Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. If you feel others would enjoy posts, feel free to share. In modern times, the Strict Observance order, has sixty monasteries of Nuns, serving with Monks of the order in Rome. The Abbey of Citeaux, continued after the loss of St.Robert’s return to Molesme, by a small number of monks who chose to remain and carry on the order. St.Bernard was accompanied by four of Stephen’s own brothers, uncle and two cousins, alongside an architect and two other monks. Vietnamese Cistercian monks standing in a cloister and wearing their religious habits. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Their primary responsibility, at least initially, was to provide protection to Christians making pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The knight was required to seek shelter in a Cistercian monastery in the hopes that he could be rehabilitated. The very rule of the Templar order, held this monastic institution with the highest regard, and many a co-operative venture would be undertaken by the two. The young Abbott Bernard was instrumental in not only in preparing the rule of order for this new order of knighthood, but also through his letter to friend Hugues de Payens, propelling the order to incredible heights as we examine in another section of this web site. in the University of Hull . A renewal in the practice of monastic enclosure, silence and manual labour, expressing a spirit of apartness from all worldliness and a dedication to prayer and penance. For the next three years, Bernard a nobleman from Fontaine – les – Dijon, went on a spiritual journey. Sixty-five by him, and the remainder by fellow monks of the order. This monastic life led by the Abbey of Citeaux, saw an ever-growing network of monasteries rise up through medieval Europe. Their connection was clandestine, but detectable nevertheless after all these centuries. The project they were faced with, was to build a new abbey from the ground upwards. The Knights Templar, who decided to sacrifice their lives in the service of the Order, lived according to strict discipline and had to follow many rules. St.Bernard called for a new crusade to the Holy Land, asking knights to arm themselves and wear the cross upon their chest, showing to all, they be God’s warriors. So rich were the Cistercians that they gave a year’s supply of wool as a means to finance the ransom of King Richard I, who was captive in Germany. In his "Praise of the New Knighthood", Bernard of Clairvaux, the monk-knight and founder of the Cistercian monastery, describes how he was pleased with the idea of the Templar’s creation, life and activities of the monks. by Alan Butler Born Fontaine de Dijon France 1090 Died Clairvaux, near Troyes, Champagne France August 20th 1153 Bernard of Clairvaux may well represent the most important figure in Templarism. Like the Druids before them and the Knights Templar/Cistercian monks who followed them, the Culdees wore white robes. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The construction of their Abbey’s were well thought out, and water was a major concern in any build. Guerric of Igny It required armies of other men to undertake the hundreds of skilled tasks necessary to keep everything running. The Knights Templar were one of the major military religious orders that grew out of the Crusading movement. William of Saint Thierry Home » THE CRUSADES: » Holy Men » The Cistercian Order. No p… Templar expert Tony McMahon reveals the Rule book of the Knights Templar and how it covered everything from eating to praying. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Whenever Templars appear in books or films, it is always the knights of the Order in their flowing white surcoats, hacking their way through the dust of battle. September 2012 On the 21st March 1098, St.Robert of Molesme, Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Molesme, felt compelled to lead twenty-one of his monks to Citeaux, and establish a new monastery. The organisational structure had a strong chain of authority. Of St.Benedict, and he had been on a spiritual journey they rose in power, religious! Dedicate… the Official Establishment of the Benedictine family as well to improve your experience while navigate. 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