Tamock
The Agrarian and Military Order of
Christ the King
IMPERIUM
         The Agrarian and Military Order of Christ the King exists here on Earth in a temporal state but its individual Brothers and Sisters look to a different future in the Kingdom of Heaven. Hence their conduct on Earth will not only define their own spiritual future but any individual misconduct could affect the Order as a whole and no Brother or Sister shall, by any act, private or public, thus bring the Order into disrepute or danger.
To this end the Rule of the Order is designed to guide each and every Brother and Sister on that difficult journey and should be read and understood before any oath is sworn.

The Brethren shall…

1…be observant of and faithful to those articles of the Oath to which they have sworn.

2…be cognizant of the laws of the land:
          “Render to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
          Mark 12: v17

3...suffer the children:
          “But Jesus said, suffer the children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

          Mathew 19: v13-15

4…be charitable, each Brother or Sister as of his or her individual means:

          “Every man accordingly as he purposeth, so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
          2 Corinthians 9: v7

“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your father which is in heaven.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth; that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”
Mathew 6, v1, 3 & 4

5…shall find it pleasing to enter into marriage where that Marriage is a union between one man and one woman; the Order shall neither acknowledge nor accept any other definition thereof. Celibacy is a personal choice that Brothers and Sisters are free to make:
          “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with the things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13, v4-5

6…be enjoined unto the pleasures of music and dance:

          “Praise the Lord with harp: Sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; Play skilfully with a loud noise.

For the word of the Lord isright; And all his works are done in truth.” Psalm 133

Some forms of music and dance can be lewd, licentious, provocative or even seditious and thus be wholly inappropriate for a Christian Order. It is therefore incumbent upon Convent Masters’, they bearing in mind that there may be geographic, national and cultural differences between Convents and, without overly constraining the energies and ever changing predilections of younger Brothers and Sisters, to strive to find and navigate an acceptable musical middle road within their jurisdictions.

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…be aware of the deleterious effects of over-indulgence in alcohol:

The Order neither recommends nor forbids the consumption of or abstention from alcoholic beverages, and individual choices in both of those regards are respected. Only Beer and Wine are considered appropriate for formal and informal gatherings of the Brethren together under the aegis of the Order, and moderation, by each according to his or her ability, is, together with quiet self-control, pleasing to the ambience and highly desirable.

8…shall in the course of all social interactions, including those outside of the Order, be considerate of but not necessarily subservient to the feelings and needs of the other(s) involved. Decorum, honesty, good humour and common decency shall prevail:

          “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13, v1-2

9…shall neither be encouraged nor discouraged from using electronic social media:

Social media should be used, if at all, with thoughtful consideration as to the content and without expressions of hubris, bearing in mind that it is constantly monitored and recorded by various organisations, few if any of which do so with benign intent.

The Order shall…


10…embrace a military element as a secondary vocation:


‘Defence’, ‘Defensive’ and ‘Defender’ mean precisely as those words are defined in the OED and Brethren shall in no way otherwise be offensive or belligerent in word or deed. However, they shall not meekly proffer the other cheek if threatened or challenged and nor shall they err on the side of righteous caution if physically attacked (see Aquinas* and Bernard**, below). Hence it is desirable that all should be practised in Skill at Arms, at least to a basic level of competence. Furthermore, whilst many of the Brothers and Sisters have been trained in and have become accomplished in the art of war, as will be others who choose to follow this adjunctive course, they must do so without losing sight of or neglecting to practice the primary vocation of the Order which is, fundamentally, Christian self-sufficiency…


          “If ye walk in my statutes and keep my commandments, and do them; then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.


And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage will reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land safely.”
Leviticus 26: v3-5


…albeit even if only in pots on a balcony or in the earth of a small garden.


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(…”And as the care of the common weal is committed to those who are in authority, it is their business to watch over the common weal of the city, kingdom or province subject to them.”
St. Thomas Aquinas*


”Go forth confidently then, you knights, and repel the foes of the Cross of Christ with a stalwart heart. Know that neither death nor life can separate you from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux**)

Notes:
1. Concerning the Oath of the Order.

- All joining the Order shall swear their Oath thus: “I (name) promise to endeavour to live my life in Faith, Truth, Honour, Charity and Loyalty so help me God.”

- Knights and Dames shall further swear thus: “I (name) swear in the name of Almighty God that I shall live my life according to the chivalric articles of Justice, Courage, Humility, Excellence and Nobility.

2. Citations.
All biblical verses above are quoted from the first impression of the Authorised Version of the Holy Bible published by the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1954.

* From Summa Theologiæ (Secunda Secundæ Partis, Q.40 on Just War)

** In a letter (Liber ad milites Templi: De laude novæ militæ) written in the 12th century to Hughes de Payens of the ‘Poor-Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon’ in the Holy Land.