Order of Saint Lazarus
|Motto||Atavis et armis (With ancestors and arms)|
|Purpose||To uphold and defend the Christian faith, to assist and help the sick and vulnerable, to promote and uphold the Christian principles of chivalry and to work for Christian unity|
|Membership||On invitation only, ecumenical|
|Main organ||Grand Magistry, Governing Council, Chapter General|
http://www.st-lazarus.net (Spanish)http://www.orderofsaintlazarus.com (Orléans/French)
The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem (Ordo Militaris et Hospitalis Sancti Lazari Hierosolymitani) is an order of chivalry originally founded at a leper hospital after 1098 by the crusaders of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was established to treat leprosy.
The original symbol of the Order was a green cross. This was in later centuries changed to a green eight-pointed Maltese Cross. The word lazarette, in some languages being synonymous with leprosarum, is believed to also be derived from the hospitaller Order of St Lazarus, these edifices being adopted into quarantine stations in the fifteenth century when leprosy was no longer the scourge it had been in earlier centuries.
After several centuries, the Order went into decline and ceased to perform its original function of caring for lepers and managing leprosaria. Starting with Pope Innocent VIII in the 1489, attempts were made to merge the Order and its land holdings with the Knights of St. John. This was resisted by the Order in most countries where it still retained its houses. Eventually the Order of St. Lazarus in Italy was merged with the Order of St. Maurice under the Royal House of Savoy; while in in France it was united administratively with the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel under the Royal House of France. Today, the Savoyan Order still exists today as the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus; while the French foundation exists as the internationally-based Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. Events in the late 20th century have resulted into a schism of the MHOSLJ into two "obediences" - the main Reunited Order currently under the Grand Mastership of Don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón, Marquis of Almazán and the Spiritual Protection of His Beatitude Gregorios III, Greek Melkite Patriarch of Antioch, of All the East, of Jerusalem and Alexandria; and a smaller group known as Orléanist currently under the Grand Mastership of H.E. Jan Dobrzensky z Dobrzenic.
- 1 In the Holy Land
- 2 Royal House of Savoy
- 3 Royal House of France
- 4 The Modern Order since 1910
- 5 Other Lazarus organizations
- 6 Gallery
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- 9 Further reading
In the Holy Land
From its foundation in the 12th century, members of the Order of Saint Lazarus dedicated themselves to two ideals:
- aid to those suffering from the disease of leprosy
- the defence of the Christian faith
The first mention of the Order in surviving sources dates from the third decade of the 12th century. The Order was initially founded as a leper hospital outside the city walls of Jerusalem, but hospitals dependent on the Jerusalem hospital were eventually established in other towns in the Holy Land, notably in Acre, and in various countries in Europe particularly in Southern Italy Capua, Hungary, Switzerland, France [Boigny], and England Burton Lazars. It is unclear when the Order assumed a military role but militarization probably occurred towards the end of the twelfth century. The four classes of members – brothers, knights, clerics and donors – of the Brothers of Saint Lazarus in Jerusalem were acknowledged by Pope Gregory IX in a Bull of 1227. However, definite evidence of their active participation in military campaigns is only documented in 1234 when Pope Gregory IX made a general appeal for aid to the Order to clear debts contracted in the defense of the Holy Land. The Ordinis Fratrum & Militum Hospitalis Leprosorum S. Lazari Hierosolymitani under Augustinian Rule was confirmed by Papal Bull Cum a nobis petitur of Pope Alexander IV in April 1255. The Order established "Lazar houses" across Europe to care for lepers, and was well supported by other military orders which compelled brethren in their rule to join the Order on contracting leprosy.
The Order remained primarily a hospitaller order but it did take part in a number of battles, including the Battle of La Forbie on 17 October 1244 (where all of the lazar brethren who fought died) and the Battle of Al Mansurah on 8–11 February 1250. The leper knights were protected by a number of able-bodied knights but in times of crisis the leper knights themselves would take up arms. The Order quickly abandoned their military activities after the fall of Acre in 1291.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Order lost all its European holdings in England, Scotland, and Central Europe as a result of the Ottoman incursions or the Reformation revolution. By the mid-16th century, the Order had retained a significant presence only in France and in Italy.
