Welcome

 
      Fraternal greetings and welcome to the official website of the Corpus Christi Chapter of the Grand Scottish Knights of Saint Andrew of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. We thank you for visiting and encourage you while here, to feel free to explore our archives section and all the links to other Masonic bodies we have provided with our pledge and assurance that we have and will continue to work dilligently to bring the truth of our beloved Order and Fraternity to anyone who seeks it.   Frater Totus (brothers all)
 
- The Brethren of Corpus Christi Knights of Saint Andrew
 

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About The Knights Of Saint Andrew

 
      

     The Order of The Knighthood of the Temple of Solomon, or The Knights of the Temple the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Jesus Christ (better known as the "Knights Templar") was established in 1118 by nine crusader knights assembled in the ruins of the Temple of Solomon. When they were declared heretical by Pope Clement V at the insistence of Phillip the Fair of France in 1307, all of the Order in France was arrested and imprisoned. Many of its members were executed, or tortured, but certainly all impoverished.  In most of the other European States, the Estates of the Order had been confiscated and divided between the Sovereign, the Knights Hospitalers, and the Pope.  During this time the Grand Master of the Templar Order Jaques de Molay and the Grand Preceptor were burned alive with this documented as having occured on the 18th of March 1313.  Afterwards the Templars no longer had a common head, nor could they maintain their Order under their old name which had become so famous. 

      With their possessions confiscated, their leaders incarcerated for life or put to death, and remaining Brethren persecuted in every way, the survivors were compelled for the sake of concealment to leave their homes, lay aside the garb of the Temple and mingle again with the world or enter other Orders.  In Portugal, where they were pronounced innocent, the name of the Order was changed to that of the Order of Christ.  In England, King Edward proscribed them, and forbade them to remain in the realm unless they entered the Commanderies of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, or of the Hospital.  In Scotland they found protection and joined the army with which King Robert de Bruce net the invasion of his country by Edward II of England.

      The Battle of Bannockburn was fought on the 24th June 1314.  During the battle sixty three knights appeared on the field of battle as a mounted unit quickly turning the tide and defeating the English. In consequence of the assistance rendered him on that memorable day by the Templars who joined them, Bruce created and received them into the Order of Saint Andrew du Chardon (of the Thistle) of Scotland.  This was afterward annexed to the Degrees of the Rite of Heredom, Herodom, or He Rodom, a word coined from the Greek words, 'Lepos Aouos Hieros Domos, literally Holy House and said to be the name of a mountain in Scotland (where there is no such mountain), to conceal the real name of the Order, which was Holy House of the Temple at Jerusalem."  The meaning hidden in the word "Holy" you may, perhaps be hereafter fortunate to learn.  King Robert de Bruce reserved to himself and to his successors forever the title of Grand Master of the new Order and granted a charter of lands to Walter de Clifton, Grand Preceptor of the Templars for Scotland, for the assistance which they rendered him at Bannockburn.
 
     Prince Charles Edward Stuart was the last Grand master of the Order of Herodom in Scotland, and exercised his powers in France, by establishing a chapter of the Order Rose Croix at Arras and by other acts.  When the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite was organized by those in possession of the Degrees of the Rites of Heredom and Perfection, and of other rites and detatched Degrees that had been from time to time established in Scotland, France, Germany, and elsewhere the Order of Grand Scottish Knights of Saint Andrew became the 29th of the new Rite, formed by selecting from the different Rites and Observances, seven Degrees in addition to the twenty-five of Perfection and creating the 33rd as the Supreme and last Degree to rule the whole.
 
      The Grand Scottish Knights of Saint Andrew of today are an elite Order of select Scottish Rite Freemasons and fashioned with the noble example of thise sixty three knights who came to the service of Scotland when she was in dire need  Unlike the original Templars where one asked to join the order, no brother asks to join the Order of Knights of Saint Andrew, they are carefully selected and invited. The Order exists as a service organization on behalf of all members of their Consitory and maintains the unique and fascinating Scottish Rite tradition and history derived from the ancient Celts, Welsh, Scots, Irish, Britons, and Saxons who originally inhabited the British Iles and formulated the modern concept of Freemasonry into what it is today. 
 
     Ill. Weldon J. Good, 33° of the Valley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, developed the first Chapter of the Knights of Saint Andrew in 1993 as a service organization comprised of "Black Hat" Scottish Rite Freemasons. Any member who recieves the honor of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor subsiquent to joining the Knights of Saint Andrew could no longer hold an office or vote however, they could still work and assist.  The objective of the Knights of Saint Andrew is to help Brethren become more active in their Scottish Rite Consitory, to provide selfless dedication to and promotion of the fraternity of Freemasons within the community.  To acomplish this objective the Order only invites those Scottish Rite Freemasons who are very active in their lodges and show a true desire to be with like minded and juast as active brethren to support Freemasonry and the Rite.  Each chapter is attached to a Valley within the Scottish Rite and is subordinate to that Valley, its obligation as that of a service organization to its Mother Cosistory. There is no other higher governing body. Each chapter adopts its own by-laws and determines its own membership requirements. The Knights of Saint Andrew is open to all 32° "Black Hat" Scottish Rite Freemasons who are members in good standing of the Scottish Rite.   Knights pledge to be active members of The fraterity of Freemasonry and their Valley and to be of service as needs may require.  The Order also establishes programs to educate the public in the history, valor, and talents, of the Order and Freemasonry.

Recent Announcements

  • Knighting ceremony conducted July 23, 2011 to honor two new Knights A historical knighting ceremony of the Grand Scottish Knights of Saint Andrew was conducted on Saturday July 23, 2011 at the Corpus Christi Masonic Lodge.  Two new Knights, Sir Joseph ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2011, 1:32 PM by CCKSA Webmaster
  • Three 33° made Honorary members of the Order Three 33° Inspectors General Honorary were made Honorary members of the Order and given title of Knight Emeritus during the 20 April 2011 stated meeting.  Congratulations to Sir Tom Wimberly ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2011, 3:24 PM by Charles Benson
  • Three new Squires elected to be invited to join the Order In keeping with the tradition of the Order, the brethren presented the recomendation of three individuals to be invited into the order during the stated meeting on 20 April 2011 ...
    Posted May 26, 2011, 10:49 AM by Charles Benson
  • New slate of officers for 2011 Officer elections were held during the stated meeting on January 19th, 2011.  The officer slate for the 2011 year is; Chief- Sir Errol Pena,  Chieftain- Sir Bobby Dodd,  Knight Sacristian ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2011, 9:01 PM by Charles Benson
  • Corpus Christi KSA Introduces New Website We have created a new website for the Corpus Cristi Knights of Saint Andrew, courtesy of Sir Todd Benson who took initiative with the project with its design and implementation ...
    Posted May 10, 2011, 10:32 AM by Charles Benson
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