How do you become a warrior monk?
To become a member, you had to sign up at a young age
If you were lucky, a position would become vacant, and you would then have to prove you were of noble birth. An ancestral pedigree with four noble grandparents made up the admission document. On the picture, we see the ancestral pedigrees of Caspar Anthony van Haersolte dated 1762.
Indeed, not everyone could become a warrior knight
The candidate would wait in a separate room from the bailiwick's principal seat for the master to pick him up. (A bailiwick is a merger of several governing bodies, with a governor at its head, the master of an order of knights.) The master led the candidate to the great hall (the Kapittel Hall) where all the members of the chapter would be sitting in a circle. The aspiring member would kneel and answer all kinds of questions about his lineage.
Next, the aspiring member would promise...
You serve the ill, protect the Holy Land and any other territories against the enemies of God, to remain silent about the Order's deliberations, to respect the statutes and not leave the Order without permission. An excerpt of the statutes can be seen in the illustration. Once you were inaugurated, it was for life.
The candidate took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience
The candidate also took an oath of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Obedience to God was documented in the grandmaster's rules, like those by Albert Carel baron Snouckaert van Schauburg, land commander of the Bailiwick of Utrecht of the Teutonic Order (1838-1841).
After taking the oath
In the chapel where the ceremony took place, the new knight brother would have a white cloak draped around him, a sword and shield tied on and he would subsequently be knighted in the position and outfit seen in the illustration. The order would conclude the ceremony with a Mass the new knight would take part in.