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25 February 2020

ASH WEDNESDAY

Lent 2020

This is the front cover page of the Lent 2020 study issued by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.  The full document (in Welsh or English) is available at https://ctbi.org.uk/lent/

The opening words from St Luke's Gospel set the scene:

'Were not our hearts burning
within us while he was talking
to us on the road, while he was
opening the scriptures to us.'

[Luke chapter 24, verse 32]

Each period for the 5 weeks leading down to Holy Week has between 5 and 8 pages of interesting discussion of some particular section of scripture, together with numerous items of other material for meditation, prayer, thought, reflection and so on.

Holy Week is covered by a further 7 pages and the whole concludes with 3 pages of final thoughts for onward consideration.

We are pleased to recommend this document to all of our Knights and Dames as well as to all the many readers of this website.

Here's a prayer from the course written by Ann Lewin (the full citation is on page 10):

Lord Christ, set me on fire
Burn from me all that dims your light
Kindle an answering flame in lives around:
That darkness may be driven back
And glory stream into this world
Transforming it with love.




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FEBRUARY - THE SNOWDROP SEASON

Snowdrops (Galanthus) are the habingers of Spring

Snowdrop Field

There are hundreds of varieties of snowdrops:

 Snowdrop - variety c Snowdrop - variety d Snowdrop - variety a


  Snowdrop - variety b  Snowdrop - variety e


Some places hold 'Snowdrop Festivals':

  Snowdrop Festival b   Snowdrop Festival a

 Snowdrop Festival c  Snowdrop Festival d

For the beauty of the earth
For the glory of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Lord of all
To thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise


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21 February 2020

HRH The Prince of Wales visited flooded Pontypridd
Pontypridd, 12 miles (19 km) north of Cardiff,
is the county town of Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Prince Charles in Pontypridd 1

  Prince Charles in Pontypridd 2  Prince Charles in Pontypridd 3

Prince Charles in Pontypridd 5  Prince Charles in Pontypridd 4

  Prince Charles - Getty Images  Prince Charles - Image by Jacob King - PA Wire
           Prince Charles - Getty Images                 Prince Charles - Image by Jacob King - PA Wire

   Prince Charles - Image by Ben Birchall-PA Wire   Veterans Badge
         Prince Charles - Image by Ben Birchall - PA Wire        [HRH is wearing a Veterans Badge]


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16 February 2020

STORM DENNIS

Llif -  Flood - Wales

The Meteorological Office issued a rare Red Weather warning
as the UK faced a second day of disruption:

Storm Dennis - Wales

Storm Dennis

   Weather - UK


From the 1662 Book of Common Prayer:

For fair Weather.

O Almighty Lord God, who for the sin of man didst once drown all the world, except eight persons, and afterward of thy great mercy didst promise never to destroy it so again: We humbly beseech thee, that although we for our iniquities have worthily deserved a plague of rain and waters, yet upon our true repentance thou wilt send us such weather, as that we may receive the fruits of the earth in due season; and learn both by thy punishment to amend our lives, and for thy clemency to give thee praise and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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27 January 2020


DIWRNOD COFIO'R HOLOCOST
HOLOCAUST  MEMORIAL DAY

Dysgn gwersi o'r gorffennol er mwyn
cren dyfodol gwell a mwy diogel

Learning lessons from the past
to create a safer, better future


We Knights Templar have reason to remember that in the 14th century Templar knights across Europe were rounded up and many killed or died in prison, all as a result of the trumped-up charges of heresy and the like brought against the Order by King Philip of France. 

Today such an attempt to destroy a particular group of people on the basis of their perceived religious beliefs or practices would constitute an act of genocide.

However, and fortunately for the Order, the Pope eventually absolved the Order and its knights from the accusations.  Unfortunately this was not until after the Order had been 'officially' disbanded throughout the areas of the Pope's authority.

But many knights escaped the persecution, either having fled abroad or they were already based in countries like Scotland, Switzerland or Portugal where they regrouped and survived thus enabling the Order to emerge again and today it thrives and is growing acoss the world including, of course, in Wales!


