O Verão de 2021 tem sido marcado por violentos incêndios florestais em várias regiões do Mediterrâneo, incluindo partes da Turquia, Itália, Espanha e Grécia. Grandes áreas de floresta foram devastadas, habitações, explorações agrícolas e industriais arrasadas pelo fogo, tendo-se registado múltiplas vítimas mortais.
Em Portugal a época de incêndios é habitualmente severa. Em resposta às necessidades das forças de Protecção Civil e Bombeiros, os Templários do Algarve reuniram ao seu redor os esforços de muitos irmãos e irmãs de todo o país numa operação realizada durante os incêndios de Monchique em 2018 que resultou na criação de um Centro Logístico permanente para activação situações idênticas [templars.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/podemos-precisar-de-si/].
Um incêndio florestal de grandes proporções tem lavrado nos Concelhos de Castro Marim, Vila Real de Santo António e Tavira nas últimas 48 horas, assolado por ventos fortes e ameaçando habitações e populações em várias localidades.
À última contagem estavam envolvidos no combate às diversas frentes do incêndio mais de 600 bombeiros, muitas dezenas de viaturas e 5 meios aéreos. A área ardida ultrapassava já os 9.000 hectares numa taxa de expansão de 650 hectares por hora.
Ao longo das últimas horas foram lançados diversos apelosc oficiais para a disponibilização de bens de apoio aos operacionais no terreno. Apesar da resposta pronta das diversas Autarquias e Associações locais, a situação tem-se agravado, pelo que o Templar Corps considera relevante activar o seu Centro Logístico e colocar-se ao serviço das populações locais e das forças de Protecção Civil.
Apelamos a todos os nossos membros, amigos, simpatizantes e a todas as pessoas preocupadas com a situação dos incêndios florestais a contribuir com bens do seguinte teor:
- – Garrafas de água
- – Leite
- – Bolachas
- – Enlatados
- – Barras de energia
- – Toalhitas húmidas
- – Soro fisiológico
- – Meias
- – Luvas de trabalho
- – Medicamentos não sujeitos a receita médica
ATENÇÃO: Não são aceites contribuições em dinheiro; apenas os géneros elencados acima.
As contribuições em género poderão ser entregues nos seguintes locais:
Contacto: Rui Herdadinha, tel / mail
Sede do Corpo de Serviço Templário – Algarve
Rua dos Serralheiros, Lote 3, Sitio do Pateiro Zona Industrial, 8400-651 Parchal
Contacto: Jorge Amador, tel: 96.701.78.36
Recolha a fazer na 5ª feira, pelas 18h no parque da Gare do Oriente
Contacto: Miguel da Fabiana, tel: 91.750.04.02
Pode encontrar o Apelo Oficial do Templar Corps International AQUI.
Pode encontrar o Documento de Apelo AQUI.
Caravaggio’s The Supper at Emmaus features a snag in a wicker basket that mirrors an underground Christian emblem, writes Kelly Grovier.
Sometimes a flaw isn’t a flaw at all but a flourish – a stroke of genius. Take, for example, the tiny fray in the weave of the wicker basket that teeters on the edge of the table at the centre of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s early 17th-Century masterpiece The Supper at Emmaus, among the greatest treasures in the rich collection of the UK’s National Gallery. Though countless eyes have marvelled at the mysterious drama unfolding in the shadowy interior of the inn in which the recently resurrected Christ has just revealed his true identity to a pair of dumbstruck disciples, the significance of an almost imperceptible imperfection has gone unnoticed in the four centuries since the painting was commissioned by the Italian nobleman Ciriaco Mattei in 1601. A loose twig, sticking out from the plait of the woven fruit bowl, is a dainty defect from which the work’s truest meaning can be unravelled. Alone among the countless symbols that punctuate the religious painting, this delicately described detail – half in shade, half in light – transforms Caravaggio’s celebrated canvas from a mere illustration of scripture scene into something active and daring – a spiritual challenge whose stakes could not be higher.
To appreciate the full implications of this easily overlooked detail, it is worth reminding ourselves of the contours of the bigger picture Caravaggio is conjuring. The source for The Supper at Emmaus – a subject that has inspired everyone from Rembrandt to Velasquez, Pontormo to Cavarozzi – is the New Testament’s Gospel of Luke, which tells the story of Christ’s intimate repast with two of his disciples, Luke and Cleopas, who have failed to recognise him after his return from the dead. As the bread has already been broken and blessed, the time has come, according to the gospel’s account, for Christ to “open” the eyes of his followers and for him to vanish “out of their sight”.
