A Knight of the Temple, who also has been a Worshipful Master of a symbolical lodge can also join the Knight Templar Priests. Since 1984 this order is active in the Netherlands. At this time there are three 'Tabernacles'. These are:
The rituals of this last degree is mainly made up from quotations
from the Old and new Testament. It is based on the Apocalyps of
John and some other apocalyptical books. The candidate is a
pilgrim, on his way to Jerusalem. He is being led to seven
pillars, placed in the form of a triangle. At each one of these
pillars he is instructed and given a word. After a number of
instructions he has to split a rock with his rod of faith.
After passing the 7th pillar, the candidate is led before the Preceptor and is given the name of the great Melchizedek.
In 2014 the Order of Holy
Wisdom was reintroduced as an associated order, quite
seperate and different from the appendant degrees. This order was
used in older times, but due to the complex and expensive
requirements of the original ritual
it fell in disuse. The ritual was rewritten so as to contain all
of the essentials, but capable of being worked in a much more
All Knight Templar Priests who joined before june 2014 were automatically members of the Order of Holy Wisdom. Members joining after that date must be admitted.
This degree is now a necessary qualification for the office of High Priest of a Tabernacle.
Ritual for the Installation of a High
American Ritual, 1952
On our download York Rite Invitations Orders Library we have published a number of other rituals and texts.