Laws and Rules of the Order Governing the Fourth Degree
of the Knights of Columbus
Article XI – Official Dress and Regalia
Section 37 – Official Dress
The official dress for the Fourth Degree shall be 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.
Cape, chapeau, gloves, service baldric and sword, are only required of those members participating in the Color Corps.
Section 40 – Color Corps Regalia
(a) The official regalia when serving in a Color Corps is the same as the official dress of a member with the following additions: black chapeau and cape with color of the office as described below, white gloves, service baldric and silver sword. 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 Master||Light Blue Cape and Chapeau|
|Master||Gold Cape and Chapeau|
|Faithful Navigator||White Cape and Chapeau|
|District Marshall||Green Cape and Chapeau|
|Assembly Commander||Purple Cape and Chapeau|
|Color Corps Members||Red 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.
Article XII – Color Corps
Section 41 – The Establishment of
(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 (your) Assembly”
(b) A Color Corps may participate in exemplifications, religious and public functions only on 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.
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
- Black Footwear
- Black Socks
- Black Cummerbund (No vests)
- Social Baldric (worn under the coat, from right shoulder to left hip.)
- Lapel Pin (Official Fourth Degree Pin item PG-113)
- Name Badge
In warm climates and during warm months a white dinner jacket may be worn, if done as a unit but only with the approval of the VSM or MFD.
A member serving in the Armed Forces of his country is in proper attire when dressed in Military dress uniform.
A United States Flag pin may be worn on the lapel. A Fourth Degree pin may also be worn on the lapel and It is optional. (it is suggested that if the member wishes to wear it he should have a buttonhole put on his tuxedo) The size shall be the same size as that approved by the Supreme Council.
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. This applies only if he is currently serving in that office.
A former Supreme Director, Past State Deputy, Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator, Former Vice Supreme Master, Former District Master, Former District Deputy, 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:
Black Chapeau with plume the color of the office as set forth below with the Fourth Degree patch on the right side.
Black Cape with lining or the color of the office as set forth below with a Fourth Degree patch on the left shoulder.
Social Baldric is removed and a Service Baldric, together with a sword, is worn over the coat from the right shoulder to the left hip. When a sword is not permitted for any reason, the Service Baldric shall be worn nevertheless.
Color bearers wear a color harness and Service Baldric, but no sword.
The same rules apply with reference to wearing jewels of office.
A pocket name badge shall not be worn when dressed in Color Corps regalia.
United States – Red, 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, Marshal, Commander or SK in charge of the Color Corps 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 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.
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 drill commander to instruct members and to give commands.
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.
Article XII Color Corps
Section 42 – Procedure and Manual for the Sword
The procedure and the Manual of the Sword shall be in accordance with the “Color Corps Drill Manual” as approved by the Board of Directors. 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.