Knights Templar

The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

       
       

Weekly Prayers

Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom

From the Office of the Grand Priory Chaplains

Dame Mavis Jacobs

PENTECOST 2018.      

The Feast of Pentecost is, after Easter, the second most important festival in the Christian Church;   the day when the Apostles gathered together to observe the ancient Jewish equivalent of our harvest festival, fifty days after Passover; the day when the embryonic Church was energized and inspired by the Holy Spirit and equipped to carry out its mission to the world.

Christians of different traditions continue to debate as to how the Holy Spirit was manifested; did the Apostles speak in tongues, glossolalia, or did they develop a mutual understanding which transcended the barriers of language? One thing is certain; all Christians recognize the enabling and redeeming power of the Holy Spirit, which is why that power is invoked at Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination, significant moments in the life of a Christian. In England the festival is known as Whitsun. This derives from the Anglo-Saxon “hwita Sunnandaeg”, White Sunday and refers to the white robe worn for Baptism, which in the early English Church was commonly administered on this day.

There are many ‘passive’ Christian folk throughout the world; good people who live in harmony with those about them, cause offence to none, give charitably of time and wealth, are regular in worship and prayer but are reluctant to speak out in defence of others or of their faith. We would be poorer without them. However, as Templars we are called and have dedicated ourselves to go that extra mile. When we made our vows we committed to a more pro-active way of life; we are called to speak out, without fear, when we perceive wrong doing; we are to defend those unable to defend themselves; we are to engage actively in the affairs of our communities and nations. For our mutual vocation, we need the empowering strength of the Holy Spirit; without it we are feeble, even if well meaning.

Some years ago there was in Italy, an amusing advertisement for a particular brand of petrol – “mettere un tigre nel motore”. Put a tiger in the engine. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can put a tiger in the engine of the Order

“O God, who was pleased to send on thy disciples the Holy Spirit in the burning fire of thy love, grant to thy people to be able to be fervent in the unity of faith, that abiding in thee evermore, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in work; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We pray for peace in the Holy Land and all troubled areas of the world, that mutual understanding be afforded to all affected by unrest because of religious, racial and national identities.

May the power, strength and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.

Mavis.