by Noel M. Smith, O.P.C., Past Governor of Texas York Rite College No. 14
The York Rite College requires that all members (Knights of York) be York Rite Masons. Membership is by invitation.The prime function is to bring about a new coordination of the York Rite structure by means of fostering cooperation among the various branches of York Masonry. The Order of Knight of York depicts the York legend and brings to life the Craft's urgent needs, which brought into being the legendary Charter of York awarded by King Athelstan to Prince Edwin in 926 A.D. The Presiding Officer of a subordinate College is the Preeminent Governor. The Governing Body is the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, presided over by a Most Preeminently Distinguished Governor General. Decorations are the Knight Grand Cross of York (KGCY) and the Knight Commander of the Purple Cross (KCPC). Meetings are referred to as Assemblies.
Existence was given us for action. Our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than the fine emotions we feel. The York Rite Sovereign College of North America encourages subordinate York Rite Colleges:
OUR KNIGHTS OF YORK
divided man into men, that they might help each other.
THE LEGEND OF YORK
came into England, as I tell you, in the time of good king Athelstan's
reign; he made then both hall, and also bower and lofty temples of great
honor, to take his recreation in both day and night, and to worship
his God with all his might. This good lord loved the craft full well,
and purposed to strengthen it in every part on account of various defects
that he discovered in the craft. He sent about into all the land, after
all the masons of the craft, to come straight to him, to amend all these
defects by good counsel, if it might so happen. He then permitted an
assembly to be made of divers lords in their rank, dukes, earls, and
barons, also knights, squires and many more, and the great burgesses
of that city, they were all there in their degree; these were there,
each one in every way to make laws for the state of these masons. There
they sought by their wisdom how they might govern it; there they found
out fifteen articles, and there they made fifteen points."
-Regius MSS circa 1390