Mechanics – Pink Order
Dit rituaal wordt gebruikt
door de mannelijke tak van de Independent United Order of Scottish Mechanics,
Verenigde Staten; het dateert uit 1978.
The W.M. gives two raps, which are
answered by the D.M.’s one.
Officers, be upstanding and assist me to open the Lodge in the Pink Order.
Brother Deputy Master, what is the first care of the Lodge?
D.M.: To see
the Lodge is duly tiled.
that duty to be done, and report the case to me.
Brother Junior Deacon, see that the Lodge is duly tiled.
The J.D. goes to the Lodge-room door, and
gives one rap which is answered by the Tiler by another tap outside.
J.D., standing before the D.M.’s station:
Brother Deputy, the Lodge is duly tiled.
Master, the Lodge is duly tiled.
Brother Senior Deacon, what is the next care of the Lodge?
S.D.: To see
that every one present proves himself a member of this Order.
that duty to be done.
The W.M. here gives 3 raps and says:
To order as Brother Mechanics of the Pink Order.
Brethren, by order of the Worthy Master you are requested to prove yourself
They all give the Two-fold Sign and word,
thus: Standing erect, placing the heel of the right foot in the hollow of the
left, forming an oblong square, closing the right hand except the forefinger,
and bringing it from right to left with the forefinger pointing to the heart.
After being satisfied that all are Mechanics, says:
Worthy Master, the brethren present having proved themselves Mechanics by the
two-fold sign, I, in conformity with their example, demonstrate the same to you.
correctness of that sign I acknowledge repeats the
sign. Brethren, our Lodge being duly proved, let us, before I declare
it open, invoke a blessing from the Supreme Grand above.
God, Maker of the Universe, prosper this Lodge we beseech Thee, and grant that
unity, brotherly love and charity may dwell in the heart of every brother, and
that all our proceedings may be such as to coincide with Thy approbation.
Preside over our Institution, we beseech Thee, and grant that by endeavoring to
begin in order, we may close in peace. Amen.
Chaplain, you will please read the Scripture Lesson
Singing of the Mechanics’ Ode.
of our friendly Order,
asserts her sway.
her sacred border
high command obey.
Mechanics, join Mechanics,
song of truth and love.
disputes and strife to others
harmony must move.
her courts invites us
subjects let us prove
chain that here unites us,
with friendship, truth and love.
heart enshrined and cherished,
feelings ever bloom;
not when life has perished,
still beyond the tomb.
Brother Senior Deacon, display the Great Lights pause
illuminate the Lesser Lights pause Display
name of the Supreme Grand of the Universe, I, ..., Worthy Master, declare this
Lodge duly opened for the transaction of such business as may regularly and
constitutionally be brought before it.
Stand open accordingly.
Brother Secretary, are there any candidates in waiting?
Worthy Master, there is in waiting Mr ...
will repair to the ante-room, collect the balance of Initiation Fee, read and
cause him to sign the Declaration Form.
The Secretary having complied with the
W.M.’s orders, returns to the Room and makes his report; reading the Declaration
and Certificate of Health.
Brother Deputy, Officers and Members, you have heard the Secretary’s report, are
there any objections why the Candidate should not be initiated?
There are no objections, Worthy Master.
Brother Deacons, you will please appear before the Holy Altar. Brother Senior
Deacon, how should a Candidate be prepared to be initiated into the Entered
Apprentice Degree of Mechanism?
being divested of all metallic substances, neither naked nor clothed, hoodwinked
and a cable-tow around his neck, and his right heel slip shod, right arm, left
breast and left knee made bare.
will repair to the preparation room where you will find Mr ... in waiting to be
initiated into the mysteries of our Order; after he is properly prepared, cause
him to make his alarm.
The S.D. retires, during which time the
Lodge Room is being prepared for the initiation. After the candidate is properly
prepared, he is instructed to make three distinct raps on the door.
Worthy Master, there is an alarm at the door.
Ascertain the cause and report.
Giving three distinct raps, opens the door
and says: Who comes here?
Senior Deacon with a friend who desires to be initiated into the Independent
United Order of Scottish Mechanics.
till I report to the Worthy Master in the East.
Closes door sharply and reports:
Worthy Master, the Senior Deacon is outside the door of the Lodge with a
Candidate who has been proposed, elected and now comes of his own free will to
be initiated into the Independent United Order of Scottish Mechanics.
does he expect admittance?
J.D.: By the
tongue of good report.
tongue of good report has already been heard in his favor. Do you vouch he is
J.D.: I do.
let him be admitted.
