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III International Conference “Order of the Temple – Spiritual Chivalry – Templarism”.

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The Templar Interpretation Center of Almourol (CITA) of Vila Nova da Barquinha promoted, on the weekend of November 13th and 14th, the III International Conference “Order of the Temple – Spiritual Chivalry – Templarism”.

The municipal auditorium hosted some of the best national and international experts on the subject, with speakers from countries such as Spain, the United States, Croatia and Portugal: Luis de Matos (Chancellor of OSMTHU), Carlos Trincão (Teacher and member of TREF), Álvaro Barbosa (Architect and former director of Convento de Cristo), Virgílio Alves (Philosopher and Senior Technician in Public Administration), João Pedro Silva (Researcher and member of OSMTHU), Ernesto Alves Jana (Historian and member of TREF), Jefferson Perry (former -military), José Miguel Navarro (OSMTHU’s Senescal expert in security systems), Lovro Tomasinec (Croatian Order of Knights Templar OSMTH) and Manuel J. Gandra (CITA Researcher and Curator).

The book “Almourol – 850th anniversary of its foundation, in the context of the Order of the Temple in Portugal”, was launched at the event.

Fernando Freire, Mayor of the City Council, and Paula Pontes, Councilor for the Department of Culture, were present at the conference. The initiative also featured the musical animation of Fernando Espanhol, in a medieval music moment.

The Almourol Templar Interpretation Center is the first of its kind in Portugal. It has a permanent exhibition room, a space for temporary exhibitions and a projection room for films on the theme of the Templars. The Library – Templar Archives is also located in the same building, which has a vast literary collection dedicated to this theme, the result of donations from Teresa Furtado and Manuel J. Gandra.

Centro de Interpretação Templário de Almourol; Largo 1.º Dezembro; 2260-403 Vila Nova da Barquinha Tel.: 249720358E-mail: cita@cm-vnbarquinha.pt

III Conferência Internacional “Ordem do Templo – Cavalaria Espiritual – Templarismo”

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O Centro de Interpretação Templário de Almourol (CITA) de Vila Nova da Barquinha promoveu, no fim de semana de 13 e 14 de novembro, a III Conferência Internacional “Ordem do Templo – Cavalaria Espiritual – Templarismo”.

O auditório municipal acolheu alguns dos maiores especialistas nacionais e internacionais na temática, com oradores oriundos de países como Espanha, Estados Unidos, Croácia e Portugal: Luis de Matos (Chanceler da OSMTHU), Carlos Trincão (Professor e membro do TREF), Álvaro Barbosa (Arquiteto e ex-diretor do Convento de Cristo), Virgílio Alves (Filósofo e Técnico Superior na Administração Pública), João Pedro Silva (Investigador e membro da OSMTHU), Ernesto Alves Jana (Historiador e membro do TREF), Jefferson Perry (ex-militar), José Miguel Navarro (Senescal da OSMTHU perito em sistemas de segurança), Lovro Tomasinec (Croatian Order of Knights Templar O.S.M.T.H.) e Manuel J. Gandra (Investigador e Curador do CITA).

O evento foi marcado pelo lançamento do livro “Almourol – 850.º aniversário da sua fundação, no contexto da Ordem do Templo em Portugal”, efeméride que se assinala este ano.

Marcaram presença na conferência Fernando Freire, Presidente da Câmara Municipal, e Paula Pontes, Vereadora do Pelouro da Cultura. A iniciativa contou ainda com a animação musical de Fernando Espanhol, num registo de música medieval.

O Centro de Interpretação Templário Almourol é o primeiro do género em Portugal. Dispõe de uma sala de exposição permanente, espaço de exposições temporárias e de uma sala de projeção de filmes sobre a temática dos templários. No mesmo edifício funciona também a Biblioteca – Arquivo Templário, que dispõe de um vasto acervo literário dedicado a este tema, fruto das doações de Teresa Furtado e de Manuel J. Gandra.

