Thursday, October 17, 2019

Te Deum - Celebration of the Merovingium Dynasty

BUENOS AIRES 17 October 2019 (ORCNS) - A solemn ecumenical rite was a celebrated and the Te Deum was offered on the evening of Sunday, 13 October 2019. These special rites were part of the celebrations of the 50th birthday of HMERH Don Rubén Gavaldá y Castro, Count of Gévaudan, Prince of Septimania, head of the Royal Merovingian House of David-Toulouse-Gévaudan. 

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The solemn ecumenical rite
The Te Deum was celebrated by H.G. Bishop Rodrigues,
titular Bishop of the See of St. Stephen

The solemn ecumenical rite was jointly celebrated by H.E. Manuel Adolfo Acuña, Charismatic Lutheran Bishop and Msgr. Alberto Palavecino of the Archbishopric of Exaltation of the Cross. The Te Deum was said in the traditional Catholic form of the Imperial Patriarchate. It was led by His Grace the Most Reverend Alejandro Paulo Rodrigues, titular Bishop of the See of St. Stephen, Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church). There were more than a hundred people present, and a large number of additional people were able to follow the event by live streaming. H.G. Bishop Rodrigues also served as personal representative of H.I.R.H. Don Rutherford, Count of Sainte Animie, Archprince of St. Stephen, who was unable to attend. 

Over 100 people attended the birthday celebrations,
with many more viewing remotely by live-streaming

Monday, October 14, 2019

Merovingian Dynasty - 50th Birthday of HMERH the Count of Gévaudan, Prince of Septimania

BUENOS AIRES 14 October 2019 (ORCNS) - This October marks the 50th birthday of HMERH Don Rubén Gavaldá, Count of Gévaudan, Prince of Septimania, head of the Merovingian French dynasty. The Count is active in the promotion of Merovingian and Occitan cultural studies and also not only teaches popular courses in ceremonies and etiquette, but is a regular consultant on those topics with Argentinian television. Furthermore, Don Rubén is a highly-active in worldwide charitable endeavours. Ceremonies marking this milestone birthday were held in Buenos Aires, with representatives of the Imperial Patriarchate present.

HMERH Don Rubén, Count of Gévaudan,
Prince of Septimania on the occasion of
his 50th birthday. On the left of his jacket
is the insignia of the Legion of the Eagle.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Tradition and Etiquette of Calling Cards

10 October 2019 (ORCNS) - The calling card, or visiting card as it is sometimes known, is almost a lost custom in modern society. Yet, like the oaks that have seen kings and wars and plagues come and go, the calling card refuses to die. The calling card, distinct from the business card, is left when paying social calls. It has quite a few other uses that are part of its centuries-old tradition as well. Even in today’s rushed, sterile society…
and perhaps even more so because of the modern hurried, faceless environment…the calling card remains the mark of a lady or gentleman of class and distinction. To use calling cards is to have self-respect and respect for others. It is a reminder to those you encounter that you are thinking of them, despite your busy life. No lady or gentleman should leave the house without calling cards.

On a business card, one normally sees the name of the company, perhaps a logo, the individual’s name, and a full array of contact information. By comparison, the calling card is quite plain. Most traditionally, cards are white, with the name printed in black ink in block text or a script (rarely if ever should “Old English” or overly fancy fonts be used). There ends the required inclusions. Some sort of small heraldic emblem may optionally be placed in the corner or the top center. An address may be put in the bottom right corner, but this is not obligatory and typically superfluous. Telephone numbers and email addresses ought also to be avoided, but especially today they are often included. Most traditionally, an individual writes the address or telephone or internet information by hand at the time that the card is presented…and only when those pieces of information are needed. In any case, the bottom left should be left blank.

Style of the Name on the Calling Card

A calling card should indicate how you should be introduced by, for example, a butler or valet. So, names should be written out in full. Middle names may be omitted or abbreviated as needed. Other than Mr. and Mrs., titles should be spelled out except where space is a concern. For nobles and royals with styles such as Excellency, and Highness, these are typically omitted, as they are generally “implied” by what is on the card.

Boys who do not have titles of nobility simply have their name inscribed in the center of the card. They may adopt “Mr.” upon reaching the age of majority. Girls who do not have a title of nobility use “Miss” until they marry. The modern female business title of “Ms.” has no place on a social calling card.

Married women of gentlemen have their names inscribed as “Mrs.” followed by the full name of their husband. The possible variations for the wives of knights and nobles are too numerous to discuss in detail here. However, a good rule of thumb is that the wife’s card follows the same general style of the husband’s. This varies by the customs of the country of origin of the title and should generally not vary according to the country of residence or visitation.

Names should also never exceed a single line. Titles and, on occasion, offices such as Mayor or Governor may be written on another line or lines below the name as needed. Ultimately good taste and functionality determine the final layout of the card.

