Knights of the Essenic Order
Ritual of the Third Degree
The candidate having passed an examination in open Senate, found proficient,
is now prepared by the Senior Vigilante in the preparation room in the following
manner: viz. The upper garments are now removed to expose the upper half of the
body, a blue silk robe is placed around the candidate, reaching from the throat
to the instep, buttoned at the throat and gathered back to expose the left
breast. A silk cord is placed three times around the waist, this cord has the
three colors of the Order, Green, White and Blue. A chain is also placed three
times around the waist, a staff in the right hand and a cap on his head. He is
now hoodwinked. The Senior Vigilante now conducts the candidate to the door,
giving three distinct raps with the hilt of his sword on the door, opens the
door and advances in hall until halted by Councillors.
1ST COUN.: My friend, what is your desire?
Prompted by Senior Vigilante: To be wrought into the Knighthood of
the Ancient Essenic Order.
2ND COUN.: Who is his sponsor?
3RD COUN.: He has none, Brother Knight.
4TH COUN.: Remove his hoodwink and let him answer for himself.
5TH COUN.: Excellent Senator, I object to the advancement of this
EX SEN.: State your objections. Each
one of the Councillors, commencing with the 6th
Councillor, each in turn offering objections and producing evidence accusing the
candidate of all manner of things, and demanding answers. The Brother Knights
leave their seats and the utmost confusion prevails. When this has been carried
on as far as deemed best, any Knight may draw his sword upon the Altar and
exclaim: Excellent Senator. Upon this
exclamation all should remain quiet in the position at the time. The Brother
Knight who has exclaimed will continue in the following manner: Remembering
my vows as a Knight of the Ancient Essenic Order, and on this sword which is
significant of honor, and symbolizes the golden sword of Judas Maccabbeus, I
vouch my firm belief in the truthfulness of this man and I demand, here upon
this Altar, that he be entitled to all the privileges and benefits to be derived
from membership in this Order. That he is truly worthy that supreme endowment, I
will maintain, body f or body, against all opposers. In testimony whereof, here
is my gauge. Behold I offer it Casting his
gauntlet at the feet of the Seneschal. And may Adonai defend the
EX SEN.: Knights of the Ancient Essenic Order, are you all
ALL BROTHERS: Yea, verily.
The candidate is now hoodwinked. The Brother Knights all take their seats
quietly, and the Senior Vigilante conducts the candidate twice around the hall,
halting him in or near the vestibule of the Senate Chamber, and at an Altar
(places to represent the desert near the Red Sea), the hall partly darkened, or
entirely darkened if incense burns. The hoodwink is removed from the candidate,
he is requested to be seated on the Altar, together with the Senior Vigilante,
when the following is said to him:
SEN. VIG.: Let us rest ourselves at this representation. It is
formed of seven rough stones, such were the earlier altars erected in Judea by
the prophets, and such likewise were the altars at which worshipped our
ancestral brethren in their habitations in the desert; at whose altars tradition
tells us that John the baptiser and Thomas Dittynius, and even our Saviour
himself offered prayer. On the top of thus symbolic altar is a pot of incense.
The symbolism of the rough stones is of great antiquity and is expressive of
strength, fortitude and faith. The Redeemer alluded to this aforetime symbolism
when he said to Peter, "On this rock I will build my church." The hewn
stone was considered emblematic of falsehood, the rough stone of right and
truth; hence the command of Adonai to Moses "And if thou wilt make me an
altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone, for if thou lift a tool
upon it thou hast polluted it." This altar is composed of seven stones to
remind us that the number seven is a sacred number in all religions, Jewish,
Gentile and Christian, The sacredness of the number seven dates in the old
dispensation from the institution of the Sabbath, which it is a duty of a Knight
of the Ancient Essenic Order to revere and observe, both because Adonai commands
it and because it gives man one day in seven as a day of physical rest from
secular labor. These stones are arranged in the form of a triangle to remind us
that in all ancient religions, and from thence adopted into the faith, the
triangle was an emblem of the Creator, The great and sacred name of Adonai was
considered too holy to be spoken by the people and
was represented in the written language by a YOD within a triangle. The
perfumed incense in the vase symbolizes our vows, which if vowed in purity of
soul, ascend above the sphere of human passion to the All Father My friend,
strengthened by thus instructions let us go forward on our journey. Replaces
the hoodwink, changing his course and retracing the
steps he conducts the candidate once and a half around the hall, conducting the
candidate to the Altar, advancing from the station of the Senior Seneschal.
