Three Chants You Might Have Chanted As a Knight Templar Crusader in the Middle Ages

It is not uncommon for a Catholic millennial to fantasize about being a Knight Templar Crusader and fighting all things anti-Catholic, while shouting “Deus Vult”.

His fantasy goes something like this:

Imagine this: He’s riding a horse on his  way to battle after being blessed by the Pope. He’s excited, but a bit afraid as to what awaits.  Will he ride back home in victory or will he  die in glory? He is brave and ready for any outcome, as long as the Blessed Virgin accompanies him. He and his fellow soldiers  chant the medieval chants songs below,  with solemn expectancy.

Salve Regina

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 empowered and emboldened to achieve lots of victories,  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 Knights left their homes to go fight in strange lands. They prayed for  decisive victories so that there would be peace.

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Da Pacem Domine

By a Bull of Pope Nicholas III (12719), Da Pacem Domine (Give Peace O Lord), was ordered to be sung sung at every Mass before the Agnus Dei.  Source.>

The text is a 6th or 7th-century hymn based on biblical verses 2 Kings 20:19, 2 Chronicles 20:12,15 and Psalms 72:6–7.

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.

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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!

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These beautiful chants are excruciatingly beautiful and speaks to the hearts of all of us who would like to see our beautiful faith defended once again, through our words and our lives.

Updated 2018


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