Independent Order of Foresters
of a Royal Forester
This ritual is dated 1892.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Captain of the Guard, what is the first charge of an Encampment of
Ill. C. of G.: Ill. Commander, to see that we are duly guarded.
Ill. Com.: Attend to that charge.
Ill. C. of G.: Ill. Guards, *, to your posts, and guard well this Encampment of Royal
As soon as the Ill. Gs have taken
their posts the Ill. I.G. will give three loud knocks upon the door, which will
be answered by three loud knocks upon the door given by the Ill. O.G.
Ill. C. of G.: Ill. Commander, the Encampment is duly guarded.
Ill. Com.: ’Tis well. Ill. Lieut. Commander, *, what is the next charge of an
Encampment of Royal Foresters?
Ill. Lt. C.: To see that all present are Royal Foresters.
Ill. Com.: Direct that that duty be performed
Ill. Lt. C.: Ill. Sword Bearers, *, examine all present in the Countersign and Pass,
and make due report.
The Ill. Sw. Bearers will examine
in the current S.A. Pass, and in the Countersign and Pass of a Royal Forester;
after having examined all present, except the Ill. Com., the Ill. Lt.C. and any
distinguished visitors near the Throne, the Ill. Sw. Bearers will report to the
Ill. Lt. C.
1st Ill. Sw. B.: Ill. Lieut. Commander, all on your right have given the Countersign and
Pass of a Royal Forester.
2nd Ill. Sw. B.: Ill. Lieut. Commander, all
on your left have given the Countersign and Pass of a Royal Forester.
Ill. Lt.C.: ’Tis well. Ill. Commander, all present are Royal Foresters.
Ill. Com.: ’Tis well. Ill. Lieut. Commander, are you a Royal Forester?
Ill. Lt.C.: I am, Ill. Commander; try me and prove me.
Ill. Com.: How will you be proved?
Ill. Lt.C.: By my Signs, Ill. Commander.
Ill. Com.: Advance the Signs.
Ill. Lt. Com.: I will, Ill. Commander, with the assistance of the Ill. Knights and Sir
Ill. Com.: Let it be done in due form.
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Ill. Lt.C.: Ill. Knights and Sir Knights, attend to giving the Signs.
All, then, in conjunction with
the Ill. Lt.C., give the Countersign and the Salutation Sign.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Knights and Sir Knights, I perceive that you have all been advanced
to the Exalted Degree of a Royal Forester; but, before I declare this Encampment
duly opened, let us look to God for His blessing.
Ill. C.: Almighty and Everliving God, in whom we live, and move, and have our
being, we pray Thee to look with favor upon this assembly of Royal Foresters;
endue each of us with a competence of Thy divine wisdom, so that we may ever
walk before Thee with acceptance; and to Thee, Immortal, Omniscient, and
Omnipresent Father, be all the glory, might, majesty, and dominion now and
Ill. Com.: Ill. Orator, what is the next charge of an Encampment of Royal Foresters?
Ill. O.: To display God’s Holy Book of the Law, Ill. Commander.
Ill. Com.: Attend to that charge.
The Ill. O. then proceeds to the
Altar, opens the Sacred Volume, returns to his post, and says as follows: Ill. Commander, that duty is performed.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Lieut. Commander, what is the next duty?
Ill. Lt. O.: To see that the Guards are alert and at their posts, Ill. Commander.
Ill. Com.: Perform that duty.
Ill. Lt. C.: *
Ill. Lt.C.: *.
Ill. O.G.: *
Ill. Lt. C.: The Guards are alert and at their posts, Ill. Commander.
Ill. Com.: Then, by virtue of the powers vested in me, I declare this Encampment of
Royal Foresters duly and legally opened.
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Ceremony of Exaltation
Each Sir Knight should he clothed
in full uniform if practicable. Those who are not provided with the uniform
should at least wear a black suit, with sword belt and sword. Every Officer
should know his part thoroughly by heart. The chairs and ballustrade, if any, at
the Royal Line should be removed.
