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Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic

11/10/17

The Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem gathered recently for a Mass celebrating their Patroness, Our Lady Queen of Palestine.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane, who is a member of the Equestrian Order, celebrated the Mass on Oct. 25 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. The Mass was concelebrated by fellow members of the Order Father Fausto Stampiglia, SAC, Pastor of St. Martha Parish in Sarasota, and Father Vincent Sheehy, who is retired.

Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem gathered recently for a Mass celebrating their Patroness, Our Lady Queen of Palestine celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane at Epiphany Cathedral on Oct. 25.

Bishop Dewane said the Mass was celebrated to invoke the intercessions of Our Lady Queen of Palestine for all Christians in the Holy Land and is also a celebration of the role of Mary in Christian life. The Mass is held on a day near the actual Feast Day which is on the last Sunday of October.

“Right now, in the Holy Land as we know it, that area is where Christ lived and walked, there is an absence of peace,” Bishop Dewane said. “The Christians in the Holy Land face persecution and innumerable challenges: thus we appeal to Our Lady for protection of the people of the Holy Land and to raise awareness of the overwhelming challenges they face each day.”

Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem gathered recently for a Mass celebrating their Patroness, Our Lady Queen of Palestine celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane at Epiphany Cathedral on Oct. 25.

The purpose of the Equestrian Order is to make certain that there is a Christian presence in the Holy Land in the future. The reality is, Christians make up less than 2 percent of the population today in the Holy Land and are often forced to leave when they become adults because they are not allowed to get into a university for an advanced degree or even a trade school to learn a marketable skill. Most importantly they face an oppressive existence as they are deemed outsiders.

The Equestrian Order prays for the well-being of the Christians in the Holy Land and works to provide support for the Christians to overcome the barriers placed before them. They also work to create affordable housing, to build schools for children and much more.

During the Mass, the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order wore their traditional dress: cream-colored capes and black berets for the men, and black capes and veils for the women. The capes bear the cross of the Order in red bordered in gold and is worn on the left side below the shoulder. Priests of the Order wear a mozzetta — a short white cape, closed in the front by covered buttons, having a short standing collar.

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