The painting, in other words, captures a mystical threshold, the millisecond before Christ, who is hauntingly haloed by a stranger’s shadow on the wall behind him, disappears from the world. In that immeasurable instant between revelation and evaporation, Caravaggio hatches a suspended, otherworldly world. To the left of the basket, Christ’s paternal uncle, Cleopas, pushes himself up from his chair in panicked astonishment at the disclosure – his sharp elbows poking through the worn-out sleeves of his coat. On the other side of the wicker bowl, to our right, Luke flings his arms out wide, mirroring the very posture on the cross into which Christ’s own limbs had been nailed at the time of his painful death. Meanwhile, the unfazed innkeeper, who stands beside Christ, gazes on uncomprehendingly – hearing the same words that Christ has uttered to his thunderstruck disciples, but unable to grasp their significance.
Caravaggio must have been keenly aware in choreographing this extraordinary scene, poised as it is between our perishable realm and an eternal one that lies beyond, that the contrasting reactions of those present for the big reveal – the nonplussed innkeeper, on the one hand, and Christ’s stunned and speechless followers, on the other – were also those that his own painting had the power to elicit. It is one thing to illustrate a moment of revelation that others have experienced. It is quite another thing to make the observers of his work actually participate in the awe of that epiphany – to transform the canvas into the very stage on which a spiritual awakening is potentially and perpetually possible.
Caravaggio was keenly aware that a painting has the potential to exceed the limitations of a static surface and become a platform for transcendence
But how? “It is as if,” the art historian Andrew Graham Dixon mused in his searching biography of the artist, Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, while discussing this same work, “the painter has asked himself a series of direct, straightforward questions about the story that he was given to depict. What happens to the world when a miracle takes place? How might it be possible to tell, should the risen Christ suddenly come among us? What do things actually look like at such moments?” A master of light and darkness who wielded his brush like a magician’s wand, coaxing from chiaroscuro a semblance of tangible form, Caravaggio was as keenly aware as any artist has ever been that a painting has the potential to exceed the limitations of a static surface and become a platform for transcendence.
Enter the wicker fruit basket. This anything-but-still Still Life in Caravaggio’s painting is the key prop in his ingenious effort to reach out to us, to ensure our interest in the scene he is portraying is elevated beyond the passive into something urgent and active. With virtuoso Trompe-l’œil sculpting of substance and shadow that creates the illusion that the object is projecting out of the canvas, the artist has carefully situated the woven vessel on the very edge of the table.
The basket is a precarious nudge away from tumbling out of the painting altogether and into our space, spilling into reality its contents of bursting pomegranates and swollen grapes, rotting russets and radiant quince, which the artist has filled with ripeness to the core. But it’s the interruption in the weave of straw that subliminally snags the eye of the mind – a fray consisting of two intersecting curves that the artist describes with calculating care – one swerving upwards, the other down, to form the unexpected, if irrefutable, shape of a stylised fish, or “Ichthys” in the parlance of ancient Christian symbolism.
According to early ecclesiastical tradition, the Ichthys emblem, which dates back to the 2nd Century as a sign of Christian belief, was employed as a kind of secret handshake by followers who feared persecution from non-believers. To ensure that one was in the company of a fellow adherent of the church’s precepts, a semi-circular arch was traced on the ground. If that seemingly innocuous gesture was joined by a mirroring arch drawn by the stranger, thereby forming the crude outline of a fish, the silent ritual of acknowledging the dominion of Christ was considered reciprocated.
The act, intended to help one acknowledge the presence of a Christian, is clearly relevant to a painting devoted to the very subject of spiritual recognition. By conscientiously accenting only a portion of the Ichthys outline by casting a sliver of light on one of the loose twigs while keeping the other, behind it, in relative shadow, Caravaggio approximates the rustic ritual of inscribing one half of the fish symbol. From there, an acceptance of the overture to recognise the miracle at hand is entirely up to the observer of his work. Whether we chose to receive the gesture is up to us.
Unconvinced that the artist intended to braid into his basket an encrypted Christian symbol? Look closely at the silhouette that the pile of fruit casts on to the shroud-like tablecloth to the right of the wicker bowl. There, an even more emphatic shape of a fish, with a sharp lunate tail fin forever flipping behind it, can be seen sailing headlong into the basket, pulling our gaze with it in its wake.
Nor is it the first time that Caravaggio found himself melting a shadowy still life into a display bursting with scaly surprises. Seven years before he painted The Supper at Emmaus, the artist created an edgily charming portrait of a young man recoiling from a reptile that has nipped his unsuspecting finger as he fiddles with the arrangement of flowers and fruit. It is as if Caravaggio, when he came to create The Supper at Emmaus half a decade later, has managed to contain and sublimate the unleashed intensity of Boy Bitten by a Lizard – a version of which is also in the National Gallery – and harness its energy into something spiritually subtler, expectant, and forever on the verge of snapping.
