STATUTE

Article 1. The Sovereign Knightly Order of the Jerusalem Cross founded on January 6, 2005 is a Quasi-state Entity governing its members (subjects). The status, rights and privileges of a sovereign knightly order have been conferred on the Order of the Jerusalem Cross (hereinafter, the Order) by the Genghis Khan House of the Princes of Siberia (the Royal House of Siberia) on May 1st, 2016.

Article 2. May 3 — the Discovery of the Holy Cross – is the main holiday of the Order. Safeguarding the Holy Cross and ensuring its wide veneration is the primary objective of the Order. The patron Saints of the Order are St Gaius Cassius Longinus, a Roman centurion who participated in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and Emperor Paul I of Russia.

Article 3. The Order has its own coat of arms, flag and hymn. The currency of the Order is Staur. The brothers of the Order are orthodox and catholic Christians. The official languages of the Order are Russian and English.

Article 4. There are five degrees of knighthood in the Order, which are in ascending order as follows: Knight, Officer, Commander, Captain-Commander and Knight of the Grand Cross. The number of the highest class companions – Knights of the Grand Cross (Barons of the Order) – is limited to 12 persons. Any man, either orthodox or catholic, over the age of 25, may be admitted to the Order after giving solemn oath. Those admitted to the Order acquire the status of the Knight of the Jerusalem Cross. The brothers of the Order shall not accept any titles, honors or decorations other than those of the Order without a prior written authorization of their Sovereign.

Article 5. In the Order the form of government is monarchy. The symbolic chief of the Order is St Gaius Cassius Longinus. The executive, legislative and judicial powers are vested for life with the Sovereign of the Order (the Prince-Vicar, the Great Logothete), (hereinafter, the Vicar). At the introduction into the rights, the Vicar takes a public oath on the Cross and the Statute.

The Vicar is a Fount of honour (latin: fons honorum) for the knights of the Order. The Vicar alone has the power to admit members to the Order and to exclude them. The Vicar confers all the higher degrees and titles upon the knights and bestows the title of a Baron upon the Knights of the Grand Cross. The powers of the Vicar are inheritable. Upon the death or voluntary resignation of the Vicar, the eldest male lineal descendant of the governing dynast having achieved the age of 30 becomes the new Vicar.

Article 6. If the successor has not achieved the age of 30 by the moment of death of the Vicar, the Order shall be under collective governance of the Knights of the Grand Cross constituting a Regency Council, until the successor reaches the age. If there are no surviving descendants, the new Vicar shall be elected by a majority of votes at a meeting of the Knights of the Grand Cross. Those absent from the meeting may delegate their voting powers to a member present at the meeting, at their own discretion. The meeting shall be deemed valid if at least 2/3 of the total number of the Knights of the Grand Cross are present. Within the period until the new Vicar is elected, the Regency Council shall exercise his powers (except the power to adopt any revised editions of this Statute).

Article 7. The General Chapter of the Order is constituted by the Knights of the Grand Cross. The Vicar entrusts the members of the General Chapter designated by him with the following functions, respectively: the Chancellor manages the Legates of the Order, the international section and responds for the relations with religious, public and social organizations; the Treasurer manages the Treasury of the Order and runs all economic and business activities of the Order. The Secretary administers the registry of the Order, prepares documents for the General Chapter meetings, organizes the publishing activities. Three members of the General Chapter are appointed by the Vicar as judges of the Court of Honor. The other members of the General Chapter perform other functions vested in them by the Vicar.

Article 8. A Legion is the territorial unit of the Order constituted by local knightly assemblies called Centuries. Each Legion is governed by a Legate. Legates are appointed and removed by the Vicar. A Legate may have one or two aids — Tribunes. The power to appoint and remove Tribunes lies with the Legate. A Century is governed by a Centurion to be appointed and removed by the Legate. The knights of the Order being members of a Century shall execute the orders of their Legates and Tribunes in full obedience. Legates may attend meetings of the General Chapter and have a deliberative vote.

Article 9. Any member of the Order irreparably and deliberately violating the Statute of the Order, acting impudently and evading the fulfilment of any instructions and orders of their superiors, practicing an immoral lifestyle, causing deliberate damage to the Order and its activities, shall stand trial. The verdict of the Court of Honor shall be final, and the Vicar alone has the power to grant a pardon to the convict.

