Chalice Ceremony



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.




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.




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. 


Fourth Degree Chalice:

   Fourth Degree Chalice

      Each Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus may choose to have a chalice presented to a priest or bishop.  The Sir Knight's name is engraved on the bottom of the chalice.  A Chalice Ceremony is conducted during the funeral Mass of the Sir Knight.  Each time Mass is celebrated with the chalice, the Sir Knight is remembered in prayers.  On October 31, 2008, Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange presented an Assembly chalice to Patriarch Twan.  Bishop Brown had led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 


Assembly 85 Chalices

Presentations of Chalices

Rev. John Janze, Faithful Friar of El Camino Real presents a chalice to the Latin Patriarch-November 2010.
Bishop Otto Separi, auxiliary bishop of Papua New Guinea celebrated Mass on December 1, 2008 with a memorial chalice given to him by El Camino Real Assembly 85.  The chalice was presented to the bishop by Brother Peter Ryan, FSP, Vicar General of the Patrician Brothers.  Bishop Otto
is the first PNG born bishop of Aitape, and he pledged to remember the Sir Knight and his family each time he uses the chalice.  The bishop said he felt privileged to be chosen to receive the chalice and asked that his thanks be conveyed to the Knights.




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Chalice presented by Brother Jerome Ellens to  Fr. Ernest Frimpong of St. Francis de Sales, Ghana


Chalice presented to Bishop Antonisamy Francis of Kumbakonam, India

Brother Bosco and Brother Jerome, Superior General of the Patrician Brothers present a chalice 
to Fr. Maria Soosai, parish priest of Sacred Heart Church, Coonoor, Nilgiris, Tamilnadu, India


El Camino Chalice Ceremony Team
Color Corps Commander SK Alvin DeCuir, District Marshall SK Ernie O'Leary
PFN SK Dr. Ronald Knowles, Comptroller SK James Berlier






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Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus

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