Knights and Ladies of Security
Every officer should be present in the Council Chamber at least ten minutes
before the time for opening. If any stations are vacant when the regular time
for opening arrives, the President must promptly fill them by temporary
appointment. While such temporary appointment is for the entire evening, it is
an act of courtesy for the temporary appointee to relinquish the station when
the regularly elected or appointed officer arrives.
PRESIDENT: The Council will come to order and the officers will
take their stations.
P.: Conductor, what are your duties?
C.: To see that members have the passwords, attend the officers at
installation and candidates at initiation.
P.: Conductor, you will satisfy yourself that all present are
entitled to remain in our Council.
Conductor takes up passwords and grip, and reports at Altar.
C.: I find all correct.
P.: Sentinel, what are your duties?
S.: To watch the outer door, and see that none but members of the
Order gain admittance to the ante-room.
P.: You will attend to your duties.
P.: Guard, what are your duties?
G.: I have charge of the inner door; it is my duty to see that
none but properly qualified members gain admittance to our Council.
P.: Vice-President, what are your duties.
V.-P.: I take charge of the entrance to our Council, instruct the
Guard and Sentinel in their duties, and see that no one enters or leaves during
the opening, initiatory, or closing ceremonies.
P.: Secretary, what are your duties?
S.: I am Clerk of the Council; keep its minutes, do the
corresponding, draw all orders as directed by the Council, and perform such
other duties as our laws require.
P.: Financier, what are your duties?
F.: It is my duty to keep a Lull and correct account between the
Council and its members; receive all moneys for the Council, deposit the same
each week in a depository designated by, and in the name of the Council, and
report the same at each regular meeting of the Council. On or before the fifth
day of each month, it is my duty to make a full report of all certificates taken
up, suspended, annulled, or reinstated, during the preceding month, and to at
once forward the same with all moneys due the National Council, to the National
Secretary. Also to perform such other duties as are enjoined by the laws of the
P.: We will now unite in singing our opening ode:
[Air - America]
Grand deeds of Chivalry,
With honor’s light;
Must not be veiled by years,
Life’s truth will banish fears,
And though the foe appears,
Heaven shields the right.
Knights clad in honor’s might,
Once fought great wrongs to right,
Let us be true;
Clad in Hope’s raiment fair,
Armed with all virtues rare,
To each dark, earthly care,
We’ll bid adieu.
True to our Knighthood quest,
Life’s toil will then lie blest,
While here we stay;
May purest friendship guide,
While we in life abide,
Then shall the "Unknown tide"
Bring perfect day.
P.: Prelate, what are your duties?
PREL.: To conduct the devotional exercises of the Council and
administer the obligations of the Order.
P.: The members will be attentive.
PREL.: Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in whom is the infinite
and perpetual fountain of all Wisdom, Protection, and Security, guide us in what
we shall say and do this hour. Let the light of Fraternity shine brightly in our
Council Chamber. Make us the worthy bearers of this great light to the needy
world. Let Thy blessing rest upon us so that the world seeing our good works may
be made to glorify Thy great name. AMEN.
All respond: AMEN.
P.: Second Vice-President, what are your duties?
S. V.-P.: To prepare the altar at the opening of the Council and
at the initiation of candidates, and exemplify the signs of the order.
P.: Second Vice-President, you will prepare the altar and
exemplify the signs of the Order.
S. V.-P. will open the Bible on the Altar and exemplify the signs of the
Order from in front of his station.
P.: Brothers and Sisters: It is my duty to preside in this
Council, to conduct all business coming before it to a proper termination, to
see that the rules of order are enforced, and to do all in my power to advance
the interests of this Council, which duties I shall endeavor to perform with
diligence. I trust, therefore, that the officers will be prompt in the discharge
of their duties, and that the members will be obedient to the just requirements
of the officers and Council. Let harmony prevail in our midst, let tolerance
control our discussions, and let it be remembered that in union alone, there is
I now declare this Council open, and ready for business.
