(Known as the Chivalric Orders)
ORDER OF RED CROSS – Here again we revert to the period of the Royal Arch Degree when the Jews were returning from Babylon to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. One of their number prevails upon King Darius to restore the Holy Vessels to the new Temple. The Babylonian armies had carried them away when the first Temple was destroyed. In presenting his plea before the king, the companion gives a powerful testimony to the almighty force of Truth and Honour.
ORDER of MALTA and of ST-JOHN -- Shifting to the time of the Crusades, admission to these Orders is sought so that a safe Pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulcher might be undertaken. This is a sublime and sacred Order, which culminates in the enrollment of the suppliant as a Knight of Malta.
ORDER OF THE TEMPLE – No Degree or Order in Masonry is more solemn, impressive or soul-searching than the Order of the Temple. It is a fitting climax to the labours of the humble penitent, who has faithfully performed the symbolic seven years of preparation for this consummation of his endeavors. He is knighted as a Christian warrior. Knights Templar were so named because of their close association with the site of the temple during years they occupied Jerusalem. The Ancient Order of the Temple has been dispersed and its warlike spirit has passed away. There remains, however, a spirit of refined and moral Chivalry which prompts its members to be ever ready to defend the weak, the innocent, the helpless and the oppressed.The Order of the Temple is often called the most beautiful of all the Orders and Degrees in Masonry. No Mason, who is a believer in the Chritsian religion should be satisfied until he has received this – the capstone of the York Rite.
The province of Nova Scotia can claim the earliest record of a regular constituted Templar Encampment in Canada to an impressive 1782! New Brunswick can claim its earliest date of Knight Templarism to 1840 with Hibernian Encampment No.318 in St-Andrews, Charlotte County, with a warrant granted from the Supreme Grand Encampment of Ireland. Encampments later sprung up under warrants from the Grand Priory of Scotland but by the late 1800’s all Preceptories and Encampments had joined the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada.
New Brunswick has two Preceptories and a Provincial Grand Prior and are as follows:
Provincial Grand Prior
Rt. Em. Thomas Roberts
DeMolay Preceptory 3A was instituted in November 1915. It was formed by an amalgamation of the Encampment of Saint John R.S. (instituted in April 1856) and Union deMolay #11 (Warrant dated May 1,1869).
Em. Kt. Mark Walsh
Rt. Em. Adam Scott
Meeting Dates: 3rdThursday of the month of February, March, April, May, September, October, November.
Ivanhoe Preceptory 36 held it’s first meeting on Tuesday evening, 26 November 1895 at Freemasons Hall in the old Royal bank building on the corner of Main and Alma, presently a Tim Hortons. It is presently located at the Moncton Masonic Temple.
Em. Kt. Chris Kitson
Meeting Dates: 2ndWednesday of February, March, April, May, September, October, November