Order of the White Knights
in the First Degree
President of the Council raps
three times to call all to standing position.
PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL: This Council is now open
for work in the first degree. Fellow pilgrims on the rough journey of life,
let us constantly bear in mind the fact that the business of this Council is
of the most serious nature. This is no time for light laughter or passing
jest. Our laws provide for proper diversions on certain occasions, but tonight
our business has to do with living souls, who, with fear and trembling seek
our aid in their anxious search for guidance on their way upward towards God
(Upraised Hand). May the Divine Master give
us wisdom in our deliberations this night!
MENTOR walks to alter, where
Bible is kept open at Hebrews II. Reads pare of chapter
or other Scripture—then offers prayer as follows:
Our Father, we pray Thee through Christ our Saviour,
that we may enjoy the favor of Thy Presence during our Council session
tonight. We know that we have no power in ourselves except it proceed from
Thee. If left to our own conceits we drift with the changing currents of
nature’s forces and strand at last on the rocks of failure and despair; but
guided by our Faith In Thee, as a beacon light, we proceed safely, growing in
Grace and in the knowledge of Thy Truth unto the stature of the
We humble ourselves before Thee, O God, as pupils
before our Divine Teacher. We are eager to learn of Thee. Therefore, kindly
grant to us a keener vision of the verities of Thy Word in order that we may
know by Faith what neither our senses, nor mental faculties may grasp, of
We bow our souls in Thy presence. We praise Thee.
We adore Thee. We magnify thy Holy Name. Give us Faith this night we implore
Thee in Christ’s name. Amen!
SINGING: “Faith of Our
PRESIDENT: Now, fellow knights, with
our Faith quickened by the Divine blessing, let us proceed to the business for
which we are called together.
Degree of Faith
Candidate accompanied by Sponsor
knocks at outer door.
OUTER GUARD: Who goes there?
SPONSOR: A weary traveler, who
journeys up from the Valley of Despair through our fair Land of Faith, seeking
to reach at last a Kingdom in a far country, where a goodly heritage has been
OUTER GUARD: Do you, then, vouch for
his need of shelter in our
pleasant Land, and for his honesty in seeking admission at our portals?
SPONSOR: I do, honorable sir.
OUTER GUARD: Then I admit him to our
outer court that he may be further questioned by those whom our royal Governor
has set apart for that task. But you should remind your guest that awful
consequences—pains of both body and soul—fall upon those who lightly,
curiously and ungratefully accept our hospitality.
Lead him in at this open gate, which should be to
him an emblem of the passing of his soul from the darkness of despair into the
first dawn of a new morning.
Candidate is led to inner door.
Outer Guard raps.
INNER GUARD: Ho! Without! Cease your
harsh pounding. Know you not that the Governor sleeps and the Court is
OUTER GUARD: But worthy fellow guard,
there is a weary traveler here who is in need of our hospitality.
INNER GUARD: Ah, that matters not.
There are multitudes of weary ones whose fate is to be forever weary. We
cannot suspend the laws our great Land of Faith at the mere sight of a weary
one. Bid him begone.
OUTER GUARD: But, sir guard, there is a
great difference between this traveler and the others who have lately
applied at our outer gate.
INNER GUARD: Well, tell me quickly what
is this difference you speak of.
OUTER GUARD: This worthy man comes not
carelessly nor without recommend. He comes with a worthy Sponsor and knocks
gently, and with manly voice asks kindly for shelter. Thus has he fulfilled
the first law of our Land, which reads: “Ask and ye shall receive; seek and
ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.”
INNER GUARD: Yes, yes, that has a
different sound truly than the cringing beggar, or the defiant braggart, who
so oft come to us. I am eager to hear more about this traveler. Canst thou
tell me some of his words to you?
OUTER GUARD: Indeed I remember many of
his pleasant words. I spoke to him thus: “Ho, thou seeker at the portals of
the Land of Faith, comest thou to beg alms?” And he replied: “Nay worthy
sir, I come only with a heart full of desire for a shelter within the shadow
of thy mighty towers. I have been told at my mother’s knee and by other
travelers that I must enter in at the straight gate of the Land of Faith and
learn at the feet of your great Teachers, or my soul must forever drift in
darkness. So I read the sealed Book, called ‘The Book of Books’ and there
learned the way to your gates. And here I am. Do with me as you desire; only
do not turn me away empty to wander alone in the Valley of Despair without a
spark of Faith to guide me.
Thus, you will understand, fellow guard, that my
heart would not allow me to turn him away.”
INNER GUARD: Ah, I perceive that he is
a sincere seeker and travels to grow wise. I am moved therefore to do that
which none but such as he need expect in this life. I will at once repair to
the courtyards of our Royal Governor and arouse the Court, in order that they
may all hear his case. Stand there till I return.
Outer Guard and candidate sit at
table waiting the return of Inner Guard. Inner Guard returns accompanied by
the Courier of the Court, who carries a book.