REMARKS: Time and conditions permitting, the Long Form of Initiation should
be given every beneficiary candidate, and should never be dispensed with in
class initiations. While the regular reception of candidates takes more time,
and a little more labor, it is time well spent, and labor rewarded with more
than pecuniary recompense.
A Degree Staff, or Guards, is always a valuable Council acquisition; a Degree
Staff, specially dulled in the work of initiation, can always do better work
than regular officers not so drilled. It is therefore recommended that the
Degree Staff include the regular officers when practicable, but all competent
beneficiary members of the Order are eligible to fill the chairs, and competent
social members are eligible to floor work of the Staff.
During every initiation the officers and their aides should be clad in full
uniform and regalia. Perfect order must be observed by all present; there must
be no whispering, suppressed laughter or moving about the room; those who are
doing the work are entitled to and must have the close attention of every one
In Councils that have no Degree Staff, the Conductor should secure as many
members as may be necessary to assist in properly conducting the candidates
through the initiatory ceremonies, and should then follow the floor work
exemplifying the different movements.
The seventh order of business having been reached, the President will say,
PRESIDENT: Seventh order of business: Reception of Candidates.
Secretary, have we any Beneficiary Certificates ready for delivery?
S.: We have the following:
Reads list of names on a slip of paper and then gives the list to the
P.: The Conductor will ascertain if any candidates await
Conductor retires to the ante-room; returning, reports to President, at the
P.: The Conductor and Degree Staff will introduce the candidates.
The Conductor will arise immediately, receive from the President the list of
names, and, without further ceremony, proceed to where the candidates are in
waiting. Upon arriving in the waiting room, the Conductor will not exchange
greetings nor enter into general conversation, but will at once inform the
candidates that the Council is ready to receive them, and that as their names
are read from the list they will respond by forming in single, or double file.
The Conductor will read the name of the one selected to wear the initiatory garb
first, and the others, with some regard to forming a uniform line. The Conductor
then addresses them as follows:
C.: Ladies and Gentlemen: Or if the
number is small, address each by surname, properly priefixing Mrs , Mr., or
Miss. You are about to enter the Council Chamber of … Council No.
…, Knights and Ladies of Security. Your general qualifications for membership
in the Order are satisfactory to the members of this Council. It is both my
pleasure and privilege to be the first to extend to each of you a friendly
greeting, and, most cordial welcome.
The Conductor now gives each candidate a warm grasp of the hand.
During this time the Degree Staff will be formed for the reception of the
candidates upon entering the Hall.
C.: Now follow me.
Conductor enters without rapping, candidates following in double file. Led by
the Staff as advance guard, the Conductor and candidates will march around the
room, past the station of the President, to the station of the Vice-President,
file right, bringing the candidates into line in rear of the Altar and fronting
the President. The President standing, the Staff forming a guard of honor in
rear of candidates. This formation may be either as a triangle, the candidates
being its base, a semi-circle or a straight line in rear of candidates. One of
these formations to be used at all stations.
C.: Brother President, I have the honor of presenting to you these
friends, who desire to be received into the Order, The Knights and Ladies of
Security, by way of … Council No. …
P.: My friends, you seek to gain admission to our Order, before
doing so, justice to you, and protection to ourselves, demand that we make known
to you our principles, and that they receive your cordial approval. We constrain
no one’s religious, or political opinions. These rest with other tribunals,
but we believe our highest duty is to God, and our fellowmen; to visit the sick,
comfort the afflicted, and relieve the distressed. Are you willing to become one
of us, to aid in the furtherance of these objects?
Candidate will answer: I am.
P.: You will now retire with the Conductor while we make ready for
you a place among the Knights and Ladies of Security.
The Conductor right, or left, faces the candidates and follows the Guards, in
double file, retiring by way of the door through which they entered.
The Guards will remain in the Council room and form in position to receive
and lead the candidates upon re-entering.
The altar will be removed from the floor of the Council room.
If an Initiatory Robe is used, the Conductor will select the one to wear it,
and place that one at the head, the candidates in double file.
