The Knights Templar greatly revered Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was considered the Order’s patroness. Bernard the Clairvaux, the spiritual godfather of the Knights Templar, was a one of the most devout Marianists in the history of the Catholic Church. It is no coincidence that the Knights’ Templar prayers during their imprisonment contained the words “May Mary, Star of the Sea, lead us to the harbor of salvation.”
Salve Regina is an 11th century hymn, most likely composed by Hermann of Reichenau. Although this hymn was never exclusively “Templar,” there are reasons to believe that it was favored by the Knights. First stanza of the hymn:
- Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,
- vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
- ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,
- ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
- in hac lacrimarum valle.
- Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
P.S. There is a three-disc album entitled Music from the Time of the Templars.