Knights of the Maccabees of the World
Ritual of the Third, or Degree of Loyalty
In this section the scene is at Modin and represents the Temptation of
Mattathias and the revolt of his House. The curtains are to remain across the
foot of the room; they should have an opening in the middle. The Tent shows none
of the regular furnishings, and the official stations are not occupied. The room
should represent a market or other public place, in a dilapidated old Jewish
The floor should be devoid of all furniture, except a rude Altar, about eight
or ten feet from curtain at foot of Tent, around which are seated on mats, rugs,
or low camp stools, five persons, representing Mattathias and four sons. The
Lieutenant Commander, who represents Judas, is to be with the Candidate. A light
should be burning on, or in front of, the Altar, all others in the room turned
down not too low. A Sir Knight should be dressed as a peasant. The Sir Knight so
costumed should remain behind the curtains, near foot of Tent, with Apelles and
his soldiers, ready to come on the floor quickly with them.
Actors and properties
APELLES—Dressed as Antiochus in the first section, without cloak or beard
and wig, with helmet instead of crown and with short sword hanging at side in
MATTATHIAS—dressed as was Eleazar in the second degree, but wearing white
wig and long flowing white beard without turban and with staff.
HIS FOUR SONS—dressed as priests.
JUDAS—as in the second degree, third section.
SOLDIERS—as in the second degree.
SIR KNIGHT—as Jewish peasant.
CANDIDATE—as Jewish peasant.
SENTINEL—as a Jewish peasant armed with spear.
By the time the Candidate is ready, the floor should have been arranged.
Curtain parted at foot of Tent.
COMMANDER, as MATTATHIAS: Sir Knight Lt. Commander, be pleased to
retire and introduce the Candidate.
LT. COMMANDER, as JUDAS, rises, salutes, retires to ante room and addresses
Candidate as follows: Having served satisfactorily in the Degrees of
Protection and Friendship, you are now entitled to receive the final and highest
Degree of our beloved Order, that of LOYALTY or KNIGHTHOOD. Let us enter.
Judas takes the Candidate by the arm, and, without any side conversation,
jests, or suggestion of any kind, but in a sober and dignified manner, leads him
to the inner door, and knocks several times.
SENTINEL, opening the door slightly, says: Who comes?
JUDAS: Judas, of the house of Mattathias, with a friend.
SENTINEL: I will inform the Venerable Sire of thy presence.
Closes the door and, advancing to the opening in curtain at foot of the Tent,
strikes the floor twice with the end of his spear, saying:
SENTINEL: Venerable Sire, without the gate stands thy son Judas,
with a friend.
MATTATHIAS: If he be Judas, my son, let him enter, and present his
SENTINEL, returns and opens wide the door and says: Judas, thy
father bids thee enter, and present thy friend.
They enter quietly, and stand before the opening in the curtain at foot of
Tent, and wait until Mattathias has finished his lament.
MATTATHIAS, in tones of deep distress, with head bowed on left hand:
Oh, Jerusalem! The Holy! Thy sanctuary is laid waste; thy feasts are turned into
mourning; thy Sabbath into a reproach; and thy honor into contempt. Wherefore
was I born to see this misery of my people, and the sad day when the Holy City
should be delivered into the hands of the enemy? To what end should we live any
JUDAS, as soon as all is quiet in a low voice says: Father, I have
with me a friend, who, having witnessed the death of Eleazar and having
experienced some of the atrocities practiced upon our people, bound himself
firmly unto us by a life long covenant of friendship, and who now desires to
actively engage with us in the cause of humanity.
MATTATHIAS (Those at Altar rise, the sons assisting Mattathias who
tremblingly leaning on his staff, In a feeble voice says): My son,
thy friend is welcome; but, before we accept him let him truthfully answer me. Addressing
Art thou true and loyal to thy home and friends? Candidate
answers. Dost thou love thy country? Candidate
answers. Art thou zealous of its laws? Candidate
answers. Dost thou observe them thyself? Candidate
answers. Further art thou willing to yield
up thy life, shouldst thy country or its institutions require such a sacrifice?
Candidate answers. Kinsman,
adversity surrounds us, and the hand of calamity lies heavily upon us. Who knows
how soon thy assurances may be put to the test? Perchance, this very night ! If,
therefore, thou wouldst recall or modify them, do so now before it is too late. At
this moment a flourish of trumpets occurs, with commotion, cheering, etc.
Mattathias continuing says: The hour has come.