Ill. Com., *: Ill. Archivist, you will
retire to the outer anteroom, ascertain if there are any suppliants in waiting
who have been duly elected to membership in this Encampment, and report to me.
The Ill. Inner Guard will permit the Ill. Archivist to retire.
The Ill. Arch. does as directed,
and on his return will enter in the usual way, and proceed as follows:
Ill. A., salutes: Ill. Commander, I find in waiting Bro, ... of Court No. ... who has been
duly elected to membership in this Encampment, has paid the required fees, and
now desires to be advanced to the Exalted Degree of a Royal Forester.
Here and throughout the ceremony,
if there be more than one suppliant, the necessary words must be changed
accordingly, as “have” for “has,” and “desire” for “desires,”
Ill. Com.: Thank you, Sir Knight. Ill. Lieut. Commander, I will thank you to attend
to the admission and examination of the suppliant.
Ill. Lt. C.: Ill. Marshal, repair to the Outer anteroom and bring the suppliant
before me for examination.
The Ill. M. salutes and retires,
sees that the suppliant wears the badge or emblem of the Order, conducts him to
the inner door, and gives three loud knocks.
Ill. I. G.: Ill. Captain of the Guard,
there is an alarm at the inner door, but not that of a Royal Forester.
Ill. C of G.: Inquire who comes.
Ill. I. G., opens the wicket, if
there be one, and says in a loud voice:
Who comes here ?
Ill. M., loud enough to be heard
within: A suppliant who humbly seeks advancement to the
Exalted Degree of a Royal Forester.
Ill. I. G.: Ill. Captain of the Guard, the alarm was caused by the Ill. Marshal who
stands at the inner gate, accompanied by a suppliant who humbly seeks
advancement to the Exalted Degree of a Royal Forester.
Ill. C. of G.: Open wide the door and let them enter.
Ill. I. G. does so and closes the
door again. As they enter the Ill. C. of G. will proceed as follows:
Ill. C. of G. to Ill. M. and
suppliant: Halt! Sir Knights, attention! A stranger is
within the Encampment; let the Royal Line be formed.
Whereupon a line will be formed
right across the room, at the Royal Line, each facing the Ill. Lt C. The Ill. C.
of C. meets the Marshal and suppliant, and proceeds as follows:
Ill. C. of G.: Ill. Marshal what do you know of this suppliant? What claim has he for
Ill. M.: He is a worthy Forester, a member in good standing in his Subordinate Court, recommended as worthy of Exaltation by Sir Knights of the Royal Degree.
Ill. C. of G.: Conduct him to our Ill.
Lieut. Commander, and report to him.
The Ill M. conducts the suppliant
directly to the front of the Ill Lt. C’s. seat.
Ill. M.: Ill. Lieut. Commander, by direction of the Ill. Captain of the Guard, I
bring before you this suppliant. He is a worthy Forester, a member in good
standing in his Subordinate Court, recommended as worthy of Exaltation by Sir
Knights of the Royal Degree.
Ill. Lt. C.: Has he, by faithful discharge of his duties, as a man, as a citizen, and
as a Forester, fairly merited the honor he seeks?
Ill. M.: The members of this Encampment have so adjudged by their unanimous vote
Ill. Lt. C.: Before he can be advanced, he must prove his knowledge of the work of our
Order. You will examine him in the Semi-annual Password and the Grip of a
The Ill. M. does so, requiring
the suppliant to give the S. A. P. W. in a whisper, and to begin the Grip, and
reports to the Ill. Lt. Commander as follows:
Ill. M.: Ill. Lieut. Commander, I find the suppliant to be a worthy Forester.