EX SEN.: My friend, you will kneel at our Holy Altar on both
knees, place the palm of your right hand under the Book of the Law, your thumb
above, and place your left hand on your left breast, and in this position vow
your vows. The Senior Vigilante directs the candidate
now to obey, the Excellent Senator calls up the Senate and goes down to the
Altar, a circle is formed by the Knights enclosing all the officers, which are
properly grouped around the Altar.
I, Ö, in the presence of the omnipresent and adorable Adonai, and of these
witnessing Knights of the Ancient Essenic Order assembled in this hall or Senate
Chamber, erected to Adonai and dedicated to St. John the Baptiser, do
voluntarily and sincerely promise and vow, renewing my former vows and agreeing
to these additions, that so long as life lasts, whether apart from the Ancient
Essenic Order or remaining within it, I will keep and in nowise expose in any
manner whatsoever, the signs, passwords, handgrasps, mysteries or secrets,
business or plans, of this order, to any human being whatsoever, unless it be a
duly and truly annointed Knight of the ancient Essenic Order, or to a lawful
Senate of the same, and never to him or them until after examination or lawful
information, I shall have found him or them to be duly and truly qualified to
receive the same.
Furthermore: I solemnly promise and vow that I will ever respectfully heed
and duly obey all signs and citations given me by a Knight of the Ancient
Essenic Order, or sent me by a Senate thereof, of which I may be a member, or by
the Supreme or Grand Senate under whose jurisdiction I may be.
Furthermor, I sincerely promise and vow that I will respectfully heed and
duly obey the statutes, rules and regulations of the Supreme or Grand Senate
under whose jurisdiction I am, so far as they shall accord with the land marks
of this Ancient Essenic Order, and so far as they be not subversive to the laws
of my country.
Furthermore, I sincerely promise and vow that so far as Adonai gives me help,
I will, with compassionate heart and open hand, relieve distress wherever I may
find it, more especially regarding the need of members of this Order, their
widows and orphans.
Furthermore, I solemnly promise and vow that I will not knowingly wrong or
defraud a Brother of this Order on his business or in his purse, or suffer
others to defraud him thus, if it be in my power to prevent it.
Furthermore, I sincerely promise and vow that I will duly and truly heed and
obey the By-Laws. Rules and Regulations of the Senate of the Ancient Essenic
Order of which I shall be a member, provided they do not conflict with the
statutes of the Supreme or Grand Senate. That I will honor and obey in all
lawful things the duly installed officers, Grand and Subordinate, who may bear
rule over me. That I will earnestly devote myself to the advancement of the
interests and influence of the Ancient Essenic Order so far as my ability will
Furthermore, I sincerely promise and vow that I will not injure a Knight of
the Ancient Essenic Order in his character, or in the honor of his wife, or his
daughter, his mother or his sister, nor suffer another to do the same, if it be
in my power to prevent it.
Furthermore, I sincerely promise and vow that I will assist with my purse, my
hands, my influence and my voice, all lawfully annointed Knights of the Ancient
Essenic Order, their widows and orphans whenever it be required of me, so far as
my circumstances will permit, and their needs demand.
All this I sincerely promise and vow on this Holy Bible, and in the name of
the omnipresent and adorable Adonai. And if I in any manner whatsoever, do not
duly and truly observe and keep these solemn vows, may my heart be transfixed by
the arrows of an avenging conscience, and may my name be rendered infamous
throughout the jurisdiction of the Ancient Essenic Order. Amen and amen.
In testimony of your voluntary assumption of these vows, and of your solemn
determination to keep the same, you will now salute the Holy Bible thrice.