Exceptions exist, of course. For example, U.S. military officers, who are often expected to have calling cards, have a specific set of rules to follow. For junior officers, the name is in the center of the card, with the rank and branch of the service in the bottom right. For senior officers, the rank is placed before the name on the same line, with the branch in the bottom right. General and Flag officers may write “General” or “Admiral” with only their last name in the center of the card if they choose.

Joint Spouse Calling Cards


Married couples may also have calling cards. These may be used, along with the couple’s individual cards, when paying a formal visit. The joint card may also be used for gift enclosures. Joint cards are inscribed as “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” or in a similar fashion for those with noble titles.

Use of Calling Cards


Calling cards are used, of course, when paying a formal call on someone. In the most formal circumstances, an attendant will take the card of the visitor to the host. It is also used to announce the visitor. When the host is not at home (which may mean simply “not receiving visitors”), a calling card says “I was here.”

When one receives an invitation that did not say r.s.v.p. or have a reply card, and one cannot attend, it is customary and polite to send one’s calling card by post to arrive on the day of the event or shortly before.

Cards may also be used as gift enclosures, to express condolences, or to give congratulations. They can also be used to convey information or to send/leave very brief notes.

In cases where one is leaving a card for a good friend with whom one is on a first name basis, one may cross out the parts of the name on the calling card except for the first name. Or, if there is a nickname, the entire name can be crossed out and the nickname written by hand above it. This is by no means obligatory. Notes may also be written on the front and/or back of the card.

Those Curious Initials in the
Bottom Left Corner


To make communication easier, a system of abbreviations in French developed over the years. These are written by hand in the bottom left corner of the card…which is why that corner should always be left blank in the printing process!

p.r. (pour remercier) 
To indicate thanks. (Should never take the place of a proper letter/note of thanks.)

p.f. (pour feliciter) 
To express congratulations.

p.c. (pour condoler) 
To express sympathy.

p.p.c. (pour prendre congé) 
Used when taking leave for the season or permanently. Though these may be left or sent as an advance notice, they should never be used solely in place of a formal call.

p.p. (pour presenter) 
To present another person. This should be accompanied by the card
of the person being presented.

p.f.N.A.
To wish a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Church and the Death Penalty -- Modern & Historical

8 October 2019 (ORCNS) - The death penalty is certainly a controversial topic in Catholicism today. Unlike some issues, though, there is actually plenty of room for disagreement. Good Catholics may hold divergent views on this topic as long as they are well-grounded in doctrine and theology, with a love of humanity in the model of Christ. As Pope St. John Paul II expressed, there is little if any actual need for the death penalty today. However, this was not always the practice of the Church during the different circumstances that existed in the past. Though obviously no element of the Church today imposes a death sentence, it was a different matter in earlier periods of Church history.

Reigning from the late 1800s to just after the turn of the 20th century, Pope Leo XIII stated that the church possessed the right to impose the death penalty and that it was just to impose it for offenses such as spreading heresies, for the damage to the soul is by far greater than anything a murderer could ever do. However, Leo also made it clear that the Church in her mercy, following the example of Christ, does not actually impose such a penalty or promote it being imposed. That was just over 100 years in the past, which, in the span of Church history, is not that long ago. Even with Leo's justification of the death penalty as a right of the Church, it was clear that its ultimate purpose was for the good of souls, and it was further made very clear that the Holy Church is merciful and would not and should not actually impose such a penalty or promote it being imposed.
Torquemada, Grand Inquisitor

Earlier in church history came an institution that enemies of the church, Protestants, and indeed modern society have all continually slandered. Truly, the Spanish Inquisition is the subject of much "fake news," both centuries ago and still to this day. If one actually considers the reality of what the Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada actually did, it paints a different picture. He was in fact known as a man of great piety and caring for others, and he softened the whole interrogation method so that it was quite mild by the standards of the day. And, the conditions of interrogation were highly controlled and limited, unlike those of the civil state. As Blessed Fulton Sheen pointed out some years ago, the church has vices, but at any given time in history, the church's vices are far better and far better meaning than those of the civil state. 

In the case of the Inquisition, the death sentence was only ever imposed for repeat offenders. When they were at the stake, they were given the chance to repent. If they did, they were immediately strangled. That seems certainly harsh to modern ears, but at the time the point was to prevent them from being able to sin again, thereby helping to ensure their salvation. Only if they did not repent were they then burned at the stake – but even that had its spiritual purpose. The hope of those at that time was that the flames would give them a picture of the flames of hell, thereby prompting a last-minute repentance before actual moment of death. Of course, this seems surely thoroughly odd to most modern ears, but it is not right to judge another age by the standards of this age. The Church, of course, promotes salvation and repentance exclusively through non-violent means now. 