Royal House of Savoy
In 1572, Pope Gregory XIII merged the Italian foundation of the Order of Saint Lazarus with the Order of Saint Maurice (founded in 1434) as the Ordine dei SS Maurizio e Lazzaro. This became a national order of chivalry on the unification of Italy in 1861, but has been suppressed by law since the foundation of the Republic in 1946. King Umberto II did not abdicate his position as fons honorum however, and the head of the former Royal House of Savoy remains the Grand Master of the Italian foundation of the Order today. Since 1951 the Order has not been recognised officially by the Italian state. The House of Savoy in exile continued to bestow the order. Today it is granted to persons eminent in the public service, science, art, letters, trade, and charitable works. While the continued use of those decorations conferred prior to 1951 is permitted in Italy, the crowns on the ribbons issued before 1946 must be substituted for as many five pointed stars on military uniforms.
The generally accepted Grand Master of the Order is Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, the current head of the House of Savoy. Some of Vittorio Emanule's policies as Grand Master have generated controversy. All three of his sisters have resigned from their positions as dames of the order. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy has criticised her brother for instituting "the payment of membership fees [and] activities such as the sale of objects with the Savoy coat of arms and credit cards of the order". In 2006, Vittorio Emanuele's cousin, Amedeo of Aosta, declared himself Head of the Savoy dynasty and thus Grand Master de jure. For this reason the grand magistry is now contested.
Royal House of France
In 1154, King Louis VII of France gave the Order of Saint Lazarus a property at Boigny near Orléans which was to become the headquarters of the Order outside of the Holy Land. Later, after the fall of Acre in 1291 the Knights of St. Lazarus left the Holy Land and moved first to Cyprus, then Sicily and finally back to Boigny which had been raised to a barony in 1288. In 1308 King Philip IV of France gave the Order his temporal protection. Again, in 1604 Henry IV of France re-declared the French branch of the Order a protectorate of the French Crown, and in 1608 the Order was united in its management with the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel into the Ordres Royaux, Militaires & Hospitaliers de Saint Lazare de Jérusalem & de Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel réunis. This amalgamation eventually received canonical acceptance on 5 June 1668 by a bull issued by Cardinal Legate de Vendôme under Papal authority of Clement IX. Right through the 17-18th centuries, while enjoying the protection of the French Crown, the Order remained under apostolic authority. Unlike the situation with the Savoyian Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus where a complete merger took place creating one Order, the French branch was not completely merged with the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and individuals were still be admitted to the latter Order but not to the Order of Saint Lazarus 
During the French Revolution a decree of 30 July 1791 suppressed all royal and knightly orders. Another decree the following year confiscated all the Order's properties. The Holy See, which had originally created the Order, on the other hand did not suppress the Order. Louis, Count of Provence, then Grand Master of the Order, who later became Louis XVIII, continued to function in exile and continued admitting various dignitaries to the Order. Scholars differ in their views regarding the extent to which the Order remained active during and after the French Revolution. There is no doubt of its continuing existence during this time. In fact, in different museums there are preserved a number of paintings of Russian and Baltic nobles, admitted to the Order after 1791. In this list are general John Lamb, Prince Suvorov, count Pahlen, count Sievers etc. Some of the new knights are even listed in Almanach Royal from 1814 to 1830. King Louis XVIII, the Order's protector, and the duc de Châtre, the order's lieutenant-general, both died in 1824. These Protectorship post was assumed by Charles X and Henry V until 1830 with Jean-Louis Beaumont d’Autichamp acting as governing commandeur. In 1830, a Royal decree caused the Order to loose its royal protection. It however remained under apostolic authority since the Holy See did not promulgate any contrarius actus in respect to either of the two Orders during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
After 1830 the French foundation of the Order of Saint Lazarus continued under the governance of a council of officers. Unfortunately documentation of to the subsequent decades is unavailable, but the Order is documented to have been active philanthropically in Haifa, while contemporary biographies do mention late 19th century individuals as having been members of the Order of St. Lazarus. Traditionally it is believed that around 1841, the Council of Officers invited the Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church Maximos III Mazloum to become Spiritual Protector of the Order, thence re-establishing a tangible connection with the Order's early roots in Jerusalem. By 1850, under the authority of the Patriarch, the Order had consolidated and numbered about twenty knights supporting the rebuilding of the Mount Carmel Monastery in Haifa, Israel, then under the responsibility of the Melkite Patriarch. On 27 May 2012, the Greek Melchite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch signed a declaration at Kevelaer in Germany confirming the continuity of the Order under the Patriarchs of Antioch since his predecessor Maximos III Mazlûm had accepted the role of Spiritual Protector of the Order in 1841.
