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Knights Templar
RMC Chaplain Invested as a Knight Templar

Major Eric Reynolds

Padre (Major) Eric Reynolds, the senior chaplain at the Royal Military College of Canada, was formally invested into the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ) on October 1, 2005 at a colourful ceremony conducted at Saint James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto. Padre Reynolds was posted to RMC this past summer after having spent two years as the Chief Instructor of the Canadian Forces Chaplain School and Centre in CFB Borden. He is an Anglican priest from the diocese of Montreal and has been a military chaplain since 1985.

The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem is also commonly known as the Knights Templar and is founded on the principles first adopted by the Templars in 1118 A.D. The Middle Ages saw the emergence of two knightly Orders: the Order of Malta with a specific mission to hospitals, and the Knights Templar whose role was to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land.

Today the Knights Templar is a secular-military order of chivalry – a knighthood which is intended for accomplished Christian military and civilian men (Knights) and women (Dames) who have demonstrated that they possess high ethical and moral principles and who wish to carry on the ideals of the Order. Like the Knight Templars of old, the Order operates as a modern day network of educated professionals such as senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, senior clergy, military officers, physicians and surgeons, engineers and historians. These members of the Order provide both a highly respected body of expertise and a credible influential voice to support the less fortunate of the world, and to promote the time-tested chivalric ideals of honour, honesty, civility, tolerance, care of others, and support for ecumenical religious faith throughout individual nations and throughout the world community.

The virtues of faith, hope and charity are the guiding lights of the Knights Templar whose members wish to serve, just as the original knights had served. The Latin motto of the Order is: “Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomine Tuo ad gloriam” and is translated: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory.” The word, not the sword, is the weapon of the modern Templar Knights. That word is used to serve peace, to help the oppressed, to assist humanity, to promote education, and to promote and propagate those values that represent the best of the Christian and humanistic chivalric traditions. But for every Knight Templar, action must follow those words!

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