Article 10. Each member of the Order willfully undertakes the burden of charity by contributing their own available funds to the construction or restoration of destroyed relics and holy places, improvement and decoration of temples, hospitals, schools, hospices, and by aiding those in need as the Gospel prescribes.

ENTRANT TO THE SOVEREIGN KNIGHTLY ORDER OF JERUSALEM CROSS LOYALTY OATH

I, (so-and-so), hereby join the Sacred Army of the Jerusalem Cross and taking this oath do promise and swear to abide by these pledges of voluntary and strict obedience, fraternity and hospitality. By this vow I hereby demonstrate my steady and doubtless purpose to devote my efforts and life to our Order of the Jerusalem Cross, safeguard and honor thereof. I further on accept the obligations to continually and fully obey to the Vicar, fight under his flags and obey his word in war and in peace. To which, before the Knights present in this meeting, I hereby pledge my oath.

INVESTITURE

Initiate, with his arms folded across and his eyes droop, he will reflect on and bethink of the decedent heroes, praying the Creator to be honored with similar selfless life and death. The Vicar (or his designated Knight) begins reading the prayer:

«Mercy on us! God bless your servant, as You are the source of power, and without Your support a titan shall fall under a shepherd’s sling, while a weak by You inspirited shall become unshakable as a stronghold against the mortals` helpless rage. God Almighty! In Your hand are victorious arrows and the thunders of Heavenly wreath; look from the height of Your glory at the one called by his duty to Your temple, and bless him to serve, not to the falsehood and tyranny, and not for the ruin and devastation, but to the protection of law, for the liberation of the afflicted and the oppressed; and give him God, for the sake of this sacred duty, the wisdom of Solomon and the stronghold of Maccabees».

After reading the prayer, the initiate will bend the knee before the Vicar (or his designated Knight), who will pronounce the following:

«In praise of God Almighty, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, I hereby entitle you Knight of Jerusalem Cross. Remember that you duty is to be faithful to God, the Fraternity and your Lady; be slow in revenge and punishment, and prompt in your mercy and assistance to the widows and the orphaned; go to Church and give alms; honor women and hate malignant gossip about them».

After that, the Vicar (or his designated Knight) thrice lays the sword on the knight’s shoulders and gives him the Knight’s Cross and mantle.

CODE OF CHIVALRY

The Code of Chivalry is binding upon the knights of the Order of the Jerusalem Cross.
A knight breaching the Code of Chivalry and not willing to remedy the offense will be deprived of the title of knighthood and of all his privileges.
A knight shall obey the teachings and rules of the Christian Church.
A knight shall defend the Church, protect its priests and its property.
A knight shall defend the Vicar of the Order, even at the cost of his own life.
A knight shall keep his word, for cowardice is even more shameful than perjury.
A knight shall have his own noble coat of arms and an official document certifying the title conferred.
A knight shall refrain from lying and deceit.
A knight shall never harm an unarmed person.
A knight shall never support unfair deeds and shall protect those wrongfully oppressed.
A knight shall be merciful and shall never ignore those asking for help.
A knight shall be intolerant to the foes of the Church and of the Vicar.
A knight shall respect the honor of dames.
Should a dispute arise between the knights or should one of them insult another by word or deed, the Court of Honor will settle the dispute.
There is nothing more disgusting for a knight than treason.
A knight shall never strike a defeated opponent nor an opponent begging for mercy.
A knight shall always defend the honor of the Vicar, the honor of a woman and his own honor.
On May 3rd, the Day of Discovery of the Holy Cross, the Code of Chivalry and the Order Declaration «ABOUT US» are read aloud to all the knights.


VICAR’S OATH

By undertaking the burden of Vicar’s service I give this oath before my subjects that I will always be guided by and act in good faith in the best interests of our knightly brotherhood, and will never derogate the status of our Order, and that I will devote my life to the Holy Cross.

The main holidays of the Order

Besides the Twelve Great Feasts and the Easter, the following days have been declared holidays: May, 3 – Acquisition of the Holy Cross, June, 15 – Liberation of Jerusalem by the First Crusade soldiers and Acquisition of Akhtyrka Icon of the Mother of God, October, 1 — birthday of Emperor Paul I, October, 29 – Commemoration of St. Longin.