Centro de Interpretação Templário de Almourol Largo 1.º Dezembro2260-403 Vila Nova da Barquinha Tel.: 249720358E-mail: cita@cm-vnbarquinha.ptHorário:- Dias úteis: 9h00 às 12h30 / 14h00 às 17h30- Fins de semana/feriados: 10h00 às 13h00 / 15h00 às 18h00(encerra à 2.ª feira de 1 de outubro a 30 de abril).

ASTURIAS QUIERE RELANZAR EL «CAMINO DE LOS SANTUARIOS» EN SU «COVADONGA 2022»

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La Consejería Cultura del Principado de Asturias, con  la  Consejera de Cultura. Sra. Berta Piñán a la cabeza quiere aprovechar que se conmemoran los 1.300 años de la «Batalla de Covadonga,» dando un salto mortal  organizando diversas actividades  para el año que viene, el 2022, y entre las delicatessen para esa puesta en escena está  el abordar finalmente   el  llamado ‘Camino de los Santuarios, o sea  un recorrido que una San Salvador de Oviedo,  el Santuario de Covadonga y el Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liébana, este último ubicado en Cantabria.

Lo cual tengo que indicar que ya hace tiempo se lanzó desde la Editorial Delallama, una publicación que se envió a la Sra. Berta Piñán, aunque no tuve el placer de recibir ni las gracias por dicho envío y en dicho libro se recogen varias rutas que desde la zona central de Asturias llegan al Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liébana, y que a buen seguro dicha guía servirá para  al menos ampliar el horizonte de recorridos  y no quede tal proyecto circunscrito a  los GR 203 Ruta de la Reconquista y GR 105 Ruta de las Peregrinaciones, que es lo que me temo que al final se haga.

Aunque  la consejera  tiene un ambicioso  proyecto al respecto, como es rescatar los trazados y sus acondicionamiento y señalización, pero de esto se viene hablando desde hace tiempo, de un posible recorrido hacia Santo Toribio, pero no sé yo muy bien por donde se piensa meter ese recorrido, si es siguiendo las estelas de los GRs citados, o seguir la traza del  Camino de los Francos, que es más factible como trazado caminero., pues no creo que hacer la Ruta de la Reconquista , cruzando los Picos de Europa sea muy factible como camino peregrino.

En fín , la  tapa de la olla  de las esencias  polémicas queda destapada, pues me supongo que la conmemoración de un hecho militar, como la Batalla de Covadonga  que la consejera expone como  «de trascendencia histórica», tal vez enlazando así con el covadonguismo tan al uso entre  algunos asturianistas de pro, pues será todo un acontecimiento y sin dudarlo un instante  todo un debate en los medios  y más cuando de por medio se anuncia la celebración de  encuentros científicos, charlas, exposiciones y congresos, aspirando a que tales eventos  culturales, sean la estrella, esperemos que no fugaz del año 2022, y digo esto de la fugacidad por aquella otra celebración del Real Sitio de Covadonga, que fueron más fuegos artificiales que otra cosa.

Será bueno ver quien estará presente en todos esos eventos de corte intelectual e histórico, los cuales se atrevan a dilucidar sobre la Batalla de Covadonga y toda su carga mitológica.

Pero el  Principado de Asturias y su Consejera de Cultura, se quiere poner la montera picona  al bies  y ya anuncia toda una  programación mediante una suerte de campañas, de promoción turística  que contaría además , con una página web dedicada  a tales eventos.

Por Victor Guerra, in miscaminosacovadonga.es

Templar Grand Priory of Portugal Confers Knighthood, October 2021

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The Templar Grand Priory of Portugal (OSMTHU) has met in National Chapter to confer Knighthood. As the Grand Priory still performs the a very long and private ceremony, that follows traditional liturgy, including full vigil and final instruction, just a short glimpse is available in the form of a 1 minute clip. It is also a requirement of the Order that the names of those upon whom Knighthood was conferred should be named. We welcome to the Order Dame Maria de Lurdes Polainas, DTJ; Fr+ António Polainas, KTJ; Fr+ Fernando Miranda, KTJ; Fr+ Fernando Pereira, KTJ and Fr+ Luis Ferreira, KTJ. We wish to thank singer Helena Lourenço for lending a celestial dimension to an already unforgettable spiritual experience.

