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Ceremonies and Protocol: The Accolade

            Ritual and ceremony are very important aspects in the life of an assembly or group of people gathered in common cause.  Its symbolism evokes an emotional attachment.  In respect of the ancient rites of knighthood, this Order encourages historically accurate ceremonies of worship, induction, and promotion.
            Induction ceremonies should, as and when possible, replicate ancient rites of knighthood.  A vigil or vigil service should be held in a Christian place of worship, followed the next day with a ceremony of induction.
            For the purpose of clarification and definition, the Knight Commander authorized to induct a new postulent will be called "Delegate", as they represent the Grand Master in a role of delegated authority. In most cases, this Knight Commander will be the Master of a Grand Priory of the Order.  A "Postulent" is a Squire or Lady in Waiting, an individual deemed worthy who is about to be inducted as a new member of the Order.
            The postulent will respond to questions put to them by the Delegate, declaring in the process their faith and vows of knighthood.  If they have a surcoat representing their own legitimate arms or the colours of the Order, and have purchased a medieval sword and double-wrap sword belt, they can be belted as part of the ceremony after receiving their accolade.
            After satisfying the Delegate with their vows, the postulent will kneel on a pillow, with one or both knees, and will bow their head.  The Delegate will be handed a sword by a Marshal or Standard Bearer which they will then use to dub the postulent.
            If the postulent agrees beforehand to accepting a light blow, the Delegate will lightly but firmly tap them on one side of the neck or cheek with either their hand or the broad of the blade.  They will then place the blade gently on one should and make the following declaration:

                "I dub thee a knight / dame of the rose.
                     Rise Sir Knight    /   Rise Dear Lady."

The postulent will rise and, if they are being belted, they will raise their arms over their head and the sword and belt will be buckled about them.  The assisting knight will then help them put their mantle on.

            The blow on the neck or cheek is the actual accolade.  It was, in actual fact, the last time a knight.

Others Matters of Ceremony

            Knights of the Rose will wear black capes for high ceremonies.  They may also wear a complete crusader costume for parades, representing the 12th or 13th century, with a white surcoat charged with a purple cross bordered with gold.  A cape-pin of the Order is being designed for use as an appropriate decoration.

            The Maltese cross as described for the charge on the shield is referred to as the "Cross of Honour", and variances of its design will be used as badges for wear by members.  For brevity, the Knight's Cross is also the Dame's Cross.

Knight's Cross:  Knights of the Order will wear a Cross of Honour, gold with lavender enamel, below their left breast or pocket.  They may wear a neck cross of similar design with a gold heraldic rose in its center.

Members will wear a red neck ribbon.

Officers will wear a purple neck ribbon.

Commanders will wear a purple neck ribbon bordered in yellow-gold.

Master Knights and Grand Dames will be distinguished by their mantle; black with purple satin lining.

Office of the Grand Master - Knights of the Rose, P.O. Box 3423, Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada T8L 2T4,(780)992-7248

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