Five years after he completed The Supper at Emmaus, Caravaggio undertook the subject again for a version of the gospel story that now hangs in Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. A much starker interpretation of the scene, whose shadows have thickened into an engulfing bleakness, this later canvas is far more sombrous in temperament than his initial vision. The basket of fruit, with its lyrical flourishes of unravelling wicker and finning shadows, has vanished entirely from the table. Rather than attempting to bridge the mystical world of the painting with ours, Caravaggio has begun instead to push us away and to seal us out from the dismal abyss into which he and his canvas seem to be sinking. No stranger to the darkness, which increasingly called to him in the stressful final years of his life – with routine run-ins with the law, homicidal brawls, and eventually his own mysterious death in 1610 under circumstances that remain murky to this day – Caravaggio seems less and less to have perceived his paintings as the mystical stages on which others can find their souls than a projection of the gathering gloom in which his own soul was shrouded.
by Kelly Grovier, bbc.com/culture
The phone box can be found near Temple station next to the River Thames
The classic red phone box is a familiar sight for anyone walking the streets of London.
Along with the famous red London buses , the phone box is a recognisable nod to the city’s great history .
Tourists can often be seen posing for photographs outside these phone boxes to mark their trip to the capital.
However, there’s one phone box in the capital even more ornate and recognisable than all the rest.
Between Temple and Blackfriars Tube stations, on the bank of the River Thames , you will find London’s only stained glass phone box.
One side of the phone box has been embellished with colourful stained glass depicting a figure of a mysterious knight.
According to The Londonist , the phone box was first noticed in 2019, and has been catching the attention of passers-by ever since.
The most puzzling thing about this phone box is that no one knows who is responsible for installing the stained glass.
Historians have researched the phone box, such as David Hay from the Sainsbury Archives who investigated the installation and contacted a number of sources.
David was ultimately unable to find out where it came from.
David even contacted BT for comment, and they too have absolutely no idea where the knight came from or who put it there and said they did not give permission for the stained glass to be installed.
The knight could easily be a reference to the Templars, an ancient order of knights who used to reside in that area of London – with Temple Church just a stone’s throw away.
However, why the knight feels the need to watch over innocent people making a phone call is still unknown.
Although the stained glass phone box is certainly a source of mystery, it’s a talking point worth visiting and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face if you’re ever in the area.
In preparation for the eve of Santiago and the commemoration of the Battle of Ourique, the OSMTHU’s Grand Priory of Portugal gathered in General Chapter in the good land of Alentejo, to welcome new brothers and sisters, receive the commitment of service from Squires and arm Knights who demand the Order.
Current Covid19 restrictions prevented many of those who wished to join the work from doing so. However there was a very significant number in attendance, ensuring two days of very fruitful work, in peace, serenity and harmony. Until the end of the year, un the hope for improvements in sanitary conditions, the Order will provide the opportunity for those who were forced not to attend, to resume their journey without delay. Their absence was felt.
As in previous years, we do not want to expose to the public ceremonies that are reserved and contain ritual procedures and moments of study and explanation rooted in the richest Tradition of Spiritual Chivalry, in many cases lost in the fog of collective memory and absent in the Templar inspired movements of the nowadays.
After a morning of remembrance of the precepts of Chivalry according to 13th century sources, in a study session led by the Preceptor of the Grand Priory, João Pedro Silva, KOTJ, there was a convivial lunch that allowed us to catch up on long-awaited conversations. since we had not met since the Ecumenical Journeys of Lagos in February 2020. Since then an intense work of online study has been developed in parallel with some initiatives already fixed in our annual Calendar, as was the case of the Conference on Templars and Templarism in October 2020 and the 2021 Ecumenical Journeys, both in a virtual environment.
The afternoon began with the ritual opening of the National Chapter, during which postulants in the degree of Novice were received and a large group of Novices who had already completed their degree passed to Escudeiro. Some of the Knights present contributed to consolidating the knowledge acquired, promoting the necessary reflection for progress in the understanding of Chivalry. A meditation on the Emmaus Way and its meaning was especially poignant, and the afternoon was completed with a reading of traditional texts, including an oral tradition tale of Chivalry fixated in text in the 12th century in Gascony in France, that always leaves a special mark, in the memory of the Squires.
The preparation work for the night vigil, essential for the armament ceremony, began at the end of Saturday afternoon, with the departure from the Convent in procession through the Alentejo countryside to a fountain where the traditional washings were carried out and the spirit was prepared for the long journey that was still ahead, as the ceremony takes place only on Sunday.
Rui Herdadinha, KCTJ, Commander of Arraiolos , was the kind host of a convivial snack that preceded the ascent to the Castle, a moment of interior silence that marks the end of the clear Alentejo day, with the disappearance of the sun, opening the night period during which, in the darkness and uncertainty of the black night, one proceeds to complete vigil, without abbreviation or subterfuge, in hope and anticipation of the desired dawn.
