My introductory video is up on AirMaria as promised. It also appears here on MaryVictrix in the side bar. Look for the next episodes over the next few weeks.
Thanks for all those who participated in the discussion last night.
I have decided to make some videos on the subject. I will be posting the first in the next couple of days. Here is what to expect (a video on each topic):
- Introduction: True Templar Secrets
- The Temple of the Order
- The Templars and the Two Swords
- The Templars and the Holy Grail
- The Templars and the Holy Sepulcher
Okay, that is a bit of grandstanding, I admit. But now that I have your attention send me an email so I can hook you electronically in to the discussion beginning at 8:10 pm tomorrow night and we will have some valuable (and largely unknown) lessons to be learned from the real wisdom of the Templars, men of prayer and action. Or better yet, come to the friary in Griswold for the holy hour at 7:00 Pm, followed by the discussion. Should be interesting. Look forward to seeing you.
BTW, we will be using something a bit more sophisticated and useful than live-streaming this time around.
The Holy Father has been taking a beating lately on behalf of his sinful sons in the priesthood. ”The pope will have much to suffer,” Our Lady told the children at Fatima. This has been realized in every pope since the time of the apparitions, but we wonder if Our Lady had these days and this pope particularly in mind.
None of us should be particularly surprised or even disturbed by the assaults of the enemies of the Church. This is nothing new or unexpected. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry? Our Lord said on the day he died (Lk23:31). History has played itself out, just as he predicted.
It is the height of hypocrisy for secularists to act horrified by unnatural vice within the Church when they are its biggest advocates. But it is even worse for a wolf to cloth himself in the robes of a shepherd. We have put the rope in our enemies’ hands.
En route to Portugal on Tuesday, Benedict was asked if the suffering of John Paul contained in Fatima’s third secret could be extended to encompass the suffering of the church today concerning the clerical abuse scandal.
Benedict affirmed it could, arguing that the Fatima message doesn’t respond to a particular situation or time but offers a “fundamental response” to the constant need for penance and prayer.
“In terms of what we today can discover in this message, attacks against the pope or the church don’t come just from outside the church,” he told reporters. “The suffering of the church also comes from within the church, because sin exists in the church. This, too, has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way.”
The evil within the Church is especially terrifying because it has not done more to restore our militancy. Where has been the outrage? Why did the Church not protect the innocent once pastors knew what was happening? Leon Podles has written on the subject of anger and the sex scandal. Katie van Schaijik at The Linde has an interesting commentary on Podles’ article.
The ethics of chivalry originally arose out of the need to moderate the ferociousness of masculine aggressiveness. Today it needs to be restored in order to validate masculine authority and the role of fathers. This is not to say that the moderation of chivalry is not necessary today. Militancy and Chivalry are not necessarily identical and there are many divisions within the Church that exist because of arrogance and a lack of charity. But child molestation is a no-brainer.
The way of Chivarly is the hard road. It admits of no extremes and makes demands on all sides. No rest for the weary. No convalescing for the wounded. On your feet and fight. On your feet and tend to the needy.
Here is an interesting take on the culture of Twitter which is appropriate to this subject. Fight the good fight, with the emphasis on good.
Yesterday, I made a phenomenal discovery—or at least I think it is. I was looking on YouTube for any tracks from an CD of Ensemble Organum called Chante Corse, which are Franciscan chants from 17-18 century Corsica. I always loved the Eastern flavor. Listen for example to the Tantum Ergo.
But what I discovered blew me away. Ensemble Organum has also produced a CD of chants from—ready for this?—the Knights Templar. Apparently, the chants are from 12th century manuscripts found in the Temple in Jerusalem. Here are the real Templar lost secrets and ancient wisdom and—guess what?—its all Catholic. No Templar baloney here.
I am linking to several videos from YouTube that feature tracks off the CD.
The first is Crucem Sanctam Subiit:
Crucem sanctam subiit,
qui infernum confregit,
accinctus est potentia,
surrexit die tertia. Alleluia.
Lapidem quem reprobaverunt
aedeficantes factus est
caput anguli, alleluia.
He bore the Holy Cross,
who broke the power of hell;
He was girded with power
He rose again the third day, alleluia
The stone that the architects rejected
became the cornerstone, alleluia.
It is half chant and half military march, as the Templars were both monks and knights. Awesome:
The other track I am posting is the Templar version of the Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen). One version of the origin of this Marian antiphon in such common usage within the Western Church is that it was written as a crusader march:
It has also been attributed to Adhémar, Bishop of Podium (Puy-en-Velay), whence it has been styled “Antiphona de Podio” (Anthem of Le Puy). Adhémar was the first to ask permission to go on the crusade, and the first to receive the cross from Pope Urban II. “Before his departure, towards the end of October, 1096, he composed the war-song of the crusade, in which he asked the intercession of the Queen of Heaven, the Salve Regina” (Migne, “Dict. des Croisades”, s. v. Adhémar). He is said to have asked the monks of Cluny to admit it into their office, but no trace of its use in Cluny is known before the time of Peter the Venerable, who decreed (about 1135) that the anthem should be sung processionally on certain feasts.
Tremendous basso profundo drone!
I am blown away.