Restoration of the Knights Templar
Richard Salbato - June 13, 2007
In the ninth volume of the Dictionary of the Institutes of Perfection (Edizioni Paoline, Rome, 1997) to the Militia Templi is dedicated the third section of the word "Templars", the one entitled "the restoration of the Templars"; the Militia Templi is today the only one legitimate Templar Institution.
During the centuries, in Europe and in
Quite different, on the contrary, is the
situation of the foundation arose in 1979 in Poggibonsi
The Association, after being civilly
recognized in 9.21.1979, was, with its knightly formulated Constitutions and
with explicit references to the ancient Order, was approved (9.8.1988) by the
archbishop of Siena Mons. Mario Jsmaele
Castellano, as a private association of the faithful
under the name of “Milizia del
Tempio” (Ordo Militiae
Christi Templique Hierosolimitani).
On 11.24.1990, the same
According to the rule, the new Militia, includes three categories of members: the Knights with solemn profession, who consecrate themselves perpetually to the Militia with the investiture and the promise to observe the three classic evangelic counsels with the public testimony of faith (fourth promise), and the Non Professed Knights (or “in obedience”), who, with the investiture, commit themselves to tend to the perfection of Christian life; the women (ladies) who, remaining in their state, desire to collaborate in various ways with the Militia, always under the authority of the Grand Master of the Militia; the third category is composed by that men and women who, because of their young age and inexperience, are not considered ready to assume a definitive pledge: they serve the Militia as Donates, but delivering just a temporary promise, that must be renewed every third year. To be admitted at profession or at the investiture a novice must serve a novitiate for three years and must be 21 years of age.
According to the rule and the constitutions
the Militia is ruled by a Grand Master (Master of the poor knights of Christ,
leader of the Militia of the
The General Chapter, composed by knights and ladies, has the legislative task; the consulta (or court of honour) has the disciplinary and control task; the Magisterial Grand Prior Council the formulation of the government policy.
Five ministry support the central organs for the fulfilment of Militia’s tasks: the prelature (the general prelate is named every three years by Siena’s Archbishop) for the spiritual and doctrinal forming; the general lieutenancy for discipline administration, to call and regulate new Grand Master’s election; the magisterial Preceptory (captain) for the ideal and knightly forming; the magisterial chancellery for the government, the administration and general organization; the governorship for the maintenance of the Magisterial See and the preservation of the patrimony.
The rule prescribes only the common recitation of vespers (the profess knights have the obligation of daily breviary), but the possibility of forming also houses of conventional life is under consideration.
THE KNIGHTS HABIT
The knights with solemn profession (religious) or in obedience (secular) wear, according to the case, the white habit composed by a tunic, a scapular with a red octagonal cross on the breast and a mantle where the same cross is placed on the left shoulder; the ladies, a white veil with the cross without the superior arm; the chaplains, a white mozzetta with red border and buttons and octagonal red cross on the left front part. The other members have no habit, but just decoration or distinctive.
The Militia support herself financially with her member’s contributions, with donations of public and private bodies and with her activity.
SMALL AND GROWING
Actually, the Militia, that has about thirty knights with solemn profession, some hundreds of knights in obedience and a lot of members in other categories, has constituted about ten national preceptories (grand priorates) and a lot of local priorates and commendas; has promoted and affiliated scout groups and youth organizations in Italy and in other countries. The magisterial see is in the Castello della Magione in Poggibonsi (Siena), an extraordinary monumental romanesque construction of the XI century, that belonged to the Templars till 1312 and, after their suppression, to the Hospitallers of S. John in Jerusalem; on the 20th of January of 1979, after being passed into the hands of various owners, it was acquired by Count Marcello Alberto Cristofani della Magione, who made of it the patrimonial endowment of the magistral see of the Militia Templi.
The general purpose of the Militia Templi is to promote and to constitute communities of Faith
and Christian life in order to follow, in full communion with the
The care of Liturgy, in conformity with the Tradition and the Papal Teaching, and the prayer of the Divine Office, as a service to God
The study in depth of the spirituality and the culture of the Knighthood, as a testimony and in defense of the traditional human and Christian values This as a service to the ideal of the Knighthood.
