As is well known, the Covid pandemic sadly prevented the celebration of the 2020 General Chapter of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy. For this reason, over the past few months, the Grand Chancellery has encouraged the Delegations and Vicariates to continue to organise liturgical ceremonies (if permitted by current regulations) and to create moments of fraternity, also online, to continue to share goals and charitable projects.
Thanks to the essential and invaluable collaboration of the Ceremonial Office and in particular of the Grand Master, Avv. Gualtiero Ventura, Member of the Grand Magistral Council, who organised the initiative impeccably, the Dames and Knights of Lazio, led by their Delegate, Comm. Alfonso Marini Dettina, on Saturday 6 March 2021 took part in a solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by H.E.R. Mgr. Paolo de Nicolò, titular Bishop of Mariana, Grand Magistral Prior of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy, at the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro in Rome.
The Holy Mass was accompanied by a choir one of the choristersof which is a Dame of the Order of Merit. In addition, the parish priest, our fellow member Mgr. Pietro Bongiovanni, wanted the Relic of the Holy Cross, which is kept in the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro, to be solemnly carried in the procession at the beginning of the Mass, as we are in Lent.
After the celebration, in private and in full compliance with health regulations, the new members and those promoted in the 2020 Chapter General had the opportunity to receive their diplomas and insignia in a warm atmosphere charged with emotion.
Many high officials of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy were present at the ceremony, including H.S.H. Prince Mariano Hugo Windisch Graetz, Knight of the Supreme Order of the Santissima Annunziata and Member of the Council, Cav. Gr. Cr. Co. Antonio d’Amelio, Vice President of the Council, H.E. Cav. Gr. Cr. Prof. Alberto Bochicchio, Grand Master of Ceremonies and Member of the Council, and Gr. Uff. Avv. Gualtiero Ventura, Member of the Council and Deputy Head of Ceremonial.
The initiative was very well attended and much appreciated by the many people present.
All Delegations are urged to take the initiative described above as an example and to contact the Grand Chancellery and the Ceremonial Office for any information, indications and suggestions they may need.