Knights of the Essenic Order
Ritual of the Second Degree
The Senior Vigilante repairs to the reception room and conducts the candidate
into the preparation room, removes his upper garments, then places a white robe
around him, (the white robe is gathered back to expose the left breast), a chain
is now placed twice around the body, now conducts the candidate to the door
entering the hall, two raps are given on the door, the door is at once opened
when the Senior Vigilante advances with the candidate until halted by the
Councillors, who are dressed in black robes and black cowls. A line has been
formed by the Brother Knights, the candidate is halted at a table, in front of
him stands the Excellent Senator. The hoodwink is now removed from his eyes.
1ST. COUN.: Knight Senior Vigilante, I see that you are
accompanied by a friend; what us his desire?
SEN. VIG.:. To be promoted to the full association with the
victorious rulers of Israel.
1ST. COUN.: Are you his sponsor?
SEN. VIG.: Yea, Verily.
EX SEN.: My friend, after Mattathias had slain the idolaters at
the altar of sacrifice in the city of Modin, and in the presence of the
Macedonian persecutors of Israel, he and all his sons fled into the mountains
and left all that they ever had in the city of Maccabees. To them in the secret
places at the wilderness, in due season, came many others, because affliction
was sore upon them, among them a company of the Knights of the Ancient Essenic
Order, who were then the mighty men of Irsrael, and who were devoted to the Law.
Thus secure in their inaccessible retreats did Mattathias organize with a
covenant of salt, that valiant army of liberation, which was soon to recover the
law out of the hands of the Gentiles, and out of the hands of kings. Amid the
grand solitude of Lebanon, which were vocal with the memories of the heroes of
the aforetime, suffering welded that concourse into disciplined compactness.
Patriotism and devotion to the law gave zest to the hardest fare, the running
brooks slaked their thirst, and the fruits and roots of the wilderness satisfied
their hunger. Out of this stern probation came at last a disciplined host crying
the old war cry of the children of Israel. Endowed with Adonaiís blessing, the
contest of that host under its skillful leader was utterly resistless. The
nation was redeemed and temple cleansed from all defilement. Then again rang
throughout Judea the aforetime song of Miram, "Sing ye to the Lord, for he
hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and the rider hath he thrown into the
sea." In devout commemoration of Mattathias the liberator, and of the
sufferings heroically sustained by our ancient patriots in the wilderness, let
us eat of this bread, drink of this water, and with this salt make a covenant
that shall never be broken. They all eat of the bread,
drink of the water, and taste the salt, after which they repeat the
Covenant of Salt
This covenant of Salt I make before Adonai and these witnessing Knights of
the Ancient Essenic Order. Let it be to me and my seed after me. May the bread
strengthen us. May the water cheer us. And may the salt preserve us all and
singular, while we perform good deeds on behalf of Adonai, our country and our
fellow men. Amen and amen. The salt that we have eaten together shall be a
perpetual pledge of friendship between us as Knights of the Ancient Essenic
Order, and as true men. Evermore let us feel that we are one s-n every purpose
and every performance that will honor Adonai, benefit our country and our fellow
The Excellent Senator returns to his
station, strikes once, the members quickly seat themselves. The Senior Vigilante
replaces hoodwink on candidate and begins his mystic journey around the Altar,
the sacred bell or gavel strikes at intervals as the Sarcedos reads from PSALMS
XLVII, all except 5th and 6th verses. He reads deliberately and pauses a moment
at the end of each verse, when the sacred bell or gavel is struck. The Senior
Vigilante takes care to time his steps that the circuit with the candidate will
be complete when he reaches the station of the Junior Seneschal. He faces the
candidate to the Junior Seneschal, who steps down and says: My
friend, I set this emblem on thy forehead, and thus seal all thy energies to the
service of Adonai, of thy country, and of thy fellow man. May this episode ever
remind you of duty and of eternal life. Go forward; be faithful and fear not. The
Senior Vigilante now conducts the candidate slowly to the station of the Senior
Seneschal and halts, the Senior Seneschal rises to his feet and steps down,
handing the candidate an hour glass. The hoodwink is now removed from the
SEN. SENíL.: This is the symbol of the life of man, flowing
rapidly and soon ending, for as the days of man are swifter than a weaverís
shuttle; like unto the sands in the hour glass, let this emblem remind us of the
importance of consecrating every moment to duty. My friend, dost thou believe
that duty doing commends men to the favor of Adonai.
ANS.: I do.
SEN. SENíL.: Thou art right; let this belief cause thee to
strike boldly in his service, and in that of thy country, and thy fellow man: Go
forward. The candidate
is again hoodwinked, and now advances slowly to the Altar. The Excellent Senator
calls up the members, who form a circle around the Altar, the Excellent Senator
in the center.
EX SEN.: My friend, you will now kneel at our Holy Altar, place
your right hand on the Book of the Law, your left hand loosely over your month;
you will speak your name in full and follow me.
In the name of the omnipresent and adorable Adonai, and in the presence of
these witnessing Knights of the Ancient Essenic Order, solemnly, and sincerely
declare and vow, that so long as life lasts, whether apart from the Ancient
Essenic Order or remaining within it, I will evermore keep and conceal the
signs, words, handgrasps, mysteries or secrets, business or plans of this Order
from any person whatsoever, except from a duly and truly annointed Knight of the
Ancient Essenic Order, or a lawful Senate of the same, and even from him or them
until after examination or lawful information I shall have found him or them
duly and truly entitled to receive the same. And if I should, in any manner
whatsoever, fail to heed and keep the vow which I have now vowed, may my tongue
evermore be silent, may my right hand lose its cunning. Amen and amen.
EX SEN.: In testimony of your voluntary assumption of these vows,
and of your solemn determination to observe and keep the same, salute now the
Book of the Law twice. The Sarcedos now advances and
places both hands on the candidateís head and offers this following
SAR.: Omnipresent and adorable Adonai, Thou who art Supreme Ruler
of the Supreme Senate of Heaven, Thou clement and compassionate One, incline
thine ear to listen to the solemn vows of this, our newly admitted friend now
kneeling before thee. We beseech thee to so direct, sanctify, and govern his
thoughts, words and actions, that he may evermore keep inviolate his vows, and
thus become thy faithful son, a brave lover of his country, and a helpful
servator of the Ancient Essenic Order. Amen and amen.
ALL THE BROTHER KNIGHTS: Deus Vult; Deus Vult.
EX SEN., orders the chain removed from the candidateís body and the
hoodwink from his eyes, and he rises to his feet: My friend, you
observe before you on our Holy Altar, the Book of the law, the Sword and the
Trowel, as in the first section of this degree; the promises of the Book of the
Law have been fulfilled Adonaiís people are again free, and again the smoke of
sacrifice ascends from the Altar. Still keep thou the Law, Let the sword still
be near your hands and with the trowel work manfully on the walls of
the city. You will now be conducted to the preparation room by the Senior
The Excellent Senator instructs the candidate as to his preparation for
advancement, then returns to his station, strikes once, the Brother Knights are
all quickly seated, the Senior Vigilante retires with the candidate to the