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NEVER BEFORE SEEN ILLUMINATI RITUAL "KNIGHT COMMANDER COURT OF HONOUR"

 
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NEVER BEFORE SEEN ILLUMINATI RITUAL "KNIGHT COMMANDER COURT OF HONOUR"
K. C. C. H.
OFFICERS AND STATIONS
1. GRAND COMMANDER CENTER OF EAST
2. LT. GRAND COMMANDER CENTER OF WEST
3. GRAND PRIOR RIGHT OF EAST
4. GRAND CHANCELLOR LEFT OF EAST
5. GRAND MINISTER OF STATE RIGHT OF WEST
6. GRAND SECRETARY GENERAL OFFICIAL STATION
7. GRAND TREASURER GENERAL OFFICIAL STATION
8. GRAND ALMONER LEFT OF WEST
9. GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES NORTH
10. GRAND CHAPLIN RIGHT OF GRAND PRIOR
11. GRAND HERALD DOOR OF ENTRANCE
12. GRAND ORGANIST AT CONSOLE
13. GRAND EQUERRY NORTHWEST
14. GRAND TYLER ANTE ROOM AT DOOR

PROPERTIES
ALTAR - ON IT CENSER FOR FIRE - MATCHES OR TAPER. BOOK OF OUR FAITH, CONSTITUTIONS, SQUARE AND COMPASSES.
GAVEL FOR OFFICERS.
ON PEDESTALS AT STATIONS OR CONVENIENT FOR THE GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES:
JEWEL OF K.C.C.H. ACCORDING TO STATUES
BLOOD RED CAP OF K.C.C.H.
SYNTHETIC BADGE
SWORD BELT
RING FOR LT GRAND COMMANDER, ON FINGER
FIVE MEMBERS OF THE 33° HONORARY
SEVEN OF THE KC.C.H.

KNIGHT COMMANDER COURT OF HONOUR
STATION - SET UP
EAST
THREE (3) STATIONS — TRIANGULAR STANDS — RED COVERS
GRAND COMMANDER: Center - Throne Chair - Purple Cover
GRAND PRIOR On Right of Grand Commander
GRAND CHANCELLOR: On Left of Grand Commander
STATION OF GRAND COMMANDER: Gavel
Sword Belt only
STATION OF GRAND PRIOR Gavel
Jewel, K. C. C.H. STATION OF GRAND CHANCELLOR Gavel
Cap, K C. C.H.
ALTAR -
STANDS, TWO(2) - Triangular Shape
Crimson - Red Cover
Bible - Constitutions, Square and Compasses Gavel
Kneeling Cushion
Near Altar - Red Covers
Censer for fire - Cover to extinguish Incense Burner

SWORDS, TWELVE (12) + - Near Altar

WEST
TWO (2) STATIONS TRIANGULAR RED COVERS
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER GRAND MINISTER OF STATE
STATION, GRAND MINISTER OF STATE BADGE, SYNTHETIC
CHAIRS, ARM, FOR MASTER OF CEREMONIES AND OTHER OFFICERS.
IN EAST
FLAG, UNITED STATES BANNER, CONSISTORY

KNIGHT COMMANDER COURT OF HONOUR
PROPERTIES
TRIANGLE ALTAR RED COVER
TWO (2) SMALL STANDS NEAR ALTAR
A. Censer for fire with cover to extinguish.
B. Incense Burner.
KNEELING CUSHION
BIBLE
CONSTITUTIONS
SQUARE AND COMPASSES FOUR (4) GAVELS
JEWEL, KC.C.H.
BADGE, SYNTHETIC
CAP, K.C.C.H.
BELT, SWORD, only
RING for Lieutenant Grand Commander - 14E OR 33E or any kind.
SWORDS, EXTRA (Twelve (12) or more.)
FLAG, UNITED STATES
BANNER, CONSISTORY
COVER, RED, NINE (9) , FOR ALTAR ON STATIONS ALCOHOL FOR CENSER
INCENSE

MATCHES

CAPES, RED, or ROBES, RED MAY BE USED FOR OFFICERS & MARSHALLS
ALTAR LIGHT IS LIT BY CHAPLAIN AT OPENING WHEN HE GOES TO THE ALTAR, AND THE LIGHT SHOULD BE SUCH THAT IT WILL STAY ALIGHT DURING THE ENTIRE CEREMONY UNTIL EXTINGUISHED BY THE GRAND COMMANDER AT CLOSING.
MUSIC AS DESIGNATED IN RITUAL. IN EACH CASE THE SELECTION MUST FIT INTO THE SENTIMENT OF THE TEXT.
THE CEREMONIAL OF INVESTITURE

