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THE EXOTERIC RITUAL OF THE WORK AND LECTURES OF THE THREE DEGREES OF

ANCIENT CRAFT MASONRY;
TO

WHICH

IS

ADDED

THE ANCIENT CEREMONIES OF THE ORDER, AND THE RITUAL OF A DOD'tE OF SORROW.
Compiled in Strict Confor-niity with

THE WORK.
WILLIAM M. SHAVER,
Past Grand Master of the M.'.W.'.Grand Lodge of Kansas,

COMPILER AND EDITOR.

TENTH EDITION.
TOPEKA, KANSAS:
WM.
M.

SHAVER

and A. K. WILSON, Publishers.

1907.

M\N.

Copyright,

1892,

BY
William M. Shavkr and Henry F, Toevs.

Copyright,

1899,

BY

William M. Shaver and Albert K. Wilson.

PRESS OF KETCHESON PRINTING CO. LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS.

in his annual address. 1893. D. & A. M. David B. W." (See Proceedings 1893.-. M. (See same Proceedings. I>. A. KANSAS. page 168. held at Guthrie February 13 and 14. 5894. At the 2d Annual Communication of the M. Fuller.W. A.-.' so-called be adopted as the Official Monitor of this Grand : ' Jurisdiction. A. recommended: " It is further recommended that Shaver's Monitor.-. 1894.W. pages 196 and 198. F.-. L. & A.) 995155 .) OKLAHOMA. Grand Lodge of A. 1893. Grand Lodge of A.' so-called. Grand Master. A. At the 37th Annual Communication of the M. the following action was taken M. which reported "That so relative to this recommendation: much of said address as relates to the adoption of 'Shaver's Monitor. L. of Oklahoma." ( See Proceedings 1894.the Grand Lodge adopted Shaver's Masonic Monitor as the Standard Monitor for the Jurisdiction of Oklahoma. the following action was taken "Onmotionof Bro. be approved. 5893.DouGLAS.: OFFICIAL ADOPTIONS. F. of Kansas^ held at Hutchinson February 15 and 16." This report was adopted by the Grand Lodge.-.) This address was referred to the Committee on Reports of Grand Officers. 1894.-. page 41.

1892. Geo. Grand to the Craft.Certificate of Endorsement. William M. *THE Monitor of Ancient Craft Masonry. February.-. F. Shaver. howe. Custodians cf the Work. and A. Lodge of A. pond. conforms to the Work fully of the M. M. W/. . of Kansas. F. p. Custodian of the Work. and as such we cheer- commend it jas. Grand Lodge of Kansas. complied by Bro.

er'-tion of 1816. the Compiler has found many. gems* . according to the best standards. in the precise order required in the Ritual. is the only excuse offered for this publication. The original editions of the Monitor popularly known as the "Kansas Monitor. and In his researches in the preparation of this work. The basis of the present Monitor will be found to be Webb's Freemason's Monitor. rather than issue a corrected reprint of a work in which. arranged in the form of working-text. working-text Pocket Monitor of the Three Degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry. arranged in conformity with THE WORK in this Grand Jurisdiction. unquestionablywere errors.PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION. the Compiler deemed it wisest to prepare this work from the original standards." being completely exhausted. for of the Craft throughout the a practical. ^•T^HE demand State.

have been added. That the result of their joint efforts may meet the approval of their brethren. the grati- kindly words of encouragement and advice received by him from eminent Craftsmen over the State. space alone preventing a more extended acknowledgment. The Compiler acknowledges with tude. Compiler. 1892. . but also a full compilation of the Ancient Ceremonies. and. January i. is the hope of Compiler and Publisher as they start forth this little volume. during the pro- many gress of this work. it is believed will be appreciated. William M. and these are placed in proper position. and the Ritual of a Lodge of Sorrow.which he believes will be welcomed by the numerous band of Masonic workers who delight to embellish their monitorial ritual. Not only the Installation Ceremony and the Burial Service. in the form of optional matter. Shaver.

' Interrogatories 21 Address to Candidate Prayer at Initiation Scriptural Recitation 22 24 24 25 Light---- Great Lights Apron Lecture Another Form of Apron LectureAnother Form of Apron Lecture- 25 26 26 28 32 Working Tools Sectio7t 2. i. Page. The Badge of a Mason 35 . Opening and Closing the Lodge.CONTENTS. Forms of Prayer at Opening A Charge used at Opening Forms of Prayer at Closing Benediction at Closing 13 14 15 17 17 Opening and Closing Odes Section The Degree of Entered apprentice.

Section j. Scriptural Recitation 54 Working Tools Section 2.8 CONTENTS. 54 56 57 Operative Masonry Speculative Masonry Globes Of the Globes of the 58 The Use 5^ . Section s. A Lodge The Form Supports 36 36 36 37 Covering Furniture 38 Ornaments Lights 40 42 42 43 Jewels How To Situated Whom Dedicated Tenets Four Cardinal Virtues Charge 44 45 47 51 The Degree of fellow Craft.

9 Of Order in Architecture Of its Antiquity The Five Orders Tuscan Doric Ionic 59 59 60 61 62 62 63 63 Corinthian Of the Of Invention of this Order.:: CONTENTS. Composite the Invention of Order in Architecture of 64 The Five Senses ture : Human Na65 Hearing Seeing Feeling 66 67 Smelling Tasting 67 68 The Seven Liberal Sciences Arts and 70 70 71 Grammar Rhetoric Logic Arithmetic — 71 —2 .

Geometry Of the Advantages try 72 of Geome72 73 73 Music Astronomy Music [Second Form of Lecture] 74 82 Of the Moral Advantages of Geo- metry Charge 84 The Degree of master mason.. Scriptural Recitation 86 87 89 91 Working Tools Section 2. Masonic Dirge Prayer at Raising a Brother Another Form of Prayer Lecture Section j 92 93 King Solomon's Temple Descriptive Lecture on the ple 97 Tem99 . Section i. lo CONTENTS.

CONTENTS. Guarded by the Tyler's Sword The Sword. Pointing to a Naked Heart 103 104 105 105 The Anchor and Ark The Forty-Seventh Problem Euclid of 106 106 107 iii The Hour Glass The Scythe Lecture on Masonic Symbolism. General Regulations for Processions 132 Section 2. Consecration. 129 ANCIENT CEREMONIES OF THE ORDER. Dedication a and Constitution of New 137 137 Lodge General Remarks .- Charge Section i. H 103 103 The Three Steps inePotof Incense The Bee Hive Tha Book of Constitutions.

154 155 156 Installation of Officers of a Lodge. Grand Section Visitations p. Masonic Funeral Services General Directions Service in the Lodge-Room--Service at the House or Church Service at the Ritual for a 243 244 248 257 Grave of 267 283 Lodge Sorrow . 209 225 Dedication of Masonic Halls Section 7.. Festival Days 240 241 Section 8. Laying Foundation Stones Section 6. Installation of Officers of the 183 Grand Lodge Section 5. Consecration Dedication Constitution Section 3 140 __ . ! CONTENTS. Section 4.

and fulfill at this time. and Response: our salvation. Most hdy and glorious Lord God! The Great Architect of the Universe ! The Giver 13 . that our laudable our conduct Thy glory. all all Bless and prosper us in /nay tend to of undertakings. A FORM OF PRAYER THAT MAY BE USED AT OPENING THE LODGE.! OPENING AND CLOSING THE LODGE. to advancement Masonry. and grant. to those who should be gathered together in Thy Name. that divine promise Thou wert pleased to make. Supreme Architect of Most merciful God Heaven and Earth! We beseech Thee to guide and protect these. to the finally. Teach us to know and serve Thee aright. Thy servants here I assembled. Amen! So mote it be ANOTHER FORM OF PRAYER THAT MAY BB USED AT OPENING THE LODGE.

O nate our minds. to bless our present assembling. Behold. of all good gifts and graces! Thou hast promised.! 14 OPENING AND CLOSING. countenance and when the trials of our probationary state are over. Amen the light of ! Thy Response: So mote it be A CHARGE USED AT OPENING THE LODGE. and bless them. most humbly beseeching Thee to bless wsin all our undertakings. how good and how pleasant ! it is for brethren to dv/ell together in unity It is like the precious head. and to illumi- advancement in And we beseech Thee. even . through the intercession of the Son of Righteousness. that ran down upon ointment upon the the beard. that we may know and serve Thee aright. and that all our actions may tend to Thy glory. In Thy Name we assemble. Thou wilt be in the midst of them. that where two or three are gathered together in Thy Name. that in we may walk . and to our knowledge and virtue. Lord God. eternal in the Heavens. be admitted into THE TEMPLE not made with hands.

] A FORM OF PRAYER THAT MAY BE USED AT CLOSING THE LODGE. we beseech Thee. May all our irregular daily passions be subdued. Make us sensible of the renewed obligations we are under to love Thee supremely. and especially for this friendly and ! cept our social intercourse.OPENING AND CLOSING. As the dew of Hermon. : IS of his Aaron's beard that went down to the skirts garments . and as the dew that : descended upon the mountains of Zion there the Lord life for commanded the blessing. but that Charity. and Faith. which is the . in may we increase in more especially Hope and Charity. [Psalm CXXXIII.^ whatever Thou hast seen amiss in us since we have been together and continue to us Thy presence. Supreme Architect of the Universe Achumble praises for the many mercies and blessings which Thy bounty has conferred on us. and to be . protection and blessing. Pardon. friendly to each other. even for evermore.

promises. and return to our respective places of abode. Great and glorious Lord God Ruler of Heaven and Earth We are now about to separate. O Lord! that brotherly love may prevail. and with reverence study and obey the laws which Thou hast given us in Thy Holy Word and grant. and ! ! . and we may finally obtain Thy and City of our entrance through the gates into fmd an the Temple God ! Amen it ! Response: So mote be ! ANOTHER FORM OF PRAYER THAT MAY BE USED AT CLOSING THE LODGE. through the merits of the Redeemer. of peace. Amen ! Response: So mote it be . Grant that every brother may practice out of the Lodge those great duties which are inculcated in it. every moral and social virtue cement us.! l6 OPENING AND CLOSING. virtue. May we so practice Tliy precepts. and the perfection of every bond tliat.

M.— OPENING AND CLOSING. May and all the blessing of Heaven rest upon us. With - in our tern - pie >5 met a - gain. Tune: Evan. May brotherly love regular Masons ! prevail. — T^r^ ' ei~^^ —r^ —^ — I ^^ >^^ t^f=^=t I ££ I ia With hearts ^m and pur - pose strong. and every moral and ! social virtue cement us Response: Amen ! So mote it be ! The following Odes may be used : AN OPENING ODE. C. BENEDICTION USED AT CLOSING THE LODGE. §gi -I 1 1 .

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that upon your honor. seriously declare. Do you seriously declare. FIRST SECTION. that. INTERROGATORIES TO BE PROPOUNDED TO A CANDIDATE PREVIOUS TO INITIATION. gentlemen. before these gentlemen. that you are prompted to solicit the privileges of Masonry by a before these favorable opinion conceived of the Institution.THE DEGREE OF ENTERED APPRENTICE. upon your honor. you freely and voluntarily offer yourself a candidate for the mysteries of Masonry? To be answered: I do. Do you seriously declare. unbiased by and uninfluenced by mercenary motives. before these gentlemen. a desire of knowledge. you will cheer- . Do you friends. and a sincere wish of being serviceable to your fellow-creatures? To be answered: I do. upon your honor.

admission into our Ancient and Honorable Order. Masonry consists of a course of hieroglyphical and moral instruction. at least in some small degree. but of high importance and due solemnity. As you have petitioned for Mr. fully conform to all the ancient established usages and customs of the fraternity? To be answered: I do. emblems and allegorical figures. by types. atical. of nothing less than your last great change. and have been accepted by a unanimous ballot. it becomes my duty to inform : you that the Institution of which you are about to become a member.22 ENTERED APPt^ENTlCE. is by no means of a light and trifling character.— your transition from Time to Eternity. Even the ceremony of your gaining admission within these walls is emblematical of an event which must sooner It is emblemor later overtake all mankind. . taught agreeably to ancient usage. ADDRESS TO THE CANDIDATE.

blind and naked. I prepared before you. dependent upon the Sovereign Will of our Supreme Grand Master he must be divested of the rags of . And in order to impress these truths more deeply upon your mind. who will give you all necessary instruction. 2^ You are aware that whatever a man may have gained here on earth. * * * * * * ** * . his own agreeably to the usages of Our Order.ENTERED APPRENTICE. and prepare you in a suitable manner. as all candidates have been . and be clothed in a garment furnished him from on high. whether of titles. wealth. it will become necessary. can never serve him as a passport to the Grand but previous to his gaining admission there he must become poor and destitute. that you ************* to Are you willing tions? [ submit to these regula- Candidate assents ] will now leave you in the hands of these true and trusty friends. honors. Lodge above righteousness. or even his own merit. .

Behold. PSALM CXXXIII. he may be better enabled to display the beauties of Brotherly Love. PRAYER USED AT THE INITIATION OF A CANDIDA! fc. to this our present convention and grant that this candidate for Masonry dedicate and devote his life to Thy service. Almighty Father of the Universe. As the dew of Hermon. that ran : .! . that. and become a true and faithful brother among us Endue him with a competency of Thy divine wisdom. even Aaron's beard that went down to the skirts of his garments. It is how good and how pleasant it for brethren to dwell together in unity * like the precious ointment upon the down upon the beard. Vouchsafe Thine aid. 24 ENTERED APPRENTICE. to the honor of Thy Holy Name! may ! Amen ! *** * is /Response: So mote * ***** it be ! SCRIPTURAL RECITATION. head. Relief and Truth. by the secrets of our art.

iVi the beginning earth. and void. there And God said. Let was light. there be light: and In solemn commemoration of that sublime €vent ******** GREAT LIGHTS. and darkness was upon the face of the deep.: : ENTERED APPRENTICH. -3 . Aiid the Spirit of God moved upon the face vi the waters. God created the heaven and the And the earth was without form. taitli The HOLY BIBLE is the rule and guide of the SQUARE. to circumscribe and . even for evermore. to square our actions and the COMPASSES. and as the dew that descended upon the tnountains of Zion * For there the life Lord <:ommanded the blessing.

or Roman Eagle. . APRON LECTURE. the distinguished badge of a Mason. but more especially with a brother Mason. and the badge of a Mason more ancient than the Golden Fleece. * * A Lambskin. more honorable than the Star and Garter. or any other Order that can be conferred upon you at this time. or at any future period. * * * A Lambskin. Potentate. or any other person. and the badge of a Mason. is Apron. or White Leather Apron. ****** [Or the following Apron Lecture may be used * :] or White Leather an emblem of innocence.26 ENTERED APPRENTICE. Take it. which is an emblem of innocence. keep us in due bounds with all mankind. Prince. by King. the Fraternity. except he be a Mason and which I hope you will wear with equal pleasure to yourself and honor to . which — .

never again. yours to wear throughout an honorable life." a never-ending . until your enfranchised . and even the purple of our fraternity rest upon your honored shoulders but never again from mortal hands. and at your death to be deposited upon the coffin which incloses your lifeless remains. Let its pure and spotless surface be to you an ever-present reminder of a " purity of life and rectitude of conduct. so emblematical of purity and all perfection. and with them laid beneath the clods of the valley. . . be bestowed upon you as It is yours this which 1 confer to-night. spirit shall have passed upward and inward through the pearly gates. shall any honor so distinguished.. in the coming years. upon your head shall rest the laurel leaves of victory from your breast may hang jewels fit to grace the diadem of an Eastern Potentate nay. more than these. with light added to the coming light. your ambitious feet may tread round after round of the ladder that leads to fame in our mystic circles. 27 It may be that. your name is inscribed upon it. ENTERED APPRENTICE.

;

28

ENTERED APPRENTICE.
for

argument
last these

nobler

deeds,

for

higher
at

thoughts, for purer actions.

And when

have come to the end of their toilsome journey, and from your nerveless grasp shall drop forever the working tools of life, may the record of your life and actions be as pure and spotless as the fair emblem which I place within your hands tonight. And when your trembling soul stands naked and alone before the Great White
feet shall

weary

Throne,

may

it

be

your portion, oh!

my

brother, to hear from

Him who

sitteth

as the

Judge Supreme the welcome words of " Well
done, good and faithful servant, enter thou
into the joys of

Thy

Lord."

Take

it,

* * *

[Or
used
*
:]

the following Apron Lecture

maybe

Lambskin, or White Leather of innocence, is an emblem and the badge of a Mason more ancient than the Golden Fleece, or Roman Eagle more honorable than the Star and Garter, or any other Order that can be conferred upon
*

*

A

Apron, which

;

ENTERED APPRENTICE.

29

any future period, by King, Prince, Potentate, or any othier person, except lie be a Mason and wliicii emblem, plain and unadorned, has, from a time whence
you at this time, or
at
;

the

memory

of

man

runneth not to the con-

trary, been the peculiar clothing of all Free

and Accepted Masons.

The
pires,

citizen toiling in

humble poverty, and

the Prince

commanding the resources of emhave alike worn it, in the conscious-

ness that it has lightened the labors of the one and added dignity to the power of the other. It may be that you now are, or yet
will be, so firmly intrenched in the confidence

of your fellow-men, or so deserve their grati-

tude, that they will elevate
position of honor, trust

you to the highest and emolument, and

cause your name to be inscribed high on the Pillar of Worldly Fame, but never before have you had, and never again, my brother, will you have, a higher mark of favor and confidence bestowed upon you than this,

which

I,

as the representative of these breth-

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ENTERED APPRENTICE.

ren and the Craft throughout the world,

am

about to present to you. This emblem which Solomon wore when arrayed in all his glory, which invested with additional dignity the immortal Washington, and which has been eagerly sought and worthily worn by the best of men of your own generation, I now take pleasure in presenting to you. Its spotless white is emblematical

of that purity of heart
of

and

upright-

ness

manhood

which

we

expect

and

sincerely hope will hereafter distinguish the
all your personal and social affairs. This emblem is now yours to wear, we hope, with equal pleasure to yourself, and honor to the Fraternity. If you disgrace it, the disgrace will be augmented by the consciousness that you have been taught, in this Lodge, the principles of a correct and manly life. It is yours to wear as a Mason so long as the vital spark shall animate your mortal frame and at last, whether in youth, manhood or age, your spirit having winged its flight to that " House not made with hands,'

conduct of

;

;

ENTERED APPRENTICE.

3t

when amid
of

the tears and sorrows of surviv-

ing re/atives and friends,

and by the hands

sympathizing brother Masons, your body shall be lowered to the confines of that narrow house appointed for all living, it will still be yours yours to be placed with the evergreen upon the coffin that shall enclose your remains, and to be buried with them.
;

My brother, may you
ever stain
this
its

so

wear

this

emblem
upon

of spotless white that no act of yours shall purity, or cast a reflection

ancient and honorable institution that

has outlived the fortunes of Kings and the mutations of Empires. May you so wear it,

and
" So live, that when thy summons comes to join The innumerable caravan that moves To the pale realms of shade, where each shall take His chamber in the silent halls of death, Thou go not, like the quarry slave at night.

Scourged

to his

dungeon,

but, sustained

and soothed

By an

unfaltering trust, approach thy grave

Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

Take

it,

*

*

*

*

*

;

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ENTERED APPRENTICE.

WORKING TOOLS.

The Working Tools
tice are

of an Entered Appren-

the

TWENTY-FOUR INCH GAUGE
Gavel.

and

Common

The Twenty-four Inch Gauge is an instrument made use of by operative masons to measure and lay out their work but we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to make use of it for the more noble and glorious purpose of dividing our time. It being divided into twenty-four equal parts, is emblematical of the twenty-four hours of the day, which we are taught to divide into three equal parts, whereby we find eight hours for the service of God and a distressed worthy brother eight hours for our usual avocations and eight for refreshment and sleep.
; ;

[The following clause on the use of the Twenty-four Inch Gauge may be added :]

A proper division of our time, and conforming as nearly as possible to that division, is of great importance in the transaction of

ENTERED APPRENTICE.

33

our worldly business.
set forth, is

The

division

above

admirably contrived for the pro-

motion of our comfort and enjoyments.
portion of our time
service of
is

A

thus allotted to the

God

;

of that beneficent

Being to

whom we

are indebted for our existence,

and

on whose bounty
comforts of this

we
life.

are dependent for the

What

duty

is

more

pleasing than that intercourse which every

reasonable creature ought to maintain with
the great Author of his being
?

The Common Gavel is an instrument made use of by operative masons to break
off
fit

the corners of rough stones, the better to
;

them for the builder's use but we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to make use of it for the more noble and glorious
purpose of divesting our minds
sciences of
all

and conlife,

the vices and superfluities of

thereby fitting our bodies, as living stones, for that spiritual building, that " House not

made with hands,"

eternal in the heavens.

which we revere as the guide of our the rule of our faith. lives and may be the when the awful period of his separation from the things of time and sense approaches. Let every is brother ask himself. where moth and rust corrupt not. Let him endeavor to curb those unruly passions which in his life . nor thieves break through and steal. when if this instrument presented before him. that he better prepared. for the enjoyment of happiness in another and a better world. produce dissension ties restrain those propensi- and inclinations which lead to vice and folly let him give more attention to the in. structions contained in the Book of Life. of the [The following clause on the use Gavel may be added :] We are and admonished by of this instrument to divest our minds and consciences of the vices superfluities this life. and conduct he adheres to this admonition. .34 ENTERED APPRENTICE.

dnd to whom dedicated. . who wears the Lambskin as a badge of Masonry. * * * * * * * :? * THIRD SECTION. THE BADGE OF A AVASON. Ornaments. we receive Form. which is . Lights and instruction relative to the Jewels of a Lodge. is thereby continually reminded of that purity of life and conduct. SECOND SEC HON. where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides. The Third Section explains the nature and principles of our constitution. how it should be situated. too. Covering. essentially necessary to his gaining admis- sion into the Celestial Lodge above. and teaches us to discharge with propriety the duties of our respective stations. * * * The lamb has in all ages been deemed an emblem of Innocence he. Furniture. A proper attention . Supports. therefore.ENTERED APPRENTICE. Here.

It is of such vast dimensions to show the universality of Masonry. Our ancient brethren usually met on a high hill. either ascending or descending. from the Earth to the Heavens its depth. .36 is ENTERED APPRENTICE. . a certain number of Masons duly assembled. . A LODGE is an oblong. is A Lodge THE FORM. or in a low dale. SUPPORTS. its breadth. the better to discover the approach of cowans and eaves* droppers. with the Holy Bible. from its circumference to its center. and a Charter or Warrant empowering them to work. oe equally extensive. This great fabric is THREE GRAND PILLARS* SUPPORTED by called WISDOM. Square and Compasses. also paid to our ancient and venerable A LODGE. patrons. and that Masonic Charity should The FORM OF Its length. from North to South its height. from East to West .

and charity to all mankind. the three principal rounds of which FAITH. through the boundless realms of The principal of these our Faith may fternity. because be lost in sight. HOPE and CHARand which admonish us to have faith in God. Hope ends in fruition. in his vision. where all good Masons hope at last to arrive. saw ascending from Earth to Heaven ITY . which Jacob. . so called because necessary that there should be all Wisdom under* to contrive. Strength to support. are denominated is Charity.ENTERED APPRENTICE. hope in immortality. by the aid of the theological ladder. . Its COVERING is no less than the clouded canopy. 37 STRENGTH and BEAUTY it is . but Charity extends beyond the grave. They are represented by ***** COVERING. or starry-decked heaven. to and Beauty adorn great and important takings.

and keep their passions within due bounds. it is constantly to remind him of the duty he owes to the Lodge over which he is appointed to preside and the Compasses to the Craft. being the masonic emblem of his office. The Furniture of a lodge is the HOLY The Bible. Bible points out the path that leads to is happiness. the Square teaches us to regulate our conduct by the principles of morality and virtue. because. by a due attention to their use. and dedicated to is Master the Compasses teach us to limit our desires in every station. and dedicated to God . FURNITURE. Square and Compasses. and are dedicated to the Craft. because. it is the inestimable gift of ^j-^g God Square proper the Master. to *******. the . they are taught to regulate their desires. The Bible is dedicated to the service of God. . because to man. .50 ENTERED APPRENTICE.

are to be ascribed to direct revelation. appear. offers the best theory of the Its historical parts. The purity and sublimity of the morals of in the Bible. originally radiated from Heaven. 39 LThe following additional clause the Furniture relative to may be used :] it The iting Bible is valuable also. and the actual manner in by exhibwhich societies were formed. have at no time and in no country been questioned . to have been directly the broken glimpses of a fuller and clearer light. vain do we look among . throwing much light upon the traditions of our order. whilst social compact. as affords an authentic history of mankind. and the proclivity may have produced. been too hastily attributed to the efforts of natural reason. tend also to show with great probability. and which have. corruption situation.ENTERED APPRENTICE. with all the errors more rationally and will and impurities of which time. that those general principles of morals prevalent amongst the rudest and most unlettered nations. perhaps.

is commemorative of the star which appeared to guide the wise men of the East to the place of our Savior's nativity. is carried to a higher degree of purity and perfection. Every moral precept founded on false principles is totally omitted. ground floor of King a representation Solomon's Temple rounded the Indented Tessel. and the BLAZING STAR. the MOSAIC PAVEMENT. particularly religion. tesselated or skirting.40 ENTERED APPRENTICE. corresponding with the objects of ORNAMENTS. which surand the Blazing Star. that beautiful border. . The Mosaic Pavement of is the . than in any system of the wisest and most celebrated philosophers. the writings of ancient pliilosophers for a system of moral law comparable with it. the INDENTED TESSEL. it. From it may be collected a system of ethics in which every moral precept founded in reason. in the center. The Ornaments of a Lodge are. and many new precepts added.

4t The Mosaic Pavement liuman life. and render assistance to those who . and as the dic- -4" . by a faithful which is hieroglyphically represented by the Blazing to obtain reliance and which we hope on Divine Providence. but verses . to-morrow we totter on the uneven paths of weakness. those blessings and comforts which surround us. is emblematic of . [The following clause on the Mosaic Pavement may be added :] Whilst the Mosaic Pavement is before us. temptation and adversity. subject to re- to-day our feet tread in prosperity. Star in the center. to walk uprightly and is with humility for such this present state of existence. checkered with good and evil the beautiful border which surrounds it. that there is no situation is in which we can be placed. let every Mason bear these facts in remembrance.ENTERED APPRENTICE. we are instructed to boast of nothing are in adversity . have compassion. . Whilst we tread this Mosaic.

rectitude of life. West and South. live in brotherly love. equality . could dart no rays into the north p'art of it so we Masonically term the North a place of darkness. The Rough Ashlar the quarry in its is a stone as taken from rude and natural state. situated East. has THREE LIGHTS. Level and PLUMB. The . The Square teaches morality the Level. . JEWELS.49 ENTERED APPRENTICE. and the TRESTLE BOARD. the PERFECT ASHLAR. tates of reason and conscience prompt him. because of the situation of King Solomon's Temple it being situated so far North of the ecliptic that the sun or moon at their meridian height. There is none in the North. LIGHTS. The IMMOVABLE JEWELS are the SQUARE. JEWELS three IMMOVABLE and three MOVABLE. the Plumb. The MOVABLE JEWELS are the ROUGH ASHLAR. A Lodge . A Lodge has SIX . .

so shall we. HOW SITUATED. our own endeavors. and by the Trestle Board. and the blessing . The Trestle Board is for the Master Workman to draw his dea stone signs upon. we are operative reminded. All . which is our Spiritual Trestle Board. Perfect Ashlar is 4| made ready by the hands of the workman to be adjusted by the tools of the Fellow Craft. by a virfuous education. By the Rough Ashlar. both operative and speculative. Lodges should be situated due East and West. endeavor itual building to erect our spir- agreeably to the rules and dethe Supreme Architect of signs laid down by the Universe in the Book of Life. of God . we are reminded of our rude and imperfect state by nature by the Perfect Ashlar.ENTERED APPRENTICE. because of the situation of King Solomon's Temple. that state of perfection at which we hope to arrive. that as the rules workman erects his temporal building agreeably to the and designs laid down by the Master on his Trestle Board.

when pursued by Pharaoh and his hosts. JOHN THE EVANGELIST. Lodges were anciently dedicated to KING because he was our first Most Excellent Grand Master but Masons of the present day dedicate theirs to ST. therefore all Lodges should be situated due East and West. JOHN THE BAPTIST. in order to perpetuate the remembrance of that mighty east wind by which their miraculous deliverance was wrought and also to re. since their time there is represented in every regular and well governed Lodge. a certain POINT WITHIN A CIRCLE: the Point repre- . and ST. erected a Tabernacle. . who were eminent patrons of Masonry and Solomon. after Moses had safely conducted the Children of Israel through the Red Sea. And as that Tabernacle was an exact model of King Solomon's Temple.ENTERED APPRENTICE. and situated it due East and West. King Solomon's Temple was so situated because. ceive the rays of the rising sun. . TO WHOM DEDICATED. he there^ by divine command.

circumscribed. . is never to is suffer his passions. sentlng an individual brother. John the Baptist and St. prejudices or interests to This Circle embordered by TWO PERPENDICULAR. as well . beyond which he betray him on any occasion. By the exercise of Brotherly Love. The Tenets of our profession are BROTHERLY LOVE. it is impossible that he should TENETS. and upon the vertex rests the which point out the whole duty of man. ^OF BROTHERLY LOVE.ENTERED APPRENTICE. materially err. Parallel Lines. as well as upon the Holy Scriptures and while a Mason keeps himself thus Masonry BOOK OF Holy Scriptures. the Circle representing the boundary line of his duty to God and man. were perfect as representing St. who parallels. in Christianity. we necessarily touch upon these Two Lines. RELIEF and TRUTH. In going round this Circle. we are taught to regard the whole human species as . John the Evangelist.

