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When we examine the symbolism of the English Orders, we see some shocking messages. Why does everyone bow before the Pope - whether they are a religious or a political leader? Why did the Queen visit the pope dressed in black? Why do so many visit the pope dressed in black? And why are political leaders such as Ronald Reagan and George Bush knighted? What service did they do? When we study the symbolism there is much that can be gleaned. The Queen, the Knights, the Orders are all subject to the Pope. England has long ago lost its independent state and is now subject to the Papacy, but most don't know it. Can there be a deeper meaning to the rituals and symbolism?
Charles II of England (1660-1685) in the robes of the Order of the Garter. Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_II_of_England.jpeg
King John of England signs the Magna Carta, breaking his word to the Church and relinquishing the British crown to the Papacy.Learn the context of this historic event.Source: Cassell's History of England. Public Domain Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joao_sem_terra_assina_carta_Magna.jpg
King John (1167 – 1216). Read King John's Concession of the crown to the Papacy. Public Domain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_of_England_-_Illustration_from_Cassell%27s_History_of_England_-_Century_Edition_-_published_circa_1902.jpg
"The Crown resigned to the Pope's Legate by King John" (in 1213), from History of England. Learn the context of this historic event.
Grand master & senior knights Hospitaller. Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Knights_hospitaller.JPG
A man induced into the Knights Templar (Freemasonry) in 2009. Note the Maltese Cross. CC Danny Thompson https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Templar_induction_2009_3.jpg#mw-jump-to-license
Canterbury Cathedral: West Front, Nave and Central Tower. CC Sharealike Hans Musil https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Canterbury_Cathedral_-_Portal_Nave_Cross-spire.jpeg