Ill. Lt. C.: Thank you, Ill. Marshal. Addressing the
suppliant: My brother, attend to the following questions:
The Ill Lt. C. then addresses the
suppliant. The first three questions may be put to one, two or more of them in
turn, the remaining questions are addressed to all, a pause being made for the
reply in each case. If the Ill. Lt. C. is not satisfied with the examination of
any suppliant, he may require him to withdraw and wait until the next
Ill. Lt. C.: 1. What is the entering signal at the inner door of a Court Room?
2. What further is required in order to pass the
3. On being admitted to the Court Room; what do you
4. You will (each) give me the Entersign.
5. Show me the Foresters’ Sign of Recognition and
6. Give the Warning Sign and Danger Signal.
7. Give the Sign of Distress, and the answer to it.
8. What are the Words of Distress?
My Brother, you have passed our scrutiny thus far,
but before you can gain advancement you must undergo a further test.
Do you still desire to proceed?
Ill. Lt. C.: Do you promise to submit to all the established usages of the Royal
Ill. Lt. C.: Do you pledge your word that you will never improperly reveal any of
the ceremonies or other secrets of this Encampment?
Should any suppliant decline to
answer any of these questions in the affirmative, the Ill. Lt. C. will direct
the Ill. C. of G. to conduct him beyond the outer door. If the answers are all
satisfactory, he will rise and proceed as follows:
Ill. Lt. C.: It gives me pleasure to reward your apparent devotion to our Order, by
communicating to you one of the secrets of this Exalted Degree, namely, the
esoteric significance of the letters on our emblem. To all who see them, they
express the name and motto of our noble Order,
Independent Order of Foresters
Liberty, benevolence and Concord.
Pointing to the initials on a
badge or on a chart or banner.
But to us they signify that which you will find to
be true of those who meet within the sacred walls of an Encampment of Royal
Rnkpmgf okp Mdqpfu oqh Xenquguv Lhgnnqyujkr.
Bear in mind that this phrase is never to be
uttered in the hearing of any person whom you do not know to be a Royal Forester,
unless it be as at present uttered in presence of one who is about to become a
Royal Forester. Before you can fully attain to this Exalted Degree, it will be
necessary for you to pass the Royal Line and take a solemn obligation at our
sacred altar. You will now retire in charge of our Ill. Marshal that you may be
The Ill. M. conducts the suppliant to the outer anteroom, the Ill. I. G. allowing them to pass, and the
door being closed after them. The Sir Knights in the Royal Line then resume
their ordinary places.
Ill. Lt. C0., standing: Ill. Commander, the suppliant has been duly admitted and examined, and
has now retired to be prepared for the final ordeal.
Ill. Com., seated: Thank you, Ill. Lieut. Commander. Guards, attend to your duty. Let the
“triangle of steel” be formed.
The Ill. Sw. Bs arrange
themselves about six feet from the door, and about eight feet apart lacing each
other. The Ill. C. of G. stands about four or five feet farther from the door
and facing toward it; each points his sword straight before him. The Ill. M.
meanwhile conducts one of the suppliants into the inner anteroom blindfolds him
securely, and then places him close to the inner door. The Ill. O. G. keeps the
outer door closed.
Ill. Com.: Let the signal be given.
The Ill. I. G. gives one loud rap
on the door.
Ill. M., to suppliant in a low
voice: Until you see again, beware! Raise not a hand
except as directed; just before you is a door; give two knocks, and when you
hear the signal answered, give two more knocks.
The Ill. I. G. answers with one
rap, and as soon as the signal is repeated by the suppliant, the Ill. I. G.
opens the door wide.
Ill. I. G.: Who comes here?
Ill. M., standing behind
suppliant: A suppliant, who has undergone the scrutiny, and
been found worthy of advancement, and is prepared for the final ordeal.
Ill. I. G., in a low voice: Enter, but beware! Swerve not!
The Ill. M. places his hands on
the suppliant’s shoulders, and causes him to go forward three steps, counting
“One—two—three.” This should bring the suppliant directly between the
Ill. Sw. Bs.
