The Inefflable degrees begin with the fourth or Secret Master, and conclude with the fourteenth, or degree of Perfection. It is not required that a candidate should be in possession of any other than the Symbolic degrees. To open a Lodge of Grand Elect Masons, opens all the degrees contained within it ;-but a body of any degree may be opened or closed independently. The order of business in bodies of the rite is as follows: 1. The reading of the records of the previous communication or communications as yet unread and approved. It is judicious at every session that the record be read immediately before closing, that proper corrections, if any, may be made, and before the formal record is made up. 2. Report from the Grand Hospitaller or Almoner of any special case for relief or assistance. 3. Reports of Standing Committees. 4. Reports of Special Committees. 5. Applications for reception or admission to membership. 6. Receptions. 7. Unfinished Business. 8. New Business. 9. Passing the Box of Fraternal Assistance:-no body of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite can ever be closed without so doing,-and any member wishing to retire before being called upon by the Grand Hospitaller, must deposit his contribution in the box provided and placed near the seat of the Junior Warden. The amount collected is under the immediate charge of the Grand Hospitaller or Almoner, and is dispensed by him with the consent of the presiding officer,-first to a worthy distressed brother; or if there be none such, then to some needy and deserving profane: in either case not permitting the recipient to know from what source the relief comes. All brethren are required to be clothed with the apron, collar, and jewel of the body in which the degree is open, or that of a higher grade. Iit is not essential that all the brethren should be clothed in the regalia of the degree being worked at a reception, as this would lead to unnecessary expenditure, accumulation of clothing and depositories. One or more, for exemplification, are recommended, or so many sets as are essential for-the proper exhibit of the drama of the degree, and the remainder of the brethren are clothed in the highest grade of the series. The records of bodies, from the fourth to the thirty-first inclusive, are termed "Engraved Tablets;" those of Consistories and the Supreme Council, "Balustres." The Battery of mourning, is made by the blow being given upon the left fore-arm. In closing bodies of the Ancient and Accepted rite, the following formula should immediately precede so doing. The presiding officer asks of his First Assistant if he has any thing further to bring before the body, for the benefit of Masonry in general, of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite, or of that body in particular. If the First Assistant has nothing to offer, the same query is made to the Second Assistant; and if he has nothing to offer, both of the Assistants are directed to make known to the brethren in their respective valleys, that if any one of them has any thing which he desires to offer for the benefit, etc., the floor is tendered to him.
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