The Appendant Orders of the
Red Cross of Constantine
Knight of St. John the Evangelist -

This is the second of the Appendant degrees which are always conferred together and is founded upon a tradition concerning a remarkable discovery made at the ruins of the Temple at Jerusalem and the subsequent foundation of the Knights of St. John.  The interpretation of the legend is of a most interesting and instructive nature and is striking in its attempt to explain the Craft and Royal Arch ceremonies in a purely Christian sense.

Knight of the Holy Sepulchre -

Tradition asserts that this degree originated after the discovery of the true Cross by St. Helena.  It is concerned with the three days which intervened between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.  This Order of Chivalry is said to have been instituted by the mother of Constantine, to maintain a guard at the Holy Place and is symbolised in the ceremony by a vigil over the Holy Sepulchre.  The duties enjoined on the Knights were the performance of the seven works of mercy.

1 1 1