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Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

 
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The Grand Magisterium of the Order 

 

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ORDER
00120 - VATICAN CITY



HEADQUARTERS OF THE GRAND MAGISTERIUM
Operational Representative headquarters

Borgo S. Spirito, 73
I - 00193 ROMA - Italia
Tel. (+39) 0669892901
Fax (+39) 0669892930
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Today, this "palace" is often incorrectly called the "Palazzo dei Penitenzieri", after the name of the previous owners, the Penitentiary Fathers of St. Peter's. In the 15th century, however, it was the residence of Domenico della Rovere, a Cardinal from the Piedmont, who belonged to the inner circle surrounding Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere. Domenico della Rovere had a brilliant career in Rome, making his name in a number of important and highly remunerated ecclesiastical posts. The palazzo was built in the late 15th century, between 1480 and 1490; the Florentine architect, Baccio Pontelli, modelled it closely on  the architectural style of Palazzo Venezia, the most important building in 15th century Rome. In fact, in the 15th century, the Palazzo della Rovere was so greatly praised and admired that Emperor Charles VIII chose to stay here when he visited Rome in 1495.

The five halls of the piano nobile, are now the official reception rooms of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and one of them is home to an extremely important ceiling by the artist Pinturicchio and his atelier. The Hall of the Grand Master is lavishly decorated with trompe l'œil architectural features depicting a terrace looking out onto a landscape. The Hall of the Seasons retains fragments of a very rare kind of portrayal of the months of the year, each month represented by the myth that gave rise to its zodiacal sign; the scenes which have been best preserved relate to June, with a peasant making hay and the myth of Hercules and the Hydra – the origin of the sign of Cancer; October, with the bird-catcher of Byzantine legend and the myth of Orion – the origin of the sign, Scorpio; and March, with soldiers ready to set off to war.

The next hall has fine lunettes enclosing images of the prophets delivering their words of wisdom and apostles accompanied by verses from the Creed; the frieze around the exquisite gold and blue ceiling features portraits of Roman Emperors.

The most sumptuous and best preserved ceiling is in the Hall of the Demigods. This astonishing composition of 63 panels painted on board and enclosed in wooden caissons is full of creatures from mediaeval bestiaries flanked by allegorical and symbolic images drawn from classical tombs – very important evidence indeed of a culture at the crossroads between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Fantastic animals and monsters, mythological gods and goddesses, chimaeras (creatures half-human, half-beast) such as sirens, tritons, centaurs, satyrs and sphinxes stand out against the gilded background of the caissons; some are playing musical instruments or fighting with rudimentary weapons in a huge variety of poses.

In the left wing of the palazzo – currently occupied by the Hotel Columbus – the old refectory overlooking the hanging garden still has the ancient 15th century décor of themes based on nature, as well as allegorical figures clearly influenced by the style of Michelangelo. In the same wing of the building, some of the rooms on the second floor have frescoes painted in 1552 by the Florentine artist Francesco Salviati. The work was commissioned by Cardinal Giovanni Salviati, who owned the building for a long time and made it his residence. One of these frescoes is at the centre of the ceiling of the "Apollo Room" where, in a trompe l'œil portrayal, Apollo drives his chariot pulled by the horses of the Sun, surrounded by the emblems of the Medici family.

 

REGISTERED OFFICE
Piazza S. Onofrio al Gianicolo, 2
I - 00165 ROMA - Italia

The grant to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem of the church and monastery of Sant’Onofrio on the Janiculum Hill is linked to some of the most important organisational changes that have taken place within our sodality. On 15 August 1948, Pius XII issued a motu proprio establishing that the Order’s headquarters should be transferred from Jerusalem to Rome, to the above-mentioned church, and that in future the Grand Master should be a Cardinal appointed by the Pope.

What is less well known, however, is that the particular favour shown by the Pontiff had a special significance for the Order. In fact, the church still contains reminders of Torquato Tasso, the author of Gerusalemme Liberata, the epic poem that retells the deeds of the crusaders who fought to regain possession of the Holy Sepulchre itself. After wandering all over Italy, the poet requested and obtained shelter at the monastery of Sant’Onofrio and spent the last years of his life there. So the literary heritage of the site and the chivalric nature of our sodality come together in perfect harmony in this location, which also houses a small museum containing a few of Tasso’s manuscripts.