INNER GUARD: Hail traveler, I have done
much for thee this night. I have even dared awaken the royal scribe, who sends
his courier to take your written testimony and to examine you to determine
if you are fitted to appear before our royal Governor and to listen to the
sage wisdom of our wise men.
Courier Opens Book and hands pen
COURIER: It is very essential, sir
traveler, that you sign in your own hand writing these Articles of Purpose,
which you find inscribed in this book. Let us read them together in order that
you may understand them in your heart, and understandingly declare your
Courier and Candidate read.
Candidate repeats paragraph at a time after courier.
Articles of Purpose
1.—It is my desire to flee from the Valley of
Despair, for I find there only evil upon men’s lips and in their hearts.
2. —I am not satisfied with only earning my daily
bread and following the regular routine of existence upon earth.
3.—My great ambition, which I have told to few,
is that I may be of some vital aid in the developement of myself and my fellow
men up to greater Light, Liberty and Love.
4.—I can never die in peace until I have become
conscious of having been a blessing to the world in some small degree; a
credit to God who made me, to Christ who died for me and to my friends who
help and sustain me,
5.—Because of these desires of my heart I
sincerely and humbly beg that the Governor of the Land of Faith may condescend
to allow me to sit among the wise men of his Court and learn from them the
foundation principles of the mighty Faith which has been like a granite
foundation to the lives of all great and good men.
To these Desires and purposes I herewith subscribe
my signature this … day of … 191…
Signature of Candidate.
Candidate, Inner Guard and Outer
Guard Sign Articles of Purpose. Outer Guard Retires.
COURIER: Weary traveler, you have done well to sign these Articles, for, while we
did not tell thee before, your refusal to sign would have caused your
expulsion from this glorious Land of Faith forever. Now that you have proved
yourself faithful in your anxiety to penetrate into the mysteries of our Land,
let me lead you into the presence of our learned scribe, who must be satisfied
as to your fitness before admitting you into further wisdom. Follow me alone.
Courier leads Candidate to Royal
Scribe, On the way he bows before the altar with candidate, repeating the
Lord’s Prayer together.
COURIER: Learned Scribe, I bring
before you a weary traveler who has come up from the Valley of Despair and
accompanied by a worthy Sponsor has secured admission at our portals. He has
thus far passed our examinations and has signed our Articles of Purpose. He is
very anxious to sit at the feet of the wise men of our Land of Faith in order
that he may learn of them. We trust it will please you to examine him further,
and if he seems to you to be a fit person, perhaps the royal Governor, at your
advice, will grant him the request he makes.
SCRIBE: I believe I understand
your anxiety, worthy Courier, in behalf of this weary traveler. Such
is in keeping with your well-known generous character; but REMEMBER loud and drawn
out the Land of Faith must
immediately lose its cherished name, character and integrity the minute there
is admitted to its charmed and secret circle of believers even ONE person who
has not a sincere desire to learn wisdom, or has not a soul with the burning
anxiety and capacity to believe what neither the eye can see; the hands touch;
the ears hear; or the mind understand. The person who is not willing to
believe aught except what can be proved by the physical senses, or by
scientific demonstration becomes very poison to our breath. Therefore, if this
traveler can be shown to be such a person, he must be cast out into darkness,
where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Members of this Order, in the name of our Governor,
I bid you rise to your feet and by your vote tell me if you are determined to
allow this man—a stranger to our Land of Faith—to be admitted to our
secret circle of believers. If your voice says “YES” he shall be admitted
to our Governor’s presence for his benediction. If your voice says “NO,”
then he shall be rudely cast from our presence.
Stand upon your feet and vote. SHALL THIS MAN BE
Every voice shall respond in
unison. They are expected to vote “YES.” Governor, with guards, enters and
takes his station.
COURIER: O, weary traveler, you have
just heard the responses ‘of these worthy inhabitants of the Land of Faith.
They are all willing that you should take your final, solemn and binding
obligations from our worthy Governor, who must himself hear your plea, before
you can be entitled to the rights and privileges of a Beginner in our Land.
Do you still affirm it to be your purpose to follow
into the presence of our royal Governor, and not to take any backward step?
CANDIDATE: I do.
SCRIBE PRESENTS CANDIDATE TO
SCRIBE: Oh, Royal Governor, permit
me to win thy favor in presenting to you this weary traveler who flees from
the darkness and desolation of the Valley of Despair, and seeks the
hospitality of our Land of Faith. Thus far he has done well in answering all
our examinations and seems to your servants to be fitted to take the final
obligations from you.
Scribe retires to his station.
GOVERNOR: Stand up, all my people,
and let this weary traveler stand close by and accept my hand as a token of my
great pleasure in learning that he has had the courage to flee from yon dark
Valley. Dear traveler, you were hut one of many who inhabit that Valley, but
your heart was of a different character than the others. They are content to
eat, drink and be merry or sad, believing that all efforts to improve their
condition would be in vain.
They fulfill the end and necessity of their
existence as human animals must; but you have discovered within you something
higher than animal existence. You have discovered that you are a human SOUL,
and that you may be developed and expanded until you transcend all things
physical and human. Thus you may become divine in essence, even as your Lord
who once trod lowly earth.
