Union CSLI Knighthood of Honour Investiture: September 2013
On September 24th, 2013, 22 Knights of Honour, Commanders, Grand Commanders, and Grand Cross Knights of Honour from the Lazarus Union as well as more officers, the Honour Guard, and private guests met at Kreuzenstein Castle to celebrate in an extraordinary atmosphere the ceremonial investiture of Hans Christian Count Wilczek, the lord of Kreuzenstein Castle and of Col. Mag. Bernhard Heher, the Music Commander and bandmaster of the Austrian Army Guard Regiment Music Corps.
On the explicit request by Hans Christian Earl of Wilczek the investiture bestowing upon him the honour of a Collar Knight of Honour of the Lazarus Union, the highest award the Lazarus Union is able to give, was celebrated in the chapel of the castle which is also the burial site of his ancestors. Before, this honour was only bestowed upon Minister a.D. Dr. Werner Fasslabend, one of the "founders" of the Knighthood of Honour. His decree as a Lazarus Union Knight of Honour holds the serial number 1.
We are also proud to announce that Colonel Bernhard Heher MA has accepted the dignity as a Lazarus Union Knight of Honour. There is a close friendship and bond between our music corps and the Austrian Army Guard Regiment Music Corps, a companionship which cannot be valued highly enough.
This ceremony was purposely not announced on our homepage in advance and only Knights of Honour, selected officers, and private guests were invited as the locale provided only very limited space. All assembled in front of the new tavern and then marched together into the terrific inner ward to the doors of the chapel.
After a solemn entry procession, the CSLI fanfare and a welcome by the Grand Master of the Knighthood of Honour Senator h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt, there was the ceremonial renewal of the officer's promise of the Lazarus Union, followed by the Grand Master's address and the blessing of the insignia by the Reverend GR Mag. Wolfgang Berger.
The climax was the investiture ceremony. One could hear a needle drop as the Grand Master asked the two postulants: "I ask you therefore, before the assembled congregation: Do you of your own free will as a Knight of Honour want to belong to our community and accept our mission?" and "Are you aware what it means to be a member of this community?" and they both answered "I want it with all my heart!" and "Yes, I am!"
After this public promise, the handing over of the sword, the coat and the insignia and a blessing, the new Knights of Honour were welcomed with big applause and the corps fanfare was played to honour them.
After a prayer the remembrance for dead comrades was held.
While "The Good Comrade" was played the audience paid homage to H.E. Vice President Colonel retd. Reinhard Wassertheurer, Grand Marshal of the Knighthood of Honour Lazarus Union, a dear loyal faithful comrade and friend, who recently passed away.
After Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" the leaving procession took place and the traditional group photograph was taken in front of the chapel, accompanied by congratulations. Then there was a get-together in the castle tavern with good food and drinks. With talks and friendly conversation this culminating event sadly came to a finish.