O Grão Priorado de Portugal da OSMTHU reuniu-se em Capítulo Nacional para conferir a Cavalaria. Uma vez que os Templários Portugueses ainda realizam a cerimónia seguindo a liturgia tradicional, muito longa, que inclui a vigília completa e instrução final, de carácter interior, apenas um breve vislumbre está disponível na forma de um clip de 1 minuto. É também um requisito da Ordem que os nomes daqueles a quem a Cavalaria for conferida sejam tornados públicos. Damos por isso as boas-vindas à Ordem aos novos Irmãos e Irmãs Dama Maria de Lurdes Polainas, DTJ; Fr + António Polainas, KTJ; Fr + Fernando Miranda, KTJ; Fr + Fernando Pereira, KTJ e Fr + Luis Ferreira, KTJ. Gostaríamos finalmente de agradecer à cantora Helena Lourenço por emprestar uma dimensão celestial a uma experiência espiritual já de si inesquecível.

The mysterious stained glass London telephone box that has puzzled historians for years

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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 mylondon.news

Dover’s ancient Knights Templar Church ruins that aren’t all that they seem

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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.

in kentlive.news

Exultate justi in domino – New Armaments in Chivalry in the Good Land of Alentejo

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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.

Exultate justi in domino – Armações na Boa Terra do Alentejo

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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.

Global Forum on Education Leads the Way Forward

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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.

OSMTHU awarded the Bandarra Grand Cross for Templar Corps International initiative

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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.”

Executive Head of the Templar Corps interviewed for History Channel Documentary

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The production and filming of a new documentary on “The Civilization of Fear” for the History Channel is currently under way. This week the filming crew landed in Vila Nova da Barquinha, Portugal, where the Portuguese Hermetic Museum was a graceful host for a day long recording session.

The documentary explores the many faces of fear, how it influenced the development of civilization, how it has been used in social, political and religious manipulation and control. how it manifests in every day life and how the future and all the uncertainties of a distopic technological world dominated by algorithms and non-human “intelligence” may become a living nightmare.

Luis de Matos, Executive Head of the Templar Corps spoke about the element of fear in the Middle Ages and how Chivalry traditionally distinguishes between fear and awe, both important for the understanding of the Templars in their crusader context. Professionally linked to technology development, he also made a few remarks on Artificial Intelligence, Deep Web and how Social Media captures user’s attentions and turns it into a commodity.

Prof. Manuel J. Gandra, Director of the Portuguese Hermetic Museum and João Pestana Dias, Grand Master of the Portuguese Sovereign Grand Lodge were also interviewed and gave very insightful and provocative testimony on the theme.

The Templar Corps would like to acknowledge the essential role of member Francisco Mourão Corrêa in organizing the event.

Ciclo de Palestras – A Alma de Portugal

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No próximo dia 19 de Setembro de 2020 irá realizar-se a primeira de quatro palestras do Ciclo A Alma de Portugal, iniciativa da nossa Ordem em parceria com a Associação Saudade e apoio do Templar Corps. As palestras deste ciclo serão apresentadas por João Pedro Silva, KGOTJ e Preceptor Geral do Grão Priorado de Portugal da OSMTHU.

O ciclo pretende levar os participantes a uma viagem pela história providencial de Portugal, revistando os mitolusismos e mergulhando na sua Teleologia. Será, esperamos, uma excelente oportunidade de partilha e um estudo dos mitos que, escorrendo, fecundaram a nossa realidade, nas palavras de Pessoa. Uma viagem à nossa Patreosofia, conceito extraordinário que nos legou António Quadros.

No cumprimento da parceria firmada com a Associação Saudade, a receita deste evento reverte integralmente para o apoio ao Museu Hermético Português, pelo que a participação de cada um acaba também por ser uma excelente forma de apoiar esta causa.

Inscrição por email enviado para: info.arcana.templi@gmail.com

Ou através da Associação Saudade

Donativo: 15 EUR (por cada sessão) reverte a favor do Museu Hermético Português.

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OSMTHU Elections – Results Now Out

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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.