The Rite of Dubbing: Templar Initiation

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The Rite of Dubbing: Templar Initiation

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:07 pm

The Rite of Dubbing: Templar Initiation

The initiation into the Order of St. Michael as a Templar is founded upon the classical dubbing of a knight with a sword and can be performed by any Templar initiate – usually, before initiation an aspirant will undergo and apprenticeship with a Templar, becoming a novice and companion to a Templar initiate, learning of the Holy Vow and ways of the Templar, the spiritual warrior. In this process they may be given sacred tasks to accomplish and be encouraged in good works, and along with the Vow they will contemplate the Holy Gospel and the Letter of St. James, and they will meditate upon the armor of God, as Taught by St. Paul, and so also they will meditate upon the rite of initiation of Abram and Sarai performed by the Priest-King Melchizedek when Abram returned from his battle with the Kings of Edom victorious, the Great Angel of the Holy Shekinah having gone before him.

The aspirant must demonstrate a noble heart of compassion and devotion, honor and integrity, and passionate faith, along with courage, strength and the full force of will, an understanding of true justice, severity tempered with mercy, and they must cultivate kavvanah-concentration and devekut-cleaving, and ultimately they must learn to live according to the Holy Gospel and Holy Vow, the Spirit of Truth that has been revealed to them.

Generally speaking, in some way the novice and companion to a Templar must demonstrate heroic action or noble achievement in their life, arising courageously in the face of challenge and the Enemy victoriously, just as the High Father, Abraham, before his encounter with the Holy Priest King of Salem.

To become a novice and companion to a Templar initiate assumes the aspirant is an initiate of the Sophian Gnostic tradition, having received the outer form of the Threefold Rite of Initiation, baptism, chrism and Wedding Feast.

Once initiated as a Templar of the Order, typically speaking, the new initiate will seek the blessing of a lineage-holder, whether an elder or tau of the inner branch of the lineage, or a priest or bishop of the outer branch – this being the Holy Seal of Initiation; receiving the blessing of a lineage-holder, usually their sacred sword is also blessed.

The Rite of Initiation: Dubbing

When a Templar is confident that an aspirant is ready, well prepared, purified and consecrated, and they behold a heroic action or noble achievement accomplished, they will take up a continuum of prayer and meditation, seeking the affirmation of the will of El Elyon, the Supreme, and the Messiah, the Anointed, and they will seek the witness of the Holy Spirit that the rite of initiation is to be done, for the Templar does not act in any matter apart from the will of the Most High, the blessing of the Messiah and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

When they go to dub the aspirant they will draw their Templar sword and calling upon Holy One and upon the Holy Shekinah, they will invoke Archangel Michael, and in union with St. Michael they will enact the sacred rite.

They will enact a banishing or purification of the sacred space, and invoking the presence of the Holy Mother and Bride, they will proclaim the ground holy, the kingdom of heaven being manifest in that place, and they will call upon the Company of the Holy Shekinah, the great luminous assembly of tzaddikim and maggidim, and the ancient warriors, to bear witness to the speaking of the Holy Vow and the Dubbing of the Templar.

Then, they will bid the aspirant to kneel down before them and they will administer the Holy Vow, speaking it and inquiring of the aspirant, “Is this your Holy Vow? Is this the word that you swear before El Shaddai, God Almighty?”

When the aspirant affirms that it is their Vow, swearing themselves to the Holy Vow, then the Templar will dub the aspirant, and bid them to arise as a Templar of the Holy Order, a righteous warrior and guardian of the faith, and they will bid the Templar brother or sister to seek their blessing from a prophet or priest of El Elyon, and to seek their charge and empowerment from the Shekinah of Messiah, the Holy Bride.

When they dub the aspirant, first they will lay their sacred sword upon the aspirant’s right shoulder, corresponding with Gevurah and restraint or self-discipline, and then upon the aspirant’s left shoulder, corresponding to Hesed and generosity or charity, and then upon the crown of the aspirant, corresponding to Keter and the Supernal Influx or Divine Grace; then they will place the tip of the sacred sword at the heart of the aspirant to honor the indwelling presence of the Messiah, the Spiritual Sun, corresponding to Tiferet and the Sacred Heart of love and compassion.

