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WELCOME ON BEHALF
of
THE GRAND PRIORIES OF ENGLAND AND OF WALES

and
THE GRAND PRIORY OF ALL BRITAIN


This is the only Official Website of

The Grand Priories of England and of Wales and the
Grand Priory of All Britain
 
being together members of the International

Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem

[O.S.M.T.J.]

The Sovereign and Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem


< >   The Knights Templar   <>


We celebrate the

900+ years

of the Order's foundation in

Jerusalem in 1118

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Worldwide the Order is composed of autonomous Grand Priories.  Subject to the direction of the Grand Master, the Order is governed by its Grand Priors.

In accordance with the Statutes only ONE Grand Priory may exist in any one nation or state.

For the avoidance of doubt therefore there cannot be a Grand Priory of "England and Wales" since "England and Wales" is not a 'state' nor a 'nation'.  England is a nation; Wales is a nation (Scotland is a nation).  The internationally recognised 'state' to which they all belong is the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

There has been a Grand Priory of Wales for many years, the Grand Priory of England is relatively new.  Purely for convenience an overall but purely 'administrative' Grand Priory of All Britain was established in 2020 to oversee the development of the two national priories in Wales and in England.    

The supreme Legislative Body of the Order is The Grand Magistral Council.  Its members include the Grand Master and the Grand Priors (amongst whom is the Grand Prior of All Britain).

The Grand Priory of All Britain, The Grand Priory of Wales and The Grand Priory of England are the only officially and internationally recognised priories of The Sovereign and Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (the Knights Templar) [OSMTJ] for All Britain, Wales and England.

Throughout the world there are about 42 other Grand Priories of this Order [OSMTJ] and together the membership runs into thousands of Christian men and women.

However, 'other' groups using numerous titles such as the 'Grand Priory of England and Wales'; the 'Grand Priory of England of the Supreme Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem [OSMTH or OSMTH-Paris]';  'Knights Templar of Great Britain''Knights Templar International' [legal title 'Knights Templar International Novus Ordo Militiae Limited']; 'Knights Templar UK'; the 'Grand Priory of Great Britain'; the 'Grand Priory of the United Kingdom'; the 'Templar Church of Great Britain'and many similar variations do not represent and are not to be confused with us.  In spite of any claim or website not one of these bodies is an actual member of the world-wide and only Christian organisation that is The Sovereign and Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem

Quite a number of these are also, effectively, Masonic groups since most of their senior officers and many members are freemasons.  But many Christian churches across the world have established that Christianity and Freemasonry are incompatible since freemasonry admits that there are 'gods' other than our Lord Jesus Christ who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is ONE GOD, Lord of All and Saviour.

Some so-called Knights Templar even use and claim membership of O.S.M.T.J.  So beware!!!   We have no connections with any of these false organisations. 

Sadly some so-called 'Templar' groups (especially those found on the Internet) are not even remotely connected with we true Templars but are merely recruiting organisations for political or other ideologies, whilst others may be 'breakaway' groups which left the mainstream of the Templars some years ago, and still others are completely self-made groups posing as Knights Templar.  Unfortunately many of these groups are merely fund-raising for their self-appointed leaders even though they may offer some sort of 'document' or the like.  They pretend that an applicant has joined the real Knights Templar.  In contrast we are absolutely open about our aims and objectives and about all costs involved in joining and in maintaining an annual membership.  Further, our Investiture events in particular are always open for the public to attend; so anyone who might be thinking of applying to join, could (if they wish) come along and meet us before making any sort of application.

Pages on this website are regularly updated - at least once a month and usually more frequently - and we always have a lot of material and information for members of the public to read.  In contrast some so-called Templar websites are rarely updated or, indeed, completely static.

This website can also be found at www.osmtj-wales.net or www.knightstemplar-wales.org

We are entirely a Christian and chivalric organisation - there are more details below:

We are NOT a political organisation and we have no connections whatsoever with any political organisation or political party.  Similarly we are not a Re-enactor group.

We have NO connections whatsoever with any Freemasonry or other Masonic organisation, British or Foreign.

We do not 'recruit' to any such organisations under any circumstances.

As a matter of policy we do not have any sort of social media presence, especially with the insecure links of Facebook (Meta), Instagram, Twitter etc etc.  Consequently no connections nor reliable information about us can be obtained via such media.  If anyone does want to contact us it is easily achieved via our 'Contact Page' on the menu opposite.

Obviously we are not connected in any way whatsoever with a Mexican 'drugs cartel' who adopted the name 'Knights Templar' some years ago!

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The combined Banner
of
The Grand Priory of All Britain, The Grand Priory of Wales
and The Grand Priory of England:


Banner of Wales
The Banner of the Knights Templar of Wales

      

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OSMTJ KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

General Mangum
Grand Master of the Order, General Ronald Mangum [US Army (Retd)]

We are the OSMTJ Knights Templar for All Britain, for Wales and for England.  OSMTJ stands for the French, “Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem” (The Sovereign and Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem). The Knights Templar are a Christian (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant) fraternal and chivalric Order.  We have no Masonic or political affiliations.

