Knight Masonry contains those Degrees which are worked within a Council of Knight Masons under the jurisdiction of The Grand Council of Knight Masons.
The Grand Council of Knight Masons was formally constituted in 1923 to look after the Degrees which were previously worked by Royal Arch Chapters, Preceptories of High Knight Templars and even a Prince Rose Croix Chapter.
The history of the Judean people, as contained in the Roll of the Law, including the Books of Ezra, Jeremiah and Esdras, records three outstanding episodes intimately connected with Ancient Irish Universal Masonry: -
So by becoming a Knight Mason you are completing a sequence intimately related to the teaching of Masonry.
There are three Degrees in Knight Masonry formerly known as the Red Cross Degrees:
Knight of the Sword – formerly Red Cross of Daniel or Babylonian Pass, in which we learn of Zerubabbel’s visit to the court of King Cyrus of Persia.
Knight of the East – formerly Jordan Pass, which covers Zerubabbel’s later visit to the court of King Darius.
Knight of the East and West – formerly Royal Order, when Zerubabbel returns to his fellow countrymen in Jerusalem.
Master Masons having become Mark Master Masons and Royal Arch Masons, may after one year become Knight Masons. They may request to join a Council, they do not have to wait to be asked.
By becoming a Knight Mason one discovers a closer degree of intimacy and friendship; as there are a relatively small number of Knight Mason Councils, members are encouraged to visit other Councils where they will always be made welcome.
There are Knight Mason Councils throughout Ireland and they can also be found in the United States of America, South Africa, Jamaica and as far afield as Hong Kong.
The Order has a charitable aspect in The Joseph Karmel Benevolent Fund which was set up in 1957 when The Great Chief, Most Excellent Sir Knight Joseph H. Hamill, was very pleased to announce that he had received a cheque for £250 from the children of the late Very Excellent Joseph M. Karmel, to be used for Masonic Charity in memory of their father. The Fund was to be devoted to the relief of Knight Masons requiring assistance. The first Trustees of the Fund were Thomas W. Damery, Alfred E. McAfee, George R. Morris and The Great Chief.