                                                     "FIRST THEY CAME"
                                                                    by
                                                   Pastor Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist;

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.


Holocaust Memorial Day 2020


For Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2020, people are asked to Stand Together in remembrance of people who were murdered by the Nazis and join thousands of others to  ensure that those who were murdered are not forgotten.


200 survivors attended the wreath-laying ceremony at Auschwitz
Monday morning, 27 January 2020

   Wreath-laying at Auschwitz - 27 January 2020 - 1

 

             Wreath-laying at Auschwitz - 27 January 2020 - 2


Wreath-laying at Auschwitz - 27 January 2020 - 3


Today marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Thousands of people from across the UK are also coming together to mark this landmark anniversary.

Commemorative ceremonies are taking place in Wales, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

In London, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the UK’s faith, political and civic leadership, and survivors of the Holocaust and genocides, at the UK Commemorative Ceremony:

The Duke  Duchess of Cabridge

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

Faith Leaders light candless

Faith Leaders light commemorative candles

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As Presidents of the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), and in respect of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we ask our churches to join in the use of this prayer on the Sunday closest to Holocaust Memorial Day 2020.

The Rt Hon and Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
His Eminence Nikitas Loulias, Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain
The Rt Revd Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the Church of Scotland
The Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, Moderator of the Free Churches


A prayer for use by Christians on Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

 

Please invite the congregation to stand and to join in the words in bold.

God of the past, present, and future,

We remember today, 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution, and all those who have been targeted and killed in subsequent genocides.

We remember those who, having survived genocide, share their stories with us:

We give thanks to You for the lessons of human stories, both in their suffering and in their joy.

We remember those who stood up against injustice and saved lives:

We give thanks to You for their example.

Together we acknowledge the sacrifice of those that stood together with those who suffered during the Holocaust and other genocides.

And we affirm that every life is loved by You and sacred.

Yet, during the Holocaust too many failed to stand together with their neighbours. Oppression stains Your world and contradicts Your love.

So we pray that You will inspire us now as we stand together on this day in the love that we know of God in Christ Jesus.

Let us commit to remembering:

And glorify God in our words and actions.

We make these prayers in the name of Christ Jesus who through His life, death, and resurrection, journeys with us into the eternal hope of Your truth and light.

Amen.

 


Holocaust Memorial Day - Kindertransport
Kindertransport - bringing children from Nazi Germany to Great Britain


Ar Ddiwrnod Cofio'r Holocost (HMD) - 27 Ionawr 2020 - fe gofiwn am y miliynau o bobl a laddwyd yn yr Holocost o dan Erledigaeth Natsiaidd, ac achosion ers hynny o hil-laddiad yn Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia a Darfur a hyd heddiw, heriwn gasineb ac erledigaeth.

On Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) - 27 January 2020 - we remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur and challenge hatred and persecution today.

In particular Holocaust Memorial Day this year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp:

Holocaust Memorial Day - Auschwitz-Birkenau 27 January 1945

Auschwitz Liberation

In the UK, thousands of local events and activities take place every year – each one an opportunity for people to reflect on those whose lives were changed beyond recognition, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination, and hatred in our own society today.

                                             A prayer:

Heavenly Father,
    whose many gifts include memory and empathy:
    we hold in remembrance before you those many of the Jewish people
    who were murdered, harmed, or displaced in the horror of Nazi persecution,
    and whose communities were destroyed.

In your mercy, help us to learn to accept our differences without fear
    and cleanse our hearts of all hatred.

So may every human community flourish and every home be secure,
    to the advancement of your loving purposes
    and the glory of your name.

                                               Amen.


Holocaust Memorial Day - logo

Ymddiriedolaeth Diwrnod Cofio'r Holocost yw'r elusen
sy'n hyrwyddo a chefnogi
Diwrnod Cofio'r Holocost yn y DU

Holocaust Memorial Day - Information


More information can be found about Holocaust Memorial Day
on the website of the
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.