The defense and the reception of the pilgrims and generally the moral and material support of the neighbor, in conformity with the tradition of the old Order, together with the education of the youth This as a service to the Church and to the Society.
RULE OF THE POOR KNIGHTS OF CHRIST
Rule of the poor Knights of Christ
1st Edition December 2002
Deo gratias et Mariae
Marcellus Albertus Cristofani della Magione Comes Sen. clementissimi Dei gratia
Pauperorum Militum Magister ac Dux Militiae Templi et Comes Palatinus & The old Order of the Poor Knights of Christ found in the writing of Saint Bernard „Liber ad Milites Templi de laude novae Militiae“ the necessary basis for the new monastic and knightly spirituality, contemplative and combative, that would have characterized it in its almost two hundred years of glorious life at the service of the Church and of the neighbor.
The „Liber“ was the source of the Rule with all its norms for personal, community and hierarchical life, a means of personal sanctification and of realization of the Reign of Christ, in whose name, and in the name of the Virgin, the life of each Templar shall have a meaning and an aim.
A Rule had to be dictated also for the new Order of the Poor Knights of Christ of the reborn Militia Templi, and Our General Chapter has unanimously approved its text based on the old Rule, adapted to today’s requirements and to the aims of a modern Christian testimony through the ideals of Knighthood.
Therefore, in consideration of articles 10 and 24 of Our Constitutions, by Our power and right and by Our magisterial authority we have decreed and we hereby
1) The text of the „Rule of the Poor Knights of Christ of the Order of the Militia Templi is ratified as approved by Our Most Excellent General Chapter.
2) The Rule shall have to be submitted to and approved by the competent Ecclesiastical Authority, His Excellency the Metropolitan Archbishop of Siena-Colle di Val d’Elsa-Montalcino, Ordinary for the Militia Templi, whose only future duty shall be the approval of possible modifications requested by the General Chapter.
From Our Magistral See in Castello della Magione on November the 12th, 1990, commemoration of Saint Jehoshaphat, bishop and martyr, Eleventh of the Militia and of Our Office.
This Decree, to which the seal has been affixed, is transcribed in the archives of H.E. the Master and Duke of the Militia Templi. The Chancellor (dom. Santo Bruzzone)
CAJETANUS BONICELLI, DEI APOSTOLICAE SEDIS GRATIA, ARCHIEPISCOPUS METROPOLITA
SENENSIS - COLLENSIS - ILCINENSIS
In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Considering that the Order of the
Militia Templi, founded
on May the 17th, 1979, with Magistral See in the Castello della
Magione of Poggibonsi (
- seeing that the request submitted by H.E. the Master and Duke of the Militia Templi, Count dom. Marcello A. Cristofani della Magione, with which he requests us to approve the Rule of the Order of the Militia Templi, called “Rule of the Poor Knights of Christ“, written in compliance with the spirit and the indications of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux for the old Order of the Temple, a Rule formerly approved by the General Chapter of the same Order of the Militia Templi;
- Having examined the aforesaid Rule and having found it worthy of approval; by Our Ordinary Authority
WE HAVE DECREED AND WE DECREE:
1. The “Rule of the Poor Knights of Christ“ of the Order of the Militia Templi, composed of 20 Chapters and attached to this Decree is approved.
2. The extract of this Decree shall be
published on the Diocesan Bulletin.
THE METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP
(+ Gaetano Bonicelli)
The Archiepiscopal Chancellor
(Published on the Official Bulletin of the Archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d’Elsa- Montalcino no. 11-12 of November-December 1990)
Our word is addressed in particular to those who contemn to follow their will and wish to serve with purity and courage in the Knighthood of the true and supreme Sovereign, preferring to wear the most excellent armor of obedience, fulfilling their duty with assiduous diligence and perseverance so as to finally achieve their goal.
We thus exhort you to hasten to be
united for eternity with those whom the Lord has chosen amongst the sinners and
has ordained out of his generous mercy to
Above all, whoever you are, Knight of Christ, you who choose such a holy way of life, it is necessary that you apply in your profession a pure attention and a firm perseverance: it is acknowledged by God as so very worthy, holy and sublime that, if observed with perseverance, it shall reward with the grace of being one of the Knights who gave their souls for Christ.