Ill. M.: You are now in a perilous position. On either side the way is hedged with
points of steel. The Ill. Sw. Bs here touch his arms
with their swords. Before you the way is guarded, and you go forward
at the peril of your life. Backward alone the path stands open; would you escape
peril, you must retreat; but bethink you! If you turn back now, your advancement
to the Royal Seat is for ever barred. Will you retire or go forward?
Suppliant answers for himself.
Ill. M.: Then advance!
The Ill. C of G. receives the
suppliant upon the point of his sword, carefully pointed to his breast.
Ill. C. of G.: You have advanced upon the point of a sword, and thus given proof of your
courage and determination. Of such stuff worthy knights are made! But the end is
not yet. Be patient!
If there are other suppliants,
the one just received should be conducted to a seat near by, to wait until all
have been separately received in like manner. The Ill. M. will then arrange the
suppliants near the Ill. Lt. C.’s station. facing the Royal Seat. While he is
doing this, the following movement will take place.
Note: Should the number of
Knights present not be sufficient to form the Royal Line effectively, this order
and its execution will be omitted. also the words of the Ill. Com. from “But
behold,” down to “inner sanctuary” inclusive; and the giving of the C. S.
and P. will be omitted.
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Ill. Com., standing: Sir Knights, to your places in the Royal Line.
All the Sir Knights present,
except the Ill. Com., the Ill. M , and the Ill. Gs., silently and quickly form a
line or lines across the room below the altar facing the suppliants, each with a
sword pointed forward from his breast. In order to present a good appearance,
the Sir Knights should be arranged according to height, the tallest in the
middle. One-half may be in command of the Ill. Lt. C. and the other of the Ill.
C. of G. If the Ill. St. Bs can be spared from the line, they may remain at
their posts and display the standards when the line opens. If the Sir Knights
are not in uniform, then they will hold out their arms as if they were holding
out their swords.
Ill. Com., seated: My suppliant brother, you have been tested and tried and found not
wanting. Your fidelity and devotion heretofore warrant us in believing you
worthy of advancement. You will now be restored to light, after which you may,
if you will, pledge your vows at our sacred altar, thence to be conducted to the
Royal Seat. The Ill. M. removes the blindfold, or
request the wearers to remove them, assisting them if required.
But behold, the way is guarded; yet fear not; go
forward without flinching.
The Ill. M, if necessary, prompts
them to advance in line, he keeping near them on their right. When within three
or four short paces, the Ill. M. gives the C. S., and begins the P.: “Hkp
Tvtwvj.” The Sir Knights all wave their swords aloft and exclaim, “Aku Ovjg
Prqygt,” upon which the Ill. M. concludes the P.: “Wqh Hhtkgpfujkr.” The
line then opens in the centre and each section wheels backward till the sections
are parallel, facing the altar.
Ill. Com., seated: Behold the power of the Royal Foresters’ Pass to open the way to our
Ill. Marshal, you have my command to proclaim the
Ill. M., standing in front of the
suppliant, facing the altar: Hear ye, Ill. Knights and
Sir Knights, and give heed! By command of the Ill. Commander, I hereby proclaim
that Bro. ... has been tested and proved to be a Forester, faithful and true, a
man courageous and zealous, and worthy to be advanced to the Exalted Degree of a
Royal Forester. If any Ill. Knight or Sir Knight present can show cause why this
should not now be done, let him speak forth, or for ever afterward hold his
If objection is made against the
advancement of any suppliant, he must retire to the anteroom, whereupon the
validity of the objection must be forthwith decided by a majority vote of the
Encampment, without debate. If there are no objections raised, the Ill. Com.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Marshal, place the suppliant at the altar, and thereon lay this
Hands his sword to the Ill. M.,
who places it on the open Bible, after which he arranges the suppliants before
or around the altar.
Ill. M.: Your commands have been executed, Ill. Commander.
Ill. Com.: ’Tis well! Ill. Standard Bearers, take your positions near the altar.
