Submitted by Val Hiscock on
In 1223 Landgrave Ludwig IV of Thuringia founded the Hospital of Mary Magdalene in Gotha. Until the Reformation, the Order of St. Lazarus cared for the sick here, in its first commandery on German soil. We commemorate this occasion.
After a "Thuringian evening" on Friday 28 July and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the hospital the Order invites members and guests to the ceremonial act, a prayer service in the Augustinian church. A banquet and charity ball in support of the German Lazarus Foundation will take place in Gotha’s City Hall on Saturday 29 July, in the presence of the Grand Master. Guests from foreign jurisdictions and friends are cordially welcome.
Further details will be published in due course.