fitting opening to this History quotes excerpts of an address
given by S.K. Herman E. Friedrich, P.C. May 3,1978, relating
to" ... the opening of every Commandery meeting when 'all
Present' Valiant Knights are solemnly admonished to govern themselves'
according to the Sublime principles of this Magnanimous order.'
It is appropriate to examine the meaning of the key words-Valiant,
Sublime, and Magnanimous. A Magnanimous person
is one showing high nobility of feeling and generosity of mind,
incapable of meanness or pettiness. Sublime principles
are those of lofty concept and high moral worth. Valiant
refers to one of courage, bravery and high physical and moral
strength. All human activities create continuous impressions of
some kind, either good or bad. No person, business, government,
or any activity remains dormant or static for any length of time
- it either advances or recedes. And so it is with our fraternity.
It has been said that principles unite men and sometime mere programs
divide them, because the programs themselves are not based upon
the lofty principles which we espouse. So these principles are
basic and are the foundation in our continuous quest to attract
the type of person we would emulate. In this quest we must emphasize
merit and quality on this high plane against mere unguarded quantity.
If we want to create the real meaning of persons with nobility
of feeling, generosity of mind, incapable of meanness or pettiness,
and of high moral worth, we must school ourselves in the fundamentals
of our heritage as against carelessness, and in great attention
to our basic principles. Only in such basic principles can we
hope to have others, who see us in our actions, personally wish
to become a Knight Templar. When we so act and think, our own
society must become more united and conforming to the opening
admonition of the Commander."
Knights Templar is a Christian-oriented fraternal organization
that was founded in the 11th century. Originally, the Knights
Templar were laymen who protected and defended Christians travelling
to Jerusalem. These men took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience,
and were renowned for their fierceness and courage in battle.
the Knights Templar display their courage and goodwill in other
ways. They organize fund-raising activities such as breakfasts,
dinners, dances, and flea markets. They support Masonic-related
youth groups and they raise millions of dollars for medical research
and educational assistance. All Knights Templar are members of
the world's oldest fraternal organization known as "The
Ancient Free And Accepted Masons" or more commonly
known as "Masons".
However, not all Masons are Templars. Templary is but a part of
the Masonic structure known as the "York
Rite Of Freemasonry".