for the Rank and Decoration
of
KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR
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TO OPEN
(The Brethren having assembled in the Council Chamber, the Grand Commander will take his seat in the East, rap once, and say -)
GRAND COMMANDER: BRETHREN, I AM ABOUT TO OPEN A COURT OF HONOUR FOR THE PURPOSE OF INVESTING WITH THE RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHT COMMANDER, THOSE MASTERS OF THE ROYAL SECRET WHO HAVE BEEN ELECTED BY THE SUPREME COUNCIL TO RECEIVE IT.
WE WILL THANK ALL BRETHREN WHO ARE NOT ACTIVE, EMERITI, OR HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL, OR BEEN INVESTED WITH THE RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHTS COMMANDER TO WITHDRAW. (Done)
BRETHREN, BE PLEASED TO ASSUME YOUR SEVERAL STATIONS AND ASSIST ME IN THE CEREMONIAL (Done)
GRAND COMMANDER: GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, SATISFY YOURSELF THAT ALL WHO ARE PRESENT ARE ENTITLED TO WITNESS THE
CEREMONIAL OF INVESTITURE.
(The Grand Master of Ceremonies then ascertains thru the proper officers whether all present are entitled to witness the ceremonial. If he is not satisfied he reports - and points out the person unknown to him; if they are then vouched for or satisfy him otherwise, he passes on to the next. If any person is present who cannot be vouched for nor show satisfactory evidence of his right to be present, he will be asked to withdraw, when he is satisfied all are entitled to remain, he says -)



GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER, ALL PRESENT ARE ENTITLED TO WITNESS THE CEREMONIAL.
GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, SEE THAT THE ENTRANCES TO THE COURT OF HONOUR ARE DULY GUARDED, AND INFORM THE TYLER THAT I AM ABOUT TO OPEN A COURT OF HONOUR AND DIRECT HIM TO PROTECT US FROM INTRUSION OR INTERRUPTION.
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: BROTHER GRAND HERALD, SEE THAT THE ENTRANCES TO THE COURT OF HONOUR ARE DULY GUARDED.
GRAND HERALD: BROTHER GRAND TILER, THE GRAND COMMANDER IS ABOUT TO OPEN A COURT OF HONOUR AND YOU ARE DIRECTED TO PROTECT US FROM INTRUSION OR INTERRUPTION.

GRAND HERALD: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, YOUR ORDERS HAVE BEEN EXECUTED.
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER, THE ENTRANCES TO THE COURT OF HONOUR ARE DULY GUARDED.
GRAND COMMANDER: HOW, MY BROTHER?
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: BY A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR ARMED WITH CAUTION AND COURTESY, WHO WILL GUARD US AGAINST INTRUSION OR INTERRUPTION.
GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, SFR THAT THE SYMBOLS ARE PROPERLY ARRANGED AND DISPLAYED ON THE ALTAR.
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: BROTHER GRAND HERALD, SEE THAT THE SYMBOLS ARE PROPERLY ARRANGED AND DISPLAYED ON THE ALTAR.
GRAND HERALD: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, YOUR ORDER HAS BEEN EXECUTED.

GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER, THE SYMBOLS ARE PROPERLY ARRANGED AND DISPLAYED ON THE ALTAR
GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, WHAT ARE THE SYMBOLS AND HOW ARE THEY PROPERLY ARRANGED AND DISPLAYED ON THE ALTAR?
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: THE HOLY BOOK OF OUR FAITH, THE GREAT LIGHT OF MASONRY LIES OPEN ON THE ALTAR AS A SYMBOL OF THE REVELATION OF GOD TO MAN THRU MEN. ON THE BOOK REST THE SQUARE AND COMPASSES, THE PECULIAR SYMBOLS OF ANCIENT CRAFT MASONRY, TEACHING THE EVOLUTION OF THE DIVINE IN MAN THRU MATERIAL AND SENSUAL. BESIDE THEM ARE THE GRAND CONSTITUTIONS OF THE RITE, THE SYMBOLS OF THE HIERARCHY AND OF OUR UNSWERVING LOYALTY TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE ORDER AND ITS GOVERNMENT?
GRAND COMMANDER: THANK YOU, MY BROTHER
(3 Gavels)

GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND CHAPLAIN, YOU WILL PLEASE INVOKE THE DIVINE BLESSING ON THIS SESSION OF THE COURT OF HONOUR.

GRAND CHAPLAIN: (Proceeds to altar, kneels, repeats a prayer which will be preferably be the “Disciples’ Prayer” commonly spoken of as the “Lord’s Prayer” and lights the censer.)

GRAND COMMANDER: I NOW DECLARE THIS COURT OF HONOUR OPEN FOR THE CEREMONIAL OF INVESTITURE. BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, INFORM THE GRAND TYLER
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: BROTHER GRAND HERALD, INFORM THE GRAND TILER THAT THE SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER HAS DECLARED THIS COURT OF HONOUR OPEN FOR THE CEREMONIAL OF INVESTITURE AND DIRECT HIM TO SECURE US FROM INTRUSION OR INTERRUPTION.
GRAND HERALD: BROTHER GRAND TILER, THE SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER HAS DECLARED THIS COURT OF HONOUR OPEN FOR THE CEREMONIAL OF INVESTITURE AND YOU ARE TO KEEP US SECURE FROM INTRUSION OR INTERRUPTION.
(Done, Grand Herald closes door and reports to Grand Master of Ceremonies

GRAND HERALD: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, WE ARE SECURE AGAINST INTRUSION OR INTERRUPTION.
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER, WE ARE SECURE AGAINST INTRUSION OR INTERRUPTION AND THE ALTAR LIGHT IS BURNING.
(MUSIC: STAR SPANGLED BANNER)
(PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE)
GRAND COMMANDER: (Calling the Court to their feet.) IN THE NAME OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE OF FREEMASONRY, FOR THE SOUTHERN JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE WELCOME YOU TO THIS COURT OF HONOUR, WHERE YOU WILL UNITE IN THE PLAUDITS WHEREBY WE EXPRESS OUR JOY AND GRATITUDE AT BEING AGAIN PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONIAL FOR WHICH WE HAVE ASSEMBLED WITH ME MY BRETHREN. (ALL GIVE, Grand Commander leading the battery, - THREE (3) and ONE (1))
BRETHREN, BE SEATED.

