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The Walsingham Guard is an international humanitarian organization with a long military heritage. It is in the context of that heritage that the modern Walsingham Guard of the Religious and Military Patriarchate of St. Stephen was formed through the unification of its ancient and modern constituents. As the uniformed service and ceremonial unit of the Patriarchal Household, the Guard serves a charitable and humanitarian role. It also performs the emergency first response duties as needed and provides event driven executive security for the Patriarch, his household, curia, staff, and guests; physical security of Church property; and performs various administrative roles throughout the Curia. The military heritage of the Walsingham Guard extends back to 1190 in the time of the Crusades in Acre in the Holy Land through the legacy of the Grand Bailiwick and two Grand Priories of the Teutonic Knights that became vested in the Stephenian Patriarchate.
The Lifeguards also continue not only the legacy of the Teutonic knights, but also of the Germanic mercenaries that served the Church and the Holy Roman Empire beginning in the Renaissance. The Zouaves and Dragoons as units are descendants of the Franco-Italian and English Crusaders respectively. The units today are based on faith and service rather than cultural background.Today's active members of the Guard have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Korea, Kuwait, Hungary, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Global War on Terrorism, NATO operations in Europe, and other campaigns. Guardsmen are mainly military veterans and interested civilians, rather than active-service personnel. Both clergy and laity are members. Clerics may serve in any unit of the Guard and continue the ancient custom of uniformed clerics extending back to the Crusades. It is typical for seminarians of the Patriarchate to serve in the Guard during their formation, and many continue after being ordained as priests. Usually Guardsmen are invited from among the membership of the Patriarchate or one ot its affiliated organizations. Due to the special security role of the Lifeguards, before admission to that particular unit, applicants must show evidence of sufficient military, law enforcement, or security experience. Once an applicant is admitted to the Lifeguards, he is sworn in with the Oath of Service. Guardsmen give all due support and cooperation to local law enforcement and government wherever they go. Above all, Guardsmen serve Our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer, devotion, and service to others.
Frequently Asked Questions
is the purpose of the Walsingham Guard?
Q: Is this a "militia group?"
become a Guardsman?
Germanic, English, French, or Italian ancestry required to be a Guardsman?
is the age range to join?
are the physical requirements?
is the pay?
Q: Do I have to buy a uniform?
Where are Guards stationed?
A: Guards do not relocate for service, but may be required to travel.
are the Guards' colors?
A: The colors (flag) consist of two quarters with the arms of the Patriarchal See and the founding Patriarch. In the other two quarters are the traditional colors of the Patriarchal Household, white and blue, which are seen in the ceremonial uniform of the Lifeguards. In the center is a yellow cross with a red St. Stephen's cross within that for the Patron of the Patriarchal See. Derived from the flag, the Guard Colors used to represent the Guard are red and blue; red representing St. Stephen and the Patriarchate, and blue representing Our Lady of Walsingham and the Patriarchal Household. The Guard Colors are seen in the belt worn with various uniforms and in certain non-uniform items, such as the Guard tie.
Q: Is there any symbolism in the halberds used in the insignia and coat of arms of the Walsingham Guard?
A: The halberds come from the Landsknechts, Germanic soldiers that served the Holy Roman Empire. A traditional weapon of guards, they eventually became symbolic. In the Walsingham Guard, they symbolize service as guardians of the faith.
are the ranks in the Walsingham Guards?
A: See this link. By ancient custom, some officers hold certain traditional ranks as a result of their specific office. Otherwise, Major is typically the highest rank that officers can earn.
do I apply?
A: Men and women meeting the requirements are encouraged to apply first by sending an email indicating interest to AulaSMW@aol.com.
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