Order of Tyrian Knights
Emerald Rank – Rank of Votary
This ritual dates from approximately 1900.
Passing to the Emerald Rank
ARCHON, *: Sir Knight Mareschal,
prepare the hall for work in the Emerald Rank.
MARESCHAL: All is in readiness, Archon.
ARCHON: Officers will assume their respective stations.
I now declare this Camp open in the Emerald
Votaries, advance and salute.
Place: Island Tyre
Reception of Anacharsis into the Mystic Order of Tyre.
Messenger raps and enters in usual form, advances with Guide to position
at base of Altar, Salutes Archon, and speaks:
MESSENGER: I come as a messenger from
our brother at the Northern Gate, to announce that a Scythian from beyond the
Black Sea desires to obligate himself as a Votary of our Mystic Order.
ARCHON: By whom is the stranger commended?
MESSENGER: By the Grecian Clitus, now
journeying in these distant lands. I present these parchments, and await your
Guide receives packet and conveys it to Archon.
ARCHON: We will read the scroll; the Messenger may
retire. Brothers, these parchments bearing the seal of our worthy and well
beloved Clitus, commend to us one Anacharsis, a Scythian stranger, as a fit
member of our band. If none object, our trusty Guide will repair with the
Messenger to the Northern Gate of the City and conduct the stranger hither.
Accessories are here placed in position and lights turned low.
WARDER: Vice Archon, the Guide with the stranger is at
VICE ARCHON: Permit him to pass,
Guide, with stranger hoodwinked, marches slowly twice around the Altar
and halts before Archon. As he turns each corner the nearest officer strikes
the floor sharply wrth spear.
GUIDE: Archon, I present to you a commended stranger
from distant Scythia, who, having traversed forest and plain, enduring all
hardships and facing many perils, has arrived in our city to obligate himself as
a Votary of our Mystic Order.
ARCHON: Stranger, are you the Scythian to whom this
STRANGER: I am.
ARCHON: How were you recognized by our brother at the
STRANGER: By the secret word.
ARCHON: Give me the word.
ARCHON: Scythian, that word is the very keystone to the
Grand Arch of our Tyrian philosophy; binding together huge blocks from the
quarries of Egyptian lore, rough stones gathered by the wandering nomads of the
North, the clean-cut Grecian granite and the polished product of the Master,
Kong. Remove that stone and our whole structure topples to the earth.
Founded, like Tyre herself, upon a rock—the
rock of Reason—our Order stands beside Truth’s pathway affording aid and
shelter to the earnest seeker after knowledge. Within our walls he is safe. From
our towers he first beholds the far white light which flashes from the summit of
the heights of Truth. To climb those heights and light your torch at that pure
flame, Sincerity, Fidelity and Energy must be yours. Unless you possess these
qualities in the fullest measure you cannot hope for success. With them, success
is assured. Do you still persist?
STRANGER: I do.
ARCHON: Guide, present the stranger at the ... for
Votaries, form triangle.
GUIDE: Venerable Sage, by command of the Archon, I
present the Scythian for obligation.
VENERABLE SAGE: Stranger, put forth your
hand. Repeat after me this pledge of Sincerity and Fidelity. I, ..., upon my
sacred honor and in the presence of these witnesses do solemnly and sincerely
promise and pledge a life-long loyalty to this Mystic Order of Tyre, an
unswerving fidelity to its principles, an unfalling obedience to its Book of
Laws. I will not reveal its secret work, nor through my indiscretion or
negligence, permit its secrets to become known.
ALL: We are the witnesses!
All stamp with
right foot at the word ‘we’. The Guide at the same
instant removes hoodwink.
VENERABLE SAGE: The Messenger may retire
with the Votary to the Outer Court to await the commands of the Archon.
The accessories are here removed, the room re-arranged and fully lighted.
ARCHON: Guide, repair to the Outer Court and introduce
the Votary for instruction.
GUIDE retires, and returns without ceremony, and presents Votary before
Venerable Sage: Venerable Sage, I present the Votary for
VENERABLE SAGE: Votary, I welcome you as an
earnest seeker after knowledge. You enter here the path which leads to truth.
Persevere therein until you have attained to the farthest heights e’er trod by
mortal feet. Before your vows were spoken you were warned that Sincerity,
Fidelity and Energy would be required of you. It is of the first of these
qualities that I wish now to speak.
Earnestness, or Sincerity, is the starting point
of every salutary movement, and among our Votaries YELLOW is its symbolic color.
Your obligation is a most solemn assertion of your utter earnestness. Let the
mere sight of this bright symbol, whether shining in the Tyrian Altar and in the
banners of our order, or flashing in the rays of the morning sun, be to you ever
a reminder of your pledge of abiding Sincerity.
VICE ARCHON: Mencius says, “The
superior man makes his advances in learning with deep earnestness and sincerity.”
ARCHON: The Master says, “Sincerity is the end and
beginning of things. Without sincerity there would be nothing.”
VENERABLE SAGE: Guide, being assured of the
Sincerity of the Votary, you will advance to the Blue point for instruction in
our secret work.
GUIDE: Vice Archon, I present to you the Votary for
VICE ARCHON: I greet you as an earnest
wayfarer along Truth’s pathway. Fidelity is the second requirement of the
Votary. BLUE is its symbolic color. May the azure dome above you, as well as the
Blue point beneath your feet, call to mind what is due from you to your brother
Tyrians, and to the bountiful cause whose interests you have this night
espoused. I will now instruct you in the secret work of this rank. To obtain
admission to a camp while open in this rank you will give this alarm ... at the
outer gate. The Sentry will admit you to the Outer Court and invest you with a
green sash. At the inner gate you will give this alarm ..., and to the Warder
give in a whisper the Keyword of the rank in which the Camp is open. The word of
this rank is R... When admitted you will accompany the Guide to position at the
base of the Altar and salute the Archon thus: ...
On being recognized you may be seated. Guide,
advance the Votary for final instruction in the work of this rank.
GUIDE: Archon, I present to you the Votary for final
instruction in this rank.
ARCHON: Votary, you have compassed two points of our
mystic Altar and have teen admonished to practice the primary virtues which
those colors typify. The third is now beneath your feet. SCARLET, the Tyrian
symbol of Energy, and the type, throughout all ages, of effective energy and
executive power. Clothe, now, this new framework of Sincerity with the firm
flesh of Fidelity, and infuse into this being the red life-blood of Energy. I
will now instruct you in the signs of recognition and Votary’s grip. The
challenging sign is given by placing the left hand over the heart to indicate
Sincerity. In reply the right hand is extended as in taking the obligation of
Fidelity. This reply is acknowledged by tightly closing the right hand as a sign
of Energy. The grip is given thus: ... Pass now to the desk of the Keeper of
Archives who will enroll your name as a Votary of this Order. I will appoint
Brothers ... and ... to instruct the new Votary in the rudiments of Tyrian
ARCHON: The Guide will place the Votary in position
facing the camp.
Votaries, I have pleasure in presenting to you
... who is now and henceforth entitled to the fraternal aid and comfort so
cheerfully tendered to every Tyrian Votary.
The camp will be at ease to afford opportunity
for all to congratulate the new Votary.