Annual Mass Knights of St Gregory

Annual Mass Knights of St Gregory and of St Sylvester- September 2019

On Tuesday 10th September, Bishop Philip celebrated Mass with and for the Knights and Dames of St. Gregory and the Knights and Dames of St. Sylvester, two papal equestrian orders, here in the Cathedral and then joined them afterwards for lunch in the Cathedral Discovery Centre. The Order of St. Gregory the Great and the Order of St. Sylvester are two of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See. The honour is bestowed upon Catholic men and women (sometimes in rare cases on non-Catholics) in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and to the Church, through their unusually generous labours and service. Both orders were created by Pope Gregory XVI in the mid-nineteenth century. These knights and dames must progressively maintain an unswerving fidelity to God and to the sovereign Pontiff. The members have no privileges beyond that of wearing a decoration.  For the Order of St. Sylvester, this is a gold enamelled Maltese cross with the image of St. Sylvester on one side and the other the inscription: 1841 Gregorius XVI restituit. For the Order of St. Gregory, this is an eight-pointed cross with a representation of St. Gregory and on the reverse the motto Pro Deo et Principe ("For God and Ruler"). The cross is suspended from a red and gold ribbon.



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