in the Order
membership in the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem
(Order of St. Lazarus) is open to everyone - independently of sex, descent,
nationality, race and colour - if the following conditions set up in the Constitution
21st year of his life
affiliation to a recognised Christian religious
active and lived confessed Christianity
recognised social or vocational position
readiness for the acknowledgement and adherence
to the Orderís Constitution, Statutes and General
Regulations, the implementation instructions and
all other regulations
readiness for the active co-operation in the
sense of Christian charity
admission usually takes place in the category of Grace. Descendants of
recognised noble families can be admitted in the category of Justice; they are
additionally justified to wear beside their insignia the "Cross of Justice".
Within the brotherhood both categories are of equal standing.
other traditional chivalric orders the Order of St. Lazarus knows different ranks
for its members, which are expressed by different insignia. However, the eight
pointed green Orderís cross is not an award of honour, but a character of the
affiliation to the Order of St. Lazarus.
Order of St. Lazarus possesses also a category of Merit, which is open also to
persons, who do not belong to Christian faith.
How to become a Member
person interested in becoming a member of the Order of St. Lazarus is herewith
invited to contact the nearest Jurisdiction within his home country. You may
attend a meeting or participate in an event organised by that Jurisdiction and
explain your interest to the senior officers being present. They will supply you
with more information and with a form of application. All further contact
relating with your application has to be channeled through this Jurisdiction
if there is no such Jurisdiction existing in your country you are invited to
download the following form of application (English
This form must be completely filled in and sent together with the necessary
Order of Saint Lazarus
Office of the Grand Chancellor
Austria - Europe
application forms duly filled in and signed, with all necessary attachments, and
sent by snail mail can be processed. Please note that forms sent by e-mail or
facsimile (fax) cannot be handled.
to the Constitution as a rule any new member will be admitted in the rank of a
"Member", which is internationally styled as "Knight/Dame".
The application form must be attached by a letter together with the appropriate chancery
fee (nonnegotiable check, bank notes); a registered letter is
proposed. For exceptional reasons only the Grand Chancellery may request the
Supreme Head to award a higher rank. In such case you will be contacted by the
same application form must be filled in by persons not belonging to the
Christian faith, but interested to be admitted into the category of Merit.
update 25 03 2005