Official statement from the Grand Master of the Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel

The Philippines Star news website published yesterday a headline about “the alleged bishop Richard Alcantara” arrested on drug addiction charges in that country. The website refers to the arrested person as “a bishop of the Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel”.

First and foremost, we have to clarify that there’s absolutely no connection with our Order and this person. None of our officers ever heard about this person’s existence until the publication of the aforementioned article.

Second, our order is a Chivalric, meritorious and charitable order under the Royal house of Ghassan and not a religious order as, for example, the Franciscans, Jesuits or Benedictines, etc. to have religious clerics as belonging to our order in the mentioned sense. We have religious serving as chaplains, however the order has no representation whatsoever in the republic of the Philippines,

Third, the website made a mistake. The order that the alleged bishop is part is an homonymous organization but with absolutely no connection neither with our order nor with the Royal House. They call themselves an “exorcist catholic order not affiliated with the Vatican“. Here’s their website with citations and photos of the alleged bishop http://orderofexorcists.com/team-of-exorcists/

We also would like to reiterate that our order does not acknowledge nor recognize the aforementioned “exorcist order” nor their members.

We appeal to the Philippino newspaper to immediately clarify this unfortunate misunderstanding.

Sincerely,

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII

Grand Master of the Order of Saint Michael Archangel – Royal House of Ghassan

“FONS HONORUM” – Legally bestowing Titles & Honors

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Jewels of the Order of Saint Michael Archangel from the Royal House of Ghassan

According to pacific international jurisprudence, the “Fons Honorum” or “fountains of honor” are the persons and/or entities that hold the exclusive prerogative of bestowing titles of nobility and honors legally as subjects of international law. These persons by origin, or ministry, must possess the attributes that constitute the sovereignty.

They are:
Heads of State (both monarchists or republican – although the republicans cannot confer “nobility titles”, only meritorious awards),
Heads of Dynasties (deposed monarchies) since it’s internationally accepted that they preserve the “Jus Conferendi” even being dispossessed of their thrones,
Heads of Traditional Christian Churches (both Roman Catholic and Orthodox) following authentic apostolic succession. In other words, the Head of the church should prove direct lineage of ordination from one of the original apostles.

Here, we shall concentrate our study on the “Fons Honorum” from Monarchs, both reigning and deposed.

It’s widely known that there are no limitations to a Sovereign (reigning or deposed) in conferring titles and honors. They’re allowed to create and restore Orders of Merit and Chivalry, create and restore titles of Nobility, bestow and revoke as it pleases them. Ironically, the reigning Monarchs have more limitations than the deposed ones, because the reigning must follow certain protocols, constitutions and political limitations that may intimidate them in granting honors. The deposed sovereigns fully govern their Houses and Dynasties, and so, there’s no political pressure or interference with the Dynastic prerogatives.

Regarding reigning Monarchies around the world, many Orders are known and active as the following examples:

British Crown:(Europe): The Order of the Garter, The Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, The Order of the Thistle, The Order of the Bath, The Service Order, The Order of Merit, The Victorian Order, The Imperial Service Order, The Order of the Companions of Honor and The Order of the British Empire. There’re some dormant Orders as the Order of Saint Patrick and the Orders of India.
Spanish Crown: (Europe): The Order of the Golden Fleece, The Order of Charles III, The Order of Saint Hermenegildo, The Order of Isabel the Catholic, The Order of Montesa, The Order of Alcantara, The Order of Santiago ,The Order of Queen Maria Luisa, the Order of Calatrava, etc.
Japanese Crown (Asia): The Order of Chrysanthemum, the Order of the Rising Sun, etc
Thai Crown: (Asia): The Order of the Crown of Thailand, the Order of the White Elephant, etc
Jordanian Crown: (Middle East): The Order of the Star,
Saudi Arabian Crown: (Middle East): The Order of Abdul-Aziz Al Saud,
Lesotho Crown (Africa): Order of Lesotho, Order of Makoanyane, Order of Molomi, Order of Moshoeshoe, Order of Ramatseatsane, etc
Swaziland Crown (Africa): The Royal order of Sobhuza II
– etc.

As previously said, when a Monarch is dispossessed, he or she remains Sovereign, and hence, never loses the Royal prerogatives of: “Jus Majestatis” which is the right of being called and respected by the titles and the “Jus Honorum“, the right to bestow titles and honors.

