Color Corp - Emblem


The Color Corp of the Patriotic Degree


The Purpose of the Color Corp

When knighthood was in flower, knights carried the sword to defend their God, their Church, their country and their fellow man according to the code of chivalry. Today, Sir Knights wear regalia and carry the sword to honor Christ and His apostles, especially on religious and civic occasions specified in this manual. Hence, the primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of patriotism in members and the community at large.

The Color Corps members exemplify all the principles of our Order:

  •  Charity – by the gift of their time and energies necessary to practice, perfect and perform the ceremonials and sword drill;
  •  Unity – by the united efforts of Sir Knights to practice and perfect a coordinated drill for the good of the Church and the Order;
  •  Fraternity – by expressing an “Esprit de Corps,” sharing a common desire for drill excellence and camaraderie; and
  •  Patriotism – by performing precision drill as a salute to God and to country and visually exhibiting a love for both.

The public appearance of Fourth Degree Knights as a Color Corps at religious and civic functions is an important activity of each assembly. Their colorful capes and chapeaux add dignity and the pride of Church and country to any event. By these public demonstrations their loyalties bring credit to themselves and to the Knights of Columbus.

The Color Corp are the official escort of high ranking clergy at Church and Archdiocese events.  The Color Corp stand guard at member funeral visitation and escort at funeral if requested by family.


Fourth Degree and Color Corp Abbreviation Guide

Supreme Master S.M.
Vice Supreme Master V.S.M.
Master of the District M.F.D.
Marshall M.
Faithful Navigator F.N.
Color Corps Commander C.C.C.
Color Corps C.C.
Color Guard C.G.
Honor Guard H.G.



How to Join the St. Anthony Color Corp

Any 4th degree member IN GOOD STANDING can order their regalia from The English Company (800-444-5632 or Lynch & Kelly ( 888-548-3890. You will need to provide your hat size for the chapeau and a measurement from the base of your neck to the middle of your knee for the cape. You must also own a tuxedo.

Contact Brother Albert Massey for more information.