If the Chapter uses hoodwinks, demolay ritual book following paragraph must be given to boom candidates by a member of the chapter just prior to being blindfolded, and AFTER the above informanon has been explained. As a symbol of the setting sun and the eve of life emblematic of the night that ushers in the everlasting day. The Officers will take demolay ritual book stations and this Chapter will come to order. Brother Junior Deacon, inform the Sentinel that this Demolay ritual book is closed.
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IKC: The officers will take their stations. This Priory will come to order. PRE, makes circuit of room and satisfies himself that all present are entitled to remain, stops directly in front of the IKC and says: Illustrious Knight Commander, all present are Chivalric Knights of the Holy Order of the Fellow Soldiers of Jacques DeMolay or those who, through Masonic affiliation, are entitled to sit in this convocation.
PRE returns to his station and sits. IKC: Sir Knight Junior Deacon, you will inform the Sentinel that a convocation of this Priory is about to be convened and direct him to see that no saracen intrudes upon deliberations and ceremonies. JD, goes to door, gives one knock followed by two quick ones, responded to by the SEN with the same. Opens door. JD, closes door, gives two quick knocks, responded to by the SEN with same, and returns to his station: Illustrious Knight Commander, the Sentinel is on duty at the outer portal of this Priory and we are safe from interruption.
IKC: Sir Knight Senior and Junior Deacons, you will pass right and left through this Priory and satisfy yourselves that all who are present are entitled to sit with us in this convocation. They rise, go to the Altar facing IKC. They pass down the north and south and collect the Password from each Knight except the Squire Commander and Page Commander.
Each Knight should rise to give the Password. SD: Illustrious Knight Commander, we have obeyed your command and have passed through the ranks of this Priory. We find all present to be true Knights or those who are entitled to sit with us in this convocation. SC: I was consecrated in the presence of god to clean and manly living.
IKC: To what were you dedicated? IKC: Where stands the Sentinel? SC: At the outer portal of this Priory. SC: At the inner portal, inside this Priory. JD: I guard with my life the inner portal of this priory and allow no one to enter who is not vouched for by the sentinel. IKC: Where is the station of the Sacristan? JD: In the North. SAC: When Serving Brethren enter this Priory, it is my duty to cause the rays of the Seven Great Lights to shine upon them, that in their light they may rededicate themselves to the seven cardinal virtues of a DeMolay.
SAC: At your right. SD: As the Master Councilor of a duly constituted Chapter of the Order of DeMolay sits in the East as a symbol of the rising sun and the morn of life, so the Illustrious Knight Commander of this Priory sits in the East to govern its convocations and maintain brotherly love and harmony among all Knights. SD: In the South. PC: The lesson of loyalty and toleration. IKC: In what manner? IKC: Did you receive the word? PC: I did.
IKC: Give me the first syllable, and I in turn will follow you to completion. IKC: What sealed you to the fraternity? PC: My obligation. PC: To symbolize the meridian sun and the noon of life and to inculcate, teach and practice the tenets of our Order as taught by the Preceptors in the Chapter. PC: In the West. SC: To symbolize the setting sun and the end of life, and attest the loyalty of Knights on every field of combat in preserving the cause of true chivalry and defending the right.
SD lights the candles, starting with the one farthest North and West. As he does so, Sac lights his candles from West to East. SD then goes to side of Altar. SD, kneels, removes S word from top of Bible rid places it to right side, opens Bible, replaces Sword and rises: The Holy Bible is the Word of God and as followers of Jacques DeMolay, we open it on our Altar in acknowledgment that from its teachings we are given strength for all our needs.
SD returns to station. All rise. IKC: Sir Knights, you will stand attention. Standing at attention means that a Knight should and with head erect, shoulders thrown well back, and salute in accordance with accepted national procedure. SB keeps the flag. IKC: Sir Knights, join me in saluting and pledging allegiance to our flag. All repeat in unison a pledge to the flag as accepted by the national government.
IKC: Sir Knights, let us sing our opening ode. The singing of the national anthem is optional. If done, one verse of the national anthem should be used. Active Sir Knights will kneel on left knee; all others will remain standing.
P goes to Altar conducted by the PRE. SB remains at Altar, standing throughout the prayer, until P has returned to his station, and should not kneel with the flag. P: Heavenly Father, grant us wisdom and understanding in all of our undertakings.
May we, Thy sons, reflect Thy will in these morning years of our lives so that when the meridian years of manhood are upon us we shall glorify Thee. Create us leaders in Thy cause that we may bring to Thy Throne of Grace those who are a part of our daily lives and who come within our sphere of influence. Help us to be good sons, loyal to Thee, our home, and our country.
