The cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
is our anchor in the storms of life, and our shield in the battles of life.
According to St. Paul, Christians constantly stand in a spiritual battle. Since
the first century, the Church has been under attack. Open persecution of
Christians is still a reality today in many countries of the world. From the
beginning, the Church also had to battle heresies, i.e. false teachings. Again,
our age is no exception in that regard. Each Christian stands in his or her
personal struggles with sin and temptation. "All have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God", St. Paul reminds us in Romans 3:23. St. Paul also advises
us what to do in our struggles: We are to put on "the whole armor of God" (see
Ephesians 6:11-17). One element of that armor is the "shield of faith" which
protects us against "the flaming arrows of the evil one" (Ephesians 6:16).
(expressed by the vertical beam of the cross) and our neighbor (the horizontal
beam). Everything we do as an order or as individuals, should be an
expression of being obedient to the Great Commandment. We have to ask
ourselves: Does what I am about to say
or do show love for God and people,
or does it not? This question helps us to
navigate the storms of life.
Members of our order are confessing
Christians of different church backgrounds.
They have an active prayer life, are engaged
in their respective churches, and in different
acts of charity.
The Knights and Dames of our Grand Priory
are first and foremost a group of friends in
Christ who have made the decision to follow
Him more closely in their everyday lives.
Locally, we serve together, and nationwide
we pray for one another through our internet-
based prayer network.
|The Blessed Virgin Mary as the Woman
of the Apocalypse by Peter Paul Rubens,
crushing the serpent under her feet
In these struggles that every Christian
experiences, the order particularly
invokes the help and protection of
St. Mary, the mother of our Lord. She
has proven time and again that she is
the strongest ally we could hope for.
Our Lord loves and honors His
mother, and in doing the same, we
Other patron Saints of our order are
Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia and
Saint George, the martyr. Saint
Elizabeth serves as our role model in
her self-sacrificing love for all who
need the touch of Christian charity.
Saint George is our role model, as he
stood up bravely for the Christian faith.
The cross of our Lord also serves as
a guideline for our lives. It is a symbol
of the "Great Commandment" that
Christ left His followers: To love God
|Grand Priory of the
United States of America
|The Sovereign Military and
Hospitaller Order of
Saint Mary of Jerusalem
Teutonic Dynastic of Swabia
|The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Mary
of Jerusalem Teutonic Dynastic of Swabia
Grand Priory of the United States of America
|" Pray for our
brothers who are
fallen in deadly
sin, that God may
help them back
into His grace
and that they may
From the Statutes of
the Teutonic Order