The Templar Knights of Croatia, Saint Bernard and Mary Magdalene
The new members were given a Templar cloak, cross and a ring, which they are not allowed to take off.
Croatian Templars Receive Five New Members
By Gorana Banjeglav
ZAGREB, CROATIA – The Templar Knights of Croatia, Saint Bernard and Mary Magdalene have accepted five new members. In a ceremony which lasted several hours, Teo Ljubic, Franjo Svob, Vlatko Filipovic, Slavko Vizir Kovacic and Kreso, who did not wish to reveal his surname, vowed to be the order`s loyal members.
Thus, they renounced all sin, jealousy, hostility, drunkenness, anger and theft, embracing the symbols of the Templar Order, cross and the circle of 12 apostles. They took an oath to obey the most important rules of Templars, i.e. honour the temple and service, cherish love for meditation, fight like knights and maintain the fraternity.
Templar Order initiation ceremony
Taking their oaths, the new members chose their names. Teo Ljubic chose the name of Richard, Franjo Svob chose Gabrijel, Vlatko Filipovic chose Aurelije, Slavko Vizir Kovacevic chose Valentin, while Kreso chose the name of Ivan-
Every new member was given their cloak and cross, as well as a ring, which must never be taken off. The grand prior for Croatia, Krunoslav Matijevic Klobucar slightly slapped every new member on the cheek with a glove.
Bread, wine and salt which symbolise the passion of Christ
“With this act I do not punish thee, but I do this so that you do not forget the oath you gave to yourself here on this holy soil”, Matijevic Klobucar said. Two older members covered the new members with cloaks and each new member kissed he grand prior`s sword.
Upon the ceremony`s end, the new members were given bread, wine and salt, which symbolise the passion of Christ. They did not hide their delight with being accepted into the order.
“I feel great, never better. I have been studying various orders for years and studied theology. I decided to do this because I want to help people, the society and religion”, Teo Ljubic told us.
Initiations of new members occur when the need arises, when the candidates are ready, grand prior Krunoslav Matijevic Klobucar explained. According to him, after the great amount of energy and excitement they sense during the initiation ceremony, the candidates are changed.
“This is a good feeling, to constantly give benediction. A part of what you give remains with you”, Matijevic Klobucar says, who was evidently bit fatigued after the long ceremony.