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UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA

(Uniforms and Badges of Rank - from the 1977 Constitutions of the Order)



1 -The Uniform is not obligatory.

Instead, the use of the cape and headgear - the style of which is described in the sections which follow - remains reconfirmed.

Garments2 -The cape is a complete circle of white ivory cloth, with a length of up to 10 centimeters below the knee, with a white velvet collar, with a loop of white cord, a collar badge of white satin, and Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon (25 cm. long) in scarlet cloth on the center of the chest. The cape is worn without hat, over ceremonial dress with decorations, or with the dark suit without decorations, depending upon the circumstances.

In both cases the Knight can wear a beret of black velvet, with the badges of rank described in Section 3 following. In religious functions and in other ceremonies, the Lieutenant General, Governor, Vice-Governors, members of the Grand Magisterium, Lieutenants both in office and honorary, can wear the very full capitular cape of white cloth, floor length, with its collar turned, the scarlet Cross of Godfrey under the left shoulder, the cape being the same size as that of uniform capes, long cords of gold with tassels also in gold, and a slip-knot about half the length of the cape. The cape is closed in the front with its opening (about 50 cm.) under the collar.

The beret of black velvet with one's badge of rank is worn with the capitular cape.

beret3 -The beret, of black velvet, in the style of a cap, held vertically at the right by a band of the same velvet, winged and shaped so that it surrounds the cap and angled to the left until it reaches a height of 4 centimeters. The badge is applied in the crossing of the hand (12 cm.) with the following distinctions of rank:


Knightknight

Scarlet Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon on a silver shield (dimensions of the shield 40x37.5 mm.);


Commander

Scarlet Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon on a silver shield set on a disc of black velvet (6 cm.) trimmed by a cord of gold embroidery (3 mm.);


Commander with Star

Scarlet Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon on a silver shield set on a disk of black velvet (7.5 cm.) surrounded by two circular cords embroidered in gold (3 mm.),


Knight Grand Cross

Scarlet Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon on a silver shield set - a disk of black velvet (7.5 cm.) surrounded by two circular cords embroidered in gold (3 mm.); the shield is surrounded by a wreath of olive leaves embroidered in gold.


Knight of the Collar

Scarlet Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon on a silver shield, set on a disk of black velvet (7.5 cm.) surrounded by one circular cord of gold embroidered in gold (3 mm.). The shield is surrounded by a garland shaped crown of thorns.



4 - The Ladies wear a high neck black dress with long sleeves, a black veil on the head and black cape of velvet or satin (lined in black silk with the Cross of Godfrey in scarlet cloth bordered with gold. (see above)




Art. 6

(Insignia of the Order)

I -The insignia of the Order is, according to ancient custom, the Cross which takes its name from Godfrey of Bouillon - and specifically the gold "Cross Potent" enamelled in the color of blood, with four red crosslets with gold borders attached at the four sides. The ribbon from which the Cross hangs is of black watered silk.

2 - The insignia of the three classes have the following characteristics:

a - Knights and Ladies of the Collar.

Knight of the CollarFor the Knights of the Collar, collar tieable in two places, with a ring enamelled in red for the Cross of Jerusalem (six Crosses), alternating with seven pairs of small rectangular plates in gold, with the motto "Deus lo vult," from the bottom of which hangs the Military Trophy supporting the Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon enamelled in red, surmounted by the gold figure in relief of Christ Rising from the Sepulchre and trimmed with a garland of leaves in gold, enamelled in green, and Star.

The Star is in shining silver (8.5 cm.), surmounted by a disk in gold (4 cm.), on which is superimposed, on a background enamelled in white, the Cross of Jerusalem enamelled in red with the gold figure in relief, of Christ Rising from the Sepulchre and trimmed with a garland of olive leaves, in gold, enamelled in green. (Refer to Table 4)


For the Ladies of the Collar, collar identical to that described for the Knights of the Collar, but with an ornamental bow which takes the place of the Military Trophy, and Star.

The Star is identical to that described for the Knights of the Collar. (Refer to Table 4-where, in the collar, the ornamental bow takes the place of the Military Trophy)







b -Knights

Grand Cross For Knights Grand Cross, the Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon enamelled in red (5 cm.), surmounted by a Military Trophy with an over-the-shoulder band of watered black silk (10 cm.) which is worn from the right shoulder to the left side, and Star. The Star is in shining silver (8.5 cm.), on which is superimposed the Cross of Godfrey, enamelled in red (5 cm.).



KC*HSKGOHS For Commanders with Star, Cross of Godfrey enamelled in red (5 cm.), surmounted by Military Trophy, with Star. The Star is identical to that described for the Knights of the Collar, but without the image of Christ Rising from the Sepulchre.



KCHSFor Commanders, Cross of Godfrey enamelled in red (5 cm.), surmounted by Military Trophy;



KHSFor Knights, Cross of Godfrey enamelled in red (3.5 cm.), surmounted by Military Trophy.


C - DGCHSFor Ladies Grand Cross, Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon enamelled in red (5 cm.), surmounted by the ornamental bow, with an over-the-shoulder band of watered black silk (10 cm.) which is worn from the right shoulder to the left side, and Star.

The Star is identical to that described for the Commanders with star.

For Lady Commanders with Star, Cross of Godfrey enamelled in red (5 cm.), surmounted by the ornamental bow, with Star. The Star is identical to that described for the Commanders with Star.