Apelles and his soldiers, also Peasant, advance from the 2 corner near the
foot of the enclosure toward the corner near the head of the enclosure. Soldiers
seize and set up Mattathias’ Altar in front of Apelles, and then take places.
There should be a small urn with alcohol burning on this altar, also some red
fire which the Peasant will light when he offers sacrifice. Then Apelles says:
APELLES: Hear ye! Hear ye! Men of Judea!
The King makes proclamation unto you. Unfolds a
scroll and reads.
"I ANTIOCHUS, would have all my kingdom one people. Now, therefore, unto
you it is commanded, If that all your former laws and customs shall cease; The
Maccabees contemptuously turn away that you shall forthwith set up
Altars to Almighty Jove; and that you shall not henceforth discriminate against
the flesh of swine. In token of your compliance, you are commanded to sacrifice
before the reader these presents.
I, ANTIOCHUS, have spoken!" Folds the Scroll.
During the reading much dissatisfaction is expressed or manifested by the
crowd. Mattathias and his sons appear indignant and behave almost with daring.
Apelles looks about him and continues: By the authority in me vested
by my Illustrious Sovereign, Antiochus, I invite the men of Judea to advance and
He then places one of the red fires in the urn and burns it. None advance.
Then in a louder and more mandatory tone: In the name of the Great
King, I command that ye burn incense on this Altar!
None come forward. Apelles now seems to discover the patriarchial form of
Mattathias in the crowd.
Behold the noble Mattathias! Come venerable sire, thou of the priestly line
of Joarib, set thou an example of obedience to thy hesitating kinsmen!
MATTATHIAS in a calm but determined tone of voice: I cannot obey
the order of your king. Soldiers now pass into the crowd as if soliciting men to advance and sacrifice.
APELLES, extending his right hand quickly, as if in warning:
Mattathias! Think first, and then make answer! Hast thou not heard why and how
the venerable Eleazar perished? Advance and sacrifice!
MATTATHIAS: All Judea hath heard of his fidelity to God and native
land, and his dying groans will echo throughout the world while time lasts. God
forbid that any of us who remain should deny what he died for. I and my house
will remain steadfast!
APELLES, argumentatively: The people of other countries have
obeyed—yea even Jason the High Priest at Jerusalem and many more of thine own people have obeyed. Thou art a Father in Israel— thou art a man of
influence and crowned with wisdom and Honor. Bow before this Altar and thou and
thy house will find favor with the King; receive royal reward; be counted among
his friends; never want for power or gold—
Between each sentence the officer must pause an instant as if studying the
effect of the bribe on Mattathias. The proffered bribes and fulsome flattery
only serve to increase the resistance of the Maccabees. At last, interrupting
the speaker when he says "gold."
MATTATHIAS, with tremendous emphasis: I know how Joshua became
High Priest and why the vile traitor calls himself Jason! Officer of the King,—though
all the nations of the earth should obey Antiochus, and all the children of
Israel abandon the faith of our Fathers, I and my house will remain steadfast.
During this response the Apostate Jew has been preparing himself to offer
sacrifice, and now steps toward Altar sand says:
APOSTATE: General, I crave the favor of your great King Antiochus,
and would burn incense on this Altar.
He now steps forward to the Altar and as he lights the red fire and steps
back a few feet and kneels, Mattathias exclaims with tremendous emphasis:
MATTATHIAS: Traitor, thou must DIE!
So saying he brings down his staff upon the offender. Apelles leaps over the
prostrate body of the Apostate as if he would protect him and is felled by a
blow intended for the Apostate; instantly the four sons engage with the soldiers
who have taken up the attack. The lights are turned very low and the red fire is
diligently kept burning. Then the scene becomes stationary: The soldiers stand
with raised spears as if to hurl them at Mattathias, who throws back his body
and holds aloft his staff as if to protect himself; the four sons stand also in
an attitude of defense with raised If cudgels; standing thus in tableau for a
few moments, the curtain is closed and Judas addresses Candidate as follows:
JUDAS: The scene you have just witnessed, represents the revolt at
Modin. The Venerable Mattathias, the father of the Maccabees, was the first man
to actively oppose the mandate of the pagan king. He not only scorned the bribes
and flatteries of the king’s officer but in a moment of uncontrollable
indignation he slew the Apostate Jew in the act of sacrificing to strange gods,
and likewise the king’s officer when he attempted to protect the miserable
traitor. Do not mistake the significance of this scene. From the heights of
Sinai the thunderous command of Jehovah still echoes through the known world.
