Priory of Sion

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The centuries-old secret society whose unseen logging entire plot of The Da Vinci Code existence. The murdered Jacques Saunine, grandfather of Sophie Neveu, whom discover their position that reveals him as Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, is the catalyst that triggered the search for Sophie and Robert discover the location of the great secret of the Priory before falling into the hands Opus Dei.

The Priory of Sion (French: Sion) is the name given to a fraternal organization founded by Pierre Plantard the July 20, 1956, as recorded in the Official Journal of the French Republic number 167, page 6731, characterized by their Rosicrucians modern dyes. In the sixties Plantard told a historical background for this organization, which he described as a secret society founded by Godfrey of Bouillon on Mount Zion in the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1099, and has for its purpose the establishment of a secret lineage Merovingian dynasty on the thrones of France and the rest of Europe. Subsequently the myth would be expanded and popularized by the pseudo-historical book The Holy Grail in 1982, and later was described as a fact in the preface to the novel The Da Vinci Code in 2003.

Historically, there was something like the so-called “Priory of Sion”, in 1099, the Crusaders of Western Europe, after conquering Jerusalem from Muslim rule, they built a new church on the ruins of an ancient Byzantine church called Hagia Sion. The new church was called St. Mary, and the group of priests who attended were known as The Priory of Our Lady of Sion, a title that combined the names of both churches. They remained there until 1217, when Muslims destroyed Santa Maria after reconquer Jerusalem. At that time, they retired to Sicily, where they continued to exercise their ministry. The Priory survived for four centuries until, in 1617, his last members joined the Jesuits. In summary, the Priory of Sion was one of many orders and societies that have come and gone over the history of the Catholic Church. Yes, there was a real Priory of Sion founded in 1099, but it has nothing to do with the current Priory of Sion, which is merely a fictitious product, as the character of Plantard, who appears in several works, between the errata of the works, we can find some false images as the idea of “great masters” that could not exist in the original Priory, as shown us in many books and articles on this subject, for the simple reason that the head of a priory is a prior and not a grand master.

The Priory of Sion, as is known mainly thanks to the novel by Dan Brown and others style Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince and some others who have written about topics like this, has been described as one of the great historical fiction of the twentieth century. Some skeptics have expressed concern about the proliferation and popularity of books, websites and films inspired by this deception that have contributed to the problem of conspiracy theories, false stories and other increasingly common confusion. Others have expressed concern about the romantic reactionary ideology promoted by these works.

In 1982  a controversial non-fiction book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail,  is a book by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. in which the authors presented the following myths as facts to support their hypotheses

there is a secret society known as the Priory of Sion, which has a long history starting in 1099, and had illustrious Grand Masters including Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton;

it created the Knights Templar as its military arm and financial branch; and

it is devoted to installing the Merovingian dynasty, that ruled the Franks from 457 to 751, on the thrones of France and the rest of Europe.

However, the authors re-interpreted the Dossiers Secrets in the light of their own interest in undermining the Roman Catholic Church’s institutional reading of Judeo-Christian history. Contrary to Plantard’s initial Franco-Israelist claim that the Merovingians were only descended from the Tribe of Benjamin, they asserted that:

the Priory of Sion protects Merovingian dynasts because they may be the lineal descendants of the historical Jesus and his alleged wife, Mary Magdalene, traced further back to King David;

the legendary Holy Grail is simultaneously the womb of saint Mary Magdalene and the sacred royal bloodline she gave birth to; and the Church tried to kill off all remnants of this bloodline and their supposed guardians, the Cathars and the Templars, so popes could hold the episcopal throne through the apostolic succession of Peter without fear of it ever being usurped by an antipope from the hereditary succession of Mary Magdalene.

The authors also incorporated the antisemitic and anti-Masonic tract known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion into their story, concluding that it was actually based on the master plan of the Priory of Sion. They presented it as the most persuasive piece of evidence for the existence and activities of the Priory of Sion by arguing that:

the original text on which the published version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was based had nothing to do with Judaism or an “international Jewish conspiracy”. It issued from a Masonic body practicing the Scottish Rite which incorporated the word “Zion” in its name;

the original text was not intended to be released publicly, but was a program for gaining control of Freemasonry as part of a strategy to infiltrate and reorganise church and state according to esoteric Christian principles;

after a failed attempt to gain influence in the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Sergei Nilus changed the original text to forge an inflammatory tract in 1903 to discredit the esoteric clique around Papus by implying they were Judaeo-Masonic conspirators; and

some esoteric Christian elements in the original text were ignored by Nilus and hence remained unchanged in the antisemitic canard he published.

In reaction to this memetic synthesis of investigative journalism with religious conspiracism, many secular conspiracy theorists added the Priory of Sion to their list of secret societies collaborating or competing to manipulate political happenings from behind the scenes in their bid for world domination. Some occultists speculated that the emergence of the Priory of Sion and Plantard closely follows The Prophecies by M. Michel Nostradamus (unaware that Plantard was intentionally trying to fulfill them).Fringe Christian eschatologists countered that it was a fulfilment of prophecies found in the Book of Revelation and further proof of an anti-Christian conspiracy of epic proportions.

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Those closest to the idea of the actual existence of the Priory supporters are based on the following facts and arguments:

A list of illustrious Grand Masters (The Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion clandestine have been known traditionally as “Nautonniers” or “Navigators”. The first official Navigator of the Priory of Sion was Jean de Guisors, who was present at the Tala del Olmo of Guisors and served from 1188 until his death in 1220, under the title of Juan II. The first Navigators of the Priory of Sion seem to have passed its leadership through a familiar inbred line, but later this position was occupied by some of the most influential artists, scientists and creative minds in the history of Europe. As disclosed in the list dated 1956 contained in the Dossiers secrets and copied in its entirety under the entrance of this book titled Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion. Many distinguished people occupied this position, including Leonard do da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo and Jean Cocteau, who thinks he served from 1918 to 1963), this would indicate that the Order of Sion would have a long history that began with the creation Knights Templar and their military and financial fronts. However, this list is based on an admittedly false document.

It is said that played an important role in promoting the myth of “hidden river of esotericism”, the Alph, in medieval Europe.

Swears reinstate the Merovingian dynasty which ruled the Frankish kingdom from 447-751 AD, on the thrones of Europe and Jerusalem, despite not getting even one such accredited dynasty descended.

The order would protect the royal dynasty because according to the doctrine of the order, the Merovingian dynasty would be the direct descendants assumptions of Jesus and his alleged wife Mary Magdalene. However, genetic studies were made in 2006 and in  the television show of the History Channel Digging for the Truth, they made a genetic analysis of Aragunde, one of the first Merovingian queens, in order to prove or disprove held that the bloodline descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The result of the analysis concluded that the origin of the lineage of the Merovingian dynasty was European only and was not genetically related to any of the populations of the Middle East, ruling it real French legend about the supposed descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, that were clearly Jewish.

Thus, the existence of the Priory of Sion remains an elusive mystery even today.

This article was written by Psalm Triginta