In the years that followed new knights are said to be admitted including in 1853 admiral Ferdinand-Alphonse Hamelin and admiral Louis Édouard Bouët-Willaumez; in 1863 comte Louis François du Mesnil de Maricourt (d. 1865), comte Paul de Poudenx (d.1894); in 1865 the Order admitted comte Jules Marie d'Anselme de Puisaye who was followed in 1875 by the vicomte de Boisbaudry; baron Yves de Constancin in 1896, who was later to become commander of the Hospitaller Nobles of Saint Lazarus, a knight of the Order of Isabella the Catholic and of Order of Saint Anna of Russia. In 1880 comte Jules Marie d'Anselme de Puisaye was admitted to the order as a hospitaller while living in Tunisia. The Order continued to attract members from the French nobility and by the early 20th century it was attracting knights from further afield notably Spain and Poland.
The Modern Order since 1910
In 1910, a new statute was drawn up. This statute explicitly placed the governance of the Order in the hands of the Magistracy whose decisions were sovereign and irrevocable, thus laicizing the Order. His Beatitude the Patriarch of Antioch, of All the East, of Jerusalem and of Alexandria was re-confirmed as the Supreme Pontiff. Correspondence at this time suggests an earlier relationship of the Order with the Melkite Patriarchy. In 1930 don Francisco de Borbón y de La Torre, Duke of Seville, Grand Bailiff of the Order in Spain was appointed as lieutenant-general of the Grand Magistracy and in 1935 was elected as Grand Master re-establishing the office, vacant since 1814. There has since been a Spanish Borbon Grand master at the helm of the Order except for a short interregnum where the Grand master belonged to the French Bourbon family.
In 1961 Col. Robert Gayre of Gayre and Nigg, was appointed Bailiff and Commissioner-General for the Order in the English-speaking world with responsibility for expanding the Order's membership in that area. Up to then, non-Catholic Christians had been accepted only as affiliate members of the Order. Gayre accepted the appointment on condition that henceforth the Order would become ecumenical and that non-Catholic Christians would be eligible for full membership. The Paris authorities reluctantly agreed and Gayre, took as a model to emulate the Most Venerable Order of St. John. From this time the Order began to identify itself as an Ecumenical Order of Chivalry although the majority of its members and clergy remained Roman Catholic.
The latter part of the twentieth century saw a major schism in the Order giving rise to the Malta Obedience led by the Spanish Borbon Grand master and the Paris Obedience led by members of the de Brissac family as Grand masters. This two groups finally reunited in 2008 with the united Order being led by don Carlos de Gereda y de Borbón as Grand master.
The modern purpose of the Order is to uphold and defend the Christian faith, to assist and help the sick and vulnerable, to promote and uphold the Christian principles of chivalry and to work for Christian unity. In recent years the Order participate in worldwide humanitarian efforts. For example, it has been engaged in a major charitable program to revive Christianity in Eastern Europe: Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, and the Near East: Lebanon, Syria, and the Palestinian territories. Millions of dollars worth of food, clothing, medical equipment and supplies have been distributed in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Croatia. Because of this experience, the European Community commissioned the order to transport more than 21.000 tons in food to the hungry in Russia. The Order organized food aid and managed reconstruction-projects after the Tsunami Catastrophe in Indonesia. The various jurisdictions still undertake to support the modern fight against Hansen's Disease.
Recognition and Prominent Members
The arms of the Order were matriculated by the Lord Lyon King of Arms on 3 August 1967, who confirmed the undifferenced arms of the Order as born prior to 1672, thus recognizing that the present Order is the continuation of the Order of 1672.