THE INVESTITURE

GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, PLEASE ASCERTAIN WHETHER THERE ARE IN WAITING ANY MASTERS OF THE ROYAL SECRET WHO HAVE BEEN NOMINATED IN AND ELECTED BY THE SUPREME COUNCIL TO RECEIVE THE RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR, ANNOUNCING THEIR NAMES AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE.
(Grand Master of Ceremonies salutes, retires and ascertains the full names and residences of the Brethren in waiting - this should have been previously prepared. Grand Master of Ceremonies returns and reports.)

GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER, THERE ARE WITHOUT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MASTERS OF THE ROYAL SECRET SEEKING TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR
(READS NAMES)

GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND SECRETARY GENERAL, HAVE THESE MASTERS OF THE ROYAL SECRET BEEN DULY NOMINATED IN AND ELECTED BY THE SUPREME COUNCIL TO RECEIVE THE RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHTS COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR?
GRAND SECRETARY GENERAL: SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER, THEY HAVE.
GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, YOU WILL INTRODUCE THE BRETHREN WHO ARE READY FOR THE INVESTITURE.
(HOLY, HOLY, HOLY)
(The Grand Master of Ceremonies introduces the Postulants without jewels or regalia and conducts them once around the room and to the West side of the Altar. As they enter, the Organ will play a triumphal march. The Postulants will remain standing at the West side of the Altar facing East, and the Sovereign Grand Commander, will say -)
GRAND COMMANDER: BRETHREN, THE RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR WAS CREATED BY THE SUPREME COUNCIL ON MAY 5, 1870, AT THE INSTANCE OF THE GRAND COMMANDER - ALBERT PIKE.
WE MUST REMIND YOU THAT IT IS NOT A DEGREE OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE, NOR A DEGREE OF ANY RITE OF MASONRY. IT IS A CEREMONIAL OF INVESTITURE WHICH IS INTENDED TO EMPHASIZE OUR PLEASURE IN WELCOMING YOU AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN HONORED BY SECTION AS MEMBERS OF THIS UNIQUE ORGANIZATION; TO RECALL TO OUR MEMORIES SOME OF THE MORE STRIKING TENETS OF THE ORDER; TO RENEW OUR PLEDGES TO ITS TEACHINGS AND ITS GOVERNMENT AND TO STRENGTHEN OUR HOPES IN THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS OF ITS MISSION.
THE RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR WAS ESTABLISHED TO POINT OUT AND TO HONOR THOSE BRETHREN WHO HAVE DESERVED WELL OF THE RITE. IT CAN NEVER BE APPLIED FOR NOR BOUGHT, AND IF SOLICITED OR APPLIED FOR, MUST BE REFUSED.
THE NUMBER OF THOSE WHO CAN BE ADMITTED TO THE COURT OF HONOUR AT ANY SESSION OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL IS LIMITED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES LAID DOWN IN ITS STATUTES WHICH EXPRESSLY PROVIDE THAT MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY KNIGHTS COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR MAY BE ELECTED THAN THE NUMBER OF KNIGHTS COMMANDER WHO MAY BE ELECTED TO RECEIVE THE THIRTY-THIRD DEGREE, HONORARY. THE SLIGHTEST REFLECTION WILL CONVINCE ANY ONE THAT UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES THE IDEA THAT IF A MASTER OF THE ROYAL SECRET IS INVESTED WITH THE RANK AND DECORATION OF A KNIGHT COMMANDER HE IS BOUND TO RECEIVE THE THIRTY-THIRD DEGREE, HONORARY, IS ERRONEOUS.
WE DESIRE, MY BRETHREN, TO IMPRESS UPON YOU AS A STRONGLY AS POSSIBLE THAT THIS INVESTITURE CONSTITUTES NEITHER A DEGREE NOR A HALF- DEGREE, NEITHER A PROMISE NOR A HINT THAT YOU WILL HEREAFTER RECEIVE THE THIRTY-THIRD DEGREE HONORARY.
IT INDICATES THAT UP UNTIL THIS TIME YOUR CONDUCT, ZEAL AND FIDELITY HAVE BEEN SUCH AS TO MARK YOU AS A FAITHFUL SCOTTISH RITE MASON. WHETHER THIS OPINION WILL PREVAIL, DEPENDS ON A CONTINUATION, OR A INCREASED EXERCISE OF THOSE COMMENDABLE QUALITIES WHICH HAVE EARNED OUR APPROBATION OF YOUR PAST EFFORTS, AND WITHOUT THAT APPROBATION, THE ELECTION TO THE THIRTY-THIRD DEGREE, HONORARY, IS IMPOSSIBLE.
IT IS TRUE THAT NO BROTHER CAN BE ELECTED AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL UNTIL AFTER HE HAS BEEN NOMINATED IN AND FT FETED BY THE SUPREME COUNCIL TO RECEIVE THIS RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR, BUT THE PURPOSE AND INTENTION OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE RITE WAS TO FORM A BODY OF MEN FROM WHOM IT COULD AND WOULD SELECT ALL ITS MEMBERS. IT PROVIDED THAT THESE MEN SHOULD BE SELECTED LIKE THE ANCIENT CHARGES OF THE FREEMASONS REQUIRED, FOR THEIR MERIT AND WITHOUT ANY SUGGESTION OR SOLICITATION BY THEM AND WITHOUT ANY PAYMENT IN MONEY. THE COUNCIL DESIRED TO PREVENT THE CHEAPENING OF THE THIRTY-THIRD DEGREE AND LIMIT THE NUMBER OF RECIPIENTS TO THOSE BRETHREN WHO HAVE WORKED FOR AND SERVED THE ORDER BEING CONTENT TO AWAIT A TIME WITH PATIENCE FOR THEIR MERITS TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THEIR BRETHREN.
