The Knights Templar of America

Welcome to the Knights Templar “OSMTJ Grand Priory of America” (OSMTJ = Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem).  The Knights Templar are a Christian (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox) fraternal and chivalric Order.  Our Order has no Masonic or political affiliations. We are ecumenical meaning we are not affiliated with any single denomination but represent all of Christendom.

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Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jerusalem

The reasons for the order are to:

– Practice works of mercy,  charity, and benevolence.

– 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.

– Preserve and defend Jerusalem.

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It is all about HIS Glory

We exist, not to build our own kingdoms, but to build the kingdom of Almighty God through HIS son, Jesus Christ.  They say 100% of the work gets done by 10% of the workers in any church.  Consider these Knights, lady Dames, Chaplains, Sergeants, Companion at Arms and Squires the top 10% of the 10%.  We are governed by the following virtues.

Faith
“Faith,” of course, refers to trust and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. A Knight or Dame is always faithful to Christ.

Courage
More than bravado or bluster, today’s Knights and Dames must have the courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved.

Charity
Referring to the ancient call for a Knight or Dame to “to defend, to their uttermost, the weak, the orphan, the widow and the oppressed.” (Based on Psalms 82:3 – 4)

Justice
A Knight or Dame holds him or herself to the highest standard of behavior, and knows that ethical laxity often weakens the fabric of society for everyone.

Mercy
Words and attitudes can be painful weapons in the modern world, which is why a Knight or Dame exercises mercy in his or her dealings with others, creating a sense of peace and community, rather than engendering hostility and antagonism.

Generosity
Sharing what’s valuable in life means not just giving away material goods, but also time, attention, wisdom and energy — the things that create a strong, rich and diverse community.

Nobility
Although this word is sometimes confused with “entitlement” or “privilege” in the code of chivalry it conveys the importance of upholding one’s convictions at all times, especially when no one else is watching.

Hope
More than just a safety net in times of tragedy, hope is present every day in a modern knight’s positive outlook and cheerful demeanor — the shining armor that shields him or her, and inspires people all around.

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