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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
page 30



TUB KNIGHTS TEMPLARS. 17 TheTe is much that is highly praiseworthy in this rule, and some extracts therefrom will Le read with interest. " ΤΊΠ. In one common hall, orrefectory, we will that yon take meat together, where, if your wants cannot be made known by signs, ye arc softly and privately to ask for what you want. If at any time the thing you require is not to be found, you must seek it with all gentleness, and with submission and reverence to the board, in remembrance of the words of the apostle : Eat thy bread in silence, and in emulation of the psalmist, who says, / hare set a watch upon my month ; that is, I have cdmmuned with myself that I may not offend, that is, with my tongue ; that is, I have guarded my mouth, that I may not speak evil. " IX. At dinner and at supper, let there be always some sacred reading. If we love the Lord, we ought anxiously to long for, and we ought to bear with most earnest attention, his wholesome words and precepts " X. Let a repast offlesh three times a week suffice you, excepting at Christmas, or Easter, or the feast of the Blessed Mary, or of All Saints. ... . On Sunday we think it clearly fitting and expedient that two messes of flesh should be served up to the knights and the chaplains. Bat let the rest, to wit, the esquires and retainers, remain contented with one, and be thankful therefor. " XI. Two and two ought in general to eat together, that one may have an eye upon another . . . . . . . . " XII. On the second and fourth days of the week, and upon Saturday, we think two or three dishes of pulse, or other vegetables, will be sufficient for all of you, and so we enjoin it to be observed ; and whosoever cannot eat of the one may feed upon the other. " XIII. But on the sixth day (Friday) we recommend the Lenten food, in reverence of the Passion, to all of you, excepting such as be sick ; and from the feast of AH Saints until Easter, it must be eaten but once a day, unless it happen to be Chnstraas-dsy, or the feast of Saint Mary, or of the Apostles, when they may eat thereof twice ; and so at other times, unless a general fast should take place. " XIV. After dinner and supper, we peremptorily command thanks to C


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