In recognition of your courage and spiritual
insight it is fitting that I
ask you a few questions, the satisfactory reply to which will be as a key to
unlock one of God’s treasure houses; that of the Land of Faith, of which we
here are all inhabitants.
The answer to these questions must be, either, “I
do” or “I Do Not.”
1.—Do you believe in the Bible as the original
book of inspiration and the revelation of God?
2.—Do you believe in our modern democratic
which have been made possible by the Protestant reformation; such as the
freedom of religious worship, the public schools, the freedom of speech, etc.?
3.—Do you solemnly swear never to reveal to any
soul the secrets, signs, passwords, grips, or any of the teachings of this
Now, dear beginner, after introducing you to the
ante room of our secret work, and hearing your satisfactory replies to all our
examinations, we sincerely trust you will not fall short of our expectations
and fail us at the last step we will ask you to take.
I will ask you to proceed before me into our secret
obligation chamber; there to undergo the final test of your faith and good
CANDIDATE IS BLINDFOLDED AND LED
BY GUARD TO INNER CHAMBER FOLLOWED BY GOVERNOR AND MENTOR—MEMBERS REMAIN
CANDIDATE IS PLACED IN CENTER OF
ROOM—THREE GUARDS ON EACH SIDE—MENTOR FIVE STEPS BEHIND HIM—GOVERNOR IN
FRONT FACING CANDIDATE.
MENTOR READS THE FOLLOWING
IN FUNEREAL TONES TO ACCOMPANIMENT OF TOLLING OF GONG AND SLIGHT RATTLE OF
2 Cor. 10. “For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved we
have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the
heavens. For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our
habitation which is from heaven; if so be that being clothed we shall not be
found naked. For indeed we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being
burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed
upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life.”
“Now he that wrought us for this very thing is
God, who gave unto us the earnest of the spirit. Being therefore always of
good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord (for we walk by faith, not by sight); we are always of
good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to
be at home with the Lord. Wherefore also we make it our aim, whether at home
or absent, to be well pleasing unto Him. For we must all be made manifest
before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each on may receive the things done
in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men.
I Cor. 15. “Now this I say,
brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not
all sleep, but we shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruption must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. Then shall be brought
to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death
where is thy victory? O death where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin;
and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God which giveth us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
WHEN READING IS OVER, PRESIDENT
GOVERNOR: After hearing the solemn
words of the sacred writer, our spirits are downcast. The nearness of death to
every one of us—the very short step from the radiance of health and
happiness to the gloom of the grave stirs deeply our tender sensibilities.
But things of this life force us to cast aside the
shadows that gather about the scenes of death and step out into the light of
life. We must labor by the sweat of our brows in preparation for the day of
our entrance into eternal rest.
We MUST not leave this world surrounded by those
who believe that our passing takes away a weak worthless member of society.
We MUST make our lives felt for good in our humble
spheres of activity.
We MUST be noble men, and good, and true.
The teachings of the Order of the White Knights is
calculated to build beneath our activities, as individuals and as an
organization, a solid foundation of faith, which as a beacon light will show
us the direction in which each of us should travel through life. The FAITH
which dominates our actions will also act as a shield from which is reflected
the temptations and evils which would pierce and destroy our virtue and good
The shield, therefore, is the basis for our emblem,
used on our banner and our pin and elsewhere to indicate the presence of a
White Knight. The apostle Paul says that every Christian gentleman should
carry always the shield of Faith in his fight against sin and plainly shows us
that this shield of Faith is a spiritual gift which, though invisible, yet is
extremely effective as a means of offense and defense.
Let me now, in the privacy of this secret chamber
point out to you a few of the true objects of faith, to be revered as such by
all good and true White Knights,
You must center your FAITH in:
1. Our Creator
2. Our Saviour, Jesus Christ
3. The honesty of men
4. The virtue of women
5, The eventual happiness of the soul, through
6. The eventual righting of all wrongs.
At this point Guard removes Blind
If you have faith in these things you will be
successful in life—and you will be honored as a true man everywhere you
go. Such a faith will shine through your eyes and will be a badge indicating
your fellowship with Christ in His labors and sufferings, and with men in
their march upwards to eternal salvation.
But if you live without this faith—If you act
always under the assumption that God does not reign supreme in the
Universe—that Christ cannot save men from sin—that men are essentially
dishonest—that women are without virtue—that the soul, after death, will
only sleep, or will remain eternally dead—that might is forever right—that
only the most fit will eternally survive. If you believe these things you are
doomed to disappointment and your life will be an utter failure. If such
unbelief characterizes your life, you must, then, resemble more the brute than
the man who is made in the image of God.
GOVERNOR: Guards, bind this man.
GUARDS GRASP THE CANDIDATE ON
BOTH SIDES AND HOLD HIM AS IF IN READINESS TO PUT HIM IN IRONS.
GOVERNOR: Hold, guards, let me first
ask him a question.
