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Priory of St. Lazarus (Member - United Grand Priories St. Lazarus) - Point of Relief

The Priory for Healers, Missionaries, and Homeopaths...

The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem was an order of chivalry which originated in a leper hospital founded by Knights Hospitaller in the 12th century by Crusaders of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. The Order of Saint Lazarus is one of the most ancient of the European orders of chivalry, yet is one of the less-known and less-documented orders. The first writing of the Order of Saint Lazarus dates to 1142.

The Order was originally established to nurse the victims of leprosy which was traditionally quarantine and palliation. Its founding knights originally being lepers themselves started the first hospice outside the gates of Jerusalem. From its foundation in the 12th century, the members of the Order were dedicated to two ideals: aid to those suffering from the dreadful disease of leprosy and the defense of the Christian faith. Sufferers of leprosy regarded the beggar Lazarus (of Luke 16:19–31) as their patron saint and dedicated their hospices to him.

It is unknown when the order became militarized but militarisation due to the large numbers of Templars and Hospitallers sent to the leper hospitals to be treated, the turmoil of jihad necessitated it. The order established ‘lazar houses’ across Europe to care for lepers, and was well supported by other military orders which compelled the lazar brethren in their rule to join the order upon contracting leprosy. We of course now know that leprosy was a blanket term for a constellation of chronic skin diseases, including psoriasis and the eczemas.

SMOKH joined the United Priories of the Order of St. Lazarus in April 2012. The ceremony was held at the Sacra Infirmaria in Valetta, the ancient hospital of the Knights of St. John (Hospitallers).

The purpose of this Priory is the launch of our Point of Relief service, wherein members can establish a Priory of St. Lazarus, as an independent auxillary, for the service victims of skin disorders using Hahnemann's treatment of Psora as the 'mother of all skin disease'. Homeopathic remedies are of great service to humanity.

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus (also called the Dives and Lazarus or Lazarus and Dives) is a well-known parable of Jesus appearing in the Gospel of Luke. Along with the parables of the Ten Virgins, Prodigal Son, and Good Samaritan, it was one of the most frequently illustrated parables in medieval art, especially because of its vivid account of an afterlife. In the first thirteen verses of Luke 16 we find Jesus teaching his disciples about being wise stewards and that man cannot serve both God and mammon (money, earthly possessions, etc.).

Lazarus the beggar, who ate of the crumbs that fell from the Rich Man’s table, was later venerated as a patron saint of lepers. The pictures of Lazarus’s suffering and that “even the dogs would come and lick his sores.” have been applied. We picture Lazarus starving like a hobo, paralyzed, crippled, lame, blind, covered with weeping sores, suffering from a skin disease, maybe including leprosy or some combinations of these but his hunger is clear and specific. The origin of Lazarus as a blind, crippled or lame person derives from his perceived inability to drive away the dogs and, occasionally, the interpretation that he was “hurled” there as someone ‘thrown’ down on the ground, suggesting that the revolting description of the dogs licking his sores suggests that he may have been severely disabled and so unable to protect himself. Thus, in the 12th century, crusaders in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, themselves afflicted by 'psora,' founded the Order of Saint Lazarus.



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