Sant’Onofrio is therefore a place where history, culture and faith have been handed down through the centuries. The buildings date back to the 15th century but there was a hermitage in this spot even before that. Construction of the church began in 1439 and was completed in the 16th century. The sacred building was in the hands of the Society of St. Jerome until 1933, when Pope Pius XI dissolved the association.

The location is panoramic, situated close to the path over the Janiculum Hill, where the view of Michelangelo’s cupola on St. Peter’s dominating the surroundings and the boom of the midday cannon put the finishing touches to the evocative atmosphere. Climb the steps to the gate bearing the Order’s coat-of-arms and cross the lovely flowered garden that forms the churchyard. Even on the external walls of the church you can see important artworks attributed to Domenichino and to Sebastiano Strada.

Inside, the renaissance style retains something of the gothic; the body of the church is rectangular with cross-vaulting, a polygonal apse and five side chapels. The latter are dedicated to Saint Humphrey, to Our Lady of Loreto, to Jesus Christ Crucified, to Saint Pius X and to Saint Jerome. The first chapel contains the funeral monument to Torquato Tasso. The paintings in the apse attributed to Peruzzi and Pinturicchio are very beautiful, as are those in the sacristy. From the portico, walk through the short entryway to the 15th century cloisters to be filled with tranquillity and a feeling of complete peace. If you wish to visit the Tasso Museum you will find the door within the entryway itself.

This artistic jewel provides a source of enrichment and spiritual growth for anyone who goes there. How much more then for members of the Order?

 

LATIN PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM
P.O. Box 14152, Jaffa Gate
91141 JERUSALEM
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LA GERARCHIA DELL'ORDINE
LA HIERARCHIE DE L'ORDRE
THE HIERARCHY OF THE ORDER
DIE HIERARCHIE DES ORDENS

 

GRAND MASTER 

Sua Eminenza Reverendissima
Il Signor Cardinale Edwin Frederick O'BRIEN
00120 CITTÀ del VATICANO

   

PRO-GRAND PRIOR 

Sua Eccellenza Reverendissima
Mons. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, OFM
Arcivescovo Titolare di Verbe
Amministratore Apostolico del Patriarcato Latino di Gerusalemme
P.O. Box 14152, Jaffa Gate
91141 JERUSALEM

 

ASSESSOR

Sua Eccellenza Reverendissima
Mons. Antonio FRANCO
Arcivescovo Tit. di Gallese – Nunzio Apostolico
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO

 

LIEUTENANT GENERAL

S.E. Cavaliere di Collare Prof. Agostino BORROMEO
Gran Magistero dell'Ordine Equestre
del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO
Tel. (+39) 0669892901
Fax (+39) 0669892930

 

GOVERNOR GENERAL

S.E. Cav. Gr. Cr. Amb. Conte
Leonardo VISCONTI DI MODRONE
Gran Magistero dell’Ordine Equestre
del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO
Tel. (+39) 0669892901
Fax (+39) 0669892930

 

VICE GOVERNOR GENERAL

H.E. Patrick D. POWERS, Knight of the Collar
8141 East Kaiser Boulevard, Suite 300
ANAHEIM HILLS, CA 92808 - USA
Tel.
(+1) 714-282-1566
Fax (+1) 714-282-1563

S.E. Cavaliere di Collare Avv. Giorgio MORONI STAMPA
Via Somaini 5
CH - 6901 LUGANO - Svizzera
Tel. (+41) 919238323
Fax (+41) 919238363

H.E. Dr. Paul BARTLEY, KGCHS
42 McCormack Avenue
ASHGROVE BRISBANE - QLD 4060 - Australia
Tel. (+61) 733979277
Fax (+61) 733660834

 

CHANCELLOR

Cav. Gr. Cr. Amb. Alfredo BASTIANELLI
Gran Magistero dell’Ordine Equestre
del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO
Tel. (+39) 0669892901
Fax (+39) 0669892930

 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Rev.mo Mons. Fortunato FREZZA
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO
Tel. (+39) 0669892901
Fax (+39) 0669892930

 

CONSULTORS

S.E. Rév.me Mgr Bernard-Nicolas AUBERTIN, Ord. Cist.
Archevêque de Tours
Archevêché, B.P. 41117, 27 rue Jules Simon
37011 TOURS Cedex – France

Cav. Ing. Pier Carlo VISCONTI
Gran Magistero dell’Ordine Equestre
del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO
Tel. (+39) 0669892901
Fax (+39) 0669892930

 

MEMBERS (in order of appointment)

