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First International Lazarite Symposium (April 2012)

 

The first session of the Lazarite International Symposium with delegates representing 17 different jurisdictions and allied chivalric organizations.

Chevalier the Professor Charles Mac Williams, Grand Master of the Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope, whose Order joined the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus as a fully fledged member organization, delivering his presentation on the various, tangible Hospitaller work that the Order executes, especially in the South American and African areas.

 

Senator Wolfgang Steinhardt, Commander in Chief of the Union Corps Saint Lazare International, members of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, giving his presentation at the International Lazarite Symposium on the international Lazarite work effected by his chivalric organization.


Chevalier David Zammit, Commander in Chief of the Special Rescue Group Saint Lazarus Corps, giving out his presentation of the SRG's milestones throughout their 21 years of operations. The Special Rescue Group worldwide forms part of the United Grand Priories.

 

Chevalier Tom Nash, the Grand Treasurer of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, giving the Order's financial and networking presentation in the second session of the International Lazarite Symposium.


 

The Reverend Monsignor Joseph Vella Gauci, Grand Hospitaller of the United Grand Priories, giving his presentation to the delegates of the International Lazarite Symposium.

 

Grand Officers of the United Grand Priories, chaired by the Supreme Grand Prior, replying to the question and answer session during the International Lazarite Symposium.


 

The Grand Chancellor of the Order addressing the knights and dames and delegates of the International Lazarite Symposium during the drinks and cocktail party at the office of the Grand Chancellery during the International Lazarite Symposium.

 

The Mayor of Zebbug, the city in which resides the Office of the Grand Chancellery, addressing the knights and dames of the Order and the delegates of the International Lazarite Symposium.


 

The Plaque for the new Induction Hall in the Office of the Grand Chancellery, named Sala Pagliarello Averna due to the extensive donations to the Order made by Chevalier and Dame Pagliarello from the Grand Priory of Italy. The new Hall was blessed and officially opened during the International Lazarite Symposium.

 

The blessing of the new Hall "Sala Pagliarello Averna" by the Reverend Father Mario Camilleri, Chaplain of the Grand Priory of Malta in the presence of the Mayor of Zebbug, Chevalier Alfred Grixti and the Supreme Grand Prior, H. E. Richard Comyns of Ludston.


 

The Day of the Solemn Investiture of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem during the International Lazarite Symposium. Three streets were needed in order to execute the march past, as per protocol, of all the Knights and Dames and special guests and delegates for this sacred investiture which was held at the Sacra Infermeria of the Knights of Malta, Malta's biggest indoor area for such an event.


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The deputation of the Special Rescue Group Saint Lazarus Corps, standing to attention in front of the Hall of Knights.


 

The March Past of the Knights and Dames of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus during the Sacred and Solemn Investiture of the Order.

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The Grand Chancellor of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus inspecting the Knights and Dames and the Allied organizations of the Order just before the solemn entrance into the Knights’ Hall at the Sacra Infermeria.

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The delegation of the Girl Guides Association, which signed a pact of alliance with the Saint Lazarus Foundation during the Investiture service, entering the Sacra Infermeria.

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A Photo depicting an empty Knights’ Hall at the Sacra Infermeria before the preparation to convert it into a Hall of Investitures for the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. The Hall is 110 meters long and needed 8 big screens in order to afford that every delegate could participate in the investiture service. Indeed, this investiture service was the biggest congregation of Lazarite Knights anywhere in the world in these last decades.

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The 60 strong Kor Mirabitur which formed part of the Investiture and which the Grand Priory of Malta is assisting by means of donations.

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The various Grand Priors, Chancellors and Heads of Jurisdictions of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem entering the hall of investiture, led by the Marshall of the Grand Priory of Malta, Chevalier Robert Farrugia.

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International Organisations forming part of the United Grand Priories entering the Hall of Investiture, led by the Ecclesiastics of the Order present for the investiture who jointly consecrated and blessed the event.

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The Corps of Drums of the Order of Saint Lazarus welcoming the various delegates of the International Lazarite Symposium for the solemn investiture service.

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The ceremony of the lowering of the flags during the chanting of the ancient Veni Creator Spiritus, which is part of the ancient ritual of the Order of Saint Lazarus.

