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Red Cross of Constantine History

An invitational body of the York Rite

The Order of "The Red Cross Of Constantine" is, like the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, a Masonic body for which membership is by invitation only. It is considered by many to be the highest honor that can be awarded within York Rite Masonry. The membership of each Conclave is limited and a potential candidate must have demonstrated a high level of dedication and performance in his Masonic activities, be proposed for membership by a member knight, and pass a unanimous ballot in an open Conclave.

This Order of Masonic Knighthood is based upon Trinitarian Christianity and was traditionally founded by Constantine the Great after the Battle of Saxa Ruba in 312 AD. While no direct connection can be made with that legendary Order, the principles and attributes have been carried over into and are emulated within this branch of modern Freemasonry.

The Degrees of the Red Cross of Constantine
"Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine"
The degree relates the legend of Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity after the Battle of Saxa Ruba in 312 AD when he saw a Cross in the sky with the motto "In Hoc Signo Vinces" In this sign you shall conquer. The core of the degree involves the secret doctrine involving the Labarum or banner of victory. The lecture of the degree relates the Roman College of Architects.







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