The Council room will be darkened, and, when convenient, colored lights may
When ready to enter, the Conductor will give the signal by one rap. When the
Council is ready to receive the candidates the Musician will play a march, the
door will be opened and the Conductor will enter with the candidates and,
preceded by the Degree Staff, will march around the hall, past the President’s
station to the station of the Second Vice President, file right, to front of
Prelate’s station. The Staff will then right and left countermarch the length
of the column inward face and form arch with rods. Candidates will pass under
arch and form line fronting the Prelate.
This formation to be used at succeeding stations, the Stall always marching
to the right.
Council will sing: Wisdom Divine, who tells the price,
Of Wisdom’s costly merchandise;
Wisdom to silver we prefer,
And gold is dross compared to her.
C.: Prelate, I present to you these candidates, who desire to know
what you consider the most desirable thing in life?
PREL.: I consider wisdom the greatest of human attainments. The
Book of Books places no higher value upon any virtue possessed by men. Solomon
instructed his son after this manner:
"Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom and with all thy
getting get understanding. She shall give to thine hand an ornament of grace: a
crown of glory shall she deliver to thee."
Wisdom is power. By power, all things physical and spiritual are
accomplished: The power, which, ages ago, felled to earth magnificent forests,
today, turns the wheels of progress making a great fraternity of all the world;
the boisterous waterfall, by its power, is forcing a steady stream of
electricity along a line of wire and a city an hundred miles away is made
luminous by night.
But whence this power? you ask. Wisdom is its source. Without an inspiration
greater than the power itself, to discover, unite, and employ these latent
forces, they were inactive, lifeless, dark: It took the genius of a Fulton to
employ this power, which for ages had lain silent in Mother Nature’s treasure
house; it took the wisdom of a Franklin and a Morse to "put a girdle ‘round
about the earth in forty minutes."
As the All Wise Father protects his children, so may you protect and secure,
thro’ the bonds of this fraternity those weaker than yourself, and thereby
lift the fallen, assist the helpless, and aid the needy.
Conductor, you will present the candidates to the Second Vice-President for
The Staff will form in close order, and precede the candidates to the station
of the Second Vice-President.
Council will sing.
Her hands are filled with length of days,
Fine riches and immortal praise;
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her flowery paths are peace.
C.: Second Vice-President, I present to you
these candidates, who desire to know what you consider the most desirable thing
S. V.-P.: I consider Protection most greatly to be desired. God’s
plans of protection are everywhere manifest.
The more precious the gift He has made to man the more carefully has He
guarded and defended it from harm. Without protection there could be no life.
The embryo tree is wrapped about with many coats that the germ of life may be
tenderly shielded until the plant is able, for itself, to battle with the
elements. The earliest developments of animal life, in Nature’s beautiful
plan, are most carefully guarded and protected. The mother animal will endure
any hardship, do battle with any foe, however formidable, that her young may
come to no harm. With the human parent as with the parent God, there should be
one, never-forgotten purpose, the protection of the weak, the young and the
The sense of being a protector arouses all that is best, strongest and
noblest in the human breast: the inspiration of every man who labors nobly and
well, is the fact that some one is dependent upon him for protection. There can
be no greater satisfaction than this: that those who depend upon us shall ever
find a protecting arm in time of need.
In danger, trouble or sorrow, we cry out to Him who has promised to be our
shelter in time of storm; in the shadow of whose wing we may ever abide, because
He has told us to fear no ill. It is the protection promised that makes us cling
closely to our Heavenly Father. So, also, shall the members of our earthly
household love most, him who best shields them from the storms of life, as the
weak always pay homage to the strong, saying: "To your protection I commend
As in Wisdom there is power; so also in numbers there is strength. Thus,
through our wise fraternal union, as sisters and brothers in this Order, the
protection of the weak and dependent is made a thousand fold more secure.
Conductor, you will present the candidates to the Vice-President for further
The Staff in close order will precede the Conductor and candidates.
Council will sing.
Happy the man who wisdom gains,
Thrice happy who his guest retains,
He owns, and shall forever own,
Wisdom and Love and Heaven are one.