A P.W.M. takes
proceeds to the door which is partly opened, says:
Candidate, it is the will of the Worthy Master that you be admitted into this
Lodge. Take heed upon what you enter.
P.W.M., receiving candidate, presses both
points of the compasses
to his naked left breast and says:
What do you feel?
Can., prompted by conductor says:
this is a torture to your flesh, so may the recollection thereof be to your mind
and conscience should ever you presume to reveal the secrets of Mechanism
The Candidate passes on where he is met by
a P.W.M. who taps him lightly on his forehead with a Gavel, saying:
My next duty is to knock off the rough edges, the better to fit it for the
The Candidate is led around Lodge Room
three times while presented.
friend, let no one enter upon any great and important undertaking without first
invoking the blessings of the Great Mechanic of the Universe. Brother Senior
Deacon, cause the Candidate to kneel on both knees before the Holy Altar.
S.D., after complying with the W.M.’s
order, says: Worthy Master, your orders have been
W.M. raising the Lodge (Three Raps).
Almighty God, Ruler of the Universe and Master of all good workmen, without
whose Benediction no human work can prosper. Grant unto us Thy servants, Thy
Divine Blessings in the special work we are about to undertake. Send Thy rich
Blessings upon this Candidate who kneels before Thee. Endow him with all the
courage and strength of body and mind; all the firmness of will and clearness of
understanding, above all, bestow on him that purity of spirit which shall enable
him to realize the true meaning of “The Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of
man” and thus become a true symbol of a stone fitted for that Spiritual
Building, eternal in the Heavens. So mote it be.
W.M.: Candidate, in whom do you put your
Can., prompted by conductor says: In God.
W.M.: Your trust being in God, your faith
is well founded, arise, Candidate is assisted by
conductor follow your conductor and fear no danger.
The S.D. bearing the insignia of the First
Degree (crosskeys) conducts Candidate three times around the
Lodge-Room, via the North East, during which time a Hymn is being sung. At the
conclusion, the S.D. with Candidate should be standing in the N.E. corner, or
right front of the W.M.
Master, I present to you Mr ... who is desirous of being initiated into the
mysteries of our Order.
Brother Senior Deacon, your presentation is acknowledged. You will now conduct
the Candidate to the Deputy Master in the West who will cause the links to be
entwined about him. During the march around to the
D.M., the First charge is given; it should be so timed that it is completed upon
the arrival in the West.
now within the retreat of the Mechanics; here the world is shut out. You are
separated from its cares and distinctions, from its dissensions and vices. Here
friendship and love assert their mild dominion, while Faith and Charity combine
to bless the mind with peace and soften the heart with charity. Those who
surround us have all assumed the obligations, and endeavour to cherish the
sentiment peculiar to Mechanism. But before you can unite with them you must
pass through an initiatory ceremony, which will ultimately lead you to a primary
truth; be patient therefore and firm. Brothers, the stranger now awaits our
mystic rights. Then at once the
Here they are.
Entwine their links about him. This is done
by the Con. Man in darkness and in chains, how mournful a
spectacle; yet ‘tis but the condition of millions of our race who are void of
wisdom, though they know it not. To the conductor:
Lead on our friend.
The Candidate is then made to tray road
three times, during which time the Hymn is being sung; at conclusion he is
presented to the Worthy Master.
Master, I present to you, Mr ..., who has traversed the imaginary road, but in
my opinion has not given satisfaction entitling him to be obligated.
Brother Senior Deacon, I shall ascertain from the craft whether they are
satisfied. Members of the craft, you have heard the report of the Senior Deacon;
are you satisfied that the Candidate has given sufficient proof, thus far, to
entitle him to be obligated in the Order?
Worthy Master, we are not satisfied.
Neither am I satisfied. Candidate, you will now be passed through the Dark
Valley of the Shadow of Death, where it is expected that you will fear no evil.
The Candidate is now made to pass through
the various straits and difficulties, after which he is made to lie on the floor
to contemplate on the past and future. (During this time complete silence must
be maintained). After a few minutes in this position, he is assisted to rise and
led from the Lodge Room.
S.D., upon returning with Candidate, takes
him to the right of W.M. and introduces him:
Worthy Master, I present to you Mr .... as a Candidate who desires to be made a
member of the Independent United Order of Scottish Mechanics.
presentation I acknowledge. You will conduct the candidate before the Holy
S.D., after complying:
Worthy Master, your orders have been obeyed.
