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the grand prior's induction 2019



Saturday 22 June 2019


The Chaplain of Wales, The Chancellor of Wales, The Marshal and Deputy Marshal of Wales stand beside the recently elected Second Grand Prior of Wales.


The Chaplain of Wales says:                Lord have mercy upon us.

All respond:                             Christ have mercy upon us.

The Chaplain of Wales says:                Lord have mercy upon us.


Presenting the Holy Bible

The Chaplain of Wales says to the new Grand Prior of Wales:

My dear Brother-in-Christ :
to keep you ever mindful of the law and the Gospel of God
as the Rule for the whole life of Christian people,

I present you with this Holy Bible,
the most valuable thing that this world affords.

The Chancellor of Wales says:

Here is Wisdom;
This is the royal Law;
These are the lively Oracles of God.

The Annointing

The Chaplain of Wales takes holy Oil and anoints the new Grand Prior of Wales:

On the palms of both hands, saying:

Be your hands anointed with holy Oil.

On the forehead, saying:

Be your head anointed with holy Oil:
as kings, priests, and prophets were anointed:

And as Solomon was anointed king
by Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet,
so be you anointed and blessed as our Second Grand Prior of Wales
to serve the Knights and Dames of The Grand Priory of Wales
of the Order of Knights Templar of the Temple of Jerusalem.
In the name of the
+ Father, and of the + Son, and of the + Holy Spirit.


The Regalia

The Chancellor of Wales places the Insignia of The Grand Prior and Spiritual Protector of The Grand Priory of Wales around the neck of The Grand Prior of Wales and The Marshal places The Grand Prior’s Sash upon The Grand Prior of Wales.

The Blessing

The Chaplain of Wales pronounces a Blessing over The Grand Prior of Wales:

Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was anointed with the Oil of gladness,
by his holy Anointing pour down upon your head and heart
the Blessing of almighty God,
and prosper the works of your hands:
that by the assistance of His heavenly grace
you may serve and advise, provide guidance and good counsel,
to the Knights and Dames of our Order in Wales
in peace, love and godliness,
wisely, justly, and religiously,
and at last be made a partaker of His eternal kingdom,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
+ Amen.


Presenting the Staff of Office

The Marshal of Wales shall bring the Staff of Office to the Chancellor of Wales.

The Chancellor of Wales says to The Grand Prior of Wales:

Receive this staff, an ensign of care and love.

The Chancellor of Wales delivers the Staff into The Grand Prior’s left hand, saying:

This Staff of Office is a symbol of equity and mercy.  So be merciful;

“Preach the Word of God.  Be persistent whether the time
is favourable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke,
and encourage your people with good teaching.”                 
[2 Timothy 4: 2]

Protect and cherish the just, and
lead our Knights and Dames in Wales
in the way wherein we should go.

Presenting the new Grand Prior

The Chaplain of Wales, The Chancellor of Wales, The Marshal and Deputy Marshal of Wales present The Grand Prior and Spiritual Protector of Wales to the Knights and Dames of the Order and to the Congregation.    [Applause].

The Knight's Prayer

Led by The Chaplain of Wales, The Knights and Dames say together:


O Christ, you are my King.

Form in me a knight’s heart for you :

Fulfilling my life, choosing what you bring
that will advance me, and not those things
which drag me into the mud;

Strong in my work, not seeing it as a
burden that imposes itself on me, but a
mission with which you have entrusted me;

Heroic in suffering, a real soldier
bearing my cross, a true Cyrenian,
carrying the cross of others;

Compassionate with the world,
foregoing its vanities, but sacrificing
nothing to its principles;

Magnanimous with people, loyal to
everyone, biased to the poor and children,
and gently leading my loved ones to you;

Revering my superiors,
seeing in their authority
the compelling beauty of your face;

Respecting myself but not inward-looking,
always leaning on you;

Generously giving to you,
O Christ of Galilee;

Proud to live to serve you,

Happy to die to lose myself in you.                                Composed by the Chaplain-General of the Order                                                                                       Translation by the Grand Chaplain-General of Wales   Amen.                                                                       

The Chaplain of Wales says:

Ever loving God, we give you thanks and praise,
   that you heard the earnest prayers

   and desires of your faithful servants,
   and when the time was right you brought about
the Foundation of The Priory of Wales and subsequently
the Establishment of The Grand Priory of Wales
   of your Supreme Military Order of The Temple of Jerusalem.

Grant to the Knights and Dames of the Order,
and especially those present here today,
your Peace in this life
and in the world to come Life everlasting.

All:   Amen.


The Marshal presents The Grand Prior’s sword to him and The Grand Prior says:

Lord our God, powerful, just and merciful, accept our humble prayer and send
your heavenly blessing onto this sword.

My friends, this sword represents a Knight's right to invoke God’s Justice.  For Chivalry is to maintain justice, and the double edge of the blade ever reminds us to temper justice with mercy.  Let it be used to protect the innocent and aid the helpless.  As the steel of the sword must be tempered in fire and water, so must the soul of the Knight be tempered by adversity and compassion.  We pray that God will give to those, receiving the accolade today, strength and wisdom; that they may protect and defend our Order, the poor, the widows and children, and His holy inheritance on Earth.

