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Order of the Knights of Our Lady
OF THE HOLY HEARTS OF JESUS & MARY
was the Order of the Knights of Our Lady (in Latin: ‘Militia Sanctae
1945, when the founder, Gerard Lafond, who had been thinking about
it for two years, received the full support of Abbot Dom Gabriel
Gontard, of St. Wandrille, in Normandy. The first knights received
liturgical dubbing in 1947, and the following year Gerard Lafond
entered that benedictine abbey. He was immediately followed by three
was the traditional branch of the Order formed?
After the Order had finally accepted the new Mass and reformed the
Rule, at the end of 1969, a group of knights left or were expelled
from the Order, because of their resistance. In 1970, Br. Jacques
de Moustiers and Br. Raoul de Beaunay organised, with others, a
Catholic Fraternity of Secular Knights whose new members were all
dubbed by Archbishop Lefebvre, who knew the Order quite well: members
of the Order had joined his seminaries in Rome, Fribourg and Econe,
and some Swiss knights gave him Econe which they had purchased and
where several international chapters of the Order had taken place,
On March 18, 1989, however, the Order was consecrated to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary and a Charter of Restoration was signed by four knights:
one from the Order, two from that Fraternity, and one who had successively
belonged to both. A traditional obedience was set up, based on the
pre-conciliar Rule (1958) and called ‘Order of the Knights of Our
Lady, Observance of the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary.’
what is the legitimacy of the Order based?
· On the sacramental of the
‘Benedictio Novi Militis.’
· On the 1965 ‘imprimatur’
of the Rule.
· On the canonical approbation
given in the diocese of Chartres (France) in 1964, then in those
of Regensburg (Germany) in 1968, Sion (Switzerland) in 1969, Braga
(Portugal) in 1975, and Santander (Spain) in 1984.
what is the legitimacy of its traditional branch based?
· On the keeping of the true
end of Knighthood, which is the social and political reign of Our
Lord, now denied by the Conciliar Church and her followers.
· On the example set by traditional
branches of religious orders, as well as of lay organisations.
· On the fact that two knights
of the Order have been amongst the four founders of its traditional
· On the canonical approbation
of its Constitutions given by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais,
as President of the Canonical Commission of the Society of St. Pius
· On the liturgical dubbing
made by Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta and Bishop Bernard Tissier de
· On the acceptance of Bishop
Alfonso de Galarreta to become its Protector-Bishop.
is the general aim of Knighthood and of the Order of Our Lady?
· “To widen here on earth
the frontiers of God’s kingdom” (Léon Gautier – Rule, I, 4),
i.e. in extending or restoring a Christian Social and Political
Order, also called Christian Civilisation or Christendom.
· “The Order of Our Lady
consequently works for the coming of the Social Reign of Our Lord
Jesus Christ” (Rule, I, 4).
are the 3 particular ends of the Order of Our Lady?
· To “serve the Faith”
(Rule, I, 4 & XX, 1).
· To “defend” “the
Church” (Rule, I, 4).
· To extend or restore “the
Christendom” and “the Peace of Christ” (Rule, I, 5-6).
Santa Barbara, September 2, 2000, at the
Provincial Chapter of the Knights,
Province of the Philippines
Singapore, September 12, 2000. Reception of the first 3 squires
in the Order,
in the new Province of Continental Asia. Here they are seen swearing,
hand on the Gospel, ready to “serve the Faith, defend
and to extend or restore “the Christendom and
the Peace of Christ”.
“To the Christian about to read this Rule, detach your mind for a moment
from earthly cares, and gaze into the depths of the mystery of God.
It is in the perspective of the Divine plan that you are invited
to choose a new way of life, the characteristic of which is a total
fidelity to Our Lord. For this little book is not only addressed
to your intelligence, but also to your will, your body, and your
actions. If you accept the way of life which it proposes, you will
have to become a new man, a knight ready to fight hard battles for
the honour of God, and determined to build a Christian world in
harmony with the Divine plan. If you fear the effort and seek only
your own comfort, if without revolt you accept the reign of mediocrity,
hypocrisy and vice, this book is not for you: close it, and remain
in your false peace.
recollect yourself and listen…”
lines of the Prologue of the Rule of the Knights of our Lady)
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