Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar
The Degree of the Order of the Scarlet Cord or Knight of
Rahab or Jericho
Compiler's Note: This degree, in addition to others, in its
earliest form was
not a chivalric ceremony involving any form of Knighthood.
However, several of
the ceremonies given under the superintendence of the Allied
Degrees in 1896 and
subsequently transferred to Grand College of the Order of
H.R.A.K.T.P. in 1923,
have undergone a conversion to a chivalric style and it is
likely that this
occurred while they were under the control of the Knights Grand
Newcastle. In its earlier farms the degree was worked in a lodge
with only four
officers, the Master, Chaplain or High Priest and Inner and
Outer Guards. Since
the chivalric style of ceremony is the form taken over by Grand
College, that it
the ritual detailed below.
Knights of Rahab meet in a Conclave and wear a Scarlet Sash from
shoulder to fall upon the left hip. The sash is made such that a
sword can be
supported and when worn the sword should have a length of
scarlet card tied
about the grip. In a Conclave the officers are, General of
Captain of the Guard, Lieutenant of the Guard, Warden and two
The Conclave has no formal Opening or Closing.
GofK: Sir Knights, it
is my will and
pleasure to open a Conclave of the Knights of Rahab. Sir Knight Li
of the Guard,
you will ensure that our Conclave is secure from the eyes and ears
profane and also from those who do not hold our illustrious rank. Lt.
of the Guard advances to the door and gives ** ** ** ** with
hilt of his sword,
which is answered by the Kt. Warden. Lt. of the Guard returns to
salutes the GofK, and says:
LotG: Sir Knight &
Conclave is secure against all but those of our Rank.
GofK: Then Sir Knights,
this Conclave of Knights of Rahab duly and lawfully opened and this
I do by **
** ** **. Repeated by LotG and Kt.W., LotG
sword and returns to his station. The Prelate stands and goes to
opens the Holy Bible at JOSHUA II and places across the open
Book a sword around
which is wound a scarlet card and then all resume their seats.
GofK: Sir Knight
Captain of the
Guard, do you have a report?
CotG: Sir Knight &
our portal stands Bro. …, who being a Master Mason of good standing
report, I have to recommend to you as a Candidate for this Order of
also known as the Order of the Scarlet Cord.
GofK: Has this good
tested in his proficiency?
CotG: By my honour as a
Knight, I can
vouch for him as a proficient Mason.
GofK: How will he gain
to our Conclave?
CotG: By means of the
Word of a
Knight of this Degree.
GofK: How comes he to
CotG: He does not, but
communicate it to you on his behalf.
GofK: Then advance to
me and give me
GoK stands and moves to the E. of the altar, the CotG moves to
the W. side.
The GofK extends his right hand over the altar with the fist
clenched. The CotG
places his clenched right fist on top of the other's and says
the Word - Rahab.
GofK: The Word being
correct, you may
admit that good Brother. GoK
resumes his seat. the CotG does an about turn and says:
CotG: Sir Knight Lt. of
summon your escort and admit our good Brother.
LotG: Guards, attend
The two Guards arrange themselves on either side of the portal
and then turn
around to face the East. The LotG passes between them and admits
the Cand. He is
placed between the two Guards and with the LotG leading, the
party passes around
the Conclave to halt at the West side of the altar, the CotG
stands at the North
CotG: Good Brother …,
listen attentively while the Sir Knight Prelate reads to you certain
from the Holy Writ, being a portion of the Book of Joshua. Prelate
reads Joshua Ch.11.
GofK approaches the altar
at the South
side: Good Brother .., it is now necessary that you
take a Pledge
before you can be admitted into our Order. Will you make such a
Cand.: I will.
GofK: Then you will
wrap this scarlet cord once around your right hand and place your
on the Holy Writ.
Cand. does so. CotG takes the card and ho Ids it in his clenched
places his fist upon the back of the Cand.'s hand. The GofK does
the same and
places his fist on that of the CotG. All present then stand
GofK: You will now
repeat after me. I
…, in the presence of these worthy Knights, do solemnly Swear and
I will admit no one as a Knight of Rahab unless under due authority
Conclave of that Degree and that I will speak to no person of the
Secrets of the
Order unless I know him to be a Knight of Rahab, truly admitted in a
Conclave of the Order, as I. All this I Pledge under the penalty of
fate from which the spies were saved by Rahab. I so Pledge.
LotG, Guards and Knights resume their seats without command.
GofK: I congratulate
you on having
advanced yet another step on your journey and will now confer upon
Secrets of this Order. The Sign is given by holding out your right
into a fist. You will instantly observe the application and
this Sign, since it copies the mode used when giving your Pledge.
The hand is
held thus as if grasping the Scarlet Cord. The same import may be
seen in the
Grip which is given by one reaching out with bis right fist and the
placing bis clenched right fist of top of the first. The Pass Word
given with the Grip. The word is SIHON.
An Interrogation is employed to prove another outside of the
may say to a one you think to be a Brother Knight, "Our Life for
yours", if the other be a true Knight he will respond, "if you utter
not our business" (Joshua ll v. xiv.).
The Captain of the Guard will now escort you to the Guards
interrogate you in this manner and I trust that you will remember
that in which
you have been instructed.
The Guards take up positions at the NW and SW corners. The CotG
Cand. to the Guard at the SW, who proves the Cand. with the Grip
and PW. The
Guard at the NW proves him by interrogation. The CotG then
places the Cand. in
the North East between the GofK and the altar.
GofK: Good Brother …,
yourself conscientious and true, you are deserving of further
before me on your right knee. Cand. does
so and all
stand and GofK dubs him on bath shoulders as a Knight of the
Rise now, under your title of Sir Knigbt and hear of the
history of this
Order. GofK resumes his seat as do all
except the CotG
and the Cand.
CotG: Sir Knight …,
this Order bas
been known under different names and forms. It is known as the Order
of Rahab and also as the Order of the Scarlet Cord, for obvious
reasons, and bas
been worked under both titles for many years. In Lancashire and
other places, it
is worked under the name of Knights of Jericho, although the ritual
is all but
identical to ours. Originally it was conferred by our Ancient
Brethren as what
was then called a Side Step but in order to govern the Ceremony we
now confer it
as an Order of Knighthood. The Order, as you will have observed, if
incidents pertaining to the siege and capture of Jericho by Joshua
assistance given by Rahab, who had a house of entertainment on the
walls of the
city. The treatment of Rahab and those of her house by Joshua,
teaches us the
striking lesson of the reward reaped by those who place implicit
the Power of God to always prevail against the powers of this world;
might say, as was said by the Holy Prophets of old, "No matter
our lot is cast, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Knight, let that ever be your sentiment and you will reap great
light in your life.
GofK: Sir Knight …,
your admission as a Knight of Rahab and nothing further remains
except that I
shall now invest you with this Sash which is the badge of the Order.
After this, the new Knight is
escorted to a Seat
and all resume their usual stations.
GofK: Sir Knights,
since all that has
come before is now dispensed with in accordance with our rules, and
further remains that requires our application, it is my will and
this Conclave of the Order be closed. *,
1 deciare this Conclave of Knights of Rahab duly closed. **
** **, repeated by LotG and the Kt. Warden.