Throughout the Church is history, even when a death sentence was involved, whether related to the Church or criminal proceedings of the civil state, the Church was far more interested in the condition of souls and in mercy than in the laws of man. Today that same sentiment remains, following the example of Christ.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Argentinean Bishop of the Patriarchal Household - Obispo de la Casa Patriarcal en Argentina

BUENOS AIRES 7 October 2019 (ORCNS) - Su Excelencia Monseñor Alejandro Paulo Rodrigues, Obispo de San Fernando en Buenos Aires, fue nombrado Obispo titular de la Casa Patriarcal por Su Alteza Imperial y Real Don Rutherford, Archipríncipe de San Esteban más temprano de este año. El Obispo tiene un ministerio activo con sede en Buenos Aires, Argentina, al servicio de los pobres y los necesitados. A continuación se presentan fotografías de una ordenación a las órdenes menores de varios de sus seminaristas.

His Excellency Monsignor Alejandro Paulo Rodrigues, Bishop of San Fernando in Buenos Aires, was named a titular bishop of the Patriarchal Household by His Imperial and Royal Highness Don Rutherford, Archprince of St. Stephen earlier this year. The Bishop has an active ministry based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, serving the poor and those in need. Below are photographs from an earlier ordination to the Minor Orders of several of his seminarians.

Mons. Rodrigues



Thursday, October 3, 2019

Archprince-Bishop Speaks About World War I at Gandhi 150th Birthday Celebration

3 October 2019 (ORCNS) - The second of October, the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels in the Catholic liturgical calendar, is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence. This year marks the 150th birthday celebration of the Indian civil rights leader. At an event held at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Cardinal-Count Don Rutherford I, Archprince-Bishop and Imperial Patriarch gave an invited speech on the application of Gandhi's principle of nonviolence to analyse the origins and potential alternative outcomes of the Great War (otherwise known as World War I) had nonviolent approaches been used. The live recording of the speech is provided below.




Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate and the Discovery of the New World

Servant of God Isabella the Catholic
The discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus under charter from Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, whether or not others from outside the Americas may have arrived first, was ultimately responsible for the eventual trade and interaction between Europe and the Americas. It quickly became an oceanic version of the Silk Road, allowing for the trade of goods, the flow of money, and the exchange of ideas. 

Chief among the goals of the Most Catholic Monarchy of Spain and of the Papacy was to bring the Catholic Faith to the peoples of the New World. The results of the interaction of Europe with the New World may not have been perfect, but truly the same can be said about interactions between people in Europe, as well as those that existed in the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans - and even those that take place around the world to this day. Though its consequences are still being debated to this day, it is indisputable that the voyages of Columbus and subsequent voyages of discovery changed the world forever. They helped to solidify the Renaissance and its establishment of the modern era and supported the launch  into the Baroque and ever-new eras of growth, discovery, and advancement.
Ferdinand the Catholic


The Imperial Patriarchate, as heir to the Burgundian House of Arles and the Spanish Houses of Ivrea and Barcelona in Imperial Italy, maintains a special historical link to the discovery of the New World. Isabella of Castile y León was of the House of Trastámara, an illegitimate but recognised branch of the House of Ivrea. The House of Ivrea was ultimately of ancient Burgundian origin and ruled parts of Italy and provided several Kings of Italy in the Holy Roman Empire. It was also descended from the House of Arles in Burgundy, which provided rulers of various parts of Italy, and Kings of Italy and Vice-Kings of Italy and the Holy Roman Empire. Bosone of Arles, King of Lower Burgundy and Vice-King of Italy, one of the founding fathers of the heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate, was an important figure in that line. From Italy and Burgundy, they went to Spain and ruled as Kings of Castile y León an
Christopher Columbus
d Emperors of All Spain.

The marriage of Isabella with Ferdinand of Aragón once again united the Spanish territories. Ferdinand, as King of Aragón, was descended via a female line from the House of Barcelona line of Kings of Aragón, which also had been Counts of Gévaudan in Occitania in modern-day France. James I, King of Aragón sold the title to King St. Louis IX of France, and the shortly thereafter the title passed to the Bishops of Mende, who ruled as Count-Bishops until the title went into abeyance at the French Revolution. The title of Count of Gévaudan today is held by the head of the Merovingian House of David-Toulouse-Gévaudan, while the title of Count of Sainte Animie, which is located in Gévaudan, is held by the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch.

The successors of the Burgundian House of Arles and the Spanish Houses of Ivrea and Barcelona in Imperial Italy continue today as the Imperial Patriarchate, perpetuating faith and heritage in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and the New World. Centuries earlier, the successors of the Houses of Ivrea, Arles, and Barcelona in Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, launched the expedition of discovery that found the New World and ultimately led to the New World being opened up to Europe. Pope Leo X, principal founder of the heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate, was a keen supporter of the early age of discovery. It was the beginning of a new global network that continues to expand today. Indeed, thanks to their legacy, the global ministry of the Imperial Patriarchate spans not only its historic European territory, but also North and South America.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle – Over Two Thousand Years of History

PATRIARCHAL SEE 19 Sept. 2019 (ORCNS) - The seniormost of the religious and the dynastic orders of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate is the Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle. With roots in a Roman Legion founded by Julius Caesar, the Legion of today enjoys over 2000 years of rich history. This year, 2019, the Legion celebrates the 2060th anniversary of the first reestablishment of the Legion by Caesar Augustus. The Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle was again re-established under the blessing of Pope St. John Paul II as a noble company by the Etrurian household and a group of Papal knights as a successor to the ancient Roman Legion of the Eagle. Its second re-establishment took place in 1996 on the 900th anniversary of the First Crusade. The modern Legion is the original and sole legitimate successor to the Roman "Legion of the Eagle" (Legio IX Hispana) as a Christian Order.

