About the Order
WHO ARE WE?
The Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr is an international, pan-Orthodox, confraternal order of Christian chivalry formally established in 2019 with the ecclesiastical blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. As an Orthodox order of knighthood, the Order is open to any Orthodox Christian (both male and female, cleric or lay) who is in good and moral standing with the Church. The Order was founded with the purpose of caring for Orthodox Christians who find themselves in need, want, or under persecution for their faith. Thus, the Order takes very seriously its desire to see full dignity, human rights, and freedom for all Orthodox Christians, regardless of where they live. For this reason, the Order places upon itself the responsibility to try and advocate for those Orthodox Christians who are not free.
WHAT DOES THE ORDER DO?
The Order has as its goals and objectives to organize, promote, aid and engage in charitable, humanitarian, educational, medical and chivalric activities, particularly by: (a) aiding the poor, the sick, the needy, the aged, the infirm, the maimed, the mentally ill, the imprisoned and the socially disadvantaged; (b) assisting in the maintenance of holy places including, but not limited to, buildings, monasteries, seminaries, shrines, churches and cathedrals of the Orthodox Faith; and (c) establishing and promoting the works of hospitals, medical centers, orphanages, schools and other bona fide Orthodox institutions and/or organizations.
To this end, the Order dedicates itself to an annual philanthropic project, which for 2020 is dedicated to support the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem which oversees the Bethany Community of the Resurrection and many holy sites, such as the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene located on the Mount of Olives, near the Garden of Gethsemane in East Jerusalem.
WHY MIGHT YOU WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?
We believe that being an integral part of this Order provides Orthodox Christians, both male and female, cleric and lay, with a vibrant, living, forceful and highly committed way to express one’s faith in tangible ways for their fellow Orthodox Christians who are in great need of assistance.
WHAT DOES MEMBERSHIP IN THE ORDER PROVIDE?
It offers the faithful members of the Orthodox Church outward ways in which to be of true Christly service, as mirrored in the Beatitudes and in the basic Christian message of love. We are all called to serve, protect, and defend those who are the least among us.
WHAT IS NEEDED?
Your commitments of “time, talent. and treasure” are respectfully requested. It is our deepest hope that you will see a place for yourself as a Knight or Dame of this Order, and, with us, reach out in the name of our Lord to our fellow Orthodox Christians in need or under persecution. We are to be a voice for the voiceless!