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For members of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood that has operated under the protection of the Pope since the Middle Ages. For almost a millennium, the Order’s mission has been to strengthen Catholic beliefs and values; to sustain and aid the charitable, cultural and social works of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land; and to protect the rights of Christians in the Holy Land. 

Receiving your Pilgrim Shell:

This is your opportunity to receive the Pilgrim Shell, the most treasured decoration of the Order!

For those on a Lieutenancy “Endorsed and Operated” Pilgrimage:

  • A meeting will be arranged for your Lieutenancy Group, or Knights members of any group with L.P. Pilgrimage to participate in a meeting at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem to meet the Patriarch of Jerusalem and receive your Pilgrim Shell.

  • Knights should ask for a letter of Endorsement from their Lieutenancy in order to receive the Shells.


Solemn Entry:

A Solemn Entry to the Holy Sepulture to the FPO (Franciscan Pilgrimage Office in Jerusalem). And C.C. L . P. Pilgrimages to   

The request should be submited three months prior to date of the entry.

Knights and Dames will be asked to wear their Capes, Gloves, and Beret’s (Knights) / Veil’s (Dames). You will process to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where you will line up, and await your invitation from the Franciscan’s to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Upon entering, you will make your way to the Tomb. This is an opportunity for the Knights and Dames to have Exclusive and Private Access within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and most importantly – the Holy Tomb of Jesus Christ. You will be able to enter in the tomb as often as you would like, with time to pray inside and outside the Edicule.


Purchasing the Pope Leo XIII Medal:

The Medal can only be acquired from the Custodia. It comes from the Church of St. Savior, which is the Headquarters of the Franciscans and the Custodia.

Prices (Donation) for the Medals are as follows:

  • Gold: $500 each

  • Silver: $300 each

  • Bronze: $200 each

If you wish to purchase a Medal, please let us know which one, and we will make the arrangements for you. Keep in mind that the Medals will include your name on it. Thus, we must receive your name four (4) weeks prior to arrival in the Holy Land in order for the medals to be confirmed.


The only form of payment that is allowed for the medals is via Bank Transfer, or Cash on the spot.

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