IF YOU DO NOT IN FUTURE YEARS RECEIVE THE LAST DEGREE, REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SIGNALLY HONORED IN THIS INVESTITURE BY THE SUPREME COUNCIL AND THAT IT IS A SOLEMN DUTY TO BE TRUE, LOYAL AND DEVOTED TO THE RITE AND ITS GOVERNMENT.
GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, FORM THE LIVING TRIANGLE OF THE HIERARCHY. MARSHALLS PLEASE RISE. (FIVE(5) 33E AND SEVEN(7) KCCH)
(BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC)
(It is formed by the first three officers of the Supreme Council, or their representatives, on each at the angles of the triangular Altar, the Sovereign Grand Commander at the apex. Forming another equilateral triangle around the Altar are five members of the Thirty-Third Degree, Honorary, one each at the angles and one each on the sides leading toward the apex. Forming another equilateral triangle about that of the Thirty-Third Degree, Honorary, are seven KCCH, one each at the angles and two on each of the two sides leading toward the apex, all facing the geometrical center represented by the Censer. Encircling all, if there be a sufficient number, are the rest of the Court of Honour, formed as a Chain of Union. The Candidates at the base of the triangles - all as depicted on the sketch. The "x" marks on the sides of the triangles in the sketch, and at the angles, indicate the stations of those forming the figure. When all is ready, the Grand Master of Ceremonies says: -)
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER, THE LIVING TRIANGLE OF THE HIERARCHY IS FORMED.
GRAND COMMANDER: MY BRETHREN, THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE IS THAT OF A HIERARCHY, AND IN THIS TRIANGLE WE PRESENT TO YOU ITS LIVING SYMBOL. DO NOT, MY BRETHREN, IMAGINE THAT WE IMITATE THAT ECCLESIASTICAL HIERARCHY WHICH HAS SO LONG SOUGHT TO DOMINATE THE MINDS, THE HEARTS AND THE SOULS OF MEN AND TO MAKE ALL WILLS SUBSERVIENT TO THEIR POWER.
IN THE ANCIENT BOOKS OF OUR MASONIC ANCESTORS, THE NUMBER OF THE ANGELIC HIERARCHY WAS NINE. IT HAD ITS EARTHLY COUNTERPART LIKEWISE NINE IN NUMBER FROM THE CELESTIAL HIERARCHY EMANATED AND FLOWED DOWN INTO THE MUNDANE SPHERE ALL THE GOOD AND PERFECT GIFTS WHICH THE GRAND ARCHITECT BESTOWS ON HIS CREATURES, AND THE DIVINE CURRENT FLOWS THRU THE TERRESTRIAL HIERARCHY. THE ALTAR IS THE CENTER BY WHICH WE REPRESENT THE CELESTIAL HIERARCHY AND THE NINE MEMBERS OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL, AS ORIGINALLY CONSTITUTED, AND AS SOME SUPREME COUNCILS ARE STILL CONSTITUTED, SYMBOLIZE. THAT TERRESTRIAL OR EARTHLY HIERARCHY WHICH SEEKS TO SEIZE AND HOLD THE RAYS OF DIVINE TRUTH EMANATING FROM ITS COUNTERPART ON THE OTHER SIDE OF BEING AND DIFFUSE THEM AMONG THEIR FELLOW MEN, THUS PROMOTING THEIR HAPPINESS AND WELFARE.
THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT ADOPTED BY THE MEN WHO FOUNDED THE SCOTTISH RITE IS THE MOST STABLE AND PERMANENT WHICH HAS EVER BEEN ESTABLISHED ON EARTH. EVEN IN ITS SPURIOUS FORMS, LIKE THAT OF THE GREAT CHURCH WHICH HAS ENDURED FOR SO MANY CENTURIES, IT HAS OUTLIVED NEARLY ALL THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD.
IN OUR RITE, THE SYMBOL OF THE HIERARCHY TEACHES US THAT POWER DESCENDS FROM ON HIGH AND DOES NOT RISE OUT FROM THE DEPTHS; THAT THE BODY WHICH REPRESENTS THE HIERARCHY SHOULD BE A CENTER OF LIGHT AND OF KNOWLEDGE RADIATING ITS BENEFICENT BEAMS INTO THE DARKNESS SURROUNDING IT.
THE SPLENDID IDEAL OF THE HIERARCHY IS THE BASIC TRUTH OF SCOTTISH RITE MASONRY. ITS GOVERNING BODY IS SELF PERPETUATING AND DEATHLESS. IT BESTOWS ITS POWER AND RANK AT ITS WILL WHILE IT ENDEAVORS TO MAKE VIRTUE AND INTELLECT AND THE SERVICE OF OUR FELLOW MEN THE SOLE BASIS OF ALL ITS FAVORS.
IN THE YORK, OR AMERICAN RITE OF FREEMASONRY, WHEN ALL THE SUBORDINATE LODGES DIE, THE GRAND LODGE WHICH GOVERNS THEM DIES, BUT IN THE SCOTTISH RITE, ALL ITS SUBORDINATE BODIES MAY DIE AND YET THE POWER OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL PERSISTS IN UNABATED VIGOR AND IT MAY CREATE NEW LODGES, CHAPTERS, COUNCILS AND CONSISTORIES.
FREEMASONRY OF ALL RITES IS, HOWEVER, A VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION OF GOOD MEN, AND IF ANY BROTHER OF THE RITE SHOULD OBJECT TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE SCOTTISH RITE, OR TO ITS FORM OF GOVERNMENT TO WHICH HE SWORE ALLEGIANCE, HE SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM IT AND LEAVE THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN IT TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN CONVICTIONS OF DUTY.
IF YOU SHOULD HEAR AN UNFAITHFUL OR FALSE BROTHER OBJECTING TO OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT, OR ANY CLANDESTINE PRETENDER USING HIS DEMAGOGICAL ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE HIERARCHICAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT, REMEMBER THAT IGNORANCE IS THE MOTHER OF PREJUDICE AND THAT OURS IS THE TRUE VOLUNTARY GOVERNMENT BY A BENEVOLENT HIERARCHY AND NOT A FALSE AND SPURIOUS OF ECCLESIASTICAL TYRANNY.
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU WILLING TO ASSUME THE VOW OF KNIGHTHOOD? ALL KNIGHTS OF THE COURT AND GUESTS, PLEASE RISE.
(All candidates place right hand over heart)

