Charles E. Warns II
Right Eminent Grand Commander 2019-2021
Welcome to the York Rite of Maryland web site and to the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Maryland. We are proud to have a heritage dating back to 1790 when Maryland Commadery #1 was chartered.
Our Grand Commandery was constituted in May 1871 when 3 existing Commanderies petitioned the Grand Encampment for a Grand Commandery in Maryland. There are now 12 Commanderies located throughout Maryland, including as far East as Salisbury and as far West as Cumberland.
The Orders conferred in Knights Templary are the Order of the Red Cross, the Order of Malta, and the Order of the Temple.
The Order of the Red Cross stresses “Truth” and takes us back in history when King Cyrus of Persia liberated the Jewish people and supported them in rebuilding King Solomon’s Temple. This building was interrupted by the Chaldees but years later King Darius again supported the efforts to begin rebuilding the temple.
The Order of Malta speaks to teachings of Jesus Christ and fidelity to the power of faith to receive Divine Truth even when unaccompanied by worldly evidence.
The Order of the Temple is a glorious and poignant degree. It is set around the time of the crusades and accounts for years spent in patience and perseverance by a candidate for knighthood in pilgrimage to the Holy Sepluchre, years as a warrior defending the Christian religion, and ending in a year spent in penance strengthening his character through lessons of faith and humility. While historically years were spent in becoming worthy of Knighthood, in modern day Templary these orders are conferred within a few months of each other and learning of and practice of the lessons of the Orders are ongoing
In living these lessons taught us in our Orders, we support the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, The Knights Templar Education Foundation (scholarships available for all types of learning processes), the Holy Land Pilgrimage (for Christian Ministers), and many charities in our local communities.
Membership is open to Master Masons who are members of a Royal Arch Chapter and a Royal and Select Masters Council.
Information on contacting the Grand Commandery or a Commandery in your area is listed in this website. We invite you to contact us if you are interested in joining this prestigious Order.
In service to God and our Community,
Charles E. Warns II Grand Commander