My Salute to the Knights Templar
( The "Poor fellow soldiers of Jesus Christ and the temple of Solomon")
The chant contains only 10 Latin words, (at top of above emblem) repeated 8 times:
Non nobis Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam (Latin)
Not to us , O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory (English)
Specifically, this is the opening sentence to Psalm 115. The adverb "non" means "not." The personal pronoun "nobis" means "to us." The noun "Domine" means "Lord." The conjunction "sed" means "but." The noun "nomini" means "name." The possessive adjective "tuo" means "your." The verb "da" means "give." The noun "glorium" means "glory."
The Latin text derives from Psalm 113:9 (according to the Vulgate numbering), which corresponds to Psalm 115:1 in the King James Version. The bottom of the emblem, in Latin is "Pauperas commilitones Christi templique Solominici hierosalemitanis", in English "Poor fellow soldiers of Jesus Christ and the temple of Solomon Jerusalem"
The white robe signified purity; and the red cross signified their willingness to die to protect Christianity; the cross is the color of blood and worn over the heart.
The "Beauceant", a Knight Templar flag. The Beauceant was the battle flag of the Templars, and the Vexillum Belli of the Order was a white banner, on which was displayed, in full size, the "Red Cross of the Order." This standard was unfurled at the headquarters of the Grand Master during time of war, but the Beauceant was always carried into the battle. This standard was known as the "Red Cross War Banner of the Order," and the Beauceant as the "Battle Flag of the Order."
The Templars were among the fiercest of Christian knights. Always prepared to die for their faith, and the defense of the Holyland.
Retreat was not allowed unless the flag had fallen, and even then, they were to combine with other Christian knights. Usually, this meant they fought to their death.
This "Seal of the Army (Soldiers) of Christ" (Sigillum Militum Xpisti) is one of the most famous seals of the Order of the Temple and belonged to the 19th Grand Master, Renaud de Vichiers: it represents two knights on one horse, with a spear pointing forwards and the horse galloping from dexter (right) to sinister (left). The knights are messengers of the Temple, heralding the Light from the East.
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"Misereŕtur nostri omněpotens Deus et, diměssis peccŕtis nostris, perdůcat nos ad vitam aetčrnam. In nomine Christi, Amen." (Latin) "May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. In Christ's name, Amen." (English)