Little more can be added about what followed. The procession descended from the Castle to the Chapter, which resumed its work and proceeded to clarify many points about Chivalry and the Templars reserved only for the most diligent. In the morning, the armaments were carried out following the traditional Ritual, with the Order being enriched with 4 new Knights and 1 Dame. They are the Brothers Paulo Fernandes, KTJ; Virgílio Gomes, KTJ; Bruno Correia, KTJ; Miguel Pereira, KTJ; and Dame Joana Frade, DTJ. We congratulate them and wish that Chivalry, as a tree of firm trunk and roots, may become green again and bear fruit in them.
The 6th Commandery of the Grand Priory of Portugal was also created, the new Commandery of Lisbon – Sait Cathrin Hill, with Brother Commander João Pedro Silva, KCTJ being invested. Brother João took his oath in the traditional way and will begin work immediately.
Sunday’s work ended in a traditional way with the celebration of the Eucharist by the Grand Prior and Bishop Tau Flammula Veritatis.
The Grand Priory is deeply grateful to all the Brothers and Sisters who worked tirelessly to make the Chapter a success, within the strict health regulations in place at the moment in Portugal. Special mention should be made to Sister Susana Ferreira, DTJ; to Brother Fernando Silva, KTJ who irrepressibly performed the position of Master of Ceremonies; to Brother Filipe Simões, KTJ and to the Commanders Rui Herdadinha, KCTJ; Paulo Valente, KCTJ and Victor Varela Martins, KCTJ as well as all those who participated and contributed to another unforgettable chapter in the history of our Grand Priory. Thank you all.
Em preparação para as vésperas de Santiago e a comemoração da Batalha de Ourique, o Grão Priorado de Portugal da OSMTHU reuniu em Capítulo Geral na boa terra do Alentejo, para receber novos irmão e irmãs, receber o compromisso de serviço de Escudeiros e armar Cavaleiros que demandam a Ordem.
As restrições em curso impediram muitos dos que desejavam juntar-se aos trabalhos de o fazer, contudo registou-se um número muito significativo de presenças, assegurando dois dias de trabalho muito proveitosos e plenamente preenchidos pela paz, a serenidade e a concórdia. Até ao final do ano, esperando melhoras nas condições sanitárias, a Ordem proporcionará a oportunidade de que os que se viram obrigados à ausência, possam retomar o seu caminho sem delongas. A sua ausência foi sentida.
Tal como em anos anteriores não queremos expor ao público cerimónias que são reservadas e contêm procedimentos rituais e momentos de estudo e exposição enraizados na mais rica Tradição de Cavalaria Espiritual, em muitos casos perdidas na neblina da memória colectiva e ausentes nos movimentos de inspiração templária dos dias de hoje.
Após uma manhã de recordação dos preceitos da Cavalaria segundo fontes do século 13, em sessão de estudo dirigida pelo Preceptor do Grão Priorado, João Pedro Silva, KOTJ, seguiu-se um almoço de convívio que permitiu colocar em dia conversas há muito esperadas, uma vez que não nos encontrávamos desde as Jornadas Ecuménicas de Lagos de Fevereiro 2020. Desde então um intenso trabalho de estudo online tem sido desenvolvido em paralelo com algumas iniciativas já fixas no nosso Calendário anual, como foi o caso da Conferência sobre Templários e Templarismo em Outubro de 2020 e das Jornadas Ecuménicas de 2021, ambas em ambiente virtual.
A tarde iniciou-se com a abertura ritual do Capítulo Nacional, durante o qual se receberam postulantes no grau de Noviço e se procedeu à passagem a Escudeiro de um grupo numeroso de Noviços que tinham já a sua instrução completa. Alguns dos Cavaleiros presentes contribuíram para consolidar os conhecimentos adquiridos, fomentando a reflexão necessária ao progresso no entendimento da Cavalaria. Uma meditação sobre o Caminho de Emaús e seu significado foi especialmente oportuna, tendo-se completado a tarde com a leitura de textos tradicionais, incluindo um conto de Cavalaria de tradição oral e fixado no século 12 na Gasconha, o qual deixa sempre uma marca especial na memória dos Escudeiros.
Os trabalhos de preparação da vigília nocturna, indispensável à armação, iniciaram-se ao final da tarde de Sábado, com a saída do Convento em cortejo pelos campos do Alentejo até uma fonte onde se fizeram as lavagens tradicionais e se preparou o espírito para a longa jornada que ainda estava pela frente antes da cerimónia a ter lugar apenas no Domingo.
O Comendador de Arraiolos, Rui Herdadinha, KCTJ, foi o amável anfitrião de um lanche de convívio que precedeu a subida ao Castelo, momento de recolha interior e silencio que marca o final do dia claro Alentejano, com o desaparecimento do sol, e abre o período nocturno em que, nas trevas e na incerteza da noite escura, se procede à vigília completa, sem abreviação ou subterfúgio, em esperança pela aurora que se deseja.
