Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar
Knight of the Suspended Cross of Babylon
Compiler's Notes: This ceremony is held in a Council of the
Order. The degree
was originally worked under the name of The Suspending Cross of
later as the Degree of Prince of Babylon. Once again it would
appear that the
old name was resurrected and amended and the chivalric appendage
added to the
name of the ceremony. Traditionally, it is claimed that this
circa 1725 but this is unlikely since one of the old
candidature was the Royal Arch, a degree which only saw
some 50 years later.
The Officers of the Council are the Most Illustrious Knight
& Prince, the
Very Illustrious Knight & Prince, and the Illustrious Knight
Prelate, and Illustrious Knights and Princes Recorder, Captain
Conductor, Herald, Almoner, Guard and Sentinel. The regalia is a
sash of green
on which are embroidered two interlocking equilateral triangles
in gold, the
uppermost containing the letters, S M A and the lower, the
letters M M T U. The
President carries a sceptre and the VIKVP, carries a baton.
Since the Candidates are required to give the word of the RA in
these must be three candidates, where less than this number are
members must assist to make up the three.
MIK&P: Knights and
Babylon, assist me to open this Council. All
Prince Guard, do you confirm that our Council is closed to the outer
is properly guarded.
Guard opens the door and ascertains that the Sentinel is in his
place. Seeing that this is so, he closes the door and replies:
Grd.: Most Illustrious
Prince, the Sentinel is in bis proper place and guards against all
Knight and Prince
Captain of the Guard, are you satisfied that all present are Knights
CoG: I am, Most
and Prince, how do we prove ourselves as Knights and Princes?
VIK&P: By meeting
demonstrating the sign.
MIK&P: Knights and
Princes, it is
my will and pleasure to open this Council, to Order with the Sign. All
MIK&P: The Sign
correct, I declare this Council of Knights and Princes of Babylon
and properly opened. Gives ** with
sceptre, followed by
VIK&P who does the same with baton, Guard and Sentinel.
After which all drop
the sign and take up their seats.
MIK&P: The Council
let the cross be suspended in its place. A
green is hung behind the chair of the MIK&P at a height
where all can see
Knight and Prince
Recorder, you will deciare our order of business.
Rec.: There is naught
except that I have been given a note to advise me that three
strangers stand at
the door and seek our permission to enter.
Prince Conductor, you will enquire from these strangers as to their
seeking admission into this Council.
The Conductor signs and withdraws. if the requisite three
requires to be made
up then the members detailed to do so also retire at this time.
ensures that the Candidates wear the apron of a MM plus the sash
of an RA Mason.
All being correct he then raps on the door **.
Grd.: Brother Knight
Captain of the Guard, an alarm is sounded.
CoG: Most Illustrious
Prince, an alarm is sounded, do I have your permission to determine
MIK&P: You may do
CoG: Brother Knight
Guard, you will see why the Sentinel sounds the alarm.
Guard opens the door and looks outward, closes the door again
and reports to
Grd.: Brother Knight
Captain of the Guard, The Conductor and Three Strangers stand
The CoG leaves his post, draws the curtain behind him and
door, which he opens fully, and demands:
CoG: Who comes here and
Cond.: Three True and Worthy Masons, proficient in
the Blue and
the Red, who now wish to advance themselves within this Council of
Princes of Babylon.
CoG: Who vouches for
proficiency in the Red and the Blue?
Cond.: I, who am a Knight and Prince of Babylon and
of this Council do so vouch.
CoG: I see that they
wear the dress
of the Blue and the Red but what else do they bring?
Cond.: They bring the triune words of the Royal
CoG: Let them enter the
and demonstrate the same. The Candidates
Triple Arch of the RA and gives the Words JHV and JBN.
CoG: The recommendation
sufficient, wait you here while I report.
CoG returns within the curtain, leaving it closed behind him,
the curtain, salutes the MIK&P and says: Be it
known to you Most
Ill. Knight and Prince, that three True and Worthy Masons,
proficient in the
Blue and Red and vouched for by a Knight and Prince of Babylon, the
this Council, and who have properly made known to me, the triune
words of the
Royal Arch, desire admittance as members of this Council of Knights
Princes of the Suspended Cross of Babylon.
MIK&P: Since these
properly vouched for, let them be admitted in due and ancient form.
returns to the curtain and opens it wide with the aid of the
CoG: Strangers, the
Knight and Prince has favourably considered your petition and I have
to permit your entrance into this Council, Enter therefore, Cond.
and Cands. enter within the curtain and now listen
the Illustrious Knight and Reverend Prelate seeks the favour of
Heaven upon your
IK&HP: O Thou King
of Heaven, we
extol and honour Thee; all Thy works are truth and all Thy ways are
Thou raiseth them that are humiliated and humbleth them who walk in
Thou, who did aforetime preserve Thy servants, Shadrack, Meshack and
who for Thy namesake were cast into the fiery furnace, and did bring
them forth unscathed, do Thou now bless these our Brothers and
enable them to
pass through the fiery furnace of worldly troubles and temptations,
trusting in Thee, Great King of Power.