We are ecumenical and by this we mean that we are not affiliated to any single Christian denomination but seek to represent all Christians in accord with Jesus’ prayer to the Father concerning his followers:

                “That they may all be one :
                 so that the world will believe that you sent me”
                                                                 (John 17: 20-21).

We are part of a world-wide organisation for the fellowship and networking of like-minded individuals.  Our Order is organised Internationally under the “Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem”.  Each Grand Priory translates this into their own language.  The Grand Master of our Order is His Excellency, General Ronald Mangum PhD JD (U.S. Army [retired]).

Our Order vows to hold to the virtues of Honesty, Loyalty, Perseverance, Charity, Humility, Courage, and Honour.  We take our vows seriously and hold each other accountable as our ancient statue proscribes: “Each day we must help our brethren for whom we are responsible, for one day God will say, ‘Where is thy Brother?'”

In contrast with much of today’s society, with people moving from place to place, and from relationship to relationship, this Order calls Knights and Dames to live a committed life of purpose.

Historically, the Knights Templar were a Christian order of soldiers of 'noble' birth, founded over 900 years ago in 1118 A.D.  Named after the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Templars initially protected pilgrims travelling through the Holy Lands, but eventually evolved into a powerful military force protecting the Holy Land.

The reasons for the Order today are to:

- Spread the light of Christ in an increasingly dark world.  Today’s Templars are faced with a spiritual battle instead of a physical one.

- Practice works of mercy, charity, and benevolence.

- Act as a force to unify all Christians, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, under the banner of Christ.  Today, Christians are under attack by extraordinarily powerful enemies.  As Benjamin Franklin expressed it: “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

- Perpetuate the traditions of the Knights Templar by defending Christendom, now through non-violent means.

- Live a life of Chivalry and hold each other accountable to a lifestyle of excellence.

- Promote historical studies, heraldry, and the genealogy of the Order.

- Promote through the values of friendship, loyalty and respect, feelings of universal brotherhood and ideals of solidarity between all people.

The 12th century Cistercian Abbot, St Bernard of Clairvaux wrote, ”The Knight Templar is truly a fearless knight and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armour of faith just as his body is protected by armour of steel.  He is thus doubly armed and need fear neither demons nor men.  Not that he fears death – no, he desires it.  Why should he fear to live or fear to die when for him to live is Christ, and to die is gain?

Being a Knight Templar means being committed to an ancient holy order 900 years old.  It is not a remnant of the past, it is a way of life for today.

We Knights Templar are looking for those upstanding Christian men and women interested in becoming exceptional.  Few are chosen and the standards are rigorous, but the reward of Knight- or Damehood in this ancient Order awaits.  Interested?  For more information on how to join us, click the “Contact Us” tab opposite.

   KT - Cross 


the OSMTJ GLOBAL MEMBERS


              OSMTJ - All Britain   OSMTJ - Armenia   OSMTJ - Austria

                                               All Britain                                           Armenia                                    Austria

                  OSMTJ - Belgium   OSMTJ - Bosnia and Herzegovina   OSMTJ - Bulgaria
                                      Belgium                                Bosnia and Herzegovina                             Bulgaria

        OSMTJ - Brazil   OSMTJ - Canada   OSMTJ - Costa Rica
                     
Brazil                                       Canada                                              Costa Rica

                OSMTJ - Croatia   OSMTJ - Cyprus   OSMTJ - Estonia
                                   Croatia                                    Cyprus                                  Estonia

      OSMTJ - France   OSMTJ - Greece   OSMTJ - Georgia   OSMTJ - Germany
                  Fr
ance                         Greece                         Georgia                               Germany

               OSMTJ - Hong Kong   OSMTJ - Ireland   OSMTJ - Israel
                            Hong Kong                             Ireland                               Israel

      OSMTJ - Italy   OSMTJ - Indonesia and Malaysia   OSMTJ - Luxembourg   OSMTJ - Mexico
                  Italy                   Indonesia and Malaya               Luxembourg                        Mexico

              OSMTJ - Netherlands   OSMTJ - Norway   OSMTJ - Pakistan
   
                              Netherlands                                  Norway                            Pakistan

                OSMTJ - Peru   OSMTJ - Poland   OSMTJ - Puerto Rico
   
                               Peru                                     Poland                              Puerto Rico

            OSMTJ - Romania   OSMTJ - Serbia   OSMTJ - Slovenia
  
                         Romania                                    Serbia                                    Slovenia

                     OSMTJ - South Africa   OSMTJ - Spain   OSMTJ - Switzerland
                           South Africa
                            Spain                              Switzerland

                                                 OSMTJ - United States of America
                                                            United States of America

Arms of other OSMTJ Global members not yet available:

Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Monaco, Philippines and Portugal



                                                                           Rotating Cross

 


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