TO CANDIDATE Do you, beginner, have
faith as I have indicated, or have you not?
CANDIDATE: I have.
GOVERNOR: Then, guards, I bid you
release him and let me present him to the assembled Council for he is now one
of us. No man can be one of us ‘who has NOT this faith, and he has stood
fast and proven his sterling qualities. He is a fit man to be a White Knight,
GOVERNOR TAKES CANDIDATE BY ARM
AND FACES HIM TO THE ASSEMBLED KNIGHTS.
GOVERNOR, ADDRESSING ENTIRE
COUNCIL: Sir Knights, in assembled
Council, I present to you for recognition, this man who has fulfilled all the
requirements of our examinations and is about to be made a Knight of our
Order in the First Degree. Stand up, and do honor to the occasion.
GOVERNOR RAPS TWICE WITH GAVEL
FOR ALL KNIGHTS TO STAND IN THEIR PLACES.
GOVERNOR: Beginner, I bid you kneel
before me, while I pronounce my blessing upon you.
GOVERNOR DRAWS SWORD AND PUTS IT
ON LEFT SHOULDER OF CANDIDATE.
GOVERNOR: By this token; by this sword of the Spirit I now pronounce you a true
White Knight of the Order of the White Knights, in the 1st degree. Stand up,
Sir Knight, and let me welcome you’ to the Land of Faith as a tried and
acceptable inhabitant thereof.
GOVERNOR EXTENDS RIGHT HAND OF
Step closer now, Sir Knight of the 1st Degree, and
let me whisper to you our password, and let me show you how to advance the
Also I must give you the grip of this Degree of
Faith, Thus is it made.
Now, Beginner, let the courier lead you outside our
portals and show you how, by this countersign and password you may work your
way into this Council Chamber.
WHILE CANDIDATE IS WORKING HIS
WAY IN, THE DEGREE TEAM RETIRES AND PREPARES THE WORK OF THE DEGREE.
ENTER: SPIRIT OF JOHN HUS
My dear Beginner, the spirits of these here tonight
have striven with my spirit and have prevailed in bringing me to this room
upon an errand which I am proud to undertake-to teach you, who are anxious to
learn, somewhat of the meaning of the mighty FAITH, which has sustained the
martyrs, such as I am, during the hours of our deepest pains. When other men,
with no faith in our God would have cursed their Maker in despair, we sang His
praises and rejoiced that He gave us the privilege to die for Him, who died
for us. Perhaps a few facts concerning my life while on earth would interest
you:— I was born in Bohemia and spent my life and died
there. My father died when I was a small boy and
left my mother and I in poverty. While I might have gone to work at a very
small wage, I had the great desire in my heart to secure an education and I
prevailed upon my mother to allow me to work my way through the University
of Prague. My mother and I walked alone many weary miles to the city of Prague
and for my tuition my mother gave the Rector of the University only a goose
and a few cakes, which she had baked. I worked hard at my studies and became
Dean of the Theological faculty and finally Rector of the University. I was
known as a great scholar, but my real power lay in my preaching. Several
wealthy men erected for me a Chapel separate from the University, which was
known as Bethlehem Chapel—the House of Bread.
About that time there came a division in the Roman
Catholic Church because two men at the same time claimed to be the rightful
Pope. I came to the belief that Christ was the real head of the Church of God
and not any Pope, and I preached that belief. Then, another—a third
man—was elected Pope by the council of Pisa and he became the reigning Pope.
I saw the vices of the Priesthood and preached against them for which the
reigning Pope and the Priests called me an incarnate Devil and a heretic. I
was then placed under the ban of Pope John XXIII, and everyone in the kingdom
was ordered to refuse me shelter and bread. Even the King and Queen of Bohemia
were persuaded to deliver me up to the mercies of the Pope, so that I was
compelled to flee and preach in the wilderness. I preached that Christ was the
only Confessor and Him only—not the Cross or the Saints—was to be
worshipped and adored.
At this time the great church Council of Constance
was called into session and the Pope promised me my personal safety and
freedom, if I would deliver myself to be tried by this Council of churchmen
for my heretic utterances. I trusted the Pope and gave myself up, desiring to
acquit myself before the council. But no sooner had I presented myself than
the Pope immediately had me seized and thrown into a dungeon. The Pope gave
this as his excuse: “It would
be a shame to keep faith with an heretic.”
The Council gave me an unfair trial, giving me no
opportunity to present my views. After demanding four times that I recant they
ordered me to be stripped of my priestly robes and condemned me to die by fire
at the stake.
I died in the flames with these last words upon my
lips: “Glory to God on high and on earth peace and good-will toward men. We
praise Thee; We worship Thee; We glorify Thee; We give thanks for Thy great
And now, my dear Beginner, I trust you will live to
spread abroad the wonderful Christ and the Faith that I preached. May your
Faith be as a lamp to your feet and a Light to your path. God Bless You!