To bent on who duty incummen. to compassionate their miseries. . the high and low. to sympathize with their misfortunes. the first lesson we are taught in Masonry. as created by one Almighty Parent. Masonry unites men of every country. one family poor. On this basis we form our friendships. are On to aid.46 ENTERED APPRENTICE. • OF RELIEF. and conciliates true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance. the rich and who. is the grand aim we have in view. but particularly on Masons. support and protect each other. and inhabitants of the same planet. To soothe the un- happy. and establish our connections. OF TRUTH. sect and opinion. are linked together by an indissoluble relieve the distressed is a all chain of sincere affection. Truth is is a divine attribute. . To be good and true. and the foun- dation of every virtue. and to restore peace to their troubled minds. this principle.

which renders the body tame and governable. which he has promised .ENTERED APPRENTICE. and by its dicour conduct. hypocrisy and deceit are unknown among us'. the indulgence of which might lead to conceal anii him to disclose some of those valuable se- crets. and frees the mind from the allurements of vice. or contracting any licentious or vicious habit. OF TEMPERANCE. PRUDENCE AND JUSTICE. as he is thereby taught to avoid ex- cess. and the heart and tongue join in promoting each other's welfare. THE FOUR CARDINAL VIRTUES— TEMPERANCE. while influenced by this principle. endeavor to regulate Hence. FORTITUDE. Temperance is that due restraint upon our and passions. and plain dealing distinguish us. and rejoicing in each sincerity other's prosperity. On this theme we tates contemplate. This viraffections tue should be the constant practice of every Mason.

. and which would consequently subject him to the contempt and detestation of all good Masons. 48 ENTERED APPRENTICE. never reveal. is that noble and steady purpose whereby we are enabled to un peril or dergo any pain. pru- deemed expedient. Prudence teaches us to regulate our lives and actions agreeably to the dictates of reason. dentially danger. and prudentially determine. and is that habit by which we wisely judge. ******** when OF FORTITUDE. * * OF PRUDENCE. This virtue is equally distant from rashness and cowardice. Fortitude of the mind. and. should be deeply im- pressed upon the mind of every Mason. by force or otherwise. on all . to extort from him any of those secrets with which he has been so solemnly entrusted and which was emblematically represented upon his first admission into the Lodge. like the former. as a tack that safeguard or security against any illegal atmay be made.

but also the world . token or secrets of whereby the lawfully obtained. Justice right. <l(. * * . without distinction. as justice in a great measure constitutes the real good so should it man. of be the invariable practice » * every Mason never to deviate from the minutest principles thereof. never word. ***** Masonry might be un- OF JUSTICE. things relative to our present.ENTERED APPRENTICE. This virtue should be the peculiar characteristic of every Mason. port of civil society and. This virtue not only consistent with divine and Is human laws. is that standard. not only for the government of his conduct while in the Lodge. of to render to every which enables us is man his just due. or boundary. as well as to our future happiness. but the very cement and sup. when abroad in it should be particularly attended to in all strange and mixed companies. to let fall the least sign.

so to it we muse .0 ENTERED APPRENTICE. spreading his path with flowers. The bodies of water deluge him with rain. has never proved unfriendly to man. which aione of all the elements. dote." she once more receives us. Though she produces poison.found subservient to * . saries of she never refuses her accus- tomed yield. his wishes. The air rushes in storms. all return. ever kind and indulgent. and his table with plenty. and fire lights up the volcano but the earth.. . and piously covers our remains within her bosom thus admonishing us that as from it we came. [The following may be used :] * * Our Mother Earth. Though constantly harassed. more to furnish the luxuries than the neceslife. and drown him with inundations. . still she supplies the anti- and returns with interest every good committed to her care and when at last we are called upon to pass through the " dark valley of the shadow of Death. prepares the tempests. is . oppress him with hail.

so to render all men who will be conformable to its precepts. congratulate you on being accepted into this ancient and honorable Order. and have never deemed their dignity to level it derogatory from themselves with the Fraternity. you are charged to inculcate. which. No institution was ever raised on a better . as a Mason. but with that reverential awe which is due from a creature . in every particular. principle. in never mentioning His name.—to God. extend their privileges. To God. and honorable. as tending. and patronize their assemblies.ENTERED APPRENTICE. or more solid foundation nor were ever more excellent rules and useful maxims laid down than are inculcated in the several Masonic Lectures. As you are now introduced into I tlie first principles of Masonry. 51 Brother — CHARGE TO THE CANDIDATE. your neighbor and yourself. The greatest and best of men in all ages have been encouragers and promotors of the Art. as having subsisted from time immemorial. ancient. There are three great duties.

. in acting upon the square. estly solicited. bias your integrity. In your outward demeanor be particularly careful to avoid censure or reproach. in avoiding all irregularity and intemperance. and to esteem Him as the chief good to your neighbor. but patiently submit to legal authority. yet it is not meant that . or influence you to be guilty of a dishonorable action. attachment to these duties will ensure public and private esteem. to his Creator to implore His aid in all your 'laudable undertakings. and just to your country you are not to countenance disloyalty or rebellion. or debase the dignity of your profession. true to your government. or prejudice. you are to be a quiet and peaceful subject. A zealous .52 ENTERED APPRENTICE. In the State. Although your frequent appearance at our regular meetings is earn. . Let not interest. and conform with cheerfulness to the government of the country in which you live. favor. and doing unto him as you wish he should do unto you and to yourself. which may impair your faculties. .

. glory and reputation of the Institution may be firmly established. ridicule to converse will be with well informed brethren. interfere with your necessary vocations.ENTERED APPRENTICE. and mark your consequence among Masons. you fmd a person desirous of being initiated into Masonry. as who will always as ready you be ready to receive instruction. as these are to distinguish you from the rest of the community. that you may improve in Masonic knowledge. Finally. . unless you are convinced he will conform to our rules that the honor. If. be particularly attentive not to recommend him. you are those it. in the circle of your acquaintance. keep sacred and inviolable the mysteries of the Order. and the world at large convinced of its good effects. 5} Masonry should neglected . may At your leisure hours. to give. through ignorance. for these are on no account to be neither are for the institution to lead you to suffer your zeal you into argument with who.

Then will said the Lord. the The Working Tools of a Fellow Craft PLUMB. seest thou ? And * Amos. what * And I said. the Lord said unto me. SCRIPTURAL RECITATION. Thus he shewed me : And. FIRST SECTION. the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line. the midst of * * I set a plumb-line in my people Israel will not again pass by them any ******* more. Behold. with a plumb-line in his * * * hand. SQUARE and LEVEL. Amos * * vii. * * WORKING TOOLS.: THE DEGREE OF FELLOW CRAFT. behold. are . I A plumb-line. 7-8.

and lars . as Free and Accepted Masons. squaring our actions by the Square of Virtue. The Square is an emblem of morality. which will lead us to the heavenly mansions of eternal rest. but we. from whose bourne no traveler returns. 55 The Plumb is an instrument made use of by operative Masons. keeping steadily in view that course of conduct. and remembering that we are traveling upon the Level of Time. the Level. and instructs in the golden maxim. Working Tools may be added:] The Plumb is an emblem of a life." [The following clause on the use of the fair and honand cautions us against any deviation from an upright conduct in all our transactions. to raise perpendicuthe Square.FELLOW CRAFT. to ''that undiscovered country. to lay horizontals . are taught to make use of them for more noble and glorious purposes the Plumb admonishes us to walk up. rightly in our several stations before God and man. orable . whether public or private. to square their work.

and convenient shelters from the vicissitudes and inclemencies of seasons and while it displays the effects of human wisdom. to be leveled and that we with SECOND SECTION. figure. as well in the choice. to accidents and various all . and whence will due proportion. and a just corresspondence in all its parts. doomed to die. "do unto others as you would that others should do unto you. that we are equally under the protection and care of the are equally Great Parent of the dust.56 FELLOW CRAFT. afflictions. as in the arresult a . OPERATIVE MASONRY. allude to a rules of of the useful whence a structure will derive strength and beauty. By OPERATIVE MASONRY we proper application architecture." The Level serves as a memento that we are equally subject to diseases. and to corrupt. . It furnishes us with dwellings.

which at once constitutes our duty and our happhiess. ^t rangement. pay that rational homage to Deity. and rested upon the seventh day . act upon the square. By SPECULATIVE MASONRY we learn to subdue the passions. therefore. of the sundry materials of which an edifice is composed. most salutary and beneficent purposes. keep a tongue of good report. our an- cient brethren consecrated as a day of rest from —5 . it demonstrates that a fund of science and industry is implanted in man for the best. and inspires him with the most exalted ideas of the perfections of tions to his Divine Creator. and practice charity. maintain secrecy. It is so far interwoven with religion as to lay us under^obliga-.FELLOW CRAFT. SPECULATIVE MASONRY. It leads the contemplative to view with reverence and admiration the glorious works of the creation. ****** * * * * ** created Because in six days God the heavens and the earth. the seventh.

THE USE OF THE GLOBES. to to distinguish the outward parts of the is and the situation of the fixed stars. the Celestial Globe. seas.58 FELLOW CRAFT. . and to adore their Great * * OF THE GLOBES. the planetary ticulars. on the convex surface of represented the countries. which are and various other par- parts of the earth.Their principal use. of the creation. besides serving as maps earth. the face of the heavens. and that with the conand other heavenly bodies. their labors. . thereby enjoying frequent op- portunities to contemplate the glorious works ******* Creator. illustrate arising phenomena from the annual revolution. and The Sphere with delineated on its the parts of the earth is surface. The Globes are two artificial spherical bodies. called the TER- RESTRIAL Globe stellations. and the and explain the . revolutions.

geography. tiie 55 earth round its own Tiiey are the noblest instruments for improving the mind. as well as enabling it to solve the same. it is ments of columns and of a building. and are induced to encourage the studies of astronomy. distinct idea of OF ORDER IN ARCHITECTURE. we are inspired with a due reverence for the Deity and His works. united with those of a column. and giving it the most any problem or proposition. When the . proportions and ornapilasters or. Order Architecture may be traced. navigation. Contemplating these bodies. OF ITS ANTIQUITY. form a beautiful. by which society has been so much benefited. the members. a regular arrangement of the projecting parts which. perfect and complete whole. diurnal rotation of axis. is By Order of all in Architecture meant a system . and the arts dependent on them.FELLOW CRAFT. From in the first formation of society.

shelter . and entablature have but few mouldings. Doric. and Composite. to support a covering. and to proceed directly to the clause entitled Of the I n vention of Order in Architecture. : of the Five Orders is here accordance with the text of Webb's Freemason's Monitor. edition of 1816. Corinthian. The bands which connected those trees at top and bottom. of seasons rigor obliged men to contrive from the inclemency of the weather. in derives seven diameters high name. The Five Orders are thus classed the Tuscan. and then laid others across. was invented it . [The description in given : ' ' ' ' The Tuscan. Ionic. are said to have given rise to the idea of the base and capital of pillars and from this simple hint originally proceeded the more improved Art of Architecture. but it is recommended that the same be omitted.] 6o FELLOW CRAFT. cany. whence is it is the most simple and solid It of the five orders. The simplicity of the construction of this column . we learn that they first planted trees on end. and its Its Tuscolumn base capital.

In its first invention in its was In it more simple than after times. and triglyphs compose the ornaments of the — frieze. Hence the Tuscan precedes the Doric in rank. present state. which is plain and natural. is most ancient. and was invented by the Greeks. when it was constructed in primitive and simple fcrm. is the best proportioned of several parts of all The which it it is composed are founded on the natural position of solid bodies. The it solid composition of this order gives a preference in structures where strength required. and has seldom any ornaments on base or capital. the The Doric. Tuscan was conferred on it. for gained the the when it began name of Doric . renders it 6i eligible where ornament would be superfluous. to be adorned.FELLOW CRAFT. and a noble simplicity are chiefly The Doric the orders. Its column is eight diameters high. except mouldings though the frieze is distinguished by triglyphs and metopes.. its name of .

There is both delicacy and ingenuity . the orders. which was formed robust man. • . and its capital is adorned with two rows of leaves and eight volutes. after that of a strong. the invention of which is attributed to the lonians. dressed in her — as a contrast to the Doric order. It is said to have been formed after the model of an agreeable young woman. and its cornice has dentals. The Ionic bears a kind of mean proportion between the more solid and delicate orders. its capital Its column is nine diameters high is adorned with volutes. as the famous Temple of Diana at Ephesus was of this order. displayed in this pillar. its on account of its resemblance to that pillar in original state.6a FELLOW CRAFT. The frieze is ornamented with curious devices the cornice with dentals and modillions. Its column is ten diameters Kigh. is richest of the five deemed a master-piece of art. hair of an elegant shape. The Corinthian. which sustain the abacus.

This order structures. who said to of the capital of this Corinth. The Composite is compounded of the other and was contrived by the Romans. As the branches grew up they encompassed the basket. the vase of the capital he made to represent the basket. placed over an acanthus root. he perceived a basket of toys. arriving at the tile. the abacus the the bending leaves. and the volutes of the Ionic. is 63 used in stately and superb OF THE INVENTION OF THIS ORDER. and the volutes orders. tile. struck with the object. till. and bent downwards. by Callihave taken the hint pillar from the following at remarkable circumstance. set about imitating the figure. . Callimachus. Its capital has the two rows of leaves of the Corinthian.FELLOW CRAFT. covered with a tile. they met with an obstruction. having been left there by her nurse. It was invented is machus. Accidentally passing by the tomb of a young lady.

and the Comtecture revered three. and the Composite. Its column has the quarter-round as the Tuscan and Doric order. show invention and particular character. and essentially differ from each other the two others have nothing but what is borrowed. and not to To . therefore. which was more ornamental. however. elegance and beauty its and cornice has dentals or simple dillions. which were invented by the Greeks. is ten diameters high. the Doric. are no more than and Corinthian. which they made plainer than the Doric. To these. . is the Corinthian enriched with the the Greeks. the Romans have added two the Tuscan. Ionic . and differ only accidentally the Tuscan is the Doric in its earliest state. than the Corinthian. . OF THE INVENTION OF ORDER IN ARCHITECTURE. The ancient and original orders of archi- by Masons. if not more beautiful.64 FELLOW CRAFT. moThis pillar is generally found in buildings where strength. posite Ionic. are displayed. The first three orders alone.

and are capable of enjoying the agreeable charms of music. but it is recommended that the Monitorial description be omitted. and reciprocally to communicate to each other our thoughts and intentions. of the Five Senses is here accordance with the text of Webb's Freemason's Monitor. By we are enabled to enjoy the pleasures of society. SEEING. judicious and distinct in the for what is architecture. Edition of 1816. THE FIVE SENSES OF HUMAN NATURE. 65 Romans. and receive the and most important part of our we greatest . we are indebted great. that should be social creatures. intended. FEELING. HEARING. . our purposes and desires while thus our reason is capable of exerting its utmost power and energy.FELLOW CRAFT.] [The description in given Hearing is that sense by which we it distinall guish sounds. The wise and beneficent Author of Nature by the formation of this sense. SMELLING AND TASTING.

knowledge by the information of others. by it we perceive the tempers and dis- positions. and make new dis- coveries in the sphere of the fixed stars. that though the tongue may to be taught to lie and dissemble. the passions and affections. traverse the globe of earth. By this sense we find our way in the path- less ocean. by a proper exertion of our rational powers. and riety displayed in the all the agreeable valandscape of nature. stately structures. view armies in battle array. when they wish most so to conceal them . By it we measure the planetary orbs. and in an instant of time. Seeing is that sense by which we distinguish objects. In fine. For these purposes we are endowed with hearing. deter- mine its figure and dimensions. Nay. our happiness may be complete.66 FELLOW CRAFT. and delineate any region or quarter of it. the rays of light which administer to this sense. figures of the most. without change of place or situation. the countenance would display the hypocrisy the discerning eye. of our fellow creatures. that. are . more.

FELLOW CRAFT. 67 the most astonishing parts o^ the animated creation. such softness. and appurten- ances. sight is the noblest. and indeed most other bodies. Feeling is that sense by which we distinguish the different qualities of bodies as heat and cold. and render the eye a peculiar object of admiration. Animal and vegetable bodies. played in the eyes of different animals. as in . Smelling is that sense by which we dis- tinguish odors. solidity. Of The all the faculties. its structure of the eye. suited ways clearly demon- strates this organ to be the masterpiece of nature's work. while the variety disof life. evinces the admirable contrivance of nature for performing all its various external and internal motions to their several . motion and extension. hardness and . roughness and smoothness. as well in the state of life and growth. the various kinds of which convey different impressions to the mind. continually send forth effluvia of vast subtilty. while exposed to the air. figure.

cookery. Everything that enters into the stomach must undergo the scrutiny of tasting. .e the of fermentation and putrefaction. chemistry. sta. through which the respiration. &c. a manifest appearance of design the Great Creator's having planted the organ of smell in the inside of that canal. These all eifluvia. and by it we are capable of discerning the changes which the same body undergoes in the different compositions of art. along with the that there in is are the bodies are smelled. From the situation of both these organs.enables us to of this make a proper dis- tinction in the choice of our food. being drawn into the nostrils air. The organ of sense guards the entrance the alimentary canal. it is by nature to distinguish wholesome food from that which plain that they were intended is nauseous. air continually passes in Tasting.68 FELLOW CRAFT.. as that of smelling guards the entrance of the canal for respiration. means by which Hence it is evident. pharmacy.

present a vast blessing we enjoy. which far exceeds human inquiry. . 69 nected. become acquainted with the body but it is by the anatomy of the mind alone we discover its powers and principles. to whom we and all are indebted for creation. moral perception. taste. and Smelling and tasting are inseparably conit is by the unnatural kind of life lead in men commonly natural offices. we . imagination. known only to nature and to nature's God. that memory. we shall add. and are peculiar mysteries. To sum up the whole of this transcendent measure of God's bounty to man. reasoning. and every soul. society. the mind all our knowledge must dewhat. and all the active powers of the and boundless field for philosophical disquisition. can be a more proper subject By for the investigation of Masons? anatomical dissection and observation. preservation. that these fit senses are rendered less to perform their On pend .FELLOW CRAFT. therefore.

FELLOW CRAFT. Rhetoric teaches us to speak copiously and on any subject. not merely with propriety alone. agreeably to . edition of 1816. but with all the advantages fluently . reason and correct usage. GRAMMAR. except the clauses en"Geometry" and ''Of the Advantages of Geometry. Seeing and Feel' * * * ing. RHETORIC. [The description of the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences is here given in accordance with the text of Webb's Freemason's Monitor." following which give the second arrangement of the Lecture on Music] the titled : Grammar teaches the proper arrangement of words. ARITHMETIC. The first three. Hearing. GEOMETRY. THE SEVEN LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES. LOGIC. according to the idiom or dialect of any particular people and that excellency of pronunciation which enables us to speak or write a language with accuracy. are most revered by Masons. MUSIC AND ASTRONOMY. but it is recommended that same be omitted.

By this art. Arithmetic teaches the powers and propernuipbers. consists of a regular train of argument. . and in it are employed the of conceiving. figures and instruments. of force 71 and elegance . or granted faculties . and conclude. whence we deduce. till the point in question is finally determined. ac- cording to certain premises laid down. . whether it be to entreat and exhort. reasons and demonstrations are given for finding out any certain number. which is variously effected. infer. whose relation or affinity to another is already ties of known or discovered. It and directs our inquiries after truth. captiVate the hearer by strength Logic teaches us cretionally in to guide our reason dis- the general knowledge of things.FELLOW CRAFT. admitted. to admonish or applaud. judging. wisely contriving to of argument and beauty of expression. tables. reasoning and disposing all of which are naturally led on from one gradation to another. by letters.

where length. the architect is enabled to . A Lijie is a Point continued. By this science. the engi- mark out ground and all for encampments therein the geographer to give us the dimensions of the world. construct his plans. A ^c'/zV is a figure of three dimensions. length. namely.. and . breadth and thickness are considered from a foint to a line. or an . length. n FELLOW CRAFT. indivisible part of space. things con- tained. OF THE ADVANTAGES OF GEOMETRY. or the Fifth Science. A Point is a dimensionless figure. namely. and a figure of one capacity. A Superjices is a figure of two dimensions. breadth and thickness. and execute his designs the general to arrange his soldiers neer to . from a line to a super/ices. namely. GEOMETRY. to delineate the extent of seas. length and breadth. and from a super/ices to a solid. Geometry. * * * * Geometry treats of the powers and properties of magnitudes in general.

by which we wisdom. grave and mixed sounds. we hemisphere. It inquires into the nature of concords and discords. years and cycles. compose delightful harmony by a mathematical and proportional arrangement of acute. This art.FELLOW CRAFT. comprehend the magnitudes and calculate the periods and -6 . and provinces by it. by a series of experiments. specify the divisions of empires. the matics. Geometry is the foundation of architecture. measure the distances. also. . is reduced to a demonstrative science. Astronomy is that divine art. Music so as to teaches the art of forming concords. can observe the motions. strength and beauty of the Almighty Creator in those are taught to read the sacred pages. and the intervals of sound. the celestial Assisted by Astronomy. and the root of the mathe. with respect to tones. them by numbers. and enables us to find out the proportion between. In fine. 73 kingdoms astronomer is enabled to make his observations. and to fix the duration of times and seasons.

with organ accompaniment. given." when there is another pause. By it we system of the world. through the whole creation. using soft stop combinations. the science." the speaker will pause while the organist plays. [Note. While we are employed in the study of this eclipses of the learn the use of the globes. the use of which is recommended This Lecture should be in place of the first. then the soft accompaniment is resumed while the speaker continues the Lecture until the words: "Home. heavenly bodies.. whenever possible. and the preliminary law of nature. MUSIC. while the organist softly plays the strain indicated : — . The organist should commence playing with the beginning of this Lecture. the strain indicated from the '' Marseillaise". with full organ. yet never loud enough to interfere with the voice of the speaker.At the word " War. Second Arrangement of Lecture on Music. and. trace the Glorious Author by His works.74 FELLOW CRAFT. Sweet Home. playing with crescendo and diminuendo effects. we must perceive unparalleled in- stances of wisdom and goodness. throughout the entire Lecture.

more eloquent than words it . elevates us in joy it it melancholy. far . breathes to the it ear the clearest intimations touches and gently agitates the agreeable and sublime passions." as indicated." etc. and all unite in sing: ing. As the speaker the soft accompaniment is resumed until the word " Universe. with full organ accompaniment. tune: ''Old Hundred. With the display of a little taste a fme effect can be O produced.. . " Be God. Sweet continues. melts us in tenderness. and excites us to war. Home ".FELLOW CRAFT. it wraps us . There are few who have not its It is felt its charms. exalted high.] Music is the passions thatelevated science which affects by sound. and acknowledged expressions to be intelligible to the heart. from " Home." when the Lodge is called up. a language of delightful sensations. to the Thou. and dissolves and inflames in .

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Air: Marseillaise
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Full Organ.

Hymn.

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The martial strains of national airs heard on the rough edge of battle, have thrilled the
soldier's heart, causing him to burn with an emulous desire to lead the perilous advance, and animating him to deeds of heroic valor and the most sublime devotion; amidst the roar of cannon, the din of musketry, and the

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carnage
life,

of

battle,

he sinks to

the dust;

raising himself to take one long, last look of

he hears

in the distance that plaintive

strain,

" Home, Sweet Home,"
air: Home, Sweet Home.

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was our mother's evening hymn

that

us to sleep in infancy ; and the mellowing tides of old cathedral airs, vibrating
lulled

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aisles

through

ruffled spirit,

and arches, have stilled the and sweeping away the discordant passions of men, have borne them along
its resistless

current, until their united voices
in

sounding aloud the chorus of the heaven-born anthem, " Peace on earth, good will toward men ;" but it never sounds with such seraphic harmony, as when employed in singing hymns of gratitude to the Creator of the Universe.
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have joined

[Note.— Lodge

called

up.

All

unite

in

singing:]

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sky,

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fills

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let
it

be

on earth dis-played,

Till

Thou art here,
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* * *

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*,*

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:ic

Xc

OF THE MORAL ADVANTAGES OF GEOMETRY.

,

Geometry, the first arid noblest of sciences basis on which the superstructure of Masonry is erected. By Geometry, we may curiously trace nature through her various windings to her most concealed recesses. By it we discover the power, the wisdom and the goodness of the Grand Artificer of the Universe, and view with delight the proportions which connect this vast machine. By it we
is tlie

discover

how

the planets

move

in their differ-

ent orbits, and demonstrate
revolutions.
of seasons,

By

it

we

various account for the return
their

and the variety of scenes which

each season displays to the discerning eye. Numberless worlds are around us, all framed by the same Divine Artist, which roll through the vast expanse, and are all conducted by the same unerring law of nature.

her beautiful

survey of nature, and the observation of proportions, first determined man to imitate the divine plan^ and study

A

FELLOW CRAFT.

83

symmetry and order. This gave rise to socieThe ties, and birth to every useful art. architect began to design, and the plans which he laid down, being improved by experience and time, have produced works which are the admiration of every age.

The
laid

lapse

of time, the

ruthless

hand of

ignorance, and the devastations of war, have

and destroyed many valuable which the utmost exertions of human genius have been emEven the Temple of Solomon, so ployed. spacious and magnificent, and constructed by
waste

monuments

of antiquity on

so

many celebrated artists, escaped not the unsparing ravages of barbarous force. Freemasonry, notwithstanding, has still survived.
The
Attentive Ear receives the sound from
are safely lodged in the repository

the Instructive Tongue, and the Mysteries of

Masonry

otFaitliful Breasts.

architecture are selected

Tools and implements of by the Fraternity to

imprint on. the
truths
;

memory wise and serious and thus, through a succession of

. ages. and reprehend with justice. You are not to palliate. Brother— Being advanced to the Second Degree of Masonry. we congratulate you on your preferment. you are to judge with candor. in the decision of every trespass against our rules. CHARGE TO THE CANDIDATE. and be always ready to assist in seeing them duly executed. are transmitted unimpaired the excellent tenets of our institution. and not the external qualifications of a man. It is unnecessary to recapitulate the duties which. admonish with friendship. as a Mason. The internal.FELLOW CRAFT. but. Our laws and regulations you are strenuously to support. the offenses of your brethren . you are bound to discharge. As you increase in knowledge. or enlarge on the necessity of a strict adherence to them. or aggravate. as your own experience must have established their value. are what Masonry regards. you will improve in social intercourse.

FELLOW CRAFT. is enriched with the most useful knowledge Vvhile it nature. by steadily persevering in the practice of every commendable virtue. it proves the wonderful properties of demonstrates the more important truths of morality. or Masonry. especially the Science of Geometry. which is established as the basis of our Art. originally Geomesynonymous terms. being of a divine and moral nature. and to these duties you are bound by the most sacred ties. which tends so effectually to polish and adorn the mind.. is earnestly recommended to your consideration . 85 The study able of the Liberal Arts. that valu- branch of education. . try. ciples of the Order. Such is the nature of your engagements as a Fellow Craft. Your past behavior and regular deportment have merited the honor which we have nowconferred and in "your new character it is expected that you will conform to the prin.

when thou shalt say. SCRIPTURAL RECITATION. and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low . * and those that look the the low. And the doors shall be shut when the sound of the grinding in is and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird. While the sun.: THE DEGREE OF MASTER MASON. windows be darkened. in the days thy youth. be not Remember now thy Creator of darkened. 1-7. or the stars. nor the clouds return after the rain * In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble. and fears shall be in the way. * streets. I have no pleasure in them. FIRST SECTION. or the light. * * is Also when they shall be 86 afraid of that which high. while the evil days come not. Ecclesiastes * xii. or the moon. . . * Nor the years draw nigh. * And the grinders cease because they out of are few. and the strong men shall bow * themselves.

of a Master Mason are the implements of Masonry indiscriminately. or the wheel broken at the cistern. noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of Brotherly Love and Affection that . WORKING TOOLS. and the mourners go about the Or ever the silver cord be loosed. are ta'oght to make use of it for the more . as Free and Accepted Masons. or the pitcher be brokea at the fountain. * * * it earth as Then shall the dust return was and the spirit shall : to the return unto God who gave it.: MASTER MASOM 87 * * * And the almond tree shail flourish. . and the grasshopper shall be a burden. or the golden bowl be broken. The Trowel is an instrument made use of The Working Tools all by operative masons to spread the cement which unites a building into one common mass but we. and desire shall fail * * * Because man goeth to his long streets : home. but more especially the TROWEL.

of the [The following clause on the use Trowel may be added :] The Trowel teaches that nothing can perfection of a building be united without proper cement. exist.88 MASTER A\ASON. This is a further spiritual use which should be made or the Trowel. or best agree. of best can work. so that like the radii of a circle. or rather emulation. and that the manner together. which extend from the center to every part of the circumference. and social must connect in one. the principle of universal benevolence may be diffused to every member of the community. into cement which unites us or society of friends one sacred band. and brothers. by Free and Accepted Masons. . the bond of perfection union. in must depend on the which the materials are joined Charity. SECOND SECTION. separate interests. among but whom who no contention should ever that noble contention.

