by the Supreme Lodge, Knights of Pythias October 14, 1958
Pythian Knighthood had its conception in the exemplification
of the life test of true friendship existing
between Damon and Pythias.
Friendship, or mutual confidence, being the strongest bond
of union between man and man, and only
existing where honor has an abiding place, is adopted as a
the ideal knight of olden time was the personification of
all the higher and nobler attributes of man's
nature, the candidate for knighthood had to prove himself
worthy of acceptance by those who valued
friendship, bravery, honor, justice and loyalty.
Order of Knights of Pythias--founded On Friendship, Charity,
and Benevolence, which it proclaims as
its cardinal principles--strives to gather into one mighty
fraternity worthy men who appreciate the true
meaning of friendship; who are cautious in word and act; who
love truth; who are brave in defending right;
whose honor is untarnished; whose sense of justice will prevent,
to the best of their ability, a personal
act or word injurious to the worthy; whose loyalty to principle,
to family, to friends, to their country and
to the constituted authority under which they enjoy citizenship
is undoubted; and who, at all times, are
prepared to do unto others as they would request others should
do unto them.
Knights of Pythias is dedicated to the cause of universal
peace and is pledged to the promotion of understanding among
men of good will as the surest means of attaining it.