We have to share some fantastic news with you regarding the New Magdalene Chapel at our St Donard Priory . Now that the new Chapter house has been completed, we now move on to the ‘great Prize: The Magdalene Chapel! A house of God and final resting place for OUR brethren.
Built from the stones of the ruined 12th century Cistercian Abbey (1199AD) that replaced the Original Church founded by St Patrick himself around 433 AD . Fr Mcana reported in 1644 that all the Abbey stones had been taken to build the town after the dissolution of the monasteries.
This is an important priory world-wide as it will also be the Templars official repository for the remains of our Brethren who fall asleep in Christ. Their remains or a token of their remains will be kept in small solid, individual Granite funeral casks in the Chapel for relatives and descendants to visit and pay their respect.
Now we stand together to build Gods House- Deus Vult!
Our ancient Templar chants and prayers will reverberate among the old chapel stones 7 days a week 365 a year until our Lord returns. A sacred lamp of remembrance will burn as an eternal flame in honour of ALL our fallen brethren from high in the rafters of the Magdalene Chapel.
So, after two years of imposed lockdowns, worldwide shortages of materials and much illness in our ranks, last week we started in earnest to get the Chapel completed ASAP! In one week, we have stripped the old and dangerous roof off, removed the purlins and rafters, scaffolded the entire structure, appraised the stonework and cleared our 70 years of accumulated bits and pieces from the building. We are NOT messing about, we want, no, we need this completed NOW!
So then, arise brethren and friends and let us go about our Fathers business and get HIS house completed so HIS mighty name can be proclaimed within its ancient wall and Christ can be exalted in the highest. We are THE Templars we ARE the ‘Poor Soldiers of Christ’ but we are rich in faith and deeds so are YOU with me?