H.E. Joseph E. SPINNATO, KGCHS
11 Windham Court

MUTTONTOWN, NY 11545 - USA

S.E. Cab.Gr.Cr. D. João de Castro de Mendia
Conde DE REZENDE
rua Lino de Assunção 22-3°
P - 2770-109 PAÇO D'ARCOS - Portugal

Prof: Thomas E. McKIERNAN, KGCHS
5851 Bayou Court
CINCINNATI , OH 45248 - USA

H.E. John C. PIUNNO, KGCHS
3560 Appleton Street, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20008-2909 - USA

H.E. Ambassador Prof. Dr. Bo J. THEUTENBERG, KGCHS
Gran Magistero dell’Ordine Equestre
del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO

Gr. Off. Maître Philippe PLANTADE
32 avenue Duquesne
75007 PARIS - France

S.E. le Chev. Gr. Cr. François t’KINT de ROODENBEKE
Avenue des Erables, 21
1640 RHODE-SAINT-GENESE - Belgique

H.E. Mary Currivan O'BRIEN, LGCHS
8 Lenox Way
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94127 - USA

Comm. Avv. Flavio RONDININI
Gran Magistero dell'Ordine Equestre
del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO

S.E. Cav. Gr. Cr. Dott.
Saverio PETRILLO
Gran Magistero dell’Ordine Equestre
del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme
00120 CITTA’ DEL VATICANO

S.E. Dr. Heinrich DICKMANN, GKR
Steinfelder Gasse 17
D - 50679 KOLN - Deutschland

H.E. Mr. Nicholas McKENNA, KGCHS
“Bye Ways”, 27 Old Galgorm Road
BALLYMENA - Co. Aantrim BT41 1Al - Northern Ireland

 

ASSESSOR OF HONOR

Sua Eminenza Rev.ma il Sig. Cardinale
Andrea CORDERO LANZA di MONTEZEMOLO
Piazza della Città Leonina 9
00193 ROMA

 

GOVERNOR GENERAL OF HONOR 

S.E. Cavaliere di Collare Dr. Ing. Pier Luigi PAROLA
Via Giotto 3
I - 20145 MILANO - Italia

 

VICE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF HONOR

H.E. George T. RYAN, KGCHS
12, Kenilworth Road
MILTON, MA 02186-4827 USA

S.E. le Chev. Gr. Cr. Jean Marc ALLARD
10510, Avenue d'Auteuil
MONTREAL - H3L 2K6 Quėbec  - Canada

S.E. le Chev. Gr. Cr. Baron Hubert SIMONART
"Esdorenhof" Mortelstraat 77

B - 3150 - HAACHT TIlLDONK - Belgique

S.E. Cav. Gr. Cr. Ing. Adolfo RINALDI
Via Giovanni Barracco, 11
I - 00162 - ROMA

 

CHANCELLOR OF HONOR

Cav.Gr.Cr. Dr. Prof. Ivan REBERNIK
Via Poggio Verde, 40
I - 00148 Roma

 

DIGNITARIES OF HONOR

Cav. Gr. Cr. Prof. Avv. Aldo Maria ARENA
Via Nizza 56
I - 00198 ROMA - Italia

H.E. Robert H. BENSON, KGCHS
Flat 47, Carlton Leas, The Leas
GB - FOLKSTONE - Kent CT20 2DJ - England

S.E. Cav. Gr. Cr. Conte Mario CANTUTI CASTELVETRI
Via Giuseppe Martucci 32
I - 00199 ROMA - Italia

Mr. Dennis J. LOONEY, KGCHS
27 Southgate Road
WELLESLEY, MA 02482-6606 - USA

Mr. Michael R. EARTHMAN, KGCHS
2121 Sage Road, Suite 220
HOUSTON, TX 77056 - USA

Dr. Otto KASPAR, GKR
Framsweg, 9
A - 6020 INNSBRUCK - Österreich
 
Mr. John RALPH, KGCHS
368, St. Kilda Road - Ap. 3202

MELBOURNE - VIC 3004 - Australia
 
Prof. Bartholomew John McGETTRICK, KGCHS
University of Glasgow
174 Carmunnock Road
GB - GLASGOW G44 5 AJ - United Kingdom
 
Dr. Christa von SIEMENS, LGCHS
Wehrlestrasse, 30
D - 81679 MÜNCHEN - Deutschland
 
Cav. Gr. Cr. Dr. Prof. Pierre BLANCHARD
Gran Magistero dell’Ordine Equestre
del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme
00120 CITTÀ DEL VATICANO
 

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