Our Spirituality

The Johanniter Order is a spiritual knightly Order with its foundation on Jesus Christ. Without this spiritual dimension, the Order would have faded away in the course of history. These pages offer devotional resources to help you meditate on the foundations of Christian faith.

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who are hungry
and thirsty,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted
for righteousness’s sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The Prayer of the Order

Defend, O Lord, and bless the Order;
Thee it wants to serve alone.
By Thy grace be its Protector;
And help it in salvation’s fight.
Make our faith steadfast in the Saviour,
Who brought the cross to victory.
Bridle evil, advance what is good.
Defend the weak to keep his faith.
Yea, defend the weak!
Hear us, O Lord! Amen.