The military cavalry orders were Christian groups and then communities of knights. Their creation occurred during the Middle Ages and the first Crusade with the aim of protecting the Holy Land, the Crusader States and the Iberian Peninsula from Muslim invaders.
The Order of the Temple was founded in 1119 AD at Jerusalem after its liberation from the Saracen rule, nineteen years earlier. The successes of the Crusaders had brought Pilgrims to the Holy Land from all over Christendom. Rich and poor, noble and peasants who were overwhelmed by religious enthusiasm walked through inhospitable countries to visit and worship the holy places where our Savior lived and sacrificed.
Despite its long history and in the midst of adverse conditions, the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon and the Hospitallers of St. John, has survived through the centuries and today still exists and upholds the same timeless values.
Perhaps the tales of grails and secrets that have disappeared into the fabric of time and protected by noble Knights, are popular because these are the very attributes that we need more than ever in our modern age.
Especially these days where Peace is disturbed, we can find inspiration and guidance in the past.
The concept of giving one’s oath, swearing to adhere to a vow given, regardless of the penalties involved, is a direct result of the strength of purpose of the Knights and those like them.
The Great Priory of Greece will have the honor to host the International Synod of Great Priories in 2023 at the beautiful, medieval island of Rhodes. This is a great opportunity after the last difficult years to meet all brothers again and celebrate the triumph of life.
Until then, I wish you all, health, peace and happiness.