. L^ \ . JSL JZ. fa a-i= Sol - 2± emn JSL strikes the J3.MASTER A\ASON..' is: fu - n'ral chime. w n ^ SL i&- 4^ '^. Tune: Pifvel's Hvinn.


MASTER MASON.

;

2

Mortals,

now

indulge a tear,
!

For Mortality is here See how wide her trophies wave O'er the slumbers of the grave
3
;

!

Here another guest we bring Seraphs of celestial wing, To our fun'ral altar come, Waft our friend and brother home.

4

Lord of
Fill

all

!

below

— above
on high.

our hearts with truth and love When dissolves our earthly tie,

Take us

to

Thy Lodge

;

MASTER MASON.

PRAYER AT RAISING A BROTHER TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF A MASTER MASON.

knowest our down-sitting and understandest our Shield and defend us from tliougiits afar off. the evil intentions of our enemies, and support us under the trials and afflictions we are
Thou, and our
!

O

God

up-rising,

destined to endure, while traveling through

Man that is born of a of tears. w-oman, is of few days and full of trouble. He Cometh forth as a flower, and is cut -down he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth Seeing his days are determined, the not. number of his months are with Thee Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass turn from him that he may rest, till he For there is hope shall accomplish his day. of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. But man dieth and wasteth away yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he ? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up, so man lieth
thii, v?.le
^
; ;

—7

!

!

92

MASTER MASON.

down, and riseth not up till the heavens shall Lord have compassion be no more. Yet, on the children of Thy creation, administer them comfort in time of trouble, and save them with an everlasting salvation. Amen "• Response: So mote it be

O

!

1

[Or the following prayer may be used

:]

O

Thou

great and glorious Lord

God who.
!

canst alone defend amidst the manifold dangers which beset our pathway through life; shield and defend us from the evil intentions of our enemies, and support us under the trials and afflictions we are destined to endure while traveling through this vale of tears. And God we pray that Thou wouldst raise this our brother from his fallen estate, and guide him evermore in an upright

O

!

walk and conversation.
voice of

May
Thy

the

'still

small

Thy

Spirit
;

whisper
let

in his ear the

words of wisdom

fatherly

hand

ever be about him, and do Thou,
direct his feet in the paths of peace
;

O

God may his

breast safely keep and guard the trust which

MASTcn; A\Ai>ON.

93

friendship there reposes
shall

;

and when at

last

he

have

diligently executed in the

rough

quarries of earth the designs

hast

which Thou upon his trestle-board, and shall be stricken down by the ruthless settingmaul of Death, may he be raised to the life eternal, be found worthy of fellowship with the good, and in the Grand Lodge above be permitted to see Thee face to face, to worship Thee there in the beauty of holiness for ever and ever. Amen Response : So mote it be
inscribed
!

!

The Sacred Volume informs us that David,
King of
Israel,

had determined

to

erect a

magnificent Temple for the service of the

Most High God, and

for that purpose

collected materials in gold, silver, iron

brass; but "the word of

had and the Lord" came

unto him, saying, "thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars ; thou shalt not build an House unto My Name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the

94

MASTER MASON.

earth in

My sight. Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round
:

shall be Solomon, and ! and quietness unto Israel in his days. He shall build an House for My Name and he shall be My Son, and I will be his Father and I will establish the throne

about

for his

name

will give peace

;

;

kingdom over Israel forever." David, bowed down by the weight of years and infirmities, and drawing near his end,
of his

assembled

the

chiefs

of

his

people

and

acquainted them with his design to have built

a magnificent repository for the Ark of God,

but found that
^ihis

it was the Divine Will that work should be accomplished by jiis son Solomon. He desired them to assist so laudable a work, and directed that when it should be completed, that the Ark should

great

.'n

be deposited therein, together with the Holy Vessels. David died soon after in the seventieth

year of his age, having reigned seven'
all Israel.

years in Hebron over the house of Judah, and
thirty-three over

MASTER MASON.

95

Solomon ascended the throne

of

Israel

amidst the acclamations of his people, and under the most favorable circumstances. Having made peace with his enemies, and firmly settled the affairs of his kingdom, he determined to carry into execution the important work of erecting the Temple. He commenced it in the fourth year of his reign, in the second month, and that he might prosecute. the work with greater expedition, he applied to Hiram, King of Tyre, the
ancient friend and ally of his father, to furnish
trees

him with timber in abundance, cedar trees, fir and algum trees, out of Lebanon, and also to send him a man ''cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue," and
Hiram, of Judah and Jerusalem. King of Tyre, cordially responded, not only furnishing the cedar and cypress of Lebanon, but he also sent him Hiram, the son of a

that could "skill to grave with the cunning

men"

widow
most

of the tribe of Napthali.

He was

the

skillful

and accomplished

artist of his

that he appointed him Deputy Grand Master. in brass. blue. "to work in gold. age.96 MASTER MA:bON. In the Third Section many particulars relative to King Solomon's Temple are con- sidered. and in silver. all the rich and splendid furniture of the Temple." From his designs and under his direction. carried on and finished. This Section also illustrates certain hieroglyphical emblems. and in fine linen. for his talents. in purple. and to find out every device which should be put to him. and principal surveyor and master of the work. and in crimson also grave any manner of graving. The work on the Temple was progressing. and inculcates useful many lessons to extend knowledge and promote virtue. So highly was this distinguished man esteemed by Solomon. in stone. to THIRD SECTION. . was begun. in . his virtues and unblemished integrity. in iron. and in timber.

which Ion? challenged the admiration of the world. and from sacred history it appears that there was neither the tool sound of the hammer. nor any . which was visible over the threshing- floor of Oman. M. 2999. near the place where Abraham was about to offer up his son Isaac. far exceeded in splendor all other structures It was which had hitherto been erected. and was finished in October. begun in the month of April. 2992. From Josephus we learn that although more than seven years were occupied in building it.MASTER MASON. . It was located on Mount Moriah. M. and one thousand and five years before Christ. yet during the whole term it rained not in the day-time. 97 KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE. This magnificent Temple. nor axe. A. that the workmen might not be obstructed in their labor. and where Davia met and appeased the Destroying Angel. A. The construction of this grand edifice was attended with two remarkable circumstances. four hundred and eighty years after the Children of Israel came out of Egypt. the Jebusite.

There were employed three in building the Temple. and Beauty to adorn. or bearers of burdens. thousand nine hundred and six This fourteen pilasters. and seventythousand Entered Apprentices. called Wisdom. three thousand three hundred Masters. discord nor confusion. iron. .98 MASTER MASON. Strength and Beauty so called because it is necessary that there should be Wisdom to contrive. eighty thousand Fellow-Crafts tains in the Moun- and in the quarries. or Overseers of the Work. Strength to support. All these were classed and arranged in such a manner by the wisdom of Solomon. three The Temple was symbolically supported by Grand Masonic Pillars. of heard in the house while it was building. were suffered to interrupt that universal peace that . all great and importai/t undertakings. They are represented by * * famous fabric was supported by hundred and fifty-three columns. all hewn from the fmest Parian marble. Grand Masters. and two. neither envy.

Into this outer Court. or proselyte of the covenant. In . that the people might. every clean Hebrew. In the middle of the outer Court but nearer to the west end.MASTER MASON. there was a Court of the Levites. 99 and tranquility which pervaded the world at this important period. Into this there was an entrance on every side. and surrounded by a low wall. that nothing was to do but join the materials. one on the north side. and silver. The top of Mount Moriah. over the top of it. Everything was made ready before The preparations immense. might enter. of about four feet high. [The following descriptive Lecture on The Temple may be used :] for this Temple were There were employed in it vast quantities of gold. it came to the spot. was inclosed with a wall. on which it was erected. the other on the south. This Court had two entrances. see what was doing by the priests. stretching from east to west. and precious stones.

near the west end of the Court of the Priests. at the Porch of the Temple. properly so-calledj stood from east to west. that he would establish David. Passing through Porch you entered the Sanctuary. . The Temple. and that only once each year on the Day of Atonement. stood the brazen altar. into and in the golden altar of incense. and make the nation of strong in His might.. the Oracle. joo MASTER MASON. this Court. or Most Holy Place. and on the north. On each side of its entrance. middle between them stood the Passing through the Sanctuary lengthwise. the ten golden tables. on the south side. at the west end of which stood the golden candlesticks. and the brazen sea and lavers. or Holy Place. just before the east stood the two the promise of celebrated Pillars of brass they were regarded as a striking the throne of Israel memento of God. you entered by a 'fine veil and a two-leaved door of olive-tree. end of the Temple. containing the loaves of shew-bread and the innumerable this golden vessels for the service of the sanctuary. into which the High Priest only might enter.

this Temple was furnished with the Ark and other sacred utensils. and set with innumerable diamonds and precious stones. and just before the Feast of the Tabernacles.MASON. and by seven days' sacred feasting..WASTER . About eleven months after the building was finished. and every species of knowledge peculiar to -Freemasonry was lavished upon it. and by a peace offering of twenty thousand oxen and Solomon. In the erection of this superb edifice. . we of perceive not only the piety. and the whole inside. . which overshadowed the two golden ones and stretched their wings tlie whole breadth of the House. was overlaid with gold. floor. The wall of the House was reared with alternate layers of fine cedar wood and hewn marble the inside was carved with figures of cherubim and palm trees. but the wisdom had reached their highest state of perfection. arts The . and it was dedicated with solemn prayer by Solomon. walls and roof. In the loi Most Holy Place stood the Ark with its furniture and Solomon made two new cherubim of olive-tree.

we ought industriously to occupy our minds in the attainment of useful knowledge. adoration. as Master Ma'sons. we should apply our knowledge to the discharge of our respective duties to God. accepted. altar. Youth. . of its one hundred and twenty thousand Nothing ever equaled the splendor consecration. was The Three Steps usually delineated upon the Master's Carpet. are emblematical of the life Youth. in awful vast sacrifice of Solomon The flame descended upon the the and consumed glory of t)ie offering . our neighbors and ourselves that so in Age. as Entered Apprentices. as Fellow Crafts. Israel sent forth her thousands. sheep. the shadow and the Eternal proclaimed his of the presence between the Cherubim. and the assembled people beheld. in Manhood.I02 MASTER MASON. and the voice of His thunders told to the faithful Craft that the perfectness of their labor approved. THE THREE STEPS. In . we may enjoy the happy reflections three principal stages of human — Manhood and Age.

The Pot of Incense selves. without inconvenience to our. infancy. and die in the hope of a glorious immortality. so we should ever be industrious ones never sitting down contented while our fellow-creatures around us are in want. 103 consequent on a well-spent life. When man. so should our hearts continually glow with gratitude. * is **** an emblem of a pure heart. in w^e take a survey of nature. which is always an acceptable sacrifice and. that as we came into the world rational and intelligent beings. to the great and beneficent Author of our existence.MASTER MASON. as this glows with fervent to the Deity heat. **** . when it is in our power to relieve them. It teaches us. for the manifold blessings and comforts we enjoy. The Bee-Hive is an emblem of industry. we view and his more helpless . from the highest seraph in heaven to the lowest reptile of the dust. and recommends the practice of that virtue to all created beings. MASONIC EA\BLEMS.

the noblest part of the work of God. or sheltering himself from the inclemencies of the weather. and unworthy of our protection as Masons.I04 MASTER A\ASON. mankind were made dependent on each other for protection and security. as dependence is one of the strongest bonds of society. a useless member of society. brute creation he lies languishing for days. and he that will so demean himself as not to be endeavoring to add to the common stock of knowledge and understanding. may be deemed a drone in the hive of nature. of guarding against the attack of the wild beasts of the field. It might have pleased the Great Creator of indigent tlian the heaven and earth to have made man independent of all other beings but. totally incapable of providing sustenance for himself. reminds us that we should . Thus was man formed for social and active life. months and years. enjoy better opportunities duties of reciprocal love of fulfilling the and friendship. . as they thereby . The Book of Constitutions^ guarded by the Tyler's Szvord.

105 be ever watchful and guarded in our thoughts. and that Anchor which shall safely moor us in a peaceful harbor. pervades the inmost recesses of the human heart. where the wicked cease from troubling. demonstrates that justice will sooner or later overtake us and although our thoughts. particularly when before ever bearing in Masonry remembrance those truly masonic virtues. Moon and Stars obey. may be hidden from the . They are emblematical of that Divine Ark which safely wafts us over this tempestuous sea of troubles. words and actions. the enemies of . yet that All-seei7ig Eye. pointing to a Naked Heart. and the weary shall find rest. words and actions. Silence and Circumspection.AUSTER AUSON. The Sword. and will reward us according to our merits. whom the Sun. eyes of man. The Anchor and Ark are emblems of a well-grounded Hope and a well-spent Life. . and under whose watchful care even comets perform their stupendous revolutions.

We cannot. in the joy of his heart. he is said to have sacrificed a hecatomb. and how rapidly our lives are drawing to a close. the great Pythagoras. or Masonr>^ On this subject he drew out many problems and theorems. This wise philosopher enriched his mind abundantly in a general knowledge of tilings. is an emblem of human Behold ! how swiftly the sands run. It teaches Masons to be general lovers of the arts and sciences. he called Eureka. he erected this. and among the most distinguished. in the Grecian language signifying. in his and Europe. " I have found it. into several orders of and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. without particles astonishment." and upon the discovery of which. The Hour-Glass life.rob MASTER MASON. travels through Asia. behold the in this little which are contained machine — how they pass away almost . and more especially in Geometry. which. T/ie Forty-seventh Problem of Euclidt was an invention of our ancient friend and brother. was priesthood. Africa initiated who.

and be gathered into the land where our fathers have gone before us. greatness is still aspiring. which nips the shoot. yet withal \\e must soon be cut down by the all-devouring Scythe of Time. Thus we close the explanation of the emblems upon the solemn thought of death. The Scythe is an emblem of Time. in the all exhausted. -8 . and when he thinks his ! Thus wastes man . numerous evils incident to childhood and youth. 107 and yet. and bears his blushing honors thick upon him the next day comes a frost. which cuts the brittle thread of intC' life. they are our surprise. imperceptibly. to short space of an hour. like autumn leaves. ! and launches us what havoc the Scythe of Time makes among the human the race if by chance we should escape eternity. the tender leaves of hope To-day. blossoms. and with health and vigor arrive to the years of manhood. Behold .MASTER WASON. to enrich our mother earth. he falls. he puts forth to-morrow. .

where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides. that on the glorious tality . tyrant. morn rise. which strengthens us. When the lecture on " Masonic Symbolism " is used. without revelation.Io8 MASTER AiASON. Death. that God in his inflexible fidelity we may welcome the grim . which. our bodies will souls. but we are suddenly revived by the evergreen and ever-living sprig of Faith. this should be omitted.] . of the Resurrection. with confidence and composure. to look forward to a blessed immorand we doubt not. is dark and gloomy. and become as incorruptible as our [See note following. in his unfeigned piety to to his trust . [Note— In place of the last clause the following may be used.] Then let us imitate * * * * * in his virtuous and amiable conduct. and receive him as a kind messenger sent from our Supreme Grand Master to translate us from this imperfect to that all-perfect. glorious and celestial Lodge above.

let us ponder well . our thoughts. log let us see to it. so may virtue. Rectitude of Life. and from the Square learn Morality.With the mystic Trowel let us spread liberally the cement of brotherly love and affection . circumscribed by the all Com- passes. squaring our actions by the Square of Virtue. designate us as Free and Accepted Masons.MASON.MASTER . that when the Grand Warden of Heaven Now. words and actions let all the energies of our minds. Let us cultivate assiduously the noble tenets of our profession. and so by the Plumb-line of Justice. brethren. Relief and Truth. his unfeigned piety to God. Equality.. by its ever- blooming loveliness. As the * * * which * * * * bloomed at the betrayed ^ the place of * . and the affections of our souls be employed in the attainment of our Supreme Grand Master's approbation . and his inflexible' fidelity to his trust. and from the Plumb. that when the . regulate our lives shall call for us we may be found ready. Brotherly Love. from the Level. Let us imitate our * * * * in his amiable and virtuous conduct.

we may with joy obey the summons of the Grand Warden of Heaven. and love divine shall ennoble . by the benefit of a pass. for Spiritual Building. and his chill dew already glistens on our foreheads. as living stones. seated at the right Grand Master. . and all it shall express shall be perfect praise. Then that we indeed be that fitly prepared. every heart. and the cold winds of Death come sighing around us.no MASTER MASON. but all the soul shall experience shall be perfect bliss. and go from our labors here on earth to everlasting refreshment in the Paradise of God. of a pure life. shall we gain a ready admission into that Celestial •i^rchitect Lodge above. and a firm reliance on Divine Providence. He shall our Supreme will be pleased to pro- hand of nounce us just and upright Masons. -where. where. where the Supreme of the Universe presides . " house not made with hands. hour of our dissolution draws nigh. and hosannas exalted employ every tongue." eternal in the heavens where no discordant voice shall be heard.

should the time permit. [Arranged Symbolism of from Mackey's work: Freemasonry. that it is evident that no Mason can expect thoroughly to understand the nature of the institution."] "The [Note. tracing the progress of Freemasonry. we shall fmd it so intimately connected with the history of philosophy.ftVASTER A\ASON." Freemasonry presents itself most prominently In to our view as a science of Symbolism. of religion. ill A\ASONIG SYMBOLISM. in all ages of the world. or to appreciate its character. J in allegory and illustrated by symbols. its use is recommended.] J/y Bi'other: Among the many beautiful and appropriate definitions given of Freemasonry none is more comprehensive than the one to be found in the English lectures : — "Freemasonry is a science of morality. and make himself conversant with . unless he shall carefully study its annals.— With the hope that this beautiful Lecture may encourage more of the Masonic candidates to become Masonic students. veil. and of art.

from step to step in his researches. that- he whose knowledge of the "royal art" extends no farther than these preliminaries has scarcely advanced beyond the rudiments of our science. to which and from which it gives and receives a mutual influence. There is a far nobler series of doctrines with which Freemasonry is connected. accuracy the giving with sufficient modes of recognition. his love and its admiration of the order increasing with the augmentation of his acquaintance with character. It is this which constitutes the science and the philosophy of Freemasonry. .112 MASTER A\ASON. and closing the Lodge. the facts of history. The in brother who unfortunately supposes that the only requisites of a skillful Mason consist or in correctly opening or in repeating with fluency the ordinary lectures. will hardly credit the assertion. and it is this alone which will return the scholar who devotes himself to the task a sevenfold reward for his labor. and which no student ever began to investigatewho did not And himself insensibly led on.

If we seek the origin and first beginning of the Masonic philosophy. in a — — manner peculiar to itself. human self- character existent of GOD in as one eternal. where the same philososymbols. and seek the origin of the institution.a A\ASTEK AlASON. we must go away back into the ages of remote antiquity. when we shall fmd this beginning in the bosom of kindred associations. Its by allegories and ceremonies are external additions. But if we confound the ceremonies of Masonry with the philosophy of Masonry. phy was maintained and taught. moulded into outward form as it is to-day. The philosophy in the of Freemasonry is engaged contemplation of the divine and . which affect not its substance. we can scarcely be required to look farther back than the beginning of the eighteenth century. the mythology of the ancient peoples. and indeed. which was burdened with a multitude of gods and . contradiction to being. 113 Freemasonry is a science a phllosopliy system of doctrines which is taught. not quite so far.

and no mode of instruction has ever been so general as was the symbolic in former ages. propositions. It is not to be hoped. Man's earliest instruction was The objective character of a symbol is best calculated to be grasped by the that or individually.114 A\ASTER MASON. a subject upon which volumes have been written. man to the present There is no science so ancient as that of Symbolism. theological. in infant mind. ancient in like contradiction to the philosophy. in the infancy. of MAN as an immortal being. in the political or scientific. whether the infancy of mind be considered nationally And its hence. and eminent and learned men of various ages have spent years of brief lecture. preparing in the present for an eternal future.— but if the entrance to the . by symbols. of demigods and heroes life . were expressed in form of symbols. the short space of a ground of Masonic Symbolism. all first ages of the world. which circum- scribed the existence of life. to cover the — ripened research. goddesses.

first thing is that must naturally arrest the attention the singular combination that art presents of an an with a science— the technical terms and language of a mechanical profession with the abstruse teachings of a profound philosophy. at the philosophy of the institution. We are taught that Freemasonry is of two kinds. coming down having to us. in speculative Masonry only. but operative with a speculative organization — our ancient brethren wrought in both opera- .MASTER MASON. in this way.— the it mental labor. as it has. — — — ing. operative and speculative. and a glimpse of the untold treasures be but obtained. the enquiring mind will necessarily delve for itself into the and the object of this lecture will be There will be but time to briefly glance at one class of Masonic symbols. it is true. 115 mine be but uncovered. passed unaltered aud unscathed through a thousand revolutions of nations. as disciples in its school of the intellectual of all times. from a remote age. We work. Looking then. and engagriches. attained. and try to read a few lessons from the language.

Now. one his materials of our elementary symbols. or book of plans of the architect. and and unruly to be banished. as the sinner and the Gentile were excluded from the sanctuary of the Jewish Temple. ceased. by these he raised his walls by these he constructed his arches and by these strength and durability. By . were bestowed upon the edifice which he was constructing. we. these he hewed and squared . the operative art having. the mason followed the architectural designs laid down on the Trestle Board. The Trestle Board becomes.-velling place of Him who is the author of purity where God is to — be worshipped whence every passion is in spirit evil and thought in truth. Il6 MASTER MASON tive and speculative. for us. as speculative Masons. fit for the d. To construct his earthly temple. symbolize the labors of our predecessors by engaging in the construction of a spiritual temple in our hearts. For in the Masonic . or operative tracing board. pure and spotless. therefore. combined with grace and beauty..

but appropriate implements. . which constitutes the spiritual trestle board of every Freemason. But the operative mason required materials wherewith to construct his temple. in accordance with the rules and designs laid down on the trestle board of the Master Workman. until it became the Perfect Ashlar. as it had been lying in the quarries of Tyre from the foundation of the earth. ready to take its destined place in the building. ritual the speculative 117 reminded that. as the operative artist erects his temporal building. laid down by the spiritual building. for instance. by simple. of Grand Architect of the Universe.AUSTER MASON. to be fitted and adjusted. This stone \^•as to be hewed and squared. or well finished stone. There was. in the Bible. the precepts and commands. in obedience to the rules which the material is a and designs. the greatbook of nature and revelation. the Rough Ashlar—the stone in its rude and natural state— unformed and unpolished. so should he erect that is Mason type.

as the Temple constitutes its most important . and purifying his life. which. in these materials do find other elementary symbols." will be sufficient to give some idea of the nature of what may be "symbolic alphabet" of Masonry. Here. Let us now proceed to a brief consideration of the method in which this alphabet of. There are other elementary symb<:>ls the three described. he is then represented as the Perfect Ashlar. in restraining his hitherto unruly passions. and fitted for its appropriate place in the building. the rough ashlar. the perfect ashlar. the called the science is applied to the more elevated and abstruser portions of the system. again. . and which. and which. however. have received — — the name of ''jewels.Il8 MASTER MASON. but when education has exerted its salutary influences in expanding his intellect. then. under the skillful hands of the workman. we The rough and unpolished stone is a symbol of man's natural state— ignorant and uncultivated. and squared. has been smoothed. or finished stone. from their importance. and the trestle board.

that the implements used in the quarries were few and simple. the operative mason took the necessary dimensions of the stone he was about to prepare. the masons were divided into different classes. but two tools.MASTER MASON. and the Common Gavel. at the building of King Solomon's Temple. and with the latter. The mode in which these three divisions of workmen labored in constructing the temple. by repeated blows. skillfully applied. the work there requiring necessarily. has been beautifully symbolized in speculative Masonry. from our own experience among modern workmen. who still pursue the same method. or two foot rule. or stone-cutter's hammer. of Iig may be called the "Temple Symbolism Masonry. he broke . type. namely. the Twenty-four Inch Gauge. Thus we know. and constitutes an important and interesting part of temple symbolism. each engaged in different tasks." Both Scripture and tradition inform us that. as well as from the traditions of the Order. indeed. With the former implement.

vice unfit for and imperfection that would render it a place in the spiritual temple of his hi body. fit and rendered its smooth and square. but time not to smooth and polish the marble for the builder's use. therefore. nobler and they teach him to measure. the working operative tools of his profession. with their appropriate symbolical instruction. the symbolic alphabet of Free- masonry. in the degree of speculative Entered Apprentice receivej these simple implements. To the and practical use alone is signified. of the purification of the . and nothing more of value does their presence convey to his their mechanical mason mind.120 MASTER MASON. first to take place in And thus. . and building. heart. but to purify and cleanse his heart from every sublimer thoughts . not stones. of To the speculative of Mason the far sight them }s suggestive . off every it unnecessary tlie protuberance. the Twenty-four inch Gauge is a symbol of time well employed the Common Gavel. as the emblematic Masonry.

For these purposes implements of a higher and more complicated character than the gauge and gavel were necessary. the Level to run the courses in a horizontal line. The Square was required to fit the joints with sufficient accuracy. and accordingly a greater amount of skill and knowledge was required of those to whom these labors were intrusted. and the massive walls were to be erected. 121 At the building of tlie Temple. At this stage of the operative work more extensive and important labors were to be performed. we are informed that they were transported to the site of the edifice on Mount Moriah. This portion of the labor finds its . and the Plumb to erect the whole with due regard to perfect perpendicularity. The stones. having been prepared by the Apprentices. the stones having been thus prepared by the workmen of the lowest degree.A\ASTER MASON. and were there placed in the hands of another class of workmen. who are now technically called the Fellow Crafts. were now to be deposited in their destined places in the building.

the lessons having been received by which the aspirant is taught to commence the labor of life with the purification of the heart. as a Fellow Craft he continues the task by cultivating those virtues which give form and impression to the character. and that all our thoughts^ Square is . It teaches us to apply the unerring principles of moral science to every action of our lives. appropriated to this second degree. The necessary preparations. then. The a symbol denoting morality. to these virtues. In the alphabet of symbolism. the Level and the Plumb. we find the Square. in the symbolism lative science.122 MASTER MASON. and second degree of the specuin applying this symbolism to we still continue to refer the idea of erecting a spiritual temple in the heart. And hence the Working Tools of the Fellow Craft are referred. as well adapted stones give shape and stability to the building. to see that all the motives and results of our conduct shall coincide with the dictates of divine justice. in their symbolic application. . having been made in the first degree.

The Level. life unbroken The Plumb a symbol of rectitude of life conduct. which can alone distinguish the good and As the operative workman erects just man. the so the speculative Mason. the well-adjusted and rightly-squared of virtue. guided the unerring principles of right by and truth inculcated in the symbolic teachings of the same implement.MASTER MASON. to produce a smooth. which will not permit him to deviate a hair's breadth to the right or to left. 123 words and deeds lik** shall harmoniously conspire. civil or onlv in a symbol Not that equalitv of social position. which is to be found the vain dreams of the anarchist or . is joints of an edifice. his temporal building with strict observance of that plumb-line. and inculcates that integrity of and undeviating course of moral uprightness. neither of is steadfast in the pursuit bending beneath the frowns adversity nor yielding to the seductions of prosperity. the last of the three working tools of the operative craftsman. is of equality of station. of truth.

and the implements of Masonry employed in its construction.124 MASTER A\ASON. But there was a third master class it —the workmen— two whose duty was to superintend the other classes. the Utopian. while another was engaged and higher in placing those materials in their proper position. At the building of that edifice. race. are extended and fully completed. that death. but that great moral and physical equality which affects the whole human Father. but that the most exact accuracy had been observed in giving to them their true juxtaposition in the edifice. common who on causes His sun to shine and His rain to all fall and universal lot leveler of all visit has so appointed the of humanity. . and to see that the stones were not only duly prepared. we have already seen that one class of workmen was employed in the preparation of tlie materials. as the children of one alike. In the third degree the to the Temple of Solomon. the Who human greatness. is made to with equal pace the prince's palace and symbolic allusions the peasant's hut.

which was to give an unchangeable union to the whole. of course. should prove the correctness of their M'ork by the square. to secure labor the materials in their appropriate places. Hence the Trowel. not the only implement in use among the master builders. and to unite the building in one enduring and connected mass. They did not permit this last indelible operation to be per- formed by any hands less skillful than their They required that the craftsmen own. as its proper implement. and. level and plumb. w^e are informed. and the symbolic meaning which accompanies it. It 125 was then only that the last and finishing was performed. was then applied by themselves. when satisfied of the just arrangement of every part. and test by these unerring instruments the accuracy of their joints .MASTER MASON. in speculative Masonry. was the most important. the cement. and the cement was applied by these skillful workmen. though. Hence. the Trowel has been assigned to the third degree. has a strict and beautiful reference to the purposes for which it .