Pouco mais se pode acrescentar do que se seguiu. O cortejo desceu do Castelo ao Capítulo, que retomou os seus trabalhos e procedeu à aclaração de muitos pontos sobre a Cavalaria e os Templários reservados aos diligentes. Pela manhã prodecedeu-se às armações seguindo o Ritual tradicional, estando a Ordem mais rica com 4 novos Cavaleiros e 1 Dama. São os Irmãos Paulo Fernandes, KTJ; Virgílio Gomes, KTJ; Bruno Correia, KTJ; Miguel Pereira, KTJ; e a Dama Joana Frade, DTJ. A eles damos os parabéns e desejamos que a Cavalaria, como árvore de tronco firme, possa neles reverdecer e dar fruto.
Foi ainda criada a 6ª Comenda do Grão Priorado de Portugal, a nova Comenda de Lisboa – Santa Catarina, sendo investido o Irmão Comendador João Pedro Silva, KCTJ que prestou o seu juramento na forma tradicional e iniciará trabalhos de imediato.
Os trabalhos de Domingo encerraram de forma tradicional com a celebração da Eucaristia pelo Grão Prior e Bispo Tau Flammula Veritatis.
O Grão Priorado está profundamente agradecido a todos os Irmãos e Irmãs que trabalharam incansavelmente para que o Capítulo fosse um êxito e decorresse dentro das restritivas normas sanitárias em vigor. Especial menção deve ser feita à Irmã Susana Ferreira, DTJ; ao Irmão Fernando Silva, KTJ que desempenhou irrepreensivelmente o cargo de Mestre de Cerimónias; ao Irmão Filipe Simões, KTJ e aos Comendadores presentes Rui Herdadinha, KCTJ; Paulo Valente, KCTJ e Victor Varela Martins, KCTJ bem como a todos os que participaram e contribuíram para mais um capítulo inesquecível da história do nosso Grão Priorado. A todos obrigado.
The Templar Corps Global Forum of April was dedicated to Education as the 4th Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations. A recording of the full session, subtitled in English, will be available shortly.
The event was coordinated by Vincenzo Tuccillo, Knight General Director of Bolívia and Cono Sur Countries. As keynote speakers the Forum had Prof. Rocco Romeo, of the G. Marconi University in Rome and L.I.E. Roger Errejon Alaniz, Coordinator of the Central Altiplano Zone of the Bachilleres College of the San Luis Potosi State of Mexico.
Prof. Rocco Romeo told the Forum about the challenges COVID19 and remote learning brought to Italy, where some regions still don’t have a robust internet connection, capable of withstanding the increased load in data exchange. He also explained how Piero Calamandrei, one of the fathers of the modern day Italian State considered Education so important that it should have a constitutional framework. Since the 1950’s, at east 8 years of schooling is guaranteed and scholarships are available to help the most needed. Prof. Rocco published on this subject and on the problems Italians face with the Digital Revolution in this sector.
L.I.E. Roger Errejon talked about his experience in rural Mexico, in regions where there is no internet and where schools are vital for the local economy. Indeed many children still depend on school meals for their daily food and a situation of confinement and the suspension of classes has impact on much more then learning and literacy. He also presented the Forum with a short study on the actions that should be taken to make Education more universal and balanced.
Overall it was a very inspiring Forum on one of the most fundamental topics that come under the interest of the Templar Corps. There were attendees from Bolivia, Chipre, Spain, Greece, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey and Venezuela.
The next Global Forum will take place on May 16 under the title “Countering Disinformation and Resolving Conflict”.
Please visit the list of current SUPPORTED AND AFFILIATED PROJECTS of the Templar Corps. A new project in the Educational sector will be presented within the next few weeks by Pierre Bertrand N’Gondi, representative of the Templar Globe in Cameroon.
Depois do sucesso da 1ª conferência internacional sobre “Ordem do Templo – Cavalaria Espiritual – Templarismo”, realizada em outubro de 2019 em Vila Nova da Barquinha, o município anunciou para dia 13 de outubro o arranque da II Conferência Internacional, com evocação do 13 de outubro de 1307, data relevante para a história templária.
“Quando se fala em Vila Nova da Barquinha, falamos de património, história, paisagem e memória. Aqui encontramos um dos ex-libris da Ordem do Templo e dos Cavaleiros Templários – o Castelo de Almourol, fortaleza medieval, numa ilha cercada pelo rio Tejo, símbolo de prestígio e um marco na história de Portugal. Todos os recursos a ele associados, com a junção do Centro do Interpretação Templário de Almourol e da Biblioteca Templária, agregam parâmetros de qualidade que permitem ajudar ao desenvolvimento uma nova imagem turística da região na Europa e no mundo. Por isso a 2.ª conferência internacional é tão importante para nós”, disse ao mediotejo,net o presidente do município de Vila Nova da Barquinha, Fernando Freire.
