Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests
Degree of Knight of Palestine
Also known as the Knight of St. John
Compiler's Note: Those members of the Order of HRAKTP who are
also members of
the Masonic Order of the Red Cross of Constantine will recognise
this ritual as
being a similar, although greatly abbreviated version, of the
conferred in a Commandery of St. John the Evangelist. This
evidently dates from a time when the ritual was more closely
associated with the
Hospitaller Order than the R.C.C. as are several of the
The meeting is convened in a Sanctuary and the Officers are the
Enlightened Commander, two lieutenants, a Harbinger, a Chaplain
and a Warden.
Knights of the Order wear the clothing of Knights of Malta with
the addition of
the Jewel of the Order which is an enamelled Cross of Red,
suspended from an
open Bible and in the middle of the Cross is surmounted a
crusader sword. The jewel is suspended around the neck by a
ribbon being white
touched with red at the edges. An altar is placed in the East of
being covered by a white linen cloth upon which are placed a
goblet of wine and
a salver of small portions of bread.
MEC: ***. All Rise. I
this Sanctuary of Knights of Palestine, of the Order of St. John
Knight Harbinger, you will inform the Warden.
This is done and all resume their seats.
MEC: Brother Knights, I bid you welcome in the name
of our Patron.
Let us now receive a worthy candidate who seeks admission into this
Outside the door the Warden prepares the Candidate by placing a
upon his shoulders, the Hospitaller mantle of the Candidate
being already in the
Sanctuary, he then conducts him to the door, and gives twelve
raps ** * ** * **
* ** *. The Harbinger rises, salutes and says:
HARB: MEC, there is an
alarm at our
MEC: Knight Harbinger
ascertain the cause.
Harb. salutes and goes to the door where he opens the same and
HARB: Who are thou who
alarm to our Sanctuary?
WARD for the Cand.: A
worthy Knight Mason, of the Order of Malta and Rhodes, who
further advancement in our Mysteries, desires entrance into this
Knights of Palestine, of the Order of St. John.
HARB: What has he to
being thus advanced?
WARD: The pleasing remembrance of duties cheerfully
the Word of this Order.
HARB: Does he possess
WARD: He does not yet, but for him I am pleased to
HARB: Then do so.
The Word is exchanged.
All is well but you must remain here while I report your
the Most Enlightened Commander.
The Harbinger closes the door, salutes the MEC and reports thus:
a worthy Knight Mason of the Order of Malta and Rhodes,
thereto by the remembrance of duties cheerfully performed and
the Warden, of the Word of this Order. seeks admission into this
Knights of Palestine of the Order of St. John.
MEC: Let the applicant
be admitted in
the usual manner and form,
The Harbinger retires and places a copy of the Gospel of Saint
John into the
right hand of the Candidate. As the Harbinger leads the
Candidate into the
Sanctuary, they are met by the two Lieutenants who place the
points of their
drawn swords to the throat of the Candidate and demand of him
the Word, which
the Harbinger gives for him. The Harbinger then leads the
Candidate once around
the Sanctuary and on the second circuit halts in the East.
As the perambulation is taking place, the Chaplain recites the
verses of the XLIV Paraphrase - Behold the Saviour on the Cross
- when this is
concluded the Harbinger causes the Cand. to kneel at the west
side of the altar,
and places the Gospel upon it.
MEC, stands and proceeds to the east side of the altar: Knight
upon kneeling once more before this Altar, and prosecuting
search into our sublime mysteries, I must congratulate you upon the
perseverance which you have displayed thus far and I now ask you if
you will, on
your faith and honour as a Knight Mason, keep strictly inviolate the
this Grade of Knighthood?
Cand, prompted by the Harbinger:
will ever remain faithful and true.
MEC: Then it will be my
duty, in addition to the honours already conferred upon you, to
admit you as a
Knight of this Order. First Lieut. Calls
attention. I do now dub
and create you sword
on head a Knight of
the Order of St. John. Be prudent, wise and valiant. sword
touches right shoulder at each word, then the Harbinger causes
the Cand. to
rise. MEC continues: The
were given for you at the entrance to this Sanctuary, Eloi, Eloi
Sabachthani, are the words of the Palestinian Order of St. John. We
to your honour and require no further pledge of you concerning their
disposition. The sign, given thus, touches
forehead and both knees with the first two fingers of the right
will remind you that henceforth your Breast, Head and Knees
should now be
dedicated to the service of the Great Emmanuel whose titles were
placed on the
top of His cross, which is now the symbol of our redemption. The
grip is given
by the one Knight Placing his right hand on the left shoulder of the
thereafter is the Word given, which is GETHSEMANE. The salutation is
placing the right hand over the heart. This is all the information
relevant to a
Knight of Palestine of the Order of Saint John. The Brotherhood of
Knights will now salute with seven. The
touch their breasts, heads and knees seven times. You
will now be
united with us in that solid phalanx of Friendship which no foe
can shatter; neither can the gates of Hell prevail against
The Knights form a hollow square around the altar. MEC and Cand.
senior Knights being placed nearest to the MEC. The Chaplain
then takes the cup
and salver from the altar and takes up a place in the square to
the left of The
MEC. He offers the bread then the wine and after having
partaken, the MEC says: Eat
ye all of this bread served in love that ye may leam to support each
Drink ye all of the cup to ratify the vows ye have made and learn to
He then offers the same to the Cand. who in turn offers the same
Knight on his right and so on until the cup and salver return to
who again places them on the altar.
MEC, raises both hands and says:
be to Thee O Lord for all thy Mercies.
ALL: So mote it be
MEC: Amen. Knights
resume your seats.
All do so with the Harbinger showing the Cand. to a vacant
place, he then
returns to his own seat.
MEC: Our labours as
Palestine of the Order of Saint John being truly concluded, I seal
Sanctuary until we are next called together. ** * ** *
** * ** *.
1ST L: ** * ** * ** * ** *.
2ND L: ** * ** * ** * ** *.
HARB: ** * ** * ** * ** *
WARD: ** * ** * ** * ** * (On door).