The investiture is normally carried out during Mass by a Senior Cleric delegated by the Pontiff (or by the Archbishop or Bishop of the diocese) who reminds the candidate that ‘becoming a Knight or Dame does not merely mean receiving a title of honour – even though it is well deserved, but fighting evil, promoting good and defending the weak and oppressed against injustice. ’After the candidate’s promise to ‘faithfully maintain unswerving fidelity to God, the Supreme Pontiff, the Holy See and to the Holy Church, and exercise the office of a Pontifical Knight or Dame in accordance with the high ideals and standards expected of them', the Celebrant confers the honour with the words: ‘In the name of the Holy Father I herewith invest you with the insignia of the Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory/Pope Saint Sylvester’ and presents the Papal Brief which reads as follows, replacing Knight with Dame in the case of female recipients:
FRANCIS SUPREME PONTIFF gladly acceding to a request made to Us from which we have gathered that you are most deserving for what you have done for the Holy Catholic Church and its affairs, and in order that We give a clear sign of Our pleasure and appreciation, We choose, make and declare you
Of the diocese of
A Knight/Knight Commander/ Knight Commander with Star/Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Gregory/Pope Saint Sylvester. We bestow on you the right to use and enjoy all the privileges which go with this high dignity.
Given at St. Peter’s in Rome on (date)
Signed and sealed by the Cardinal Secretary of State.