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23 January 2020

Jerusalem

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, along with many other world leaders, attended an event in Jerusalem to remember the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi 'death camp' at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Prince Charles spoke to the huge audience saying that "hatred and intolerance still lurk in the human heart".


Prince Charles
  HRH Prince Charles at Yad Vashem  in Jerusalem : 23 January 2020’


Heads of State gathered at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, on 23rd January 2020 for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nazi ‘death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau being liberated by Soviet troops on 27th January 1945.

During his speech the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier acknowledged that ‘the worst crime in the history of humanity was committed by my countrymen’.  He added: ‘Seventy five years later after the liberation of Auschwitz I stand before you all as President of Germany and laden with the heavy historical burden of guilt.’

Other guests at the event included the Prince of Wales, the Russian President Vladimir Putin and France’s President Emmanuel Macron.

During his speech the Prince of Wales urged world leaders to learn the lessons of the past and combat hatred and intolerance.  Condemning the scourge of anti-Semitism, Charles described the extermination of six million Jewish people during the Second World War as a ‘universal human tragedy’ affecting all, not just the families of those killed by the Nazi regime.

He went on to warn that ‘hatred and intolerance still lurk in the human heart’ but society must remain ‘resolute in resisting words and acts of violence’ and that the story of ‘incomprehensible humanity’ must not be forgotten.

Charles said: ‘The Holocaust was an appalling Jewish tragedy, but it was also a universal human tragedy, and one which we compound if we do not heed its lessons.’  He told the guests the stories of the Holocaust belonged to many of those in the hall and Jewish people across the globe.

The Prince added: ‘But we must never forget that they are also our story: a story of incomprehensible inhumanity, from which all humanity can and must learn.  Warning that intolerance was never far away, he said: ‘We must be vigilant in discerning these ever-changing threats; we must be fearless in confronting falsehoods and resolute in resisting words and acts of violence.’

Charles also paid tribute to the ‘selfless actions’ of his grandmother, Princess Alice, who in 1943 while living in Nazi-occupied Greece, sheltered a Jewish family in her own home.

In 1993 Yad Vashem bestowed the title of Righteous Among The Nations on her and she is buried at the nearby Mount of Olives.  Charles described the title as ‘a fact which gives me and my family immense pride.’


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/23/prince-charles-warns-world-leaders-hatred-holocaust-remembrance-speech-12113341/?ito=cbshare

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said ‘hatred and intolerance still lurk in the human heart’


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/23/prince-charles-warns-world-leaders-hatred-holocaust-remembrance-speech-12113341/?ito=cbshare

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18-25 January 2020

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


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6 JANUARY 2020 : EPIPHANY


Epiphany is an ancient Christian festival and is celebrated across the world in numerous ways.

In Western churches it is mainly associated with the visit of the Magi (the 'wise men') to the infant Jesus when God revealed himself to the world through the incarnation (the birth) of Jesus.

According to the Holy Bible in the Gospel of St Matthew (Chapter 2:verse 11) they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Epiphany - gifts

The Gospel account indicates that the Magi had been following a star which led them to the place where they found Jesus, his mother Mary and Joseph:

Epiphany - a star

Venus (a planet) is not the star which the Magi followed but, other than the Moon, it is the brightest 'light' presently visible in the evening sky.  It can remind us of the lovely Epiphany Carol
by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898):

As with gladness, men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright
So, most glorious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him Whom Heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

In the heavenly country bright,
Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There forever may we sing
Alleluias to our King!

 

 Or as the Gospel of St Matthew (Chapter 2, verse 10) puts it:

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”

 

This event is re-enacted by some children:

Epiphany - children

 

In Eastern churches, Epiphany usually celebrates the baptism of Jesus by St John the Baptist,
in the River Jordan:

Epiphany - Jesus Baptism

Alternatively it also commemorates Jesus' first miracle at the Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee,
where he turned jars of water into high quality wine:

Epiphany - Cana  Magi


Finally Epiphany could represent the flight of the Holy Family into Eygpt
in order to escape Herod's anger and the murder of boys under 2 years, in Bethlehem:

Epiphany - Flight into Eygpt

 

All of these celebrations and images seek to illustrate 'Epiphany'
- which means 'the showing forth' or 'revelation' of Jesus to non-Jews (that is, the Gentiles) -
on various occasions during His life.



