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Chapter 9/20 – Our Lady, the Crusades and the Knight Templars

In 632, the Catholic Church considered ‘Mohammedanism’ as being just another ‘Christian heresy.’ However, Islam was underestimated as it spread through former Christian territories, extending from the Himalayas in India to the Pyrenees in Spain. The Christian lands of North Africa (Saint Augustine’s Church), Palastine, Syria and Egypt were soon to be lost to Islam. When the Jihadi Islamists invaded the Holy Land, butchering the Christians as they progressed, the Patriarch of Jerusalem wrote a letter or a plea for aid, to the Church of the West. The letter was dated January 1098, the Patriarch exhorted the spiritual Mother Church to call out the Faithful to: “…retake the crown from the bands of the sons of idolatry…” and to do battle by means of a ‘Lord’s Army’ in the same region where our Lord fought, suffered and died for us. Concluding the Patriarch said, “Did not God, innocent, die for us? Let us therefore also die, if it be our lot, not for Him, but for ourselves, that by dying on earth we may live for God.”(1) Earlier still in 1074, Pope Gregory VII wrote an apostolic letter addressed to: “All who are willing to defend the Christian Faith.” The Pope explained how “…a pagan race” had defeated the Christians and “…with horrible cruelty” scourged the lands almost till the walls of Constantinople. This pagan race ruled with incredible savagery and murdered many thousands of Christians as though “…they were but sheep.”(2) These were the acts of the Seljuk Turks and the Persians, the Paynims who devastated Damascus. The Pontiff expressed his grief for the Greek Empire he explained that: “…this has taught us love that He gave up his life for us; and we, too, ought to give up our lives for our brothers. (1 John 3:16).” Ending his letter admonishing the Western Christians for not being moved to compassion by the death of their brethren and not bearing aid to the Greeks. In Damascus the priests were slain on the church’s altars and the Paynims defecated on the sacred liturgical books and scriptures.

Saint Hugh the Abbot of Cluny nurtured a great devotion towards the Blessed Virgin Mary and authored a book called “Life of the Blessed Virgin,” which unfortunately no copy has survived to this day. Pope Urban II (Otho) and Pope Paschal II, hailed from the ranks of Hugh’s monks. In the 1070s Saint Hugh and Pope Gregory VII labored very much in the composition of the decrees for a crusade to the Holy Land. When Otho was chosen by Pope Gregory the Great himself, as a favorite successor and was elected Holy Roman Pontiff, on March 12, 1088, he chose the title Urban II and declared that he would follow the policy of his predecessor saying: “All that he rejected, I reject, what he condemned I condemn, what he loved I embrace, what he considered as Catholic, I confirm and approve.”(3) Pope Urban II was much grateful to Saint Hugh for his labor in organizing a crusade to the Holy Land. The Council at Clermont in Auvergne, of 1095, organized by Urban II was the result. In the Church of Notre-Dame du Port thirteen archbishops, two hundred and twenty-five bishops, and over ninety abbots met. In the speech Pope Urban II advocated the Church in Gaul to lead a Holy Crusade to liberate the Holy Land from its oppressors. The date of the Crusade was fixed for August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Urban did not live to hear of the victory of the Crusaders, who on July 15, 1099 had retaken Jerusalem from the enemy. In the Lateran Palace the figure of Urban was painted appearing at the feet of Our Lady and his beatification was carried out on July 14, 1881.

The ‘Salve Regina’ or ‘Hail, Holy Queen’ is at times referred to as the ‘Antiphona de Podio’ as the Bishop Adhemar of Podium, who composed it, was the first to ask permission to go on a crusade in 1096. Towards the end of October, he composed the war song of the First Crusade within which he asked the intercession of the Queen of Heaven, the Salve Regina, to assist in the endeavor. Bishop Adhemar accompanied Count Raymond of Toulouse.