The stones having been hewn. immortal the Great when He said. was used in the ancient temple for as It was there employed " to spread the cement which united the building in one common as the symbol of cement whose object is to unite our mystic association in one sacred and harmonious band of brethren." The Temple is indeed fmished. with the strongest and purest cement. so noble an appearance of sublimity and grandeur as — to well deserve to be selected. but as Masons our labor has not yet .126 MASTER MASON. it mass. I " Destroy it this temple. as it for the type or symbol of that temple of the body. in its fmished condition. squared and numbered in the quarries by the apprentices having been properly adjusted by the craftsmen. to which Teacher significantly and symbolically alluded has been." so is selected brotherly love —that The Temple is now completed. by the master builders the Temple of King Solomon presented. and in three days speculative will raise up. and — finally secured in their appropriate places. .

in want and in weakness. is a Mason's work. as an Entered Apprentice. like the pillar that went before the Israelites in the wilderness. obedihim onwards in his . which. and the ended. the light of truth. and in that all-perfect and glorious Lodge above. as a staff and scrip for his journey. he is prepared by a purification of the heart. it end until this mortal have put on immortality. doubtingly.portant task. is to guide weary journey. aspirant enters on this search after truth.\iastek mason. falteringly. wisdom. the light symbolized by the Word. where the Supreme Grand Master of the Universe presides. and this only. in darkness. The search for the Word— to fmd Divine Truth—this. nor indeed can sliall Word The is his reward. all those virtues which expand the heart and dignify the soul. For this im. upon which seeking for light light of —the he starts forth gropingly. and is invested with a first substitute for the true Word. we shall have received the reward of good and faithful craftsmen. Secrecy. He is directed to take.

trust in science. God. more light. humiliating to human nature. pressing onward. humility. but the lesson. The thinking and working stage of life is here symbolized. the lost Word — Divine to be sought for. New duties and increased obligations press upon the individual. earthly and no abiding place substitute. always onward. are all inculcated by impressive'types and symbols. journey. to be . purity of con- economy first of time. still cries aloud for is " light. Science is to be cultivated wisdom is. And now all the Master death. he fairly enters upon his Youth has now passed. that search in this life carnal — pure —gloomy truth has and dark. acquired still . is to be taught. next in the degree of Fellow Craft. the aspirant. And here. too. which nect the con- degree with the period of youth. ence. Mason comes." The almost over. 128 MASTER MASON. with the symbolism around him of old age trials. sufferings. And then. the and contented with a good .— . and manhood has come on. Truth is But even yet it is not — to be found.

Brother — CHARGE TO THE CANDIDATE. the human soul. shall we not. my brethren. thou good and faithful servant enter thou into the yjy of thy Lord. Finally." : . and we shall be raised to perfect fellowship with the God of Truth. Your zeal for the institution of Masonry. and receive the welcome commendation " Well done. Death. which will fully reveal to us God.MASTER A\ASON. we may rest assured that in the fulness of time the Strength of the Lion of — — the Tribe of Judah shall indeed for us prevail. and His emanation. one and all. so live. our bodies shall. 129 Mason calmly awaits his entrance into that Second Temple of Eternal Life. when the toils and cares of the world are over when from our nerveless grasp shall drop forever the working tools of life when felled by the grim destroyer. lie far from the unfinished Sanctum Sanctorum. mystery. there to receive that true Word. that. the progress you have made in the . in corruption. that Divine Truth.

you are authorized to irregularities of your to correct the errors and uninformed brethren. You are now bound by duty. The ancient landmarks of the order. and to enforce by precept and example. you are carefully to . obedience to the tenets of the order. In the character of a Master Mason.130 MASTER MASON. are larity of your superiors. to condescension. affability. unsullied. always to inculcate and. courtesy and . and your conformity to our regulations. to support the dignity of your character on every occasion . kindness and Universal benevolence you . obedience and submission to your equals. guard them against a breach of To for preserve the reputation of the Fraternity . by the reguyour own behavior afford the best example for the conduct of others less informed. liave pointed you out as a proper object of our favor and esteem. to be faithful to your trust. and fidelity. honor and gratitude. this must be your constant care and purpose it is your province to recommend to your inferiors. entrusted to your care.

make* you swerve from your duty. and merit the confidence that v^ e have reposed. or countenance a deviation from of established Fraternity. are with dignity the character you now bear. Let no motive. usages and customs the and reputation.MAsTER MASON. violate your vows. . therefore. and imitate the example cf that celebrated artist whom you this evening represent. 131 and never suffer them to be tlie infringed. Your honor. virtue. or betray your trust but be true and faithful. preserve . concerned in supporting . Thus you will render yourself deserving of the honor which we have conferred.

with drawn sword Grand Stewards. Grand Tyler. of state Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer A Burning Taper. .. When the Grand Lodge appears in public procession. When the Fraternity appears in public procession. ANCIENT CEREMONIES OF THE ORDER. . borne by a Past Master . subject however to such modifications as the peculiar ceremony demands. which modifications will be indicated under the appropriate sections. FIRST SECTION. the Regular Order in Procession will be as follows. GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR PROCESSIONS. . with rods Grand Pursuivant. with sword . GRAND LODGE. the Regular Order in Procession will be as herein indicated.

Ionic and Corinthian Orders. .followed by the Grand Sword Bearer. The Holy ses. and . borne by two Past Masters Grand Chaplain and Grand Orator The Tuscan and Composite Orders. with drawn Sword. Senior Warden . . borne by two Past Masters Grand Junior Warden and Grand . supported by the Grand Deacons. Square and Compason a velvet cushion. borne by a Past Master Two Burning Tapers. borne by two Past Masters The Doric. . .. PROCESSIONS. . . GRAND . carried by the Worshipful Master of the the oldest Lodge present The MASTER. Deputy Grand Master The Book of Constitutions. borne by three Past Masters Past Grand Wardens Past Deputy Grand Masters Past Grand Masters Celestial and Terrestrial Globes. . with rods. . c Bible.

by two and two. by two and two . Square and Compasses. and march before the Grand Tyler. . If LODGE. . follow the Grand Stewards. When lar Lodges appear in Grand Lodge. . Fellow Crafts. preceeding Procession. Lodge appears in public procession. Fellow Crafts. supported by .. Master Masons and Past Masters. borne by the oldest Member of the Lodge not in office The Worshipful Master. by two and two Master Masons. the Deacons. in the order named. Stewards. by two and two. they Order it in procession with tlie will be arranged in Regu- the Grand Lodge. with rods. be a procession of the Grand Lodge Entered Apprentices. with rods "2 Entered Apprentices. by two and two Past Masters. ANCIENT CEREMONIES. . only. "^ Secretary and Treasurer . the Regular Order in Procession will be as a When follows : Tyler. . '^ Junior and Senior Wardens The Holy Bible. with drawn sword .

Deputy Grand Master or a Grand Warden. or other officers. whenever Book of Constitutions in he is present. of the Grand Lodge. join the procession of a Lodge. Square and Compasses. the Book of Constitutions will be borne before him. will be appointed to attend a Grand Master. 135 When the Grand Master. and two Deacons with rods. a procession unless the Grand Master or Deputy Grand Master be Holy In entering public buildings.PROCESSIONS. the Bible. present or past. the Grand Marshal and Grand Deacons must keep near the Grand Master. are to be placed in front of the Grand Master. The must never be borne present. and the Book of Constitutions. When two or more Lodges join in a procession. the Lodges take precedence in the order of age. Their position will be immediately before the Wardens of the Lodge. The horor of carrying this Book belongs of right to the Worshipful Master of the oldest Lodge in th. Deputy Grand Master. When the Grand Master or Deputy Grand Master is present. jurisdiction. proper respect is to be paid to the rank of such oftlcer or oftkers. the oldest . The post of honor in a Masonic procession is always in the rear. and are to be surrounded by the three Burning Tapers.

When Knights 1 emplar. so as to form an arch for the brethren to pass beneath. sword and scarf. when it occurs in the procession of a Lodge it will follow the Stewards. costume of a Marshal is a cocked hat. special provision. white gloves and apron. and march just before the Grand Lodge. when in the procession of a . being in the rear. otherwise it will follow the Tyler.36 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. processions w-ill return . in uniform. appear in the procession of the Grand Lodge. it wiK immediately precede the Grand Tyler when in the procession of the Grand it occurs Lodge alone. Marshals are to walk or ride on the left The appropriate flank of a procession. is dark clothes and hat. When a procession faces inward. The proper clothing for brethren in procession. and purple in that of the Grand Lodge. it will follow the Grand Tyler. unless otherwise arranged by some All in the same order in which they set out. The color of the scarf must be blue in the procession of a Lodge. with a baton in his hand. they will act as escort. when othe*Lodges are also in the procession. if all the musicians be Masons. the Deacons and Stewards will cross their rods. When a band of music occurs in the procession of the Grand Lodge.

who are desirous of being authorized open and hold the proposed Lodge.CONSECRATION— NKW LODGE. they will act as escort. any number of Master Masons. except in Funeral Processions. Such petition must be Brothers to . one Brother for Senior Warden and one Brother for Junior Warden. for which special provision is made. being desirous of forming a new Lodge. not less than seven. 137 Lodge. SECOiND SECTION. nominated one Brother for Master. and to and every Petitioner shall work therein produce satisfactory evidence of dimission from the Lodge of which he was last a member. marching just after the Band. DEDICATION AND CONSTITUTION OF A NEW LODGE. or show that such Lodge has ceased In such petition there shall be to exist. Under the Law in this Grand Jurisdiction.— GENERAL REMARKS. they will be assigned a position between the Master Masons and Past Masters. must apply by petition to the Grand Master. eONSECRATIOX. blank forms for which will be furnished by the Grand Secretary upon applicaSuch petition shall be signed by the tion. . When members of other branches of the Masonic Fraternity appear in uniform in a precession.

ample correspondence with the Grand Master. Lodges. Craft Masonry. they can not elect officers or make by-la\^'s the Master and Wardens are appointed in the Dispensation. working under Dispensation. place recommended by the Lodge nearest to th where the proposed new Lodge is to bd located. . that the petitioners are Master Masons in good standing second.. that they have provided a suitable place in which to hold their meetings third. 138 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. are merely the agents of the Grand Master granting the authority their presiding oificers arc not entitled to the rank of Past Masters their oftkers are not privileged with a vote or voice in the Grand Lodge . and can not be changed without the special approbation and consent of the Grand Master : . by which he is made thoroughly conversant with the peculiar facts and surroundings in the case. be expressly stated first. that the Master and Wardens nominated in the petition have satisfactorily exhibited their skill by an exemplification of the Work of Ancient . and in such recommendation it must : . will sometimes save much time an4 labor upon a petition. As there is oftentimes a grave difference of opinion between the Grand Master and the local brethren as to the advisability of the forming of a proposed new Lodge.

or of the Grand the Master appoints the officers subordinate to the Wardens. and the Grand Lodge shall have granted a Charter. cessation of such Lodges. . witliout any ceremonies of Consecrating. accumulated by initiations into the several degrees. and are thus confirmed in the possession of their property.CONSECRATION —NEW LODGE. become the property of the Grand Lodge. The Master and require no other authority than that contained in the Letters of Dispensation to assemble the petitioners and commence their labors. and must be turned over upon demand. and have their officers installed. ijy the authority. The powers of a or Installing of Officers. dedicated and constituted. When a Lodge under Dispensation shall have passed the required probation. vacancy in their stations. so long as they conform to tlie Constitutions of Masonry. Lodge under Dispensation are limited to accepting candidates for the Mysteries of Wardens appointed Masonry. In case of the . and conferring the Degrees upon them they can not receive or act upon Petitions for Membership. jewels and other property. and possess all the rights and privileges of a regularly constituted Lodge. their funds. Dedicating or Constituting. and may fill any granting Lodge. (if one be granted) they are then consecrated.

or specially deputizes some competent and qualified Brother to fully act for him. the Grand Master appoints a day and hour for the performance of these ceremonies. The various officers of the Grand Lodge not present. the day and hour appointed. Art. or their representatives. conducts the ceremony. the Grand Master and his officers. and open on the Degree provided for by Sec. any other person. 7.J40 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. or an officer entitled to be addressed as Right Worshipful. it is said to be constituted in but if the power is vested in . and install its officers. DUE FORM CONSECRATION. meet in a convenient room near the Lodge to be consecrated. II. AMPLE FORM. or a Past Grand Master. dedicate and constitute the Lodge. or Grand Senior or Junior Warden. have their places supplied by the presiding officer from tlie qualified brethren' pressnt. the Lodge is said to be constituted in if the Deputy Grand Master. in person. and consecrate. congregate the Brethren. If the Grand Master. After a Charter is granted by the Grand Lodge. and after assembling On . of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge. it is said to be constituted in FORM. The officers of the new Lodge are examined "by the Deputy Grand Master.

for which purpose they are now met.GS. the brethren are called up. and await the pleasure of the Most Worshipful Grand Master. and Grand Honorsf cf are given by the new fThe Grand Honors the Private. ^ The Private Grand Honors are the D.\ of the three degrees. them are used on different occasions and for different purposes.".: CONSeCKAriON— NEW LODGE. that the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient.'. in their to the 141 Lodge Room they send a messenger Grand Master with the following message Most Worshipful Grand officers and brethren of Master: The Lodge. Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas was pleased to grant them a Charter. and their officers installed in due and ancient form . authorizing them to form and open a Lodge of Free and who Accepted Masons in the town of They are now desirous that their Lodge should be consecrated. and are performed in a manner Masonry are of three kinds the Public and the Funeral. and each of . are now assembled at their Lodge Room. and SS. have instructed me to inform you. As the Grand Master enters. The Grand Lodge then walk the in procession to the Hall of the new Lodge.

and take their several stations on the left. They are practiced by the Craft only on four occasions: when a Masonic Hall is to be consecrated. . and can only be used in a Master's Lodjje. Past Masters. that the mode and manner of giving the Private Grand '-'onors can only be communicated personally to Master Masons. Lodge Grand the ceremonies are to be performed in Grand Marshal then forms the procession in the following order If public. known only to Master Masons. with drawn sword Two Stewards. with rods . . a Master elect to be installed. Secretaries . . or a Grand Master or his Deputy to be received on an official visitatio' to a Lodge They are used at all these ceremonies as tokens of congratulation and homage.. with rods . Entered Apprentices. two and two Master Masons. . the A Tyler. . . . a new Lodge to be constituted. two and two Junior Deacons. i42 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. two and two Fellow Crafts. to the the officers of which resign their seats Officers. It is evident from what has been said. Treasurers Junior Senior Wardens Wardens Masters of Lodges. : . . with rods Senior Deacons.

except funerals. 143 of the arranged in Regular Order of Procession (see page 132). at the laying of corner stones of public buildings. the left hand upon the right three times. or technically " three times three.ularly-made Ark is not available. They are given upon all public occasions. and then made to fall smartly upon the thighs. and the open palms of the hands sharply striking the shoulders. making nine concussions in all.CONSECRATION—NEW LODGE. second. third. This is repeated three times. and are given in the following manner: Both arms are crossed on the breast. donot partake of this secret character." The Funeral Grand Honors. the left uppermost. the brethren audibly pronounce the following words when the arms are crossed on the breast: "We cherish his memory here . They are used at pubhc installations. are used at funeral or memorial services. first. is a piece of furniture." and when the hands are extended toward the ground "And consign his body to the earth. they are then raised above the head. with the following addition immediately following the Secretary and Treasurer will come two brethren carrying the "Lodge". : Then follow the officers and members The Public Grand Honors. the right hand upon the left three times. They are given by striking the palms of the hands together. in the presence of the profane as well as the initiated. the " Lodge. a temporary arrangement NEW LODGE. made in imitation of the Ark of the Covenant. or in other services in which the ministrations of the Fraternity are required. the palms striking each other. as their name imports." when the hands are extended above the head "We commend his spirit to God who gave it." technically speaking. the rigiit hand upon the left three times." — : : . and while the Honors are being given the third time. as their name imports. Where a rep.

following which will come the Grand Lodge. while the Grand Master and others in succession. Square and Compasses. next after the officers and members of the New Lodge will come the Band of Musicians. and provided with seats for the accommodation of the Grand Officers. of an oblong-square shape. carrying Silver Vessels. and Book of Constitutions. with the following addition between the Grand Pursuivant and the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer will come : A Brother. are placed upon a table in front of the Grand Master . pass through and enter the house. can be made of a box. arranged in Regular Order of Procession (seepage 132).: 144 ANCIhNT CEREMONIES. they halt. Two The Brothers. if any . and the Stewards and Deacons cross rods. When the front of the procession arrives at the door. the other Oil. In the procession. the . The Holy Bible. one containing Wine. procession moves on to the church or house where the services are to be performed. A platform is erected in front of the pulpit. open to the right and left. face inward. carrying a Golden Vessel containing Corn (Wheat) .

and encompassed by the Burning Tapers. The following services then take place : ODE. Tune: State n ii Street.CONSECRATION— NEW LODGE. and is itself covered with a loose covering of white linen. upon a plat form covered with white linen. 145 " Lodge" is placed in tlie center. silk or satin. ^ J . Wine and Oil. and the Vessels of Corn. S. M. silk or satin.

Succeed its hoped design.! — ! ANCIENT CEREMONIES. a - Thy tern -pie. M r=* ^^ 5=^ 4=1: Oh. In purity be drest . And may our Charity display A love resembling Thine 1 May this fraternal band. Hear and 9# Shine on this festive day. in ^ Lord. Now consecrated —blest In union all distinguished stand. bove 9# is: 1^: 1 I * ^i ac - 3^ cept • 3 our praise.

the delights of so tions The affec- which Thou hast iir. and faithful to each other as members of this Take us under the shadow of Thy proto and Thy service consecrate our hearts.planted in us. will be offered by the Great. and powers of ety. May we and glory may we always put .CONSECRATION— NEW LODGE. Extend Thy favor to us who are now entering into a Fraternal Compact under peculiar obligations. May we be active under Thy Divine Light. Adorable praise for ! extemporaneous Grand Chaplain: ! and Supreme Being We Thee for al Thy n cies. and which we can not destroy without violence to our nature. and the good [of our fellow-creatures. 147 The following. faithful Masons society. enjoying. Help us duly to improve all our powers to the promotion of Thy glory in the world. are amon^ *' o chief blessings which Thy benign wisdom hath trestowed upon us. Enable us to be faithful to Thee. faithful in our callings in life. and dwell in Thy Truth. and especially giving us desire. or an prayer. to enjoy. tection . in all the duties of the Craft.

Tune : Dnke Street. Amen ! Response: So mote it be An Oration. or some competent Brother appointed for that purpose ! after which is sung the following Ode : ODE. ANCIENT CEREMONIE} Faith in Thee. . i^ :^iL^ i ^^ Q. is then delivered by the Grand Chaplain. have Hope in salvation. 11 How blest the sa - cred tie that binds ^^M:=^ -H^ fc^=4: -« -<5^ #— -^mm -<5^ A^ \ *f- — g «- I^ m ! In sweet com-mun-ion kind-red minds a. and be in Charity with all mankind.^ 148 . M. L. or Sermon. upon the designs and principles of the Institution.

dimly burns frail Nature's fire Then shall they meet in realms above. :^ Together oft they seek the place smiling face strong their raptures swell. tell. A heaven of joy. . :0NSECRAT10N— NEW LODGE. How swift the heav'nlv course thev run. how There's none but kindred souls can shall the When glowing flame expire. Where Masons meet with How Nor high. . a heaven of love.whose faith . '^- ^— :2zS -^-T i ! S«i M ipl :^ S3 1^ I Whose hearts..whose hopes are one.

establishing and confirming them in the rights and privileges of a Regularly Constituted Lodge. The Records are then : presented to the if Grand Master^ who examines them. of duly instructed the having assembled together at stated periods. and are approved. . mysteries Masonry. which the Grand Secretary will now read. by virtue of a Dispensation granted them for that purpose. do now desire to be Constituted into a regular Lodge. the Grand Lodge have granted the brethren of this new Lodge a Warrant. and found correct. The Deputy Grand Master addresses the Grand Master as and members follows Most Worshipful Grand Master: ber of A numin brethren. The Grand Marshal then forms the officers of the new Lodge in front of tne Grand Master. agreeably to the ancient usages and customs of the Fraternity.: ISO ANCIENT CEREMONIES. proclaims The records appear to be correct. Upon due deliberation. for some time past.

to constitute these brethren a Regular Lodge.: CONSECRATION— NEW LODGE.] choice. saying : : present Most Worshipful Grand Master whom the members of the you Brother Lodge noW to be constituted have chosen for their Worshipful Master. After the Warrant Master then says is 1 51 read. the Grand We shall now proceed. officers. naming them The Gra?id and their respective offices. Whereupon the Lodge deliver several officers of the new up their jewels and badges to their Master. I The Grand Master asks the brethren they if remain [They bow The Blaster elect then presents severally* his Wardens and other. T . [They satisfied with their in token of assent. with his own. to the Deputy Grand Master. The Deputy Grand Master presents the Master elect to the Grand Master. bow as before. who presents them. Master asks the brethren if they remain satisfied with each and all of them. and he to the Grand Master. according to ancient into usage.

and the Beauty of harmony in all our communications Permit us. and now solemnly to Consecrate it to the honor of Thy Glory Glory be to God on high ! O ! ! . Strength of mind in all our difficulties. the loose covering removed]. the first clause of the Consecration Prayer is rehearsed by the Grand Chaplain^ as follows : Maker Great Architect of the Universe and Ruler of all Worlds Deign from Thy Celestial Temple. great source of Love and Happiness. After which. to bless us in all the purposes of our present assembly in all ! We humbly invoke Thee all to give us at this and at times. Wisdom our doings. Thou Author of Light and Life. officers The and members of the new Lodge form in front of the Grand Master. from realms of light and ! ! glory. while the " Lodge being uncovered [that is.152 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. is performed. and the ceremonies of Consecration commence. very '' upon the organ. A is piece of solemn music softly. The Grand Master and Grand Officers now form themselves in order around the "Lodge"— all kneeling. to erect this Lodge.

Relief.! CONSECRATION— NEW LODGE. to the Grand Master^ who sprinkles the elements of Consecration upon the "Lodge. Resp07ise 155 by the Grand Lodge: is As it was be . to instruct their brethren in all their May Brotherly Love. and grant speedy who are either oppressed or distressed. and ever shall world without end. . : Lord our God. wherever dispersed relief to all . and Truth always prevail among the members of this Lodge May this bond of union continue to strengthen the Lodges throughout the world . all the Amen ! Response by be! Brethren: So mote it The Deputy Grand Master presents the Golden Vessel of Corn. now. Bless all our brethren." The Grand Chaplain then continues Grant. in the beginning. and the Grand Senior and Jii7iior Wardens the Silver Vessels of Wine and Oil. that those who are now about to be invested with the government of this Lodge may be endowed with O wisdom duties.

while the "Lodge" performed upon again is DEDICATION. is now. ! be! A piece of solemn music is the Organ covered. ineffable and eternal Glory be to God on high 'Response by the Grand Lodge: As it was in the beginning. and standing with his hands stretched forth over the "Lodge. of Thy whole family. May the love of each other. to We affectionately commena members and in Thee all the they increase in grace. we dedicate this Lodge. and bliss. the Grand 3Taster ax\sts. Amen Response by all the Brethren: So mote it . : May we fmish all our work here Thy approbation and then have our transition from this earthly abode to Thy Finally below with . in the knowledge of Thee. and ever shall be world without end." exclaims : To the memory of the HOLY SAINTS May every JOHN.! J54 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. heavenly Temple above there to enjoy light. . While the Organist is still playing. ! . glory.

Amen Response by all the Brethre^i: ! So mote it be A piece of music is played while the brethren of the new Lodge advance in procession to salute the Grand Lodge. and bowing as they pass. The Grand Master then rises and Consti- tutes the new Lodge in the following form. is now. all the brethren standing at the same time : Most Worshipful Grand and Accepted Masons of Kansas. my beloved brethren. CONSTITUTION. DEDICATION— CONSTITUTION— NEW LODGE. into a Regular Lodge From henceof Free and Accepted Masons. with their hands crossed upon their breasts. constituted in conformity to the rites — II . forth I empower you to meet as a Regular In the name of the Lodge of Ancient. and ever shall be ! world without end.! ! . 155 Brother revere their character and their virtues imitate Glory be to God on high Response by the Grand Lodge: As it was in the beginning. They then take their places as they were. Free Lodge. I now constitute and form you.

or. of our Order. THIRD SECTION. This ceremony may be performed by the retiring Master. . The personally present Officers can be installed only when ofticers-elect not installed . or by any Past Master. the Installing Officer appoints some Present or Past Master. ! Amen Response: So mote it be ! The Grand Honors are then given —public or private. whose duties will be to present the officers elect severally in front of the Altar for installation. the Officers are then to be installed. it is necessary that the oificers should be installed. and the Charges of our Ancient and Honorable Fraternity and may the Supreme Architect of the Universe prosper. The new Lodge having been Consecrated. INSTALLATION OF THE OFFICERS OF A LODGE. At every Annual Election in a Warranted Lodge. an old well-informed Master Mason. to act as Marshal. At the Annual Installation. as the case requires. direct and counsel you in all your doings . Dedicated and Constituted.! S^6 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. if none be present.

who have never presided over a Symbolic Lodge. a Lodge of actual Past Masters may convene.fNSTALLATlON— LODGE. 157 on or before St. prior to the ceremonies of Installation. John's Day. and invested with the characteristics of the Chair. by reason of the non-attendance of a sufficient number of Masters or Past Masters. solemnly inducted into the Oriental Chair of King Solomon. and any such officer appointed to permanently fill a vacancy may be installed at any time the Master may direct. At some convenient time. can be installed only by authority of the Grand Master. 't becomes impracticable to perform these . At this convocation there should be present at least three regularly-installed Masters or Past Masters. are not entitled to be present. The appointed officers may be installed at any time. None but regularly-installec Masters and Past Masters of Wari-antec Lodges are entitled to b^ present at these ceremonies . The Master elect is then obligated to the faithful performai :e of his trust. When more convenient. in December. and when. or other good cause. these ceremonies may be performed after the Installation Ceremonies. for the purpose investing the Master elect with the of Characteristics of the Chair. Chapter Past Masters.

the day of installation. the jewels of the several officers art collected. The Grand Master [or Installing Officer'] then says: Right Worshipful Deputy [or Brother Marshal] H e you carefully examined the Master nominated in the Warrant [or elect]. or upon. and so find him. . M. prior to. 6>. : and do you find him well skilled in the noble science and th jyal art ? The Deputy [or Marshal] replies Grand Master [or Most Worshipful Worshipful Master]: have carefully examined. [or /. and laid in an orderly manner upon the Altar. : I G. The time for Installation having arrived. it is not to be understood that the above ceremonies ceremonies are considered. in this Grand Jurisdiction. for convenient use.but their use is recommended by the Grand Lodge. a necessary pre-requisite to a Master presiding over a Symbolic Lodge.158 ANCIENT CEREMONIES.] You will then present him at the pedestal [or altar] for installation. they may be attended to at the earliest ronvenient time practicable thereafter. INSTALLATION CEREMONIES..

and strictly to obey the moral Ans. as follows : I. and as he is' a lover of the Fraternity.'' true. 159 The Deputy [or Marshal]. presents him at the pedestal [or altar].. do. You I agree to be a good man and law. I doubt not he will discharge his duties with fidelity and with honor. of The Grand Master [or Installing Officer] then reads a summary of the Ancient Charges to the Master elect. saying Master [or my worthy Brother. it necessary that you should signify your assent to those Ancient Charges and Regulations which point out the duty of a Master a Lodge. taking the Master elect. to be installed Master o^ this [new] Lodge. : Most Worshipful Worshipful Master] Grand I present The Grajid Master [or Instatlingthen addresses him : Officer'] Brother is : Previous to your investiture. A. and of great skill. B. .: rNSTALLA^ION -LOD3E. true and trusty. I find him to be of good morals.

and ? agree to avoid private piques and to guard against intenlperance and excess . Ans. in Lodge convened. A7ts. I do. work diligently. You quarrels. supreme and suband to ordinate. according to their stations submit to the awards and resolutic is of your brethren. IV. live all and act honorably by do. VI. men ? Ans. III. ANCIENT CEREMONIES. and their regular successors. You promise not to be concerned in plots and conspiracies against the government. and to the laws of the reside ? country which you do. to creditably. V.l6o II. You in I cheerfully to conform agree to be a peaceable citizen. in every case consistent with the Constitutions of the Order? . You agree to pay a proper respect to the civil magistrates. nal rulers I You agree to hold in veneration the origi- and patrons of the Order of Masonry. but patiently to submit to the law and ? the constituted authorities Ans. I do.