The Orléanist or French obedience of the Order of Saint Lazarus had the protection of Henri d'Orléans, Count of Paris. In 2004, the Count of Paris allowed his nephew Prince Charles Philippe, Duke of Anjou to take the position of 49th Grand Master of the Order. In 2010, the Prince resigned and the present Grand Master of the Orléanist/French obedience is Count Jan Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz. At the same time there was a further split within the Paris obedience in 2010, requiring the Count of Paris to clarify that his temporal protection would remain with the obedience under Count Jan Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz (Orléanist) as opposed to those who had illegally broken away to form their own group under the leadership of Count Philippe Piccapietra (Paris) who had previously been a member of the team led by Prince Charles Philippe, Duke of Anjou. On January 31, 2014 the Count of Paris expressly stated that he had withdrawn any support of other groups and also clarifying that only he can represent the Royal House of France.
In Spain the Order has received recognition from the State. King Juan Carlos I of Spain allowed his distant cousin don Carlos Gereda y de Borbón to accept the position of Grand Master of the re-united Order in 2008. Within the Kingdom of Spain many nobles are members of the Order and the Cronista de Armas de Castilla y León allows the use of the cross and insignia of the Order of Saint Lazarus when registering coats of arms to members of the order.
A significant number of Royal Houses are represented among the Knights of the Order including HRH Prince David Bagrationi of Mukhrani of Georgia, HM King Kigeli V of Rwanda, HIH Zera Yacob Amha Selassie, Crown Prince of Ethiopia, and HH Abune Paulos Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church
The Vatican State can only formally recognise orders of chivalry that are under papal jurisdiction or that of the Holy See ; or are formally-constituted Dynastic Orders  or formally-constituted National Orders of Merit. The Order of Saint Lazarus does not fall under either of these categories. This has not precluded Catholic prelates from joining the Order. A number of prominent Catholic prelates have acted as chaplains to the Order. Most notably cardinal Paskai former Primate of Hungary who is the spiritual protector to the Paris/Orléans obedience of the order. Previously cardinal Basil Hume was a member of the Order in England as is his successor cardinal Murphy O'Connor. The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell is a former national chaplain and member of the Order in Australia. The Spanish Obedience enjoys the spiritual protection of the Melchite Patriarch of Antioch and Jerusalem. The Order has also been recognised by the Catholic primate of Spain who is Patron of the Grand Priory of Spain. Cardinal Dominik Duka is Chaplain General and a Grand Cross of the Orléans obedience, while the Most Reverend Archbishop Michele Pennisi, Abbot and Archbishop of Monreale (Sicily, Italy), Abbot of Santa Maria del Bosco is Ecclesiastical Grand Prior of the Spanish obedience.
In the United Kingdom the Order has counted several senior aristocrats among its membership. The Rt. Hon. Earl Ferrers was the grand prior of England and Wales (Spanish obedience) until March 2012 when he was replaced by the 22nd Earl of Shrewsbury who was replaced in 2013 by the Marquess of Lothian. The Baron of Fetternear is grand prior of Great Britain (Orléans/French Obedience). In Scotland Viscount Gough is head of the Grand Bailiwick of Scotland. The grand priory of Australia is under the patronage of the Governor General Quentin Bryce. In New Zealand the Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, is a knight and patron of the order and the Māori King Tuheitia is a Knight Commander of the Order. In 2007, king Kigeli V Ndahindurwa of Rwanda accepted the honour of knight grand cross in the order.
In Ireland, the O'Conor Don, Prince of Connacht, successor to the High Kingship of Ireland is a knight of justice in the order as well as Juge d'Armes of the Grand Priory of Ireland. Other noble families are also represented among the Order's membership in Ireland including O'Morchoe, Bunbury and Guinness.
