Order of the Knights of Christ of the Temple of Jerusalem (Ordo Militiae Christi Templi Hierosolymitani) refers to spirituality and tradition of the mediaeval Knights Templar Order.
The OMCTH is the International Federation of autonomous priories under Spiritual Protection of His Beatitude Joseph I, Patriarch of Antioch, all the East, Alexandria and Jerusalem for the Melkite Catholics.
Headquarters of the Federation OMCTH is in the City of Cologne (Germany).
Seat of the OMCTH Grand Priory of Poland is the City of Katowice.
Who can become Knight Temlar?
Member of the Order may become: Catholic, man or woman, both secular or clerical, meeting the requirement under the Statute General and other laws.
There are three kinds of membership in the Order according to laws and duties:
– Knights (Chevaliers) and Dames Templar,
– Squire of the Order.
Members of the Order can not belong to organizations, associations and parties which activities are contrary to God and the doctrine and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
What are the duties of a member of the Order?
Members of the Order should give with their life a real example of Christian values in everyday life, both family and professional life.
Most of Templars are secular and their everyday life in some way affects and interference with life of others.
What is charisma of the Order?
The Order takes work of the lay apostolate – is preparing to launch courses and school of the New Evangelization.
The Order supports poor, disabled and children from dysfunctional families.
The Order actively supports evangelization by peregrinations of the Relics provided to the Order:
– Saint Andrzej Świerad (Andreas Zoerardus) and Saint Benedict the Martyr, eremites (ex ossibus) – provided by H.E Bishop Viliam Judak of Nitra,
– Saint Faustyna Kowalska, nun, Apostless of Divine Mercy (ex ossibis) – provided by the Convent of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki (Sanctuary of Divine Mercy)
– Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, presbyter and martyr (ex ossibus) – provided by H.E Archbishop Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz of Warsaw,
– Blessed John Paul II, pope (ex sanguine) – provided by H.E Archbishop Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz of Cracow,
– Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (ex tunicae) – provided by the Postulation in Rome
– The Holy Land (The Holy Sepulchre, The Cenacle, The Gethsemani and the Golgotha) – provided by the Custody of the Holy Land.
The Order supports Christian, but especially Catholics in the Holy Land and in the Levant.
What are duties of the member of the Order?
Member of the Order is required to:
– compliance with standards and rules adopted in the Order,
– compliance with the Statute General and other laws of the Order,
– participate in the annual Convention or religious retreat, and in the Convent of the Investiture,
– support the works of the Order according to his/her abilities, even if only by prayer,
– pay the annual oblation for the Order in the amount not less than 100 euros.
How can one become Knight Templar?
1. Please obligatory send following documents:
– the Candidate Aplication,
– motivation letter (written by one’s own hand – handwritten),
– statement (may be handwritten) that the candidate has not been convicted for intentional crimes.
2. Additional documents can be attached, to witness professional, non-professional, religious, charitable and other activities.
3. The Gread Commander starts the application procedure after receiving complete of documents. Important: sending documents is not compare with joining the Order.
4. The application procedure consists at least one obligatory meeting with candidate.
5. The Investiture is held once a year.
6. After the application procedure in completed, the Postulant (Candidate permitted to be invested) pays an initiation fee of 100 euros and also pays for Order’s Regalia and Mantle.
7. Knight/Dame Templar receives a certification and some other gifts.
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