WELCOME ON BEHALF
THE GRAND PRIORY OF WALES
THE GRAND PRIORY OF ALL BRITAIN
This is the only Official Website of
The Grand Priory of Wales and The Grand Priory of All Britain
being members of the International
Ordre Souvérain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem
The Sovereign and Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
< > The Knights Templar <>
In 2018-20 the Order is celebrating the
of its foundation in
Jerusalem in 1118
The International Arms of the Order
The Grand Priory of Wales and The Grand Priory of All Britain are the only officially and internationally recognised Grand Priories of the Order of Knights Templar for and in Wales and All Britain. Throughout the world there are other Priories and Grand Priories of this Order and together the membership runs into thousands of Christian men and women.
However, 'other' groups using numerous titles such as the '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'; and many similar variations do not represent and are not to be confused with us. Some even use and claim membership of O.S.M.T.J. So beware!!!
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, pretending that an applicant has joined the real Knights Templar. In contrast we are quite open about our aims and objectives and about any costs involved in joining. 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 come along and meet us.
This website is regularly updated - at least once a month and often 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 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 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, Instagram, Twitter etc etc. Consequently no connections can be made to us via such media. If anyone does want to contact us it is easily achieved via our 'Contact Page' on the menu opposite.
Obviously neither we nor our colleagues in the Americas are anything at all to do with or connected in any way whatsoever with a Mexican 'drugs cartel' who have adopted the name 'Knights Templar'!
The Grand Priory of Wales:
OSMTJ KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
Master of the Order, General Ronald Mangum [US Army (Retd)]
Welcome to the OSMTJ Knights Templar Grand Priory of All Britain and the Grand Priory of Wales. OSMTJ stands for the French, “Ordre Souvérain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem”). The Knights Templar are a Christian (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox) fraternal and chivalric Order. We have no Masonic or political affiliations. We are ecumenical, meaning that we are not affiliated to any single 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” (John17: 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 Souvérain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem”. Each Grand Priory translates this into their own language. The Master of our Order is His Excellency, General Ronald Mangum.
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 to 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 warrior monks founded about 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 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, Protestant and Orthodox, 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 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.
The Knights Templar Grand Priory of All Britain and
the Grand Priory of Wales is 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.
see website Contact Us