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the late Grand Prior of wales (OSMTH)


Wreath for the Grand Prior
Memorial wreath from the Knights Templar of Wales

A prayer for the day of the Grand Prior's funeral:

Almighty God,
Our merciful and compassionate Father and Friend,
We commend to your Love and Care
Our dear Brother Brian,
The Grand Prior of Wales of our noble Order of Knights Templar.
We pray that you will receive Brian's spirit
And look upon him through the eyes of Jesus,
Not as a sinner, as are we all,
But as one redeemed by the saving grace of
The Christ who died that we all might live
Safe and secure in His heaven with you
And the Holy Spirit
Ever One, God for ever.



It was with great sadness and sincere regret that we had to report the death
of our much loved and hugely respected Grand Prior of Wales.

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has called Brian home to glory.
May he rest in peace and at the Last Day rise victorious.

Grand Prior of Wales - Paris 2018

The late Grand Prior of Wales & Master of the Knights Templar in Wales,
His Excellency, The Chevalier Brian Ansen KGCTJ

A Knight Grand Cross of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani
[OSMTH - The Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (The Knights Templar)]

Prions pour le repos de son Ame.
Let us pray for the rest of his soul.

Candle and Hymn

Soyons ....Vaillants et Preux pour continuer notre Mission ....
Let us be .... Valiant and Brave to continue our Mission ....


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Brief Obituary:

Brian had been a Knight in the Order for many years and was elevated to the post of Prior when the new Priory of Wales was established on 10 November 2012 by the late OSMTH Grand Master, His Excellency Fernando Pinto Campello Pereira de Sousa Fontes.  On 1 January 2016 The Grand Master upgraded the Priory to the International status of a Grand Priory with Brian at its head as the first Grand Prior of Wales.  On 22 October 2016 Brian was acclaimed Master of The Knights Templar in Wales - an honorary title of distinction - by his fellow Knights and Dames. 

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His Excellency, The Chevalier Brian Ansen KGCTJ (with the then Grand Prior of France on
his left-hand side) at his original Installation as Prior of Wales,

which took place at St Andrew's Chapel in St Andrew's, Scotland on 10 November 2012.


On 1 January 2016 in Porto, Portugal, His Excellency The Grand Master, with Their Excellencies, The Chevalier Gérard Willery (The Grand Prior of France), The Chevalier Owe Wagermark (The Grand Prior General [Emeritus] of Scandinavia) and others in attendance, upgraded the original Priory to become The Grand Priory of Wales with H.E. The Chevalier Brian Ansen (the then Prior of Wales) to be the Grand Prior of Wales:


Three Wise Men
Left to Right - Their Excellencies:
Brian Ansen (Grand Prior of Wales), Dom Fernando de Sousa Fontes (The Grand Master), Gérard Willery (Grand Prior of France)


A prayer:

Support us, O Lord,
all the day long of this troublesome life,
until the shadows lengthen
and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your mercy
grant us a safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at the last;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of the late OSMTH Grand Prior of Wales and Master of the Knights Templar in Wales, H.E. The Chevalier Brian Ansen, took place on Wednesday 12 September 2018 at the Church of St Michael & All Angels in Llantarnam, South Wales, commencing at 3.00pm followed by Committal at the Gwent Crematorium at 4.00pm.  This was a family-centred Service.  By request there was no 'official' Knights Templar involvement.  A number of Templars attended in a private capacity. 

Our memorial wreath:

Wreath for the Grand Prior
Memorial wreath from the Knights Templar of Wales


Non nobis Domine non nobis sed Nomini Tuo da gloriam

Not unto us O Lord not unto us but to your Name give glory
[Psalm 115: verse1]

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Additional photographs supplied by Dame Judith Ansen:

        Brian - a          Brian b



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