Yes, "Thou shalt not kill," but the staff of Mattathias was not the
weapon of a murderer. Its deadly blow was not struck with the fell purpose of
the assassin. Rather did it speak the sudden impulse of the patriot, driven to
desperation by the wrongs inflicted upon his country and his people, maddened by
the craven hypocrisy of an erstwhile Friend and follower, and fired with an
unselfish zeal to strike for the liberty of his countrymen, avenge their wrecked
hopes and ruined homes, and hold aloft the sacred traditions of his fathers.
Learn from this terrific scene a lesson in genuine - patriotism, and see in
it your duty to uphold and defend the rights of liberty and conscience when they
are threatened by irresponsible power in any form, regardless of what the
destroyer would promise or give in its stead. Let us retire.
Judas retires to ante-room with Candidate and returns to the room to prepare
for the next section.
This section represents a scene in the valley of Jehosaphat not far from the
brook of Kedron. It is assumed that, an interval of three years has elapsed
since the first journey towards Jerusalem, dramatized in the Second Degree,
Section 2. The room must be very bare of furnishings, and, if possible, made to
look like the natural scenery of a rocky valley. Light quite low.
Actors and Costumes
Selected Sir Knight as GHOST. Dressed, or wrapped, in a white mantle and
wearing on his head an Effigy of a grinning skull; on hands, pair of white
gloves. One of the qualifications for the part, is the possession of a deep
voice that can be heard and understood in all parts of the room.
Lt. Commander as JUDAS MACCABEUS. Dressed in the garb of a warrior returning
from the conflicts and hardships of three years war.
CANDIDATE—In garb of a Jewish soldier of lesser rank than Judas.
The Altar erected near middle of room and covered with a large square piece
of black cloth, split at the head so as to easily inclose the "Ghost."
When everything is in readiness, the Lt. Commander retires to where the
Candidate is in waiting and, conducting him into room without ceremony, says:
JUDAS: My friend: It is supposed that a period of three years has
passed, and the solemn events of a bloody war concluded, since we last entered
the valley of the brook Kedron.
During all of this response, the Lt. Commander and Candidate will slowly pass
around the circumference of the room. He must point out the various objects
How dark the night is, and yet, how familiar the surroundings seem! Can we
ever forget the night we first traveled this way! The rough road we tried to
follow; the moss cushioned stone; our capture by a band of bloodthirsty pagans;
the cruel tortures they inflicted; the death of one of our number; our
miraculous escape! Tonight we return by the same route, but in very different
spirits. The war has ended, the tyrant has been overthrown, and the Light of
Liberty is about to dawn upon our beloved land.
At this time, it is proper to imitate the dawn by increasing the light in the
We must be nearing the brook Kedron. Is not that dark object against the
eastern sky, the wall of Solomon.
They halt and look towards the reddening sky. At time the Chorus to "The
Holy City" could be sung with effect. After this they resume their walk and
on co within a few steps of the draped Altar, Lt. Commander says: AH!
Not all of the Altars of our Fathers have been overthrown! Shall we not tarry a
moment and offer up our devotions before this sacred shrine?
They kneel upon both knees. At that instant the "Ghost" slowly
rises and in slow, distinct whisper, if possible says:
GHOST: O my friends, I am glad of your return. I am he that was
ELEAZAR. Ye saw me scourged to death. Here now lie my bones. Beneath many Altars
like this one, repose the bones of count-less widows and orphans, still the
constant care of the Maccabees! Ye return from many a hard fought battle and
about to take part in giving to Judea her first independence and to the world
the first Republic. Great shall be your well earned reward! Go now and give what
remains of life to the noble work of perfecting constitutional government and
universal liberty. Neglect not the cry of the widow, the plaint of the orphan,
the silence of disabled warriors. GO! GO!
JUDAS asks Candidate to repeat after him: Venerable spirit of
Patriotism, Piety and Humanity! W shall heed thy counsel till the night of death
closes over us!
They rise and silently retire to ante-room.
This section of the work can be made very impressive and beautiful. No effort
should be spared in dressing and conferring it in keeping with its
possibilities. Nothing, except the financial strength of the Tent, should limit
the amount or the quality of the display. Let these directions then be carefully
studied, and the dramatic part thoroughly mastered.