So may now the Blessing of the Lord of All:

~ the + Father, the + Son, and the + Holy Spirit ~

Come down upon and remain with this symbol of God’s Justice and His Glory and the honour of The Supreme Military Order of Temple of Jerusalem, for in His Holy Name, we pray.

All:   Amen.



The Knights and Dames of the Order only then say together:

Heavenly Father;

May we be ready each day,
to go forth armed with your power,
seeking adventure on the high road,
to right wrong, to overcome evil,
to suffer wounds and endure pain if need be;

But in all things to serve you –
bravely, faithfully and joyfully;

That at the end of our labour, there be no dishonour;

Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour.




Hymn - Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah


Reader:                         The Chaplain of Wales

2 Corinthians 6: 1-10

1 In our work together with God, then, we beg you who have received God's grace not to let it be wasted.  2 Hear what God says:

“When the time came for me to show you favour,

I heard you;

when the day arrived for me to save you,

I helped you.”                        [Isaiah 49:8]


Listen!  This is the hour to receive God's favour; today is the day to be saved!

3 We do not want anyone to find fault with our work, so we try not to put obstacles in anyone's way.  4 Instead, in everything we do we show that we are God's servants by patiently enduring troubles, hardships, and difficulties.  5 We have been beaten, jailed, and mobbed; we have been overworked and have gone without sleep or food.  6 By our purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness we have shown ourselves to be God's servants — by the Holy Spirit, by our true love, 7 by our message of truth, and by the power of God.  We have righteousness as our weapon, both to attack and to defend ourselves.   8 We are honoured and disgraced; we are insulted and praised.  We are treated as liars, yet we speak the truth; 9 as unknown, yet we are known by all; as though we were dead, but, as you see, we live on.  Although punished, we are not killed; 10 although saddened, we are always glad; we seem poor, but we make many people rich; we seem to have nothing, yet we really possess everything.




The Grand Prior of Wales


Cross - Maltese  Yn Enw’r Tad, a’r Mab, a’r Ysbryd Glân

Cross - Maltese  In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit





                                    THE INVESTITURES




The Chaplain of Wales says:

 Lord, have mercy upon us.

All:           Christ, have mercy upon us.

The Chaplain of Wales says:

 Lord, have mercy upon us.

All:           Christ, have mercy upon us.


Led by The Chaplain of Wales, the Knights and Dames of the Order only, will stand and say together:

I promise, on my honour,

that in the lawful pursuit of their duties

I will continue to be faithful and loyal

to The Grand Master of this Order and

to senior officers duly appointed.


I will at all times conform

to the laws, statutes, customs and

traditions of the Order and

endeavour to promote its good works,

knowing that nothing I swear here

is contrary to my allegiance to God.



The Chaplain of Wales says:


                Lord God,

                In your love and care for all of your creation ―

                We pray for all those who in our world today:

                        suffer the ravages of war and conflict;

                        terrorism, torture and oppression;

                        the abuse and trafficking of adults and children;

                and other contemporary forms of slavery.


Chaplain:   Lord, in your mercy

 All:           Hear our prayer.


Chaplain:   Almighty God,

we thank you for all of your faithful servants,

who have fought the good fight,

finished their course, and kept the faith.


Help us to imitate their example of holy living,

and to follow them in all virtuous and godly ways.


Lord God, our heavenly Father,

fill us with your Holy Spirit

of truth, charity, unity and peace;

Through our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Chaplain:   Lord, in your mercy

All:           Hear our prayer.


The Chaplain of Wales says:

God save our Grand Master,

The Grand Prior of Wales
Grand Priors and Priors
throughout the world,
and all the Knights and Dames of
The Supreme Military Order
of the Temple of Jerusalem.

 All:           Amen.




Our collection today is for the work and mission of this Cathedral Church.


The Grand Prior:         Lord God, we thank you

For calling us into the company

of those who trust in Christ

and seek to obey his will.

May your Spirit guide and strengthen us

in mission and service to your world;

For we are strangers no longer

But pilgrims together,

on the way to your Kingdom.


ALL:                         Amen.



Please stand.




The Chaplain of Wales says:


Go forth into the world in peace;

be of good courage;

hold fast to that which is good;

render to no one evil for evil;

strengthen the fainthearted;

support the weak;

help the afflicted;

honour everyone;

love and serve the Lord,

   rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit; and …


Mae Bendith Duw Hollalluog,

Cross - Maltese  y Tad, Cross - Maltese  y Mab a'r

Cross - Maltese  Ysbryd Glân,

a fo yn eich plith ac

a drigo gyda chwi yn wastad.



        The blessing of God Almighty,

          Cross - Maltese  the Father, Cross - Maltese  the Son, and

          Cross - Maltese  the Holy Spirit,

        be among you and

        remain with you always.


Rolling Sword

                                                             KT - Cross


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