|INTERNATIONAL - Pilgrims from all over the world met in the Marian city of Kevelaer|
About 200 members of our from 37 jurisdictions and nations are meeting on Pentecost weekend for the "International Pilgrimage 2012" at the Kevelaer shrine.
On Pentecost weekend Kevelaer will be dominated by the “international pilgrimage” of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, in short, Lazarus-Order. At the invitation of the Grand Master of the Order, HE Don Carlos Gereda de Borbón, Marquis d’Almazàn, and the Spiritual Protector, His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III of Damascus, some 200 members of our Ecumenical Order will be meeting from 24 to 27 May in the Marian town. Whether from Malta, the headquarters of the Order, or from Ireland, whether from Germany, Finland, Spain, Nigeria, Canada or the United States – the members, Knights and Dames from more than 37 nations, are also using the pilgrimage for various Lazarus Order events.
The tourist office of Kevelaer serves as a registration office on guests’ arrival, the program and the details have been planned by the Grand Priory of Europe with Chev. Klaus-Peter Pokolm GCLJ as head. Kevelaer is the spiritual center of the GP-EU
The highpoint of the pilgrimage of the Order of Saint Lazarus will be the walk from Kerken-Eyll to Kevelaer and the Way of the Cross, which ends with an ecumenical service in the Basilika and on Saturday. A service team of the Lazarus-Hilfswerk (LHW) accompanies the footwalkers of the Order.
The international pilgrimage ends on Sunday with an invitation to a festive High Mass in St. Mary’s Basilica on Pentecost celebrated by HE Bishop Jansen and the Chaplains of the Order Msgr. Anthony Toms JSChLJ, KMLJ and Msgr. Dr. Lothar Dr. Schlegel EGCLJ