The Tent should be cleared of everything used in the preceding sections and
arranged as for general reviews. The banners should be on each side of the
Actors and properties
COMMANDER—wearing the costume of Antiochus; but having, instead of the
crown, a rich turban, and without beard and wig.
PAST COMMANDER—In rich costume, as high priest.
CHAPLAIN—as priest in first section, but without beard.
LIEUT. COMMANDER, MASTER AT ARMS, SERGEANT, and CANDIDATE—as warriors,
dressed as soldiers were in first section.
RECORD KEEPER, and PHYSICIAN, as priests in white robes, MASTERS OF THE
GUARDS, and SENTINEL— as peasants.
All in this procession must wear at least a gown and a turban.
Furniture—consists of number of imitation palm branches, spears, swords,
cymbals, tambourines, reeds, trumpets, etc.
When everything is in readiness, Sir Knights in costume should form in double
file in order, leaving a space for the Lieutenant Commander and Candidate to
fall into the ranks behind M. of G. The musician takes his place at the
instrument; the Sentinel and the Picket remain at their stations. At a given
signal, the inner door is thrown wide open. Lieut. Commander with Candidate
comes marching in and join the ranks.
A triumphal march is played. The "Coronation March," from Meyerbeer’s
Opera, "The Prophet," is appropriate; or "The Conquering Hero
Comes," will be found very easy to sing and very fitting. The procession
They should be about two paces apart in the line and should march around the
hail twice. In the second circuit, the officers, as they reach their respective
stations, step out of the ranks and occupy them, Past Commander first. At the
end of the circuit, all will have taken their places, except the Lieut.
Commander and Candidate, who, when they reach the Sergeant’s station, wheel to
the right and march straight up to the Altar.
In lieu of a "march" the following, from the Oratorio of Judas
Maccabeus, may be sung:—
See the conquering hero comes,
Sound the trumpets, beat the drums;
Sports prepare, the laurel bring,
Songs of triumph to him sing.
Sports prepare, the laurel bring,
Songs of triumph to him sing.
Or the following:
HAIL, VALIANT CAPTAIN!
Hail, valiant captain, hail
Lay down thy coat of mail,
Assume thy right.
And now in many a fold
The angry war clouds rolled,
Enter with joy untold,
In Honor’s might.
CHORUS— Lion of Judah, hail!
And let thy name prevail
From age to age.
And with the rolling years,
Claim for thy own the spheres,
For great is Judas, strong and brave—
Victor in this great war,
We hail thy rising star
Of fame and renown.
Blow loud the trumpet, blow,
Wider yon portals throw,
Enter triumphant now,
Accept thy crown!
If the above song is sung, the marching should be in perfect step with it and
both so timed, or a verse of the chorus repeated, as to enable the procession to
pass around the room twice. The second round having been completed the Lieut.
Commander will proceed to the foot of the Altar with his charge and face head of
room. The ceremony continues as follows:
COMMANDER, one rap: Welcome, Judas Maccabeus, thrice welcome art thou! What
tidings from the front?
JUDAS, saluting: Sir Knight Commander, the power of Antiochus has been
broken! His cruel reign is over! The light of liberty has dawned and the night
of bondage is past! JUDEA IS FREE!
The musicians now start a verse or two of "America," or any
patriotic song, in which all present should join.
My country, ‘tis of thee—
Sweet land of liberty—
Of thee I sing!
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring.
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble, free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills,
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above!
Our Father’s God, to thee,
Author of liberty,
To thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by thy might,
Great God, our King!
COMMANDER, one rap: To the patriotism of thy father, Mattathias,
we owe the beginning of the great war, but unto thee, Judas Maccabeus, is due
the honor of having achieved its victories. How can we best express our
gratitude and the acclaim of generations yet unborn, for this blessed occasion?
JUDAS: Let us not mar the glory of our miraculous triumph by
indulging in any vain praise or empty ceremony. Let us perpetuate the virtues
which our fathers have worshipped for a thousand years and which destiny has now
placed as a sacred trust in our keeping,—freedom of man’s body, mind, and
soul and, the spirit of a universal brotherhood. Let us strongly bind ourselves
in a bond of fraternal love in order to better aid one another and protect the
widows and orphans of our departed brothers. Let us make a covenant with all
mankind that as long as Knights of the Maccabees live in this world, the divine
endowment of genuine fraternalism shall not perish in the earth!
