Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar
Knight of the Three Kings
Compiler's Notes: The origin of this ceremony would appear to
have been North
America. It is still not without doubt that the title original
was NIGHT of the
Three Kings in reference to the time frame mentioned in the
original ritual is poorly written and has the form of a text
that was once
presented as a lecture rather than a participatory ceremony. The
ritual has again been amended to present a ceremony of
Knighthood, but barely
so! Originally the degree was conferred in a Lodge but in this
Knights meet in a Chapter.
The degree appears only to have a Commander who sits in the
North and Knights
(Master & Brethren in the non-chivalric version). There is
an altar upon
which is a V.S.L. The apron of the degree is said to be black
with white edging,
on the body of which is a candle in white with a yellow flame.
All Knights of the degree assemble and take their places with
in the East. One Knight is appointed as Conductor, one as IG and
one as OG and
another as an Umpire - see text. One Knight remains outside.
Comm.: I declare the
Chapter open. *,
repeated by IG and OG, then all sit.
Comm.: Let the
Candidate be admitted.
One Knight retires and returns with the Cand. who is made to kneel
at the altar.
The Commander gives * and all stand.
Comm.: Brother you will
me. I, …, of my own free will and accord, in the presence of
Almighty God, and
these witnesses, do hereby and hereon, solemnly promise and swear,
that I will
not confer the degree of Knight of the Three Kings upon any person
unless he be
a worthy Master Mason. I furthermore promise and swear, that I will
this degree unless the applicant is accepted by the unanimous
consent of all
At this point, the Knight who remained outside now enters and
moving to the
Kt.: How is this? I
consented that this degree should be conferred upon this Brother!
Comm.: I did not expect
that you had
any objection to the candidate and therefore commenced to give the
should have made your objection known before we entered the Chapter.
Kt.: I did make my
objection known. I
have previously stated that there was difficulty of a very serious
existed between this Brother and myself. I further stated before
should he fail to give me satisfaction, I should oppose him.
Comm.: I am of the
opinion that this
difficulty should be settled for it is regrettable that two Brothers
quarrel and even more so that such prejudices are brought into the
At this point, the Knight who acted as conductor to the
him to rise and state that he knows nothing about any matter
between himself and
the dissenting Knight. The latter then relates the supposed
grievance, this may
be that the Candidate is a drunkard, or mistreats his wife or
disrespectfully of Masonry etc. The Candidate is then told to
charge is made against him. The dissenting Brother then says
that he will not
withdraw his objection for he knows the Candidate to be just the
type of person
who would do such a thing!
At this point, several of the other Knights enter forcefully
into the debate,
some supporting the Candidate, others supporting his accuser.
The Commander then
bangs the gavel *** and cries.
Comm.: Enough, enough.
unseemly behaviour within the Chapter. You Brother the
dissenter and you Brother the
retire to the SW corner and remain there until you have resolved
differences. The two do so and the
are at ease and talk among themselves. After a short time one
Knight calls over:
Kt.: Have you agreed?
Diss. Kt.: The
difficulty is not
settled and neither is it likely to be!
Again the two are left in the corner to attempt an outcome.
short interval the Knight again calls:
Kt.: Have you now
Diss. Kt.: No, but the
has suggested that we submit our cases to a Knight to decide upon
and both of us have agreed to abide by his decision. Both
then return and stand before the altar facing the Commander.
Comm.: What is the
outcome of your
Diss. Kt.: We have not
differences but we agree to submit to another Knight our cases and
that we will
abide by his decision. We choose Knight X to settle the matter. The
Knight chosen rises and goes to the East side of the altar. At
his signal all
the lights are extinguished and he takes up two candles and
lights them, then
holds up in one in each hand over the VSL.
Ump.: Brother, by the
light of this
Candle, do you agree that you can see the Holy Gospel.
Diss. Kt.: I agree,
that this is so.
Cand.: I also agree. The
lights are turned on.
Ump.: Then if you can
agree in the
dark, certainly as Brother masons you must agree in the light of
God's Word. The
dissenting Knight offers his hand to the Cand. The Cand, accepts
and the Diss.
Kt. returns to his seat accompanied by the Umpire.
Comm.: Brother. Now
differences are settled, you will again kneel before the altar. Cand.
does so and all rise. You
undertake the remaining part of your Obligation by again repeating
I furthermore promise and swear that I will never confer this degree
or reward. To all of the aforementioned I do solemnly promise and
swear, with a
firm and steady resolve to keep and perform the same, binding myself
less a penalty than crucifixion and to die a lingering death upon a
help me God and keep me steadfast.
Cand. salutes VSL once and is advised to rise, when he has done
so the Umpire
stands and says:
Ump.: Commander, let
and he who opposed his receiving the degree now approach each other
upon the Five Points of Fellowship and this shall balance any
once existed between them.
Comm. or another delegated to do so, now gives the Lecture.
Masonic tradition informs us that the circumstances upon which the
this degree is founded, are briefly this:
At the dedication of the Temple. King Salomon invited all the
and Princes to attend and assist in the ceremony. It so happened
that two of the
Kings were at war. Salomon repeatedly attempted to effect a
between them but to no avail, whereupon he determined to effect by
force what he
could not by argument. He therefore invited the two kings into a
in the Temple, locked the door and left them to meditate in silence,
them that whenever they settled their differences and agreed to live
they would be liberated and until that time they would be given only
water as sustenance. The next day Salomon visited them and asked if
agreement. They advised him that they had not. He visited them again
second day and again enquired if they had resolved their differences
he was told that they had not and were unlikely to do so. Salomon
the bread and water and ordered that the shutters on the window be
that the room was in total darkness. When this was done he again
telling them that he would return again the following day.
On the third day Solomon opened the door and the kings informed him
had indeed reached agreement. Solomon took a candle in each hand and
darkened room saying, Then if you can agree in the darkness, you can
also do so
in the light, after which he gave a short bow to both.
From this circumstance comes the sign of the degree, by holding both
front of you with fists clenched as if holding a candle in each
hand. The Penal
Sign is given by extending both arms as if upon a cross. The Watch
Word and the
Word of Caution is AGREED. You may now be seated.
If such is used, the apron is fitted before the Cand. is seated.
Comm.: The Chapter is