OBLIGATION
GRAND COMMANDER:
UNDER THE SIGN OF FIDELITY, YOU WILL SAY "I", PRONOUNCE YOUR NAMES IN FULL AND REPEAT AFTER ME:
I _________________ DO SOLEMNLY VOW ON MY HONOR AS A MAN AND MASON THAT I WILL NOT REVEAL ANY PART OF THE CEREMONIAL OF MY INVESTITURE WITH RANK AND DECORATION OF KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR TO ANY PERSON IN THE WORLD EXCEPT IT BE TO ONE TO WHOM I AM AUTHORIZED TO COMMUNICATE IT.
THAT I WILL BE FAITHFUL TO THE TEACHINGS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE OF FREEMASONRY; THAT I WILL BE LOYAL TO ITS GOVERNMENT AND ITS CHIEFS; THAT I WILL ENDEAVOR TO BE A FREEMASON IN TRUTH AND IN DEED AS WELL AS IN NAME, BY LIVING THE BEST LIFE, WHICH IS POSSIBLE FOR ME.; THAT I WILL NOT ENGAGE IN, COUNTENANCE OR CONCUR IN ANY DISLOYALTY TO THE SUPREME COUNCIL, ITS OFFICERS OR ITS MEMBERS: THAT I WILL AID TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY ALL ITS EFFORTS TO EXTEND THE INFLUENCE OF SCOTTISH RITE MASONRY AND THE ACTIVITIES OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL IN COMBATTING SUPERSTITION, IGNORANCE AND DESPOTISM; AND THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE THE ADVOCATE AND FRIEND OF TRUE LIBERTY, JUST EQUALITY AND SINCERE FRATERNITY.
I INVOKE UPON MYSELF ALL THE PENALTIES CONTAINED IN ALL MY MASONIC OBLIGATIONS, VOWS AND PROMISES, IF I SHOULD KNOWINGLY OR WILLFULLY VIOLATE THIS VOW OF LOYALTY. AMEN.
(Grand Commander, Lieutenant Grand Commander and Prior resume respective stations.)

GRAND COMMANDER: BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, DISSOLVE THE TRIANGLE. (ONE (1) GAVEL TO SEAT MEMBERS.)
GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES: BRETHREN - BY ORDER OF THE SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDER, THE TRIANGLE IS NOW DISSOLVED. YOU WILL RETURN TO YOUR RESPECTIVE STATIONS AND PLACES.
(WHEN THEY RING THE GOLDEN BELLS)