At Clermont, following Peter the Hermit’s description of the devastation in the Holy Lands, Pope Urban’s speech was as follows: “Oh, race of Franks, race from across the mountains, race beloved and chosen by God… let them turn their weapons dripping with the blood of their brothers against the enemy of the Catholic Faith. Let them oppressors of orphans and widows, murderers and violators of churches, robbers of the property of others, vultures drawn by the scent of battle let them hasten, if they love their souls, under their captain Christ to the rescue of Sion… Go, brothers, go with hope to the fight against the enemies of God, who for so long have dominated Syria, Armenia and the countries of Asia Minor. They have already committed many outrages: they have taken the Sepulcher of Christ and the marvelous monuments of our Faith; they have forbidden pilgrims to set foot in a city whose worth only Christians can truly appreciate… a race from the kingdom of the Persians, an accursed race, a race wholly alienated from God, ‘a generation that set not their heart aright and whose spirit was not steadfast with God,’ violently invaded the lands of those Christians and has depopulated them by pillage and fire. They have led away a part of the captives into their own country, and a part have they have killed by cruel tortures. They have either destroyed the churches of God or appropriated them for the rites of their own religion. They destroy the altars, after having defiled them with their uncleanness… If you will fall prisoner to the enemy, face the worse torments for your Faith and you will save your souls at the same moment you will lose your bodies..… Whoever, therefore, shall determine upon this holy pilgrimage, and shall make his vow to God to that effect, and shall offer himself to him for sacrifice, as a living victim, holy and acceptable to God, shall wear the sign of the cross of the Lord on his forehead or on his breast. When, indeed, he shall return from his journey, having fulfilled his vow, let him place the cross on his back between his shoulders. Thus shall ye, indeed, by this twofold action, fulfill the precept of the Lord, as the command in the Gospel, “he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” In so doing such sinners would regain their souls, as a plenary indulgence was granted to all that undertook the crusade. To these words the faithful answered unanimously: “Deus vult” or “God wills it!”(4) The First Crusading Army was but a repeat of Emperor Constantine’s Army bearing the Holy Cross-upon its shields, standards and weapons.

Before the birth of Saint Bernard of Clairveaux, a certain holy person had prophesied that Bernard was destined for great things. As a child he was sent to a school called Chatillon-sur-Seine. ‘Piety was his all’ says Bossuet and he had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin and spoke and wrote about the Queen of Heaven and earth. During his life he experienced many instances of trying temptations, which he overcame heroically. Bernard composed homilies on the Blessed Virgin called De Laudibus Mariae’ and ‘De Gradibus Superbiae et Humilitatis.’ In 1128, the monk was by the bishops, made secretary of the Council of Troyes. The Council was convoked by Pope Honourius II and directed by the Bishop of Albano, Cardinal Matthew. Its main purpose was to settle and regulate certain matters of the Church in France. In the Council Saint Bernard outlined the Rule of the Knights Templars, who soon became the ideal chivalrous figures for imitation by the French nobility. Bernard praises the Order in his “De Laudibus Novae Militiae,” addressed to Hughes de Payns, first Grandmaster and Prior of Jerusalem (1129). De Laudibus Novae Militiae, is a eulogy of the military order instituted in 1118 and an exhortation to the knights to conduct themselves with courage in their several stations. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, is the first recorded religious to refer to Our Lady’s ‘Compassion’ and associates this with our Lord’s suffering. She testifies to the ‘price of Redemption’ witnesses ‘Redemption’s starting point’ during our Lord’s passion and ‘liberates prisoners of war from their captivity.’

Edessa fell to Saladin; the Cities of Antioch and Jerusalem were threatened. The Bishops of Armenia sought help from the Pope. The Pope accredited Bernard to preach a new crusade, which offered the same indulgences, and favors which Pope Urban II had granted to the First. In 1134, at Vezelay in Burgundy, Bernard preached before King Louis le Jeune, the Queen and other Princes and Lords who bowed down at the monk’s feet to receive the cross. Due to the large amount of willing crusaders, Bernard was forced to use strips from his own habit to satisfy them all. On travelling through Germany miracles multiplied as he progressed. The German Emperor Konrad and his nephew Frederick Barbarossa, personally received the pilgrim’s crusading cross from the saint’s hand. Saint Bernard of Clairveaux magnificently preached: “Take the sign of the cross and you will obtain in equal measure remission of all the sins you have confessed with a contrite heart. The cloth (of the cloth cross) does not fetch much if it is sold; if it is worn on a faithful shoulder it is certain to be worth the kingdom of God.”(5) The Second Crusade would eventually fail and the failure was accredited to him. He had shown that it was God’s will through the miracles he wrought but the respondent’s evil was such that a victory on the part of the Catholics was not granted. Their lack of discipline, over confidence and pride in their own strength failed to show the crusading pilgrim’s faith and humility in God. The intrigues of the Prince of Antioch with the French Queen and the greed and betrayal of the Christian Syrian nobles preventing the capture of Damascus, all contributed to the failure of the Second Crusade. In Bernard’s apology to the Pope he explained that with the crusaders as with the Hebrew people, within which the Almighty had shown his love and favor, it was their unrepentance and their sins which was the cause of their disaster.

