posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 07:43 AM
Had to rush this thread, work shift is almost over
The first thing most will think upon first seeing this picture is evil. The devil, baphomet, or whatever else you may have heard over the internet.
However none of that is remotely true.
This image is very familiar with members of the York Rite house in masonry known as Knights Templars. This image invoke a feeling of strength, love,
If you never heard of Houdini, or Funk Master Flex "5minutes of Funk" then that part would be hard to explain...
Anyway... A common thing among masonry, is that it is a beautiful system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated through signs and symbol.
Every symbol has a meaning, every sign has a purpose.
The Chi Ro, pronounced like the City Cairo, is the original form of the Skull and cross bones...
Going back to the picture of "Skulley", The phrase at the bottom, also in my my signature is "In hoc signo vinces" it is a Latin rendering of the
Greek phrase "ἐν τούτῳ νίκα", en touto nika, meaning "in this sign you will conquer".
According to legend, Constantine I adopted this Greek phrase, "εν τούτῳ νίκα", as a motto after his vision of a chi rho on the sky just
before the Battle of Milvian Bridge against Maxentius on 28 October 312. The early Christian symbol consists of a monogram composed of the Greek
letters chi (X) and rho (P), the first two letters in the name Christ (Greek: Χριστός). In later periods the christogram "IHS" both stood for
the first three letters of "Jesus" in Latinized Greek (Ιησούς, Latinized IHSOVS) and "in hoc signo" from the legend.
This emblem was believe to be the first form of the actual cross used in Christianity today, even before the lamb or fish was used(another thread).
It is commonly said that through the persecution of Christian, they were force to hide their religion with in signs and symbols, the same with masons
of the past. So the Chi Ro went from greek letters to a skull and cross bone. There’s a story that state that their was a man, that love his wife so
much, after her death, he went to he r grave and consummated with her dead body, producing a dead baby, that wa later found born between her two thigh
bones. More than likely that tale is false.
I simply brought up this topic for one to remember this day good Friday. On Christ day of Cruxcifiction he went through 13 stations before his
resurrection. That is the significance of the number 13, in Knights Templarism, not just Jaque D'Molay's execution, as many believe.
So if you Christian Catholic, a Knight, hopefully this info will assist you in remembering the sacrifice, and the immortality of your flesh.
The 13 stations of the cross
"Behold your king," says Pilate.
"Away with him," the people shout.
And they sent you to your death.
Lord Jesus, Word made flesh,
Light for our dark world,
God come to save us,
may we never send you away.
You were led to Calvary, Lord,
carrying the cross by yourself.
Yet was the cross only yours,
or was it also mine you bore?
By your holy cross, O Jesus,
make me strong and able
to take up the cross I must bear.
How strange to see you fall
as anyone does who cannot go on.
And yet you rise again
to take the few steps more you can.
By your first fall, O Jesus,
give your risen grace
to those who fall and cannot rise.
O Mother of my Savior,
you stand beside your Son.
With love beyond all telling,
you share his grief as one.
How shall I know your sorrow,
your tears beyond compare?
Deep in my heart stand watching,
and call my memory there.
Simon, coming in from the fields,
was pressed to carry your cross.
Did he come to know you, Lord,
walking by your side?
By your meeting with the Cyrenean,
may we find you in the stranger,
and in the needy we meet.
A woman named Veronica
kindly washed your face with a towel.
Such a simple thing!
A towel, a cup of water, a loving word.
By your meeting with Veronica, Lord,
help us value such small things,
so great when given in your name.
Can God fall, a mighty God,
whose hands uphold all that is?
By your second fall, O Lord,
remember how weak we are,
remember our helplessness,
remember our human frailty,
and come to our assistance.
Women wept as you passed
and you said, "Weep not for me
but for your children."
Keep the grace of this meeting
alive in our hearts, Lord.
Keep us concerned
for humanity's children.
Like water poured out,
your strength is gone.
You fall as if to the dust of death.
By your third fall, O Lord,
give us courage before our trials
and patience to go on.
Help us in our need.
They divided your garments
and cast lots for your clothes.
Stripped of all dignity,
you had nothing of your own.
By your despoilment, O Lord,
clothe us in your mercy
which is rich beyond words.
Nailed to the cross,
you know how many feel
who, bound by circumstance,
year by year get nowhere.
By your riven hands and feet, Lord,
help those fixed to a cross
by long illness or misfortune.
Once the prophet said:
"Who can believe our report?"
God's Servant, crushed in sorrow,
pierced for our offenses!
Shall we not stand watching, Lord,
mourning the sins you bear,
rejoicing in the pardon you bestow?
Resting in your mother's arms
when taken from the cross,
you died trusting a Father's care,
faithful unto death.
By your holy death, O Lord,
give us an unfailing trust in God,
commend us to your Father's hands.