El Camino Real Assembly 85

 

 

Our Symbol:

Spiritually, the sacred symbols fashioned on our sword and lapel pin, typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead The Most Holy Trinity.   

  • The Globe: God the Father, Creator of the Universe.   
  • The Cross: God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind.  
  • The Dove: God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity.

 

 

History:

In the early years of the Fourth Degree, members met as part of their councils, mostly after meetings. In 1910, during a reorganization of the Order's leadership, the first Assemblies were created. Additionally the position of Supreme Master was established to lead the Fourth Degree internationally. Vice Supreme Masters lead Provinces and Masters head Districts. This system has spread and flourished as Sir Knights not only serve their local Church through their service to local councils but also their joint efforts in these Assemblies. The Honor Guard, first called for in 1886 was officially formed in 1902, for ceremonial purposes. Since that time, the uniforms of the Color Corps have varied, however all have shared the similar theme of mariners. Most noticeable in today's current uniform is the chapeau worn with ostrich feathers.

 

 

Events:

First Exemplification

The first Exemplification of the new Degree was scheduled to be held in the Astor Hotel in New York City on February 22, 1900. However, there were so many candidates, the Exemplification had to be moved to a larger venue. Therefore the site was moved to the Lenox Lyceum. At this first Exemplification of the Fourth Degree 1,100 members of the Knights of Columbus, being in good standing "took their fourth." The second Exemplification, held in Boston on May 8, 1900 saw another 750 Third Degree knights join the ranks of Sir Knights. 

 

About Us

History of the Fourth Degree

The history of the creation of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus of is directly linked to the social and political climate in the United States at the turn of the last century. It is in that light that the connection between the Fourth Degree and its Color Corps, that has grown to be the most visible aspect of the Knights, must be seen.

The idea of adding new degrees to the Order's original three, (Charity, Unity, Fraternity) first came to light in 1886. Supreme Knight James T. Mullen appointed a committee to look into forming two new "commander" degrees. That same year the Connecticut Catholic, a local newspaper, carried an advertisement calling members of local Knights of Columbus councils to meet to form a "Uniformed Legion." The idea for this new unit arose from a growing nation wide sense of Nationalism, or what we would call today Patriotism. The unknown author in Connecticut was not alone in wanting a visible organization.

Little happened at this time because there was not enough wide spread interest in creating additional new degrees. The Order's leaders balked at the idea of a Uniformed Legion for the simple reason that the cost for the "Uniform" was well over $100.00. They feared the "Legion" would cause an economical class split between wealthy and poorer members of the Order.

Following the Spanish American War, it was decided that there should be one new Degree added based on the principle of Patriotism. In 1899, Edward L. Hearn was elected Supreme Knight and he immediately appointed a committee to establish and format the new Degree to be given the following year.

In order to qualify for this Degree each candidate had to be a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in good standing for three years, and show evidence of distinctive service to the Order, church, and community. Finally the candidate had to have a letter from his priest stipulating that he had received communion within the past two weeks.

The first Exemplification of the new Degree was scheduled to be held in the Astor Hotel in New York City on February 22, 1900. However, there were so many candidates, the Exemplification had to be moved to a larger venue. Therefore the site was moved to the Lenox Lyceum. At this first Exemplification of the Fourth Degree 1,100 members of the Knights of Columbus, being in good standing "took their fourth." The second Exemplification, held in Boston on May 8, 1900 saw another 750 Third Degree knights join the ranks of Sir Knights.

In the early years of the Fourth Degree, members met as part of their councils, mostly after meetings. In 1910, during a reorganization of the Order's leadership, the first Assemblies were created. Additionally the position of Supreme Master was established to lead the Fourth Degree internationally. Vice Supreme Masters lead Provinces and Masters head Districts. This system has spread and flourished as Sir Knights not only serve their local Church through their service to local councils but also their joint efforts in these Assemblies.

The Honor Guard, first called for in 1886 was officially formed in 1902, for ceremonial purposes. Since that time, the uniforms of the Color Corps have varied, however all have shared the similar theme of mariners. Most noticeable in today's current uniform is the chapeau worn with ostrich feathers.

In the year 2000, the Fourth degree celebrated its 100th anniversary with approximately 252,000 member Sir Knights!!!

 

1. Fourth Degree History and Purpose

  • Formed February 22, 1900
  • Purpose is to demonstrate patriotism
  • Represents the VISIBLE arm of the Knights of Columbus via the Color Corps. Appears at parades, attends Funerals, escorts the Bishop, appears at special events.

2. El Camino Real Assembly 85

  • One of four assemblies in Orange County.
  • Meets the second Thursday at the Brothers of St. Patrick, 7820 Bolsa Ave., Midway City, CA
  • Membership of 400 Sir Knights from 30 councils
  • Our Assembly has participated in and won Color Corps competitions at several Exemplification events.

3. Membership Requirements

  • Any Third Degree member in good standing, with at least six months membership in the order -  is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree.

  • The official dress for candidates for the Fourth Degree Exemplification shall be black bow tie, white straight collar shirt, black cummerbund (NO vests), black tuxedo shoes and black tuxedo. A member serving in the armed forces of his country shall be considered in proper attire when dressed in military uniform.  CLICK HERE FOR EXAMPLE

  • The regalia of the Fourth Degree shall consist of the official dress and social baldric.

4. Myths about the Fourth Degree to be dispelled.

  • New members do not have to purchase Regalia or participate in the Color Corps. It is strictly voluntary. However, it is an honor.
  • Aside from monthly dinner meetings, occasional social and the yearly Memorial Mass, no fund raising or other organized activities are involved as is the case in one’s Council.
  • Membership in the Fourth Degree DOES NOT detract from each member’s Council involvement.

5. Reasons for joining the Fourth Degree

  • To show both a personal and group commitment to patriotism and to support our American way of life.
  • Presents an opportunity to establish and strengthen liaisons with Brother Knights from other councils.
  • Affords each Sir Knight the opportunity to participate in the Color Corps.
  • Provides camaraderie with good Catholic gentlemen.
  • Provides visible support of our church and country through participation in the Color Corps.
  • Provides a completion of all degree steps. Makes you a more complete Knight.
  • Provides you with either a Chalice ceremony at your funeral or perpetual masses after your death.

 

 

 

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