STATUTE

I will go to Mecca taking with them a great many soldiers, like a black night. I will take possession of this city and will erect a throne for the Best of the Sons of Man, and then I will make my way towards Jerusalem. I will conquer the Orient and the Occident to spread the Christian religion everywhere. (Emperor Nikephoros Phokas)

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 (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 protector (patron) saint of the Order is St Gaius Cassius Longinus, a Roman centurion who participated in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Article 3. The Order has its own coat of arms, flag and hymn. The brothers of the Order are orthodox and catholic Christians. The official languages of the Order are Russian and English. When publishing texts by the Order, the priority is preserved for the Russian language.

Article 4. The Order honors the Orthodox and Catholic tradition. The members of the Order (Orthodox and Catholics) participate in church ordinances separately.

Article 5. There are five degrees of knighthood in the Order, which are in ascending order as follows: Knight, Captain, Commander, Captain-Commander and Baron of the Order. The number of the highest class companions – Barons of the Order – is limited to 12 persons (besides retireds). Approved by in the Order the following term for raising the classes of knights: from Knight to Captain — 5 years, from Captain to Commander — 5 years, from Commander to Captain-Commander — 5 years. For special merits term can be reduced. Entry into the Order is possible only at the invitation of the Order, or on the recommendation of a member of the Order. The candidate must meet the following requirements: man, either orthodox or catholic, over the age of 25, european, heterosexual, monarchist, who accepts the provisions of the Order Statute and wishes to participate in his activities. Those admitted to the Order acquire the status of the Knight of the Jerusalem Cross.

Article 6. The brothers of the Order can take any titles, honors or decorations, not related to the Order, only with permission of the Sovereign of the Order. The brothers of the Order may not be members of any National Assemblies of the Nobility. A Knight of the Jerusalem Cross awarded with a medal and a title by any ruling or non-ruling House may not refer to this fact as a rationale for his subordination to any other sovereign. The princes of the Church (Orthodox or Catholic bishops) cannot be members of the Order. The Order remains outside the jurisdiction of any state, its ruler and Church. Members of the Order, who are citizens of states with a republican form of government, cannot run in elections of the republican power.

Article 7. 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 Barons of the Order. 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 8. 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 a Barons of the Order 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 a Barons of the Order. 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 a Barons of the Order are present. Barons of the Order, retired to retire, do not participate in the vote. 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). The chosen Vicar becomes the Prince of the Order. In case of death of the members of the Regency Council, or voluntary resignation of their powers before the election of the Vicar, the members of the Order will by a majority vote elect new members of the Regency Council (General Chapter).

Article 9. The General Chapter of the Order is constituted by a Barons of the Order. 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 10. 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 11. 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. In the event of a dispute or enmity between the members of the Order, only the Court of Honor can resolve their conflict.

Article 12. The member of the Order is obliged: defend the Church, keep his word, for cowardice is even more shameful than perjury, to have his own noble coat of arms and an official document certifying the title conferred, refrain from lying and deceit, never harm an unarmed person, shall protect those wrongfully oppressed, be merciful and shall never ignore those asking for help, be intolerant to the foes of the Order, always defend the honor of a woman and his own honor.

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 and kiss the Cross.

INVESTITURE

The Vicar (or his designated Knight) reads a 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».

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.

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.

REGULATION ON THE COURT OF HONOR

1. The Court of Honor (hereinafter, the Court) comprises 3 members (judges) vested with equal rights and powers.

2. When considering cases the judges rely upon the Christian worldview, the teachings and rules of the Church (both Orthodox and Catholic tradition).

3. The Court considers cases involving the knights of the Sovereign Knightly Order of the Jerusalem Cross (hereinafter, the Order) and delivers judgments in the name of the Vicar. Such judgments are final and non-appealable.

4. A judgment shall impel the offender to penitence and rehabilitation.

5. The Court’s function is to warn, conciliate and punish. The Court’s verdict is final, and only the Vicar has the power to grant a pardon to the convicted.

6. The judicial power in the Order belongs totally to the Vicar. The Vicar being the Sovereign of the Order is not subject to trial as he himself holds the court.

7. Judges of the Court are appointed and removed by Decrees of the Vicar from among the members to the General Chapter of the Order.

8. When further investigation is required, the Court accepts claims and justifications from any interested parties.

9. The accused shall be notified of the Court session and the accusations brought against him, by any available means three days before the proceedings (so that the accused could prepare justification defense). If the accused does not appear before the Court without good cause, the case shall be heard in his absence and the judgment shall be subsequently communicated to him.

10. In case of perjury during the proceedings on the part of the claimant, the defendant and the witnesses, the perjurers (if proven guilty) will be deprived of all their privileges and honors and expelled from the Order.

11. The Court hearings are held in private.

12. A person accused of an offense cannot be punished unless there is sufficient evidence proving him guilty.

13. The Court should take in consideration such factors as the causes of the offense, the lifestyle of the accused, his motives, and, where possible, be indulgent to the accused to encourage his reformation.

14. A verdict shall be declared upon unanimous decision of all Court members and approval of the Vicar.

15. The Court shall verify the evidence presented by establishing its origin and the way it was obtained. The Court thoroughly examines and considers any evidence submitted.

16. The Court shall not prioritize one fact of evidence over another and shall consider all evidence relevant to a case comprehensively. Any explanations and testimonies based on a guess, assumption, rumor, or testimonies the origin of which cannot be stated by the witness, shall not be accepted as evidence.

17. Any oral explanation shall be protocoled and signed by the declarant. A written explanation shall be included in the dossier.

18. A Court member participating in the proceedings as a claimant or a defendant cannot perform the function of a judge at such proceedings. In this case such judge(s) shall be provisionally substituted by other persons appointed by the Vicar.

19. If the judges cannot reach a unanimous decision, the Court declares it and submits the case to the sole discretion of the Vicar. If there is no unanimous decision more than three times, the Vicar dissolves the Court and appoints new judges.

20. All the members of the Order shall assist the judges in their activities. Obstructing investigation and justice is a grave crime.

The main holidays of the Order

May, 3 – Acquisition of the Holy Cross. July, 15 – Liberation of Jerusalem, First Crusade and Acquisition of Akhtyrka Icon of the Mother of God. March, 15 and October, 29 – Commemoration of St. Longin.