The Excellent Senator, after the salute of the Biblse, returns to his station
and strikes once. The Sarcedos advances, places both hands on the head of the
candidate and offers this benediction.
Omnipresent and adorable Adonai, Thou who art the Supreme Ruler of the
Supreme Senate of Heaven, Thou clement and compassionate One, incline thine ear
to listen to the solemn vows of this newly admitted member now kneeling humbly
before thee. We beseech thee to so direct, sanctify, and govern his thoughts,
words and actions, as that he may evermore keep inviolate his vows, and thus
become thy faithful son, a Knightly defender of Unity, Toleration and Charity,
and a helpful conservator of the Ancient Essenic Order Amen and amen.
ALL THE BROTHERS: Deus Vult; Deus Vult.
EX SEN. returns to his Altar: Knight Senior Vigilante, this our
newly made member has become a free man; therefore remove his chain. Senior
Vigilante obeys. My friend, sing praises unto Adonaiís name
forever, that thou mayest
daily perform thy vows. These vows have made thee free.
SEN. SENíL.: Brother Knights, charge! They
obey, each one brings his sword hilt firmly against left breast and drops blade
horizontally, directing sword point towards candidateís left breast.
EX SEN.: Knight Senior Vigilante, Truth is the body of Adonai, and
light is his shadow; uncover our friendís eyes, that whereas he was blind he
may see the light, and guided by the Truth may evermore walk in that shadow. Candidate
rises to his feet. My friend, be reminded by
these swords now menacing thy defenceless breast of the legion of the Golden
Sword of Judas Maccabbeus, and know thou, that while the sword of a Knight is
given him to defend a brother and the right, it is also to be sternly employed
to repel all who are traitors to the Ancient Essenic Order. Excellent
Senator returns to his station and strikes once.
SEN. SENíL.: Brother Knights, to your posts; March! Brother
Knights all resume their stations and seat. Senior
Vigilante and candidate remaining at the Altar. The Excellent Senator now
returns to the Altar.
EX SEN.: My friend, you observe on our Altar this Holy Bible, the
Sword and the Trowel as on the preceeding sections. Let Adonaiís word be a
lamp unto thy fee1 and a light unto thy path, so shall he incline thine heart to
perform his statutes even unto the end; ever keep near the one hand the sword of
the right, with which to repel all the doers of evil, and on the other hand
grasp the trowel of Unity, with which to spread the cement of good deeds That
alone is the cement which can compact the Ancient Essenic Order to stand as a
sunlit tower against the assault of civil and religious intolerances, as a tower
whose walls shall be called salvation, and whose gates praise. Excellent
Senator now returns to his station, seats himself and
strikes once. The Altar has been arranged in front of his station, a pot of oil
and Altar Sword has been placed thereon. The Senior Vigilante now approaches
with the candidate to the station of the Excellent Senator, he halts the
candidate to the side and left of this Altar and in front of the Excellent
EX SEN.: My friend, standing at this Altar, upon the top of which
you discover a pot of oil and an Altar Sword, placed here for the purpose of
annointing and regularly making you a Knight of the Ancient Essenic Order, you
are now required to take upon yourself the vow of making. Imitate me, lift up
your right hand, say I, repeat your name in full and after me this vow.
Vow of Making
In the name of the omnipresent and adorable Adonai and in the presence of
these duly annointed Knights of the Ancient Essenic Order, do solemnly vow that
I will never rise in arms against my country, or engage in conspiracies against
her welfare, but on the contrary will expose and defeat all such conspiracies,
if it be in my power so to do.
Furthermore: I solemnly vow that I will more especially honor my Brothers,
the Knights of the Ancienit Essenic Order, and will recognize no other
distinction among them than that of merit, that must be illuminated by some
faithful service on behalf of the Ancient Essenic Order.
Furthermore: I solemnly vow that I will render homage to a dead Brotherís
memory by attendance at his obsequies, if it be in my power so to do. All this I
solemnly vow in the name of Adonai, with a full determination to observe and
keep this vow and all my other vows until life shall end. Amen and amen.