I do. I l6x do.INSTALLATION— LODGE. I do. IX. You agree to be cautious in your behavior. that is not subversive of the principles and ground-work of Masonry? Ans. X. VIII. A71S. dissenters from the original plan of You Masonry ^ Ans. to cultivate the social virtues. conform to every edict of the Grand Lodge. VII. I do. I brethren. and to and all promise to respect genuine discountenance impostors. . faithful to courteous to your brethren. or general Assembly of Masons. to You promise Grand Master officers pay homage to the and to his when duly installed and strictly to for the time being. 10 and propagate the knowledge of the mystic art? Ans. and your Lodge do. . You agree to promote the general good of society. ? Ans.

on convenient occasions? Ans. Ans. I do. any regular Lodge. I do. . without previous notice. XIV. XIII.l62 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. of You admit or any man. You promise a regular attendance on the committees and communications of the to Grand Lodge on receiving proper notice and pay attention to all the duties of Masonry . You admit any irregular Lodge. to make innovathe body of Masonry ? do. or admitted a member of. XI. y person clandestinely initiated therein. )r to . that no new Lodge shall be formed without permission of the Grand Lodge and that no countenance be given to . do. XII. and due inquiry into his to the Ancient I character ? Ans. I tions in that it is not in the power body of men. being contrary Charges of the Order? Ans. You admit that no person can be regularly made a Mason in.

You ation. Charges. you are now to be installed Master of this Lodge. agree that no visitors shall be Lodge without due examinand producing proper vouchers of their having been initiated into a regular Lodge? received into your A71S. as before.: INSTALLATION— LODGE. The Master is then regularly invested with the insignia of his office. the Grand Master [or Installing Ojfficer'] thus addresses him consequence of your conformity to the Charges and Regulations of the Order. l6j XV. The \arious Implements of his profession are emblem atical . in full confidence of your care. The Grand Master [or Installing. skill and capacity to govern the In Brother A. and the Furniture and Implements of his Lodge.'' Masters have done au ages before The Master having signified his cordial : submission.Officer'\ then addresses the Master elect as follows Do you promise to submit to these support in these Regulations. I do. B. These are the Regulations of Free and Accepted Masons.: same. and as you.

it will n^^o. . in all our actions have eternity in view. die regretted. and upon this occasion are carefully enumerated. . of our conduct in lire. will guide llrect that great light all in you to truth . your paths to the temple of happiand point out to you the whole duty of teaches us to regulate our man. The Line tion teaches us the criterion of moral rectitude. and to direct our steps to the path which leads to immortality. rising to every station. and neither inclining to the right nor to the left.. and to harmonize our conduct by the principles of morality and The Compasses desires in teach us to limit our that.l64 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. The HOLY WRITINGS.. to avoid dissimulatioii in conversa- and action. eminence by merit. The Square actions virtue. we may live we respected and The Rule- directs that should punctu- ally observe our duty : press iorward in the path of virtue. by rule and line.asonry.

When the — . The Grand 3Taster will then call [or Installing. the new Master being in the Chair. The BOOK OF CONSTITUTIONS Cause it you are to search at all times. in charge the BY-LAWS your Lodge. it to be read in your Lodge. preserve. behold your Master ! Let us salute him with the Grand Honors. that none may pretend enjoins. which you are to see carefully and punctually executed. where you will take your seat in the Oriental You will also receive of Chair. by the authority which You are carefully to it Lodge is held. ignorance of the excellent precepts You now receive in charge the of CHARTER. when the Grand Master [or Installing Officer'] will say: Master. The Grand Honors are then given public or private— as the case requires.Officer'] up the Lodge. ever be out of and duly transmit to your immediate your successor in office.! INSTALLATION— LODGE. and \a no case this it should control. behold your brethren Brethren. You will now be conducted to the East.

4s. INSTALLATION ODE. a procession is formed. Glo-ry q=p=t of m I- Ma . after the Grand Installation is Honors are given. and the Ode is sung only. Tune: America. and the brethren pass around the Lodge. If the Installation be Public the procession is omitted. *3=ic=^ P t=^ -^-0. signifying their respect and obedience by the usual Distinctive Marks in the different degrees as they pass the Master. 6s. during which time the following Installation Ode may be sung. ^^m Hail! -3-—ST-*— 33 ry di-vine. m.son - i^z? t^±^=t :1=t. private. reign ! ?3^ Where'er thy 1 A —— \ ages shine Long mayst thou ^^^ ^E=^ g ^ .^ ANCIENT CEREMONIES.

Thou art divine.INSTALLATION— LODGE. m^ And al-\vavs grace the land . 0. t^-t- Thou art divine. Thy Matchless beyond compare^ No art with thee can share.M Great fabrics still arise. 167 ^:o Lodges stand.-^0. . And grace the azure skiesnoble orders are Great are thy schemes.M •0-'-0-0- ^ *-•. 3EF ^i^ *=^=jE=ti: 1 May they have great command.

when the Grand Master [or Installing Officer^ delivers to each a short Charge. and tliough distinctions among m-^n are necessary . Did mighty blessings bring. partake of the same nature. the architect. the Grand Master [or Installing Officer'] calls the Lodge to order. as follows: The Senior Warden. and the other officers are respectively presented in the same manner as the Master. now invested with the insignia The Level demonstrates that we are descended from the same stock. Hail. Hiram. Royal Art! After the singing of the Ode. And left us room to sing.-68 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. Did all the Craft direct How they should build. and are your office. by the Deputy [or Marshal] .: You are appointed [or *'have been elected"] Senior of Warden of this Lodge. great Israel's king. D. Sol'mon. and share the same hope. Brother C.

INSTALLATION— LODGE. firmly rely on your knowledge of Masonry and attachment to the Lodge for the faithful discharge of the duties of this important trust. you are to govern this Lodge. and Death. He is conducted to his station the Lodge. yet i6(J no eminence of station should brethren. Look in well to the West. because a time will come. . when all distincbut that of goodness. in his presence. may be entitled to our regard. F. In the absence of the Master.: been elected"] Junior You are appointed [or "have Warden of this Lodge. and the knows not how soon. you are to assist him in the I government of it. to preserve subordination. shall cease. Brother E. The Junior Warden. for he make us forget that we are who is placed on the lowest spoke of Fortune's wheel wisest tions. Your regular attendance on our stated meetis ings essentially necessary. the grand levelerof human greatness. reduce us to the same state.

. to hold the scales of Justice in equal medium between intemperance and pleasure. South. Your regular and punctual attendance is particularly requested.^Q ANCIENT CEREMONIES. committed the superintendence of the Craft during the hours of refreshment. tlie and are now invested with office. badge of your Tlie Plumb admonishies us to walk uprightly poise.. Look well to the He is conducted to his station. but caresuf- fully observe that none of the Craft be fered to convert the purposes of refreshment into intemperance and excess. it is. there- indispensably necessaiy that you should in- not only be temperate and discreet in the dulgence of your own inclinations. and I have no doubt that you will faithfully execute the duty which you owe to your present appointment. and to make our passions and prejudices coin- To you is cide with the line of our duty.. to observe the just in our several stations. fore.

and pay them out by order of the Worshipful Master and the consent of the Lodge. receive all moneys due tlie Lodge. discharge of the duties of your is He conducted to his place. I trust your regard It is your duty to receive all for the Fraternity will ful prompt you to the faithoffice. and pay them over to the Treasurer. Brother G. Brother L K. 171 The Treasurer. and are now invested with the badge of your office.INSTALLATION— LODGE. H.: You are appointed [or "have been elected"] Secretary of this Lodge.: You are appointed [or "have been elected"] Treasurer of this Lodge. The Secretary. will induce you to dis- . and are now invested with the badge of your office. make a fair record of all things proper to be written. It is your duty to observe all the proceedings of the Lodge. Your good I inclination to Masonry and this Lodge. moneys from keep just and regular accounts of the same. hope. the hands of the Secretary.

172 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. and lead the way. and. charge the duties of your office with fidelity. when offered by one whose holy profession is *'to point to heaven. he may be installed as follows:) Rev. by refining our souls. and are now invested with the badge of your office. and which. (According to the Constitution of Kansas this is not a recognized officer of a Lodge. He is conducted to his place. you will merit the esteem and applause of your brethren.: You are appointed Chaplain of this Lodge. It is your duty to perform those solemn services which we should constantly render to our Infinite Creator. M. Brother L." may. . and purifying our minds. but if a Clergyman be named to perform the various offices required of a Chaplain in the Ritual. prepare us for admission into the society of those above. He conducted to his place. will whose happiness be as endless as is it is perfect. by so doing. The Chaplain. strengthening our virtues.

and are now invested with the badge of your office. Brothers L. are ap' pointed Deacons of this Lodge. U. You are appointed Stewards of this Lodge. I passes. M.: invested with the badge of your It is You office. and N. I75 The Senior andjiuiior Deacons.INSTALLATION— LODGE. The Senior and Junior Stezvards. your care. as badges of your attention. S. such as in the reception of candidates into the different de- grees of Masonry. in the immediate intrust to The Square and Comoffice. and T. not doubting your vigilance and They are conducted to their places. and are now your province to attend on the Master and Wardens. and practice of our rites. Brothers R. : You are to assist the Deacons and other duties- officers in performing their respective . O. and to act as their proxies in the active duties of the Lodge. the introduction and ac- commodation of visitors.

They are conducted to their places. Brother V. thereby preventing the approach of every unworthy thought or deed. 174 hncient ceremonies.im guard against the approach of cowans and eavesdroppers. and suffer none to pass or repass but such as are duly qualified. W.. so it should admonish us to set a guard over our thoughts. Your early and punctual attendance will afford the best proof of your zeal for the institution. He is conducted to his station. . The Tyler. enable h. You are appointed Tyler of and I invest you with the implement of your oifice.: this Lodge. {Giving a sword) As the sword to is placed in the hands of the effectually to Tyler. post a sentinel over our actions. and preserving consciences void of offense toward God and toward man. a watch at our lips. at our 'Vour regular and early attendance meetings will afford the best proof of your zeal and attachment to the Lodge.

I7J CHARGES TO THE OFFICERS. regularly diffuses light and luster all within the circle. rising in the East. Forcibly impress upon them the dignity and . while the happiness of its members will be will materially assiduity with which generally promoted. in proportion to the zeal and ability with which you propagate the imitation. it is your province to spread and communicate light and instruction to the brethren of your Lodge. nor of your responsibility for the faithful discharge of the im- portant duties annexed to your appointment. For a pattern of great luminary of to Nature. In like manner. The honor. Worshipful Master: The Grand Lodge having committed to your care the superintendence and government of the brethren who are to compose this Lodge.INSTALLATION— LObaE. consider the genuine principles of our institution. which. you cannot be insensible of the obligations which devolve on you as their head. Lodge reputation and usefulness of your depend on the skill and you manage its concerns.

which shall continue. which are given as a rule and guide to your . high importance of Masonry and serious!]' admonish them never to disgrace it. so that when a person is said to be a member of it. by a diligent observance of the ByLaws of your Lodge. whose hand is guided by justice. and. and whose heart is expanded by benevolence. You Brother Senior and Junior Wardens are too well acquainted with the principles of Masonry. Charge them to practice out of the Lodge those duties which they have been taught in it and by amiable. the Constitutions of Masonry. stitution . above all. faith. and lay up a Crown of Rejoicing. you will be enabled to acquit yourself with honor and reputation. In short. to convince mankind of tlie goodness of the in. to warrant any distrust that you will be found wanting in the discharge of : . the world may know that he is one to whom the burdened heart may pour out its sorrows to whom distress may prefer its suit.176 ANCIENT CEREA\ONIES. when time shall be no more. discreet and virtuous conduct. the Holy Scriptures. .

List. and what in them may have appeared defective. You should be examples of good order and regularity for it is only by a due regard to the laws. you should in yourselves amend. diffusing light and imparting knowlhe shall place under your care. Suffice it 177 your respective duties. your acquirements r. therefore. I entertain no doubt that your fu- ture conduct will be such as to merit the applause of your brethren and the testimonyof a good conscience. The members of the Lodge all standing. be such. as that the Craft may never suffer for want of proper instruction. own to conduct. that you can expect obedience others. the Grand Master (or Installing Officer) delivers the following . in your . From the spirit which you have hitheredge to all whom to evinced. tliat what you have seen praiseworthy in others.: INSTALLATION — LODGE. to say. in them from You are assiduously to assist the Master the discharge of his trust. you should carefully imitate. you will succeed to higher duties. In the absence of the Master.

trust that you will have but one aim. and the laws of the institution. Such is-the nature of our constitution. CHARGE TO THE BRETHREN OF THE DODGE. to please each other. Humility. as men and as Masons. rule and teach. kindness and brotherly affection distinguish your conduct. learn to submit obey. so others must. I. therefore. in both.J7«l ANCIENT CEREMONIES. May you long enjoy every satisfaction and delight. in which we greatly rejoice. as this association has been formed and perfected in so much unanimity and concord. of necessity. which May . preferment. disinterested friendship can afford. to avoid exceeding the powers with which they are intrusted and you are of too generous dispositions to envy their . of course. is and an essential duty. my may brethren. Finally. The officers who are appointed to gov- ern your Lodge are sufficiently conversant with the rules of propriety. unite in the grand design of being and happy and communicating happiness. so it long continue. that as some must.

may your childt'in's children celebrate with joy and gratitude the annual recurrence of this auspicious solemnity. INSTALLATION — LODGE. At the Annual Installation of the officers of a Lodge. the Grand Marshal then makes the following Proclamation : In the name of I the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of of Ancient.— name legally consecrated. 179 Within your peaceful walls. private. Free and Accepted Masons In the of name I Kansas.. the Marshal makes the following Proclamation of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient. Free Kansas. No . from generation to generation. of and Accepted Masons proclaim this new Lodge by the Lodge. And may the tenets of our pro- fession be transmitted through your Lodge. pure and unimpaired. dedicated and constituted. proclaim the officers of . as and the required officers thereof The Grand Honors — are then given. : — public or duly installed. At the Installation of the Officers of a new Lodge.

4s.i8o ANCIENT CEREMONIE«» Lodge. m E5lfcf=i=|C :^=t U t=t=t m . Tune: Italian Hymn. No . required. And bind us fast May harmo. 6s. duly installed. or some other approprial-i may then be sung ODE. as Ode following. The Grand Honors The — are then given. long pre-vail. : — public or private.

at last. Skilled in our art.-S—i-dN— pi-ness in-crease. And every brother greet. And when our Each brother's hand we'll grasp. \ l8l m ^ -\ -J ——• - ^. —— ny and peace Our hap Jl3Z|iZZlL *:^:|c=^: vz± t=t 2=± We on the level meet. . Then on the square. Friendly we'll part.i INSTALLATION — LODOc.-^ 5. labor's past.

Where we shall perfect shine. The new Master may return thanks. or some other appropriate BENEDICTION. power of mind and great understanding unto those whom we have this day clothed with authority to preside over and and so redirect the affairs of this Lodge plenish them with the truth of Thy doctrine. O . Almighty and everlasting God. Grant. . 3 May Wisdom And By wliich we live That we at last may be our care. Virtue form tlie square join The heavenly Lodge sublime. . that.. and adorn them with humility of life. With God above. Lord. »82 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. send down upon Thy servants here assembled the healthful spirit of Thy grace that they may truly please Thee in all their doings. from whom Cometh every good and perfect gift. The Grand Chaplain then pronounces the following.

If it : So mote it be ! This concludes the ceremonies of Install- cers of be the Public Installation of the Offia new Lodge. The officers to be installed will then vacate Officer their places respectively [if any by them occupied].! -NST/vi-LATION — GRAND LODGE. . of our beloved institution. or such Past Grand Master as he may appoint] will assume the chair. and substitutes will be appointed for the occasion. INSTALLATION OF THE OFFICERS OF THE GRAND LODGE. to the glory of may Thy all Holy Name. the Grand Lodge and brethren will return in procession to the Lodge room. call to order. and the Grand Lodge then returns to its own hall and closes. Amen Response ation. the Installing [who is the retiring Grand Master. and announce the business before the Grand Lodge. 183 both by word and good example. At the hour appointed for the installation of the officers of the Grand Lodge. for good purposes. FOURTH SECTION. they faithfully serve Thee. and to the advancement.

The Grand W. will The W. The Grand Master and other Grand Officers elect. it must now be made. Grand that Marshal will announce to them his we are waiting to receive them.s. in readiness to be installed into when it is your pleasure receive them. Should there be any objection to the installation of any or either of them. and on return reports Most Worshipful Grand Master and office.cer. other Grand Master: The Grand Officers elect to are without. and conduct them to the Grand East before the altar. The Grand Marshal \\\tnxtWrQ. the Grand Lodge is Installing . to be installed.: l84 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. As they enter the room. admit them. having been duly elected. Grand Marshal Offi. we are now in readiness to perform the ceremony of installation. The announcement of the Installing Officer may be in the following form : Brethren : Your Grand Master and other Officers for the ensuing year. will be in waiting in the adjoining apartment.

W. B. two and two. Brother A. He then says Most Worshipful Grand Master: The Grand Officers elect are before you. Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas for the ensuing year.: INSTALLATION — GRAND LODGE.] [To the Grand Master' Brother: My R. involves great responsibilities. The Grand Marshal conducts them to the altar in procession. The exalted station to which the free choice of your Breth- ren has called you. but the honor and dignity. I have the honor to present to you for installation R. elect.. and await your pleasure. the Grand Master elect and the Deputy Grand Master being first. And as we are now upon the threshold of a . except by your own act. and remain standing. It elevates you to a position from which the power and prerogative may depart with the expiration of your term of service. and requires to be inaugurated by solemn sanctions. never. 185 called up by the Installing Officer in the usual manner. W. in order ot rank. who has been duly elected Grand Master of Ancient. Installing Officer.

to each other. Masonic teacliings require tliat we sliould bow in sol- emn prayer witli our W. and upon the in institution whose it we are now engaged. ings. in our best and highest estate. and without Thee. protection.: l86 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. and aid. who is . In Thy might we are strong. it yet more helpful and beneficial to our and inspire all who are connected with with an ardent love to Thee. and to every member of the human family. we first implored Thy guidance. let us pray. we are but frail and feeble be- We humbly implore Thy divine services favor upon this occasion. great and important undertaking. Make race. so now we seek Thee for Thy divine blessing and direction. or use the following Eternal Source of Life and Light! We. Bretliren. Thine unworthy creatures. Cliaplain. As when we first saw the light at our mystic altar. Bless now Thy servant before Thee. Tlie Grand Chaplain may then make an appropriate extemporaneous prayer. Grand Grand Chaplain. reverently bow before Thee in adoration and praise.

to see the Great Light. Add Thy blessing upon the brethren in office. Response Amen ! So mote if be -I J . who are to be associated with May they feel Thee and may they ever be faithful and zealous. in Thy pres- shall behold Thee with un- clouded vision forevermore. and bring us all. Be Thou our Conductor. in the unseen vicissitudes of life before us. new and important relation Give him wisdom give . and assist to uphold the hands of their chief in all good deeds. Teach him to feel that he is about to assume great him strength give him love. do we faithful Friend. as in the days of our apprena just sense of their accountability to to the Fraternity .! INSTALLATION — GRAND LODGE. In Thee. Enable him so to bear rule that he may keep in view the best interests of the great brotherhood now about to be committed to his charge. Oh God. . and Guide. inaccessible ence. at last. and where we : full of glory. put our trust. and ticeship. and trying responsibilities. to discharge them as him to and enable him so win all hearts. 187 about to assume a to his bretiiren.

Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas. and Regulations of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Kansas. the Grand Master elect repeating after him. So help me God. and the usages and customs of Free and Accepted Masons. The Installing Officer then administers the oath of oftke. and at all times enforce a strict obedience thereto. where he kneels. to the best of my ability. Laws. do promise and swear. honestly. A. upon himself the obligation appertain- ing to the duties of his The Grand Marshal conducts him to the altar. to take W. as follows: I. Rules. . and before the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient. B. will conduct our R.. l88 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. yob W.. office. that. Grand Marshal. in the presence of Almighty God. Brother to the altar. Free and Accepted Masons in this jurisdiction and that of I will during my term of office conform to and maintain the Constitution. Installing Officer. and impartially perform the duties of Grand Master of Ancient. I will faithfully. the acting Grand Deacons holding their rods crossed over his head.

'you are invested. with powers and prerogatives which Installing Officer. as a symbol of the commencement am perof your government over the Craft. which it will not become me henceforth I to utter. forming a most solemn duty. which doubt not that you have formed in your own mind that these powers shall not be abused or perverted by you. The very consciousness of the pos- make a generous mind cautious and gentle in its exercise. I would gladly strengthen by a word of admonition. To rule has been the lot of many. The good resolutions. session of a great power will ever . for weal or woe.INSTALLATION — GRAND LODGE. and him near the the Grand Marshal conchair of the Installing Officer. The interests of the Craft. By immemorial usage and the irrevocable land marks of Masonry. are placed in your hands during your term of office. . er [for : I are well nigh absolute. as Grand Master of Masons. i8g ducts He then rises. Most Worshipful Brothfrom henceforth you are entitled thus to be hailed] In inducting you to your chair of office.

to rule well. the chief requisites of good government. and Justice. of good repute in the world. prompt in the duties he owes to society. Prudence. one of the highest aspire. and a pattern of fidelity in all social and domestic relations.igo ANCIENT CEREMONIES. are secured. but by holding the key to the hearts of office of men. and requires neither strength of intellect or soundness of judgment to rule well has been the fortune of but few. by the strong arm or the iron will that obedience and order. As a Citizen. should possess and practice several important requisites. As a Man. . and practicing. from the dominion of a hasty temper and illgoverned passions. . and may well be the It is not object of an honorable ambition. he should be of approved infreed tegrity and irreproachable morals. the cardinal virtues of Temperance. he should be loyal to his government. is The tiquity Grand Master and is of great an- and respect. obedient to its laws. Fortitude. as an example to the Craft. Its dignities to which we may in- cumbent.

the golden tenets of Brotherly Love. . first of all. he should remember. and slow to demand it. language. igi As a Mason. and therefore interested in the welfare of each and all be devoid of undue ostentation and haughty overbearing. more sacredly bound by a Craftsman's obligation and that he should cultivate everywhere. and Truth. that he is elevated by them. and at all times. he should cling to the old landmarks. that he is an individual Mason. and literature of the Fraternity be desirous to learn. . sharing in that respect a common lot with his Brethren. and that he is yet a Craftsman. be accessible to all. though elevated for a time above his fellows. . cultivating the closest friendship and the most unlimited confidence with his associate officers* be eager to take counsel with his Breth. and be sternly opposed to their infringement. and apt to teach though not for a time a workman. . and qualified to earn his wages be prompt to aid and relieve. be ever mindful that. . As an Officer. yet be master of the work. Relief. be a proficient in the laws.INSTALLATION — GRAND LODGE.

Such are some of the most important qualiwhich a Grand Master should possess. invest you with your office. . . It now but remains for me to clothe you with the external insignia of your rank and authority. and ready to give it be patient in invesand hearing be deliberate in judgment be prompt in execution be forbearing long and much with evildoers be ready to reward good be devoid of favoritism. of your predecessors have failed to reach this standard but it is attainable and be it your purpose to reach it. . and the leading errors which he should fications It may be that most. tigation . . you. . . if not all.ing example to those who shall come after avoid. lestless spirit of innovation. and be a bright and shin. and wholly impartial be watchful over the treasury. . . whose symbolic mean- .192 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. with great pleasure. I this jewel of now. . having an eagle eye upon every portion of his jurisdiction and breasting over the ren.

! ! INSTALLATION — GRAND LODGE. double brethren form procession on the north file. the Installing Officer uncovers and bows very low. in your hands. Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas Brethren.} also present -you with this gavel. Installing Officer. facing the East. potent [Presents gavel. should never be sounded in vain. The Grand Master. having been covered on taking the chair. as the emblem of Masonic power. to you as Grand [Places him in the chair}. behold our Grand Master Grand Junior Warden. Brethren. our Grand Master Brethren. I now hail. . the first act of Master. 193 ing will now have a new and striking signifi- cance to you. 1 [Presents the jewel.} 1 now surrender to you this seat of authority homage due and render you this. behold your Grand Master proclaim you ! ! Grand Senior Warden. behold The side of the lodge. which. salute and Grand Master of Ancient.

during which time the following Ode may be sung : INSTALLATION ODE> Tune: America. :N=i=N=)E t=^ 1 ^^^^fe&^^ -0- —— I I- -^ -»- Long mayst thou reign Where'er thy ! ^ ^p:* I ' -'5'-^ 1 . and march three times around the lodge. in advance. as the they pass the Grand East. saluting the Grand Master with the usual distinctive marks in each degree. with rods.*94 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. 4s. Glo-ry of m ^ ^ ages shine . I&3=EEi Hail ! SEt3 - T=T Ma - son ry di-vine. Grand Senior Deacon and Grand Senior and Junior Stewards. 6s.

May they have great command. Thy noble orders are Matchless beyond compare. No art with thee can share. And grace the azure skiesGreat are thy schemes.— INSTALLATION— GRAND LODGE. 195 ^m^i^i^t^ Lodges stand. f^ . J=^ t±^ Thou art divine r: . m^ And ^'"^ -f^ >=Pt |i^^=|i=>=q| 1 ^—t :S^ P^i^^e. \ al-wavs grace the land ^ Great fabrics still I arise. Thou art divine. .

salute with the grand hon- The retiring Grand Master may then address his newly. Did mighty blessings bring. under the direction of the installing officer. and the brethren continue seated during the remainder of the installation.in stalled successor and brethren. And left us room to sing. if he chooses. and the Grand Master may. Hail.igo ANCIENT CEREMONIES. not wish to do so he may call down. Grand Marshal. Hiram. Did all the Craft direct How they should build. Royal Art! At the conclusion of the procession and Ode ors. as follows : Installing Officer. Sol'mon. great Israel's king. The installing officer then proceeds with the installation of the remaining officers. the architect. the brethren. W. you . It will be proper for the Grand Master here to announce the names of the appointed officers. except as called up during the obligations. that they may be installed with the rest. If he does also address the Grand Lodge.

tar. Brothto the altar. R. ficer. Most Worshipful Brothhave the pleasure to present to you. to take upon himself the ob- ligation appertaining to the duties of his office. with the change of name and designation of office. R. Grand Master . Grand Marshal. er Grand Marshal. The foregoing address ficer. and is attended by the Grand Deacons. INSTALLATION will — GRAND LODGE. W. The Grand Marshal conducts him to the alwhen he kneels. D. of the installing of- and presentation by the Grand Marshal. Brother [or W. may be used for all the remaining officers.. who has been duly elected to the office of Deputy Grand : I Master. will er] W. Brothen You have not been an inattentive observer of the cere- mony of installing the M W. and takes the same obligation. Brother C. simply changing the name and title of the ofInstalling Officer. for installation.. as in the case of the Grand Master. W. you conduct our R* W. Installing Officer. 197 now present the Deputy Grand Master elect for installation.

made to the M. is one of great dignity and importance and it was in view of these considerations that your Brethren selected you to fill it. Grand Master. for you are aware that. you know not how soon they may have a personal application to you and remember. He is now conducted to his place by the . also. . as you do also when acting as his substitute in any matters specially delegated to you.xgS ANCIENT CEREMONIES. have placed you in most intimate and confidential relations to him. proceed to invest you with your jewel of office [ gives it ] and proclaim you Deputy Grand Master of Ancient. therefore. as well as our particular regulations. which is at the right hand of the M. you succeed to his duties and prerogatives. for . as supporter and counselor. Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas. therefore. in case of his inca- pacity to act in contingencies mentioned in our Constitutions. W. with pleasure. You will now be seated in your place. I now. Your office. the suggestions Grand Master . W. Treasure up. that usage.

but without being saluted with the grand honors. The charges of the remaining officers in- stalled [which may be varied at the pleasure of the Installing Officer. but manner as the Deputy Grand Master. The other of the elective Grand Officers. and at all times to render counsel and advice co the Grand Master. are high and re- . Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary. In the Grand Lodge. when special occasion requires. 199 before he is seated. viz: the Grand Senior Warden. to announce specially those who are of rank or eminence. are presented and obligated in like Installing Officer calls Grand Marshal. and to aid in the preservation of ordir. the up the Grand Lodge. and thelDej:uty Grand Master is saluted with the Grand Honors.] are as follows : TO THE GRAND SENIOR WARDEN.INSTALLATION— GRAND LODGE. to control : practically the admission of all visitors. Grand Junior Warden. Right Worshipful Brother The position which you occupy in the Grand Lodge and among the Fraternity is one of no little importance. The appointed Grand Officers do not take the obligation.

trust of deep it then becomes a moment to the welfare of the such a trust undoubtedly led to your selection for the office by your Brethren. in conjunction with the Grand. duties. I am In investing performing a grateful duty. fitness for the discharge of their confidence. circumspection. except as it respects the introduction of visitors. but when to these is superadded the more onerous labor. Right Worshipful Brother As the duties of your office and the qualifications of it are almost identical with those of the Grand Senior Warden. in the West. Junior Warden. sponsible vigilance. I will only add to the Charge : given to that officer. and it will be your duty and pleasure so to act as to justify Craft. that you be equally vig- .200 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. TO THE GRAND JUNIOR WARDEN. Your fice. you with the jewel of your ofand directing you to the place of your immediate oftkial action. requiring . of and reflection diligently preserving the ancient landmarks throughout the jurisdiction.

that the High Twelve of observation do not find you with your work. The keys forming the jewel of your office have a twofold significance: They are in- . at aot and circumspect. unperformed. Right Worshipful Brother In intrusting : you with the books and funds of the Grand Lodge. as appertaining to your office. as one well qualified to keep and manage them. not only your sta- tion in the field Grand Lodge. being ever watchful. an appreciation of which has been evinced by their choice of you as Grand Treasurer. and prompt business habits testify. and repair whether in labor or at refreshment. TO THE GRAND TREASURER. Accept the jewel of your office. and that of the Craft you superintend. to the South. accuracy. dividing with labors. as your past integrity. I am but their organ in placing them in your possession. but in the broader of action without. him his and taking due care that the great object of ^'our united solicitude shall remain inviolate.INSTALLATION ilant — GRAND LODGE.

