Congratulations to our very own Art Davidge on being selected for the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Michigan, Meritorious Service Award at the Grand Conclave.
The reverse of our sesquicentennial commemorative coin inspired by the keystone of our original asylum.
The obverse of our sesquicentennial commemorative coin inspired by the crest of our original medal.
“And now, my dear brothers of the ancient and historic order of the Knights of the Templar, it is my privilege, and I gladly say to you, it is my privilege to address you in the close ties of a common responsibility and interest. Your historic order is committed in every detail and principle of its teachings and ritual to the upholding and vindication of this great hope and truth of human life. You are here because a dispensation has been committed to you to stand firm for the two pillars of the faith–'Jesus and the Resurrection.' All your past history, from the glorious enterprises of which the crusaders are a splendid illustration, ties you to a definite positive maintenance of the faith of the gospel. The gospel of Jesus is the raison d'etre of Templarism. As the other evening it was my privilege to take the obligations of your order, I felt as a Christian priest, how transcendently beautiful, how sublimely solemn, every teaching, every word, every sentiment of Templarism was. It was a revelation to me and all that the church is to me is brought to my heart with new beauty and fervor. A fine Knight Templar is a true Christian–must be–for Templarism means the Church. It has ever been the handmaid, the auxiliary of the church, it is not the church, it is true, but its ally, its defender, its exponent. Every Knight Templar, by the logic of his order and position, recognizes, vindicates, enters the church of God. Our danger is that we should not see this relationship, that the logic of your obligations should fail to carry you far enough and that we should remain outside the church door. Our place is within, and that because we are Knights Templar.”
“My brothers, Sir Knights, I pray for the choicest gifts and blessings of our common loving Father, upon your Commandery, upon every member of the same ‘in his vocation and ministry,’ and I pray each of us may go forward and take our place and do our full duty in the great army of our loving Captain, until in His loving wisdom He shall call us to the higher service of the other home.”
- Rev. William Hothersall Gardam, Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church Ypsilanti on the Easter following his knighting as a member of Ann Arbor Commandery No. 13, Knights Templar, April 19, 1897
Walt was an amazing mentor, leader, and mason. He served in the East of each of the York Rite bodies with distinction and was always available for counsel and fellowship even as his health failed. He will be dearly missed.
Come join us for our Ascension Observance being held at 7pm, May 6th at the Belleville Masonic Temple! It's open to the public and our first observance held in Belleville!
Come visit Ann Arbor Commandery No. 13, KT as it hosts the annual Southeastern Battalion Ascension Observance, featuring the official Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America, ascension observance ceremony. This event is open to the public and brothers and sir knights are encouraged to attend with their friends and families.
Sir Knights are requested to attend in uniform and all others, Sunday best.
Did you know that "Onward, Christian Soldiers" a hymn which has become synonymous with Commanderies of Knights Templar was written the same year that Ann Arbor Commandery was founded?
We say goodbye to a pillar of the Ann Arbor community, and a true friend, brother, and companion, Sandy Elden.
Congratulations to Chuck Nagy on being made a Knight Templar today! A
fantastic day of templary, and a successful inspection made possible by
sir knights from across the state.
Congratulations to Companion Albert DeFluri on being made a part of the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross.
Happy birthday to Past Grand Master, and member of the Ann Arbor York Rite, Richard Sands.
Take a look at the Belleville-Area Independent’s coverage of our move from Ann Arbor to Belleville.