 

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new year's DAY : 1 JANUARY 2020 &

new year's eve : 31 December 2019


Dymunwn flwyddyn newydd fendithiol a heddychlon i chi
(We wish you a glorious and peaceful New Year)

Great Clock, Elizabeth Tower, London : 00.00.01  1 January 2020

Great Clock, Elizabeth Tower, London


Palace of Westminster, London : 1 January 2020

  Palace of Westminster, London 1 January 2020 - b  Palace of Westminster, London 1 January 2020 - a

London Eye : 1 January 2020

      The London Eye    London Eye 2


     London Eye 3    London Eye 4


London Eye 5

London Eye 6


     River Thames, London 1   River Thames, London 2


London Eye x



Auckland, New Zealand : Midnight 31 December 2019

Auckland, New Zealand - Midnight 31 December 2019


Sydney, Australia : Midnight 31 December 2019

Sydney, Australia - Midnight 31 December 2019


Sydney, Australia - Midnight 31 December 2019


Sydney, Australia - Midnight 31 December 2019


Sydney, Australia - Midnight 31 December 2019


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THE FEASTDAY OF ST jOHN THE EVANGELIST
27 December 2019


One of special days (a Feastday) which the Order observes is that of Saint John, the Apostle and Evangelist.

St John the Evangelist


In the first extract from the Holy Bible below we read St John's own accound of his encounter with Jesus.  The second piece is from St John's Gospel.  St John is sometimes depicted as an eagle and similarly used in church lecterns to hold the Bible - carrying the Word of God across the world.

The Epistle

1 St. John 1.1-end

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, That God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all un-righteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.


St John the Evangelist - lectern


The Gospel

St. John 21.19-end

Jesus said unto Peter, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, That that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they should be written every one, I suppose, that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.

St John the Evangelist


A Prayer

Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church,
that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John
may so walk in the light of thy truth,
that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.



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CHRISTMAS 2019



Christmas - 2017

Illuminated Letter 'A' - Venturino Mercati (c. 1450-1500)



At this most Holy and Joyful Christmas time we sent our very Best Wishes and Blessings to Knights and Dames of the Supreme Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem throughout the world and to the hundreds of others who visit these pages on a daily basis.


A Blessing

May God
(the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - Ever and Only One)

bless, preserve and keep you safe

in His Love and Care today

and in the New Year ahead

Amen.

The Grand Prior of Wales


In the Holy Bible, the Gospel of St John tells us who the Babe at Bethlehem is - none other than Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, the Creator and Lord of All .....

John 1: 1 ─ 14

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.  8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  9 That was the true Light, which gives light to every man coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

12 But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Peace

 

 

KTW - Banner Small
 
  Non Nobis, Domine, Non Nobis,
Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam

 

 

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Christmas Eve - 24 December 2019

Bethlehem - Christmas Eve 2019
A Christian pilgrim kisses an icon of the Virgin Mary
as she visits the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Christmas Eve 24 December 2019


Christmas Eve - Surabaya, East Java - 2019
Surabaya, East Java
Christmas Eve 24 December 2019



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[Advent Sunday 1 December 2019 to Christmas]

Advent Candles

 

O Lord our God,
make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,
he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service
and joyful in his praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
                                          Amen.


Advent Star

 

FROM THE GRAND PRIOR & SPIRITUAL PROTECTOR
OF THE GRAND PRIORY OF WALES

A BLESSING

      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

      May Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you,

      scatter the darkness from before your path,

      and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;

and

      Mae Bendith Duw Hollalluog,          The blessing of God Almighty,

      y Tad, y Mab a'r                            the Father, the Son, and

        Ysbryd Glân,                                  the Holy Spirit,

      a fo yn eich plith ac                        be among you and

      a drigo gyda chwi yn wastad.          remain with you always.