EX SEN. calls up Senate: Brother Knights, listen to the words of
the Psalmist. Sarcedos reads
1st, 2nd and 3rd verses of CXLI Psalm, at the close of which all the Brothers
and Officers respond: Deus Vult. Deus Vult. Excellent
Senator seats Senate.
EX SEN.: My friend, the zealous student of our storied and ancient Order will
note five epochs in its strange, eventful history:
1st. That in which it was founded by the Knights of the Temple at Jerusalem,
with the approval of Solomon, and subsequently to the dispersion of the
craftsmen, by whom that magnificent structure was built.
2nd. That of the building of the second Temple under the auspices of the
princely Zerrebbabel, during which episode he compacted the Rite into a national
order, calling its members the Chasidim, and constituting them instructors in
the law in the synagogues and Kehilas of the land, and the teachers of the
youths in the schools.
3rd. That of the holy war led by Judas Macceabbeus, when the Law was
recovered from the hands of Gentiles and from the hands of Kings, with the
potent assistance of the patriots of our Order, who were then called the
4th., That of the dawn of the Christian dispensation, when John the Baptiser,
the forerunner of the Messiah, came from houses of our Order in the desert and
flashed like a warning meteor throughout Judea, championed by our ancestral
brothers, who were then called the Essenes; and
5th. That of the first crusaders, when the venerable and charitable Girrard,
the Prior of the historic hospital of St. John at Jerusalem, appears in our
annals. This noble Brother, who in ministering to the distressed made no
distinction between Christian and Gentile, was the founder of that best of the
Christian Order of Knighthood, this- Knight Hospitallers. He received from the
few remaining communities of Essenes, who occupied Mount Lebanon, a knowledge of
our Order. These communities were then variously called Knights of the dawn, and
Palastine, Knight Solitares. Girrardís admission to their mysteries gave him
information out of which he evolves the Order of Hospitallers, and many of the
Solitares united in its development. These five Historic characters, that is to
say, Solomon, Zerrebbabel, Judas Maccabbeus, John the Baptiser and Girrard, are
held in veneration among us as patrons of the Ancient Essenic Order. They were
phenomenal men, men of wonderful intellectual force, and of vast executive
SEN. VIG. Hands Altar Sword and vessel of oil to the Excellent Senator, and
places candidateís hands on Altar.
EX SEN. dips the tip of the Altar Sword in the oil: In remembrance
of these exalted patrons of the Ancient Essenic Order, and especially in honor
of the charitable and venerable Girrard, I consecrate you by this, Touching
with point of sword right and left upper eyelids
successively And this, Annointing
lip with tip of sword And this, Annointing
hands And this, Annointing
To the service of Adonai, of your country, of your fellowman, and of the Ancient
Essenic Order. May the omnipresent and adorable One endow your eyes with
keenness to perceive the beauties of Unity. May he touch your lips with a live
coal from off the Altar of Toleration. May he prompt you to employ your hands in
good works. May he teach your heart to beat responsive evermore to the pleadings
of blessed Charity. Amen and amen.
ALL THE BROTHERS AND OFFICERS: Deus Vult; Deus Vult.
EX SEN.: Let us hearken to what the scripture sayeth.
SAR reads Exodus XII, 1st to 14th verses inclusive.
EX SEN. steps down and takes candidate by the arm and starts out on a march
(marching music at this time). The members drop into ranks by twos as the
Excellent Senator passes them, when all are in marching order they march to the
upper room or table. This table should be arranged to accommodate all the
members present. All are seated and engaged in their supper or banquet. After
having concluded their supper, at a signal of the Excellent Senator, all arise
to their feet. A plate of bread cubes have been prepared, is now passed to each
individual member, all taking it and holding it in their hands. A glass of wine
is also placed in front of each of the members.