According to Dr. Mario Silvestre de Meroe, diplomat and acclaimed scholar and author of Dynastic Law:

Ceasing territorial power, the monarch loses effective control of (“Jus Imperii” – the right to govern a State and people and “Jus Gladii” the right to command an army), retaining, however, the dynastic prerogatives (“Jus Majestatis” and “Jus Honorum”), which, as already stated, are intrinsic to his/her person. Assuming, then, the title of ‘Chief of the Name and Arms of the Royal House’ of his country. While this condition is recognized by the international tradition, like “pretender” to the vacant throne of his country, and among his dynastic power, are to judge the claims around titles of nobility in his jurisdiction, recognize them, validate them, as well as create and bestow new titles in his sole discretion.”

http://www.jbcultura.com.br/mmeroe/perpetua.htm#3%29%20Casas%20Reais%20e%20Dinastias

From Professor Doctor W. Baroni Santos, Doctor D’état in Nobility Law by The University of Reims in France, in his book “Treaty of Heraldry / Nobility Law Vol. I, Book II, chapter I “Jurisprudence of Nobility” page 197:

A “Chief of Name and Arms“, a title attributed to a Claimant, being by juris sanguinis (law of blood) “heir apparent” of a defunct throne, as long as he has not formalized a voluntary act of resignation and acquiescence [formalized, not assumed or presumed] to the new political order of the state, according to the classic expression “subito la debellatio”, retains, in all its fullness, the sovereign prerogatives of Fons Honorum (Fountain of Honors) and Jus Majestatis (right to majestic dignity). It is a fortiori, the source of nobility and honor, and may, without restrictions create nobles and arm knights.”

Professor Emilio Furno, an eminent Italian jurist and scholar, former advocate in the Supreme Court of Appeal, writes as follows in “The Legitimacy of Non-National Orders“, Rivista Penale, No.1, January 1961, pp. 46-70:

There are not a few judgments, civil and criminal, albeit some very recent, all of which tend as a rule to the acceptance of traditional principles re-enunciated not long since. The issue is that of innate nobility – “Jure Sanguinis” (right of blood) – which looks into the prerogatives known as “Jus Majestatis” and “Jus Honorum” and which argues that the holder of such prerogatives is a subject of international law with all the logical consequences of that situation. That is to say, a deposed sovereign may legitimately confer titles of nobility, with or without predicates, and the honorifics which pertain to his heraldic patrimony as head of his dynasty. The qualities which render a deposed Sovereign a subject of international law are undeniable and in fact constitute an absolute personal right of which the subject may never divest himself and which needs no ratification or recognition on the part of any other authority whatsoever. A reigning Sovereign or Head of State may use the term recognition in order to demonstrate the existence of such a right, but the term would be a mere declaration and not a constitutive act.” (Furno, op.cit.).

A notable example of this principle is that of the People’s Republic of China which for a considerable time was not recognized and therefore not admitted to the United Nations, but which nonetheless continued to exercise its functions as a sovereign state through both its internal and external organs.” (Furno, op.cit.).

The eminent author concludes:

“To sum up, therefore, the Italian judiciary, in those cases submitted to its jurisdiction, has confirmed the prerogatives “jure sanguinis” of a dethroned sovereign without any vitiation of its effects, whereby in consequence it has explicitly recognized the right to confer titles of nobility and other honorifics relative to his dynastic heraldic patrimony. “(Furno, op.cit.).

It is Important to cite the fact that there are no isolated verdicts, but over 100 years of several decisions, in different courts, in both Monarchical Italy and Republican Italy.

Dynastic orders are the exclusive domain of a sovereign, remain as such even if the monarch goes into exile, and are thus transmissible to the legitimate successor and head of the family. Generally, even if a sovereign abdicates of his/her own free will, unless he/she does so explicitly, he/she does not renounce the grand mastership of those dynastic orders belonging to his/her family. If the sovereign should renounce his/her status as Fons Honorum, this cannot involve any of his/her heirs that hold the right of inheritance, unless the renunciation took place prior to the sovereign’s marriage, and thus the birth of any heirs. A sovereign (or head of a royal house) in exile, and his/her legitimate successor, continue to enjoy the ius collationis, or “the right to confer honours,” and therefore may bestow honours in full legitimacy. No authority can deprive them of the right to confer honours, since this prerogative belongs to them as a lawful personal property iure sanguinis (by right of blood).”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynastic_Orders_of_Knighthood