In this profession, the Order of knighthood in fact re-flourished and was resplendent, until when, having refused the love for justice, it no longer accomplished its task, neglecting to defend the poor and the Church.
We put down in writing what has been diligently examined by the Most Excellent Chapter of the Militia of the Temple, so that it shall not get lost and shall be safeguarded in its entirety; so that the Poor Knights of Christ, following a righteous course, may reach the excellent Creator they fight for, whose sweetness exceeds the one of honey so much that compared to Him the latter is as bitter as absinthe, and may fight for Him until He returns.
Rule of the poor Knights of Christ
(Of the different categories of
those who serve Our Lord in the Militia of the
There are three categories amongst
those who serve Our Lord and pay due homage to Our Lady in the Militia of the
The first is the very glorious one of the Knights, who comprises those who, on the day of their investiture, have chosen before God and His Saints to bind themselves to the Militia, to be sanctified in it and to fight without reprieve for the rights of God and of Christianity.
Amongst them, called Knights of Obedience owing to their conduct in life, the Master chooses the Knights of Justice who are not to exceed twelve in number. They are wise, devout men who assist the Master of the Militia as requested by him. They shall gather in Chapter and, after having prayed the Holy Spirit for a long time, they shall elect the Master of the Militia amongst themselves, or amongst the Knights of Obedience.
The second category comprises women of good will who, kindled by a sincere devotion for the Lord and Our Lady, and wishful to enhance their Christian life, while remaining in their state, dedicate part of their energies and their prayers to the Militia and, collaborating actively with the Knights, serve their Supreme King together.
They are called Ladies: before God, the Master of the Militia and the Chapter, they solemnly undertake their responsibilities the day on which they receive the habit and the Cross.
The third category is composed by men and women who, due to their young age and inexperience, are not considered ready to undertake a definitive responsibility without the possibility of receding: they serve in the ranks of the Militia as Knights and Ladies, and they, too, pronounce the simple Profession or the temporary Donation; this shall be renewed every three years.
When the Master of the Militia and the Chapter, having acknowledged their grown maturity, shall express a favorable opinion, God willing they shall be allowed to bind themselves to the Militia perpetually, through both the Donation and the knightly investiture.
(The Master of the Militia)
The Master of the Militia, once elected, shall accept his charge without in the least making boast of it, but rather strengthening his humbleness because, if his honor is great, the responsibility he takes upon himself before God and Our Lady is just as great.
He shall endeavor to teach all that is good and holy more through deeds than through words, thus confirming his teachings with his conduct. He shall not, for no reason whatsoever, reserve a partial or preferential treatment to anyone, and this in order that rumors may be avoided: he shall use the same rule of behavior for all.
He shall endeavor to show, depending on the circumstance, the severity of a preceptor together with the tenderness of a father. He shall vigorously correct the undisciplined and the restless and shall lovingly exhort those who obey to make further progress.
He shall above all take care that those who are subject to him keep close to their heart and be faithful to the ideals of the Militia, that is serving Our Lord and the Holy Virgin Mary and defending Their Sovereign Rights and those of Christianity the world through, conscious that, if one seeks the Reign of God and its Justice, all the rest shall be given for good measure.
He shall remember that, if he wants to be first in authority, he shall also be first in sanctity, first in the observance of the Rule and the most zealous in combat and in practicing good deeds.
Once the Master of the Militia has been elected, faithfulness to the Promises and love for the Militia exact that everyone obey him, trying to overcome personal difficulties for the good of the Militia.
Therefore, all those who belong to
the Militia of the
(Of the consultation of the Chapter)
Each time an important issue needs to be discussed, and when the Master considers it opportune, he shall summon all the Knights in Chapter, shall personally state the matter at issue and shall hear the advice and the opinions of everyone, from the youngest to the oldest. He shall then do what he deems most fit. And everyone shall obey him in total humbleness.