GRAND COMMANDER: BRETHREN, YOU WILL NOW, IN CHARGE OF OUR BROTHER, THE GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, MAKE FOUR SYMBOLIC CIRCUITS ABOUT THE COUNCIL CHAMBER. LET THEM REMIND YOU THAT BY KEEPING YOUR RIGHT HAND TOWARD THE ALTAR AND TRAVELING FROM WEST TO THE EAST BY WAY OF THE NORTH. - YOU IMITATE THE COURSES OF THE SUN WHICH GIVES LIGHT TO THE WORLD, BY WHICH YOU ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS YOUR DUTY TO
DISSEMINATE TRUTH AND FOLLOW THE RULES OF LIFE THAT THE GOD OF NATURE HAS ORDAINED.
(At the end of the first circuit, the Candidate is halted before the Grand Prior. The circuit should be gauged with the music so that in this and the other cases, the candidate would be at the station at the same time that the music ends, and care should be taken with the selections that they will not only fit closely the text but be of a length which will suit the circuits. A consultation between the Grand Master of Ceremonies and the Musical Director will prevent embarrassment.)
GRAND PRIOR: I INVEST YOU WITH THE JEWEL OF A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR IT IS A PASSION CROSS OF GOLD, AS DESCRIBED IN THE STATUES OF THIS SUPREME COUNCIL. THE GOLD LAUREL LEAVES SYMBOLIZE THE WELL DESERVED REWARD OF YOUR PROMOTION, NOW YOUR PRECIOUS POSSESSION. THE GOLD BEADS ARE A SYMBOL OF THAT PRAYERFUL DEVOTION TO THE INTERESTS OF OUR BRETHREN BY WHICH THE CIRCLE OF OUR FRIENDSHIP IS STRENGTHENED, BINDING US MORE FIRMLY TOGETHER IN OUR NOBLE MISSION; THE CROSS, SYMBOL OF THE HIGHER LIFE WHICH WE HOPE TO DESERVE BY GOOD DEEDS, BEARS WITHIN IT THE THREE - LEAVED GREEN PLANT SYMBOL OF THAT TRINITY IN UNITY WHICH ZARATHRUSTRA SAID SHINES THRUOUT THE UNIVERSE. MAY THE MYSTIC MEANING OF THE SIGNIFICANT SYMBOL AND JEWEL ENABLE YOU TO UNDERSTAND PLAINLY THE WONDERFUL BOND WHICH UNITES ALL GOD'S CREATURES.
(At the close of this lecture, the Music starts and the Grand Master of Ceremonies accompanies the Candidate on the second circuit, ending at the station of and facing the Grand Chancellor.)

GRAND CHANCELLOR: THE RED CAP IS A SYMBOL OF THE RED ROSE OR KIRTLE WHICH WAS DONNED BY THE POSTULANT IN THE ANCIENT CEREMONY OF INVESTITURE. IT WAS IN THOSE DAYS, THE SYMBOL OF BLOOD, HIS OWN BLOOD, WHICH THE KNIGHT DECLARED HE WAS READY TO SHED IN BEHALF OF THE CHURCH. BUT FOR THE KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR, THE BLOOD RED CAP IS A SYMBOL OF THAT NOBILITY OF SOUL WHICH IS THE PARENT OF ALL THE KNIGHTLY VIRTUES.
I PLACE IT ON YOUR HEAD THAT YOU MAY WEAR IT AND BE REMINDED OF THE ZEAL WHICH YOU SHOULD NOW, GREATER THAN EVER, DISPLAY IN THE CAUSE OF THE SCOTTISH RITE, TO DEMONSTRATE THAT YOU ARE NOT AN INGRATE WHO HAS FORGOTTEN THE CAUSE NOR THE MEN WHO HAVE HONORED IT.
(As with the previous circuit, the third is undertaken, stopping at the station of and facing the Grand Minister of State.)

GRAND MINISTER OF STATE: I NOW INVEST YOU WITH THE "SYNTHETIC BADGE" SO CALLED BECAUSE LIKE THE POINTS OF THE COMPASSES, THE TENETS OF MASONRY ARE CONTAINED WITHIN ITS BOUNDS.
IT IS A RECTANGLE OF GOLD OR YELLOW METAL, ONE INCH LONG AND ONE- HALF AN INCH WIDE IN THE FORM OF AN OBLONG SQUARE. IN IT ARE EMBEDDED THREE DIAMONDS, OR OTHER WHITE SPARKLING JEWELS, IN THE FORM OF A TRIANGLE WITH THREE EQUAL SIDES, THE APEX POINTING UPWARDS; IT IS TO BE WORN ON THE RIGHT LAPEL OF THE COAT. BADGES WERE ORIGINALLY TROPHIES IN THE BATTLE FIELD, THE CHASE OR THE HUNT. WHEN MEN HAD THRU DIFFICULTY AND DANGER PERFORMED SOME FEAT OF DARING OR HEROISM, THE TROPHY WAS A REMINDER OF THE CONFLICT OR THE DANGER THRU WHICH THEY HAD PASSED.
YOU ARE ENTITLED TO WEAR THIS BADGE AS A TROPHY SECURED BY DAYS AND NIGHTS OF TOIL AND SERVICE IN MASONRY.
ITS FORM WILL REMIND YOU OF THE FIRST STEPS IN MASONRY; THE OBLONG SQUARE OF THE STEP OF THE ENTERED APPRENTICE; ITS METALLIC BASES, THE METAL OF THE SUN, ITSELF A SYMBOL OF INTELLECTUAL LIGHT AND KNOWLEDGE, AS ITS GENIAL WARMTH IS OF LOVING-KINDNESS AND SYMPATHY, MAY SUGGEST TO YOU YOUR CONTINUING DUTY TO SPREAD THE BLESSINGS OF EDUCATION AND ABOUND IN CHARITABLE DEEDS; WHILE ITS TRIANGLE OF REFLECTED LIGHT WILL IMPRESS YOU AND EACH OF US THAT THE HIGHEST TEACHINGS OF TIM FRATERNITY OF FREE MASONS IS SYMBOLIZED BY THE TRIANGLE WHICH AS UNITY IS FOUR.
THE BADGE SUMS UP ALL MASONRY AND WE SHOULD WEAR IT AS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF OUR DUTY TO BE A TRUE MASON.
(As with the previous circuit, the fourth is taken, stopping with the music at the station of and facing the Sovereign Grand Commander.)

