The Pledge of Allegiance
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
(By Act of Congress: June 19, 1954.)
The Star Spangled Banner
"O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming. Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
"O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto - 'In God is Our Trust'.
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave."
(By Act of Congress: March 3, 1931)
The Nicene Creed
"I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father. Through him all things were made."
"For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end."
"I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."
(Affirmed by the 2nd Ecumenical Council at Constantinople, 381.)
The Declaration of Independence
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..."
(By Act of 2nd Continental Congress: July 4, 1776)
The Constitution of the United States
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
(Ratified by the States, September 17, 1787
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
(Amendments I-X, "Bill of Rights" ratified by the States, December 15, 1791.)
The underlying principle of the Fourth Degree is patriotism. Patriotism is about duty and honor to God and country. As Fourth Degree Knights we exemplify the elements of patriotism by practising the principles of good catholic citizenship. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
© 2023 All rights reserved, Krasne Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and (509)(a)(2) public charity. Men in Christ the King (formerly known as "Men of Christ in Illinois") is an apostolate supported by Krasne Foundation. Donations ARE deductible for federal income tax purposes. Not affiliated with any other "Men in Christ", "Men of Christ", or similarly titled organization. Opinions of sources linked here are not always those of Men in Christ the King, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, or the Catholic Church itself. They are referenced for educational and informational purposes only.
MEN in CHRIST the KING is teaming up with MARKED MEN FOR CHRIST who have recently expanded to Illinois! This exceptional Christian men's organization has been "Buliding Stronger Men for Jesus Christ" for over 20 years through a series of men's experiential weekends. We encourage participation in this ecumenical ministry. New events are coming to Illinois soon... Stay tuned!