(The instruments of good deeds)
Above all love God Our Lord with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength; and then your neighbor as yourself. Deny yourself completely to follow Christ; mortify your flesh, do not seek comfort, love fasting.Relieve the poor, clothe the naked, visit the sick, bury the dead, alleviate all sufferings, comfort those who are in distress.
Get estranged from the worldly mentality; do not prefer anything to the love for Christ. Do not give free play to wrath, do not bear anyone a grudge, do not nurse deceit in your heart, do not give a false greeting of peace, do not abandon charity.
Do not swear to avoid perjury, speak the truth with your heart and your lips, do not render evil for evil, do not wrong anyone; love your enemies, do not return insults and slander, but rather respond with benevolence towards our offenders; endure persecutions for justice.
Do not be haughty, do not be given to drinking nor be ravenous, do not sleep excessively nor be lazy, do not be a grumbler nor a backbiter.
Set your trust in God, attribute to Him, and not to yourself, whatever good you discover within you, but be aware that evil comes from us and accept the ensuing responsibilities
Fear the day of Judgment, quiver at the thought of hell, yearn for eternal life with all your soul. Keep the possibility of death in mind at all times. Watch your actions continuously, be convinced that God watches us everywhere.
Immediately break into Christ all evil thoughts that arise in your heart. Beware of evil and unbecoming conversation, do not love to speak much, do not speak light or silly words, do not laugh immoderately.
Willingly listen to the reading of the word of God, dedicate yourself frequently to prayer; in this confess your past sins to God every day with deep sorrow and endeavor to mend your ways in the future.
Do not satisfy the desires of corrupt nature, loathe your own will, obey the Master.
Do not wish to be called a saint before being one, but truly become such so that there may be more ground to say so. Fulfill God’s commandments each day.
Love chastity, do not envy anyone, do not be jealous, do not nurse envy, do not love quarrels, shun haughtiness and respect the elderly, love the young, pray for your enemies in the love of Christ; should you quarrel with your brother, make peace before sunset.
And never despair of God’s mercy.
These are the instruments of spiritual art! If we shall make use of them day and night and return them on the Day of Judgment, we shall obtain from the Lord the reward that He himself promised: “No eye has ever seen, nor ear has ever heard what God has prepared for those who love him”.
(Of the Divine Office)
The Knights, and those who with
them - for the salvation of their souls - militate under the banners of Our
Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady in the Militia of the
The Knights shall recite the Office according to the custom of the Roman Church, possibly all the Daily Hours, but should this not be possible they shall at least propose to always recite Lauds or Vespers.
Recalling what the Lord said: “Where two or three shall meet in my Name, I shall be amongst them“, the Knights shall endeavor to recite the Offices together as much as possible, in precise compliance with the prescribed ceremonial. And this shall be valid in particular for the hour of Vespers.
When a Knight is unable to recite the Office, he shall say a Pater Noster, ten Ave Maria, a Gloria Patri and a Requiem Aeternam.
The Ladies shall join the Knights as often as possible to recite the Office, and it is commendable that they also recite it alone. But they can also say a mystery of the Holy Rosary for the good of the Militia.
(Of brotherly correction)
If a brother has committed a fault against the Rule or against the noble ideals of the Militia, he shall be reproved above all in secrecy, with humbleness and charity, exhorting him in a brotherly way to correct himself.
If, even after this admonishment, he shall commit the fault again, the Master shall be informed so that he may correct him secretly with authority.
Should this also not be sufficient, his case shall be brought before the Chapter, where the Master shall publicly contest his faults and his errors. If at this point the bother shall express the will to correct himself and to pursue in obedience, the Master shall accept without hesitation this good proposition and shall be the first to give him the greeting of peace, followed by all the members of the Chapter.
But if he shall persevere in his bad conduct, the Master shall have to send him away lest he should involve in his errors the others who are faithful. And he shall not be readmitted.
Should someone who has already pronounced the Promises or the Donation be no longer willing to serve in the Militia, he shall take no decision in his heart without having confided in the Master and having humbly asked his advice. He shall not act on impulse, because faithfulness is truly such if it overcomes trials of all sorts.
