Bishops encourage Order which supports Holy Land 

Parishioners join Ipswich vigil for people of Ukraine
March 11, 2022
Elliott Cannon to join Ignite Youth Mission Team 
March 14, 2022
Show all

Bishops encourage Order which supports Holy Land 

Bishop David Oakley of Northampton joined Bishop Alan Hopes at Fisher House in Cambridge to celebrate a Mass for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

The Order has at its heart an individual commitment to personal spiritual development and a collective endeavour to support Christians in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which includes Cyprus, Jordan and the Holy Land.

This 41st annual Mass of the Eastern section of the Order took place on Saturday February 19 in the chapel at the University Chaplaincy Centre. It was enhanced by Daniel Justin on the organ, some excellent singing and an inspirational homily given by Bishop David.

The section was led by John Prestage KC*HS, President of the Eastern section accompanied by 13 Dames and 12 knights of the order. The congregation was completed by guests of the Order’s members and students at the university.

In 1847 Blessed Pius IX had re-established the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem and later that same year had launched what was to become the Order in its modern form. The Order donates over 10 million euros annually to provide education and social care throughout the Patriarchate.

Members of the Order travel regularly (during the pandemic they travelled virtually) as pilgrims to the Holy Land, expressing solidarity with the Christians who remain in the troubled region.

The Mass was live streamed and is available to view at, and by following the link to their You Tube channel.

Pictured above are Bishop Alan Hopes and Bishop David Oakley at the Fisher House Mass.