Knights Templar

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Weekly Prayers

Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

From the Office of the Grand Priory Chaplains

Canon Philip Norwood                     22nd November 2019.

“Thy Kingdom come …”

We’ve just been commemorating the armistice in 1918 which brought to an end the ‘War to end all wars’. Sadly, that hope did not stand a chance. In Europe the Austro-Hungarian empire was broken, Russia was in turmoil, the Ottoman Empire was being carved up, and Italy, Germany and Spain were facing economic trials and nationalistic upheavals. Authority was up for grabs. Who was in charge of the world?

Pope Pius XI in 1925 wanted people to understand that in all this turmoil, the only true source of authority and rule was to be found in God through Jesus Christ. He designated a Sunday in October as the Feast of Christ the King. In 1969 the date was moved to the last Sunday in the Church’s year, the Sunday next before Advent or “Stir up” Sunday, and it is fitting that our thoughts about Christ’s Kingship are focused as the climax to all we have been learning during the year.

All Jesus’ teaching is centered on the Kingdom of God. “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” – so Mark gives us Jesus’ words at the beginning of his Gospel. “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” are the words pinned to the cross of the one who shows us what it means to say that God loves us. And all the parables he told to the crowds are stories to help us understand what it means to call God our King.

We who call ourselves ‘Poor Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple’ are pledged in loyalty to Christ as servants of the Kingdom of God. How does this influence our thinking and our actions? What is the strength of our loyalty to our King? What priorities do we stick to? Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we should ask ourselves these questions, for they are ultimately the most important for us.

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people, that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

And as we meditate on God’s Kingship in our lives, we pray for God’s blessing on our nations as politicians everywhere seek the right path for rule and authority in our lands.

“…thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.”

Please pray for others known to us: and never forget those who care for them in hospitals; care homes and within their own homes.

God bless,

Fr Philip