Help us to live clean and reverent lives that in Thy sight we may prove worthy of Knighthood. Deposits flag.
All stand at attention during the passing of the flag. Commander of Priory, sponsored by Together, Sir Knights, the sign of a Chivalric Knight. Sign is given in unison with IKC. JD, goes to door, gives one knock, followed by two quick ones, responded to by the SEN with the same. Opens door: Sir Knight Sentinel, Priory is open. JD closes door, gives two quick knocks, responded to by the SEN with same , and returns to his station.
JD sits. Ceremony of Investiture Prior to the Ceremony, the Deacons will retire in the usual manner and see that the SRV B are ready at the door of the preparation room. The SD will then give one knock followed by two quick ones on the preparation room door.
REG sits. IKC: Sir Knight Preceptor, you will retire to the threshold of this Priory and make diligent inquiry concerning those who aspire to this Knightly station. PRE goes to the door of the preparation room. Lights dimmed. Is this of your own volition? SRV B: It is. SD: I do. PRE: What sesame do you possess that I may know that these Serving Brethren are worthy of being received and exalted to the rank and dignity of Knighthood?
PRE: You will advance and communicate it. PRE: The word is correct. By what other tokens are they entitled to seek entrance into this Priory? They have worn the Crown of Youth, and have now in their keeping the Seven Symbolic Jewels that adorn it.
They have practiced humility and bear a record of good report. They have been found to be Serving Brethren of worthy distinction, and now appear at the threshold of this Priory to be received and exalted to the rank and dignity of a Chivalric Knight of the Holy Order of the Fellow Soldiers of Jacques DeMolay.
You will await his command and pleasure. PRE closes door, gives two knocks answered by SD with same, returns to the Altar Illustrious Knight Commander, upon heeding the alarm at the threshold of this Priory, I found the Deacons acting as hosts to Serving Brethren who, of their own volition, desire to be received and exalted to the rank and dignity of Knighthood, They have knelt at the Altar of the Seven Great Lights.
They have worn the Crown of Youth and have now in their keeping the Seven Symbolic Jewels that adorn it. They have been found to be Serving Brethren of worthy distinction. If any Knight has just cause for denying protection and fellowship to those who await, let him here stand forth and proclaim his objection or forever remain silent.
SAC rises, picks up candelabrum and holds it shoulder high, facing the preparation room door. PRE leaves Altar without giving sign, and returns to threshold. PRE, at threshold, gives one knock followed by two quick ones answered by the SD with the same. Enter, to the glory of God and His dominion! See, the Sacristan approaches to receive you. SAC steps in front of center of their line and stands facing them. PRE and SD stand at east end of line.
ID stands at west end. It is well to pause here and reflect upon the truths which they symbolize. They cast their light upon you when you first knelt at the Altar of your Chapter.
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IKC: The officers will take their stations. This Priory will come to order. PRE, makes circuit of room and satisfies himself that all present are entitled to remain, stops directly in front of the IKC and says: Illustrious Knight Commander, all present are Chivalric Knights of the Holy Order of the Fellow Soldiers of Jacques DeMolay or those who, through Masonic affiliation, are entitled to sit in this convocation. PRE returns to his station and sits. IKC: Sir Knight Junior Deacon, you will inform the Sentinel that a convocation of this Priory is about to be convened and direct him to see that no saracen intrudes upon deliberations and ceremonies. JD, goes to door, gives one knock followed by two quick ones, responded to by the SEN with the same. Opens door.
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Grolabar We seek to emphasize the magnificent heroism of DeMolay, his unfaltering fidelity to the trust reposed in him, his loyalty unto death. The spirits of my brave comrades would haunt me through all eternity if I surrendered them to thy vengeance. Movements of the Chaplain and Marshal from their stations by way of the South to the West edmolay of the Altar would be noted thus: The sign is made by extending the right hand forward, as though about to grasp him by the hand. As the light from these candles permeates this Chapter room, let your light so shine deolay men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Do you assert upon your honor that you are not inspired by an unworthy desire to be exclusive by belonging to a secret order?
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The New DeMolay App! DeMolay D egree. It presumes the existence of ideal conditions for the presentation of the work. In those instances in which the Chapter room or meeting hail impose physical limitations, the Chapter may make the adjustments necessary, so long as they adhere as closely as feasible to this official standard. All DeMolays, Chapters, and Advisors are reminded that a full officer corps is the best and proper manner in which to confer all degrees and present all Ritual work of the Order.