Chapel of Pope St. John Paul II in the Basilica of
St. Peter, Vatican during a visit of the Archprince-Bishop
of St. Stephen, Sovereign of the Legion of the Eagle.
The original "Legion of the Eagle" was a military unit of the Roman Empire tasked with defending the Empire against the barbarians and refers to the Legio IX Hispana (Spanish Legion), which was founded by Julius Caesar and re-activated by Caesar Augustus. It served mainly in
Julius Caesar
Founder of the original
Legion of the Eagle, the
IX Spanish Legion
Spain, Britain, and Germany. Their principal headquarters became York, and their mascot was the eagle. They earned their name, Hispana (Hispanic), during the Cantabrian Wars in Spain. Its Spanish home is León, its Germanic home is Speyer in the historic Duchy of Franconia, and its Italian home is Aquilea in the historic sovereign Patriarchate of Aquilea in Imperial Italy. The patron saint of the Legion is Saint Patrick, the British Roman best known as Apostle to the Irish.

Caesar Augustus



Through the gift of Emperor Constantine the Great, the Roman Church became heir and successor to the Roman Empire. The Christian knights defended the Church, in part through the Crusades against the infidels. The Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle is under the patronage of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church) and the leadership of the Etrurian Royal Household. Membership is limited to 10 Companions of Honour, in addition to the Companions of Justice (hereditary), and no more than 15 Supernumerary Companions (ad honorem). Companions are generally required to be Catholic and of noble lineage and to have rendered significant service at a high level to the Church or to humanity in general. Companions in all categories are considered honourary cousins to the Archprince-Bishop of St. Stephen. 

Symbolism plays an important role in the Catholic Faith. These symbols help us to encounter, engage, and learn about our Faith. Nowhere is this greater than in the Holy Mass. Religious societies and orders also make much of symbolism, some of which are rooted deeply in antiquity. The insignia is known for its two-tone gold and silver design. Gold is used to represent the eternal light of Christ, and silver is used to represent purity and Evangelism (Psalm 11.7 "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.")

Top Left: Greater Eagle badge
Bottom Left: Bullion star of the Legion
Right: Cordon with Lesser Eagle badge

The greater badge consists of a gold eagle, symbolic of the divine nature of Christ, pendant from a gold filigree and a lapis lazuli stone (known for its Marian symbolism). It is worn suspended from a royal blue neck ribbon. The lesser badge is worn suspended from a royal blue sash and consists of a blue cross with a gold eagle upon a red stone, together representing a stylised form of the aquila and standard of a Roman Legion. Companions of Justice also have a collar for wear with the church habit consisting of similar badge worn suspended from two gold chains upon a red ribbon with royal blue borders.
Eagle miniature badge, a combination
of the Greater & Lesser Eagle badges,
is the standard form of the insignia
typically worn by Companions.

The star badge of the Legion (depicted above) is gold of eight point, with a central starburst of twelve points, coming from the twelve stars in Marian symbology. The five stars represent the five wounds of Christ. This symbolism is continued in the 5-pointed version of the star worn on the Legion's church cape. The motto is "Honor Virtutis Praemium," which translates as "Honor is the prize for virtue." 

ARRCC Chaplain Participates in Emergency Response Drills at Airport

LEXINGTON, SC. 19 Sept. 2019 (ORCNS) - Walsingham Guard Commandant of the Regiment of Chaplains, Mgr. Abbot Anthony Giunta, TOR Mar, PhD, JCD recently participated in a series of emergency services exercises. The drills were designed to help first responders hone there skills for dealing with critical incidents such as a plane crash. The event was held at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina, USA, and was staged as a friendly test between the emergency services of Richland and Lexington counties. Participants included representatives of police departments, fire departments, emergency medical services, the Red Cross, and chaplain services. Abbot Anthony, a Franciscan with the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church, also serves as a chaplain with the Irmo fire district in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as with police and hospitals.




Sunday, September 8, 2019

Allocution of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

PATRIARCHAL SEE 8 September 2019 (ORCNS) - Patriarchal Allocution on the Feast of the Nativity of the of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Don Rutherford I.





FROM the Florentine Household to the Christian faithful around the world and to the members of the Court of St. Mary of Walsingham, grace, peace, and our Apostolic Blessing on this Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the year of our Lord 2019. First, we turn our attention to the Caribbean, the scene of the destruction of the recent hurricane. This is a region quite dear to me, but that notwithstanding, it is always difficult to see such human suffering. We therefore suggest that those who are able consider contributions to appropriate charitable and humanitarian organisations to attend to the needs of those in the affected regions.

