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Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

MO 63.1711.1c
Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Maker unknown
1961
Gold, enamel, grosgrain ribbon
3 3/4" x 1 5/8"
A gold and black enamel Latin crowned cross surrounded by green enamel laurel wreath. The cross hangs as a pendant from a red grosgrain ribbon. The cross grants membership into and is the symbol of rank of Knight Grand Cross in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
This award was bestowed upon President John F. Kennedy by His Beatitude Benedictos I, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, at the White House on October 6, 1961. The Knight Grand Cross is one of the five classes of rank bestowed by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Membership in the Order is reserved solely for practicing Roman Catholics. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem can trace its origins to Godfrey de Bouillon of the first Crusade, who gathered around him a group of knights who were entrusted with the protection of the religious Chapter of Canons who were present at the Holy Sepulchre of Christ. For twenty years, these knights, and those who came to join their number, protected the Christian presence at the Holy Sepulchre, taking as their banner the red Jerusalem cross popularized by the crusading knights.
His Beatitude Benedictos I, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem
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National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. John F. Kennedy Library. (04/01/1985- )
Donated to the United States
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