“A LIFE WHICH IS NOT CONSECRATED TO A GREAT IDEAL IS LIKE A STONE WASTED IN THE FIELDS NEVER TO BECOME A PART OF AN EDIFICE”
“Order” it has been said is “heaven’s first law.” The Order of the Knights of Rizal as a civic and patriotic. organization has demonstrated a phenomenal growth not only in membership but also in activities since it was incorporated as a private non stock corporation on November 16, 1916 and was known then as “Orden de Caballeros de Rizal.” The passage of Republic Act 646 converting the Orden de Caballeros de Rizal into a public corporation to be known in English as “Knights of Rizal” infused genuine interest in and recognition to its objectives as a legal entity charged with the propagation of Rizal’s teachings and examples.
The Order has expanded considerably since the early 50’s when there was only the Manila Council. Since then, chapters had been organized not only all over the Philippines but also in foreign countries having as members foreign nationals who are ardent admirers of our national hero.
The growth of the Order brought with it a myriad of problems concerning the implementation of its objectives; admission of members; administration of chapters; programs and procedures to be pursued; adoption of policies and answers to otherwise unexpected change of circumstances.
The Knight of Rizal Manual is an answer to the felt need to sis ternatize and rationalize the rules and policies of the organization to put “order” so to speak in its objectives and operations.
We have thus put together in this manual a brief history of the Knights of Rizal, the governing charter of the Order, its Code of By Laws, rules, policies, directives and accepted practices including. forms and rituals observed in Knighthood Ceremonies in the hope that this Manual will provide direction and serve the needs of the members of the Order for a meaningful service to our country and fellow men in the Rizalian way.
This Manual would not have been made possible without the active support and cooperation of the members of the Supreme Council and the clerical Staff of the Order. We are aware that a Manual such as this cannot be inflexible and may need updating at some future time but we are happy in the thought that after 76 years of existence of the Order we have made a beginning and added a 46 stone” to the Rizalian edifice as our humble contribution to all those who believe in the ideas and ideals of Rizal.
SIR JUSTO P. TORRES, JR., KGCR Supreme Commander
December 30, 1985