The Ill. St. Bs. station
themselves on the right and left of the altar, with standards displayed, or if
there are no standards, with drawn swords. In the absence of the Ill. O. the Ill.
Com. may administer the obligation, in which case the necessary changes will be
made in the directions given.
Ill. Com.: The Ill. Orator will take his position at the altar. Ill. Knights and Sir
The Ill. Knights and Sir Knights
will then draw their swords. The Ill. O. will pass to the side of the altar
nearest the Royal Seat and will uncover his head, if chapeaux or fatigue caps
have been worn. The ranks will at once close up the gaps left by the Ill.
Ill. Com., standing: The suppliant will place his left hand on the sword resting upon Gods
Holy Book of the Law, and repeat after the Ill. Orator the Sacred Obligation
of a Royal Forester.
Ill. O.: You will each say “I,” and then pronounce your own name in full and
repeat after me the
Obligation of a Royal Forester
I, ..., in the presence of High Heaven, and before
these Ill. Knights and Sir Knights, do most solemnly and sincerely promise and
declare, upon my sacred word, and upon the sword, the symbol of honor, and upon
Gods holy Book of the Law, that I will never reveal any of the secrets of or
pertaining to a Royal Forester, unless it shall be to a worthy Knight of this
degree whom I certainly know to be such, or to a brother duly qualified to
receive the same within the sacred walls of an Encampment of Royal Foresters,
or as I may be instructed, for the purpose of mutual recognition.
That I will take as the rule of action and the
guide of my life the Divine Law, “Do unto others as ye would they should do
That I will acknowledge a Royal Forester at all
times and in all places, and will visit him in sickness, succor him in distress,
and assist him at all times to the full extent of my power.
That I will not speak ill of a Royal Forester, nor
suffer others to do so without protest from me; but will, as far as in me lies,
protect and maintain his character and honor as I would my own.
I further promise to be an exemplar of temperance,
virtue and honor, and to be at all times a true and law-abiding citizen.
And I further promise to cause the mortal remains
of a deceased Royal Forester to be decently interred, even at my own expense.
To all and each of these several points I do hereby
pledge my sacred word and honor. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Knights and Sir Knights. Present arms!
As a token of your sincerity, and to seal your vows,
you will kiss God’s Holy Book of the Law.
When each suppliant has done so,
under the guidance of the Ill. M., the Ill. Com. will continue: Ill. Knights and Sir Knights, Order arms!
The suppliant will now be conducted, under royal
escort, to the foot of the Throne. The Ill. Knights and Sir Knights will resume
their accustomed places.
The Ill. M. will arrange a
procession as follows: 1st, Ill. M. with sword at shoulder; 2nd, Ill. St. Bs.
with Standards displayed; 3rd, the suppliants in single file or in pairs, and
the Ill. Sw. Bs. one on each side of the leading file of suppliants, with swords
at shoulder. In this order they will march once or oftener around the room, past
the Ill. Com., O., Lt. C. and P. C., wheeling squarely at the corners, to the
front of the Throne—a grand march being played, if practicable. The Ill. M.
then passes to the rear of the suppliants, the Ill. St. Bs. stand on the right
and left of the Ill. Com., upon the dais; while the Ill. Sw. Bs. conduct the
suppliants, not more than three at a time, to the foot of the Throne
and cause each to kneel on both knees.
Ill. Com., standing: By virtue of the high powers in me vested, and in the name of the
Independent Order of Foresters, I do hereby proclaim (each of) you a Royal
Forester. * Rise, Sir Knight .... The last words are
repeated for each one, when all have been Knighted, the Ill. St. Bs. and Sw. Bs.
will take their respective stations; the Ill. M. will arrange the newly made
Knights in a line for instruction and may then take his seat.
Ill. Com., standing: As you have now taken upon yourself the sacred obligation of a Royal
Forester, and been duly advanced to this Exalted Degree, you are entitled to be
instructed in our secret work.