Nonetheless, during those days of ‘crusader occupation’ the pilgrims to Jerusalem ever increased in numbers. One pilgrim in particular commissioned a devotional Icon for the Church of the Nativity. In an aisle, an Icon of the Blessed Virgin and Child the ‘Glykophilousa’ was painted directly on a column and beneath the Icon, the engraved date ‘1130’ was represented. This is the earliest dated and therefore first ‘crusader’ monumental painting extant and is dedicated to Our Lady and Child. The Basilica of Saint Anne in Jerusalem was built by the crusaders and named after Our Lady’s mother, Saint Anne. In the crypt a statue of the infant Mary is venerated, on the spot believed to be the place where Our Lady was born. Islam never destroyed the Basilica of Saint Anne, the probable reason being that the Koran regards Our Lady as “Virgin, ever Virgin” (Koran 19:16-26). However, this does not explain why the other churches dedicated to the Virgin ever Virgin were destroyed. The heroes of Islam contradicted themselves for Mohammed himself said that Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is the woman who occupies the highest place in heaven! Therefore, the Islamic desecration and sacrilegious behavior exhibited numerous times, in the ill treatment of Our Lady’s churches and the murder of her servants the priests upon her son’s altars, is in direct conflict with Mohammed’s teachings!

In 1118, following the First Crusade, a group of knights led by Hugh de Payns and Godfrey of Saint Omer, founded the ‘Order of the Temple’ in Jerusalem. The first Templars occupied a building on the site of the ancient King Solomon’s Jewish Temple. Similarly to the ‘Sovereign Hospitaller and Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem,’ they were warrior monks. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux was their patron, in his “De Laudibus Novae Militiae” he wrote, “…if a Christian is not allowed to strike with the sword, then why did the Savior’s precursor bid knights be content with their earnings, instead of forbidding them knighthood altogether? If on the other hand it is allowed all who are destined by God for such a role and have not professed some higher calling, which is in fact the case, to whom could it be better allowed than those by whose force and power the city of our strength, Sion, is held for our general protection, that the people of justice who keep the truth might enter it safely when those who transgress God’s laws have been driven out? Surely, then, let peoples who love war be destroyed, and let those who trouble us be cut off, and let all workers of iniquity, those who strive to carry off the invaluable treasure that the Christian people have stored up in Jerusalem, to profane the holy things and to hold God’s sanctuary as their heritage, be scattered from the Lord’s city. Let both swords of the faithful stretch out over the necks of their enemies, to destroy any hautiness seeking to set itself up against that knowledge of God which is the faith of Christians, so that no one will have to ask, ‘where is their God?’”(6)

Initially the Knights of the Temple were consecrated to Our Lady, for she was their Patroness. In the service of their Patroness, the Templars bore a desire to combat the enemies of the Church and valiantly imitated Saint George, King Arthur’s ‘hero,’ based on Emperor Constantine’s affirmation that George was the ‘Champion of Christendom.’ It was an impossible notion to imitate an angel such as Saint Michael, however, Saint George being human was imitable. Interestingly, in their devotion to Saint George, the Military Religious Orders might have competed. When the Order of Saint John occupied Rhodes rumor had it that a knight bravely killed a Rhodian dragon. Evidently reminiscent of Saint George’s battle with the dragon. It is wise to distinguish tales and legends from the miraculous events, for the weak in Faith are easily scandalized and discredit the authentic miracles, St George’s dragon was non other than the might of Pagan Rome. In London, Heraclius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem consecrated the Round Templar Church in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary on February 10, 1185. The Templar’s military operations were not amongst the most brilliant and seem to have lacked both reasonable tactics and strategy. The Knights adopted an attitude of trust in the Lord without careful planning for their actions. This lack of planning, was disastrous for their campaigns. It would be unjust to assume that all their military attempts resulted in failure, they did have victories and the Order’s initial blind faith in the Lord was definitely not the reason for their carelessness. However, they followed the words of their patron Saint Bernard to the letter. He assured them that while victorious on the battlefield as living, they would be eternally victorious if they died a martyr’s death. And the faithful Templars were truly heroes, martyrs and saints. Alas, if the last Templars were scrutinized and examined, vis-a-vis their founding ideals, one would be disappointed to discover that in the last years of the military order, the knights became the enemies of their former selves. Rather than doing battle against the enemies of the Church and similarly to Saint George defeat the Dragon/Devil, they crossed over joining the ranks of its worshippers. They apostatized.

