7th scene: Our historical background and spirituality


Our brotherhood is named after Blessed Gérard. He lived at the transition from the 11th to the 12th century. He was a Benedictine monk and the guest master of the Benedictine Monastery St. Maria Latina in Jerusalem.

 Numerous pilgrims found accommodation in the guesthouse. They came to see the places where Jesus lived and where he died and where he rose from the dead.

 But because the journeys in those days were a great strain, most of the pilgrims arrived in Jerusalem exhausted and sick.

Therefore the guesthouse was more a hospital than a hotel and in those days it was already commonly known as the Hospital of Jerusalem.

 Apart from nursing the sick they used to accommodate abandoned children, feed the starving, clothe the needy and care for discharged prisoners.

 Blessed Gérard founded the Brotherhood of St. John to run the hospital. This community is the historical root of the Hospital Order of St. John, the oldest Hospital Order of the Church,

 which is today known as the Order of Malta.

Their spirit and rule are based on Benedictine spirituality. The rule of St. Benedict says in chapter 36: "Care of the sick must rank above and before all else,

 so that they may truly be served as Christ, for he said: 'I was sick and you visited me'.”

The Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard today wants to revitalise this spirit of the Brotherhood of St. John. It wants to give new life to the charism of these origins and adapt it into the context of our present time and life situation.

This page is part of "An Everlasting Brotherhood" - Video film about the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

This page was last updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 01:13:52.

Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard