Memento Mori

” Participate!”  ang sigaw ni Kumander habang ang lahat ay may hawak na kopa ng alak sa kanang kamay.  Kasunod niyon ay ang pag tungga nito at sabay sabay din na sumagot ng ‘participate’.

Napaka solemn ang ritwal ng Knights Templar na isinasalarawan ang communion and toasts during the initiation ceremony para maging knights na kailangang dumaan muna sa pagiging pilgrim, pilgrim warrior at pilgrim penitent . Ito ay ginagawa noong unang panahon sa Holy Land during the time of the Crusaders para pangalagaan ang mga Kristiyano na galing Europa na gustong  bumisita sa lugar na kinamatayan ni Hesukristo..

Matagal ko nang ginagawa sa conferral ng knights templar commandery – ang pagiging Warden. Mula sa Chamber of Reflection na kung saan ang simbolo ng ‘memento mori’ na nagsasalarawan na ang tao ay hindi maiiwasan ang kamatayan na  lahat tayo ay pupunta sa ganong kalagayan. Mula pa ito sa kapanahunan ng mga Romano para ipaalala na ang tao ay mula sa alikabok at sa alikabok din magbabalik.

 

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Symbol of ‘ Memento Mori’ in the Chamber of Reflection

{ Memento mori means “remember that you must die” in the language of Latin. It serves to remind us of our own mortality, of our mistakes and failures, of the inevitable transformation of life into death..from wiki.}

Habang nakaluhod at taimtim na nanalangin ayon sa Gospel ni  St. Matthew , Chapter 5 Verse 13  – 17.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

15  “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.

History of the Knights Templar

{“The Knights Templar were formed in the 12th century for the noble purpose of escorting Christians on their pilgrimages throughout the Holy Land during the Crusades. After inventing a system which is widely recognized as the forerunner of modern banking, the Templars grew exceedingly wealthy to the point that the powers that were, i.e., the crown and the tiara, sought to relieve them of their riches, and in 1307, a statement was issued by the debt-ridden King Philip IV of France declaring the Templars to be heretics. A great many of them were subsequently arrested, interrogated, tortured, and executed – their wealth then claimed by the greedy King Philip.” }..

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{In the Knights Templar degree the initiate drinks 5 symbolic libations (or toasts) during his Templar Order initiation ceremony. The first 4 are taken out of a goblet; the libations being to the memory of (1) King Solomon “our ancient grand master” (2) Hiram King of Tyre; “our ancient grand master” (3) Hiram Abiff “the widows son, who lost his life in defence of his integrity”) (4) Simon of Cyrene, “the friend of our Saviour, who bore his cross, and fell a martyr to his faith.” (5) The fifth, and supreme, Knights Templar libation is made unto ‘the unknown’ and is performed in the vilest manner imaginable; an actual human skull-cap is placed in the hand of the candidate and he is caused to sup the content of such from this mystic cup. The candidate is told, “Pilgrim, the fifth libation is taken in a very solemn way. It is emblematical of the bitter cup of death, of which we must sooner or later, taste.”} ..from the web

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Katatapos lang ng Knights Templar initiation ceremony, the 2nd  for this year,  last Saturday, Oct 8, 2016  sa SRT at tulad noong mga unang panahon na seremonya ay ginawa din nila ang nasimulan nang tradisyon – para sa pagpapala ng Diyos.

Congratulations mga Sir Knights!