Knights Templar Freemasons & the Historical Connection
Knights Templar Freemasons teach moral lessons and values through the use of symbolism and ritual. The lessons are based on the history and traditions of the medieval Knights Templar, who were warrior monks who protected Christian pilgrims and fought in the Crusades.
The Masonic Knights Templar use this history to teach lessons about charity, integrity, and spiritual enlightenment. The teachings and rituals of the Knights Templar Freemasons are meant to help members develop their character, strengthen their moral fortitude, and promote brotherhood and friendship among members.
The Grand Commanderies of Knights Templar Masons are the governing bodies of the Masonic Knights Templar, a part of the York Rite of Freemasonry. The York Rite is one of several branches of Freemasonry, which is a fraternal organization that traces its origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons in the Middle Ages.
The Grand Commanderies are responsible for overseeing and coordinating the activities of local Commanderies of Knights Templar Masons within a specific geographical area.
Historically, the Knights Templars were skilled warriors who fought in the Crusades, the series of holy wars fought in the Middle East in the 11th to 13th centuries. As warrior monks, the Knights Templars trained in combat and tactics and were known for their bravery and skill on the battlefield.
They also developed a reputation for discipline and organization, which made them a formidable force in the Crusades. The Templars were able to maintain their power and influence for several centuries.
In the early 14th century, King Philip IV of France, who was deeply in debt to the Knights Templars, began spreading rumors that the order was involved in corruption and heresy. This led to the Pope issuing a papal bull ordering the arrest of all Knights Templars and the confiscation of their properties. Many Templars were subsequently subjected to brutal interrogations and trials, and many were executed or imprisoned.
The order was officially disbanded in 1312 by the Pope, and its remaining members were absorbed into other Christian military orders. The downfall of the Knights Templars marked the end of a significant era in the history of the Crusades and the beginning of the decline of the medieval warrior monk orders.