Investitur of the Grand Priory in Wiesbaden Germany 16 June 2012
On 16th and 17th
of June, 2012, the 144th Investiture weekend of the Grand Priory in Germany took
place in the historical city of Wiesbaden, Germany. The festive weekend kicked
off with a Reception offered by the Grand Prior of Germany, Chev. Thaddeus
Freiherr von Lison, and the Grand Master of the Order of St. Stanislas, Chev.
Jan Zbigniew Count Potocki and his lady wife, Dame Ewa Countess Potocka, on
Friday evening at the Parish Hall of the Sacred Family Church, where drinks and
snack were served to welcome all guests.This event was the perfect occasion for
old friends to meet again and for new friendships and acquaintances could be
made. Everybody were indeed very satisfied and privileged this year to be a
witness of the 144th Investiture of the Grand Priory in Germany and blessed by
so many St Stanislas Companions, Postulants and invited honoured guests coming
from far and wide. The Grand Prior, Thaddäus Freiherr von Lison, welcomed to the
reception and expressed the hope that everyone would have a memorable and
enjoyable time during this Investiture Weekend. A wonderful feeling of warmth
and companionship prevailed throughout the evening with everyone mingling.
Conversations were interesting, lively as well as diverse and quite
Next day, on Saturday morning, the
meeting point for the start of the Investiture of 16th June 2012 was
the Church of the Sacred Family
in Wiesbaden .
Dhe atmosphere was full of great
anticipation and excitement with everyone resplendent in the mantels of St
Stanislas. Our Master of Ceremony, Chevalier Herbert Class, called everyone to
order. The Banner of the Malopolska Priory was carried by Chev. Wolfgang Gusel
and the ceremonial sword carried by Chev. Marek Kramarski, the Grand Prior of
The solemn celebration of the Holy Mass
took place with Parson Priest Dr. Adam Prorok, conducting together with Father
Dr. Andrzej Majewski a wonderful mass. In his sermon, he spoke over the sense of
honour, service to mankind, the contribution to conciliation and peace which
underlines the essence of duty of a Companion of the Order of St. Stanislas.
He ended the liturgy with his
congratulations to the “new Knights and Ladies and those who have received new
honours in the Order of the St. Stanislas".
We showed him our special gratitude for his holy blessings and time-proven
inspired words of eternal wisdom. He had spoken eloquently and extensively about
the life, work and sacrifice of the Martyr Saint Stanislas, to the audience.
Yet, they were inspired by the effect this Polish Saint had on the life of his
Die Investitur wurde durch die Hymne des Ordens begonnen durch unseren
Konfrater, Daniel Baron von Lison, der dieses festliche Musikstück selbst
The Master Ceremony, Herbert Class,
called for the Investiture Ceremony. The Grand Master, Count Jan Zbigniew
Potocki, opened the proceedings
with words of welcome to all Companions, Postulants and guests of the Grand
Priory of Germany.The proper Investiture Service was
carried out presided by Grand Master Jan Zbigniew Count Potocki, Grand Prior of
Germany, Thaddäus Freiherr von Lison, Grand Prior of Poland, Marek Kramarski,
Prior of Kujawy, Dame Barbara Bromont Sławinska.
The Master of Ceremony presented to the
Grand Master the Postulants which were to be formally invested in the order.
many newly invested Dames and Knights, this was a high, if not the highest
moment of glory and honor in their lives, giving them a new vision and mission
in life. All the Postulants were accompanied and
supported by their family and friends who, together with the other members and
guests, succeeded to create a wonderful atmosphere of unity and solemnity in the
postulant first knelt dow in front of the Grand Master and was ceremonially
welcomed. Gentlemen were gently dubbed on their shoulders with the ceremonial
sword and ladies gently touched by hand on their head. Following this ritual,
their mantels were wrapped round their shoulders, decorations were given and
words of welcome and congratulations were spoken by the Grand Master, the Priest
and the presiding dignitaries to each postulant.All promotions were presented, commented
and esteemed as well deserved, since all the selected members had been working
very hard for in humanitarian activities over a number of years.
As well in the church as outside on the
forecourt, the official Photographer took many photographs of all participants
assembled to ensure that such a special day was suitably marked for the future.
Following this, all Chevaliers, Dames and Guests were invited to proceed to the
Gala Dinner which was to be served in the luxury Dorint Pallace Hotel in
Wiesbaden.At the early afternoon, all participants of the Order of St.
Stanislas with their guests assembled in Dorint Hotel for the festive Dinner to
celebrate their acceptance and their promotions with the traditional charm and
warmth of those occasions. It was just the perfect place for this occasion, the
plates, wines and drinks were tasty and outstanding. The time was used also for
stories, conversations, speeches, greetings and exchanges of ideas. Here, too,
congratulations are to be expressed to the organizers and hosts of this most
festive and memorable event. The culminating event took place at the
evening with the Gala event, the Paramusix Benefit Gala Concert with many
superlatives. It took place in the Herzog-Friedrich-August Hall with its superb
interior of high artistic quality, which is one of the most splendid end
representative buildings of the city of Wiesbaden. The meticulously renovated
Herzog-Friedrich-August Hall, the largest and most beautiful room of the Casino
Building Society, is a perfect, stylish setting for such a venue. For the
musical treat, a number of top artists participated in this concert.
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