C.: Vice-President, I present to you these candidates, who desire
to know what you consider the most important thing in life?
V.-P.: The most important thing in life, to my mind, is Security.
To be secure from harm doth banish fear. Security embodies all that has been
told you of both Wisdom and Protection. Only through wise provisions and choice
of means can we protect ourselves until we are secure.
The most secure structure is no stronger than its foundation. The foundation
of our Order is broad and deep, and we are secure within its walls.
We, co-workers in the building of this Order, are laying securely its
foundation and walls, as we build it, stone by stone ;—walls, ornamented by
social features, made massive and strong, by its equitable reserve fund plan,
the broad a:nd deep foundation upon which the structure stands.
Our reserve fund is the leading feature of our Fraternity, which protects us
from the storms without, and brings confidence, peace and Security to those
"Build to day, then, strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base,
And ascending, and secure,
Shall to-morrow find its place."
Conductor, you will present the candidates to the President for further
The Staff will precede the conductor and candidates.
Council will sing.
Secure within fraternal fold,
We claim protection’s tender care,
And to our members new unfold
The love we to each other bear.
C.: Brother President, I present to you these candidates, who
desire to know what you consider the most important thing in life.
P.: The most important thing in life is Fraternity.
You are being admitted into our Order. You have passed its threshold; you
have learned the value of Wisdom, the beauty of Protection, the surpassing
excellence of Security. The mystic words of our Order are Wisdom, Protection,
Security, Fraternity. But the greatest of these is Fraternity.
Wisdom is the basis, Protection is the object, Security the result guaranteed
by our Order.
Fraternity is brotherhood, brotherhood is charity, charity is love. Our
quotation from the Holy Bible is: "Love one another."
There can be no higher effort in I if e than that made in behalf of a
brother. We are here bound together by the ties of a fraternal society-ties
making us members of one common brotherhood.
My brother, (or sister,) we welcome you into our fraternity. You will receive
of our friendship in times of prosperity, and our assistance in times of
adversity. You Will soon be entitled to a place among us where you may give of
your bounty to others.
May you so order your life, that the world will be the better for your having
lived. May you stoop to raise the fallen, and so stand erect in the fulness of
your own perfected manhood; thus compelling the recording angel to enroll your
name on every page of honor, and the final Judge to place the crown of victory
upon your brow; and when at life’s close, your star shall set, may it not set
like the evening star, behind a darkened west, but like the morning star, melt
gloriously into the bright and perfect day.
P.: Conductor, you will present the candidates to the Prelate at
the Altar for obligation.
The Staff, preceding the conductor and Candidates, will file left, when near
left of room file right, to Vice-President’s station, then tUe right and form
hollow square enclosing Altar, Prelate and Candidates.
The Council will sing the following, or one stanza of some other appropriate
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee,
E’en though it be a cross, that raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee.
C.: Prelate, I present these candidates for obligation.
PREL.: You will now place your left hand on the Bible, raise your
right hand and repeat after me:
In the presence of the members here assembled, I do solemnly promise, upon my
honor never to reveal either directly or indirectly any of the ritualistic
workings of this Order, neither password, sign, nor anything which should be
kept secret and that I will be obedient to all the laws now enacted, or that may
be hereafter enacted. I further promise that I will at all times labor for the
best interests of the Order and to extend its limits. I also promise that I will
not, knowingly wrong a member of the Order and that I will render such aid and
assistance as I can without injury to myself or family. I also most solemnly
promise that I will speak no ill of a member, or one of his household; neither
will I permit another to do so in my presence if in my power to prevent it. I
further declare that this obligation is made with a full knowledge of its
meaning and of my own free will and accord. To the faithful performance of which
I pledge my sacred honor.
Response by council: We are witnesses of this, your solemn
Blest be the tie that binds
Us in Fraternal love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
PREL.: Conductor, you will present the candidates to the President
for final instruction.
The Staff will precede the Conductor and candidates.
C.: President, I present these candidates for final instructions.