Regarding Dethroned Monarchies around the world, many Orders are known and some are still active as the following examples:

French Crowns (Europe): Royal – The Order of Saint-Louis, the Order of the Holy Ghost, etc. Imperial – Order of the Legion of Honor
Italian Crown (Europe): The Order of the Crown of Italy, The Order of the Holy Annunciation, The Order of Savoy, etc.
Rwanda Crown (Africa): The Order of Intare
Ethiopian Crown (Africa): The Order of Solomon, The Order of Saint Mary of Zion, etc.
Iranian Crown (Asia Minor): The Order of the Crown, The Order of the Lion and the Sun, etc.
Brazilian Crown (South America): The Order of the Red Rose, The Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Order of D. Peter I, The Order of Saint Tiago of the Sword, etc.

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in 2016, His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I receiving the Order of Saint Michael

In Africa, there is a very interesting case. There are both reigning Monarchs as in Morocco and Swaziland, and also dethroned Sovereigns, as the ones from Ethiopia and Rwanda. But also a third group of Monarchs, who are still (and fully) reigning (since thousands of years ago) even if, presently in their territories, the regime is “officially” Republican. The Republican Government totally respects the Kings’ authority and even, in some cases, pays taxes to lease their land.

There are presently as many as 10,000 monarchies in Africa; that is: actually or nominally self-governing states, territories, nations, sections and cities on the continent of Africa where supreme power resides with an individual, who is recognized as the head of state. All are similar in that the sovereign inherits his or her office and usually keeps it until death or abdication.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarchies_in_Africa

The Roman Catholic Church only recognizes as Orders of Chivalryper se” the following: the Supreme Order of Christ, the Order of the Golden Spur, the Order of Pius IX, the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, the Order of Saint Sylvester and the oldest one, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. In addition to that the Holy See recognizes only the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Therefore, officially the church doesn’t recognize even historical and very prestigious orders like the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Constantinian Order, etc. But that doesn’t mean, in any way, that they’re less legitimate.

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Pope Francis Blessing the Ghassanid Order of Saint Michael Archangel

However, chivalric organizations and associations can be recognized or “erected canonically” by the Holy See according to Canon Law. That’s the only legal recognition an Order outside the aforementioned ones can receive from the Catholic Church. That recognition was bestowed upon the Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel – Grand Priory of Brazil on Saint Michael’s day (September 29th) by Decree of His Excellency Dom Roberto Francisco Ferreria Paz, Diocesan Bishop of Campos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and also Grand Chaplain of the Order in Brazil. The decree was read during the thanksgiving mass celebrating the Saint Michael Archangel’s feast and HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor’s 43rd birthday at the Saint Benedict’s Church in Campos, Brazil.

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The Ghassanid Order of Saint Michael Decree of recognition from the Catholic Diocese of Campos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With regards to “Fountains of Honor“, there are only two options: whether reigning (that also includes incumbent republicans head of State) or dethroned Monarchs, in both situations, they’re fully entitled to bestow titles and honors, without limitations, and at their discretion. Even though no formal recognition is required to establish the legitimacy of a dethroned “fons honorum” (sovereign or heir), it’s very difficult to be taken seriously without it. The Royal House of Ghassan and HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor have received numerous formal and informal recognitions from heads of State, the Holy See and also from Heads of Traditional Churches (Orthodox and Catholic Patriarchs). See more HERE

To understand why the Royal House of Ghassan is an authenticFons Honorum” we suggest the following articles:

The Royal House of Ghassan is also accredited by the United Nations See more HERE

The Order of Saint Michael was recognized and received by many VIP members. Amongst them, some of the main political and religious leaders in the Middle East like: The President of the Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, The President of the Albanian Republic, His Holiness Pope Francis, His All Holiness Bartholomew I the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, His Holiness the Coptic Pope Tawadros II, His Holiness Aram I the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch, His Eminence and Beatitude Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai the Maronite Patriarch, several cardinals, etc. See more of the VIP members HERE

* If you have interest in joining the Order of Saint Michael Archangel, please, send your Curriculum Vitae (resume) to the Chancellery at info@princegharios.com  

More about the Order of Saint Michael HERE
More about the Royal House of Ghassan HERE
More about HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor HERE

A 2018’s Retrospective

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First, we would like to wish you, your family and friends, a Blessed Holidays, regardless of your faith.

