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".