202 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. able him to maintain he should strive that . it is requisite that he should possess ability. laws. and industry. The it Fraternity should en. as well as to open. have rendered the duties of the office of Grand Secretary more onerous and varied than that of any other officer. Brought by his official position more immediately into communication with the whole body of the Fraternity. rules. upon him devolves. TO THE GRAND SECRETARY. struments to bind as well as to loose. to meet the various demands upon him. skill. I am confident. Right Worshipful Brother: Usage. the good name and credit of the Masonic family of this State. as well as positive enactments from time to time. to fast. be used by you in any other manner than the constitutions. in a large degree. Placed in a position where he holds almost constant correspondence with our Masonic brethren of every State and country. and regulations of the Grand Lodge shall direct. make They will never.

In investing you with your official jewel. point out you fully the duties of will not recapitulate them. TO THE' GRAND CHAPLAIN. the pens. Vigilance and fidelity must also be necessary qualities. and Your capability for I their prompt and faithful execution has in- duced your Brethren to confide this trust to you.INSTALLATION it — GRAND LODGE. which is the chart and text-book of your sacred calling. your office. is also the Great Light of Masonry. but to the welfare of a Craft so largely de- pendent upon your experience and integrity. Our to Constitutions. to be elements in his Courtesy and patience are manners and cliaracter. Teach intercede us from its life-giving precepts. 203 be maintained. my Brother. and I feel assured that it is well placed. not only to your praise. I am persuaded that they will make an endearing record. That Reverend and Worshipful Brother Holy Book. and forever sheds its benigxiant rays upon every lawful assemblage of Free and Accepted Masons. : — 14 .

the Worshipful Brothers: As messengers of Grand Officers. for US with that Divine Majesty fully reveals and unfolds to us by its lessons of infinite and you will have faithfully performed your sacred functions and fulfilled your important trust. TO THE GRAND DEACONS.804 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. I which it so and warm us wisdom and truth. the jewels of together with these rods. . and we know that you possess them. you are now invested with office. Vigilance and zeal are necessary requisites of your offices. . and as useful assistants in our ceremonies. as tokens of your authority. It is fitting that an emblem of the sacred volume should be the jewel of your office. your respective official positions are of very great value and importance to the comfort and good order of the Grand Lodge. with which now invest you. this As Grand Senior and Junior Deacons of Grand Lodge.

activity. . upon your and Possessing these qualifications. as the organ of the Grand Master. office require duties of your energy. It is also the guardian and protector of the standard of the Grand Lodge. skill in its general assemblies and pro- cessions. and I now with pleasure install you into office. It denotes command. Let this jewel of your remind you of its nature. ternity. you have been appointed Grand Marshal. Worshipful Brother: The sword which you bear is the time-honored symbol of Jusdce and Authority. The good order of the Fracare. TO THE GRAND SWORD BEARER. Be ever faithful to office your trust. 205 TO THE GRAND MARSHAL.INSTALLATION — GRAND The LODGE. It reminds the -beholder of the dignity of the body who«e emblem it is. depends assiduity. and quickness of perception. to whom you will be near at hand to execute his orders. Worshipful Brother. and invest you with your appropriate jewel.

and that duty still remains to you. But we are taught that "it is better to go to the house of mourning. than to the house of feasting. that n<3 ." and hence on you has been appropriately : disposed the dispensation of our beneficent charities. and exercisi a sound discretion. possess yourself of the necessary information to announce their rank and position properly. hearts testify. although there is rarely occasion for its exercise. Worshipful Brothers In olden times. your province was to superintend and provide for the festivals of the Craft. so as not to interfere with its labors. In so doing. and tha herald to announce the approach of visitors and strangers.2o6 ANCIENT CERE. all and we know that yours most it. TO THE GRAND STEWARDS. TO THE GRAND PURSUIVANT. That it is a grateful duty. together with the white rods. fully responds to Receive the jewels of your office.WONIES. Be cautious and vigilant. Worshipful Brother: You are to act as the messenger of the Grand Lodge.

and in all cases. and repair to your station inside the door. which you should be careful to keep in a good condition. You. intrusted to you faithfully and vigilantly to guard. and also with this implement of your office. Receive your emblem of oifice. unless thoroughly satisfied with the character and identity ot those desiring admittance. Your station is ever outside the door. let your doubts prevail. Care and watchfulness are indispensibly requisite. your keeping the clothing and jewels of the Grand Officers. The' importance of Worshipful Brother: the duties of your place can not be overrated.'] . Improper person also. Irreparable injury might result from a negligent or careless discharge of your duty. and neatly and orderly arranged for use at all times.INSTALLATION — GRAND LODGE. and to which you will now repair with this jewel. and you have always at hand the means of being fully satisfied. 20I may gain admittance. ^Giving a Sword. Ours is a sanctuary. have in TO THE GRAND TYLER.

it may be proper and expedient to have an appropriate Ode or piece of music. The Grand Lodge is called up when the Installing Officer says: Worshipful Grand Marshal the several officers of I now declare The Most Worshipful : Grand Lodge of Ancient'. and by the authority. Before doing so. . response After each proclamation. in AMPLE FORM. each as follows: In the name. several officers being now duly inproclamation thereof will be made in the following form. the Grand Senior Deacon in the West. by the So mote it be. Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas. in the The Grand Junior Deacon proclaims South. however. West and East. of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient. I proclaim that its Grand Officers are now duly installed in Irethren: AMPLE FORM. and the Grand Marshal in the Grand East. The stalled. You will cause proclamation to be made in the South. Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas duly installed into office forthe ensuing year.2o8 ANCIENT CEREMONIES.

This Ceremony is conducted by the Grand Master and his officers. and such officers and members of Lodges as can conveniently attend. or benediction. 209 The Grand Chaplain then concludes the ceremonies with an appropriate prayer. specially authorized by the Grand Master as a Special Deputy.LAYING FCUNDATION STONES. and the brethren appear. The Grand Lodge is called down. is The Chief Magistrate A The Grand Lodge [or Lodge] is opened by the Grand Master [or Special Deputy] . and other civil officers of the place where the building is to be erected. FIFTH SECTION. band of music is provided. with white gloves and aprons. to which a Dispensation issued for that purpose. LAYING FOUNDATION STONES OF PUBLIC STRUCTURES. assisted by the members of the Grand Lodge. [or Lodge] is convened in some suitable place. or it may be conducted by some competent Present or Past Master. w^ith full power to convene some Lodge conveniently located. also generally attend on the occasion. At the time appointed. dressed in dark clothes. the. Grand Lodge.

is the ceremony under the direction of the follows the Grand Lodge arranged in Regular Order of Procession [see page 132]. on the First Degree. in uniform.8IO ANCIENT CEREMONIES. Secretaries and Treasurers. Two Deacons with rods. Master Masons. with the following exceptions and additions: the three Burning Grand Lodge. then . Senior Wardens. Past Masters. and the rules for regulating the procession to and from the place where the ceremony is to be performed. Tyler with Two Junior Wardens. Masters of Lodges. Band If of Music. Members of other branches of the Masonic Fraternity. Fellow Crafts. Stewards with rods. are read by the after Grand which the procession Secretary [or Secretary]. Entered Apprentices. sets out in the following order: A Drawn Sword.

the Silver Vessel with Wine. the Grand Junior Warden will carry the Silver Vessel with Oil. supporting him nstead of the Worshipful Master. following the Globes will come the Chief Magistrate and Civil Oftkers of the place. comes the Lodge having charge of the ceremony. the special Deputy Grand Master will march after the Worshipful Master. the Grand Senior Warden. the Senior Warden. the Deacons. and the Junior Warden will carry the Silver Vessel with Oil. after the first part of the Procession as herein provided. and the Deputy Grand Master the Golden Vessel with Corn [Wheat. with rods. Level and Plumb.] i . arranged in Regular Order of Procession [see page 132]. and the Clergy and Orator. following the Grand Pursuivant will come the Principal Architect. with Square. with the following additions and exceptions: immediately preceding the Secretary and Treasurer will march the Principal Architect with Square. pnd immediately following the Secretary and Treasurer will march the Chief Magistrate and Civil Officers of the place. 2l« Tapers will be omitted.LAYING FOUNDATION STONES. Level and Plumb. following the Band of Music. the Silver Vessel with Wine.] If the Ceremony be under the dit-ection of a Lodge. and the*Worshipful Master the Golden Vessel with Corn [Wheat.

and announces the purposes of the occasion. [or and uncovering. Clergy and Orator. when the fol lowing.ANClfiNT CEREMONIES A triumphal arch is usually erected at the place where the ceremony is to be performed. ±?eS S3 :^ -^-019- H-4- *-r 9^—0-^^- When earth's foundation first was laid. pass through the lines to the platform. The Grand Master [or Deputy Grand Master] commands silence. The procession. Chief Magistrate and Civil Officers. . opens to the right and left. forming a hollow square. M. iisa Z^tljE *—ns —»-r '-^•-s-ri6—rT*r»' fr^^m^^m . together with the Architect. the Deputy Grand Master] and his officers.while the rest of the brethren surround the platform. arriving at the arch. Tune: Brownell. Qrand Master. L. or some other appropriate Ode i is 3ung: ODE.

^:^ m F 'T was then our per-fect laws were made. 213 f*^-^ S^l Art .LAYING FOUNDATION STONES. 9^^? ^ §1 2:2: Es - tab-hshed by His strict ^ f^- com-mand. ^¥^ 2=fcpzb^zif: ^^-5=1= :2iz*: *-r<?- .ist's By the Al-might - y hand. 9~h^ g .

to fix his home.ai4 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. All hail ! mysterious. glo-rious Masonry! In vain mankind for shelter sought. etc. . In vain from place to place did roam. to build. Until from Heaven he was taught To plan. -1—^-^ -ai tefatihtepJitaq Ei=: All hail ! — PV-H- mysterious.

By which the human thought is bound. Truth. And shall to endless time impart How worthy and how great we are. and our bright paths pursue. socially Unite our hearts and hands around. (5) Our actions still by Virtue blest. The stone i? . 21$ (3) we date our Art. and Friendship. on which is engraved the year of Masonry.LAYING FOUNDATION STONES. And to our precepts ever true. the name of the Grand Master. Love. The world. shall request To learn. The necessary preparations are now made for laying the stone. admiring. Which now in beauteous piles appear. jllustrious hence (4) Nor we less famed for every tie. and such other particulars as may be deemed necessary. Its place i.s in the northeast corner of the building.

O Lord. or a designated Clergyman. then places under the stone a box containing various sorts of coin and medals. a list of which is read aloud to the people by the Grand Secretary . the desires and petitions of Thy servants. up by means of an engine erected for Chaplain. . lor Secretary'] . The Grand Almighty God. Thou wilt grant their requests fulfil now. as may be most expedient for them granting us in this world knowledge of Thy truth. tlien delivers the following.2l6 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto Thee and dost promise that. Solemn music is introduced. and in the world to come life everlasting. or some other appropriate PRAYER. . Masonic documents. Amen! Response: So mote it be! The Grand Treasurer \_or Treasurer^ by the Grand Master's [or Special Deputy's] command. and such other matters as may be of interest. where two or three are gathered together in Thy name. tliat raised purpose. and the stone .

and that to the Grand Junior Warden by the Junior Warden.LAYING FOUNDATION STONES. by the Worshipful Master. The Square. G. the parts hereafter assigned to the Grand Master will be filled by the Special Deputy. } What are its uses . moral and Masonic M. Deputy Grand the proper jewel of your Deputy Grand Master. What is R. and the Plumb to the Grand Junior Warden [or Junior Warden. If the ceremony be performed by a Lodge instead of by the Grand Lodge.] Grand Master: office? Master. W. the Level to the Grand Senior Warden [or Senior Warden].] when the Grand Master addresses the Grand Officers as fol- lows: [NOTE. the necessary changes to be made in addressing the various officers as is required. let 217 down into its place by tliree distinct motions. Tiie Principal Architect tlien presents the working tools to the Grand Master [or Special Deputy] who hands the Square to the Deputy Grand Master [or Worshipful Master]. that to the Deputy Grand Master. that to the Grand Senior Warden by the Senior Warden.

Most Worshipful Grand Master: stone to be square. G. The CraftsI fmd the men have performed their duty. Apply tlie implement of your to tliat portion of tlie foundation-stone tliat needs to be proved. W. The Craftsmen have performed their duty. Morally. W. it reminds us of equality. G. Grand Senior Warden: What is the proper jewel of your Senior office ? Grand G. M. M. Warden. Most Worshipful Grand. its use to lay horizontals. M. G. G. 5. This is done. G. R. T>. To square our actions by the office Square of Virtue. Apply the implement of your office to the foundation-stone and make report. M. and mal^e report.: 2i8 ANCIENT CEREMONIES.Master: I find the stone to be level. G. and prove our work. M. is and G. S. is R. Grand Junior Warden What the proper jewel of your office? . The Level. G. Tlie Deputy applies the Square to the stone and says: D. W. M. M. What is its Masonic use? IV.

M. says : \ scatter this corn as an emblem of plenty. and correctly laid. G. G.illy and faithfully performed their duty. G. Let the elements of consecration presented. Apply the implement of your office to the several edges of the foundation-stone. Morally. conduct. I find that the Craftsmen have skillf. -15 . Most Worshipful Grand Master: fmd the stone is plumb. The Craftsmen have performed their duty. 219 Grand Junior Warden. M. G.LAYING FOUNDATION STONES. /. What is its Masonic use? it teaches rectitude of use it to try perpendiculars. G. true. This corner-stone has been tested by the proper implements of Masonry?-. y. and trusty. according to the rules of our Ancient Craft. and scattering it on the stone. W. M. and we and make This I report. W. is complied with. now be The Deputy Grand Master comes forward with the Golden Vessel of Corn. The Plumb. and I do declare the stone well formed.

May its blessings abide with and may the Grand Master us continually.820 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. May the Great Ruler of the Universe bless and prosper our national. and inspire the hearts of the people with virtue. state and city governments. : Response : So mote it be! for- The Grand Junior Warden then comes ward with the i Silver Vessel of Oil. and pours it upon the stone saying I pour this wine as an emblem of joy and gladness. preserve the Union of the States. and may it be a bond of Friendship and Brotherly Love that shall endure through all time. wisdom and gratitude. pours upon the stone. May the blessings of bounteous Heaven be showered upon us and upon all like patriotic and benevolent undertakings. of Heaven aiid Earth shelter and protect the widow and . Response : So mote it be! The Grand Senior Warden then comes forward with the Silver Vessel of Wine. saying : which he pour this oil as an emblem of peace.

Amen! Response: So mote it be! The Grand Master strikes the stone three times with the gavel. makes the following INVOCATION. . long preserve to us all the structure from decay and grant a supply of the Corn of Nourishment. Grand . the afflicted and the sorrowing. and the Oil of Joy. and the Public Honors are given. May the all-bounteous Author of Nature bless the inhabitants of this place with an abundance of the necessaries. . men against every accident. the Wine of Refreshment. shield and defend them from trials and vicissitudes of the world. and comforts of life assist in the erection and completion of this building protect the work. that they may know sorrowing and trouble no more. Response : So mote it be! The Grand Master standing in front of all and extending his hands. and so bestow his mercy upon the bereaved. 22t orphan. conveniences.LAYING FOUNDATION STONES.

concealed from the eyes of all men. saying [or Brother]: of Worthy Sir Grand Master implements of Having thus. intrusting you with the superintendence and direction of the work. now your profession into your hands. to be serviceable to the tect of the Universe. that we be lawful Masons. : true and faithful to the laws of our country. . secrets which cannot be divulged. The Grand Master ascends the platform. when an appropriate anthem may be sung. and which have brethren. and engaged. and to fear God. as foundation deliver these Masons. The Grand Master then addresses the assembly as follows Men and Brethren here assembled Be it known unto you. I laid the stone of this structure. having full confidence in your skill and capacity to con- duct the same. The Grand Master then delivers over to the Principal Architect the implements of architecture. by solemn obligations.: : 822 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. to erect magnificent buildings. the Great ArchiWe have among us.

selves ready to shown thempromote our interests and deall who have fend us from adversaries. it is our duty to convey them unimpaired to the latest posterity. Amen. in peace God with tlie patronage of so many ever illustrious men in all ages. to build a house. Unless our Craft were good. _ 223 never been found out the laws of . an address may be made at this time to the assembled ! people. and our calling honorable.LAYING FOUNDATION STONES. which we pray God may deserve to prosper. by becoming a place of concourse for good men. and not repugnant to or man. They were inand honor. . we should not have lasted for so many centuries. to the Masons of ancient times. and promoting harmony and brotherly love throughout the world. nor should we have been honored trusted. Response : So mote it be If an orator has been provided. but these secrets are lawful and honorable. and having been faithfully transmitted to us. We are as- sembled here to-day in the face of you all. till time shall be no more.

after this life. good-will toward to behold men ! O Lord. wisdom and forgiveness. grant them in health and prosperity to live . upon . The Grand Chaplain then pronounces the following. Amen. the heavens. Glory be to God on high. we pray Thee. . all the workmen who shall be engaged in the erection of this edifice keep them from all forms of accidents and harm. in Thy bright mansion — in Thy Holy Temple— not eternal in made with hands. and. Bless. or some other suitable BENEDICTION. to be placed in the proper hands. .. the mountains. through Thy tain everlasting mercy. and on earth peace. we most heartily beseech Thee with Thy favor and bless this assemblage pour down Thy mercy in the like the dew that falls upon Thy servants engaged solemn ceremonies of this day. and finally. 224 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. A voluntary collection is then made by the Grand Stewards among the Brethren for the needy workmen. we hope. to atjoy and felicity. and the sum collected is laid upon the stone by the Grand Treasurer.

assisted by the members of the Grand Lodge. the procession returns in the same order to the place whence it set out. 225 Response : So mote it be After which. SIXTH SECTION. Art. or it may be conducted by some competent Present or Past Master. near to the place where the ceremony is to be performed. with full power to convene some Lodge conveniently located. meet in a convenient room. and the Grand Lodge is closed with the usual formalities. DEDICATION OF MASONIC HALLS. and the Grand Lodge [or Lodge] is opened on the Degree provided for by Sec. accom- panied by the members of the Grand Lodge [if present]. II. 7.! DEDICATION OF HALts. At the time appointed forthe celebration of the ceremony of Dedication. of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge. This ceremony is conducted by the Grand Master and his officers. to which a Dispensation is issued for that purpose. and such officers and members of Lodges as can conveniently attend. the Grand Master [or Special Deputy] and his officers. specially authorized by the Grand Master as a Special Deputy. .

are given. the Deputy Grand Master [or Worshipful Master] the Silver Vessel with Oil.«26 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. silk or satin. [see page 132]. The Procession is then formed by the Grand Marshal [or Marshal] in the Regular Order of Procession. the Grand Senior Warden [or SeniorWarden] ." covered with a loose covering of white linen. the Silver Vessel with Wine. and the Deputy Grand Master [or Worshipful Master] will be followed by four Past Masters carrying the "Lodge. with the following additions: the Grand Junior Warden [or Junior Warden] will carry the Golden Vessel with Corn [Wheat]. When the Grand Officers [or Special Deputy] arrive at the center of the Lodge-room. to the Deputy Grand Master. public or private. as required. the Grand Honors. In the following ceremonies. by the . and the Gold and Silver Vessels and the Burning Tapers are placed around it. [See page 143]. The Grand Officers [or Officers] then repair to their respective stations. if they are performed under the direction of a Lodge. toward the East.' The "Lodge" is placed in front of the Altar. the parts assigned to the Grand Master will be performed by the Special Deputy Grand Master.

and to the Grand Junior Warden by the Junior Warden. ac-cept our praise -#—^- 3i^## ^ ?^t [ ^ 0^ ^ S # ^ - m Still ag:^ bless this con - se crat- ed band 9fc:z:g 1^ g . M.— DtDICATION OF HALLS. ^ I. Tune : Duke V- Street. to the Grand Senior Warden. 327 Worshipful Master. by the Senior Warden. ) y-^ - Mas ter Su-preme. The arrangements being completed. L. the following or some other appropriate Ode is sung: ODE.

May pity dwell within each breast.:^ i^g= Thy i And guide us by sovereign hand. Here hold their undivided reign. . Hope. our Lodge. divine. worth. distress'd. Thousands by Till this. riiendship and Harmony combine To soothe our 3 cares. be blest. to banish pain. shall want no more. 9tFA=^^ mm^. ^-*^ I I Pa-rent of light ! il - lume our ways. »-ty gi^^ 2 © Ii* ^J :^ ^ May Faith. Relief attend the suffering poor. Charity.ANCIENT CEREMONIES. I Y^-p ^ 1 A—\.

being animated with a desire to proNo mote the honor and interest of the Craft. ac- cording to the best of my ability. They are desirous that the same should be examined by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge and if it should meet their approbation. that it be solemnly dedicated to Masonic purposes. Grand Master: The Lodge. then rises. in the construction of this edifice and having. . for their convenience and accomodation. The Architect or Brother who has had the management of the structure then addresses the Grand Master as follows Most Worshipful Grand Master: Having been entrusted with the superintendence and management of the workmen employed . and addresses the Grand Master as follows : Most Worshipful Brethren of . have erected a Masonic Hah.: DEDICATION OF WALLS. accomplished the task assigned me> now return my thanks \ . 229 The IVorshipful Master of the Lodge to which the Hall to be dedicated belongs. agreeably to ancient form and usage.

{presenting to the Grand Master the Square. Level and Plumh].230 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. of this under- taking. To which the Grand Master replies : Brother Architect: in The skill and fidelity displayed in the execution of the trust reposed you at the commencement . The Deputy Grand Muster then says: : rises. have secured the entire approbation of the Grand Lodge and they sincerely pray and liberality of its that this edifice may continue a lasting monu- ment of the founders. on this occasion will be crowned with your approbation. spirit. it is the desire of in . for the honor of this appointment. and that of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge. taste. and the plan upon which it has been constructed. and Most Worshipful Grand Master The Hall which we are now assembled. having met with your approbation. humbly hoping that the exertions which have been niade. and beg leave to surrender up the implements which were committed to tion of this fabric my care when the foundawas laid.

v/ith s^7ord of state.Burning Tapers. according to the ancient form and usage. . with rods. with Silver Vessel of of Wine Deputy Grand Master. with dra\7n sword Grand Stc\7ards. . The Grand Master. 231 the Fraternity that Ft shoiild be now dedicated. Two Past Master. . on a velvet cushion. Grand Tyler. . borne by a Past Master The Holy Bible. borne by two Past Masters Grand Junior Warden. and Compasses. with drawn sword. with Golden Vessel of Corn Grand Senior Warden. . during which solemn music is played. with Silver Vessel Oil. supported by the Grand Deacons. The "Lodge" is then uncovered. Square. and a procession is made around it in the following form. and followed by Grand Sword Bearer. borne by a .. DEDICATKDN OF HALLS. v/ith rods Grand Pursuivant. . Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer A Burning Taper.

assist in singing. now assembled in Thy name and in Thy presence. continued and ended in Thee. music ceases. at the appropriate times. Strength of mind in all our difficulties." and the Grand Master arrives in the East. and the Grand Chaplain makes the following CONSECRATION PRAYER: When Almighty and ever-glorious and gracious Lord God. and bless and prosper all our works begun. Let Faith be the foundation of our Hope. Graciously bestow upon us Wisdom. in all our doings. O Thou preserver of men! graciously ento dedicate this able us now house which we . and Charity the fruit of our obedience to Thy revealed will. and the Beauty of harmony and holiness in all our communications and work. and Governor of everything Thou hast made. and All the other Brethren keep their places. mercifully look upon Thy servants. Creator of all things. the Grand Lodge has made the First Procession around the "Lodge.232 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. it halts. the Dedication Ode.

are daily sustained who were by the same Almighty by the same beneficent hand. all and faithfully observe and fulfil their Thee and to the Lodge. to love. and mercifully be pleased to accept this service at our hands. and religion. love. and are traveling the same road to the gates of death. May under all who shall be lawfully appointed to rule herein according to our Constitution. be Thy special guidance and protection. May we here meet in Thy presence as a band of Brethren created Parent. and peaceful joy reigning triumphant in our hearts. and virtue. harmony.DEDICATION OF HALLS. 233 have erected. May every discordant passion be here banished from our bosom. . May all who come within these consecrated walls have but one heart and one mind. May we here have Thy Holy Word always present to our mind. and to love one another as Thou hast loved obligations to us. to the honor and glory of Thy name. to honor. as Thy majesty and unbounded goodness claim. to fear. and to obey Thee.

to their neighbor. . graciously be pleased. And when the time of our labor is drawing near to an tliat May all may O end. wheresoever dispersed.CEREMONIES. to bless the Craft. So mote it Response: be! Then is sung the first verse of the following Dedication Ode. Amen. And. and joy forever reign before Thy supported by . graciously enable us to pass through the 'Valley of the shadow of death. finally. the proper work of our institution be done in tliis house be such as Thy wisdom may approve and Thy goodness prosper. Thou Sovereign Architect of the Universe. and the pillar of our strength is declining to the ground." Thy rod and Thy staff to those mansions beyond the skies where love and peace.. and make them true *and faithful to Thee.334 ANCiENi. throne. and to themselves.

de-scend. M ^¥:S^ r^ Ge-nius of w^m m . L. -^- m^ IS gii g^l^grng -fZ-^ $ Md=d-^^s=:=^d=d^ And with thee bring thy spotless train . Constant our sa ' cred rites I 4—- H *• -# ^ aSB -I6 m -i<9' . 2^5 DEDICATION ODE.DEDICATION OF HALLS.^ :^^ -<&- Ma-son-ry. Tune: Old Hundred. -^ 7^- -^ =^ 9^^ 2z^: :^=tt » ^S -t9- :^=^ s: -x=^ St - :^ at.tend.

do solemnly In the I dedicate this Hall to FREEMASONRY. whom be all honor and glory.*36 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. as an emblem of nourishment. I therefore present you this Vessel of Corn. saying: Most Worshipful Grand Master: dedications of Masonic Halls. pours the Corn upon the "Lodge" saying: to Name of the GREAT JEHOVAH. All then unite . -<^ Si si'T^i^ja While we a - ^ : -G- I dore thy peace-ful reign. The Grand Honors are then given once. The Grand Master then. public or private as required. the Grand Jnuior Warden presents the Golden Vessel of Corn to the Grand Master. 9fee^ S? -^- y 1^" After the singing. it In the has been of Immemorial custom to pour Corn upon the Lodge. to be employed by you according to ancient usage. striking thrice with his Gavel.

The Grand Honors are twice repeated." and the Grand Senior Warden presents the Silver Vessel of Wine to the Grand Master saying: Most Worshipful Grand Master Wine. brightest maid! Bring Love. While social Mirth shall lend her aid To soothe the wrinkled brow of Care. bring Friendship here. I do solemnly dedicate this Hall to VIRTUE. in 331 Ode singing t'.ie second verse of the Dedication as follows: Bring with thee Virtue. While solemn music is played the Second Procession is then made around the "Lodge.DEDICATION OF HALLS. to be used on the present occasion according to ancient Masonic form. All then unite in ." saying : the : Inthe name of the HOLY SAINTS JOHN. The Grand tMaster X\-\tx\ sprinkles the Wine upon the " Lodge.bringTruth. having been used by our ancient brethren in the dedication and consecration of their Lodges. public or private as required. I present you this Vessel of Wine. emblem of refreshment.

