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Ludlow Templar Chapel

The Knights Templar Chapel
by Charles E S Fairey

Our Chapel’s Saint Magdalene
The Great Angel of our heart,
Our secret sacred repository
Where held all The World’s mystery.

Thirteen seats in a circle
Where each great warrior rests,
With carvings where arches embrace
And Norman door to Templar Altar face.

A circular monument to Our Lord
With Chancel beyond great arch,
To the Altar with its Tabernacles
And above The Christ with shackles.

Staircase winding to our library
Where all we know is kept,
Battlement to the top of the Church
And look up to the sky and star search.

Two Templar Crosses carved
Like our two seated riders seal,
The floor where the fallen sleep
This Chapel hidden in Ludlow’s Keep.

Plaster walls painted with religious scenes
Of our great victories and Crusades,
Secret knowledge learnt from the Holy Land
Our initiates ascend by the Master’s hand.

Here is our Magdalene Chapel
We adorn our battle dress and red cross,
Learn what secrets the World has veiled
In our sacred scrolls secrets revealed.

Before we set sail to distant land
To serve Our Lord and people,
We pray for our safe return
And the new powers we shall earn.

The battles will be hard
Not all of us shall return,
From this Crusade or Papal treason
Only Our Lord sees our sacrifice and reason.

When we thirteen rest again
Here at our shared circle,
Our lives will have gone before
And will have learnt the Greatest Lore.

People will pass through our tabernacle
And wonder what Great Warriors sat,
Reposed, and what rituals we saw
As another walks through Norman door,
Wonder what knowledge we knew
And what great battles and symbols true,
Walk with us our Great Modern Warrior
And ascend with knowledge of our secret logia.

Our Chapel’s Saint Magdalene
The Great Angel of our heart,
Our secret sacred repository
Where held all The World’s mystery.

The Castle in the Town of Ludlow in Shropshire, includes a Chapel
in its grounds which may be linked to the Knights Templar.
Ludlow Castle is important in relation to the Templars not so much for what it is,
but for what it represents.
Within the castle is a remarkable, well-preserved early Norman chapel
dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, which may have been associated with the Templars (the interior carvings include two Templar crosses,
and the saint is their particular favourite). 
It has a round nave and, as such, gives a good idea of what the small Templar
‘round’ churches would have looked like before they were lost,
as at Dover, Hereford and Bristol.
Ludlow Templar Chapel Photos