Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ)

Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jerusalem
Orden Soberana y Militar del Temple de Jerusalem (OSMTJ)
Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani (OSMTH)

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1804, in present form, although roots go back to a Charter left by Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the H-XH4157 - Knights Templar, on his execution in 1307. Following this persecution, the Order perpetuated itself in secret with an uninterrupted line of Grand Masters until Mar 1705, Versailles (France), at a convention of Templars held by a number of French nobles who elected as 41st Grand Master the Regent of France, thus providing an official renewal and legitimization of the Order of the Temple as a Secular Military Order of Chivalry, and also the right to resume the use of "sovereign" in the title. Following World War II the Order spread worldwide, with many Grand Priories claiming autonomous status. U-XK1942 - International Federative Alliance of the OSMTJ was set up in 1989, to unite autonomous and semi-autonomous Grand Priories of Knights Templar worldwide.


As a truly international and ecumenical order, with members not restricted to any single Christian denomination: promote Christianity, charity and chivalry; seek God and raise moral standards; emphasize love and respect; increase understanding between religions; maintain a Christian presence in the Holy Land; support the poor, the sick, and the unjustly accused; stand against oppression; protect freedom of speech; encourage the noble ideals of chivalry; maintain the monuments, archives and history of the Knights Templar.


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Priories of Templar Knights and Dames in many countries. Working Committees, set up following meeting in May 1997, Lisbon (Portugal), study procedures necessary to achieve unity among Priories.

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