 

The Main Altar and the Grand Investing Officers, aided by the Officers of the Grand Priories of Malta and Gozo and the Banner Bearers of the Order.

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The solemn entry of the Sword of the Grand Priory by the Sword Bearer into the Hall of Investitures.

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The Grand Chancellor of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Chevalier Max J Ellul, assisted by his aides de camp, enters the Hall of Investitures.


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The official opening of the solemn investiture of the Order by the Supreme Grand Prior, H.E. Richard Comyns of Ludston GCLJ GCMLJ.


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The Right flank of the congregation for the solemn investiture, indeed the biggest Lazarite congregation worldwide in these last decades.

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The Left flank of the congregation for the solemn investiture, indeed the biggest Lazarite congregation worldwide in these last decades.

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The majesty of the Sacra Infermeria of the Knights of Malta brought back to its original glory during the International Lazarite Symposium in April 2012.


The Officers of the Grand Priory of Malta and the Grand Priory of Gozo waiting for their cue from the Ecclesiastics of the Order whilst the choir Kor Mirabitur gives another rendition of its prolific array of sacred music.

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The investing of a Knight Commander of the Order by the Supreme Grand Prior.


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The Union Corps San Lazare International representatives taking the oath of loyalty to the Supreme Grand Prior of the Order and the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

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The ritual of the blessing of the banners during the investiture service by the Chaplain of Gozo.

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Part of the investiture service, with the Chancellor of Gozo and the Deputy Chancellor of Malta addressing the congregation.

 

The signing of the Alliance treaty between the Girl Guides Association and the Saint Lazarus Foundation.


 

The Chief Commissioner of the Malta Girl Guide Association, Consoeur Marjoe Abela, addressing the congregation after the alliance treaty between both organizations was signed.

 

 

Confrere Dr. Victor Calvagna, the President of the immensely successful philanthropic NGO called Puttinu Cares Foundation, being admitted into the Companionate of Merit of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus. Dr. Calvagna was one of 44 postulants who joined the Order during the International Lazarite Symposium's solemn Investiture.


 

The installation of the new Grand Prior of Austria, Chevalier Oliver Gruber during the solemn investiture service.

 

The Consecration of the new Grand Priory of Slovakia by the Supreme Grand Prior. Chevalier Peter Lednar is seen here taking the oath as the new Grand Prior.


 

The oath of allegiance being undertaken by the delegation of the Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope who now form part of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

 

The International Lazarite Symposium Investiture - The biggest investiture to be ever executed in these last years anywhere: Donating Euros 2000 to the Kor Mirabitur for their continued research and work in promoting sacred music in Malta.


 

Donating the first instalment of Euros 6,000 which will be given in the next three years to the Fondazzjoni Kenn u Tama (The Hope and Sheltered Foundation) which is based in Gozo and assists women who are victims of domestic violence. The Foundation's premises in Gozo will also be the offices of the Order's Grand Priory of Gozo.


 

The International Lazarite Symposium Investiture - The biggest investiture to be ever executed in these last years anywhere: Donating Euros 1000 to the Basic Society, a Malta Foundation which assists social cases and families in need.

The International Lazarite Symposium Investiture - The biggest investiture to be ever executed in these last years anywhere: Donating an ambulance worth 11,000 Euros to the Special Rescue Group - Saint Lazarus Corps, who work hard in the First Aid sector under the United Grand Priories.


 

The International Lazarite Symposium Investiture - The biggest investiture to be ever executed in these last years anywhere: The Main Altar area with the Ecclesiastics of the Investiture.


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Part of the knights and dames of the Order during the Investiture Luncheon which was held during the International Lazarite Symposium at the Phoenicia Hotel.


 

One of the newly admitted members of the Order during the solemn investiture held during the International Lazarite Symposium hailing from Palermo and part of the Grand Priory of Sicily.


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Officers and members of the Order, together with the Mayor of Tarxien, Chevalier Paul Farrugia, planting a commemorative tree to mark the successful International Lazarite Symposium.

 

Officers and members of the Order, together with the Mayor of Tarxien, Chevalier Paul Farrugia, planting a commemorative tree to mark the successful International Lazarite Symposium.


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The Commemorative Plaque erected at the Council Gardens in Tarxien to remind one and all on the successful outcome of the International Lazarite Symposium.

 

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