Within the Imperial Patriarchate, We are again pleased with the growth of operations and, of course, thanks to the diligent efforts of those involved, the recent grant of special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Since the outreach mission of the Imperial Patriarchate is quite in line with so much of the mission of the Economic and Social Council, We believe this is an excellent match that will help to further our work around the world.

We also congratulate Our various officials who have received special recognition and accolades this year. It is always a pleasure to see good people recognised for their diligent work.

Let us pray as well for those who are discerning vocations and are currently studying for vocations that God may guide them on the right path.

Additionally, on this feast and celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, having been immaculately conceived, we are reminded of her voluntary act. She was not required to accept the Holy Spirit and to give birth to Christ, but She did. It was through that voluntary act that Christ came into the world. We likewise have the option to choose or not to choose in our faith, and one of the most important areas is in the striving towards Christian unity. We do not need to think that any sense of Christian unity in a complete form will necessarily happen in our lifetime. Yet, we nevertheless should strive for it or for any part of it that we may obtain. We do good work when we find areas of overlap with our Christian brethren. We do good work when we find opportunities for cooperation without compromise. These are better options than simply saying “they” are “them” and “we” are “us.”

We can work towards unity. We can work towards cooperation – voluntarily – or we can voluntarily seek to stay apart. The latter in most cases is so often the result of some sort of sanctimonious arrogance and is quite unfortunate to see, but nevertheless underscores the fallen state of mankind. Let us therefore on this feast of the Nativity of Mary look to her example and extend a hand in brotherhood to all.

May God bless each of you on this very special feast of Mary and as we enter into the new liturgical year, which, for the Imperial Patriarchate, has been designated the Liturgical Year of Christian Unity.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Cordial Saludo del Patriarca Imperial a los Pueblos de las Tierras Hispanicas

PATRIARCHAL SEE 4 September 2019 (ORCNS) - Del Arzprincipe-Obispo de San Stefan, un cordial saludo a los pueblos de las tierras hispanicas en agradecimiento por su apoyo al Patriarcado Imperial y en honor a su patrimonio compartido.

From the Archprince-Bishop of St. Stephen, cordial greeting to people of the Spanish lands in thanks for their support of the Imperial Patriarchate and in honour of their shared heritage.


Friday, August 30, 2019

Legacy of the Royal Order of St. Stephen

PATRIARCHAL SEE 30 August 2019 (ORCNS) - The Royal Order of St. Stephen is a religious and dynastic order of chivalry within the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church) as successors to Countess Matilda, Margravine of Tuscany and Vice-Queen of Italy in the Holy Roman Empire and Pope Leo X de' Medici. The order is under the hereditary protection of the Royal House of Etruria in the Holy Roman Empire. It is typically awarded for specific service to the House, as well as to recognize persons of noble lineage for exceptional and selfless service to the Church, their professions, their communities, non-profit service organizations, or humanity in general. The order particularly represents the titular territories within the Patriarchal patrimony of Würzburg/Franconia, Valais, Florence, and Tuscany.
Cosimo I de' Medici,
Grand Duke of Tuscany

The order, one of several orders dedicated to one of several Saints by the name of Stephen, traces its roots back to the Military Order of St. Stephen I, Pope & Martyr, founded by the Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I, in 1561. Following the death of Gian Gastone de' Medici in 1737, the Tuscan order was part of the Habsburg Grand Duchy of Tuscany in the Holy Roman Empire. The Habsburgs also founded a Hungarian Order of St. Stephen I, in memory of the Hungarian King Stephen I. After the expulsion of the Habsburgs from Tuscany by Napoleon on 3 August 1801, the territory was renamed the Kingdom of Etruria (deriving from the ancient Etruscans, Etruria is synonymous with Tuscany and was the Latin form). The kingdom maintained the Tuscan Order of St. Stephen until its dissolution in 1807. The Holy Roman Empire having been illegally dissolved by the Habsburgs, a new Grand Duchy of Tuscany was formed in 1814 as a satellite of the Habsburg Austro-Hungarian Empire. They likewise maintained a Tuscan Order of St. Stephen.
Bosone d'Arles, King of Lower Burgundy & Provence,
Vice-King of Italy (left) with an image of St. Stephen
the Deacon at the Abbey of Charlieu, Burgundy
The Royal Order of St. Stephen under the Imperial Patriarchate is a successor to the original Medici Tuscan Order as a religious and dynastic order under ecclesiastical authority in succession from both Matilda, Margravine of Tuscany and Pope Leo X. However, the Royal Order changed its patron saint to St. Stephen the Deacon and Protomartyr. This was in part to differentiate it, pointing to its origins in the early days of the Tuscan order. St. Stephen was the saint in whose honour the Basilica of Arles was
Sash and medal of a
Knight Grand Cross of
the Royal Order of St. Stephen
dedicated, with Arles/Burgundy being the origin of the early rulers of Tuscany and Italy from whom the line of the Etrurian and Florentine household descends. Since Stephen the Deacon was also an important saint in Tuscany and the Imperial Patriarchate is dedicated to his eternal memory. An important feast of St. Stephen the Deacon is 3 August, the day that the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was ended in favour of the Kingdom of Etruria. Additionally, St. Stephen I, Pope and Martyr was archdeacon to his predecessor as pope. As St. Stephen the Deacon is patron saint of deacons, the dedication of the Royal Order to him also retains the legacy of St. Stephen I the Pope.