Vão participar na II Conferência anual Luis Miguel Preto Batista, Marta Ataíde, Nuno Villamariz Oliveira, Virgílio Alves, Ernesto Jana, Manuel J. Gandra, Luís de Matos, Luís Fonseca, João Pedro Silva, António Paris (Itália), Victor Padilla Nieto, (Espanha), Marija Karbic e Damir Karbic (Croácia), sendo as intervenções publicadas em formato digital.
“Devido à situação e pandemia que vivemos todas as intervenções serão em formato on-line. Todavia, em Vila Nova da Barquinha, será feita a evocação singela do 13 de outubro de 1307, data em que Filipe IV “O Belo” prende em França os cavaleiros templários pretendendo derrubar a Ordem. Estarão presentes um número restrito de membros e serão cumpridas as normas da DGS para eventos culturais”, avançou Fernando Freire.
Por fim será inaugurada, em 18 de novembro, a exposição sobre o tema “A Morte – Exéquias e Ritos de Tumulação dos Cavaleiros do Templo e de Cristo” esta já com abertura ao público.
Em 2019, recorde-se, reuniram-se naquela vila ribeirinha, de 11 a 13 de outubro, os maiores especialistas mundiais na temática Templária, com oradores oriundos de França, Itália, Espanha, Estados Unidos e Portugal.
O evento serviu para unir as duas principais organizações mundiais de Templários, a Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolimitani Universalis (OSMTHU) e a Ordre Sovereign et Militaiire du Temple de Jerusalem (OSMTJ), que ali assumiram o compromisso de trabalhar em conjunto no plano cultural, usando o Centro de Interpretação Templário (CITA) da Barquinha como “lugar de estudo, discussão e partilha de conhecimentos”.
Por Mário Rui Fonseca; Mediotejo.net
Results for the OSMTHU Electoral Procedure have been certified and are now out. Master Antonio Paris is confirmed for a new term with a new Magisterial Council.
The elections took place between May and July 2020 and the Master and Magisterial Council will be invested in office in October.
This is the composition of the new Master and Council for the period 2020 – 2025:
Master – Fr+ Antonio Paris
Chancellor – Fr+ Luis de Matos
Seneschal – Fr+ José Miguel Navarro, Spain
Cabinet Secretary: S+ Patricia Oyarzun, Spain
Treasurer – Fr+ Valter Tacconi, Italy
Chaplain – Fr+ Luis Fonseca, Mons. Christophorus de Lusignan, Portugal
Visitor for Latin America – Fr+ Francesco Cavalli, Colombia
Advisor – Fr+ Vinko Lisec, Croatia
Advisor – Fr+ Vincenzo Tuccillo, Bolivia
Advisor – John von Blauch, United States of America
Since 1999, with the election of I Master HE Fernando de Toro-Garland, the OSMTHU follows a rigorous protocol when it comes to voting and certifying the election. By retaining the services of an independent auditor, the Order ensures transparency and fairness in the proceedings and fully certified results.
You can download the certification of the present election here.
VN Barquinha celebrates protocol with Templar order that will make CITA the “world’s most important repository on the Order of the Temple”
The Vila Nova da Barquinha Municipality has entered into a protocol with two branches of the Templar Order – the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolimitani Universalis (OSMTHU) and the Ordre Sovereign et Militaiire du Temple de Jerusalem (OSMTJ) – to declare the municipality and the Interpretation Center Almourol Templar (CITA) as an International Place of Templar Cultural Interest.
The proposal for the protocol came to the Municipal Chamber meeting on October 9 and deserved a positive opinion from the executive.
Councilor Marina Honório explains that the initiative results from the association of OSMTHU and OSMTJ who also wants Vila Nova da Barquinha to host “an annual event of the International Congress type and the recommendation that bibliographic collections and objects could be sent to the Center and enrich the CITA as an unavoidable international reference on the Order of the Temple and its cultural influences across the ages.”
As a starting point for this collaboration, Fernando Freire explained that both branches of the Order have already approved several initiatives aimed at encouraging collectors, archives and library owners to make donations and to make CITA by 2021 the “most important, complete and extensive”. repository and bibliographic collection on the Order of the Temple ”.
On the OSMTHU side, one of the initiatives is the negotiation of the passage of the Temple Archive, consisting of multiple original documentation concerning the International Chancellery and the International Federative Alliance Secretariat since 1988, as well as various objects and archives, on loan to the locality of Soria, Spain since 2007, for CITA in Vila Nova da Barquinha.
Another initiative to be taken by OSMTHU is to designate CITA as the “custodial institution to be handed over the update of the Order’s Archives, composed of the official documentation produced by the International Chancellery annually” as well as the “addition of historical documentary collections. bibliographic and objects of archaeological, academic or museological interest that can be donated ”.
The OSMTHU will also offer a forged replica, according to traditional rules, of the sword of the crusader Godofredo Bulhões, symbol of the historical context that gave rise to the Order of the Temple.
