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Extract of Information concerning the wearing of
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Regalia

From Laws and Rules of the Order Governing the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus

From the Fourth Degree Drill Manual


Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Regalia

Laws and Rules of the Order Governing the Fourth Degree
of the Knights of Columbus

Article XI Official Dress and RegaliaOfficial Dress - Section 38
Article XI Official Dress and RegaliaColor Corps Regalia - Section 40
Article XII Color CorpsThe Establishment of - Section 41
Article XII Color CorpsProcedure and Manual for the Sword - Section 42

Article XI
Official Dress and Regalia

Official Dress - Section 38

The official dress for the Fourth Degree shall be:

(a) black bow tie, plain white tuxedo shirt, black cummerbund, black footwear, black tuxedo and social baldric worn under the coat, from right shoulder to left hip.

(b) A member serving in the armed forces of his country, full time police and firefighters shall be considered in proper attire when dressed in a Class A dress uniform.

(c) A white jacket may be worn, with the approval of the Supreme Master depending on the season or geographical area. If the white Jacket is authorized, EVERYONE must be dressed alike.

Color Corps Regalia - Section 40

(a) The official regalia when serving in a Color Corps (Honor Guard or Color Guard) is the same as the official dress of a member with the following additions:

(i) Black chapeau with a white plume or color of the office as described below; and

(ii) Black cape with red lining or color of the office as described below; and

(iii) White gloves; and

(iv) Service baldric worn over the coat, from right shoulder to left hip; and

(v) Silver sword. The Supreme Master, Vice Supreme Masters, Masters and former such officers only shall be permitted to bear the gold sword.

(b) The colors to be used with the capes and chapeaus of the Color Corps are as follows:

Supreme Master Dark Blue Cape and Chapeau
Vice Supreme MasterLight Blue Cape and Chapeau
MasterGold Cape and Chapeau
Faithful NavigatorWhite Cape and Chapeau
District MarshallGreen Cape and Chapeau
Assembly CommanderPurple Cape and Chapeau
Color Corps MembersRed Cape and White Chapeau

(c) The colors worn by the Supreme Master, Vice Supreme Masters, Masters, and Faithful Navigators may continue to be worn by such officers following their completion of service in that office.

(d) These colors shall be mandatory January 2008.

Article XII
Color Corps

The Establishment of - Section 41

(a) Assembly may henceforth establish a uniform drill corps with the approval of the Master of the District and such unit shall be known as "Fourth Degree Color Corps of ...... Assembly"

(b) A Color Corps may participate in exemplifications, religious and public functions only with the consent of the Master. The Master shall have full control of the Color Corps in his district, except as hereinafter provided and shall be held strictly accountable for such unit.

(c) The Faithful Navigator shall appoint a Commander of the Color Corps for his Assembly. One and only one Commander shall be appointed. The Color Corps Commander's cape and chapeau will be furnished by the Assembly and shall remain the property of the Assembly at such time as the Commander is replaced.

Procedure and Manual for the Sword - Section 42

The procedure and the Manual of the Sword shall be in accordance with the "Color Corps Drill Manual." In the absence of such directive the Master has full control provided, however, that he first receives approval of such procedure from the Supreme Master.

Knights of Columbus Fourth Color Corps

Extracted from the Fourth Degree Drill Manual

Color Corps Authorization

Official Regalia Dress - Members
Official Regalia Dress - Color Corps

Baldrics

Protocol for the Color Corps

Silent Commands

Jewels

Color Corps Authorization

Every assembly should organize and maintain a Fourth Degree color corps under the supervision and direction of the Master of the District. Such bodies may participate in installations, exemplifications, religious and public functions and parades, with the consent of the Master of the District.

Official Regalia Dress - Members

The Fourth Degree member official regalia dress is as follows:
  • Black Tuxedo
  • Plain White Tuxedo Shirt pleated and with collar (No wing tip collars)
  • Black Bow Tie
  • Tuxedo Studs and Cuff Links <
  • Black Cummerbund (No vests) li>Black Footwear
  • Social Baldric (worn under the coat, from right shoulder to left hip.)
  • Lapel Pin (The only pin worn on the lapel is the official pin of the Fourth Degree, which is available from the Knights of Columbus Supply Department - item PG-113)
  • Name Badge
A member serving in the Armed Forces, a full-time police officer or firefighter is in proper attire when wearing the Class A dress uniform. He does not wear a baldric.

When a Fourth Degree member attends an official function of the Order where Fourth Degree dress is required (whether member regalia or Color Corps regalia), he may wear the jewel of his office around his neck, be it Third Degree or Fourth Degree, together with his Baldric. This applies only if he is currently serving in that office.

A Former Supreme Director, Past State Deputy, Former Vice Supreme Master, Former District Master, Former District Deputy, Past Grand Knight, or Past Faithful Navigator may wear the miniature jewel of these offices, in accordance with the guidelines in the Protocol Handbook.

Official Regalia Dress - Color Corps

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

  1. Black Chapeau with plume or the color of the office as stated in this manual together with a Fourth Degree emblem on the right side.

  2. Black Cape with lining or the color of the office as stated in this manual together with a Fourth Degree emblem patch on the left shoulder. The Fourth Degree emblem is the ONLY adornment on the cape.

  3. White gloves.

  4. Service Baldric, together with a sword, worn over the tuxedo jacket from the right shoulder to the left hip. When a sword is not permitted for any reason, the Service Baldric shall be worn nevertheless. The Social Baldric is not worn when the Service Baldric is worn.

  5. Color bearers wear a color harness and Service Baldric with no sword.

  6. The same rules apply with reference to wearing jewels of office by incumbents only and the Past and Former Miniature Jewels of office as described in the Protocol Handbook..

  7. A pocket name badge shall not be worn when dressed in Color Corps regalia.

    Colors for Color Corps

    Supreme MasterDark Blue Cape and Chapeau
    Vice Supreme MasterLight Blue Cape and Chapeau
    MasterGold Cape and Chapeau
    Faithful NavigatorWhite Cape and Chapeau
    District MarshallGreen Cape and Chapeau
    Assembly CommandersPurple Cape and Chapeau
    Color CorpsRed Cape and White Chapeau
    Former Vice Supreme MastersBlue Cape and Chapeau
    Former MastersGold Cape and Chapeau
    Past Faithful NavigatorsWhite Cape and Chapeau

    Baldrics

    United StatesRed, White and Blue

    Protocol for Color Corps

    In all ceremonies, whether within a church, other building, or out-of doors and when acting in conjunction with a group of the clergy, alter servers, societies, military units or others, it is important that the Master consult with the Ordinary of an Archdiocese or Diocese to clarify all of the procedures that are acceptable within that jurisdiction. At the Local level, it is imperative that the color corps commander or Marshal consult with the celebrant or with those in charge of the other components, and act in conformity with them. If a Master of Ceremonies or Marshal is in charge, his suggestions shall be followed although it may deviate from the suggested procedures outlined herein.

    Silent Commands

    Reference is made in this section to "visual commands" Due to the necessity for silence, particularly during a drill participation in church, silent "cues" must be used by the Color Corps Commander or Marshal to instruct members and to give commands.

    Jewels

    When a Fourth Degree member attends an official function of the Order where Fourth Degree dress is required, he may wear the jewel of his office around his neck, be it Fourth Degree or Third Degree, together with the Social Baldric.

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