The sword, jar of fragrant oils and spurs are highlighted during the Investiture Vigil Ritual, in reference to their spiritual symbolism.
“I would like to begin by expressing my greatest gratitude and thanks to the Grand Master, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, for the introduction of the jar of perfumed oils in the rite of ceremony for the Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
The Grand Master’s decision to introduce this powerful symbol for the Dames is an immense gift. The experience of holding it in my hands and passing it on to the new Dames of our Order is unforgettable.
The act of holding this jar in their hands, helps each Dame to experience, in a special and unique way, the memory of the gesture of the first women who loved Christ and who had brought the jars of fragrant oil and aromas to prepare His Body in the tomb. They found the tomb empty; Christ is risen! It is the foundation of our faith. It is this resurrection that gives power to our life and is the reason for the existence of our Order.
The Lord gave me the grace to be chosen by the Lieutenant for Central Italy, Anna Maria Munzi Iacoboni, to pass on this vessel to the new Dames last July 1st , 2022. The whole time I held it in my hand during the ceremony, my excitement was immense, and I felt questions and answers arise. What does it mean for us Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre to remember and perpetuate what the first women did or to hold this jar in our hands? What do we put in this jar, for whom and why?
Firstly, the symbol of this jar allows those who hold it in their hands to ponder the power of Christ’s resurrection in their daily lives as Catholics and especially as Dames.
We no longer fill the jar with oil and aromatics, but with our actions of charity, love of Christ, of others, of ourselves, summing up, the life that the Gospel asks us to follow.
Finally, this jar is also for us, because the tomb is empty, and the glorious Body of Christ needs neither perfumed oil nor aromatics. Instead, it is our mortal body that needs to prepare itself for the encounter with the Lord on the chosen day with what we will put into this vessel each day.