Membership of the Order of Saint Lazarus is by invitation only and is an honour granted by the Grand Magistry of the order. The order include among their members people of the European nobility, academics, politicians and senior clergy. Membership in the order is divided into two classes, knights of justice and knights of magistral grace, the former is restricted to members of families with noble titles. All members of the order are invested in one of the following ranks, regardless of whether they qualify for justice or magistral grace:
- Knight (GCLJ) or dame (GCLJ) grand cross
- Knight (KCLJ) or dame (DCLJ) commander
- Knight (KLJ) or dame (DLJ)
- United Order: Commander (CLJ) / Orléans: serving brother (SBLJ) or serving sister (SSLJ)
- United Order: Officer (OLJ) / Orléans: brother (BLJ) or Sister (SLJ)
- United Order: Member (MLJ)
Gentlemen who are invested in the rank of knight (KLJ) or higher are entitled to the prenominal Chevalier and women invested in the rank of Dame or higher are entitled to the prenominal Dame. Clergy may be admitted into the Order in one of the ranks as assistant chaplain, chaplain, senior chaplain, ecclesial commander and ecclesial grand cross. There is also a companionate which is often used to honour individuals who have supported the work of the order or who have made a significant contribution to society.
Vestments and insignia
For the Order of Saint Lazarus ceremonial occasions, such as investitures, the members wear distinctive vestments and insignia. The mantle of the order is a black cloak with a green velvet collar and the cross of the order sewn onto the left side. The mantle is always worn at religious ceremonies. In addition to the mantle and insignia members of the order normally wear white gloves and ladies may also wear a mantilla in church.
The insignia of a knight is a badge with military trophy pendant from a green neck ribbon, and a golden breast star. Dames of the order wear the badge with wreath of laurel and oak springs from a ribbon bow and a golden breast star. A green button hole rosette may also be worn on a business suit by gentlemen of the order.
Other Lazarus organizations
Apart from The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem there are other organizations or associations based on the Lazarus tradition but who claim no historical links with the medieval Order. These include The Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem (United Grand Priories) founded 1995 inspired by the original order and the Corps Saint Lazarus International (CSLI). While these organizations also have a well-recognized charity agenda, they are not recognized by the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem and do not enjoy the protection of the Royal Houses of France, Spain or Savoy or the Patriarchs of Antioch.
Blessed Gerard, founder of the Order
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Order of Saint Lazarus.|
- Charles Savona-Ventura. The Order of St Lazarus in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Journal of the Monastic Military Orders. October 2008, 1:p.55-64
- "Catholic Encyclopdia". New Advent. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "Environ (1295), Constitution, règlements et nécrologie de Seedorf" (in French). Kloster-seedorf.ch.
- Marcombe, David (2003). Leper Knights. Boydell Press. p. 11. ISBN 1-84383-067-1
- Marcombe, David (2003). Leper Knights. Boydell Press. p. 14. ISBN 1-84383-067-1
- Grouvel, Robert. L'Ordre de Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel et l'École Royale Militaire (1779-1787). Carney de La Sabretache, 1967, p.352-356.
- Sainty, Guy Stair, ed. (2006) World Orders of Knighthood and Merit, p. 1862
- C. Savona-Ventura. The French Revolution's mark on the annals of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem. Journal of the Monastic Military Orders, 2010, 3:51-70
- Bander van Duren, Peter (1995) Orders of Knighthood and of Merit-The Pontifical, Religious and Secularised Catholic-founded Orders and their relationship to the Apostolic See, Buckinghamshire, ss. 495-513, XLV-XLVII
- Adolphe Dumas. Temple et Hospice du Mont-Carmel en Palesine. Fain & Thunot, Paris, 1844, p.11-12
- Declaration on the Ninth Centenary of the Royal Recognition of the Order St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Kevelaer, Germany, 27th May 2012.
- P. Bertrand de la Grassiere: L'Ordre militaire et hospitalier de Saint-Lazare de Jerusalem: Son histoire - son action. Peyronnet et Cle, Paris, 1960, +188p
- de Jandriac. Les chevaliers Hospitaliers de Saint Lazare de Jerusalem et de Notre Dame de la Merci. Rivista Araldica, November 1913, XI(11):p.679-683
- Guy Coutant de Saisseval, Les Chevaliers de Saint Lazare de 1789 à 1930, Drukkerij Weimar by The Hague, undated
- "accessed online 5 May 2012". Maineworldnewsservice.com. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- Oslj.org (Paris obedience)
- orderofsaintlazarus.com (Orléans obedience)
- st-lazarus.net (Malta obedience)
- Guy Stair Sainty, Rafal Heydel-Mankoo: World Orders of Knighthood and Merit, 2006, ISBN 0-9711966,vol. II, p.1859
- "Communiqué de Monseigneur le Comte de Paris" (in French).
