Freemason’s Secrets: The True Descendants of the Knights Templar (Freemasons Secrets Book 1)

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He also claimed to have met two of the "unknown superiors" who directed all of masonry, one of whom was Prince Charles Edward Stuart. The order went into decline when he failed to produce any evidence to support his claims, and was wound up shortly after his death.

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This lodge now began to grant dispensations to other lodges to confer the Knights Templar Degree. Templar masonry in England entered a new era in , with the formation of its first Grand Conclave, with Thomas Dunckerley as Grand Master. At that time, there were eight known Templar encampments in England, the most senior being the Encampment of Redemption at York, and the Baldwyn encampment at Bristol, at whose request Dunckerley began his mission. Under his leadership, the number of encampments steadily grew until his death in Stasis then followed, until in their Royal Patron, Duke of Kent , became Grand Master himself, re-energising the society and launching it into an era of growth and development.

Dunckerley laid the foundation for this not only by promoting the order, but by standardising the ritual and insisting on proper record keeping. Depending upon the geographical jurisdiction, the Knights Templar exist either as part of the York Rite or as an independent organization. Though the York Rite and the independent versions share many similarities there are key differences which are described below. Outside the York Rite, membership is by invitation only. Local bodies of Knights Templar are known as Preceptories ; local bodies of Knights of St Paul are known as Chapters; local bodies of Knights of Malta are known as Priories; all operate under a Grand or Great Priory , often with an intermediate level of Provincial Priories.

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Although some jurisdictions maintain a separate Great Priory of the Temple and Great Priory of Malta as, for example, in England , the Grand Master and other officers of both Great Priories hold simultaneous equal office in both bodies. Three degrees are administered in this system:. They had been carried away by the Babylonian armies when the first Temple was destroyed.

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In presenting his plea before the King, the companion gives a powerful testimony to the almighty force of Truth. The ritual places the candidate in the role of Zerubbabel and follows him through his journey to King Darius in Persia and his role in the Immemorial Discussion, as found in the apocryphal book, 1 Esdras. The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross teaches the lessons of the triumph of truth. This degree is conferred as a prerequisite to becoming a Knight of Malta, in both the York Rite and independent 'stand-alone' versions of Knight Templar Freemasonry.

The exact status of the 'Mediterranean Pass' has at times led to confusion as to whether this is the 'stub' of a separate degree. The English ritual book clarified this in its edition and subsequent editions by stating: This degree is close to being a true 'side degree', in that a small group usually three of members of the degree take the candidate "to one side" i.

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The only respect in which the degree fails to meet the definition of a true 'side degree' is that a Chapter of the Order is formally opened and closed by the presiding officer, on either side of the secrets being communicated. This degree is universally associated with the Masonic Knights Templar. In the York Rite system it is conferred before the Templar Degree; in the 'stand-alone' tradition it is conferred subsequently to the Templar Degree. In practice this last and fullest version of the name tends to be reserved to letterheads, rituals, and formal documents.

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The ceremony for conferring the degree which is always worked in full contains a mixture of masonic tradition, historical accounts of the Order of St John, moral teaching, and the communication of modes of recognition between members. A series of banners is employed in the ceremony, each representing one of the great battles of the historic medieval Order of St John, whose story is the basis of the moral teachings of the degree.

The original medieval Order of Knights Templar was established after the First Crusade , and existed from approximately to There is no known historical evidence to link the medieval Knights Templar and Masonic Templarism, nor do the Masonic Knights Templar organizations claim any such direct link to the original medieval Templar organization.

The Knight Templar degree is associated with elaborate regalia costume the precise detail of which varies between nations. The ritual draws upon the traditions of medieval Knights Templar, using them to impart moral instruction consistent with the biblical teachings of the Christian tradition.

Some jurisdictions, however, allow members to skip over membership in a council.