OFFICIAL UNIFORM & INSIGNIA
The cross we wear around our neck is not a jewel for us to be more beautiful nor a mere honorary insignia but a continuous reminder of God's extreme love for us and our role of service. This great Red Cross on our capes reminds us of the five wounds of the Redeemer, that we are his convinced ambassadors on mission in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem with this same unlimited love for the Holy Land and also a Testimony of our submission to this cross which equals infinite love.
The Cape or Mantle and medals of the Order can only be worn during duties and ceremonies of the Order. In all occasions where the mantle is worn, the neck medal and all other insignas of Knights and Dames must also be worn (for example, the breast star). The only decorations that can be worn on the mantle are the pilgrim shell and the decoration for the pilgrimage of year 2000.
Knights cannot wear their Mantle during public activities without having first the approval of their Lieutenancy / Magistral Delegation, and that of the Lieutenancy / Magistral Delegation where the activity takes place. The same rule applies for Dames of the Order.
The mantle (cape)
Many years ago, Knights wore uniforms but today, they only wear the mantle, white for the Knights and black for the Dames, embellished on the left side by the insigna of the Order. The mantle is only worn during religious ceremonies and is accompanied by a beret for the Knights and a mantilla for the Dames. The Lieutenant also wears a heavy gold cord over his mantle.
Members of the clergy who are members of the Order wear the mozetta in all occasions where the mantle is worn. The mozatta is also worn during Eucharistic celebrations preceding the meetings of the Lieutenancy.
The ribbon of the neck medal is placed under (and largely hidden by) the collar, unless of course it is a wing collar shirt. The Cross of Jerusalem rests on the tie, immediately under the knot. When worn with a bow tie, the Cross must be positioned between 2.0 and 2.5 cm under it. The ribbon of the neck medal of a Dame is longer, and the Cross of Jerusalem rests on the chest.
No other insigna must be worn with the neck medal, except for the sash and the breast star.neck
The star of a Knight or a Dame Grand Offcier, or the star of a Knight or a Dame Grand Cross, is worn on the chest, on the left side of the suit or the dress.
Wearing of Medals
In 1906, the Holy See created a specific decoration for the Order, positioned after the Vatican decoration of the Order of Saint Sylvester. This decoration has four ranks: Knight/Dame, Knight Commander/Dame Commander, Knight Grand Officer/Dame Grand Officer, Knight Grand Cross/Dame Grand Cross. There is also a fifth rank called Knight of the Collar, but it is rarely given.
Knight or dame
The Knight wears, around the neck, the small Cross of Jerusalem (3.5 cm) and the military trophy suspended to a 4 cm black ribbon.
The Dame wears the same decoration suspended to a black ribbon but the medal is positioned lower on the chest. For the Dame, the military trophy is replaced by a gold bow.
Knight or dame Commander
The Knight Commander wears, around the neck, the large Cross of Jerusalem (5 cm) and the military trophy suspended to a 5 cm black ribbon.
The Dame Commander wears the same decoration suspended to a black ribbon but the medal is positioned lower on the chest.
Knight or dame Grand Officer
The Knight Grand Officer wears, around the neck, the large Cross of Jerusalem (5 cm) and the military trophy suspended to a 5 cm black ribbon. A breast star representing a large eight-pointed silver star, topped by a small cross enclosed in a gold circle and a green laurel wreath, is also worn on the left side of the suit.
The Dame Grand Officer wears the same Star suspended to a black ribbon positioned lower on the chest.
Knight or dame Grand Cross
The Knight Grand Cross wears the large Cross of Jerusalem suspended to a black sash draping from right shoulder to left hip. No other decoration must be worn on the sash. The sash is placed under the vest, except in the presence of the Grand Master, where it is worn over the vest. A large eight-pointed silver star is also worn on the left side of the chest. The neck medal is not worn with the sash.
The Dame Grand Cross wears the same decoration suspended to a black sash. The only difference is that the military trophy is replaced by a gold bow. The Dame Grand Cross can wear the Star suspended to a black ribbon positioned lower on the chest.
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