All then unite in ." saying III the name of the whole FRATERNITY. this Vessel of Oil. The Grand Honors are thrice repeated. lic pub- or private as required. To every corner of the Globe. While solemn music is played. all Encircled in thy heavenly robe Diffuse thy blessings around.: ! 23b ANCIENT CEREMONIES. singing the third verse of the Dedication as follows Ode Bring Charity ! with goodness crowned. an emblem of that joy which should animate every bosom on the completion of every important undertaking. I do solemnly dedicate this Hall to UNI: VERSAL Benevolence. The Grand Master then sprinkles the Oil upon the " Lodge. the third Procession is then made round the " Lodge." and the Deputy Grand Master presents the Silver Vessel of Oil to the Grand Master. to be used according to ancient custom. saying : Most Worshipful Grand Master : I present you.

the Grand Lodge is again formed in procession. asatfirst. appropriate Oration may then be deand the ceremonies conclude with music. standing before the " i. and grant to each one of them. the wine of Amen. livered.odge. So mote it be! The "Lodge" is then re-covered. bless all the brethren here asin their lawful undertakings. All praise. the corn of nourishment. An . And may and perfect sembled. the giver of every good gift. Who By deigned the human soul to raise. mystic secrets. returns to the room where it was opened. The Grand Chaplain. LcDICATION OF HALLS. in the Lord. and is closed. refreshment. and the Grand Lodge and brethren are seated.. the Grand Master retires to his chair. 239 singing the fourth verse of the Dedication Ode as follows To Heaven's High Architect all praise." then makes the following INVOCATION. all gratitude be given. and the Response: needful supply. oil of joy. After which. sprung from Heaven.

and having been opened on the First Degree. on the 27th that of St. and to partake of the feast of brotherly affection. If any Grand Officers be present. Whichever day may have been selected. FESTIVALS OF THE ORDER. to implore His blessings upon the great family of mankind. In every country where Freemasonry is en« couraged. On arriving at the Church gate. They are days set apart by the Fraternity to worship the Grand Architect of the Univer'^e. they must be placed in the rear of the prpcession. John of December. on the 24th of June. John the Baptist. and e Evangelist. These are. and the honor and benefit of the institution. Every officer must wear the jewels of his office. its festival days are celebrated witli great ceremony. annually to celebrate one or both of these days in such way as will be most conducive to the advantage li the Lodge. the Lodge about to celebrate it should assemble at its usual place of meeting. the brethren uncover and open ranks to the right ' . the Lodge forms in Regular Order of Procession [see page 132]. the festival of St. It is therefore recommended to every Lodge.24P ANCIENT CEREMONJHS SECTION SEVEN. immediately in front of the two Wardens.

as he may think proper. in aid of the Charity Fund. may. passes between the lines. into the Church. Divine service must be performed. the Master may' deliver a charge from the Chair. When this laudable duty becomes impracticable. 24X and left as far as the Worshipful Master. who. and an appropriate sermon or address delivered by some competent brother appointed for the occasion. who shall as often as he . likewise uncovered. CEREA\ONY OBSERVED AT GRAND VISITATIONS. After the return to the Hall. upon such subjects connected with the Order.FESTIVAL DAYS. The Grand Master. visit the Lodges under his jurisdiction. or may deem expedient. the Grand Master may appoint any one or more of his Grand Officers. SECTION EIGHT. 1 he same ceremony is observed on their return to the Hall. to make the customary examinations. followed by the brethren. and after service a collection may be made at the Church doors from the brethren. accompanied by the Grand Officers. from the extent of jurisdiction and large number of Lodges. Hymns and anthems adapted to the occasion shall be sung. and the honor and happiness of the Craft. at least once a year.

The Grand Tyler. it being remembered that the post of honor in a Masonic pro- cession is always in tlie rear. visit and inspect such Lodges as the Grand Master shall designate. with the Private Grand Honors. or Grand Master. Tlie Worshipful Master receives the Grand Master according to ancient usage. passes through to the Chair. remains at the door. The Grand Officers proceed up to the East between the lines of brethren. The Worshipful Master opens his Lodge on the Third Degree. or Officer appointed to make the Visitation. and the Grand Master. This being arranged in this manner. him The following is the ceremony observed on such occasions: The Grand Secretary. or presiding Grand Officer. to the Chair. notifies the Lodge of the intended visit. they then close. on each side. if present. when the officers of the .242 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. when they open to the right and left. inward face. and make report to of the result. and take their seats on the right of the Worshipful Master. and resigns to him the Chair and Gavel. The brethren arrange themselves in a line from the door. in the order of rank. and places his Deacons at the sides of the door. in the East. tlie Worshipful Master deputes a Past Master to escort the Grand Officers. with their rods crossed.

or makes such observations as the circumstances and situation of the Lodge may require. The Worshipful Master then delivers to the Grand Master. SECTION NINE. The arrangement is such that any portion of the service each part being complete^may be used as occasion requires. to a distance. if present. and repair to the East. then resigns the Chair to the Worshipful Master. the and a statement Treasurer's and Secretary's books. the Warrant of Constitu- Lodge resign Grand tion. The services herein arranged for the Burial of the Dead.GRAND VISITATIONS. or the body of the deceased taken fc interment. Having examined them. are adapted for all the purposes for which ceremonies of that character may be required. for his inspection. The Grand Master. If the weather should be stormy. or inspecting officer. It is will or . of the funds of the Lodge. MASONIC FUNERAL SERVICES. the same ceremony must be observed as at their entrance. he expresses his approbation. 243 their seats to the corresponding Officers. Should the Grand Officers retire before the Lodge is closed. and the Grand Officers leave their seats. or inspecting officer. — not expected that the whole ceremony can be used at any one time.

III.i Lodge. nor unless he has received the Master Mason's Degree. or consent of the Grai. may be performed. can unite in the ousequies of a person not a Mason. that portion of the service set apart for the Lodge-room. or body of Masons. having received notice of the death of a brother [the deceased having attained to the degree of Master Mason]. nor can they be allowed to unite. communicated to the iVlaster of the Lodge of which he died a member (foreigners or sO' journers excepted). in the funeral of a brother. No Freemason can be buried with the formalities of the Fraternity. IV. as Masons. and of his request to be buried with the ceremonies of the Craft. or at the house of the where deceased. it would be impossible for the brethren to attend. unless it be at his own request. fixes the day and hour for his funeral [unless previously arranged by the friends or relatives . General Directid7is. and from this restriction there can be no exception. I. Fellow-Crafts or Entered Apprentices are not ehtitled to these obsequies. or that of some of his family. II. without permission of the Grand Master.244 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. No Lodge. The Master of the Lodge.

to conduct the buria': " If Grand officer. and the members of those may accompany their officers in form. then upon the Master of the oldest Lodge. will devolve upon the Master of the Lodge within whose jurisdiction the death may occur. 245 tlie of the deceased]. the duties prescribed in Article IV. VL Whenever civic societies. and issues the command to He may Secretary to summon the Lodge. but the whole ceremony must be under the direction of the Master of the Lodge of which the deceased of a sojourner. invite as many Lodges as he may think proper. may unite with Masons in the burial of a Mason. the bocy of the deceased must be in charge of the Lodge having jurisdiction. The Masonic services should in all respects be conducted as if none but Masons were in attend- was a member.FUNERAL SERVIChS. Upon the death ance. the deceased was a Grand or Past the officers of the Grand Lodge should be invited. or the military. VII. will invite the Grand oificer present. and if in a place where there be more than one Looge. V. who had expressed a u'ish to be buried with the Masonic ceremonies. when the Master of the Lodge having jurisdiction. who has attained the highest rank. . unless otherwise mutually arranged.

blfack neck-L white gloves. with white rods. the Tyler's sword.846 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. neatly . the Book of Constitutions. black or dark clcthes. the Bible. t]-ere should be placed upon the latter a plain tied v/ith '/hite : white Jc. by the Master. the Warden's columns. should be appointed by the Master to attend a Grand Warden. Deputy' Grand M?=ter. ^he Master's gavel. VIII. ibskin apron. and when the Grand Master or . proper attention must be paid to them. or Consistory. X. wear their official jewels. Two Deacons. with a band of black crape around the left arm. oi should join the procession of a private Lodge. should be trinmed with black crape. XI. nbove the Ibow. selected The pall-bearers should be If Masons. and Past Masters and Grand Officerr my. ribbonThe officers of the Lodge should. a portion ' the pall-bearers should be taken from these bodies severally. They take place after the Master of the Lodge. irand Warden. If a Pkst or Present Grand Master.iibskin apron. and a plain square whiu linen or Ir. Commandery. ^ the deceased was a member of a Chapter. and the Marshal's baton. and a si^ rig of evergreen on the [eft breast. die Deacons' and Stewards' rods. Whik the body is ly'ng in the coffin. IXo The proper rlothing for a Masonic funeral is a black hat.

FUNERAL SERVICES. coffin should be deposited in the circle. and the Master and other officers at the head. and the others follow in XII. the Stewards should cross their rods over the door. the circle should be formed around the grave. and the Stewards and Deacons should cross their rods over it. should attend on his right and left. the body being placed on rests over it. 247 Deputy Grand Master is present. — . Upon arriving at the entrance of the cemetery. the lines should be opened. XIII. The bearers should take their places on either side the mourners at the foot of the coffin. or where the services are to be performed. and the Deacons over the Master. and the highest officer in rank. the Tyler should take his place in front of the open door. and the The lines be spread so as to form a circle. a Sword-bearer should follow. the brethren should march in open If the body is to order to the tomb or grave. If the body is to be deposited in the earth. When the head of the procession shall have arrived at the place of interment. and the Deacons with white rods. be placed in the former. After the coffin has been placed in the tomb. the Stewards should cross their rods over the order. the Book of Constitutions should be borne before him. preceded by the Marshal and Tyler pass through.

the Lodge will be opened on the Third Degree. no brother can enter the procession or leave it without express permission from the Master. foot. and the oldest at the end or left. the purpose of the Specia( Communication must be stated. XVI. the Master will order the Marshal to The . When a number of Lodges a funeral procession. Service in the Lodge-i'oom brethren having assembled at the Lodge-room. and retain their places throughout the services. A Lodge in procession is to be strictly under the discipline of the Lodge-room. Church or grave.room is not to be used. The procession must return to the Lodge-room in the same order in which it marched to the grave. If the Service in the Lodge. conveyed through the Marshal. and the Deacons over the head. the join in Masonic services should begin. XVII. the position of the youngest Lodge is at the head or right of the procession. and remarks upon the character of the deceased may be made by the Master and brethren.. XV. either at the house. 248 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. therefore. XIV. excepting that the Lodge of which deceased was a member walks nearest the corpse. After the clergymen shall have performed the religious services of the Church.

as a flower of the field. He dwelleth he sojourneth J. is W. in it no more. What man is he that liveth. Warden. Man walketh in a vain shadow. Sen. and will then proceed as follows: IVor. it is For the wind passeth over and gone.^ His days are as grass. his glory shall not descend aftet . If the Service in the Lodge-room is to be used. and cannot tell who shall gather them. W. Brother? W. M. Warden. Jtin.FUNERAL SERVICES— LODGE ROOM. dieth. after the appropriate remarks the Master shall call up the Lodge. W. Master. so he flourisheth. M. When he him. he shall carry noth- ing away. and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave . Where darkness. it. now our departed in night. 249 form the brethren in procession. and the place thereof shall know S. to repair to the house of the deceased. he heapeth up riches.

Be merciful unto O Lord. blessed be the name of the Lord. He hath not dealt with us after our rewarded lis according to our iniqui- W. Can we offer any precious gift ac- ceptable in the sight of the Lord to redeem our brother? 5. W. in Our hope and salvation are Thy patience.250 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. For he brought nothing into the it is certain he can carry nothing out. We gift or are poor and needy. The Lord is merciful and gracious. and the rock of our strength. W. and our refuge is in God. W. in to anger. be merciful unto us. The Lord gave. and the Lord hath taken away. W. /. ransom. and ^/'orld. M. sins. W. slow S. for we trust in Thee. us. /. God our salvation. M. S. Where else can we look for mercy? . W. our glory. and plenteous is mercy. nor ties. W. We are without /.

The Lord is gracious and righteous. M. from henceforth blessed are the dead saith the who die in the for they Lord rest ! Even so. that our last end may be like his. on which have been inscribed the name. and any other matters relating to deceased that may be interesting -17 . Shall 31. 251 Let us endeavor to live the life of the righteous. S. /. our brother's name and ? virtues be lost upon the earth forever Response by the brethren: We will member and cherish them in our hearts. IV.FUNERAL SERVICES— LODGE ROOM. our God is merciful. age. ing unto I : me heard a voice from heaven. He will W. W. W. date of death. date of initiation or affiliation. M. facts of his Masonic history. Spirit." Here the Worshipful 31aster w\\\ take the SACRED ROLL [a sheet of parchment or paper prepared for the purpose]. God is our God forever and ever. say''Write. be our guide even unto death. yea. re- W. from their labors.

with humble submission. or some other appropriate Hymn. Respo7ise: Amen ! So mote it be Public Grand Honors should then be given three times. I fe Few i^: are thy days. M. the soul of our de- parted brother. Amen! So mote it be. and shall then say Almighty Father! in Thy hands we leave. and shall read the same aloud. The following. to the brethren. Tune: Evan. the brethren to respond each time: The The will of God is accomplished. C.: ! 252 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. may then be sung HYMN. The Worshipful Master should then deposit the Roll in the archives of the Lodge. pst^^ fTF=f=?=i f I i S=f=& . and full of woe.

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Thou alone art a refuge and help in trouble and affliction. Behold the emblem of thy state In flowers that bloom and die Or in the shadow's fleeting form That mocks the gazer's eye.. In this Thee for support bereavement we look to and consolation. . afflict not. or Chaplain will The Worshipful Master propriate then repeat the following. The short allotted span That bounds the few and weary days Of pilgrimage to man. Determined are the days that fly Successive o'er thy head The number'd hour is on the wing That lays thee with the dead. May we . or some other ap- Prayer. in Thy wrath. Almighty and Heavenly Father infinite in wisdom. Great God. extend to us — — the riches of Thy everlasting grace. 254 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. mercy and goodness.

FUNERAL SERVICES— LODGE ROOM. may we trust that he hath entered into a higher brotherhood. and refreshment from earthly care. Pall-bearers. to find rest from earthly labor. by two and two. Past Masters. which will proceed to the house of the deceased. by two and two. to keep us from all evil. with rods. . Stewards. though the dust returneth to the dust as it was. Amen! Response: So mote it be ! procession will then be formed. and crown us with immortal life and honor. Make us grateful for present benefits. believe that death hath no ! 255. to engage in nobler duties and in heavenly work. by two and two. power over a faithand righteous soul May we believe that. the spirit goeth to Thyself. Members of the other branches of the Masonic Tyler. As we ful mourn the departure of a brother beloved from the circle of our Fraternity. with Fraternity. And to Thy name shall be all the glory forever. Master Masons. May Thy peace abide within us. in the following order: A drawn sword.

supported by the Deacons. so far as practicable. and carried by the oldest member of the Lodge not in office. on a cushion. The Holy Bible. when the Marshal and Tyler will pass through the lines to the end. it will follow the Tyler. unless all the musicians be Masons. When the head of the procession arrives at the entrance of the building.256 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. with rods. the brethren closing in and following. Senior and Junior Wardens. will enter the house. thus reversing the order of procession—the brethren with heads uncovered. Square and Compasses. and escort the Master or Grand Officer inta the house. If a band of music has been provided. Secretary and Treasurer. and on the proper order being given by the Marshal it will open to the right and left. forming two parallel lines and facing inward. Worshipful Master. none but the officers and pall-bearers will enter the . covered with a black cloth. in which case they will follow the Stewards. all the brethren. if there are no services to be held at the house. If religious or Masonic services are to be held at the house. it should halt.

.FUNERAL SERVICES— HOUSE OR CHURCH. the Deacons and Stewards will stand. with rods crossed. in which case the pall-bearers will be the last to leave the lines and close in. the Senior Warden on his right. the left or rear near the door of the house. the brethren forming a circle around all. and open as before. if any. one on each side of the coffin. the Treasurer on his right. and leaving space in the rear for the officers to occupy as they leave the house. if the brethren remain outside. The Tyler will take and maintain his place just inside of the door. the Worshipful Master will take charge of the remains by taking his station at the head of the coffin. the former near the head. the brother carrying the Holy Bible will take his station at the foot of the coffin. have been performed at the residence. so far as practicable. ^he latter near the foot. the Junior Warden on his left. After the religious services. 257 house.. the remaining brethren standing fast. the Marshal remaining outside in charge of the brethren. the Marshal will reverse the line^. Services at the House of the Deceased^ or at Church. bringing the right or front of the lines near the hearse. the Chaplain taking his place by the side of the coffin near the center. the Secretary on his left.

Senior and Junior Wardens. On leaving the house the Tyler and Stew ards will proceed at once to their place at the head of the procession near the hearse. the exit of the body. wi^h rods. with uncovered heads. The Secretary and Treasurer. all will join in repeating the Lord's Prayer. Stewards. and the Worshipful Master and officers will retire from the house in the following order: vice at tiie Tyler. Worshipful Master. with rods. after which the Master will order the pall-bearers to remove the remains. not intended to use the Masonic serresidence. As soon as .258 . after the officers have taken their stations as above provided. the remaining officers taking their places at the rear of the procession. near the door of the residence. The brother carrying the Holy Bible. and separating to each side.If it is ANCIENT CEREMONIES. the Chaplain or Master leading. with drawn sword. and thus awaiting with all the brethren. supported by the Deacons. The officiating Clergy and Chaplain will immediately precede the pall-bearers and the body. and the body will be followed by the immediate relatives and friends.

it of friends fron the house the but making no forward head of the column moves. and prothroui^ the li •2Zy movement unti! '' ic ceed to the Church or place of interment.c the rear to prevent confusion by the ::'^ncrr. the immediate relatives and friends following. the lines v/ill close^ commencing. . on ari'ving at the Church the lines will again form from the Church-door to the hearse. viz: Tyler. Master Masons.l 3r. The lines will then move to the head of the procession. and open order. Members of th" other branches of theMasonic Fraternity. the brethren will retire in regular order. 259 irimediate relatives and friends have jr-zcC.b/J '-^e relatives have passed through to the r-^r/uiges.FUNERAL SERVICKS — HOUSE OR CHURCH. which will be '. the head of the procession being at the Church-door. The Tyler will pass through the lines and escort the officiating Clergy and Chaplain. the Master and officers and brethren closing in and f< 'lowing the mourners into the Church. facing inward and uncovering. as from the residence. uu remains are taken to a Church. thus again revers-he 'f ing the order of the procession. the order of the procession be'ng plainly indicated Ui thf remarks preliminary lo the Service at Grave. -'r-t ". ":hi-ou:^h. who immediately precede the pallbearers with the body. On retiring from the Church. Stewards.

and the glory. as it is in heaven. and. And lead us not into temptation. be Our Father which art in heaven. The Masonic services.— 26o ANCIENT CEREMONIES. if practicable. and will commence upon the officers taking their places about the coffin as before provided. Give us this day our daily bread. and will be governed by the same rules.— if the Lord's Prayer be used. and will form outside from the Church-door to the hearse as at residence. Secretary and Treasurer. will be . all the brethren standing. all the brethren will join: Prayer. the Master with the Deacons. or some other appropriate Prayer. and the power. Hallowed Thy name. for ever. And forgive us our debts. Thy kingdom come: Thy done in earth. as we forgive our debtors. forming a circle around the officers and body. but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom. the brotlier witli the Holy Bible. v/ill take place after the religious services are concluded. Past Masters. Senior and Junior Wardens. Amen. at either the residence or Church. whereupon the service will proceed as follows: The Worshipful Master or Chaplain \y\\\ repeat the following.

continually repeated. who for our sins art justly displeased. lies in its narrow house before us. no tears of friends or agonies of relatives can avert.' whom may we O . The dead body of our beloved brother A. B. no wealth or honor. and dwell in the house of darkness. must ere long pass through the valley of the shadow of death. the secrets of our hearts. we are upon by the imperious mandr-jte of the dread messenger Death. Thou know?st. no virtue or bravery. 261 Worshipful Master.FUNERAL SERVICES— HOUSE OR CHURiJH. of In the midst of life we seek for succor but of Thee. yet soon forgotten. that every one of us Senior Warden. to mourn the loss of one of our companions. Brethren. teaching an impressive lesthe barred doors and Tyler's son. against whose free called entrance within the circle of our Fraternity weapon offer no impediment. shut not Thy mercifu' ears to our prayer. Lord. overtaken by that fate which must sooner or later overtake us all. Lord. are in death. and which no power or station.

W. and continueth not. that it will sprout again.262 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. the number of his months are with Thee. I W. . For there is hope of a tree. Lord. and the days of our pilgrimage are few and full of evil. But man dieth and wasteth away. man giveth up the ghost. Our life is but a span long. so man lieth down. W. that apply our hearts unto wisdom. Seeing his days are determined. that may he certified how long I have to live. He cometh forth as a flower. Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. till he shall accomplish his day. Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. and riseth not up till the heavens shall be no more. and the flood decayeth and drieth up. and is cut down. yea. we may So teach us to number our days. S. and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. and the number of my days. let me know my end. turn fron him that he may rest. if it be cut down. /. he fleeth also as a shadow. M. and where is he? As the v/aters fail from the sea. Junior Warden.

that in the evening of our days be found worthy to be called from labor to refreshment. We should we so regulate our lives by the line of rectitude and truth. Man prepared. at midnight. there to comfort us. 263 work and evening of his day. Take when heed. our sky is none darkened with clouds. may he find mercy in the great day when all men shall be judged according to the deeds done in the body. 5. As it hath pleased the Almighty God to take the soul of our departed brother. watch and pray. perfect.FUNERAL SERVICES— HOUSE OR CHURCH. at a time when we may not be goeth forth to his to his labor until the M. ye know not the Master cometh. Behold. we are is in distress! Our hearts are turned within us. for the darkness of death may come upon us. to join the Fraternity of the spirits of just men made W. and duly prepared for a translation may from the terrestrial to the celestial Lodge. O Lord. IV. We must walk in the light while we have light. for ye know not when the time is. . therefore. or in the morning. The labor and work of our brother are finished. at even.

and then vanisheth away.264 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. "M. away. m^r—^ *¥ — — 1 U U-1 i- . "0 ir - Here Death his sa cred seal hath set. All flesh is as grass. ' and mourning and lamentations are heard among /. and the living and the flower thereof W. M. or some other appropriate. go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting. IV. for a us. Hymn: HYMN. Respcmse by all the brethren: So mote it be. Here may be sung the following. The grass falleth withereth. for that is the end of all men. It is better to will lay it to his heart. and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. : C. little Our life is a vapor that appeareth while. Tune Naomi.

FUNERAL SERVICES— AT THE GRAVE. and jfL by gone hours -«^. . m ^' ^ 2^*1: The dead we mourn are with us yet. 265 -i^—+- ^ On bright I^IZ^ -# ff#- -<5-^ .

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Ours, by the pledge of love and faith By hopes of heaven on high By trust, triumphant over death,
;

;

In immortalitv!

The dead are like the stars by day, Withdrawn from mortal eye;
Yet holding unperceived
their

way

Through the unclouded sky.
holy hope and love. hours serene. Connected with the Lodge above, Immortal and unseen.

By them, through

We feel,

in

The Worshipful Master or Chaplain^ will then repeat the following, or some other appropriate

Prayer.

Most glorious God author of all good, and giver of all mercy pour down Thy blessings upon us, and strengthen our solemn engagements with the ties of sincere affection May
!

!

!

the present instance of mortality remind us of our approaching fate, and draw our atten-

!

!

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toward Thee, the only refuge in time of that when the awful moment shall arrive that we are about to quit this transineed;
tory scene, the enlivening prospect of

Thy

gloom of death; and after our departure hence, in peace and in Thy favor, we may be received into Thine everlasting kingdom, to enjoy, in union with the souls of our departed friends, the just reward of a pious and virtuous life. Amen Response: So mote it be
dispel the

mercy may

the remains of the deceased are to be reto a distance where the brethren cannot follow to perform the ceremonies at the grave, or the weather be too stormy, the procession will return to the Lodge-room, and the
If

moved

Lodge

will close.

Service at the Grave.
of the deceased, to the church, or to the place of interment, should be in the following order: Tyler, with drawn sword; Stewards, with rods; Band of Music, if Musicians are Masons, otherwise they follow the Tyler;

The procession from the house

Master Masons;

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18

;

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Past Masters; Secretary and Treasurer; Senior and Junior Wardens;

The Holy

Bible,

Square and Compasses, on

a cushion, covered with black cloth, and carried by the oldest member of the Lodge not in office The Worshipful Master, supported by the

Deacons, with rods; and Chaplain; The Body, With the insignia placed thereon, and the pall-bearers on each side; Mourners.
Officiating Clergy
If the deceased was a member of a Royal Arch Chapter and a Commandery of Knights Templar, and members of those bodies should

unite in the procession, clothed as such, the former will follow the Master Masons, and the latter will act as an escort or guard of honor to the corpse, outside the pall-bearers, marching i. the form of a triangle; the officers of the Commandery forming the base of the triangle, with the Eminent Commander in the
center.

When the procession has arrived at the place 0^ \nterment, the members of the Lodge Should form a circle around the grave; when

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the Worshipful Master, Chaplain, and other officers of the acting Lodge, take their position at the head of the grave, and the mourners at the foot; the Deacons and Stewards standing, with rods crossed, at the head and foot of the grave, respectively. After the Clergyman has performed the religious services of the Church, the Masonic service should begin.

The Chaplain^ or Worshipful Master, rehearses the following, or some other appropriate

Prayer.

adore Thee as the

Almighty and most merciful Father, we God of time and eternity. As it has pleased Thee to take from the light

of our abode one dear to our hearts,

we

beseech

Thee

to bless

and sanctify unto us

this dis-

pensation of
hearts with

Thy

providence.

Inspire our

may

glorify

wisdom from on high, that we Thee in all our ways. May we

realize that

Thine all-seeing eye is upon us, and be influenced by the spirit of truth and
love to perfect obedience

—that we may enjoy
And when may we

the divine approbation here below.

our

toils

on earth shall have ended,

:

!

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be raised to the enjoyment of fadeless light

and immortal life in that kingdom where faith and hope shall end, and love and joy prevail rightthrough eternal ages. And Thine,

O

eous Father, shall be the glory forever. Amen. Response: So mote it be

The following exhortation the Worship/id Master
Brethren
:

is

then given by

The solemn

notes that betoken

the dissolution of this earthly tabernacle, have

again alarmed our outer door, and another

has been summoned to the land where Again we are called to assemble among the habitations of the dead, fo behold the "narrow house appointed for all living." Here, around us, in that peace which the world cannot give or take away, sleep the unnumbered dead. The gentle breeze fans their verdant covering, they heed it not; thesunshineandthe storm passover th'em, and they are not disturbed stones and lettered monuments symbolize the affection of surviving friends, yet no sound proceeds from them, save that silent but thrilling admonispirit

our fathers have gone before us.

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''Seek ye the narrow path

and the

straight gate that lead unto eternal life."

We

are again called upon to consider the

life; the immutable and the vanity of all human Decrepitude and decay are written pursuits. upon every living thing. The cradle and the

uncertainty of

human

certainty of death,

coffin

and

we

stand in juxtaposition to each other; a melancholy truth, that so soon as begin to live, that moment also we begin
it is

to die.