EX SEN.: My friend, with staff in hand and girt about as if to
begin a journey, you have approached the banqueting table in the manner and form
observed by our ancestral brothers, when they gathered together at the annual
commemoration of one of the most solemn and significant of festivals Let us eat
of this bread,
and drink of this pure wine from the cup of blessing, and thus symbolize your
passing over from the ranks of the profane to be wrought into a Knighthood with
the Ancient Essenic Order. And my friend, as we thus commemorate that feast of
our ancestral brothers, which was established by Divine law as a memorial of the
creation of the old dispensation of terrorism out of which in the fullness of
time came Christ, the Counsellor, and his new dispensation of Unity, Toleration
and Charity. As thus we celebrate your passing over to be blended with the
Ancient Essenic Order, we all pledge ourselves to you and you to us, that with
Adonaiís help we will all evermore be loyal to the demands of hospitality and
fraternity. Amen and amen.
ALL THE BROTHERS: Deus Vult, Dens Vult.
EX SEN. pours a little wine from the cup of blessing into the palm of his
hand and says: As the blood of the Pascal Lamb was sprinkled on the
Altar as an act of faith and obedience, so I sprinkle yen with this pure wine
from the cup of blessing, and seal you to the reasonable service of the Ancient
Essenic Order. The Excellent
Senator now refills his cup with wine and goes to the incense censer:
Brother Knights, this pure wine I pour out upon this incense as a libation to
time memory of departed Brother Knights, forgetting their faults, whatever they
may have been, be it our duty to emulate their virtues, and to so order our
goings and comings that our end may be in peace. The
Excellent Senator proceeds to his station. All the Brothers are seated by the
Excellent Senator, except the Senior Vigilante and the candidate. The candidate
is now conducted to the preparation room, where he resumes his clothing, is then
returned to the hall, advances the station of the Excellent Senator and halts.
The Excellent senator hands the Senior Vigilante a girdle or belt, attached to
which is a scabbard, and directs him to place it around the candidate.
EX SEN.: My friend, this girdle with which I invest you, has from
time immemorial in our Order been the symbol of equality, obedience and
chastity. Its color is blue and signifies, in the language of the Ancient
Essenic Order, Truth and Unity. Whenever you wear this girdle my friend, be
re-minded that the virtues it symbolizes should rule your spirit evermore. This
sword with which 1 now invest you is significant of honor. It symbolizes the
legendary Golden Sword of Judas Maccabbeus, which was only to be drawn in
support and defense of right and law. It hath two edges, which teach us to
defend the poor against the rich, the weak against the strong. Its hilt is a
cross, the symbol of redemption and preservation, and reminds us that as Christ
died on the cross to redeem and preserve mankind, even so a member of this Order
is bound to honor the hallowed cross above all other symbols, and to maintain
and support its lessons and its followers. Take, it my friend, return it to its
scabbard with the silent vow never to draw it in any other cause than that which
represents the symbolic teachings of itself, its blade and its hilt.
Excellent Senator instructs Senior Vigilante to buckle on the spurs:
These spurs with which I now invest you have been honorably won by you. They are
symbolic of self sacrifice and promptitude of action. Heed their silent
monitions. See to it that no deed of yours hereafter shall be so full of evil as
to force us who are your sponsors in your Knightly baptismal making, to require
your degredation from the exalted rank you have this night achieved. The
Sarcedos now advances from his station, takes the
Covenant Ring from the Excellent Senator and places it upon the little finger of
the right hand of the candidate.
SAR.: My friend, with this ring I thee wed to the Ancient Essenic
Order. It is a symbol of power and dignity. He whom virtue joins together let
not the satan of evil passions ever put asunder. Whenever you look upon this
symbolic ring, be reminded that this circle is the peculiar emblem of Adonai.
Whose incommunicable name is engraven thereon, and whose eyes behold and whose
eyelids try the children of men. Promise us that as soon as possible, that you
will procure and evermore wear the Covenant Ring of this Order. In testimony of
the solemn compact you have this night entered into, you are to cause to be
engraved on the inner side of the Covenant Ring this motto, which is your motto
through life, "Virtus, Millia. Scuta," also your name, the date that
you were made a Knight of the Ancient Essenic Order, the name, number and
location of your Senate, together with your residence. And you are to so provide
that at your death this Covenant Ring shall pass only to your widow, your eldest
son, or to some beloved Knight of the Ancient Essenic Order. The
Sarcedos now returns to his station, the Excellent
Senator calls up the Senate and says:
EX SEN.: By virtue of my authority as the lineal representative of
the immortal patrons of our Order, I make you Repeating
name of candidate in full a Knight at the Ancient Essenic Order. May
Adonai grant you grace evermore to follow the doctrines of John the Baptist, and
to emulate his holy life as best you can, to the end that after his example you
may constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the
truthís sake. Amen and amen.