The Drama of Job
SATAN: Ha! Ha! Ha! “How are the mighty fallen! Even the exalted shall be
brought low. Shall a man’s faith save him? But where is this faith—the
boast of divinity, the hope of humanity? Surely Job has it not in his
heart—Job’s faith is but an empty dream. I, the arch fiend, will expose
the nakedness of his soul and the emptyness of his heart. I said to the Lord:
‘Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast Thou not made an hedge about him and
about his house and about all that he hath on every side. Thou hast blessed
the work of his hands and his substance is increased in the land. But put
forth thine hand now and touch all that he hath, and he
will curse thee to thy face.’ Then the Lord said to me: ‘Behold all that
he hath is in thy power, only on himself, put not forth thy hand.’
We shall see how false is man’s faith in God. Ha!
Ha! There is no true faith. What men call faith is nothing but carnal desire
and selfish content, Watch Job’s faith crumble and fade in the presence of
trouble and sorrow; when destruction comes, the great and wealthy one will
turn and curse God. Hal Ha! Then will I leap for joy—my triumph will be
complete, Then I can laugh in the Lord’s face and mock him. I will say to
him: ‘Now, where is Job’s faith—it is gone. It was never in his heart.
Man is nothing but a whitened sepulchre full of dead men’s bones. Their
souls are filled with impurity and they neither fear nor trust in God.’
Pause. Listen! Here comes the great man, I must hasten to
my caverns and caves. I must call the darkest powers of Night to bring down
this Job from his seat of honor. I and my evil spirits will hold high carnival
over the death of this great man’s faith.” Ha! Ha! Ha! laughing loudly.
JOB enters, in robes, with
servant. Sits on divan.
JOB: I have been told there is a
traveller passing through our goodly land of faith, who wishes to converse
with me. If so, lead him in. Servant
While waiting for traveller, Job
walks up and down saying in prayer: I thank Thee, Oh God, for the
favors of thy love and for Thy continued presence in my heart. I fear thee, I
adore Thee, I worship Thee.
Servant enters leading traveller.
Servant salaams before Job.
SERVANT: This, O, Master is the
weary traveller, who, passing by, wished to pay you his respects and make
himself known as a friend.
JOB: Welcome, traveler! I am sure you
come in good faith. Your appearance shows you to be an earnest person. You
are, no doubt, travelling through this pleasant land of ours and are anxious
to learn all you can of our ways and customs and perhaps more particularly of
our great Jehovah, whom we all worship and in whom we cherish undying faith.
Before dismissing you to my servants who will see that your every need is
satisfied, let me admonish you on one point touching your soul’s welfare.
Never fail to trust in the Lord. He alone will keep and sustain you.
He giveth rain upon the earth and water upon the
field. He bindeth up the broken-hearted. He shall deliver thee in six troubles
and in the seventh, there shall no evil touch thee, but if I advise thee to
have faith in God, I ask thee only to follow my own example.
I am rich and increased with goods, but my soul is
not puffed up, for I know that all that I have comes from God. In him, I live
and move, and have my being.
Farewell, traveller! May God bless you and make you
rich in faith and in all of Heaven’s blessing.
Servant leads traveller away.
Job is left alone standing. 1st
messenger enters. Satan peeks out with leering face.
1st Messenger: Oh, Master, I am come to
bring evil tidings. While thy oxen were plowing and thy asses feeding, the
Sabeans came and slew thy oxen and thy asses, and put thy servants to death
and only I am left to tell Thee. Retires.
Job covers face with hands and bows head in
submission. 2nd messenger enters and Satan peeks out again with leering face.
2nd Messenger: Oh, Master, I am come to bring evil tidings.
A great fire has come from Heaven and has burned all thy sheep and thy
servants and only I am left to tell thee. Retires.
Job sits down heavily and bows
head with a groan. 3rd messenger enters. While Satan peeks out once more with
3rd Messenger: Oh, Master, I am come to
bring evil tidings. The Caldeans have swept down upon us and have carried away
thy camels and slain thy servants, and only I am left to tell Thee. Retires.
Job again bows head with a groan.
4th messenger appears. Satan peeks out leering.
4th Messenger: Oh, Master, I am come to
bring evil tidings. Thy sons and daughters were eating and drinking in their
elder brother’s house when a great wind smote the four corners of the house
and it fell upon them and killed them and only I am left to tell Thee.
Job rises with groan and falls
upon his knees bowing head almost to the floor covering face with hands. Stays
thus for a few moments groaning then rises and lifts hands to Heaven in
prayer: Naked, I came into this
world. Naked, will I go out of it. The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Satan walks back and forth
shaking his head with disappointment.
SATAN: I never thought Job would
still worship God in the presence of sorrow and destruction. With all his
wealth gone and his children dead, he yet shows a vestige of faith. Surely it
is a mighty faith. But now will I destroy it for the Lord has allowed me to
touch the very body of Job with pains and anguish. Ha! Ha! Ha! Now will I
conquer Job and show his faith to be but a shadow with no substance. Then will
I laugh at him in his calamity and mock him in his distress. He shall be as a
worm and I will crush him with my heel. “Ha! Ha! Ha!” Walks
out laughing loudly.
