Statutes, Principles & Regulations

Statutes, Principles & Regulations

Art. 1. Title of “The Order

The name of “The Order” is “OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL” which is the abbreviation for the full French name :
Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem – International”, translated into Latin as :
Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani – International”, hereinafter also referred to as : “The Order”,

Art. 2.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is the regular, the oldest and the authentic Templar Society, worldwide. We are the direct heir of the Templar heritage since its formal recognition.
Our Order was restored by His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon Bonaparte, by Imperial Decree in 1807.  In 1853, it was given recognition by Emperor Napoleon III.  In 1918, the Order was re-registered in France in accordance with French law.  On January 19th, 1932, it was registered as “The Order” in Belgium, Brussels, and in 1957 as “International Order” in Belgium, Namur /BE-410 20708. This recording was done by three Belgian Templars in Belgium Brussels, Joseph Cleeremans, Gustave Jonckbloedt and Théodore Covias.  The record of the registration of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem” appears in the Belgian Monitor on January 20, 1933.  Lastly, our Order was re-registered in Belgium, Namur, on November 15th, 1975,

Art 2.1.

Our verifiable and demonstrable family tree / lineage goes back in a straight line to 1825 at the installation of the Grand Priory of Belgium by Dr. Fabre-Palaprat ,

Art. 3.

The Order”  is a Network (OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL NET) and is the umbrella body of the Internationally recognized, Regular and Legitimate OSMTJ Grand Priories distributed around the world,

Art. 4.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL is willing to cooperate with any regular order, regardless of OSMTJ / OSMTH , as long as it involves authentic orders that can prove their origin. We do not want to participate in any internal power struggles within some orders.

Art. 5.

OSMTJ’s INTERNATIONAL main task is to provide the fraternity with more structure, unity and cooperation,

Art. 6.

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL gives recognition to one National Grand Priory per Country or State.
Each priory can and may continue to operate completely independently and remain fully sovereign and autonomous, without any interference, provided they observe the fundamental principles of the Historical Regulations as provided in “The Rule”.

Art. 6.1.

In any Country and/or State, a Grand Priory may be established provided it meets the basic requirements as defined by OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL,

Art. 6.2.

In order to become a member of  OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL, these Grand Priories must provide sufficient evidence of meeting the conditions set forth,

Art. 7.

The Grand Cross Officers, including the National Grand Prior are appointed exclusively by the Grand Master, the Regent or the Regency Council. The same is valid for the awarding of the Grand Collar.

Art. 7.1.

For all other appointments and appointments, the National Grand Prior shall have full authority

Art. 8.

Each National Grand Priory can be divided into Priories, Commanderies and local ‘houses’, over the territory of the Grand Priory,

Art. 9.

O.S.M.T.J.-INTERNATIONAL” concerns a private society and community of Brothers & Sisters, and an Order of Knights, who in imitation of the historical predecessors : “The Templars”, strive for the perfection of mankind in general, and of our Brothers & Sisters in particular, by applying an ideal of Peace, Love, Nobility, Humility and Fraternity and this according to the ancient handed down tradition, taking into account the current social tendencies and developments,

Art. 10.

We consider historical, social and cultural works of study as an essential prerequisite to realize and achieve our aims of generosity, charity and fraternity, and this both on a theoretical and practical level.  In doing so, we build upon the achievements and innovative work of our predecessors in the economic, spiritual, and organizational fields as a source of inspiration for the contemporary social values and standards that we wish to live up to.

Art.10.1.

We respect the historical rules of tradition and hereby respect the handed down customs, habits and rituals,

Art. 11.

We are socially representative as an Order and explicitly oppose elitism. We are composed of all layers of the population, regardless of race, sex, age, ideology and level of education.  As a ‘group’ we want to be a reflection of the society in which we live and we want to devise solutions for a more prosperous world through thorough study, thinking and communication, 

Art. 12.

Through our knowledge and skills, we want to work for the protection of our fellow man, the weaker in society, in general and the welfare of animals & nature and environment in particular,

Art. 13.