- Governmental Order, 9 May 1940.
- Statement of Holy See on Recognition of Equestrian Orders, Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
- "(Spiritual protector)". Oslj.org. 2005-05-21. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- "(Austria)". St-lazarus.org.au. 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- "(Austria)". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- Kardinál Duka sloužil mši svatou pro lazariány
- "Official Website of Governor General of Australia | Patronages". Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- Autor: prap. Markéta Gecová (2012-03-15). "Představitelé armády a Vojenského špitálního řádu podepsali dohodu o spolupráci". Acr.army.cz. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- The Croatian Government promulgated and published on 6 May 1992 in Zagreb the Projet de Décret de Reconnaissance which recognises The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem as an Order of Knighthood legitimately active in the sovereign territory of Croatia.
- Bander van Duren, 1995, Orders of Knighthood and Merit. Buckinghamshire: Colin Smythe. p.509.
- "Paris/Orléans: Rank and insignia".
- "Malta: Rank and insignia". Oslj.org. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- * Morris of Balgonie, Stuart H., Ygr., The Insignia and Decorations of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Perthshire, 1986
- saintlazarus.org (United Grandpriories)
- csli.at (CSLI)
- Bander van Duren, Peter (1995) Orders of Knighthood and of Merit-The Pontifical, Religious and Secularised Catholic-founded Orders and their relationship to the Apostolic See, Buckinghamshire, ss. 495-513, XLV-XLVII
- Burgtorf, Jochen (2006). "Acre, Siege of (1291)". i Alan V. Murray. The Crusades: An Encyclopedia. 1. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. ss. 13–14. OCLC 70122512.
- Coutant de Saisseval, Guy, Les Chevaliers de Saint Lazare de 1789 à 1930, Drukkerij Weimar by the Hague, undated
- Environ (1295), Constitution, règlements et nécrologie de Seedorf (Suisse).
- Marcombe, David (2003). Leper Knights. Boydell Press. ISBN 1-84383-067-1.
- Morris of Balgonie, Stuart H., Ygr., The Insignia and Decorations of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Perthshire, 1986
- Sainty, Guy Stair, ed. (2006) World Orders of Knighthood and Merit.
- Savona-Ventura, Charles (2014) The History of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Nova Press, New York. ISBN 978-1-62948-563-8
- wikisource: "Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem". Catholic Encyclopaedia (1913)
- Website of the United Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem under the Grand Mastership of H.E. Don Carlos Gereda de Borbon, Marquis de Almazán
- Website of the Orléans obedience of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem under the Grand Mastership of H.E. Jan Dobrzensky z Dobrzenic
- Research Library maintained by the Office of the Grand Archivist & Historian of the united MHOSLJ This source provides access to the full original cartulary of the Order with original documents, including all the relevant original Papal Bulls, dating back to the 12th century.
- Algrant y Cañete, James J. / Beaugourdon, Jean de St. Vincent de, Armorial of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Delft, 1983
- A more measured view of The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem by James J. Algrant
- Belloy, Pierre de, De l'origine et institution des divers ordres de chevalerie tant ecclésiastiques que prophanes, Paris, 1604, 2nd edition Toulouse, 1622
- Elphinstone, Francis The Opponents of St Lazarus which appeared, The Armorial, vol.III, no.4, November 1962, Edinburgh
- Gautier de Sibert, History of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Paris, 1772
- Military History Online - Order of St.Lazarus in the Latin East
- "Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- Savona-Ventura, CharlesThe Knight Hospitallers of Saint Lazarus, Malta, 2006
- Seward, D. The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders (London: Penguin Group, 1995).
- Statement by Gregorios III Patriarch of the Melkite-Greek Catholic Church and Spiritual Protector of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem
- The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem from the book: Orders of Knighthood and Merit : The Pontifical, Religious and Secularised Catholic-founded Orders and their relationship to the Apostolic See by Peter Bander van Buren. (Gerrards Cross : Colin Smythe, 1995)
- The origins of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus
- The Order of St. Lazarus by Guy Stair Sainty