P.: My friend (s), this solemn initiation is designed to impress
your minds with the importance of the great work in which we are engaged.
It is my pleasure, as well as duty, to instruct you in the unwritten work of our
Order. I will now give you such instructions.
Here give a complete exemplification of the unwritten work.
These signs and words you will become familiar with in your attendance at the
meetings of the Council; use them prudently, for they are our safeguards against
intrusion and imposition. I hand you a copy of the Constitution and Laws of the
Order, which you are to study carefully; also an application card, that you may
fulfill your obligation to extend the limits of the Order.
P.: Conductor, you will present these new members at the Altar for
final assembly of the Council.
While the Conductor, preceded by the Staff, is performing this service, the
entire Council will gather at the Altar, the Pres., V. -P., 2nd V.-P., Prel.,
and Conductor with candidates, in the center. The Staff and members of the
Council in an outside circle—with hands joined.
Council will sing.
Here hand in hand, firm linked at last,
And heart to heart enfolded all,
We’ll smile upon the troubled past,
And wonder why we feared at all.
P.: I congratulate you upon your near approach to our inner
circle; the union of hands is a fit emblem of the union of hearts. You will now
join hands in the circle and become one of us.
P.: Let the Council be supported.
Members will place their right hands on each other’s shoulders.
PREL.: Behold our Council! Its corner stones are Wisdom—
S. V.-P.: Protection—
P.: And Fraternity.
PREL.: Its pillars, these, our brothers and sisters, adorned by
their many virtues. Who, beholding so noble a structure, can doubt its
Response by all the members, or chant: "Be as the Pillars of
the globe for firmness; be as the arch of heaven for beauty."
P.: I now declare our brothers and sisters entitled to full
membership in the Knights and Ladies of Security.
Conductor, you will now assemble our new members in front of the President’s
station, for introduction to members of the Order.
The Council, preceded by the Staff, will pass in front of, and be introduced
to, the new members. The new members will then sign the Membership Roll at the
desk .f the Secretary, pay their assessments to the Financier, and sign and take
up their certificates.
During this time the Captain will form the Staff and proceed with an
P.: Officers and members, we are about to close this meeting. I
thank you for your presence and attention; let us now listen to the parting
S. V.-P.: Brothers and Sisters, let us not forget the principles
enjoined upon us by our Order. As we go to our homes, let us take with us the
lessons of Wisdom. and Fraternity here taught, and practice that charity that
suffereth long and is kind, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
V.-P.: We must now separate to mingle again in the pursuits of
life, in our respective callings. Let us shun evil, practice gentleness and
truth, and deal with integrity and fraternity with our brothers and sisters.
P.: We will unite in singing our closing ode.
Heavenly Father, give Thy blessing,
While we now this meeting end;
On our minds each truth impressing,
That may to Thy glory tend
Save us from all selfish motives,
Keep us all in harmony;
May our lives reveal Thy teachings,
Wisdom, Grace and Charity.
Closing Ode No. 2
God be with you till we meet again,
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold’ you,
Cod be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet—till we meet—
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet—till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.
Closing Ode No. 3.
[Air – Auld Lang’ Syne]
Part we in friendship, as we meet,
Each hour cements our band;
Soon pleased again we here shall greet
And grasp fraternal hand.
As through life’s treacherous seas we sail,
May fortune’s smiles increase
In honor’s bark love swells the gale
And wafts to ports of peace.
PREL.: Almighty God, we thank thee for having permitted us to meet
again and labor together in the great harvest field of Fraternity. Make us to
take note of our fleeting hours, so that we shall apply ourselves more and more
to lofty labors of love, while time and opportunity are ours: For the night
cometh in which no man can work. Abide with us, guide us, and receive us at
All respond: AMEN.
P.: We now bid adieu to the peaceful
scenes of our Council Chamber, to mingle again in the strife and competition of
the outer world. Let us be patient under trial, firm under temptation, and ever
zealous in the blessed work of Fraternity.
The Conductor will collect the rituals and odes.
I now declare … Council No. … Knights and Ladies of Security, closed.