ALL THE BROTHERS: Dens Vult; Deus Vult.
The Excellent Senator now seats the Senate, a chair is provided for the newly
made candidate, who takes his seat in front of the Excellent Senatorís
station, the Senior Vigilante taking his seat at his regular station.
EX SEN.: Brother Knight, you are now entitled to receive from me
the passwords of this Order, together with an explanation as to how they are
used. They are Ö. The
signs of the Order are Ö in number and are used as follows: Ö
My dear Brother, I congratulate you, and as the word signifies, share with
you the pleasure you must feel s-n having been received into this old and
Ancient Order. As a Knight of the Ancient Essenic Order you are entitled to wear
upon your breast any or all of the distinctive recognition Jewels of this Order.
You should never be without some one of these jewels. The one distinctive jewel
which I would especially mention is a bangle or button, upon which you will find
done in enamel in the three colors of the Order, K A E O. This bangle or button
is suspended from a plain gold crescent. Attached to the right horn of this
crescent is a five pointed star; the star, in the hieroglyphical language of the
ancient mysteries, denoted God.
The Bible, tinctured as is the Old Testament with the occult learning of the
Egyptians, also sanctions this signification of the emblem. When the prophet
Baalam predicted a star should rise out of Jacob, and a sceptre out of Israel,
he referred to the Messiah, whose benignant sway was destined to become
universal. The points of the star allude to the five patrons of our Order,
namely Solomon, Zerrebbabel, Judas Maccabbeus, John the Baptist and Girrard.
They also allude to the when you were regularly anointed as a member of this
Order. The crescent was an emblem of a Knightly Order founded in 1464 by Reno,
duke of Angon. Its objects were those of similar religious military orders of
the middle ages. That is to say, the honor of God and of women, the defense of
true faith and the doings of noble deeds.
An old signification of the crescent was progress and success. So this
decoration worn by a Knight of the Ancient Essenic Order symbolizes the success
which in our Order will assuredly fellow intelligent determination to progress
therein, provided that determination is not self seeking ambition, but rather a
manly desire to spend and be spent in a service which we love. Wear thou this
jewel, not simply as a decoration, but as a reminder of solemn vows, and so
highly resolved to put its symbolism into earnest deeds. I will new invest you
with a sign additional to these received by you. It is called the "Hail of
Suffering and Distress." It is only to be used by a Knight of the Ancient
Essenic Order when in eminently deadly peril or within a Senate for the purpose
of instruction. It is given thus: Ö. The sign alone suffices if used by day,
if used by night it is to be accompanied by the following cry: Ö, thrice
uttered very loudly. When seen or heard by you, remember that the vows which
dedicated your hands to the service of the oppressed bind you to answer
efficiently at once, regardless of the danger you may incur in so doing. Brother
Knight, you have heard many allusions to the history and traditions of our
Order, and from what has heretofore been communicated to you, doubtless you have
become convinced that its claim to legitimacy and clearly tracable descent from
remote ages to the renascence at the living present is founded in season as well
as in fact. A brief and more connected outline of that descent is now your due,
and is accorded to you to the end that you may have have a reason to give for
the faith that is in you.