After this is done and they bid the aspirant to arise the sword is turned over, it’s tip upon the ground, indicating Malkut and the Shekinah, the embodiment of the Light-presence and Light-power of the Messiah, and the remembrance of the coming of New Jerusalem.

They will bid the new Templar initiate to go in the Spirit of Our Io Adonai, and pray that the Spirit of Yahweh goes with them; sealing the movement with the mystic word, Shalom, “peace,” they will bid their brother or sister to remember and bring peace.

Sheathing their sword and respectfully setting it aside, they will celebrate the mystical feast of bread and wine, all in remembrance of the Holy Grail and the Order of the Grail – this bringing the Rite of Dubbing to its fruition.

This is the Rite of Dubbing, the initiation of a Templar in the Order of St. Michael; while among our lineage-holders there is a Crazy Wisdom way of initiation into the Order having no set form of invocation, this is the way of initiation performed by Templar initiates.

*There is a rite of self-initiation as an honorary Templar, but this is the actual rite through which an aspirant becomes a Templar in our Holy Order. The practice of Union with Our Lady of Templars is performed before a Templar shrine and is used as the rite of self-initiation, and just before envisioning the dubbing by Our Lady the aspirant speaks their vow before the presence of the Holy One. As you will note in your study of the practice of Union with Our Lady of Templars, the order of dubbing is different in this meditation than in our actual rite of initiation, and inquiring into why it is different becomes a cause for contemplation among Templar initiates, for there is a deep and holy mystery in it.

Let us pray now and always for the dawn of New Jerusalem: May the Second Coming of Christ, the Age of the Holy Spirit, come to pass swiftly – Vehayah. Amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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Re: The Rite of Dubbing: Templar Initiation

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:27 pm

Greetings my brothers and sisters of the Holy Order!

There is something that needs to be added to the instructions for the Rite of Dubbing, the Templar Initiation. Know and understand that the Way of Templars is one of discipline and precision - the spiritual practices are exactly as taught, exactly, and most especially the initiation, the Rite of Dubbing. It needs to be performed exactly as taught and shown to the Templar, and if it falls into great error, understand the initiation may be considered null and void. Understanding this, if and when a Templar is called to engage the Rite of Dubbing with an aspirant by the Holy Spirit, or if they are called to do so by an Elder or Tau of the Tradition, they should review the instructions for the Rite of Dubbing, and study and contemplate them deeply, as though for the very first time, and be certain that they are completely clear on how the rite of initiation is performed among us; likewise, they should study and contemplate the Holy Vow as for the first time, and be completely clear with it, making no error in administering the Holy Vow - what you do, what you show, will be the example for the aspirant you are initiating, and from that, one day, if God wills it, they may initiate another; but more so, understand, the entire rite is talismanic, theurgic, intended to be perform exactly as taught and shown, and thus creates the circuit, as it were, for the flow of spiritual force empowering a spiritual warrior. Joined with this, when taking up this divine action, the Templar will tend a continuum of prayer and meditation, their complete and full focus (kavvanah) will be on the initiation to be done, and the one who it is God will that they initiate. The instructions given are clear, the rite, in truth, is simple and straightforward, there is no good reason for error if a Templar takes the time necessary and makes the self-offering to prepare themselves and tends the continuum entering into the sacred and holy rite.

I will say this to all Templars, if for some reason the time of engaging this sacred and holy rite comes and you are unprepared or unfit, do not engage the rite, but tend to what needs to be tended, and wait upon the Holy Spirit, until you are prepared and are fit; then, and then only, engage the holy and sacred rite. Likewise, the same is true with regards to an aspirant, if approaching the rite you find the individual unprepared, or unfit, do not engage the rite, but give guidance and correction so that the aspirant might be prepared and fit, ready and able to receive.

This is essential, this is very important, there needs to be a certain precision and discipline in the performance of this rite of initiation, otherwise, truly, it is nothing, it is null and void - invalid, and the true intention and meaning, and ethic, of our Holy Order will be eroded, degraded. Understand this, and honor your vow as you engage this sacred and holy divine action.

May God be with you! Amen.

Shaddai Shalom!
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