Templar Hymn: Part of Psalm 113 (In exitu Israel) was recited during the public worship liturgy of the Paschal vigil, the celebrants kneeling in a gesture of self-abasement when this verse was reached.
The Knights Templar adopted the Psalm as the Order’s’s motto and inscribed the verse on their war flag, the Baucent: Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini Tuo da gloriam (‘Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Thy name give glory’).
The division of chapters in the book of Psalms during the 12th -13th centuries was different from what is in a modern Bible. Therefore, simply looking at the text of the King James Bible (KJV) or the New International Version (NIV) might be confusing. In modern editions the Templar motto begins Psalm 115. In actuality, the complete battle hymn probably resembled what we see in medieval manuscripts. The two texts, now known as Psalm 114 and Psalm 115, were combined into a single Psalm, now identified as Psalm 113 in the Vulgate (the commonly used text of the Latin Bible). This Psalm begins with the words In exitu Israhel de Aegypto (‘When Israel went out of Egypt’). The entire congregation would typically kneel during this phrase.
Catedral de Santiago – Bilbao, España.