Matilda, Margravine
of Tuscany
The order is given in two divisions, Civil and ecclesiastical, and three ranks, Knight or Dame of Honour (limited to 100), Grand Cross (limited to 50), and Grand Collar (limited to 25). Also, the Oblates Regular of Saint Stephen for the Help of the Poor are the professed knights and dames of the order. The Patron Saint of the Order is Saint Stephen, Deacon and Protomartyr. The feast day known as the Invention of Saint Stephen, on which the Saint's body was found, occurs on the third of August, the day on which the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was formally ended in favour of the Kingdom of Etruria. The insignia consists of a red cross for the blessed martyr Stephen. In between the four points of the cross are gold eagles, taken from the Santa Croce Badge found in the Etrurian and Patriarchal flag, coat of arms, and other symbols. The ribbon of a Knight or Dame of Honour is solid red. The ribbon of Knights and Dames of the Grand Cross is red and white, taken from the colours of the patrimony of the Imperial Patriarchate in Valais, Würzburg/Franconia, Florence, and Tuscany, as well as the colours of the Spanish House of Ivrea and the Burgundian House of Arles, of which the Patriarchate is successor in Imperial Italy.

Monday, August 26, 2019

ARRCC Priest Serves in Coast Guard, Community

LEXINGTON, S.C. 26 August 2019 (ORCNS) - Mgr. Abbot Anthony Giunta, TOR Mar, PhD, JCD recently represented the US Coast Guard at a conference of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA). The Abbot spoke on the chaplaincy programmes and the Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church. In addition to being a chaplain with the Auxiliary Clergy Service of the US Coast Guard, the Abbot is Minister General of the Franciscan Third Order Regular of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is the Commandant of the Regiment of Chaplains of the Walsingham Guard, the international humanitarian wing of the Patriarchate. In his local community, he serves as a hospital chaplain and also a chaplain with the Lexington, South Carolina, Police Department and the Irmo Fire District.
Abbot Anthony in the uniform as an officer of the 
US Coast Guard Auxiliary at the meeting of the WELCA.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Spanish Heritage of the Imperial Patriarchate



Don James I, 
King of Aragón
PATRIARCHAL SEE 16 August 2019 (ORCNS) - The Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate maintains strong cultural ties to Spain through its patrimony in France and Italy. Spanish is one of the five official languages of the Patriarchate, along with English, Italian, French, and German.

The Patriarchal and Royal Household descends from Don James I, King of Aragón, Count of Gévaudan in a line to Berenguer Raimondo, Count of Provence and Gévaudan in the House of Barcelona, from which also the Merovingian title of Count of Sainte Animie, the personal title of the Imperial Patriarchs, also succeeds.

The ancient Spanish House of Ivrea, to which the Imperial Patriarchate is successor in Imperial Italy, also succeeded to the thrones of Barcelona and Castile y León. The third great-grandson of Adalbert of Ivrea, King of Italy in the Holy Roman Empire, was Alfonso VII, King of Castile y León. (The House of Ivrea also descends from Bosone d'Arles, King of Lower Burgundy and Vice-King of Italy, one of the founding fathers of the Imperial Patriarchate.) Alfonso's mother was Urraca, Queen of Castile y León, and his father was Raymond of Burgunday (House of Ivrea), Count of Galicia, son of William I, Count of Burgundy. From there House of Ivrea ruled Castile y León until the 14th century succession crisis, when the House of Trastámara, illegitimate descendants of Alfonso XI, ruled. It was from that house that Isabella originated, who married Ferdinand of Aragón and launched the primary European exploration of the New World with the voyages of Columbus.
Adalbert d'Ivrea, King of Italy
3rd great-grandfather of Alfonso VII, King of Castile y León
Julius Caesar, founder of the
Legion of the Eagle
Additionally, there is a strong and significant connection to Hispania of the Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle, which is the successor of the IX Spanish Legion of the Roman Empire. The original "Legion of the Eagle" was a military unit of the Roman Empire tasked with defending the Empire against the barbarians and refers to the Legio IX Hispana (Spanish Legion), which was founded by Julius Caesar and re-activated by Caesar Augustus. It served mainly in Spain, Britain, and Germany. Their principal headquarters became York, and their mascot was the eagle. They earned their name, Hispana (Hispanic), during the Cantabrian Wars in Spain. Its Spanish home is Léon, its Germanic home is Speyer in the historic Duchy of Franconia, and its Italian home is Aquilea in the historic sovereign Patriarchate of Aquilea in Imperial Italy. The patron saint of the Legion is Saint Patrick, the British Roman best known as Apostle to the Irish.





Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pontifical Georgian College enters MOU with the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos

BUENOS AIRES 9 July 2019 (ORCNS) - The Pontifical Georgian College of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate and the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos (the Royal Academy and Institute of Occitan Studies) of the Royal Merovingian House of David Toulouse-Gèvaudan recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. This alliance furthers the mission of both academic institutions and also helps to strengthen the ties of the Imperial Patriarchate to its ancient heritage in the Merovingian Dynasty. 

HMERH Don Ruben, Rector of the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding, HMERH Don Rubén, Count of Gévaudan, Prince of Septimania, Rector of the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos was named an Honourary Professor of History in the Pontifical Georgian College. Additionally, HIRH Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Archprince-Bishop of Saint Stephen and Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch, Regent of the Pontifical Georgian College, was given the Gabalie Chair in the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos.

Stained glass window depicting the seal
of Pontifical Georgian College.

The Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos was founded by the Royal Merovingian House of David Toulouse-Gèvaudan in order to preserve the culture and heritage of the ancient land of Occitania, which comprises modern-they southern France and parts of northwestern Italy and southeastern Spain.

Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos

Pontifical Georgian College is a private theological institution that serves as the historic and principle seminary of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate in memory of St. Stephen (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church). The Patriarchate of Saint Stephen descends from the ancient Roman Catholic See of Utrecht, granted autonomy by the Holy See in 1145. The Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2019.


Friday, June 28, 2019

Formal Appointment Ceremony for Prefect-General and Chief of the General Staff

PATRIARCHAL SEE 28 June 2019 (ORCNS) - HMSH Count Don Daniel Coberly, Prince v. Reichenberg was formally presented the documents of appointment as Prefect-General of the Imperial Patriarchate and Chief of the General Staff of the Walsingham Guard in a small ceremony by HIRH Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Archprince-Bishop of Saint Stephen, Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch. The appointment was made and took effect earlier this month, with a formal ceremony taking place today. 
Presentation of the appointment document.
The Prefect-General is the appointed administrative head of the Imperial Patriarchate, generally equivalent to a prime minister of a secular civil state or a corporate present. The Chief of the General Staff is the appointed head of the combined segments of the Walsingham Guard. Don Daniel has over 30 years of military experience and several decades of administrative and executive experience.
The Imperial Patriarch in a meeting with the Prefect-General
and Chief of the General Staff regarding the work of the

Imperial Patriarchate in the United Nations.



Sunday, June 23, 2019

United Nations Grants Consultative Status to Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church

NEW YORK 23 June 2019 (ORCNS) - The Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church (ARRCC) was recently granted special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). 
Consultative status provides NGOs with access to not only ECOSOC, but also to its many subsidiary bodies, to the various human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, ad-hoc processes on small arms, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly. The ARRCC joins the Holy See and certain other similar sovereign entities with a special status with the UN.  

"Our selection represents an ideal partnership with the United Nations" said Don Daniel Coberly, Prefect-General and Chief of the General Staff, "...because the mission of the Imperial Patriarchate and the ECOSOC brings people together to promote positive actions toward a more sustainable world." 

"The ECOSOC is at the center of the UN's development system, and our new role will help support the world-wide goals of the Council," Coberly said. "We will offer our expertise to support the UN's three pillars of sustainable development; economic, social, and environmental while encouraging broader awareness and actions that help humanity." 
Article 71 of the UN Charter and ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 authorizes eligibility for consultative status among international, regional, non-profit and voluntary organizations. See more here: United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Patriarchal Allocution on the Feast of Corpus Christi -- AD 2019

PATRIARCHAL SEE 20 June 2019 (ORCNS) -- The following is the text of the Patriarchal Allocution given by the Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch on the Feast of Corpus Christi: 

From the Florentine household to the Christian faithful around the world and to the members of the Court of St. Mary of Walsingham, grace, peace, and our Apostolic Blessing on this Feast of Corpus Christi in the year of our Lord 2019. It is indeed one of the most joyous occasions in the liturgical year. It offers a chance look back and reflect on the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, for it is the fact that the Holy Mass is a true and living Sacrifice that we affirm, acknowledge, profess, and celebrate this day. Christ is with us always, and most of all in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Christ was incarnate, He suffered and died, rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven. Without all of that, the faith would be meaningless, and they would be no hope in humanity. In the Sacrament we join ourselves to the Sacrifice of Christ on the cross and celebrate His glorious resurrection and ascension, that we may have the promise and hope of life everlasting. That is what is the inherent nature of the Most Blessed Sacrament. What a joyous gift it is! It is the ultimate symbol and true and living expression of love.

