To you, Virgin Mother Mary,
Queen of the Land of Christ
we come to praise you, to thank you
and entrust to you all your children, inhabitants and pilgrims
of this Land.
Virgin, Daughter of Zion,
teach us the love you have for everyone, without distinction.
Show us your merciful heart,
give us your clarity of vision.
As in the days of Nazareth
teach us to listen attentively to the voice of God
and to his Word of life.
Teach us fidelity in our daily work
and silence capable of creating profound communion.
Like in Cana
watch over families,
so that there is no lack of joy and unity.
As on the streets of Galilee and Judea,
precede us on the path of discipleship
in the footsteps of your beloved Son
to the supreme offering at the foot of Calvary.
As in the Upper Room, intercede with the gift of the Spirit
that cries in us: “Abbà”.
The One Father for Jews, Christians and Muslims,
Help us all to walk
on the paths of forgiveness and reconciliation
so the walls that divide may fall.
Mother of the Prince of Peace,
also gift us the taste of Heaven
that supports our hope,
so that soon “justice and peace will kiss”
this Holy Land and the entire earth.