The OSMTJ will contribute with the deposit of a thematic bibliographic collection as well as an extensive documentary archive about the activity of the Order in the last half of the twentieth century.
In addition to the initiatives in terms of Archive and Library, the protocol also provides for cultural exchanges, through the loan and exhibition of specific pieces.
Finally, this collaboration also aims to hold an International Conference. An “annual international event taking place in 2020, 2021 and 2022”, as explained by the mayor of VN Barquinha, Fernando Freire.
The venue for the annual event will be CITA, whose organization, programming and promotion will be the responsibility of the two orders involved in the protocol.
It is recalled that the Templar Interpretation Center of Almourol was opened to the public in November 2018 and is a pioneer center for the Order of the Temple in Portugal, endowed with a relevant set of features including an exhibition space, auditorium and thematic library.
By Ana Rita Cristóvão, antenalivre.pt
WHETHER OR NOT YOU’VE READ The Da Vinci Code and subsequent thrillers, you may have heard of the Knights Templar. A few facts can be confirmed about the Knights. A group of pilgrims traveled to Jerusalem in 1119, and some of them were armed and followed a strict, religiously inspired code. Here’s where the facts get muddy. According to the story, nine among them took vows to become monks and were trapped in the Temple of Solomon. Or so the story goes…
Named Knights Templar because of the Temple of Solomon (“templar” meaning of the temple) their group quickly blossomed as more pilgrims began traveling to Jerusalem from Europe. Muslim–Christian tensions in Jerusalem rose, and it became very expensive to protect the Christian pilgrims. Funds were raised from Europe as the Knights grew in number and prestige.
Back in London, the Knights began to influence politics. With wealthy friends and their Church in central London, the Templars became intertwined in the financial and domestic concerns of the burgeoning English nation. The Master of the Church was an ex officio member of Parliament: separation of Church and State was more than five hundred years away.
With a distinct round nave, the Temple Church was consecrated in 1185. The round church is modeled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (In a twist of fate, that church may originally have been a temple to Aphrodite in the second century.)
But by the late 1200s, the Crusades weren’t going so well, and, with other troubles in France, the clout of the Knights waned. When they eventually fell in 1307, their land was seized by the Crown. King Edward II used the land and buildings for law colleges that developed into the present-day Inns of Court.
During World War II, German firebombs damaged the roof of the Temple Church, but it has since been restored. Visit the website for details about when the sanctuary is open for services and musical performances.
Side note: the library at Middle Temple owns valuable antique maps. These maps depict land we now know not to exist, but they are fascinating, nonetheless. A 1570 edition Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the World). Check the Middle Temple Library website for times.
ON THE ISLAND OF SAN Simón (Pontevedra, Spain), Canarian palms grow alongside acacia and eucalyptus. A pathway lined with boxwood trees known as the Paseo de los Buxos welcomes visitors to the small island off the coast of Vigo, Spain.
The Isla de San Simón is part of the San Simón archipelago along with several other islets. These small spits of land are part of an estuary environment that supports important biodiversity.
Though it currently has no permanent residents, San Simón has seen a number of inhabitants over the years. The earliest records of inhabitance dates back to the 12th century when a monastery founded by the Order of the Temple was established on the island. The Knights Templar (…) were the island’s main residents until the 14th century, when it was abandoned.
Over the following centuries, San Simón saw a number of naval battles and was used as a hiding place for valuable cargo. From 1838 to 1927 the island housed a quarantine station for those with serious contagious diseases including cholera and leprosy.
Not long after the quarantine site shut down, its buildings were repurposed for use as a penal colony during the Spanish Civil War. Political prisoners from all over Spain were held at the camp, where they were subjected to inhumane living conditions and mass executions. The camp was shut down in 1948.
Today, the Spanish government has turned San Simón into an “Isla del Pensamiento” (“Island of Thought”), meant to honor the history of the island and inspire deep, creative thought. In addition to the historic buildings, sculptures scattered across the island memorialize different parts of its heritage. A partially submerged monument on the east shore commemorates San Simón’s appearance in Jules Verne’s 1870 novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
The island houses ancient graveyards, sculpture gardens, and surprises around every turn. It can only be accessed by boat.
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Lying next to a main road in Dover, a stone’s throw from a residential street, is an interesting set of medieval ruins.
Known as the Knights Templar Church – by English Heritage and Google and pretty much everyone – they comprise flint and mortar remains in the shape of a rectangular chancel around 10 metres long.
It is believed to date back to the 12th century. But it’s not quite as it seems.
Despite its popular name, most experts seem dubious about its specific Knights Templar origins.
English Heritage describes the links to the famous order as “tenuous”.
The Knights Templar were a military and religious group founded in the 12th century during the Crusades, to protect pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land and to defend the holy places there.
Dover then would be a good location to do it from.
They became rich and powerful but increasingly unpopular, and were eventually suppressed in 1312.