The Ill. Com. gives full
instructions as to the C. S. and P., the G. and the manner of entering and
leaving the room when the Encampment is in session. He will then continue: You will now be conducted to the station of the Ill. Past Commander, who
will further instruct you in the significance of the emblems of our Order, our
Signet and Token.
Ill. M.: Ill. Past Commander, by command of the Ill. Commander, I present before
you this Sir Knight for further instructions.
Ill. P. C.: In a former part of these ceremonies, you were informed that the letters
on the emblem or badge of our Order signify to us who have been ADMITTED to an
Encampment of Royal Foresters, RECEIVED on the point of the sword, and KNIGHTED
at the Royal Seat, that we are ....
These letters form the SIGNET of a Royal Forester,
In testing a person who claims to be such, ....
The TOKEN is used by the Ill. Commander only in
acknowledging the Royal Salutation, and is given thus, ....
The Moose’s Head, depicted upon our emblem or
badge, is significant of the origin of the Foresters brotherhood. The Moose is a
lordly ranger of the forest, a king of his kind, and his head is to us a symbol
of excellence, and should stimulate us to try and excel in all good works, but
especially in those connected with our Order.
The two Female Figures represent Liberty and
Benevolence, while the clasped hands symbolize the Concord which should ever
exist amongst Foresters.
Upon the seal of an Encampment of Royal Foresters
appear the following symbols:
1. The Crossed Swords: emblematical of knightly
honor and chivalry;
2. The Crown; appropriate to our ancient title of
3. The All-seeing Eye; reminding us of the loving
care exercised over us by an Omniscient and Omnipresent God, and of our duty
to be ever watchful over the welfare of our brethren.
Brother and Sir Knight, it is now my pleasure to
congratulate you upon having attained to this Exalted Degree in our Order, and
having been made acquainted with its secret working. The vows you have taken at
this time are of a very solemn character, and impose upon you new and increased
obligations. Ever be watchful, lest you inadvertently violate any of them.
Ill. Com.: The Sir Knight will be escorted to the Ill. Orator for further
Ill. M.: Ill. Orator, by command of the Ill. Commander, I present before you
this Sir Knight for further instructions.
Ill. O.: Sir Knight I congratulate you on having attained to the Royal and
Chivalric Degree of our Order.
As a Forester, you should henceforth be more than
ever devoted to the Order. Any society worthy to exist, will grow and prosper in
proportion to the interest its members take in its working. We belong to a
society of whose principles and of whose history we need not be ashamed.
As a Sir Knight of the Royal Degree, it becomes you
to cherish in your heart, and exemplify in all your conduct, those high
principles of chivalry and honor, unflinching courage in support of the right,
and self-sacrifice on behalf of the weak or distressed, which characterized the
noble knights of the olden time. By such qualities as these, the early forest
rangers, known in English legends as “Robin Hood and his merrie men”,
—robbers and outlaws though they were,— won the admiration of the country
“The ideal Robin Hood is the knight-errant of the
lowly, a chief among free men united against despotism, and rejoicing in the
virgin freshness and gladness of unsubdued nature. The kindly woods and
secret-keeping mountains of all lands with a long history, have sheltered
fugitives from injustice, and avengers of wrongs, whom popular love and fancy
and faith have transformed and glorified into objects of enthusiastic admiration.”
We modern Foresters, far from being outlaws, are
bound by our obligations to be law-abiding citizens. But in all good ways we
should emulate our ancient brethren, whose haunts were in the leafy depths of
the forest. And not least of all should we imitate their love of Nature, that
our more enlightened minds may be led up to Nature’s God. Let us not forget
“The groves were God’s first Temples Ere man
The lofty vault, to gather and roll back
The sound of anthems; in the darkling wood,
Amid the cool and silence, he knelt down,
And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks
And supplication. Ah why
Should we, in the world’s riper years, neglect
God’s ancient sanctuaries?
