San Diego Area Commanderies
Generally, individual Commanderies operate under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Commanderies of their respective states – they, in turn, under the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the U.S.A. In the Commandery, the Chivalric Orders of Christian Knighthood are conferred as follows:
The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross
The Order of Knight of Malta
The Order of the Temple
The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross is founded upon Truth – a divine attribute, the foundation of every virtue. The Order of Knight of Malta, first called Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem, is known to have been in existence as early as 1099 A.D. It was the first organized body whose avowed purpose was the succor and care of the injured on a field of battle. The teaching of Christian application of Masonic precepts begins with this Order. The Order of the Temple is the crowning glory of York Rite Masonry; it has been characterized by many as the most solemn and impressive experience in Masonry.
Here the aspirant progresses step-by-step, the way trod by Jesus of Nazareth, until the empty tomb joins with the sprig of acacia to teach that as last, we shall dwell forever in realms of life and light eternal.
“The only argument which can be used against Knightly Orders as component parts of the Masonic System is that they are essentially Christian in their Character and scope. This arises, however, from the circumstances which are inseparably interwoven in the world’s history and which, therefore, cannot be annulled. We have inherited from the fathers’ aforetime an organization which, has for its symbol, the triumph of the Cross and which commemorates the deeds of its defenders. Having accepted the inheritance, we must adhere to the fact that was sealed in blood amid the din of arms and the carnage of battle.”– Warvelle
While Freemasonry demands only a belief in God, while Hindu, Mohammedan, Jew, and Gentile may worship around its altars, it cannot be deemed inconsistent that the Christian Freemason should establish a branch of the fraternity where he may be free to interpret the symbols of the Blue Lodge according to his religious belief. Thus, the Masonic Orders of Christian Knighthood are the logical outcome of the Christian Mason’s belief in Christ as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, whose hand will raise the dead to life and in whose Holy Name the True Word is found and restored at last. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Every Christian Mason should be a Knights Templar.
For further information about the Knights Templar, CONTACT a San Diego Area York Rite Commandery.