We consider it our special mission and duty to give help to third parties, to the poor and needy, and to undertake charitable, and to cooperate in humanitarian, actions.

Art. 14.

Through continuous and uninterrupted study and through thorough mental, intellectual and physical training we want to perfect ourselves individually. A healthy Mind in a healthy Body is our ultimate goal.

Art. 15.

We explicitly reject every form of religious warfare and oppose every form of aggression, violence and terrorism,

Art. 16.

We embrace and accept our pluralistic and multicultural society and by affirming ‘freedom of conscience’ we demand from all our members absolute respect for the views of others,

Art. 17.

We oppose all forms of injustice, oppression and discrimination and expressly oppose any form of extremism and fundamentalism

Art. 18.

We do not support any actions that would disturb peace and order in society, and we submit to the laws of the country and/or region in which we operate.

Art. 19.

The official language of the Order is English.

Art. 20. ORGANISATION

THE REGENCY COUNCIL”
(INTERNATIONAL BOARD)
composed of

The GRAND MASTER or REGENT
(GM / RGT)
is the highest Dignitary of the Order
and is referred to as His / Her “Excellency”,
&

“THE GRAND MAGISTERIAL COUNCIL”
The Grand Magisterial Council” (GMC)
which is the supreme Legislative Body of The International Order
and is composed of :
The Grand Master,
The Grand Seneschal General,
The Grand Chancellor General,
The Grand Secretary General,
The Grand Treasurer General,
The Grand Marshal General,
The Grand Commander General,
&

“THE MAGISTERIUM”
responsible for Daily Management of The International Order
and is composed of:
The Grand Master,
The Grand Seneschal General,
The Grand Chancellor General,
The Grand Secretary General,
The Grand Treasurer General,
and the designated
Grand Cross Officers / Grand Collar Officers

They all are Grand Cross Officers & Grand Collar Officers
They are the so-called
‘GENERALS’ / ‘CHIEF COMMANDERS’
and are addressed with the title His / Her Excellency
They constitute the first degree of the Councilor Board

“THE GRAND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL”
which is the Supreme Executive Body of The International Order
and is composed of:
The Grand Master,
The Grand Seneschal General,
The Grand Chancellor General,
The Grand Secretary General,
The Grand Treasurer General,
The Grand Marshal General
The Grand Commander General,
The Grand Prior Magisters,
and the designated
Grand Cross Officers / Grand Collar Officers

They are Grand Cross Officer and addressed with the title
His / Her Excellency
They constitute the second degree of the Councilor Board.
they may be assisted by Grand Officers (non-board officers)

THE GRAND PRIORS

All the National Grand Priors are all Grand Cross Officers and addressed with the title His / Her Excellency
They constitute the third degree of the Councilor Board.

THE GRAND OFFICERS
They are referred as Noble Brother/Sister.

THE OFFICERS
They are referred as Noble Brother/Sister.

THE KNIGHTS & DAMES
They are referred as Brother/Sister.

THE SERGEANTS
They are referred as Brother/Sister.

 THE GUARDS
They are referred as Brother/Sister.

 THE NOVICES
They are referred as Brother/Sister.

Art. 21. Ranks and Grades

The Order”  recognizes the following ranks and degrees :

LEVEL IX : MASTER / CHIEF COMMANDER / GENERAL LEVEL
GRAND CROSS OFFICERS / GRAND COLLAR

33        MASTER : GRAND MASTER & REGENT
33        MASTER : GRAND SENESCHAL GENERAL
33        MASTER : GRAND CHANCELLOR GENERAL
33        MASTER : GRAND SECRETARY GENERAL
33        MASTER : GRAND TREASURER GENERAL
33        MASTER : GRAND MARSHAL GENERAL
33        MASTER : GRAND COMMANDER GENERAL
32        MASTER : GRAND BAILIFF GENERAL
32        MASTER : GRAND VISITATOR GENERAL
32        MASTER : GRAND SWORD BEARER GENERAL
32        MASTER : GRAND CHAPLAIN GENERAL
32        MASTER : GRAND VICAR GENERAL
32        MASTER : GRAND FUNCTION GENERAL
31        MASTER : GRAND FUNCTION GENERAL
31        MASTER : GRAND PRIOR MAGISTER