The ancient curse, accredited of having its origins in the execution of the Grandmaster Jacques de Molay in 1314, was said to “breath vengeance against Royalty and the Roman Pontiffs.” This curse is a Masonic central tenet of the 18 degree initiation. The truth is that in 1308, Jacques de Molay was absolved of his sins by the Pontiff and in addition the Masonic vengeance against King Louis XVI in 1793, in retaliation of this ancient curse, was evidently an outrageous excuse for regicide.

In our modern day, the ‘enlightened’ plethora of secret fraternal societies, sects and devil worshippers, refer to the Knights Templars (an Order originally consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary) as their predecessors, the custodians of the ancient knowledge of King Solomon. Was it not King Solomon who prayed to the Lord to be given the grace to distinguish between good and evil? Initially, the supposed ancient mysteries were passed onto humanity at the dawn of time, represented by Eve plucking the fruit of knowledge (Genesis 3:5). Subsequently the ‘ascended hierarchy,’ the ‘world servers’ or the ‘ancient gods’ passed on this knowledge to the Babylonians and Egyptians. During the Judaic Exodus, secret schools of Kabalistic mystery jealously guarded the ‘knowledge.’ When King Solomon adopted the gods of his wives, (during his later enlightened years) the ancient mysteries replaced the King’s previous faith in the Orthodox Jewish God, Adonai. The Knight Templars led a nomadic existence in the lands surrounding Jerusalem. The Masonic opinion is that the Order reached ‘enlightenment’ by way of their association with Islamic schools of mystery, they became the custodians of the ancient knowledge. The Templars’ ‘secret mysteries’ were inherited by the early Masonic guilds of cathedral builders. The Masonic guilds built magnificent European cathedrals in honor of God. In fairly recent times, similarly to Eve, King Solomon and the Templars, believing the serpent’s age old lie “you will not die” and “you will be like gods” (Genesis 3:1-5), the Masonic guilds of cathedral builders, apostatized. The Jewish-Kabalistic mysteries (Rev 2:9, Rev 2:24, Rev 3:9) revolve around the belief in the Grand Architect of the Universe, Jahbulon, Abaddon, Ra-Horus, Isis, Mammon-Ra, Osiris, Baphomet, Set, the Ankh and eternal life, reincarnation and strange resurrection rituals. Apart from the usual power, wealth and control, a perverse ritual of mastering death, is performed by way of phallic worship and ritual death sacrifices, all this is suffused with the hope of ascending at will into heaven and replacing Adonai with Satan or Lucifer. This sounds absurd to the well balanced mind.

In our day, the ‘deity’ before which the ‘enlightened’ plethora of secret fraternal societies and sects lie prostrate, is non other than the Orthodox Judaic and Christian reference for the ‘Morning Star/Lucifer’ (Isaiah 14:12-14). Jesus Christ referred to this ‘deity’ as the one whom he saw falling like lightening from heaven (Luke10:18-20), the Father of Lies (1 John 3:8, John 8:44), the Prince of this world and a murderer since the beginning (John 8:44, Matthew 4:1-11). This ‘deity’ is referred by Christianity as Satan/Venus, the Serpent in Genesis 3:15 and Dragon/Devil in Revelation 12. In our modern age, the ‘enlightened’ ones and guardians of the above mentioned ancient mysteries and secrets (Rev 2:9, Rev 2:24, Rev 3:9) affirm that, Lucifer was equal to Adonai. The Jewish and Christian God ‘Adonai’ became jealous of Lucifer’s equality and had him and his followers, thrown out of heaven. Their prophecy predicts that, at the Battle of Armageddon, they will successfully kill God and the Holy Spirit and place Lucifer on the throne where they say, he rightly belongs. The absurdity has no end, for Jesus Christ is supposed to be chained to a huge boulder in hell, being tormented by demons for betraying the cause and at the apocalypse they affirm that, God will fall from his almighty throne. ‘Falls’ have surely occurred, Lucifer’s fall, the Templars fall and the Masonic just to mention a few.

 

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  1. […] Chapter 9/20 – Our Lady, the Crusades and the Knight Templars […]

    Pingback by Relics, Knights and Constellations « The Catholic Southern Front Dispatch — December 27, 2009 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  2. D.M. Two words. 1st word, two sylabuls. 2nd sylabul,” Gate “.What is the 1st sylabul.

    Comment by M.D. — October 26, 2010 @ 10:13 pm | Reply


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