      Amen.                                           Amen.

 



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Remembrance Tide

Lest We Forget

    Poppy Logo - 1     

Remembance Soldier 1Poppy Wreath  Remembance Soldier 2

Remembrance - Red Cross women

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Armistice Day : 11 November 2019

     1918 - Battlefield, France  2019 - Thiepval, France
                1918 - Battlefield, France                                  2019 - Thiepval, France                                      
                                 11.00am 11 November 2019

  Westminister Abbey   Whitehall, The Cenotaph                        Westminster Abbey                                              Whitehall, The Cenotaph


    The Last Post    The Salute
  The National Memorial Arboretum - Gurkhas (गोरखाली) on Parade

                           A Prayer for the Fallen

Remember, O Lord

     all those who have died the death of honour and

     are departed in the hope of resurrection to Eternal Life,

     especially the Officers, Men and Women

     of our Sea, Land and, Air Forces,

     to whom it was given to lay down their lives

     for the cause of Freedom and Justice.

In your heavenly place of Light,

     where pain, sorrow, tears and mourning are no more,

     give them rest, O Lord, the Lover of all people.

Grant this for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Amen.

Poppy Pin - We Will Remember     Poppy Pin - All Gave Some


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In memoria aeterna erit iustus.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

The just shall be in everlasting remembrance.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them,

 

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Remembrance Sunday : 10 November 2019


Remembrance Sunday 1


Poppy Pin

Remembrance Sunday - HMQ Remembrance Sunday - Price of Wales

Festival of Remembrance - Bugler

Prince Charles lays the Queens wreath
Prince Charles lays the Queen's wreath at The Cenotaph


The Queen wipes away a tear

Her Majesty, The Queen, wipes away a tear


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The Fall of the Berlin Wall : 9 November 1989

Berlin Wall - Crowd   Berlin Wall - on the wall

Berlin Wall Celebrations


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All Souls' Tide : 2 November 2019

   Crowned Cross

Non Nobis, Domine, Non Nobis,
Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam

 

 At this All Souls' Tide we remember past Knights Templar
and particularly those who have kept the Christian Faith
in their lives, actions, homes, hearts and minds.

Especially we give thanks to God for those who have died for the Faith.

Therefore we recall those Knights Templar who have suffered martyrdom,
including Jacques de Molay (the last medieval Grand Master) and
Geoffroi de Charnay (the Master of Normandy)
who were cruellly burnt at the stake in Paris in March1314
on the false orders of the King of France, Philip IV (known as Philip the Fair)


Arms - Jacques de Molay
Jacques de Molay - Coat of Arms
 
 
Jacques de Molay - Execution
Depiction of the Martyrdom of
Jacques de Molay, Grand Master and
Geoffroi de Charney, Master of Normandy




Nearer to home we remember our Patron Saint, St Thomas Cantilupe (1218-1282),
also known as St Thomas of Hereford.
He was a Provincial Grand Master of the Order
and Bishop of Hereford (including parishes in Wales):


  St Thomas Cantilupe - window    St Thomas Cantelupe - Hereford    St Thomas Cantilupe - Hambleden


Locally we recall our brother Knights Templar of the Grand Priory of Wales
who have passed from our sight in recent times:

Chevalier Brian Ansen
Chevalier David Bergstrom
Chevalier Jonathan Griffiths



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In memoria aeterna erit iustus.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

The just shall be in everlasting remembrance.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them,

 

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1 November 2019

All Saints Day - 1

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you -
the riches of his glorious inheritance in his saints

[Ephesians 1: 18]



The well-known hymn "For all the saints" is a favourite with Templars.
It expresses our hope and trust in the future and
calls upon us to follow the example of our forebears:


1 For all the saints who from their labours rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

2 Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

3 O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win with them the victor's crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

4 O blest communion, fellowship divine,
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

5 And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

6 The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful warrior cometh rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

7 But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on his way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

8 From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Words: William Walsham How (1864)
Tune (Sine Nomine): Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)

 


All Saints Day - 3




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