Should the Master decide to dispense him from obedience, this brother shall give back the habit and the Cross of the Militia and, after having exchanged a greeting of peace with all the members of the Chapter, he shall go freely.
Should that brother ask to be readmitted, the Master shall question him for a long time and if necessary he shall impose a trial period on him. Should the disposition of that brother have truly changed, and should he be ready to stably serve the Lord and the Blessed Virgin in the ranks of the Militia, he shall be readmitted in the Chapter. But in the last place, as if he were the youngest.
But, should someone abandon the Militia following his own council, without consulting the Master, he shall be considered out of the Militia and shall not be readmitted. And he shall be aware that he is not dispensed from any of the Promises that he has freely pronounced.
(Of the admission of Novices)
If someone shall ask to the accepted as member of the Militia, his intentions are to be taken into consideration above all other things, that is if he truly desires to serve the Lord and the Blessed Virgin in humbleness and poverty, or if he is trying to satisfy very worldly wishes.
Then, if his intentions are truly righteous and devout, he shall read the Rule once. Should he still persist in his wish to postulate, he shall be accepted as a Novice for his preparation for the Profession or the Donation.
During this period, that may vary at the Master’s discretion, and that can never be less that one year, the Master, or the person who shall be charged with the task, shall first of all have to augment and fortify the knowledge of the Novice with respect to the Holy Catholic Faith so that he may later defend it in this world with greater vigor and effectiveness.
The aptitude of the Novice for prayer shall thus be examined, and he shall in particular be directed towards the constant practice of reciting the Divine Office, whether with others or alone.
Finally, his Knightly forming shall be seen to, teaching him the history of Chivalry and its true ideals, so that its memory shall be his patrimony.
On the contrary, in the female Novice the aspects to be taken into consideration are her aptitude for serving, her willingness to collaborate in a sisterly way, her spirit of devotion and the authenticity of her Christian life, nevertheless without totally neglecting doctrinal and knightly teachings.
At the end of the noviciate, the Novice shall be admitted to the knightly Profession or the Donation, which shall be celebrated with the greatest solemnity.
(Of the Squires)
The example and the good reputation of the Knights could attract young men desirous of taking on the same way of life and of embarking on the same enterprises, but who are prevented from doing so by their young age.
The Militia cannot ignore this desire, on the contrary it shall strive to enhance it to help the young men embark on the difficult undertaking of serving in the Militia.
After having accurately inquired into their motivations, the Master shall thus accept their request and shall entrust them to the Knights so that they may see to their full growth until when the young Rule of the poor Knights of Christ men, having at least come of age, shall request to become Novices or to follow another course instead.
They are called Squires and to be entrusted to a Knight they must be sixteen years old, or younger with the Master’s dispensation. Each Knight shall periodically report to the Master the progresses of his Squire.
The Master may decide to appoint a master of Squires to coordinate the life shared by all, but the Knight shall the one personally responsible for the young man entrusted to him.
The Master may entrust one or more Squires to one Knight on the basis of his judgment and of necessity, he may entrust the Squires he desires to himself and change previous entrustments after having heard the opinion of the Knights concerned and having taken into consideration the desires of the Squire.
The Squire follows his Knight in his undertakings and his life with total and filial devotion, as a disciple does with his master; the Knight shall take care of him as of the most precious gift given to him by God in this spiritual paternity sought and desired by both.
The same may occur for a young woman who wishes to follow the same course as the Ladies: she shall be called Aspirant Lady.
(Of the deceased Master and brothers)
When the Master cedes to death, that spares no one, what is impossible to deny her, for three days the whole Militia shall offer anywhere and with pure sentiments the due Office and the solemn Mass to Christ, and alms shall be given to the poor for his soul; the Chapter shall thus make arrangements for solemn obsequies together with all the Chaplains who charitably serve the Supreme Priest in the Militia with the Knights; for another seven days each brother shall recite for him the Holy Rosary and each year the whole Militia shall venerate his memory with prayers and alms.
If a professed brother dies, the due Office and the solemn Mass shall be offered, and alms shall be given to the poor for the good of his soul.
If a non professed brother, or one who serves for a fixed period of time, or a Chaplain dies, then they shall be recalled during the Office and the community Mass that follow the announcement of his death, and alms shall be given to the poor.