For Lady Commanders, Cross of Godfrey enamelled in red (5 cm.), surmounted by the ornamental bow.

For Ladies, Cross of Godfrey enamelled in red (3.5 cm.), surmounted by the ornamental bow.


3 -The ribbon of the Order is of black watered silk. The ribbon, which holds the Cross of Godfrey at the neck, is 5 centimeters for the Commanders with Star and for the Commanders; that of the Knights is 3.5 centimeters wide.

The Star is worn on the left side of the chest. The rosettes of the respective rank can be worn at the button-hole.

Art.7

(Mozzetta for the Ecelesiastics)

The ecclesiastical members of the Order can use the rochet, with black sleeves, unless by other titles the proper sleeves are violet or crimson. They wear a mozzetta of white wool, of normal size, with the scarlet Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon on the left shoulder (20x20 cm.).

When they are not wearing the mozzetta, they may wear the uniform cape.

In either case they wear the insignia of their rank on the chest and/or at the neck, on the cassock or on the mozzetta.

Art. 8

(Use of the Unform)

The Knights cannot wear the uniform or even the cape in public functions and ceremonies without prior authorization from the respective Lieutenancy or Magistral Delegation, as well as that of the Lieutenancy or Magistral Delegation where the function or ceremony takes place.

The same norm applies to the use of the cape of the Order on the part of the Ladies.

Art. 9

(Insignia of Decorations of Merit)

1 -The insignia of the Cross of Merit consists of a "Cross Potent" of gold, enamelled in red, with a Crown of Thorns of gold passing between the cross-pieces of the Cross.

Cross of Merit - EOHSJ

The band is of white silk with three longitudinal red stripes. The white recalls the cape of the Order, the red the Crosses which embellish it

2 -The insignia of the various classes have the following characteristics:

-Cross of Merit of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem: the insignia (5.2 cm.) is worn at the neck, hung on a ribbon (4.5 cm.).

-Cross of Merit with Silver Plaque of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem: the insignia (5.2 cm.) is worn at the neck, hung on a ribbon (4.5 cm.). The Plaque is in shining silver (7.2 cm.), with the insignia (3.5 cm.). superimposed.

-Cross of Merit with Plaque of gold of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem: the insignia (6.4 cm.) is hung from a band of silk of a width of 10 cm., which is worn diagonally from the right shoulder to the left side.

The Plaque is in shining siTver (8.5 cm.) with the insignia (5.2 cm.) superimposed.

The Plaque is worn on the left side of the chest. (Refer to Tables 6, 7 and 8)

Art. 10

(Insignia of Special Distinction)

Palm of Jerusalem (of gold, silver and bronze)

The Palm of the Order (4x4 cm.) bears on its face the Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon on a shield of gold, silver or bronze, surmounted by the motto "Deus lo vult," the entirety surrounded by two Palms in elliptic form, one with olive branches, the other with branches of laurel, enamelled in green.

On the side is engraved the inscription: "Palma Equestris Ordinis Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani:'

Those decorated with the Palm of the Order wear the Palm on their chest, hung on a band of watered black silk (3.5 cm.). (Refer to Table 4)

Pilgrim Shell

The Pilgrim Shell (4x4.5 cm.) is a special badge representing the Shell in silver, with its valve open frontally, overlaid with the Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon enamelled in red and bordered in gold (2 cm.).

Art. 11

(Flags of the Order)

1 - Gonfalon of the Order

GonfalonThe Ensign of the Order consists of the Gonfalon of white silk with a red staff surmounted by Military Trophy. The cloth (1.80x2.10 cm.) is knotted to the staff set spirally. A fringe border of .40 meters hangs from the horizontal lower pole, its colors and fringes symbolizing the Lieutenancies of the Order. On the face of the Gonfalon stands the Crusader Flag. On the top of the empty Sepulchre the ornamental scroll with festoon and the motto in Gothic characters, "Deus lo vult' is extended.

The figure of the resurrected Christ is enclosed at the side by an ornamental motif alternated with Crosses of Godfrey of Bouillon and Crowns of Thorns. From the knobs of the upper transverse pole hang the ribbons of the Order in watered black silk.

The Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon stands out on the side of the Gonfalon.

The Gonfalon is kept in the seat of the Order in Rome. Its use is regulated by the Cardinal Grand Master.

2 - Standard of the Lieutenancies

The Ensign of the Lieutenancies of the Order is a standard of white silk, with a red staff, surmounted by the Military Trophy. The wide panel (0.80x2.40 meters), which ends in a point, bears on its face the figure of Christ Rising from the Sepulchre, and He is bearing the Crusader Flag. At the base is the ornamental scroll with the motto: "Dens lo vult,' which can also be translated into the language of the respective nations. From the knobs of the transverse pole hang the ribbons: to the right of that of the Order, in black watered silk, to the left the ribbon with the colors of the nation of the Lieutenancy. The Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon stand out on the side of the standard. The standard is kept in the seat of the Lieu-tenancy and the Lieutenant regulates its use.

3 - Ensign of the Sections

The Ensign of the Sections is a flag of white silk with a red staff, surmounted by the Military Trophy.

On the face of the material (.60x.60 m.), with a swallow-tail of .80 m., stands out the Cross of Godfrey of Bouillon.

The arms or the colors of the Region stand out on the side. The flag is kept in the seat of the Section and the President regulates its use.

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