Albert Pike Priory No.
38 - Order of Knighthood
1947 the International Supreme Council created a working organization
for DeMolays between the ages of 16 and 21. As explained by Founder
Frank S. Land:
It is an auxiliary
body known in DeMolay parlance, and for the sake of brevity,
as the Order of Knighthood, but whose official name
is the Chivalric Knights of the Holy Order of the Fellow
Soldiers of Jacques DeMolay. This auxiliary body with
officers and a Ritual supplements our program with a sustaining
activity for the older boy. Its relationship to a DeMolay
Chapter is comparable to that existing within the Bodies of
the York or Scottish Rite.
Each auxiliary Body
to a Chapter of the Order of DeMolay is known as a Priory,
and bears the same name as the Chapter to which it is attached.
The creation of a Priory will in no measure affect the operation
of a DeMolay Chapter. DeMolays receiving the Order of
Knighthood will prove more active in Chapter affairs than
The Order of
Knighthood is not an Honorary Degree or Award. It is a
working body geared to activities that older boys want and like.
* * * [The Order of Knighthood] field of service covers the
older boy age span from  to 21 years. The activities, social
and educational programs are geared to the older boy . . . .
A Priory is subject
to the same rules and regulations governing a Chapter and is
under the complete supervision of the Chapters Advisory
Council. It is hoped that the regular Advisor or Dad of a Chapter
will act in the same capacity in the Order of Knighthood
as he does in the Chapter. If this cannot be done, it is necessary
that the Advisory Council appoint a member of their group to
be present at all meetings and undertake this supervision.
Membership in the
Order of Knighthood is by invitation only and the nomination
is made without the knowledge of the DeMolay. A DeMolay whose
individual record denotes meritorious service and leadership
is eligible to be nominated for Knighthood. As explained by
Founder Frank S. Land:
Membership in the
Order of Knighthood must not be considered Honorary
or as an Award for Chapter or DeMolay labor. Advancement to
the Order of Knighthood cannot be denied to any
boy in good standing unless there be a moral reason or substantiating
evidence that the boy is unfit for membership because of deportment,
reputation, or is known as a discordant factor in his Chapter.
A young man over
[sixteen] years of age petitioning the Order of DeMolay quite
naturally must join the Chapter in regular manner and receive
the Initiatory and DeMolay Degrees. He should then be immediately
elected to the Order of Knighthood where he will
be among those of his own age.
Initiation into the
Order of Knighthood consists of one Degree known
as the Ceremony of Investiture. This Degree must
be conferred not less than three times a year. The entire Ritual
follows the general DeMolay pattern.
Upon election to membership in the Order, the nominee is known as an Aspirant. A DeMolay who has been Knighted into the Order of Knighthood receives the rank and decoration of a Sir Knight.