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From the Apartment of the Grand Commander:
I bring you a bit more about the namesakes of our Commanderies:
DeMolay #6 is named after the best-known Knight Templar. Jacques
de Molay was born in 1243 AD; however the actual date is not
known and may be off by a year or more. He assumed the position
of Grand Master of Knights Templar on April 20, 1292 and held that
post until the order was dissolved on March 18, 1314. King Phillip
IV (the Fair) owed a huge debt to the Knights Templar and wished to
expunge it by confiscating the Templar wealth deposited in France.
He persuaded Pope Clement V to charge the Knights Templar with
heresy and outlaw the Order. In a dawn raid, on Friday, October
13th, 1312 the king ordered the arrest sixty known Knights Templar
on false charges. Under duress they confessed to their supposed
crimes but later recanted. Nevertheless, almost all the Knights were
burned to death at the stake. It is known that de Molay was slowly
burned to death on March 18, 1314. Nearly 800 years later, the
Vatican discovered and published the details of the “trial” and
determined that no heresy existed within the Order.
It should be noted that when Clement V, a Frenchman, was consecrated as Pope in 1305 he declined to move to Rome and established
his court in Avignon, in today’s southern France. Consequently,
Philip the Fair could easily exert his influence over the Pope. The
Papacy remained on Avignon for 67 years and this period is known
in Church history as the Babylonian Captivity.
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Hugh de Payen #7 was named after the first Grand Master of Knights
Templar. He was born some time around 1070 and died May 24,
1136. Early history is very sketchy and probably not written down until
about 1200. His name does appear as a witness in documents from
about 1085 to 1090 thus confirming him as an adult (16 years old
minimum) and leads the approximation of birth date. It is known that
he was in Jerusalem as early as 1114 and may have remained there for
some time. Although the Order was chartered in 1118, the Knights
Templar may have originated as early as 1100. Hugh de Payen
became a member in 1120. In 1125 he signed document(s) as a
witness with a title of “Master of Knights Templar”. He, along with
Bernard of Clairvaux, authored the “Latin Rule” adopted by the Knights
Templar for their government in 1129. It is assumed that he died of old
Apollo #8 – I have no knowledge of why this name was chosen. I
could find no direct link to the Knights Templar. In Greek mythology,
Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto. My guess is that his name was
chosen because in Greek mythology he was the deity of music, truth,
prophecy, plague, healing, sun, light, poetry and general knowledge.
As Knights Templar, we are taught to search for truth and knowledge.
Some of our earlier knights had the knowledge of math and geometry
required to plan and build fortifications. Sound familiar?
With Faith In Christ,
Grand Commander
The York Rite Festival Season is upon us!
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30 JANUARY – CASPER (Capitular and Conciliar degrees)
27 FEBRUARY – CASPER (Commandery orders)
27 February – SOUTHWEST (Place to be determined)
5 March – SHERIDAN
There is still time to find brethren in your lodges that are willing to
receive these degrees and work to strengthen the rite.
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