Crucem Sanctam subiit
A military chant from the Knights Templars (the real ones) in honor of the Resurrection and Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
He bore the holy cross
who shattered hell
He was girded with power
He rose on the third day. Alleluia!
Considering the fact that I have blogged quite a bit on the Templars in the past, I thought I might be obliged to take time out from my book to write something about the reptile, Anders Behring Breivik, who claims some kind of affiliation with the Templars. That turns out to be more Templar baloney.
I am not going to waste much time on this, as his manifesto is revealed to be what one would expect, mostly a cut and paste of any kind of conservatism he could find to justify his racism and his plans for violent revolution. Not that conservative thought leads to the recent events in Norway any more than liberal thought necessarily leads to the dirty deeds of Bill Ayers.
When I first read that Brievik was supposedly a “Christian Fundamentalist,” I thought to myself that he is more than likely some kind of esoteric “Christian.” In fact, he is a Freemason, but that does not explain things either, because Norwegian Freemasonry is a “rectified rite” that has jettisoned the myth about the Templar origins of the Masons.
Brievik has founded his own “church.” It is of a cut and paste construction, just like his manifesto: part Christian, part neopagan Odinist, part Freemason and whatever. I would also add that his church is Nazi as well, but he says that Nazism has been so demonized that “it is pointless to try to resurrect it in any way or form.” His interest in Christianity is about cultural unity for Europe through the common patrimony that Christianity offers. He says he is not interested in a relationship with Jesus. He is interested in his Norse and European cultural and racial heritage. And kill anyone who gets in the way.
In spite of his claim that he is a member of a larger cell, I will be surprised if that turns out to be true. I think he is a lone nutbag, at least in terms of his terrorist agenda.
I once speculated that Europe’s choice to ignore its Christian patrimony in the formation of the European Union would result in the rise of nationalist fascism with a pseudo-Christian face. There you have it. Brievik has probably done what others have thought about doing but who were not crazy enough to actually do. Europe has abandoned Christianity and that is a huge void to fill—rather it is a void that cannot be filled. So Europe swirls with the liberal culture of death, Islamism and fascism. Did I mention neopaganism?
The spirit of Benedict, Patron of Europe, resides in the heart of our Holy Father who, commenting on this tragedy said:
I want to again repeat my grief-stricken appeal to all to abandon forever the way of hatred and to run away from the logic of evil.
Shortly after his election to the pontificate the Holy Father explained the importance of the Patron of Europe and his relation to the name of the new pope:
he constitutes a fundamental point of reference for the unity of Europe and a powerful call to the irrefutable Christian roots of European culture and civilization.”
His point was for the people of Europe “to hold firm Christ’s central position” in their lives.
Brievik mentions among other things the Battle of Vienna and the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Unfortunately, he entirely misses the point. Whose side is Our Lady on? And a better question would be: Who is on Her side? This battle is not of flesh and blood but of principalities and powers. Catholics need their fortitude back, but we can do without the romantic pieties of externalist chivalry.
Brievik is a chivalric fool, spouting crusading platitudes and quoting St. Bernard’s In Praise of the New Knighthood, and then writing the following.
While being chivalrous is a good thing in ordinary day-to-day life, it will undoubtfully be fatal in any armed confrontation.
This Templar is a pure romantic. What does he think chivalry was for, if not armed confrontation? What he means by explaining away the purpose of chivalry is that one should not lack the pragmatism and cynicism to kill women. Apparently, he forgot to mention the necessity of killing children in that section. He gets all dressed up in his Templar tux: a knight in shining armor, phonier than Lancelot.
Brievik is a self-proclaimed pragmatist, and a conspiracy nut, who in one breath ridicules conspiracy theory and then posits his own without blinking.
Brievik’s case is an example of conservative cultural engineering in the hands of a madman. We have seen it before. What Brievik has lacked is a charismatic personality. He seems to have been pretty much a reclusive pseudo-intellectual who could not invest his time and energy in anything so philistine as deep personal relationships. I guess it is easier to kill that way.
I think cultural engineering is a bad idea in anyone’s hands. The long and the short of it is that culture is the result of organic change that takes place with the transformation of hearts and minds, usually over a long period of time with the cost of the blood, sweat and tears of a people’s ancestors. Someone has to be willing to build a cathedral knowing that he will never see it finished.
What we need is Our Lady of Victory. We had better be careful about what crusades we call and the drums we beat and the pseudo-elites we try to create. Marian chivalry is a thing altogether different.
May God have mercy on the souls of Brievik’s victims and may God bring consolation to those who this killer has left bereaved. And May God have mercy on his soul, as hard as that is to pray for.
May God have mercy on us all.
The Templar Secrets
The series is now complete. All the videos are in the side bar as well.
The purpose of this series is to extract, examine and meditate upon the Catholic ideals of the Knights Templar in order to draw out the true “mysticism” of chivalry found there and to dispel the nonsense that has proceeded from the Freemasons and conspiracy theorists.
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):
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.
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.