Job in sack cloth sitting alone
in a desolate place on the ground. Three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar
in mourning sitting on the ground. nearby.
JOB: Oh, May the Lord take me hence
from this terrible torture. These boils, this pain; it is worse than death.
Oh, that God had stricken me at birth, then would I be where: ‘The wicked
cease from troubling and the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest
together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and the great
are there; the servant is free from his master.’
I long for death, hut it cometh not. I dig for it
more than for hidden treasure. Even my wife mocks me and bids me ‘Curse God
and die.’ And these my friends would argue with me that I am suffering the
just deserts of my sins. But I know that God is just and that man is horn unto
trouble as the sparks flyward and that He allows not his servants to hear more
than they are able. I trust in Him! In Him! I know that the Lord looks upon
every one that is proud and brings him low. How are the mighty fallen and they
exalted of low degree. God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty
prevent judgment. He will not lay upon man more than is right. My skin is
black upon me and my bones are burned up—but my God is just and binds me
down in my body in order to strengthen me in my soul. Yea, though he slay me,
yet will I trust him.
Sinking down in his misery on the
ground crying again: Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.
Satan walks back and forth with
SATAN: Surely Job’s faith is
beyond all my power to destroy. Again is the Lord honored and I am cast down.
My power is shaken; my throne is tottering because of this man’s mighty
faith, I must away back to the caverns of earth to look for weaker mortals who
have no faith in God. Farewell, my great and mighty Job. Even yet, I will have
revenge upon the weaker ones of your flock. Ha! Ha! Ha! Satan
Job enters in rich robes as in
1st scene. Servant accompanies Job.
At this juncture a transformation
scene may be accomplished by various means to cause Job in his dejection and
rags to suddenly change into his former self as he was before adversity came
upon him. This may be accomplished by showing Job in adversity at the very
front of the stage with a black curtain immediately behind him and in front of
the regular scenic background. Then, while Job is giving his final exclamation
“Though He slay me yet will I trust Him,” the lights may be suddenly
extinguished and Job removed hurriedly; while at the same time the black
curtain may be removed and the lights switched on showing up Job at the back
of the stage in his robes of prosperity. (This being another person dressed as
Job in prosperity.) This person may then carry on the final scene, The
of Job in robe, wig and beard should be complete enough to make the audience
believe that the two Jobs are the same person.
Another method could be used
whereby Job in adversity may first be shown as above and while the lights are
suddenly switched out the same person may dress hurriedly in the prosperity
costume with the help of others. This would be the better way, providing it
can be done quickly enough. Such a transformation should not consume more than
5 seconds. Perhaps some optical illusion with stereoptican lantern might also
be used to advantage.
SERVANT: Oh, Master, the same weary
traveller that came to us once before would see you again.
JOB: Lead him in.
Traveller enters with servant.
JOB: Ho, weary traveller, you came
this way again? You are welcome to my hospitality. Since you were here, I have
passed through many sorrows and suffering worse than death, hut God has
raised me up again and has given me twice the wealth I possessed before. Let
me counsel you, my friend, Never forsake God, even in the midst of adversity
and sorrow. Your faith in God will surmount every obstacle and wrest triumph
out of defeat. Go forth with the faith in your soul that laughs at opposition
and oppression; that sees beyond the darkness; that conquers the grave. Then
can you say in your heart: ‘Oh, Grave where is thy Victory, Oh, Death, where
is thy sting.’
Job places his hand on
traveller’s shoulder: My friend, trust in God—have faith in his Divine Wisdom that orders all
things for your greatest good. God bless you!
Servant leads traveller away.
SINGING: My Faith Looks Up to Thee.
Softly by all in darkened room.
LECTURE AT CLOSE OF FIRST DEGREE
To be delivered by the President,
any Past-President or any Grand Officer: Dear Friends and Fellow Members of the Order of the White Knights, we have
considered it necessary for the instruction of this Candidate for admission to
our Order, and also for the good of our entire membership that the lessons
covered by the work of this Degree he reviewed and emphasized at this time by
myself as your appointed Lecturer.
In view of the fact that great truths are always
conveyed to individuals first and through him to others, it seems
appropriate that I address this Lecture to the individual before us who seeks
admission to our Order, trusting that he may put these principles into
practice and thereby become a blessing to the world.
My dear friend, allow me to refer to you as a
which is only a convenient term indicating the fact that you are beginning at
the portals of this Order to learn the occult teachings of our ritual and
intend to persevere until you have become one of us in understanding and
While many of the truths we teach have no doubt
been suggested to your mind before you came to us, yet it is safe to say that
the lessons we emphasize tonight were never before presented to you in the
same manner or in such completeness. It is not, therefore, too much to expect
that these lessons should influence you upward as a new convert into a larger
and fuller soul life, which will be yours in proportion as you assimilate
these truths into your inner thought and make them your own.
