The Color Corps is an ELECTIVE division of the Fourth Degree, whose distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, Confirmations and other Catholic functions are a visible reminder of our service to the community.  There is a new Fourth Degree Uniform with blazer, tie, dark grey pants and beret.  The ceremonial sword symbolizes Christian Knighthood, and is carried to signify reverence to Church, Eucharist, country and freedom.  Color Corps members wear the colors with pride, knowing they represent the very best of the Knights of Columbus.  

Current cost of beret, blazer, tie and dark grey pants is about $510 from Knights Gear.

Vendors: for sword

 

Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as Color Guards and Honor Guards at civic and religious functions, an activity which has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus organization. Honor Guardsmen have mastered the “Manual of the Swordsmen”.

OFFICIAL REGALIA DRESS MEMBERS

The officially designated Fourth Degree member regalia dress is set forth in the Laws of the Fourth Degree (Article XI, “Official Dress and Regalia,” Sections 38 and 40); and is as follows:

➢ Navy Blue Blazer with Fourth Degree Emblem Crest and Knights of Columbus Emblem of the Order buttons
➢ Official Fourth Degree Gray trousers
➢ Official Fourth Degree Necktie
➢ Official Fourth Degree Black Beret with Fourth Degree metal badge
➢ Plain White Dress Shirt with button cuff (no French cuffs – no button down collar shirts)
➢ Plain Black trouser belt
➢ Black Socks and Plain Black Shoes
Official Fourth Degree Lapel Pin (#PG-113)
➢ Past and Former Miniature Medals of Office

OFFICIAL REGALIA DRESS FOR COLOR CORPS

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

➢ Service Baldric, together with a sword, worn over the blazer front from the right shoulder to the left hip. When a sword is not permitted for any reason the Service Baldric shall be worn nevertheless.
➢ White gloves
➢ Color bearers wear a colorbearer harness and the Service Baldric with no sword

Meetings and Functions: 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 current medal of his office around his neck, Assembly, Council, State Council, Supreme Council or Supreme Assembly. At a Fourth Degree exemplification the only lapel pin allowed is the Official Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Lapel Pin (#PG-113).

 For Fourth Degree exemplification attire for members, candidates and military, refer to Official Instructions. 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 their Past and Former Miniature Medal for offices held in accordance with the guidelines detailed in this manual and in the Protocol Handbook. No other medals other than Papal Medals, may be worn, upon the Official Blazer.

 A pocket name badge is not worn with Member or Color Corps regalia.

Explanation of the colors worn by the Fourth Degree when in full regalia, and what these colors signify.
They are as follows:
Colored patches will be worn on the beret behind the Fourth Degree emblem as follows:

  • Dark Blue Supreme Master
  • Light Blue Vice Supreme Masters
  • Gold District Masters
  • White Faithful Navigators
  • Green District Marshals
  • Purple Color Corp Commanders

Those not holding office (who formerly wore red capes) will wear berets with no patch.

Once a Sir Knight attains an office, he is entitled to wear the colors of
that office until elected or appointed to a higher office, except for the
Marshal [appointed by the Master of District] and the Color Corps
Commanders [appointed by the Faithful Navigator] who are appointed
for a specific term and then revert to their previous colors when that
term expires.