His Eminence, Prince John,
The Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Sacred Sword and Lance
Established in 1098
Membership classes available
Knight Grand Cross with Collar (GCSSL) (Max 20)
Knight Grand Cross (GSSL) (Max 40)
Knight Grand Officers (GOSSL) (max 60)
Knight Commander (KCSSL) (max 80), Knight (KSSL) (Max 120)
Companion, (CSSL), Officer (OSSL), Member (MSSL)
THE ORDER of THE SACRED SWORD and LANCE
The Order has a non-continuous career. It's origin
is said to date from the time and celebrate when a priest Peter Barthelemy was said to
have been visited by the Holy apostle St. Andrew who in a vision is said to have taken him
to the Church of St. Peter in Antioch. This was then a Saracen Mosque. It is said that St.
Peter told the priest to dig before the Alter and there he would find a Sword and the very
Lance that had pierced the side of Christ whence had flowed the salvation of the world. He
was told to deliver the Sword and Lance to Count Raymond and he would recover Antioch.
Peter told his superiors of the vision. A hole was dug in front of the altar and a Sword
and Lance were found there. Peter in his vision was told to deliver them to Count Raymond
and he would recover Antioch. History informs us that this did happen and the Order was
consecrated to perpetuate the memory of that great event. Count Toulouse as a reward
carried it at the head of the Crusaders army in 1098.