Christian Concord of the Temple of Jerusalem-CCTJ

This Concord is a separate chapter of CHCCH.  The Christian Concord of the Temple of Jerusalem is for men and women who practice within their everyday lives the legitimate ethos of a chivalric Christian religious order, and are committed to:

  • Uphold the teachings of Jesus Christ, Christian belief and its values.
  • Protect and uphold the rights and dignity of all people regardless of beliefs, faith, ethnicity or culture.
  • Work quietly and continually to help the vulnerable and most in need within our communities, with humility, strength of will and when required with courage and self-sacrifice.
  • Practice direct and ‘face to face’ good works, which others may not wish to do.
  • Approach people in need with integrity, sensitivity, compassion, practical guidance and spiritual support.
  • Protect and defend our Christian Heritage with knowledge, conviction of belief and faith.

This Concord is for individuals who practice and aspire to the highest standards of integrity, honesty, compassion, selfless motive and chivalric Christian practice.  

The Concord follows the ethos of ‘The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon,’ (Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici).

“Non nobis Domine, non nobis; sed Nomini Tuo da gloriam.”

“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us; but unto Thy Name be given all honour and glory.”

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The Crucifixion by Dreux Budé Master, possibly André d’Ypres before 1450 AD.

Chant of the Templars (Hymn of the Templars), Non nobis Domine ….

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 motto and inscribed the verse on their flag, the ‘Baucent’: Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini Tuo da gloriam (“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy Name be given all honour and 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, 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 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.

 

A dedicated website is being constructed for the Christian Concord of the Temple of Jerusalem – CCTJ.  The website URL will be added shortly.

CCTJ Contact:  For enquiries please contact Leigh Chojnowski, email add:

legatusv@yahoo.co.uk