When you first knocked at our outer door you came
from the Valley of Despair, which is a title we give to the great world of
evil surrounding us upon every side. In the body we all live in this great
Valley, but in the spirit, we of the Land of Faith have been emancipated from
the bonds that once held us fast to the retribution of sin and from the
clutches of that Nemesis, who never allows an offense to pass unavenged.
You sought the liberty we enjoy and proclaimed
yourself tired of a merely selfish animal existence. You were eager to adopt
any new principle of life which might aid you to realize the cravings of your
heart. You yearned for you knew not what. You only knew you were not
satisfied. The angels had whispered in your heart of beautiful things beyond
your grasp. The music of some invisible choir had caught up your heart in an
ecstacy of desire for divine beauty and love; and your sober judgment, ruled
by the dictates of your heart, urged you to the forward step which you took
when you knocked at our portals.
When you were admitted by the guardians of our
gates, you were reminded that the only reason which would justify our
receiving you to the hospitality of our land was your evident desire to flee
from the Valley of Despair and to learn the profound secrets of our Land of
Faith. Then, at the invitation of our Courier you signed the Articles of
Purpose which constitute an expression of desire to learn wisdom and
Thus far, dear beginner, you have done well. You
have obeyed one of the fundamental laws governing all material and spiritual
progress. YOU HAVE DESIRED WISDOM. This desire is the mother of all blessings.
It is a positive force, involving the exercise of the intellect, feelings and
will and is an expression of a great soul energy which lies dormant in many
men and women, who are content with their present moral state and make no
effort to climb upward.
Without this desire no one ever attained to true
greatness. It is the DESIRE for a higher good that inspires all the world’s
great sacrifices. All the really great and good men of history have paid the
price of their greatness, because of a consuming DESIRE to reach the goal of
their holy ambitions. Martyrs were led to the stake inspired by their DESIRE
to defeat evil and win the crown of righteousness which the Lord has prepared
for them. No good thing ever comes to anyone unless it is preceded by an
intense DESIRE for it. In His sermon on the Mount Christ himself declared
the rewards of holy desire when He said: “For everyone that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Thus, dear beginner, your DESIRE to learn wisdom
and your search for it at the gates of our Order inspires our admiration and
leaves within us a determination to unfold to you the innermost significance
of the lessons we teach.
The foundation principle upon which we build up the
teachings of the Order of White Knights is expressed in one word of five
letters—”F A I T H”, or in the Greek “Pistis.”
As a means of exposing the inner meaning of Faith,
we have summoned the spirits of Job, the patriarch, who lived by faith; and
John Hus, the immortal martyr, who both lived and died by faith. Thus we
desire to show the marvelous potency of Faith both in life and death.
In prosperity, Job was a devout man, fearing God
and acting charitably towards all men. He was not puffed up in pride because
of his immense wealth. He did not boast of his riches. He did not consider
superior to those poorer than he; nor did he oppress those who were dependent
upon him, In all things essential he is a type of the manly man, whom every
one respects and loves.
In Job’s exceedingly prosperous state it would
not have been unusual if he had felt self sufficient and carried himself
with a haughty spirit towards both God and man. Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed his
self sufficiency and was robbed of his reason and forced to herd with the
cattle upon the hills. Herod made himself equal with God and above his
fellowmen with the result that he died a loathsome mass of corruption. Uzziah
staggered from the temple stricken with leprosy, because he assumed himself
superior to other men, and
chosen of God.
On the contrary Job recognized the source from
which his help came. He knew his exalted position among his fellow men and yet
looked up in faith to God, knowing that man at his best is hut a worm, and
is only the trustee of the wealth he holds; that its final ownership is with
God who gave all and may take all away without a moment’s notice.
But Satan looks with jealousy upon Job and believes
this righteous man is consumed by a pride of reserve and has no real faith in
God. Confident in this opinion, Satan confers with the Most High God and
secures from Him a temporary right to rob Job of all that he possesses in
order to prove the spirit of the patriarch.
Now, after all his possessions are gone, Job is
cast down in spirit but still clings to his faith in God and still worships
his Creator, who gave all and took all away.
At this point, while the battle is on for the
possession of Job’s immortal soul, let us step aside and note the important
part that Satan plays in the lives of us all. If the righteous Job is a type
of all good men, so is Satan the emblem of all the world’s evil, which
everywhere attacks and seeks to destroy the good. Satan is the world’s
negative energy as opposed to the positive. This energy is destructive, as
opposed to the constructive. It is might as opposed to right. It is night as
opposed to day. It is sin as opposed to virtue. It is failure as opposed to
success. It is sorrow as opposed to joy. It is suffering as opposed to
happiness. It is death as opposed to life.
Satan drives with his legions of failure, sorrow,
suffering, ruin and death at the pearly gates of every man’s heart and
seeks to break down the walls of his. faith and overwhelm his soul.
Dear beginner, there is a mortal enemy upon YOUR
trail. Night and day he presses in pursuit. He seeks from God the power to rob
you of the fruits of your labor. He saps your moral strength and darkens the
vista of your spiritual visions. He builds up walls of doubt and fear before
you, which seem insurmountable. He opens graves at your feet into which he
hopes you may stumble.