GRAND COMMANDER: MY BROTHER, THE FINAL ACT OF YOUR INVESTITURE AS A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR IS TO BIND THE BELT OF KNIGHTHOOD ABOUT YOUR BODY. IT MAY WELL REMIND YOU OF THE SCENE IN THE LODGE OF APPRENTICES WHEN YOU WERE INVESTED WITH THE LAMB SKIN, THE EMBLEM OF INNOCENCE AND THE BADGE OF A MASON, OR OF THE ZENNAR OR SACRED THREAD, OR THE APRONS OF OUR ANCIENT BRETHREN OF EGYPT. BUT HERE WE DERIVE IT BY ADOPTION FROM THAT CUSTOM OF CREATING KNIGHTS IN WHICH IT HAS BEEN EMPLOYED FROM PRIMEVAL TIMES. SOMETIMES IT WAS THE BELT AND THE SWORD WHICH WAS GIVEN TO THE POSTULANT AND SOMETIMES THE BELT ALONE. IT WAS TO TEACH THE KNIGHT THAT HE MUST EVER BE READY TO DO BATTLE FOR THE CAUSE IN WHICH HE WAS ENGAGED.
(Equerries begin moving candidates out of Auditorium through main rear doors, through Blue Room to pick up their caps. Candidates must remain in Alphabetical order. After caps are picked up, candidates will assemble in order by the lobby door of the Auditorium single file.)

MASONIC KNIGHTS ARE MEN OF HONORABLE PEACE, AND I NOW GIRD ABOUT YOUR WAIST THIS BELT WITHOUT A SWORD, TO COMPLETE YOUR INVESTITURE WITH THE RANK AND DECORATION OF A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR, THE ENEMIES OF THESE KNIGHTS ARE THOSE OF THE GRAND MASTER OF THE TEMPLARS; - GREED, COWARDICE AND FANATICISM; AND THOSE OF THE GRAND MASTER HIRAM ABIFF - IGNORANCE, SUPERSTITION AND TYRANNY. OUR WEAPONS AGAINST THEM ARE AN ENLIGHTENED REASON, A CLEAN HEART AND A STRONG WILL, SYMBOLIZED BY THE BADGE YOU WILL NOW WEAR.
KNEEL, MY BROTHER, ON BOTH KNEES AND RECEIVE THE ACCOLADE IN THE ANCIENT MANNER
(FINLANDIA)
(Sword handlers will dub the exemplar and each candidate with flat of sword as the following is said)
GRAND COMMANDER: I DUB, (Left Shoulder) CREATE (Right Shoulder) AND CONSTITUTE (Head) THEE A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR AND MAY OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN MAKE THEE A GOOD KNIGHT IN THE SERVICE OF OUR FELLOW MEN. AMEN.
(Gives him his hand)
RISE
(HALLELUJAH CHORUS)
(Each KCCH should be knighted by the same formula.)

