Color Corps

The Fourth Degree Color Corps is the visible arm of the Knights of Columbus.


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. 


Color Corps:

Color Corps at Huntington Beach July 4th Parade
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  The Color Corps is an ELECTIVE division of the Fourth Degree, whose distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, Confirmations and other Catholic functions are a visible reminder of our service to the community.  There is a new Fourth Degree Uniform with blazer, tie, dark grey pants and beret.  The ceremonial sword symbolizes Christian Knighthood, and is carried to signify reverence to Church, Eucharist, country and freedom.  Color Corps members wear the colors with pride, knowing they represent the very best of the Knights of Columbus.   


The officially designated Fourth Degree member regalia dress is set forth in the Laws of the Fourth Degree (Article XI, “Official Dress and Regalia,” Sections 38 and 40); and is as follows:

➢ Navy Blue Blazer with Fourth Degree Emblem Crest and Knights of Columbus Emblem of the Order buttons
➢ Official Fourth Degree Gray trousers
➢ Official Fourth Degree Necktie
➢ Official Fourth Degree Black Beret with Fourth Degree metal badge
➢ Plain White Dress Shirt with button cuff (no French cuffs – no button down collar shirts)
➢ Plain Black trouser belt
➢ Black Socks and Plain Black Shoes
 Official Fourth Degree Lapel Pin (#PG-113)
➢ Past and Former Miniature Medals of Office


The Knights of Columbus Color Corps official regalia dress is the same as the official regalia dress of a member, with the addition of the following:

➢ Service Baldric, together with a sword, worn over the blazer front from the right shoulder to the left hip. When a sword is not permitted for any reason the Service Baldric shall be worn nevertheless.
➢ White gloves
➢ Color bearers wear a colorbearer harness and the Service Baldric with no sword



Color Corps at the Huntington Beach July 4th Parade

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Church Addresses:

Blessed Sacrament Church 14072 Olive St Westminster CA 92683
Holy Spirit Chuch 17270 Ward St.  Fountain Valley CA 92708
Immaculate Heart of Mary 1100 S. Center Santa Ana CA 92704
La Purisima Church 11712 N. Hewes St. Orange CA 92869
Our Lady of Guadalupe Deli 531 E. Central Santa Ana CA 92707
Our Lady of the Pillar 1622 W. Sixth St. Santa Ana CA 92703
St. Anne Church 1344 S. Main St. Santa Ana CA 92707
St. Anthony Claret Church 1450 E. La Palma Ave Anaheim CA 92805
St. Barbara Church 730 S. Euclid St. Santa Ana CA 92704
St. Bonaventure Church 16400 Springdale St. Huntington Beach CA 92649
St. Bonaventure School 16377 Bradbury Lane Huntington Beach CA 92647
St. Boniface Church 120 N. Janss St. Anaheim CA 92805
St. Callistus Church 12921 Lewis St. Garden Grove CA 92840
St. Cecilia Church 1301 SE Sycamore Ave Tustin CA 92780
St. Columban Church 10801 Stanford Ave Garden Grove CA 92840
St. Hedwig 11482 Los Alamitos Blvd Los Alamitos CA 90720
St. Irenaeus Church 5201 Evergreen Ave Cypress CA 90630
St. Joachim Church 1964 Orange Ave. Costa Mesa CA 92627
St. John the Baptist Church 1015 Baker St. Costa Mesa CA 92626
St. Joseph Church 727 Minter St. Santa Ana CA 92701
St. Julianna Falconieri Church 1616 N. Acacia Ave. Fullerton CA 92831
St. Justin Martyr Church 2050 W. Ball Rd. Anaheim CA 92804
St. Mary Church 400 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton CA 92832
St. Norbert Church 300 E. Taft Ave. Orange CA 92865
St. Pius V Church 7691 Orangethorpe Ave. Buena Park CA 90621
St. Polycarp Church 8100 Chapman Ave. Stanton CA 90680
St. Thomas More 14010 Remington Irvine CA 92620
Sts. Simon & Jude Church 20444 Magnolia St. Huntington Beach CA 92646
Our Lady of Guadalupe 1322 E. Third St.  Santa Ana CA 92701





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