New Albany Commandery, No. 29
Ever since the early to mid 13th century, when German knight Wolfram von Eschenbach identified them as such in his epic poem Parzival, the legendary Knights Templar have been closely associated with the mythical Knights of the Holy Grail. While no hard historical evidence has ever been produced establishing a direct connection between these two chivalric orders, in the paragraphs which follow will be demonstrated the notion that the influence of Von Eschenbach’s association may have played heavily into the development of the Templar knighting ceremony as it is practiced to this day by the Commandery of the York Rite of Freemasonry. It is on this account that the author has come to view Masonic Templary as something of a modern guardian of the authentic Grail tradition. Given the sensitive nature of the subject matter at hand, it has been necessary that the author take certain precautionary measures so as to avoid any violation of his Obligation as a Knight Templar. Such being the case, any apparent interruption in the continuity of the paper should be taken a direct reflection of the difficulty in the author’s task of conveying his platform under the stated necessary precautions.
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