(CONGRATULATIONS — The transaction of such business as may be lawful to bring before the Court.)
GRAND COMMANDER: BRETHREN, SINCE ALL ITEMS BEFORE THIS COURT, I AM ABOUT TO CLOSE THIS COURT OF HONOUR.
BOX OF FRATERNAL ASSISTANCE
GRAND COMMANDER: THE BOX OF FRATERNAL ASSISTANCE IS ABOUT TO BE PASSED WITH THE USUAL RECOMMENDATION THAT EACH GIVE SO MUCH TO THE RELIEF OF THE POOR AS HE CUSTOMARILY SPENDS EACH DAY UNNECESSARILY. NO TRUE MASON SHOULD RETURN HOME FROM THE SANCTUARY WITHOUT HAVING DONE SOMEWHAT TO ENTITLE HIM TO SOME ONE'S PRAYERS AND THANKS. THE GLADNESS OF THE POOR IS A PRAYER FOR THE GENEROUS GIVER, AND GOD HEARS IT.
TO CLOSE
GRAND COMMANDER: VENERABLE BROTHER LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER, ARE YOU A SECRET MASTER?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: I HAVE LEARNED SECRECY, OBEDIENCE AND FIDELITY.
GRAND COMMANDER: WHAT SECRECY?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: THE SECRECY WHICH KEEPS SACRED THING FROM THE VULGAR AND VICIOUS.
GRAND COMMANDER: WHAT OBEDIENCE?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: THAT WHICH BINDS ME TO THE DEMANDS OF HONOR AND DUTY.
GRAND COMMANDER: WHAT FIDELITY?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: THAT WHICH REQUIRES LOYALTY TO THE SUPREME COUNCIL, TO THE RITE AND THOSE PRINCIPLES AND IDEALS ON WHICH ITS TEACHINGS ARE BASED.
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU A PERFECT MASTER?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: I HAVE PROMISED TO BE EVER FAITHFUL AND ZEALOUS IN THE SERVICE OF MASONRY, THE MASTER AND MY BROTHER, AND I KNOW THAT IT IS ONLY BY SUCH SERVICE THAT I GAINED ADMISSION AMONG THE KNIGHTS COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU AN ELU OF THE NINE?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: I HAVE SWORN TO AID IN INSTRUCTING AND ENLIGHTENING THE PEOPLE TO WAR AGAINST INTOLERANCE, OPPRESSION AND PERSECUTION AND AGAINST IGNORANCE AND FANATICISM.
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU A PERFECT ELU?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: I HAVE DEVOTED MYSELF TO VIRTUE AND THE CAUSE OF HUMANITY AND HAVE BECOME THE FIRM ALLY OF THE WISE AND THE GOOD, OF WHICH THIS RING I WEAR IS THE TOKEN. (EXHIBITING RING)
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU A KNIGHT ROSE CROIX?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: I HAVE SEEN THE CONSTELLATIONS, HAVE HEARD THE LESSONS OF FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY AND I AWAIT THE DAWN OF THE AGE WHEN THE TRUE LIGHT SHALL DISPEL THE DARKNESS OF IGNORANCE AND THE NEW LAW BEGIN TO RULE ON EARTH.
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU A KNIGHT KADOSH?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: I HAVE SACRIFICED ON THE ALTAR OF MASONRY AND THE KADOSH, HAVE OFFERED UP INCENSE AT THE SHRINE OF INFINITE WISDOM, HAVE UNDERGONE THE TRIAL OF THE FRANK JUDGES AS TO MY OPINIONS AND HAVE TAKEN A SOLEMN OBLIGATION TO HELP EVERY TRUE BROTHER EVEN AT THE PERIL OF MY LIFE, IF HE BE PERSECUTED FOR HIS RELIGION, FOR HIS DEVOTION TO THE HOLY CAUSE OF FREEDOM, FOR HIS POLITICAL OPINIONS OR AS A MEMBER OF THE MORE ADVANCED MASONIC BODIES.
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU AN INSPECTOR INQUISITOR?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: I HAVE PASSED THRU THE JUDGEMENT CEREMONY OF THE COURT OF THE DEAD, HAVE LISTENED TO THE VOICES AND TEACHINGS OF THE SAGES OF OLDEN TIMES AND HAVE PLEDGED MYSELF TO OBEY THE BENEFITS OF JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND TRUTH.
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU A MASTER OF THE ROYAL SECRET?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: I HAVE RECEIVED THE DEGREE WHICH BEARS THAT NAME.
GRAND COMMANDER: WHAT IS THE ROYAL SECRET?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: IT IS A TRUE SECRET FOR EACH SOUL MUST DISCOVER IT FOR ITSELF.
GRAND COMMANDER: ARE YOU A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: MY BRETHREN OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL HAVE JUDGED ME TO BE WORTHY OF THAT RANK AND DECORATION.
GRAND COMMANDER: TO WHAT ARE YOU PLEDGED AS A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR?
LIEUTENANT GRAND COMMANDER: LIKE THE OUTER TRIANGLE OF OUR HIERARCHY, I AM PLEDGED TO ENDEAVOR TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE SCOTTISH RITE OF FREEMASONRY, TO SUPPORT ITS GOVERNMENT AND AID IN THE PROMOTION OF ITS MISSION IN THE WORLD
GRAND COMMANDER: THANK YOU, MY BROTHER, ,AMY THE BENEFICENT INFLUENCE OF THE FAITHFUL PERFORMANCE OF THE DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE DEGREES OF FREEMASONRY ENABLE US THE MORE EFFICIENTLY TO SERVE THE ORDER AS KNIGHTS COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR IN THIS GLORIOUS WORK FOR HUMANITY.
BROTHER GRAND MASTER OF CEREMONIES, GIVE ORDERS THAT THE MEMBERS OF THIS COURT OF HONOUR ASSEMBLE AROUND THE ALTAR TO ASSIST ME IN THE CLOSING CEREMONIES.

(TRAUMIEREI)
(Repeat by the Grand Master of Ceremonies and the first three officers take their places at the angles of the Triangular Altar, as in the Living Triangle; the rest form a Chain of Union in a circle. The Grand Commander then extinguishes the central fire and says - )
GRAND COMMANDER: KNIGHTS COMMANDER, AS THE CENTRAL LIGHT REPRESENTING THE PURE LIGHT OF REASON OF THE CELESTIAL HIERARCHY, IS NOW EXTINGUISHED, THIS COURT OF HONOUR IS DISSOLVED, BUT FORGET NOT THAT IT IS YOUR DUTY TO KEEP THE INFLUENCE OF THESE BENEFICENT RAYS IN ACTIVE GLOW THROUGH YOUR EFFORTS IN THE OUTER WORLD, THAT WHEN WE MEET AGAIN WE MAY NOT BE ACCUSED OF PERMITTING ANY DIMMING OF ITS LUSTER BY OUR APATHY, SELFISHNESS OR NEGLECT. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN.
(CHAIN IS BROKEN - KNIGHTS DISPERSE)
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