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Novena to St Bernard of Clairvaux August 12th - 20th 2013

posted Aug 6, 2013, 9:09 PM by Noah Moerbeek   [ updated Aug 12, 2013, 6:14 PM ]
The North American Preceptory of the Poor Knights of Christ will be praying a novena to our spiritual father and patron St Bernard of Clairvaux August 12th - 20th.

It might be surprising to know that the illustrious St Bernard is a Spiritual Father to the ancient Order of the Knights Templar.  About 10 years after the founding of the ancient Order in Jerusalem, the original members (9 Knights) had failed to increase their number or develop themselves.  In 1128 they traveled to Rome with letters from the Patriarch of Jerusalem to ask the Pope for a Rule of life with a high Roman sanction.  The Pope who saw the importance of such an institution convoked a council at Troyes to examine the order and give it a form.  The council of Bishops were sympathetic to the Knights and asked St Bernard of Clairvaux to draw up a Rule of life for the Knights, which he did.  St Bernard in his youth had trained himself to become a knight and so was able to draw upon the chivalrous ideals and monastic fervor to craft a Rule that would lead to the perfecting of virtue for these warriors of God. 

The Rule of the Modern Militia Templi is based off the ancient Rule, though adapted for modern times.  

We invite you to please join us in our novena to St Bernard of Clairvaux, that through his intercession before Christ our King, he might obtain for the Militia Templi a new Cardinal Protector, and that all Knights, Novices and all those who pledge themselves to the order of the Militia Templi will strive diligently to follow the precepts of our Holy Rule.

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Ora Pro Nobis! 

The Novena Prayer that the Militia Templi is using, to be said entirely each day for 9 days. 

Admirable St. Bernard, who, after having been the delight of your parents by the innocence of your manners, became the model of Religious by the austerity of your penances and the fervor of your piety; and who had also the happiness of drawing with you, to a life of holiness, your whole family and an infinite number of distinguished persons: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace that we may correspond to the divine inspirations, and live up to the perfection of our state. 

Glory be, etc. 

2. Admirable St. Bernard, who, advancing in sanctity as you progressed in learning, practiced the most severe mortification of your senses, and conceived the deepest hatred for every kind of sin: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace, by the practice of penance, always to mortify our unruly passions. 

Glory be, etc. 

3. Admirable St. Bernard, who, after founding many monasteries, and filling them with fervent and holy monks effected the greatest good by your counsel and advice; so that not only kings and princes, but bishops and popes applied to you to heal public discords and distresses: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace to labor continually for His glory, and to walk so faithfully in the way of His precepts, that we may at all times merit His aid. 

Glory be, etc. 

4. Admirable St. Bernard, who, passing like an apostle through all the kingdoms of the West, carried to all peace and joy, deciding the most difficult questions, concluding the most complicated affairs, assisting at counsels, confuting errors, converting the most hardened sinners: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace, that by our lives we may shed the odor of Jesus around, and have, like you, a lively faith and an ardent love for the Most Holy Eucharist, the greatest and the most precious treasure of Christianity. 

Glory be, etc. 

5. Admirable St. Bernard, who, notwithstanding your numberless occupations, your continual journeys, and your delicate health, never ceased your meditations, your prayers, and your penances; who, not content to announce the word of God by your voice, also composed most valuable works, for which you have merited the glorious titles of Doctor and Father of the Church; and who, by your beautiful writings for her glory, promoted devotion to Mary: obtain for us, of the Lord, the grace of perseverance till death, in all the practices of piety and penance suitable to our state, and always to breathe the most fervent devotion to our Mother Mary. 

Glory be, etc

Nihl Obstat
Remy Lafort

John M. Farley
Archbishop of New York 1904

Noah Moerbeek,
Aug 6, 2013, 9:10 PM