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Memorial & Cemetery Service
Including the White Rose Ceremony
The special ceremonies and services contained in this division of the Ritual may be used in public, as circumstances may require
thy God. as suited to the circumstances. He giveth power to the faint. by an ordained clergyman. all other parts of the Ritual being secret. Each service has. if so desired by the family of the deceased. however. or chapel. been made complete in itself for purposes especially in view in its use. The Service at the Cemetery is more brief in form. it may be led by an alumnus selected to give it thoughtful and impressive effect. It may be used in place of the Memorial Service at house or church.RITUAL DIVISION V RITUAL FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS (The special ceremonies and services contained in this division of the Ritual may be used in public. which follows. and if the assistance of a ministerial brother is not available. nor forget the covenant of thy fathers. Behold. He increaseth strength. In Him we live and move and have our being. church.) (Either service used should be carefully planned with any officiating clergyman and be wholly adjusted to the requirements of any other ritual under his direction. His reward is in His hand and His work before Him. He is the God in Whose hand is every living thing.) LEADER: When thou art in tribulation. may be intermingled as desired for any occasion. and parts of either service may be used in the other. The Memorial Service is planned as a somewhat full and formal service and should be conducted. Believe in Him and He will keep thee. and the use of either service at the funeral of a member is entirely optional. if thou turn to the Lord. and to them that have no might. if possible so to arrange.) The Memorial Service (This Memorial Service and the Service at the Cemetery. as may be required. Such portions of the service may be used as may be deemed appropriate. He will not forsake thee. when so desired by members of the family of the deceased. Almighty God is the Lord of life and death. For we know if our 1 . and of all things to them pertaining. the consent of the proper ecclesiastical authority having been obtained. as circumstances may require.) (The Memorial Service is intended for use at the home.
and their hope is full of immortality. In the sight of the unwise. [Psalm XXIII] (Those present may be requested to repeat the Psalm with the leader. Thou anointest my head with oil.) [The Lesson] The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God. for God proved them. my cup runneth over: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (Here may be sung any selection which may be desired as a part of the service and any message spoken which is to be offered on behalf of the Fraternity.RITUAL earthly house of this tabernacle be dissolved. their reward is with the Lord. they shall be greatly rewarded. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. As gold in the furnace hath He tried them. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. 2 . He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. The righteous live forevermore. for Thou art with me. And having been a little chastised. I shall not want. and the care of them is with the Most High. and He is their Strength and their Redeemer. and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. their departure is taken for utter destruction. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. Therefore shall they receive from the Lord’s hand a glorious kingdom and a victor’s crown of righteousness. eternal in the heavens. and received them to Himself. though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. we have a building of God.) The Lord is my Shepherd. a house not made with hands. For though they be perished in the sight of men. but they are in peace. Yea. yet are their spirits released from the body of flesh. I will fear no evil. He leadeth me beside the still waters. and found them worthy. He restoreth my soul.
[Prayer] LEADER: Almighty God. Amen. Thy kingdom come. Who art our Creator.RITUAL [The Rose Ceremony] LEADER: Inasmuch as our dearly beloved brother wore over his heart The White Cross of ____ ____ ____ whose immaculate whiteness symbolized to us the purity of his motives. that all our works. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. and the power. to the honor and glory of Thy name. may glorify Thy Holy Name. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. continued. Who art in Heaven. but deliver us from evil. and further us with Thy continual help. Hallowed be Thy name. Amen. 3 . And lead us not into temptation.) LEADER: Let us pray. and that we lay white roses upon his casket in token of the sweet memories we will always cherish of him we loved so well. and finally by Thy mercy obtain for us everlasting life. ALL: So mote it be. for Thine is the kingdom. most humbly beseeching Thee that it may be precious in Thy sight. we humbly commend the soul of this Thy servant. in all our doings with Thy most gracious favor. Amen. and the glory. we beseech Thee. each wearing a white rose upon the lapel of his coat. Almighty God. Give us this day our daily bread.) Our Father. after they are delivered from their earthly prisons. Amen. Direct us. Amen. Grant. O Lord. therefore. into Thy hands. forever and ever. it is most appropriate that he now bear above his heart our emblem. will then pass around the casket and in turn lay their roses thereon. with Whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect. that the words which we have heard this day with our outward ears may through Thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living. (All unite. (The brothers. and ended in Thee. our dear brother. begun.
To his dear ones and friends present. for a more noble civilization. and for the higher ideals of life in its service to man and reverence to God. and his life was an inspiration. Amen. He loved his Fraternity. His loyalty was grounded in the faith that fraternalism stands finally for better citizenship. He speaks as follows:) LEADER: Brothers in ____ ____ ____.RITUAL ALL BROTHERS: The Lord bless us and keep us. and yet in our hearts is the confidence that his living spirit hovers near. His friendship was enduring. the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon us and give us peace. the brother chosen as leader of the service shall take his place at the head of the grave with the brothers present gathered about him. We are gathered here to pay our tribute of love and respect for the memory of our beloved . so far as conditions may conveniently permit. the officiating clergyman should pronounce a formal benediction at the close. as being more definitely a personal tribute of brotherhood with the renewals of our purpose to be worthy of the ideals we hold. The leader shall so indicate to the officiating clergyman. and as a man of affairs. we have known him as loyal and devoted to the high ideals of The White Cross which we wear. as a brother among us.) (At the time indicated for the service on behalf of the Fraternity. the Lord make His face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. In all cases where there is no other provision. but he knew that its helpfulness and sympathies were meant to be broader than the bounds of the organization. LEADER: We meet because of his passing from our circle to the Chapter Eternal. As a friend. we would bring our expression of sympathy. and to his memory we would offer our homage for his qualities of heart and mind. (This concludes the service. Brother (Name) RESPONSE BY ALL: All honor to his name.) Service at the Cemetery (The Service at the Cemetery is limited in ritualistic and ceremonial form. or to such person as may have charge of the further proceedings. his generosities were large. 4 .
(The brothers. it is most appropriate that he now bear above his heart our emblem. we do thank Thee for all those who. (This concludes the Service. That which we call death is but the gateway to the life immortal. and that we lay white roses upon his casket in token of the sweet memories we will always cherish of him we loved so well. we may learn worthily to wear The Cross. the officiating clergyman should pronounce a formal benediction at the close. having been found worthy. have eternal life with Thee. be so grafted in our hearts that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living.RITUAL In this sacred place and reverent moment the thought is dominant that life and its true friendships are indestructible.) [Prayer] Almighty God. or by a brother requested to offer it. Because of the spirit in man. each wearing a white rose upon the lapel of his coat. with Whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect. death cannot have the victory. Amen. and to the honor and glory of Thy Name. Jesus Christ. In all cases where there is no other provision. We thank Thee for Thy Son. for the life of the spirit does not die. [The Rose Ceremony] LEADER: Inasmuch as our dearly beloved brother wore over his heart The White Cross of ____ ____ ____ whose immaculate whiteness symbolized to us the purity of his motives. will then pass around the casket and in turn lay their roses thereon. RESPONSE BY ALL: So mote it be. by the leader. (The Prayer may here be read. The leader shall so indicate to the officiating clergyman or to such person as may have charge of the further proceedings. Grant we beseech Thee that the words we have heard this day may. therefore. and that in His life and teachings Who was the Great Cross Bearer. through Thy grace.) 5 . our Heavenly Father. for the exaltation of our Brotherhood.) LEADER: Let us unite in prayer. or better spoken from memory.
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