Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar
The Degree of Knight of the White Cross
Compiler's Notes: A Chapel of Knights of the White Cross is held
presidency of the Most Wise Master who is assisted by a Right
Master, a Very Wise Senior Warden and a Wise Junior Warden. The
are: Prelate, Conductor and Inner and Outer Guards. The regalia
of the Order is
a Green Cap on which is a white or silver cross and a sash of
the same colour on
which is embroidered a white passion cross with and A and W
in red under each of the cross arms.
The MWM, the RWDM, the VWSW and the WJW occupy central positions
in the East,
West, South and North respectively so that their places would
extremities of a cross.
MWM: Sir Knights, I am
about to open
this Chapel and therefore ask that silence and attention be rigidly
practiced. Right Wise Deputy Master, what is our first care?
RWDM: To see the Chapel
guarded, Most Wise Master.
MWM: You will direct
that duty to be
RWDM: Knight Inner
Guard, you will
inform the Knight Outer Guard that the Most Wise Master is about to
Chapel. You will direct him to take due notice and set his guard
raps ** **** ** which is answered by the KOG.
RWDM: Right Wise Deputy
Chapel is duly guarded.
KIG: Most Wise Master,
the Chapel is
duly guarded, and all is well.
MWM: Very Wise Senior
Warden, what is
our second care when about to open this Chapel?
VWSW: To see that all
Knights of the White Cross.
MWM: You will
therefore, prove the
VWSW gives * and all rise. The RWDM leaves his station and
whispers the word
to the next Knight to his right, who then does the same. When
the last in
attendance has received the Word, he approaches the MWM and
whispers the same to
him, thereafter he resumes his place.
MWM: VWSW, the Word has
undefiled and perfect
VWSW: Then Most Wise
present are Knights of the White Cross.
MWM: Wise Junior
Warden, what is the
third care when about to open this Chapel?
WJW: To offer our
prayers at the foot
of the Throne of Mercy.
MWM: Even so. Knight
Prelate, offer a
prayer for the Knights.
Prel.: O Redeemer of
men, hear now
our prayer and grant, we beseech Thee, Thy blessing upon those here
in Thy Holy
Name and upon the work to be undertaken hereafter.
All: Amen & Amen.
MWM, *: In
RWDM, **: Hoc
VWSW, ***: Signo
VWSW, ****: Vinces
MWM: In this Sign,
present make the Sign of the Cross.
MWM: I now deciare this
Knights of the White Cross duly opened and ready to transact such
may regularly come before it. Knight Conductor, attend at the White
Knight Inner Guard, inform the Knight Outer Guard. Gives
*. The K. Cond. advances to the altar which is covered by a
white cloth and has
upon it a white passion cross and a green branch and opens the
Holy Bible at
Revelations Ch. XXII. The KIG informs the KOG by giving * on the
The Candidate wears a plain white cap and the sash of a Knight
of Bethany. At
the given time, the Conductor is advised to retire and introduce
He is permitted to enter on one knock, by the Inner Guard, and
Conductor escorts him around the Chapel, the Prelate reads
Zechariah Ch. VI vs
xii and xiii, Revelations Ch. XXII vs xii to xiv and Acts Ch. I
vs ix to xi. The
Conductor should attempt to time the perambulations so that as
the Prelate comes
to the end of the reading, the Cand. is approaching the S. side
of the JWs
pedestal, where he is made to hall facing the WJW.
VWSW: My Friend, whence
Cond.: Jerusalem. The
Cond. and Cand. then approach the VWSW.)
VWSW: My Friend, to
which place wilt
Cond.: Nazareth. Move
on to RWDM.
RWDM: What was the
Cond.: Resurrection. Move
on to MWM.
MWM: Who was the
greatest of the
MWM to Cand.: Collect
the initials of
these words which you have heard. In the first, use the Greek or
rather than the Hebrew.
MWM: It is the same as
was on the
Cross, and which the profane know as Jesus of Nazareth, King of the
Jews. It is
the Word which we recognise as the True Word of our Order, Elect and
The Truth of the Cross is no longer an enigma and you have been made
you now prepared to assume the Knightly Vow of a Knight of the White
Cand.: I am.
MWM, gives *** and all rise: Then
at the White Altar and place both hands upon the Divine Truth of
Message to man. You will repeat after me. I, Sir …, of my own accord
the presence of the Truth Incarnate, with these fellow Christian
Knights as my
living witnesses here, do now pledge my Honour as a True and Trusty
the Cross of Christ, that I will ever True remain, never falsely
always, if Sane, keep this my Vow. I do further vow, that I will
ever a friend
be, to those who are such as me, and never will I see, a Friend
further vow, as I now do, that ever will I remain true, as to me, so
to you, for
I shall be Knightly ever.
To this I vow, so all hear me now, and say not how, for I shall
never. For if to my vow, I am untrue, may every single man of you,
my ignominious name, in perfidious infamy and deserved shame. So
help me, the
Knight of the White Cross, we congratulate you on your admission
Christian Order. I shall now instruct you in our Mysteries. The Pass
Alpha and Omega, to which the response is The First and the Last.
The Great Word
is The Branch, which was the name of the Lord foretold to Zechariah
in his vi
ion, in which remembrance, we place a branch of green upon our
Altar. The Sign
is given by crossing the legs, right over left and raising the hands
imploring the Ascending God. The grip is given by the first holding
hand out flat, palm upwards while the other grasps the hand across
the palm and
grips it three times alluding to the Trinity.
You will now turn to the West. A painting
transparency of the Ascension of the Lord is now revealed. My
you now behold a representation of the Ascension of the Saviour.
Permit me to
remind you of the Scriptural lesson which you heard on your entry
Chapel; as He arose, so will He return. Let us then, as intelligent
appreciative creatures, prepare for His return, that He may behold
the White Cross. You may now take your place amongst us.
Cond. places Cand. in a vacant seat and takes up his own.
MWM, gives ***: Knights, a Chapel of Knights of the White
closes but remains open for the reception of the Lord when next He
However, we shall now declare this session adjourned and the Chapel
until next we deem it expedient to labour. Gives
Conductor closes the Holy Bible and the Knight Inner Guard so
informs the Knight
Outer Guard and labour ceases.