The Order of the Temple - Matthew 28:2-7
Nolan Keck

The Knight of Malta meditated in silence and solitude within his Chamber of Reflection, shutting out the world to prepare his heart: from that point forward to his death, he would let his light so shine before men, that they may see his good works, and glorify the Father who is in heaven! As the Knight sought admission to the Order of the Temple, that Valiant and Magnanimous Order of Christian Knighthood, he remembered the Risen Savior in Holy Scripture, “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.” Meeting the Commander’s approval, the Knight was then clad in pilgrim’s garb for Seven Years of Pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulchre. After three years of pilgrimage, he returned to the Commandery to devote the four remaining years to deeds of more exalted usefulness. He was directed to the Holy Altar to be bound by the solemn vows of his Order and to be invested with sword and buckler with which to perform Four Years of Warfare. Successfully completing the Warfare, he repaired to the Asylum, asking for the remission of the remaining year of Warfare, craving to be admitted to the honors and rewards that await the valiant Templar. We are born to die. Directed to participate in Five Libations, he passed through One Year of Penance, and then at long last he knelt to be knighted as a member of the Valiant and Magnanimous Order of the Temple. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory!


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