Herald stands and reads Daniel Ch. III verses iv to vi and then
CoG stands and reads Daniel Ch. III verses x, xi and xii then
MIK&P stands and reads Daniel Ch. III verses xiv and xv then
Cond. reads Daniel Ch. III verses xvi to xviii.
MIK&P: Let these
rebels be bound
and cast into the fiery furnace seven times heated, even as it hath
The Cond. takes three pieces of twine and loosely binds the
hands of the
Candidates and stands them in the NW corner, where a ''fire" is
Rec stands and reads Daniel Ch.III verses xxi to the end then
Alm’r stands and reads Daniel Ch. V verses i to vi and xxv to
xxix, at the
mention of the words MMTU the board is raised, at the end of the
Almoner remains standing.
Alm’r: Brother Knight
Conductor, you will now take the Candidates before the MIK&P for
Conductor approaches the Candidates, loosens their bands and
to follow him. He takes them before the MJK&P.
Cond.: Most Illustrious
Prince, I now present to you these strangers for further
Three, before you
can be instructed further, it is necessary that you take a solemn
oath to keep
all that you may hear and see, solely unto yourself. Do you Brother
… agree? First
cand. assents. Do you Brother … agree? Second
cand. assents and do
you Brother …
also agree? Third cand. assents.
Princes Herald and Almoner, bring forth the Board which bears the
Sacred Words. The
Board is brought and held before the three Cands.
MIK&P: You will
each place your
right hands upon this Board and repeat after me: All
stand. I, … (full
names) do vow and
obligate myself, that
l will faithfully keep all the secrets of this degree unto myself
thereof to no one save those who have come by them in the same
lawful manner as
I now do. l further vow that I will never confer this degree on any
any form other than that in which l have received it and only then,
Brethren, qualified by the degrees of Blue and Red Masonry and then
only in a
Council such as this.
All this I solemnly promises under a penalty no less than that I
shall be cut
in pieces and my house be made a dunghill. (Daniel
You will now remove your hands from the Board.
The Board is removed and the Her. and Alm. resume their seats.
MIK&P: My Brother,
Illustrious Knight and Prince, will you now instruct these new
Princes in the ways of our Council.
VIK&P, rises and stands before the Cands. in the East: Knights
Princes, permit me first of all to congratulate you on your
this degree. Were I to tell you of the full history of this ancient
Freemasonry many hours would be required. Let me simply state
therefore that it
carne into being very soon after Speculative Masonry became popular
and it is
said that it may have been known as early as the year 1725, when it
the Suspending Cross of Babylon. While the true meaning of that
symbolic name is
now lost in the mists of time we still hold that emblem dear and as
special cross is suspended behind the chair of the MIK&P. While
Scripture does mention the form of the Sacred Words, we have chosen
commemorate them in such a manner as that a cross may be made about
such was the form of the Board bearing their representation and upon
swore your Obligation.
Our Secrets are numerous but should be committed to memory and never
The Sacred Words, which you saw upon the Board are, Mene, Mene,
You will see upon the sash that I wear, two equilateral triangles,
letters S, M and A in the angles of the first, and M, M, T and U in
and centre of the second. The first stand for the names of our
Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego and the latter for the Sacred Words.
The Grip is
given by placing both hands on the others' shoulders as if to cast
him into a
fiery furnace. When the Grip is given the Word may be initiated by
stating Mene, to which the other replies Mene, the first again says
which the rejoinder is Upharsin. Our Pass Word is Daniel, after that
son of God. The Grand Sign is given by drawing your right hand
head to waist, then across the body from left to right hip and
finally from left
should to right hip, in allusion to the penalty of your Obligation,
having your body cut in pieces. Finally, the Working Sign and the
Sign of the
Degree is given by raising your right hand, with the first finger
others being closed, in front of the face level with the eyes, as if
with the finger upon a wall.
The VIK&P salutes the MJK&P and resumes his place. The
approaches the Candidates and the Almoner follows him with the
sashes of the
degree on a bolster or cushion. The Candidates are directed to
aprons and RA sashes.
MIK&P: I now in
vest you with the
Sash of a Knight and Prince of the Suspended Cross of Babylon. You
that it is of the colour green, signifying immortality and also is a
that the good deeds carried out by an individual, remain in the
minds of others
long after this mortal frame has decayed and turned into dust. The
thereon and the meaning thereof has been fully explained to you and
now it gives
me great pleasure to place it over your right shoulder and welcome
you, a true
Knight and Prince of our Order.
The MIK&P resumes his station and the Conductor shows the
a vacant place, before he also resumes his station.
MIK&P: Knight and
are you satisfied that the Council is still closed to the outer
remains properly guarded?
Guard opens the door, looks out and then returns.
Grd.: I am so
MIK&P, gives ** and all stand: Then
Knights and Princes, the purpose for which this Council was opened
completed and there being nothing further requiring our attention, I
this Council of Knights and Princes of the Suspended Cross of
Gives ** followed by the VIK&P, Guard and Sentinel.