And I crave the privilege, Sir Knight Commander, to recommend for the honors
of Maccabean Knighthood, this friend—tried and true—who has journeyed with
me under the silent stars and stood by my side in the shock of many a bloody
COMMANDER: This last act of thine is greater than any victory thou
didst ever win in battle. To defer to a friend is nobler than to wear a crown;
and he that ruleth his own spirit is greater than he that taketh a city! Friend
of Judas Maccabeus, if you would accept this generous offer, you must first be
bound with us in a never ending covenant of loyalty to the principles for which
Maccabeeism stands. Are you willing?
Each Candidate answers, "I am."
Lieut. Commander causes Candidate to stand with his left foot advanced, right
hand resting on book and circle, left hand over heart. Commander gives three
raps. All Sir Knights rise, give "token of sincerity," and stand with
left foot advanced.
Chaplain advances to head of Altar. At this moment the members and musicians
will sing the following ode. After the ode, the obligation:
HEAR OUR VOW.
Father, hear this solemn vow;
Grant thy presence near us now!
On Honor’s mountain heights display
Thy Justice of the better day,
The Justice of this latter day!
CHAPLAIN: You will now repeat after me. "I voluntarily
promise, in the presence of these Sir Knights, that I will be as true to my
faith, my country, my people, and myself as was Judas Maccabeus to his
religious, political, and personal duties,—and like him, to the best of my
knowledge and ability, I will ever defend what is just, and right, and true.
Further: I will always uphold the dignity, good name, and influence, and will
never impugn the motives of a member, here or elsewhere, nor permit it to be
done by another person without protest.
Further: I will bear with modesty and administer with strict integrity each
and every trust, official or other, committed to my care or confidence.
Should I intentionally ever violate this my solemn vow of Knighthood, may the
fingers of my left hand be struck off at the knuckle joint, and I thus forever
afterwards be unable to prove myself a Knight of the Maccabees of the World!
The choir again sings, "Hear Our Vow," after which the Commander
seats the members. Chaplain returns to his station. Lieutenant Commander seats
Candidate in front of Commander’s station who immediately instructs him in the
COMMANDER, arises: I will now instruct you in the secret work of
(1) To gain admission into a Tent open in the Degree of Loyalty, give any
number of raps at the outer door. The Picket will open the door, or wicket, and
to him you will give in a whisper, the Pass—which for the present term is … gives
it. This will admit you into the ante-room,
where you must place on your left breast the regulation badge, then give three
loud raps on the inner door. The Sentinel will open the wicket and to him you
will give in a whisper, your name, and the Token of this Degree, which is
Obedience. This will admit you into the Tent.
(2) If you are within the Tent when the same is being opened in this Degree,
you will, at the proper time and when so requested, give both the Pass and
the Token to the Record Keeper or Guards as the case may be.
Having been admitted into the room, advance by way of the Sergeant’s
station (turning square corners) to the foot of the Altar on which should rest a
copy of the Laws of the Order, a copy of the Books of the Maccabees opened at
the Third Chapter of the Second hook and a circle resting on both books. If the
Altar is not so arranged, give no sign, but ask why the Tent is not opened in
regular form. If correctly arranged, give the step and salutation sign of this
degree to the Sir Knight Commander, at the same time saying: "Sir Knight
Commander." He will recognize you by a nod of the head, or a wave of the
hand or gavel. Then you will be at liberty to take your seat.
(3) The Salutation sign of this degree is given by clasping the two middle
fingers of the left hand with the thumb, extending the two outside fingers and
raising the hand to the level of the face, palm of hand to the front, the arm
forming a right angle. This is also the voting sign.
(4) The Recognition sign is given by clasping the two middle fingers of the
left hand in the palm with the thumb extending the index and little fingers and
placing the hand in any position in which it can be plainly seen. The answer is
made by clasping the index and little fingers in the palm and extending the two
middle fingers, thus—.
(5) The Ladies Recognition Sign, used by members of The Ladies of the
Maccabees, and Knights of the Maccabees in common, is made by clasping the third
or ring finger of the left hand with the thumb, extending the other three
fingers as much as possible, and placing the hand in any position in which it
can be plainly seen, thus . This challenge is used by the ladies only. The
answer is given in the same manner.
(6) The Token of Sincerity is made by placing the open left hand over the
heart thus ... It must always be given standing and when addressed by, or when
you yourself are addressing any officer of the Order within a regularly opened
(7) When you wish to make or second a motion, or address the Tent, you must
rise to your feet, give the Token of Sincerity and say: "Sir Knight
Commander." You have no right to begin to speak until you have so addressed
the presiding officer and been recognized by him.