The Master and the professed brothers shall be buried with their habit.
(No brother shall make offerings)
No brother shall presume to make other offerings, but day and night, with a pure heart, he shall remain in his state until he shall be compared to the wisest of prophets, the One who said “I shall take the chalice of salvation“ (Ps. CXV, 4) and shall, with death, imitate the death of the Lord, because as He gave His life for him, he, too, shall be ready to give it for his brothers.
This is the offer that is convenient, this is the living victim that pleases God.
(How the Knights should eat)
When the Knights meet, they shall consume meals together in a single hall, the refectory, where, should gestures made to draw attention go unnoticed, if the need arises to ask something one shall do so gently and in a whisper.
The brothers shall eat and drink moderately, so that they shall not overburden their spirit along with their body, and they shall rise from the table not completely filled to satiety; however, they shall not exceed in discipline or unauthorized abstinence so that the service to be performed shall not suffer as a consequence.
In the refectory a free place shall be ready at all times to welcome a pilgrim.
Every day, after dinner or supper, thanks shall be given with a humble heart to the Supreme Benefactor, Christ, in Church if it is in the vicinity, or in the refectory.
(Of abstinence and fasting)
The brothers shall abstain from
meat as prescribed by the
Sick brothers shall neither observe abstinence nor fast.
The amount that corresponds to the unconsumed food and drink shall be given to the almoner to be distributed to the poor.
(How the brothers should dress)
The Capitular habit of professed Knights shall be a white mantle with the red octagonal Cross on the left arm, so that those who have abandoned the life of darkness may acknowledge to have reconciled themselves with their Creator through a pure and chaste life. What is white if not uncontaminated chastity? And red the blood shed by Our Rule of the poor Knights of Christ
Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross for everyone’s redemption? And the eight tips the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount?
Those who serve for a fixed period of time as simple professed shall be given a white tunic with the Cross of the Militia on the breast as service habit.
The Ladies, as symbol of their donation and good disposition at the service of the Militia, shall be given a white veil on which the Cross of the Militia shall be missing the upper arm, as the whole Cross is reserved to the Knights.
The squires shall wear a simple white tunic without the cross.
The Garderobe Attendant shall ensure that the habits given to the brothers are neither too long nor too short, but suitable for the brother who shall wear it.
And when they shall take the new habit they shall return the old one to the Garderobe Attendant so that it may be given to the Squires.
No one else shall be permitted to wear white habits.
The Chaplains and all those who serve in the Militia for other reasons shall not presume to receive anything unless the Master shall donate it spontaneously or charitably.
All the brothers have the precise obligation to take care of their aspect and to dress decently and with clothes suitable for any circumstance and respectful of social conventions, so that their presence may never offend anyone, but without yielding to the frivolity of fashions as evidence of poverty.
(Of spiritual nourishment)
Like the body, the soul, too, must have its daily nourishment and this is the praise that the Knight give unto God and Our Lady with the Divine Office.
But this is not sufficient and all the brothers must have recourse as often as possible to the confession of their sins, to the Master and in the Chapter for public faults against the Rule, to the confessor when God’s law has not been observed; and the day shall never fade away without having reconciled oneself with God and one’s brothers.
But is opportune and advisable for each brother to select and keep one sole spiritual adviser, so that he may more easily mend his faults and more readily travel the road that leads to a perfect donation.
And, as often as possible, each brother shall nourish himself with Christ in semblance of the Sacred Bread so that creature and Creator may become one more and more.
Conscious that silence lets God’s voice be more audible and prepares the soul to listen to it, each brother shall retire yearly to pray and meditate in solitude for at least two whole consecutive days; similarly he shall prepare for Holy Christmas and for the glorious Resurrection and the Profession with one day of silence and penance to pray and meditate on the mysteries of Faith and on his knightly vocation.
And yet, since we are conscious that every idle word generates sins, all the more reason to abstain from foul talk for the punishment of sins. We therefore prohibit that a brother dare to recall with another brother or any other person the foolish actions he did when he was in the secular chivalry, and the pleasures of the flesh and other arguments of this sort; and should he hear by chance someone who recounts such things he shall silence him or lead him back to obedience as quickly as possible.