It

is

passing strange that, notwith-

standing the daily mementos of mortality that cross our path,— notwithstanding the funeral bell so often tolls in our ears, and the "mournful procession"

will not

go about our streets, that we more seriously consider our approaching fate. We go on from design to design, add hope to hope, and lay out plans for the employment of many years, until we are sud-

denly alarmed at the approach of the Messenger of Death, at a moment when we least expect him, and which we probably conclude to be the meridian of our existence.

then. . 272 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. tear over let us ca^t around his foibles. or the charms when nature has paid her just debt? Fix your eyes on the last sad scene. noj withhold from his memory the commendation that his virtues claim at our hands. the ^ower of wealth. have gone astray. the broad mantle of Masonic Charity. as well as the best of men. the apologies of human nature to plead for him who can no . all Here the scepter of the prince and the the beggar are laid side by side. In the grave. of the utter eir. all fallacies all are leveled. Suffer. and you must be persuaded of beauty. and exposed in its natural meanness. are all the externals of human dignity.ptiness of these delusions. the dreams of ambition. longer plead for himself. What. whatever they may have been. the pride of intellect. and view life stript of its ornaments.. ranks distinctions are done away. then. Peraction on earth has never yet been attained the wisest. are detected. staff of While we drop the sympathetic the grave of our deceased brother.

enjoy the to our lips happy reflection of a well-spent life in the exercise of piety and virtue. while we may. which we all know must come. resolve to maintain with sincerity the dignified May our faith character of our profession. my brethren. of the uncertainty of all human its life— of the unsubstantial nature of pursuits. prepare with care for that great change. nor we hurried unprepared into the presence of that all-wise and powerful Judge. by this example. which. and strengthen our resolutions of amendment. Be then persuaded. . to whom Let us the secrets of all hearts are known. be evinced in a correct moral walk and deport. and be as a poison and. Let us each embrace the present moment. and while time and opportunity permit. 273 Our present meeting and proceedings will have been vain and useless. Thus shall our hopes be not frustrated. and no longer postpone the all-important concern of preparing for eternity. in that fatal hour. will yield the only comfort and consolation.FUNERAL SERVICES— AT THE GRAVE. when the pleasures of the world shall cease to delight. if they fail to excite our serious reflections.

it at last shall please the and ourselves. and the body is lowered into the grave by three gradual motions. The Worshipful Master then holding the apron. when Grand Master of the Universe to ence. may our hope be bright as the glorious mysteries that will be revealed hereafter. is the emblem and the badge of a Mason. continues apron. when worthily worn. more honorable than the Star This and Garter." and to receive the "white stone with a new name. emblem now deposit in the grave of our The lambskin. summon us into His eternal pres- may the trestle-board of our whole lives pass such an inspection that it may be given unto each of us to "eat of the hidden manna. to our neighbor.: 374 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. I . and our charity boundless as the wants of our fellow-creatures. ment. The Worshipful Master then takes the apron from the coffin." that will insure perpetual and unspeakable happiness at His right hand. or white of innocence. It is more ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle. And having faithfully discharged the great duties which we owe to God.

the wealth of the world cannot purchase our release nor will the innocence of youth. we shall soon be clothed in the habiliments of death. these frail bodies must moulder in their parent dust. though. the coffin and the melancholy grave. . which once marked the temporary resting-place of the illustrious dead. is an emblem of our faith in the immortality of the soul. sooner or later. deceased brother {depositing the apron in the gravel. yet. By it we are reminded of the universal dominion of death. die. through our belief in the . NEVER. like our brother. and that. and which shall never. The Worshipful Master then holding the evergreen. 27. admonish us of our mortality. continues: This evergreen. By this we are reminded that we have an immortal part within us. The mattock. or the charms of beauty propitiate his purpose.FUNERAL SERVICES— AT THE GRAVE. By it we are ad- monished that. that shall survive the grave. The arm of his friendship cannot interpose to prevent coming. NEVER. whose remains lie before us. and deposited in the silent tomb.

after which. the palms striking each other. they are then raised above the head. The The Wo7^shipfu I Master ceremony: i\\tn continues the From time immemorial." when the hands are extended above the head: ''We commend his spirit to God who gave it. and while they are being given the third time. whether in public or private. too." — . of mercy God. the brethren audibly pronounce the following words when the arms are crossed on the breast: "We cherish his memory here. the nft uppermost. This. it has been the custom among the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons. and severally drop the sprig of evergreen into the grave. with the same exclamation. with the exclamation. practiced among Masons "i • erals. are given iowing. and then made to fall smartly upon the thighs. This is repeated three times. the Public Grand Honorsf are given.manner: Both arms are crossed on at funthe folbreast.ie hands sharply striking the shoulders." 276 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. and the open palms of t. "Alas. my brother! brethren then move in procession around the place of interment. at the request of a brother. we may confidently hope that our souls will bloom in eternal spring." and when the hands are extended toward the ground: "And consign his bodv to the earth. to accompany his remains to the place of int The Grand Honors. I deposit in the grave.

may we. we may wisely and usefully employ our time. In conformity to this usage. whose memory we revere. and there to deposit them with the usual Tormalities. to . during the short space allotted us here. thereby demon- strating the sincerity of our past esteem for him. thus severing another link from the fraternal chain that binds us together. out remove our brother from the cares and troubles of this transitory existence. before the world. 277 terment. mutually promote the welfare and happiness of each other. to offer last tribute of up to his memory. and at the re- quest of our deceased brother. to a state of endless duration. be more strongly cemented in the ties of union and friendship. that.FUNERAL SERVICES— AT THE GRAVE. we have assembled in the character of Masons. and our steady attachment to the principles of our Order. Unto the grave we have consigned of his infmite mercy. who survive him. the our affection. and whose loss we now deplore. The great Creator having been pleased. and in the reciprocal intercourse of kind and friendly acts.

the body of our deceased brother. Then let us improve this solemn warning that at last. doing wonders. looks down with infmite compassion upon the widow and fatherless. loss who we have are all sustained. and that the Great Architect will fold the arms of His love and protection around those who put their trust in Him. But we can say. deeply. that He who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb. friends. dust to dust [more earth]] there to remain till the trump shall sound on the resurrection morn. when the sheeted dead are stir- . We can only sincerely. Who has done all things well Who is glorious in holiness. in the hour of their desolation.278 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. most heart-stricken at the we have but little of this world's consolation to offer. We can cheerfully leave him in the hands of a Being. and most affectionately sympathize with them in their aiflictive bereavement. fearful in praises. To those of his immediate relatives and . ashes to ashes \_7n0re earth]. earth to earth {earth being sprinkled on the coffin'].

a.FUNERAL SERVrCES— AT THE GRAVE. inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ^ U time." shall receive The following Ode will then be sung: Tune: Pleyel's -I Hymn ¥=i^ Sol - ^ emn jo^ strikes the :^ fu - n'ral chime. we from the Omniscient Judge. 951? a-4- W- i :£ s^£S Notes of our . ring. .22.^2. 45L j2-» #. :jf: jS. ye blessed. -P- m . 279 when the great white throne is set. "come. • -i5?-^ de - part - ing ^ JSL . the thrilling invitation.

t As we jour - ney here be - low. For Mortality is here See how wide her trophies wave O'er the slumbers of the grave! ! Here another guest we bring . Seraphs of celestial wing. .28o ANCIENT CEREMONIES. now indulge a tear. Waft our friend and brother home. a . #= «= i m Thro' jz. ^ i ^=f^3tF.(SL pil - grim - age -^9- of woe. To our fun'ral altar come.a. m .' ^i T Mortals.

fol- Most glorious God. May the present instance of mortality remind us of our own approaching fate. and. and there join in union with our friend. by drawing our attention toward Thee. we may be received into Thine everlasting kingdom. at when the awful quit moment of which we must this transitory scene.-ill be concluded with the lowing or come other suitable Prayer. the only refuge in time of need. and enjoy that uninterrupted . our hearts with truth and love When discclvcs our earthly tie. that shall arrive. 281 4 Lord of Fill all ! below— above . in peace and Thy favor.— FUNERAL SERVICES— AT THE GRAVE. pour down Thy upon us and strefigthen our solemn engagements with the ties of sincere affection. The servicec'-. late may we be induced so to regu- our conduct here. Take l^ to Thy Lodge on high. author of giver of all all good and blessings mercy. the enlivening prospect Thy mercy may dispel the gloom of death. and that after our departure hence.

Response: So mote it be Worshipful Master. M.! ! 282 ANCIENT CEREMONIES. . God is Response: So mote it be W. From dust we came. The insignia and ornaments of the deceased. and the Lodge will be closed in form. are to be returned to the Thus the Master. Amen service ends. felicity and unceasing souls of just which ! is allotted to the men made perfect. if an officer of a Lodge. and unto dust we must return. after which the procession will return in form to the place whence it set out. Response: May we all be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. and the brethren may. with the usual ceremonies. if practicable open order and stand uncovered. where the necessary business of Masonry should be renewed. Amen. The will of accomplished. while the relatives pass through the lines as they leave the cemetery.

we are in the actual presence of the departed.RITUAL FOR A LODGE OF SORROW. that. and while we thus recall to our recollection their virtues. on the our companion in contrary. we learn to look upon death from a more elevated point of view. to the perfect life for which our transient journey here has been the school and the preparation. to see in it the wise and necessary transition from the trials and imperfections of this world. our memories may be cherished with grateful remembrance. it differs In the essentially from the burial service. and white 283 -19 . latter case. and temper anew our resolutions so to live. While necessarily of a funereal character. Vocal and instrumental music are indispensable to the proper effect of the ceremony. when we shall have passed the silent portals. is intended to celebrate the memory of our departed brethren. and engaged in the last rites of affection and respect for one who has been is The following recommended life. The brethren should wear dark clothing. and whose mortal remains we are about to consign to their last resting-place. Ritual for a Lodge of Sorrow for use in the Lodges. The Lodge of Sorrow.

Preparation of the Hall. On the Master's pedestal is a skull and lighted taper. placed a candlestick. about six feet long by four feet wide. On . They may be held in churches or public halls. and a canopy of black drapery may be raised over the urn and platform. provided with an extinguisher. V. The platform should be draped in black. The Lodge-room should be appropriately \. During the first part of the ceremonies the lights in the room should burn dimly. which consists of a rectangular platform. with benefit to all concerned. bearing a lighted taper. There is no necessity for any attempt at secrecy in the ceremonies of Sorrow Lodges. and near it. to be used at the proper time. will be seated a brother. II. on which are two smaller platforms. or in the presence of friends at the Lodge-room. facing the East. At each corner of the platform will be IV. In the center of the room is placed the catafalque. and the several stations covered with the same emblem of mourning. draped in black. III. so that three steps are represented.284 LODGE OF SORROW. gloves and aprons. on which is placed an urn. the third one should be an elevation of convenient height.

shields bearing their names are placed around the catafalque. the appropriate insignia of his office. by the remembrance of immortality. Where the Lodge is held in memory of several brethren. and. VII. and if the deceased brother had been an officer. and say: The Worshipful Master.LODGE OF SORROW. able the light to be increased to brilliancy at the appropriate point in the ceremony.? Senior Warden. absence of our brethren Calm sorrow for the who have gone before . and the brethren seated. several officers being in their places. Brother Senior WarFor what purpose are we assembled. to contemplate our own approaching dissolution. Vill. To honor the memory of those brethren whom death hath taken from us. On Opening the Lodge. to raise our souls above the consideraden : tions of this transitory existence. W. M. a lambskin apron. the Worshipful Master \n\\\ call up the Lodge. Brother Junior Warden: What sentiments should inspire the souls of Masons on occasions like the present? Junior Warden. 285 Arrangements should be made to enVI. the catafalque will be laid a pair of white gloves.

or Worshipful Master.286 LODGE OF SORROW. from Thy glorious and eternal day into the dark night of our error and presumption. we beseech Thee. I declare this Lodge of Sorrow opened. us. in whose holy sight centuries are but as days. look down. and invoking your assistance in the solemn ceremonies about to take place. own etern-^. Grand Architect of the Universe.l wel- and a firrn faith and reliance upon the wisdom and goodness of the Great Architect of the Universe. The Chaplain. that in them may awaken — . look down upon Thy children. will then offer the following. M. and shudder at the mysteries of the future. to whose omniscience the past and the future are but as one eternal present. or some other suitable Prayer. Brethren: Commending these sentiments to your earnest consideration. W. earnest solicitude for our fare. and suffer a ray of Thy divine light to penetrate \nto our hearts. who still wander among the delusions of time who still tremble with dread of dissolution.

: ! . 287 and bloom the certainty of life. Response: So mote it be The Ode may following. C. O Broth-er. reliance upon Thy promises. ^ g|4^ 9-ltr -. Tune : Bradford. Amen. or some other appropriate here be sung ODE.^I S I I :fcN:1=: *^ ^ ^ ^ to rest. and assurance of a place at Thy right hand. thou art r*5 gone We will not weep I for thee 1^ ^ -#T ^ -^VT-*^ ^ :(2_- -^ ±^ ^^- . M. LODGE OF SORROW.

9^-Sfc ^^ #=^=q -\r^ Tliy spir it —^-s-*-_•I E3 be. pain. end. Brother. longed to i 2 O Brother. . and suffering Shall ne'er distress thee more. Thy toils and And now 3 O And That.oft on earth. 2S8 ^ Vip^ LODGE OF SORROW. this shall be our prayer Thy when we reach our journey's glory we shall share.: . 1^-»T* ^^ ^art tSr-S- ^^ For ihou nowwhere. thou art gone to rest.. thou art gone to rest cares are o'er sorrow.

Think of those brethren. thus will you be when the lamp of your brief existence has burned out Think how Man's soon death. who. their strength. for you. which blooms to- . and the wisest cannot life we are in know what a but to see day may bring those land. it is eloquent only in the lessons it teaches us. but a few days since. once the abode of a spirit like our own. and their beauty. within this hollow cavern once played the ready. We away live we love passing into the silent Behold this emblem of mortality. and tuneful tongue. and now. will be a reality. and then reflect that "to this complexion have they come at last. swift. forth. life is like a flower. bring to your minds the remembrance of their wisdom. sightless and mute. beneath this mouldering canopy once shone the bright and busy eye." think of yourselves.LODGE OF SORROW. 289 The Worshipful Master {taking the skull in his ha7id'\ will then say: Brethren: In the midst of death. were among us in all the pride and power of life.

it seems as but yesterday. and could we now realize the idea that our last hour had come. When we look bacl<. my brethren. Centuries upon centuries have rolled away behind us. we could put aside our manhood. upon the happy days of our childhood. when the dawning intellect first began to exercise its powers of thought. faded. and oh started ! how much more swift the passage of our declining years than upon the journey. our whole earthly life would seem but as the space of time from yesterday until to-day. or have already passed the meridian of in is our sun is setting the West. and be.are too apt to believethat the roseate hues of the rising sun of our existence were always to be continued. cast aside. and on the narrow boundary between the past lieved wnen we —as the young . by a simple effort of the will.ZQO LODGE OF SORROW. are fast approaching. before us stretches out an eternity of years to come. and The most life. and to-morrow trodden under foot. is day. and seek again the loving caresses of a mother. of us. and that. or be happy in the possession of a bauble.

and said. and only through a firm reliance upon the Divine promises can we satisfy the yearnings of an immortal soul. we beheld the orbs but. of hope.i term our life. their endless course it among the stars. or for the possession of the eye of faith can — . Let these reflections convince us how vain are all the wranglings and bitterness engendered by the collisions of the world how little in dignity above the puny wTanglings of ants over a morsel of food. a square inch of soil. of day and night pursuing .LODGE OF SORROW. of a blessed trust in a never-ending existence beyond the gloomy portals of the tomb. from the begin- ning of the world to our day. but only through we behold what is to come hereafter. we knew naught of what had been before us. up to manhood. aqi and the present flickers the puny taper \v. . and done. we learned we saw the flowers bloom as they had bloomed toi centuries. When we came into the world. as we gre\y of the past. as they had pursued from the birth of light we learned what men had thought. The cradle speaks to us of remembrance the coffin.

however humble. the jealousies and heart-burnings. the works of mercy and justice. What the petty strifes and bickerings. and that they are but drops in the great ocean of humanity. and how soon time heals the wounds that death inflicts upon the loving heart.292 LODGE OF SORROW shall survive us? Not. is mouldering in its parent dust. that his calamities are not . Let the proud and the vain consider how soon the gaps are filled that are made in society by those who die around them. sends his angel to us with let us look upon it as an act of mercy. but rather the noble thoughts. like this remnant of mortality. the small triumphs and mean advantages we have gained. and live for good when his body. let us hope. that ennoble and light up the existence of every honest man. without wrangling like froward children. the scroll of death. and lay down our heads softly and go to sleep. to prevent many sins and many calamities of a longer life. and from this let them learn humility. the words of truth. For this at least And when God man gets by death.

immortal. Tune 4--^ : Naomi. 29: To bear grief honorably and tem- and to die willingly and nobly.— LODGE OF SORROW. C. or the following Ode may be sung : ODE. —»—*— those J t-vVfw—j I —f 0— When we love are snatched a-\vay. the duties of a good man and A solemn piece of music will now be performed. 0—0 r0 iL?d5 \==t V-V-4- i ^^ir^ . M. are true Mason. perately.

! LODGE OF SORROW. Our hearts the mournful trib." I Sink deep in every breast.ute pay. With awful power imprest. May this dread truth. To-morrow death may come- . —O 9 O -r» 0- ^ While pity prompts the rising sigh. "I too must die. Let this vain world allure no more: Behold the opening tomb It bids us use the present hour.

: . who can hinder He Him? Man that is born and flower. the : woman is of few days. his day. turn from him that he may rest. and the stock thereof die in the ground. of a full of trouble. Behold He taketh away. For there is hope of a tree if it be cut down. not. as an hireling. and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. LODGE OF SORROW. passeth on also. He goeth by rne and I see Him not. At its conclusion the Chaplain will read the following passages Lo. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth. till he shall accomplish. and continueth are determined. but I perceive Him not. that it will sprout again. 29b The voice of this instructive scene May every heart obey faithful calls to Nor be the Which warning vain watch and pray. and is cut shadow. Seeing his days number of his months are with Thee Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. He cometh forth like a down he fleeth also as a . yet through the scent of water it will bud and .

If wait. yet in my flesh shall I see God. so man lieth down. my purposes are broken even the thoughts of my heart. My flesh. they shall not awake. my skin worms destroy this body. thou art my father. andriseth not. bring forth boughs like a plant. and the flood decayeth and drieth up. that they were printed in a book That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer liveth. till the heavens be no more. Whom I shall see for . man the ghost. and that He shall stand at the And though after latter day upon the earth. yea.296 LODGE OF SORROW. nor be raised out of their sleep. dieth andwasteth But man giveth up away. bone cleaveth to my skin snd to my . that my words were now written ! Oh. when our rest together is in the dust. and where fail is he? As the waters from the sea. And where is now my hope? As for my hope. have made my bed the grave is mine house off. My days are passed. who shall see it? They shall go down to the bars of the pit. Oh. in the darkness. I : I I have said to corruption.

death cannot celebrate Thee. in the cutting off of my days I shall go to the gates of the grave I am deprived of the residue of my years I said. the living. in the midst and Thy I floods compassed me about all Thy billows and Thy waves passed over me. myself. that I may take comfort a little. . even the Lord in the land of the living I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world. the depth closed me round about. Behold. . Then said. even to the soul. he shall praise Thee as I do this day. before I go whence I shall not return. Are not my days few? Cease. For Thou cast of the seas . . I shall not see the Lord. the weeds were wrapt about my head. and mine eyes shall behold. even to . the living. I said. then. . For the grave cannot praise Thee. me into the deep.LODGE OF SORROW. . The waters compassed me about. and let me alone. for peace I had great bitterness but Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption. 297 and not another. I am cast out of Thy sight yet will I look again toward Thy holy temple. .

and that our sorrows are not the visitations of Thy wrath. as darkness and of the shadow of death. the land of darkness. A land of darkness. and where the light is as darkness. and the four brethren will extinguish the tapers near which they are placed. And whatever distress or the who were our brethren. wounds thus inflicted . An Prayer by the Chaplain. itself. trouble may hereafter come upon us. The general lights of the hall. as it heals upon our hearts and on the hearts of those who were near and dear to them.298 LODGE OF SORROW. if there be convenience. but the result of the great !aw . it hath those pleased Thee to take from among us Let time. without any order. interval of profound silence will be observed. and the shadow of death. will be turned low. ever be consoled by the reflection that may we Thy wisdom and Thy love are equally infinite. Our Father Who art in Heaven. noterase the salutary lessons engraved there but let those lessons always continuing distinct and legible make us and them wiser and better.

T-3DGE OF SORROW. Let the loss of our brethren increase our affection for those who are of harmony by which everything make us more punctual performance of the duties that friendship. that and understanding. with rods the Two Wardens The Worshipful Master. 299 is being conducted to a good and perfect issue in the fullness of Thy time. love and honor demand. thus: Two Stewards. When it comes to us also to die. The Junior — 20 . with rods. Deacons and Stewards^ will now approach the East and form a procession. we may serve Thee in And to Thy name Amen. the procession will halt and open to the right and left. may a firm and abiding yet spared to us. This procession will move once around the catafalque to slow and solemn music. . shal^ be ascribed the praise forever. supported by Deacons. Response : So mote it be The Wardens.! . and in the trust in Thy mercy dispel the dread of dissolution. and spirit sanctify the solemnities of this occasion to our hearts. gloom and Be with us now. On arriving at the East.

Junior Warden. too shall we soon follow those who have gone before us. and inciting us so to fill the brief span of our existence that we may emblematical of that pure called. so. and. and the Senior Warden approaching the catafalque will place upon it a wreath of white flowers. They will open as before. will say .: goo LODGE OF SORROW. so. As the sun sets in the West. to the sound of slow music. The procession will again be formed. and say Senior Warden. to close the day and herald the approach of night. parted brethren I In memory of our de- deposit these white flowers. and move as before. one by one we lay us down in the darkness of the tomb to wait in . will now return to his silence will and an interval of profound be observed. Iht Junior Warden place. twice around the catafalque. placing upon it a bunch of white flowers. have been leave to our survivors a sweet savor of re- membrance. Warden will then advance to the catafalque. life to which they and reminding us that as these children of an hour will droop and fade away.

and man. and an interval of profound silence will be observed. and move three times around the catafalque to slow and solemn music. and say all Worshipful Master. the heroic sacrifices . its y>i shall pass calm repose for the time when the heavens away as a scroll. the Worshipful Master v^\\\ advance and place upon the Urn a wreath of evergreen. It is appointed unto men once to die. and after death cometh the resurrection. The procession will again be formed. grave men are equal the good deeds. the token of that fraternal alliance which binds us while on earth and which we hope will finally unite us in heaven. stand- ing in the presence of the Infinite. membrance of all the virtues who have preceded us to the The Senior Warden returns to his place. as before. the lofty thoughts. it In the The dust all shall return to the earth and the spirit unto God who gave . shall realize the true end of his pilgrimage here below. Let these flowers be to us the symbol of reof our brethren silent land.: LODGE OF SORROW. Arrived in the East.

The be conducted to the altar. And so. and a period of Chaplain will now where he will read will return to his silence will obtain. trusting in the infmite love and tender mercy of Him without whose knowledge not even a sparrow falls.: 30a LODGE OF SORROW. tears will fall upon the graves of our brethren. nature will have its way. The Worshipful Master place. and our . and that in our hearts there is still a place for them. and be comforted by the reflection that their memories will not be forgotten. let us be reminded by the evergreen symbol of our faith in immortal life that the dead are but sleeping. let us prepare to meet them where there is no parting. While. raised But some man will say How are the dead up? and with what body do they come? : . that they will still be loved by those who are soon to follow them that in our archives their names are written. and where with them we shall enjoy eternal rest. alone survive and bear fruit in the lives of those who strive to emulate them. therefore.

It sown . in incorruption it it is raised a spiritual body. but bare grain . but God giveth it c body as it hath pleased Him. So is also is the resurrection of the in corruption. There is one glory of the sun. it is sown in weakness. All flesh is not the There are also restrial : celestial bodies. the flrst man Adam was made . it may chance of wheat or of some other grain . for one star differeth from another star in glory. and another of birds.^ODGE OF SORROW. and to every : seed his own body. ural body. and bodies ter- but the glory of the celestial is one. same flesh but there is one kind of flesh of men. Thou fool. another of flshes. that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die and that which thou sowest. thou sowest not that body that shal be. it is sown a natural body. and there is There is a nata spiritual body. another flesh of beasts. is raised sown in dishonor. it is raised in power. And so it is written. and another glory of the moon. is it dead. and the glory of the terrestrial is another. . it is raised in glory. and another glory of the stars .

As is is the earthy. and this mortal shall have put on immortality. that was not first which is spiritual. . then shall be . that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. but that which is natural and afterward that which is spiritual. the man is the Lord from heaven.. brethren. And as we have borne the image of the earthy. I : all sleep. Howbeit. the dead shall be raised incorruptible. The first second man is of the earth. neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. yH LODGE OF SORROW. earthy. at the last trump for the trumpet shall sound. and Behold. such are they also that are heavenly. such are they also that are earthy and as the heavenly. tlie last Adam was made a quickening spirit. shew you a mystery we shall not but we shall all be changed in a moment. in the twinkling of an eye. . and this mortal must put on immortality. a living soul. Now this I say. and shall be changed. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption. we For this corruptible must put on incorruption. .

As the Chaplain pronounces words. II.: — I — - LODGE OF SORROW. grave. the four brethren seated around the catafalque will relight the tapers. will be sung to music of a more cheerful character ODE. SpS^Pg^ One # sweet-ly sol - emn thought —#-r#—#-# — *--# 1 \ ! 1 ^^. or some other appropriate Ode. and the following. death is swallowed up in victory. 305 brought to pass the saying that is written. -# ^^^^ # #-41 \ —r-^-^-^1 •-ta— «^-^->9 jH . TUNE! Gary. death. while a strain of triumphant music will be played. where is thy victory?" the lights in the hall will be raised to brilliancy. "O The Chaplain will return to his place in the East. where is thy where is thy sting? O O victory? the concluding grave.

^ Bc^-ta=^El -^—#I k-Uto am near - er home * - day -• iite^^^EHiSs | —»-r ! |- —*-t IBig^^^ Than I ev - er have been be - fore. I ^-t=^'^^: S: H: Comes to ^. PEEEE^^Sg333 1 1 -^-^-i^- I i i . me o'er and o'er: « o- 9^^E^=?=l2=^4^ fel g-g g—^-# ^— ^ ^ » :t:^tzt:zr- (i=K L=t=^: e sg =]=!=]—#—#-•—f-:.— 3o6 LODGE OF SORROW.

perfect my trust Strengthen the might of my faith . Feel as I \^^ould when my feet Are slipping over the brink For it may be. the Eulog- Then follows the following. Nearer gaining the crown. Father's house. or appropriate Ode some other . That leads at last to the light. lay our burdens Nearer leaving the cross . Where we down But lying darkly between. — . the many mansions be Nearer the great white throne Nearer the crystal sea.. The Orator will then pronounce him. Father.: ! . Is Winding down through the night. the deep and unknown stream. LODGE OF SORROW. I am nearer home Nearer now than I think. . Let me feel as I would when I stand On the rock of the shore of death. jo^ Nearer my Where Nearer th-e bound of life.

L. ^m^^m I Wri^ — fe From ev-'ry heart to i=±^ J-r-H i Thee ascend ^ . praise Once more.4—- — -*. -^. ODE.4—. -^ ^ES S Thou art the guardian M of :^ our days.h — 508 LODGE OF SORROW. '^^^f?=--¥ -^ ^-F .-^9- — — -I -I 9^^^ 9jr m. M m4* '¥¥=J: :=r '^ let grateful fp"^^ O Lord. Tune: Old Hundred.

I -"^ '^. He Whose infinite Man judgeth not cf man. and possessed of so many virtues as to overcome their faults and shortcomings? Answer these questions. unwearied toilers in the vineyard. Brother Senior War- den. may we walk in wisdom's ways.LODGE OF SORROW. Senior Warden. hymn of praise. Worshipful Master. Hear now our parting Closing. and tender mercy passeth . were they just and perfect Masons. And ever feel that we are Thine. and changeless -^ d friend. our recollection of our departed friends has been refreshed.-^^ ^ ^ §tei EE ^ -t ^ . as Masons should answer. ana we may now ask ourselves. 309 Our first. And bind our hearts in love divine Oh. worthy men. our best.

and his body was denied the honors of sepulture. Princes and peasants came there to be judged. she will mourn. Him Egypt no one could gain admittomb until he had passed under the most solemn judgment before a grave tribunal. the good that her sons have done lives after them and the evil is She does require. has no such tribunal to sit in her dead .310 all LODGE OF SORROW. But Masonry judgment upon . and should it ever happen that of a Mason. A public accuser recounted the history of their lives. his all their actions. however. escorted only by their vh-tues and In ancient tance to the sacred asylum of the their vices. that whatever is said concerning them shall be the truth . and threw the penetrat- ing light of truth on evil life. Whose goodness endursth Let forever. interred with their bones. comprehension. has called our brethren hence. who dies. with her. If it were adjudged that the dead man had lead an in the memory was condemned presence of the nation. nothing good can be truthfully said. judge.

and that it is my pleasure that this Lodge Sorrow be closed. Make due announcement to the brethren. Brother Junior Warden The labors of this Lodge of Sorrow being ended. Worshipful Master. let us profit of ihis solemn occasion. fully 3ir and pityingly bury him out of her sight in silence. it is {^calling up the Lodge'].g ended. : Erother Senior Warden Announce brethren that our labors are of now concluded.: LODGE OF SORROW. and invite them to assist. the labors of this Lodge of Sorrow the pleasure of the Worshipful Master that it be now closed. Junior Warden beir. it is the pleasure of the Worshipful Master that it be now closed. Senior Warden. . lay to heart the truths to which we have listened. Brethren. Brethren. and resolve so to walk that wher we lay us down to tlie last sleep it may b by the admonitions the privilege of the brethren to strew white flowers upon our graves and keep our ories as a pleasant memto the remembrance.

M. an invocation Let us unite with our Chaplain to the Throne of Grace.312 LODGE OF SORROW. M. in W. W. This Lodge of Sorrow is now . closed.

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