(8) The test word is Seebaccam, which is Maccabees spelled backwards; and, in
testing a stranger, he must commence the spelling. He gives the first letter,
and you the next; and so on, turn about, until spelled. Then pronounce in
syllables; he, the first syllable, you the next, and so on. And, when finished,
he pronounces the whole word. For your instruction I will test the Sergeant.
The Commander and the Sergeant should then go through with the test word.
(9) Grind Honors, given to Supreme or Great officers, are made by giving the
ordinary military salute with the right hand and at the same time giving the
Token of Sincerity.
(10) White is the particular color of the Third Degree and symbolizes the
unsullied character of Judas Maccabeus, who conducted to a successful
termination a most cruel and bloody war without having committed a single crime!
(11) The emblems of our Order are the circle and the Globe. The circle is
universally regarded as symbolic of eternity,—it has no ending. So let it be
with the vows you have taken and noble duties you have assumed. Keep inviolate
every promise you have made to us and then, wherever you may find yourself on
the face of the Globe and find another who has taken the same vows, you will
always find a brother.
You will now listen to the counsel of our Past Commander.
Lieut. Commander conducts Candidate to Past Commander’s station and seats
PAST COMMANDER, arises: My brother, in the First Degree you were
informed that The Knights of the Maccabees of the World is a great fraternal
business co-partnership founded on HONOR. In that Degree, your first step on the
way to Maccabean Knighthood, we magnified the sentiment of HONOR and emphasized
some of the more pertinent rules and laws of good business; for without HONOR
there can be no Fraternalism that is worthy the name, and without the strict
observance of certain regulations and principles there can be no safe business
conduct. Therefore we make HONOR the central thought of the Degree of
Protection, because it is the foundation of the Mystic Temple we call our Order.
In the Second Degree, we sought to impress upon your heart and mind the
importance and power of FRIENDSHIP. We make FRIENDSHIP the governing ideal of
the Second Degree, because it is the Mystic Temple we build on, the enduring
foundation of Human Honor.
In this, the Degree of Loyalty, we teach, both by precept and example, the
hard but glorious lesson of OBEDIENCE. We inculcate and demand an obedient and
hearty allegiance to every duty which you, as a rational being, owe to God and
to humanity. We expect you to faithfully keep every vow taken at our Altar. We
expect you to respond like a man to every demand of righteousness, civil duty,
human affection, and personal purity. He who is obedient to the behests of these
duties, and honestly tries to discharge them, is Truth’s knight militant and
God’s ambassador to needy humanity. He who bravely tries to live like that,
will walk with steady tread along the lofty pathway of self denial and universal
service, first trod by the Son of Man. Me who thus diligently strives, though he
may not fully achieve, will yet be crowned of God and surely live in the
affection of those who come after him. This is not the work of a sluggard or a
coward, but of a genuine man. We make OBEDIENCE the Master Key of the Degree of
Loyalty, because it is the Soul of our Mystic Temple built on the enduring
foundation of Human Honor.
Would you become one of earth’s truly great ones? Make HONOR your teacher.
Would you make joyous and straight the crooked paths of sorrow and hardship? Be
FRIENDLY,—Be Kind. Would you be a leader in the Republic of Man? Be the
faithful, honest servant of everything that is good and just and true. Let now
this Trinity abide with you; HONOR, FRIENDSHIP, OBEDIENCE—But the greatest of
these is OBEDIENCE.
Sir Knight Lieut. Commander, conduct our kinsman to the Commander’s
station, there to receive Knighthood.
Lieut. Commander conducts Candidate to Commander’s station, causes him to
kneel on his left knee, with his right knee raised in front of him and his right
hand resting thereon, removes helmet, and says:
LIEUT. COMMANDER: Sir Knight Commander, our kinsman awaits your
COMMANDER: In commemoration of the Valor, touches
Candidate’s right shoulder with blade of sword Friendship touches
Candidate’s left shoulder with blade of sword and Obedience touches
top of Candidate’s head with blade of sword and allowing it to rest there
until he orders him to arise, of Judas Maccabeus, one of the first
fruits of genuine chivalry, and by the authority in me vested as Commander of
this Tent, I now dub, create and proclaim you a Knight of the Maccabees of the
World. ARISE, SIR KNIGHT, and stand erect among your equals.
Returns to his station and declares a short recess. During which the Sir
Knight should receive the congratulations of the members.