The Ancient Essenic Order is a memory of the legendary past, which in these
latter days has sprung like a white plumed and Holy Phoenix from the ashes of
manís unaccountable neglect to take its predestined place in the affairs of
the world, The Order, according to authentic tradition, was founded by the
Chasidim, called also the Knights of the Temple at Jerusalem, and because they
especially devoted themselves to the service of keeping the porches and
approaches of that Holy erection in a state of repair. The Chasidim arose
subsequently to the completion of the Temple, and had the approval of King
Solomon, the builder of the renowned edifice, whose foundations and
superstructure were of a character which constituted it the marvel of the
centuries. Gradually under the stimulus of the organization ideas of that time,
they became compacted into a society having beautiful forms and ceremonies,
alike in the construction of the mysteries of the heathen nations surrounding
Judea, but unlike them in details, for these latter were shapen and governed by
an abiding faith in Adonai.
The Chasidim soon added to them vowed duty as Temple repairers, the even
nobler one of teachers, and soon were commissioned by the King as statutory
instructors of the youth in the Kehilas of Israel. Long after the death of their
Kingly patron, the Coronic civil pertubations to which Judaa was subjected,
interferred with and partially ended their mission as teachers, while the
destruction of the Temple of Solomon severed their connection therewith. The
majority became the children of captivity and the home organization dwindled in
numbers and waned in influence, but was still maintained by a faithful few.
After the return of the Jews from their Babylonish captivity certain innovations
were made by the Chasidim in the direction of Toleration. The keystone in the
arch of virtue inculcated by our Order. Hence resulted a succession of miner
Rites or Orders having the same initiations and forms, and bound together by
kindred vows, which took the name of Zadekim. This Order was based upon a mere
rigid interpretation of law and duty than that which time, circumstances and
experience had forced the mere enlightened Chasidim to teach and maintain. The
Zadekim always remained second in number and influence to the Chasidim, and
generations later they themselves split into several fragmentary sects, the more
prominent of which was the Sadduces. From the Zadekim directly proceeded the
Essenes, which alone retained the ancient Chasidim initiations, and at last
absorbed the Kassideans, the connecting link between them and the Chasidim. Out
of the Kassideans came the Rabinists, the Talmadist and the Cabalistic sects,
which abandoned the old time initiatory ceremoties, even while proclaiming their
descent from the Chasidim. A noted revival of the Chasidim occurred under the
princely Zerrebbabel, at the time of the building of the second Temple, in which
historic enterprise our ancestral Brother Knights rendered efficient help. Later
on they assumed, for reasons unknown to us, the name of Kassidean, still
retaining with more or less care the peculiar features of the Order, and always
maintaining, amid the anarchy and desolation of Israel, rallying places for
those who yet remained true to their religion, to liberty and to law. Later on
we see them appear as stalwart supporters of their Brother Knight, the valiant
Mattathias; when he inaugurated that wonderful revolt against tyranny, which has
been succinctly outlined in all the old ancient histories of the world. True to
the principles of the Order they were reverent of Adonai and his commands. The
teachers of patriotism as an impelling sentiment, and were the active
and efficient helpers of the opposed and heavy hearted. They rendered Mattathias
and subsequently his noble associate sons valorous aid, which aforetime their
ancestors, the Chasidims, had given the princely Zerrebbabel. They shared the
fortunes, good and ill, of the army of liberation, and were prominent in the
council of the recreated nation, soon after the great Judas Maccabbeus had
finally rescued the city and Temple out of the hands of infidels and the hands
of Kings, and recognized civil government. Another and unexplained change
occurred in their association, and the Kassideans became merged into the Rite of
the Essenes. The history of this Order, which was a lineal descendant of the
ancestral Chasidim, time will not permit me to outline. You will find that
history gives an elaborate description of its methods and objects in various
books of reference, especially in the works of Josephus, Philo, Eusebius and
Pliny, to the study thereof I invoke your attention. See to it my Brother
Knight, that you thoroughly inform yourself therein, for only thus can you
achieve that station among us, which it is the right and duty of every Knight of
this far descended and beautiful institution to seek, to the end that he may pay
the vows that he has vowed and increase the influence and enlarge the boundaries
of the Ancient Essenic Order.
My Brother. it only remains for you new to sign our Constitution and By-Laws,
which you will find upon the Secretaryís desk, and take your seat among us as
a member of Ö Senate No. Ö
The Excellent Senator will call the Senate from labor for a few moments, that
they may welcome individually and collectively their newly made brother.