It’s time to remember what has happened in 2018 and plan for the new year.

We had many achievements in 2018, here are some highlights. More details and photos, please, follow the links:

In March, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has issued an Imperial & Royal Decree regarding the use of the historical “imperial address” for the members of the Ghassanid Royal Family.

Prince Gharios El Chemor issues Royal Decree

Here, more about the Ghassanid Imperial Titles:

The Ghassanid Imperial Titles

8Also in March, since the Royal House of Ghassan  was accredited by the  United Nations ECOSOC with the Special Consultative Status in 2016,  HRH Prince Gharios has been following the UN main agendas and has visited the United Nations Headquarters in New York to participated on the 62nd edition of the Commission on Status of Women.

Prince Gharios El Chemor attends event at the UN in NY

In April, one of the greatest martial artists alive, Guro Dan Inosanto, the main disciple of the legend Bruce Lee has received the Order of Saint Michael Archangel.

One of the world greatest martial artists alive receives the Order of Saint Michael

In the same month, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has received from the 54th Governor of Alabama (USA), the highest honor from that State, the honorary title of “Colonel”.

Prince Gharios El Chemor awarded with the title of “Colonel” by the Governor of Alabama

Alabama Colonel Award

Still in April, HRH Prince Gharios was appointed as “member of Honor” of the Balear Institute of History in Spain.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor appointed as member of honor of the Balear Institute of History from Spain

Also, HRH Prince Gharios met the new Lebanese Consul General in Los Angeles, Her Excellency the Honorable Mirna Khawly.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor meets new Lebanese Consul General for Los Angeles in Beverly Hills

May was a very busy month. HRH Prince Gharios was honored by the Union California University for his “commitment for Christian higher education and humanitarian development around the world“.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor honored by California University

Also, the prince met with a very notorious descendant of the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius and the vice-president of the Confucius family organization.

Prince Gharios El Chemor meets with a descendant of Confucius

Every year, HRH Prince Gharios is invited by the Lebanese Government to an official VIP event, the LDE. This year, it was not different.

Prince Gharios El Chemor participates in event invited by Lebanese Government in Beirut 

In the same month, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has visited Jordan and his dear friend His Excellency Bishop William Shomali and made a sizable donation to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in Jordan.

Prince Gharios El Chemor visits the Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in Jordan

On May the 18th, the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon had it’s first Annual Gala event at the luxurious Le Maillon Club in Beirut.

Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon has its 1st Annual Gala Event

The Prince also met the Japanese Ambassador in Lebanon at the elegant Printania Palace Hotel.

Prince Gharios El Chemor meets Japanese Ambassador in Lebanon

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor was the first Christian to receive a high honor from Iraq.

Prince Gharios El Chemor is the 1st Christian to receive high honor from Iraq

In the end of the month, the Royal House of Ghassan has signed a historical and important agreement to protect Christian minorities in Iraq.

Royal House of Ghassan signs historical humanitarian agreement with high Iraqi Muslim Foundation

Still in May, HRH Prince Gharios has visited the UN building in Vienna, Austria.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor visits UN building in Vienna

The prince was invited by the Austrian Parliament to participate at an official event in Vienna.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor participates in event at the Austrian Parliament

Mr Wolfgang Sobotka, the president of the Austrian Parliament with HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor

In June, the Royal House of Ghassan honored an important Lebanese Diplomat with the Order of Saint Michael Archangel.

 

Royal House of Ghassan honors Lebanese Ambassador

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Also, the prince has honored his cousin, HRH Prince Sheikh Antoine Majid El Chemor with the highest rank in the Order of Saint Michael.

HRH Sheikh Antoine Majid El Chemor receives the Order of Saint Michael

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor’s video promo for syndicated show

In August, the Royal House of Ghassan started to film the project “One Voice for Christians“. The very first day was very auspicious with the participation of His Holiness Aram I , the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch of Cilicia.

Armenian Orthodox Patriarch joins “One Voice for Christians”

Another very important addition to the project was one of the main representatives of the Duaihy family, descendants of the Maronite Patriarch Stephen Duaihy.