Apparently, the form of the Western Heights ruins mirrors that of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, accounting for the link with the Templars.
But as English Heritage experts point out: “The port of Dover, the chief departure point for pilgrimages to the Holy Land, was an obvious place for the Templars to have held property.
“But they are believed to have left the town before 1185 and their links to this particular site are tenuous.
“An alternative interpretation suggests that the building was a wayside shrine on the Dover to Folkestone road.”
Experts also point to the site not being listed as belonging to the Order in surviving records.
The Dover area does have other strong links to the Knights Templar however.
They are believed to have established a church at Temple Ewell in 1170.
While only below ground ruins remain from their Preceptory, they are said to have founded St Peter and St Paul Church that stills stands in the village today.
Apparently evidence of the original Norman work can be seen in the north doorway and the high narrow window in the north wall of the nave.
Some suggest the Knights Templar may have used the Western Heights building before moving to Temple Ewell, but again an expert says it’s “more likely to have been a simple road-side shrine”.
Others say the shape, a smaller scale form of both the Jersualem church and the New Temple Church in London, indicate it may have had links to the Order’s supporters, even if it wasn’t a part of their formal estate.
Either way, it’s an intriguing thing to look at in a prominent location in Dover.
And with the Western Heights fortifications and nature reserve trail nearby, there is plenty of history – not to mention spectacular views – to take in too.
It’s with great sadness that we receive news of the passing of Fr+ Robert MacCallum of the Grand Priory of Australia. Fr+ MacCallum served as a member of the Magisterial Council as Archivist since 1999, under Master Fernando de Toro-Garland and later under Master Antonio Paris.
Fr+ Andrew Foster of Tasmania, Australia, says “William was taken into a nursing home in about August/September last year he started out with early signs of Alzhiemers Disease. He suffered a number of falls causing his condition to slowly worsen. Late September early October he was rushed to hospital and was diagnosed with cancer.”
For many years Fr+ MacCallum has been one of the most respected and beloved members of the Order internationally. His contribution to the compilation of the early Statutes and Bylaws of the OSMTHU was fundamental. His absence will be missed by all. Our prayers go to Sr. Anne, family, friends and brethren in Australia.
Fragments of a manuscript from the Middle Ages which tell the story of Merlin the magician from Arthurian legend have been found in a library.
Seven hand-written fragments were found by the University of Bristol’s special collections librarian.
Specialists analysing the pieces said they contained “subtle but significant” differences from the traditional story.
“We are all very excited to discover more,” said Dr Leah Tether, of the International Arthurian Society.
The pieces of parchment were discovered by librarian Michael Richardson, who recognised a number of Arthurian names and contacted Dr Tether.
The newly-discovered text has longer, more detailed descriptions of various characters particularly during battles.
“These fragments of the story of Merlin are a wonderfully exciting find, which may have implications for the study not just of this text but also of other related and later texts that have shaped our modern understanding of the Arthurian legend,” said Dr Tether.
The books in which the fragments were found were all printed in Strasbourg between 1494 and 1502.
A team of experts will try to find out how and when the books came to England in order to be able to trace the origin of the parchments.
Dr Tether said: “Time and research will reveal what further secrets about the legends of Arthur, Merlin and the Holy Grail these fragments might hold.”
She added it was “all the more special” to find the fragments in the South West because of its locations made famous by the Arthurian legend.
The OSMTHU, a branch of the Templar Order dating back to the early XIX century, was awarded the Bandarra Grand Cross this Saturday for the Templar Corps International initiative in recognition of “relevant services (…) on behalf of Mankind”.
The award was created by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Portugal under Grand Master João Pestana Dias, as a way of recognizing non-masonic entities that excel in their work on humanitarian, charitable and philanthropic mission based projects. With a strong focus on the historical and philosophical Portuguese Tradition – that includes a 900+ years old association with the Order of the Temple and the world changing XV century endeavor of Discoveries planned and executed by the Order of Christ – the Sovereign GL bases most of their liturgical work on the Portuguese Rite, a re-work of the Scottish Rite blue degrees re-framed around Lusitanian mythological themes. The very name of the award, Bandarra, refers to a XVI century shoemaker who was famous for composing a set of messianic verse prophecies about the end times and the coming of a new age of peace and brotherly love blessed by the Holy Spirit. The motto of the award is in fact “Ens Gemma”, that could be translated as “[the future] being [or entity] [already present] in the egg”, as explained by XX century poet Fernando Pessoa.
Contacted by the Templar Globe, Luis de Matos, Chancellor of the OSMTHU expressed his surprise for the award. “We are only at the start of this ambitious and transforming project”, he said. “It’s very encouraging for everyone in the Order and to all hard working members of the Templar Corps International when our efforts don’t go unnoticed. We hope to be a center for international cooperation and effective work, since, as it’s often said, words are all worn out, now what we need is action. Acta non verba.”