(How to recite the Office)
When the Chapter gathers to give praise unto the Almighty God and Our Lady it shall do so with humbleness and reverence, and observing the liturgical prescriptions. At the Gloria Patri and whenever the Holy Trinity is named, all shall stand and bow deeply, as at the Pater Noster that the Master or his representative shall recite alone as head of the community until „...et ne nos inducas in tentationem“ so that everyone may respond „sed libera nos a malo“.
(Of brothers who travel)
Brothers who travel shall endeavor to observe the rules on eating and drinking and the other prescriptions, as far as their strength shall allow them, and they shall live in an irreproachable way so that strangers may give evidence on behalf of them.
They shall not profane the spirit of the Militia, neither with words nor with deeds, but shall offer, with their example, the salt of wisdom and the seasoning of good deeds.
The person they shall lodge with shall have an excellent reputation and the house of the host for that night shall not be left without light so that the dark enemy, God forbid!, may not cause damage.
We urge our brothers who travel to make proselytes to behave in this way: both (the Templar and the postulant) shall go before the Bishop of the Diocese and the Bishop shall hear the will of the postulant. Having heard the request, the Knight shall send him to the Master and the Rule of the poor Knights of Christ Chapter and, if his life is honest and worthy of such company, he shall be welcomed with mercy, if the Master and the brothers shall think fit.
But should he die on his trip to reach the Master and the Chapter, he shall receive all the brotherly benevolence of the poor Knights of Christ almost as if he were one of the brothers.
(Of sick and elderly brothers)
The sick brothers shall be very attentively taken care of as no others, as if Christ was being served through them, so as to keep alive in one’s memory the evangelic saying „I have been sick and you have visited me“ (Mt. XXV, 36), and they shall be tolerated with patient diligence, because it is doubtless that divine praise shall thus be received.
It is necessary to tolerate the elderly with pious sympathy depending on the frailty of their strength, and to honor them zealously: they shall in no way be deprived of what is required by their body, with the exception of what is prescribed by the Rule.
Following the divine admonition, we teach you to shun and escape rivalry, envy, malignity, rumors, slander, discord (II Cor., 20; Gal. V, 20-21). Each one shall therefore endeavor with a vigilant soul not to strike his brother, but meditate within himself upon the words of the Apostle: “Not to be a slanderer I do not whisper in a crowd“ (Lev. XIX, 16).
Blind indeed are those who speak ill of others, and very unhappy are those who do not counter envy, wherefore they are submerged by the antique perversity of the shrewd enemy.
(No one shall act of their own will)
It is convenient that the Knights, who cherish nothing more than Christ, for Whose service they have made their Profession and for the glory of the Supreme Goodness or fear of the fire of hell, firmly obey the Master and seek his advice before making any choice, even a private one. They shall therefore obey readily when an order has been given by the Master or by the person authorized by him. On this subject the Truth says: “He obeyed me the moment he heard me“ (Ps. XVII, 45).
(All must respect this Rule)
We order for ever that everyone respect this Rule in every part, even in respect to what may be unjustly taken from you.
THE MASTER OF THE POOR KNIGHTS OF CHRIST
OF THE MILITIA OF THE
Copy given to _____________________________
This text of the Rule is the final
one approved by the General Chapter of the Militia Templi; approved and
solemnly presented to H.E. the Master and Duke of the Militia Templi by H.E.
the Most Reverend Mgrs. Gaetano Bonicelli,
Metropolitan Archbishop of
Sunday, November the 18th , 1990
Solemnity of the Consecration of the Cathedral
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Friar Charles Adams, Pro-Preceptor
Friar Rodger Phillips, Master of Novices
203 Fairfield Avenue,
Friar Gerard Brady, Magisterial Delegate
"An Carraig", 37 Elm Vale,
L6 8NY Liverpool (
I am very interested in Militiae Templi because I have read and believe in many prophecies that predict the return of the Knights Templar and that they will become one of the best orders in the Church; and in fact, save the Church in end times.
By default it has to be this order.