Be it ours to meditate,
In those calm shades, His milder majesty,
And to the beautiful order of His works
Learn to conform the order of our lives.”
Ill. Com.: The Ill. Sword Bearers will conduct the Sir Knight to the altar, after
which the Ill. Marshal Knight will proclaim the exaltation of the Sir Knight.
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The Ill. M. having previously
provided himself with a list of the names, will proceed to the foot of the
throne, stand facing the altar and make proclamation, the new Knights standing
Ill. M.: Hear ye, Ill. Knights and Sir Knights, and take heed! By command of. the
Ill. Commander, I hereby proclaim that Bro. ... has been admitted, received, and
advanced to the Exalted Degree of a Royal Forester, and is now entitled to the
honors, privileges and immunities of that distinguished rank.
Ill. Com.: The new Sir Knight will now be welcomed by his older brethren, after
which he will proceed to the table of the Ill. Archivist, where he will
subscribe his name on our roll.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Lieut. Commander, *, I am about to close this Encampment of Royal
Foresters: what is the first charge?
Ill. Lt. C.: To see that all present are Royal Foresters, Ill. Commander.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Lieut. Commander, are you a Royal Forester?
Ill. Lt. C.: I am, Ill. Commander; try me and prove me.
Ill. Com.: How will you be proved, Ill. Lieut. Commander?
Ill. Lt. C.: By my Signs, Ill. Commander.
Ill. Com.: Advance the Signs.
Ill. Lt. C.: I will, Ill. Commander, with the assistance of the Ill. Knights and Sir
Ill. Com.: Let it be done in due form.
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Ill. Lt. C.: Ill. Knights and Sir Knights, attend to giving the Signs.
All then, in conjunction with the
Ill. Lt. C., give the Token and then the Salutation Sign. The Ill. Com, will
then give the Countersign and proceed as follows:
Ill. Com.: Ill. Knights and Sir Knights, I perceive that you
have all received the Exalted Degree of a Royal Forester; but, before I declare
this Encampment duly closed, give ear to the words of the Ill. Orator.
The Ill. O. then returns his sword and proceeds to the altar and takes his
below the altar, facing the throne.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Knights and Sir Knights, attention!
Ill. O.: And now, to God, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe,
be accorded all might, majesty, and dominion now and for ever. Amen.
Ill.. Brethren.: Amen. Amen. Amen.
Ill. Com.: Order Arms!
The Ill. Brethren “return” their swords.
Ill. Com.: Ill Orator, what is your next
Ill. O.: To close God’s Holy Book of the Law, Ill.
Ill. Com.: Perform that duty.
The Ill O. closes the Bible, and after reporting to the Ill. C. as under
returns to his post.
Ill. O.: Ill Commander, that duty is performed.
Ill. Com.: Thank you, Ill. Orator.
Ill. Lieut. Commander, what is the next duty of an
Encampment of Royal Foresters?
Ill. Lt. C.: To see that all present have
received justice, tempered with fraternal love.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Marshal, you have my command to make the
Ill. M.: Hear ye, and take heed! By command of the Ill.
Commander, if any Ill. Knight or Sir Knight present has not received that
justice which is due from one brother to another, let him now make known his
A slight pause takes place, and if any grievance is laid before the
Encampment, it must be attended to before closing the Encampment; but if no
grievance is laid before the Encampment, the Ill. Lt. C. proceeds: Ill. Commander, every brother present has received his just dues.
Ill. Com.: Ill. Lieut. Commander, what is the last duty of an
Encampment of Royal Foresters?
Ill. Lt. C.: To see that the Guards are alert
and at their posts.
Attend to that duty.
Ill. Lt. C.: *
Ill. I. G.: *.
Ill. O. G.: * *.
Ill. Lt. C.: Ill. Commander, the Encampment
is duly guarded.
Ill. Com.: Then, by virtue of the powers in me vested, I
declare this Encampment of Royal Foresters duly and legally closed.
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