Sunday, 5 April 2020

Message from Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, duc d’Anjou


We hope that you, your family and loved ones are well and in good health.

In the midst of the extraordinary situation caused by Coronavirus around the world, the Grand Master and I wanted to speak personally to you, members of our dear Order of Saint Lazarus.

We are going through an unprecedented period with considerable consequences, from both a health and an economic point of view.
 
Our Grand Priories around the world have temporarily suspended all planned events in accordance with the containment measures and restrictions. Today more than ever, it is essential to maintain contact with one another so as to ensure that no one is alone during this pandemic. We are counting on you to receive regular updates, to response to calls, messages or emails and to take any necessary action.
 
We must also unite our strength and prayers for those who are suffering around us. We encourage every action which will SERVE those who need it. There is a lot to do on the battlefield: this is our vocation.
 
On this eve of Holy Week, during which we prepare to live the mystery of the passion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we know that He will succeed through the Resurrection on Easter morning. We pray that the light of this morning of hope will illuminate us and bring us both the joy of meeting Christ and harmony in our lives.
 
Take care of yourself, your families, your loved ones, and stay healthy.
 
In prayer,

Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, duc d’Anjou
President of the Governing Council
Grand Prior of France

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Fundraising for February

Our Piper, Bob, prepares to pipe the guests in.

Our Grand Prior, HE Anthony Dickinson, hosted the annual Burns' Night Supper recently,
once again in Lancashire.

 Greeting the guests.

With tickets and donations, 
the evening raised £1,500 for the Order's charities,
including donations from three members, 
uniting themselves with our charitable efforts, 
even though they were unable to attend.
  
First course was the traditional Scotch Broth.


 We had a great turnout this year, with many members and friends.
Here's a few of them enjoying the evening.





 









Awaiting the Haggis.

The Haggis is carried in to the accompaniment of the scurl of the pipes by one of our Esquires,
all the way from Reading University.

 
The Address to the Haggis was given by Fr Mark Lawler
- well, you need a Scot to do it properly!

 

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
War-reekin, rich!

All the Haggis for the evening was donated by one of our Scottish members.
Thank you!

The size of the Haggis that got away!

 
The food was prepared and served by two of our members and one friend of the Order,
foregoing the pleasures of the evening for a few hours in the kitchen.
Many thanks.

The Grand Prior in festive mood.

We were also entertained in with music by songs both old and new.
Thanks to the talented pianists, violin players and singers who came along.

 

 Auld lang syne!







Thursday, 23 January 2020

Burns' Night Supper 2020

 
As you can see, our Grand Prior, HE Anthony Dickinson, 
strongly encourages you to attend our  
Burns' Night Supper Celebration

We will gather in the Pope John Paul Room at 
St Catherine's Church, Stanifield Lane, Leyland. PR25 4QG on 

Friday 21st February
at 7.30pm

Later than the actual Burns' Night but no less heartily celebrated.

All the usual trimmings and a great evening
raising money for the
Order of St Lazarus’ charities,
including St Catherine’s Hospice & those affected by leprosy in Sri Lanka.

Please book your place as soon as possible by contacting The Grand Prior or Fr Simon.
Just £25 per person including...

Cocktail on arrival
Three course traditional Burns’ Night Dinner
Served with wine
Whisky for the toasts to the Lads and Lassies.
A full evening of entertainment with bagpipes, song and laughter.


 To quote the bard...

"I love drinking now and then. It defecates the standing pool of thought. A man perpetually in the paroxysm and fears of inebriety is like a half-drowned stupid wretch condemned to labor unceasingly in water; but a now-and-then tribute to Bacchus is like the cold bath, bracing and invigorating." ~ 

Robert Burns

World Leprosy Day & the World Day of the Sick at St Joseph's, Stokesley


Fr William Charlton, our Chaplain in the North East - Middlesbrough Diocese - is organising an event on the theme of 

“ Mary, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted” 

for  

World Leprosy Day & the World Day of the Sick.

A reflection through readings, hymns & motets 
concluding with Solemn Benediction 
at 
St Joseph’s Church
1, Tanton Road, Stokesley, Middlesborough. TS9 5HN 

on 

Sunday 9th February at 4.00pm 

Motets: 

Si iniquitates observaveris-S.Wesley
Alma Redemptoris mater-Palestrina
Tollite hostias-Saint-Saens
Tantum ergo- Deodat de Severac

There will be a retiring collection to support the work of SUROL, the charity of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith that the Order supports in Sri Lanka, working to rehabilitate those affected by leprosy.

Refreshments will be served in the Hall afterwards.

Obviously, if as many members as possible could join our Grand Prior, HE Anthony Dickinson and our Chaplain General, Fr Simon Henry, that would be most helpful. The event is open to all and as well as some beautiful music and Benediction, it will afford you the chance to see the beautifully remodelled church at Stokesley, which Fr William Charlton has accomplished with great panache.