Descendant of Blessed Patriarch Duaihy joins “One Voice for Christians”

In September, the Royal House of Ghassan has released the first video teaser of the project “One Voice for Christians

“One Voice for Christians” releases its first video teaser

And also the new website

“One Voice for Christians” launches new website

One of the greatest acquisitions for the project was Professor Joseph Kechichian, the leading expert in Middle Eastern Royal Succession today in the world.

Top international scholar joins “One Voice for Christians”

Still in September, HRH Prince Gharios has traveled to London, UK. And he met his dear friend, His Grace Angaelus, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London.

Prince Gharios El Chemor visits Coptic Archbishop of London

Still in London, the prince met another dear friend, His Majesty Oba Thompson, the King of Eti Oni, in Nigeria.

Prince Gharios El Chemor meets the King of Eti Oni

Back to Lebanon, the prince met the Armenian Ambassador for Lebanon.

Prince Gharios El Chemor meets the Armenian Ambassador in Lebanon

In October, the Maronite Archbishop of Beirut has joined the project “One Voice for Christians“.

Maronite Archbishop of Beirut joins “One Voice for Christians”

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with HE Boulos Matar the Maronite Archbishop of Beirut

In the same month, HRH Prince Gharios was invited by General Michel Nahas and Mr Imad Risk to speak about Terrorism to international military and diplomatic authorities at the Lancaster Plaza Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon.

Prince Gharios El Chemor speaks about terrorism

In November, two important Muslim scholars, one Sunni and one Shiia, have joined the project “One Voice for Christians“.

Muslim scholars join “One Voice for Christians”

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In the same month, a historical event was achieved by the Royal House of Ghassan Professor Joseph Kechichian, the leading expert in Middle Eastern Royal Succession today in the world signed a legal sworn affidavit recognizing the legal and historical rights of the Royal House of Ghassan and HRH Prince Gharios

The world’s leading scholar in Middle Eastern Royal Succession presents sworn statement about Ghassanid Royal Rights

In December, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has attended the “Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies” in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor attends Forum for Peace in Abu Dhabi

To beautifully close this year of success, the Royal House of Ghassan has released the first episode of the project “One Voice for Christians” explaining the project and its goals.

“One Voice for Christians” releases 1st Episode of documentary series

Also in 2018, the Royal House of Ghassan turned public several important documents proving the history and legal rights of the Ghassanid Royal Family:

Royal House of Ghassan presents irrefutable evidence of the family’s titles

Sheikha EL Chemor WWWSheikh_Asaad Sassif EL Chemor WWWSheikh_Gerges Saad EL Chemor WWW

The Legal reasons for the use of the Royal titles by the El Chemor family

The world’s leading scholar in Middle Eastern Royal Succession presents sworn statement about Ghassanid Royal Rights

Royal House of Ghassan provides more historical documents regarding the family’s titles

Leading Lebanese newspaper confirms El Chemor family’s Royal origins in 1981’s article

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Encyclopedia of Maronite families confirms the Sheikhs El Chemor’s chronicles and makes a surprising statement

Lebanese newspaper article mentions the El Chemor family being related to former Nicaraguan President

We also invite you to learn more about the geopolitics and history of the Middle East, the Arab Royal Laws of Succession, the Ghassanid Royal Dynasty, etc.

Ghassanids, the Great Sultans of medieval Yemen

Ghassanids, the sovereigns of the Island of Rhodes

“It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles”

The peculiar Middle Eastern sense of history

A very serious intelectual disease…

Were the Ghassanids sovereign?

Why is the El Chemor/Gharios Family endowed with the Ghassanid Royal Titles?

Primogeniture in the Royal Arab Succession

What makes a family “Royal”?

The Ignorance about Royalty

“Amir” versus “Sheikh”: understanding the Arab titles

We wish you and yours a great 2019! Happy New Year!

If you want to see our 2017’s Retrospective please visit A 2017’s Retrospective

 

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor attends Forum for Peace in Abu Dhabi

In the beginning of the month, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has attended the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies at the Joumeirah Hotel, Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event was supported by the government of UAE and had the participation of leaders and scholars from all over the world and from many different religions to debate and share experiences of inter religious dialogue.