No, this is not all a parable, or an allegory. It
is a statement of actual facts which you meet every day of your life.
Yesterday, perhaps, you failed in some effort you made and some voice advised
you to cast aside your faith as useless; to cease all future efforts and curse
God for the failure. Or some sorrow, either old or new, came gnawing at your
heart strings and you sank back in terror at the horrible vision which
flashed, like a mirage, across your mind. Some invisible hand tightened upon
your sensitive faith and you felt it sinking away. Again, as you sat in
thought, perhaps your mind was strangely led to think again of the many dark
days of your life. You looked at the seeming failure of the past; at the
terrific struggle of the present; at the dark unseen future and you felt
your courage failing. Your faith, which had always been the strong foundation
of your life seemed to he undermined and on the verge of collapse. It was at
that moment that your enemy crept up behind you and tried to topple your soul
over into the pit of crime; of blasphemy; of despair.
So fierce have been the attacks of your enemy that
your escape has been brought about, it would seem, by the merest chance, the
clutch of a baby’s hand, the whisper of a mother’s voice in prayer, or the
smarting blow of conscience may have aroused you to a stern defense of your
faith. But the victory was bought, and upon your faith—the rock of your
salvation—you laughed at your past failures and cried like Job, “Though He
slay me, yet will I trust Him.”
To return to the stern tragedy of Job’s struggle;
you should remember that Satan was unable to shake Job’s faith in the first
test; and Satan persists by securing from God the right to torture the very
body of the good man in addition to robbing him of his possessions. Thus Satan
brings boils and sores upon the body of Job who cries out in pain and anguish.
But Job is still unyielding in his faith and through his groans of pain may he
heard his faint voice “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”
Now Satan is thoroughly and finally convinced that
Job is a man of faith and will trust in God to the day of his death; dealing
always in charity and justice with all. Thus Satan retires completely defeated
and overwhelmed by the mighty faith of the righteous man, Job.
In order to further understand the invincible power
of faith, we next called upon the spirit of the martyr, John Hus, who told you
the story of his life; which is a beautiful narrative of faith overcoming all
adverse conditions and triumphing at last in the death of this great
We might linger indefinitely, dear beginner, upon
the lessons taught by both Job and John Hus, hut time permits us only to
draw your attention to the lessons which pertain to your life, as well as to
the lives of all of us.
Faith is the principle we teach. It is the
foundation of a successful life. This degree work will have performed a
miraculous mission in your life if it. only inspires you to a faith in God
which will enable you to sit at ease and trust Him in all the conditions of
your existence upon earth. In prosperity, remember that God only lends you the
possessions which you hold.
He gives you the keen intellect, the wise judgment;
the strength of courage, the foresight, and the skill of brain and hand; all
of which in combination enable you to direct your efforts successfully in the
working out of your temporal successes. In a minute’s time God might break
the happy combination of your trained faculties and bring you to ruin.
My brother—beginner in wisdom—for the sake of
God, humanity, your family, your friends and yourself, place your
trust—your undying faith in God from whence cometh your help. Let no worldly
success turn your brain, or dull your conscience to a repudiation of your
faith in Him.
Remember, that in the end Job became richer than he
had ever been before the days of his trial; that success and joy and
happiness returned in a double measure. That leads us to the happy
conclusion that God brings success and complete happiness to those who place
their implicit faith in Him. God loves you, dear beginner, and He will allow
absolutely nothing to happen to a man of faith that is not for his welfare in
the final analysis.
Life is yours, dear beginner,—even the larger
life. And success is yours. And Happiness is yours. And Heaven is yours. These
treasures are hid in the field of life. God has written their secret hiding
place. It remains for YOU to search in faith,
Dear beginner, it is the mission of the Order of
White Knights to aid you in this search. God bless you! This is the prayer of
every White Knight.
PRESIDENT, ADDRESSING ENTIRE
Sir Knights in assembled Council, it gives me great
pleasure to introduce to you Sir Knight ...
who is now a member in the first degree of our honored … Council, No.
… of the Order of the White Knights. Let us show him all the courtesies due
him as a brother Knight.
I declare a recess of minutes in order that we may
congratulate our new brother Knight on his union with us.
PRESIDENT raps three times to call
all to standing position.
PRESIDENT: The business of this
Council is now concluded for this session. We call upon all loyal members of
the Order of the White Knights to acquit themselves as true men and courageous
followers of our Divine Master, until we meet again in this Council room, or
at the Throne of God.
MENTOR OFFERS PRAYER: Come Thou to our aid, Divine Master. Give us all that we need—courage to
overcome evil: comfort in sorrow; strength in weakness; and wisdom in all our
ways. Watch between us during the interval of our separation and bring us
together again, if it be Thy will, with new determination to prosecute the
business of Thy Kingdom on Earth, to the honor and Glory of Thy Name. Amen.
SINGING: Portugese Hymn. “How
Firm a Foundation.”
PRESIDENT: This Council is now
adjourned until our next regular meeting.