Who are Knights Templar?

The Knights Templar trace their origins back to the First Crusade in the 11th Century. They are descended from the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who cared for sick and wounded pilgrims in hospitals they created. Throughout the Crusades the Knights Templar distinguished themselves for their bravery and service. One of their most notable and lasting accomplishments was the construction of the Temple Church in London.

All Knights Templar are members of the world’s oldest fraternal organization known as The Free And Accepted Masons or more commonly known as Masons. However, not all Masons are Templars. Templary is part of the Masonic structure known as the “York Rite Of Freemasonry”. The Knights Templar operate on a local, state, national and international level. But their activities extend across international borders. Nationally, there is the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. The state level is called a Grand Commandery of Knights Templar. This organization represents members of a state or an area of equivalent size. Finally, the local level unit is called a Commandery of Knights Templar. There are nearly 1,600 Commanderies in communities across the United States, Germany, Italy and Mexico, with over 260,000 members. To petition a Commandery of Knights Templar for membership, you must first be a member of a Masonic Lodge and other pre-requisite bodies, and must profess a belief in the Christian religion.

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