In the Imperial Patriarchate, we continue those traditions of the true Catholic faith that we have been entrusted to maintain. Our patrimony stretches back over 2000 years to Julius Caesar, and to Charlemagne, Bosone d’Arles, and Leo X. Our founding was made holy by Christ on the Cross, indeed by the very Body of our Lord. The brevity of human life and the vast length of the legacy of the Patriarchate is such that I can scarcely consider the Patriarchate to belong to me. Rather, I can only consider that I belong to it. I am its shepherd, nothing more.

If the patrimony of the Patriarchate has any merit in history or in the present period, then it is because of the faith and good works of its people. I am grateful to those who have continued to serve our ecclesiastical state so loyally and so long. And, I am impressed continually with the great achievements of our people.

Let us further pray for peace in the world – an elusive goal that we must nevertheless continue to make a priority, never giving up hope. To that end, let us further pray that the leaders of the temporal governments of the world may gain wisdom, acknowledging the true source of wisdom, and work together for the common good, using territorial nations as means to help people rather than mechanisms of division.

May Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless each of you during this celebration of Corpus Christi, which underpins all that we as Christian faithful do.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Prefect-General Appointed for the Imperial Patriarchate

PATRIARCHAL SEE 6 June 2019 (ORCNS) - HIRH the Imperial Patriarch appointed HMSH Count Don Daniel Coberly, Prince v. Reichenberg, MA, SLittD as Prefect-General of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate. As the head of institutional government, the office of Prefect-General is analogous to a Prime Minister in a temporal government or international corporate president.

After more than twenty years of chief executive leadership and service to the Imperial Patriarchate and its subsidiaries by HIRH Don Rutherford I Cardinal Johnson, the chief administrative and operational duties were accepted by the newly appointed Prefect-General in 2019. The realignment enhances administrative efficiency and improves processes while encouraging greater focus on service to others consistent with the ancient traditions and modern mission of the Patriarchate.

HMSH Don Daniel is a member of the Patriarchal Household and is Grand Master Emeritus of the Noble Company of St. Mary of Walsingham. He is retired from the US Army and was a senior official of the US Environmental Protection Agency. A former member of the alumni advisory board of Excelsior College, he holds the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters. Also a long-time member of international scouting, he is a Baden-Powell Fellow, presented by HM the King of Sweden, a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award (the highest national award given to adult leaders by Boy Scouts of America for distinguished service to youth), and is a former Imperial Chief Scout of the Imperial Scouts of the Holy Roman Empire. His many awards and decorations include various pontifical honours from the Vatican and knighthoods from various nations, as well as distinctions of Companion of Justice of the Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle, the Order of Merit of St. Stephen and Our Lady of Walsingham, Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order, Knight of the Crown Order of Westphalia, the US Legion of Merit, the Hornaday Gold Medal for distinguished service to conservation, the U.S. President's Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding volunteer community service, the U.S. Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame, among many others.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Senior Walsingham Guard Official Awarded Order of Military Medical Merit

SAN ANTONIO 28 May 2019 (ORCNS) - Senior Walsingham Guard official HMERH Count Don Keith Steinhurst, MD, Duke of Westphalia, Governor-General of the Imperial Patriarchate was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit for his long-time medical service through the US Army and US Department of Homeland Security. Don Keith serves also as Vice Captain-General of the Walsingham Guard and Fleet Captain of the Walsingham Naval Guard and holds the Flight Surgeon brevet. 

Don Keith, Count of Marmande
in uniform of the Walsingham Naval Guard

The Order of Military Medical Merit is a private award in the USA founded by the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Health Services Command in 1982. Its goal is recognising excellence and promoting fellowship and esprit de corps among Army Medical Department (AMEDD) personnel. Medical personnel from all branches of the United States military are eligible for the award. Recipients are recognised for their distinguished service by the senior leadership of the AMEDD. The award consists of a white brass or sterling silver medallion on a maroon ribbon. Don Keith is a chaplain, medical doctor, and Iraq War veteran. 



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Official Visit to the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua, Rome

ROME 16 May 2019 (ORCNS) - HIRH Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch made his first official visit to the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome to take symbolic possession of it as Cardinal Deacon of Santa Maria Antiqua. The visit was delayed due to years of restoration work on the church. The Diaconal Church of Santa Maria Antiqua dates to the 5th century A.D. and is located in the Roman Forum at the foot of the Palatine Hill. It is the oldest Christian monument in the Forum and contains the earliest known Roman depiction of the Blessed Virgin as Queen.

In the early 8th century, it was used by Pope John VII as the seat of the Bishop of Rome. In 847, however, the church was partially destroyed by an earthquake. A new church, Santa Maria Nova, was built on part of the ruins of the temple of Venus and Roma. During the Norman Sack of Rome in 1084, Santa Maria Antiqua suffered further destruction. In 1617, the church of Santa Maria Liberatrice was built on its ruins. It was not until that church was demolished in 1900 that the ruins of Santa Maria Antiqua were again brought to light.

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Cardinal Count Don Rutherford in Santa Maria Antiqua
One of the walls inside Santa Maria Antiqua