Many 21st Century Catholic young dudes fantasize about being a Knight Templar Crusader and fighting all things anti-Christian, especially terrorists.
Imagine this: You’re riding a horse on your way to battle after being blessed by the Pope. You’re excited, but a bit afraid as to what awaits you. Will you ride back home in victory or will you die in glory? You’re ready for any outcome, as long as the Blessed Virgin accompanies you. You and your fellow soldiers might chant the songs below with solemn expectancy.
The Knights loved our Lady tremendously and this song, said to have been composed by various authors such as Hermann of Reichenau, and Bernard of Clairveaux. It was one of their favorites. They felt they could do anything while under the Virgin’s mantle.
Traditionally sung after compline, the Salve Regina has an interesting legend associated with it:
“Jean l’Hermite dreamt that Bernard of Clairvaux heard the entire hymn sung by heavenly choirs; he then repeated the words to Pope Eugene III. In an extension of this legend, it is reported that Bernard visited the great cathedral of Speyer in 1146. When he entered the cathedral, he reverenced Our Lady’s statue, chanting: “O thou deboner, o thou meke, o thou swete maide Marie.” Source.
Martin Luther found it to be too extravagant where it concerns Mary, but Peter Canisius wrote that “we praise God in Mary, namely, the work that he has done in her, when we turn to her in song.”
However, this type of debate was better left to the theologians. As a Knight Templar, all you knew was that it put fire in your veins and inspired you to fight for your homeland.
The Road to Jerusalem – Book One of the Crusades Trilogy
Da Pacem Domine
The Knights left their homes to go fight in strange lands. They prayed for decisive victories so that there would be peace.
Give Peace Oh Lord.“Da pacem, Domine. [For peace.] An antiphon of the 6th or 7th century, founded on ii. Kings xx. 19; ii. Chron. xx. 12, 15; and Psalms cxxii. 6. By a Bull of Pope Nicholas III., 1279, it was ordered to be sung at every mass before the Agnus Dei. In the Paris Breviary of 1643 it is given along with a Collect for Peace, which occurs in the Sacramentary of Gelasius, A.D. 494, as a Commemoratio de Pace per Annum. http://ianchadwick.com/blog/the-music-of-the-templars/
Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris
Quia non est alius
Qui pugnet pro nobis
Nisi tu Deus noster.
Give peace, o Lord, in our time
Because there is no one else
Who will fight for us
If not You, our God.
Crucem Sanctam Subiit
A military chant sung by the Knights templar, this chant would have filled your heart with courage and purpose.
Crucem sanctam subiit,
qui infernum confregit,
accinctus est potentia,
surrexit die tertia. Alleluia.
He bore the holy cross
who shattered hell
He was girded with power
He rose on the third day. Alleluia!
All ye who dream about being the next generation of crusaders, I hope these chants add some color to your dreams.