  • all “MASTERS” are GRAND CROSS OFFICER & GRAND COLLAR OFFICER,
  • all “Grand Cross Officers” are appointed exclusively by the Grand Master or Regent,
  • they are the “CHIEF COMMANDERS” of “The Order”,
  • they are the so-called ‘GENERALS‘,
  • and are addressed with the title His / Her Excellency

LEVEL VIII :  GRAND COMMANDER LEVEL
GRAND OFFICERS

30        GRAND OFFICER : NATIONAL GRAND PRIOR
            (Grand Cross/Grand Collar) 
30        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND SENESCHAL         
30        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND CHANCELLOR
29        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND SECRETARY
28        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND TREASURER
27        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND MARSHAL
26        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND COMMANDER
25        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND BAILIFF
24        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND VISITATOR
24        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND SWORD BEARER
23        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND CHAPLAIN
23        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND VICAR
23        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND FUNCTION
22        GRAND OFFICER : GRAND FUNCTION
22        GRAND OFFICER : PRIOR

LEVEL VII : OFFICER COMMANDERS LEVEL

21        COMMANDER : COMMANDER MARSHAL
20       COMMANDER : COMMANDER MAJOR
19        COMMANDER : COMMANDER INSPECTOR
18        COMMANDER : COMMANDER VERIFIER
17        COMMANDER : COMMANDER
16        COMMANDER : BAILIFF

LEVEL VI : OFFICER LEVEL

15        OFFICER : CAPTAIN
14        OFFICER : FIRST LIEUTENANT
13        OFFICER : LIEUTENANT
12        OFFICER : VISITATOR
12        OFFICER : SWORD BEARER
11        OFFICER : CHAPLAIN
11        OFFICER : VICAR
11        OFFICER : FUNCTION 

LEVEL V : WARRANT OFFICER LEVEL

10        KNIGHT

LEVEL IV : PETTY OFFICER LEVEL

09        SERGEANT
08        PROVOST
07        GUARDIAN

LEVEL III : GUARD LEVEL

06        FIRST GUARD
05        GUARD

LEVEL II : NOVICE LEVEL

04        NOVICE
03        NOVICE
02        NOVICE

LEVEL I : ASPIRANT LEVEL

01        ASPIRANT
00       APPLICANT

Art.22. GRADES & DEGREES : ABBREVIATIONS

GRAND CROSS OFFICERSKGCTJ
GRAND COLLAR OFFICERSKGOTJ (GC)
GRAND OFFICERSKGOTJ
COMMANDERSKCTJ
OFFICERSKOTJ
KNIGHTSKTJ

Art. 23. GRAND COLLAR OFFICERS

OSMTJ INTERNATIONAL may, when deemed necessary, appoint and crown GRAND OFFICERS with a GRAND COLLAR.

“Article 39.7. – Without prejudice to the conferred Ranks & Degrees, The Order may also, exceptionally, confer the “GRAND COLLAR” on Brothers and/or Sisters Grand Officers, from the Level VIII – the Rank of : PRIOR COMMANDER and/or  for “exceptional merit” for the benefit of The Order.”

Art. 24. AFFILIATES

The Order has three classes of affiliates who, not being bound by the general conditions of admission, deserve to be distinguished for their services :

  1. Dame (or Signet) with the corresponding rank for ladies of high social rank or belonging to the family of members of the Order. The partners of the Grand Dignitaries are “Ladies of honor”/ “Sir of honor” with the rank corresponding to that of their husband/wife.
  2. Squire for the heirs of the Knight/Dames or sons/daughters of dignitaries.
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