..., it is requisite that you hear the
have a sincere love and veneration for your Almighty Maker, productive of those
lively and happy fruits; righteousness and obedience to His commands; a firm and
steadfast faith in the Saviour of the world, convinced that He is the only
Mediator between a sinful creature and an offended Creator. You should be an
utter enemy to every species of cruelty; a lover of society and improving
company. You should have an hatred to cursing and swearing, and taking the name
of God in vain, and should exercise every opportunity to discourage them. Wisdom
and prudence should guide your actions; honesty and integrity direct your
conduct, and the honor, happiness, and prosperity of this Institution you should
endeavor to promote. Lastly, you should pay strict attention to a religious
observance of the Sabbath, likewise to temperance and sobriety.
will you endeavor to conform to these maxims as far as lies in your power?
will. The Candidate is led three times around
Room while a Hymn is being sung. The Deacons been prepared, he is made to kneel
before it on both knees. (The room in darkness, Deacons
Be serious as our lesson is as
melancholy as it is truthful.
have a lesson to impart to him, one of great moment
and deep solemnity, a faithful exhibition of the vanity of worldly things, of
the instability of wealth and power, of the certain decay of all earthly
greatness. The conductor here removes Hoodwink.
representation of the effect of sin; that silent yet oppressive lecturer to
vice, confusion; but to virtue, peace. It is all which remains on earth
of one who was born as you were born, who lived as you now live, and who for
many days enjoyed his possession, his power and his pleasure. But now, alas,
nothing is left of him, have that sad memorial of man’s mortality. The warm
heart which is robbed for other woes, or the cold one which held no sympathy,
has now mouldered away and joined its kindred dust. Contemplate the scene?
Should it not humble pride? Should it not awake the soul as a just sense of
responsibility to God; of duty to itself? And in few of this common lot of all,
should it not enlist the tenderest of human sympathies? My friend, that gloomy
monitor is but an emblem of what you are sure to be and of what you may soon
become. Seriously meditate the solemn admonition it affords, ponder it well, and
hope that your heart fosters not evil. The fountain of all wrong, the pronitor
of crime, hatred and violence, whose fearful consequence must continue to
afflict mankind until the coming of that period yet hidden in the womb of time,
to which, hope looks forward with prudent joy, ... when the chains of human
bondage shall be broken and the tears and woes of this world be submerged by the
healing life that shall flow from the Fountain of Benevolence and Peace; then
one law shall bind all nations, kindreds and tongues of the earth1
and that law shall be the law of Universal Brotherhood. And as the coffin and
the grave so forcibly speak to us of our mortality, may we not ask the psalmist,
“Lord, what is man that Thou are mindful of him, or the Son of Man, that Thou
visitest him?” From the sacred scriptures comes the response: “Man that is born
of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Re cometh forth like a flower
and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow and continueth not. We spend our
years as a tale that is told. The dust shall return to the earth, and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it.”
The Hoodwink is replaced, the Room is
relit, the Candidate is assisted to rise and join a procession around the Lodge
Room. Four Brothers bearing D...s followed by S.D. leading Candidate,
brothers behind heads covered with white hk singing, after which the D...s is
removed and Candidate made to stand before the Holy Altar.
affirmation will be required of you. But let me assure you that in such
affirmation, there is nothing inconsistent with your civil, religious or moral
duties. Are you willing therefore to take such an affirmation?
Cand.: I am.
Brother Senior Deacon, you will place the candidate in proper position to be
obligated. You will please conduct the Candidate to the West and place him in
the hands of the Deputy Master who will teach him how to approach the east, the
place of light, by three irregular upright steps, and place him in the proper
position to take upon himself the solemn oath and obligation of an Independent
United Order of Scottish Mechanics.
Candidate is caused to kneel on his left knee, his right foot forming a square,
his right hand on his left breast and his left hand on the Three
Master, your orders have been obeyed, the candidate is in proper position.
W.M., rising the Lodge, proceeds.
Affirmation (Obligation of an Entered Apprentice)
of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God, and this
regularly assembled Lodge of the Independent United Order of Scottish Mechanics,
do sincerely affirm that I will never reveal anything appertaining to this Order
that may entrusted to me to keep secret, unless I be authorised so to do by the
proper authorities. (...)
several points, I sincerely promise to observe without evasion of any kind, and
that I now become a member, steadfastly resolving, by God’s help to observe and
abide by all rules, laws and orders made for the government of this Order.
Brother ..., so as to make your obligation more binding, you will detach your
hands and kiss the Volume of the Sacred Law three times.
in your present condition, what do you desire most?
Can., prompted by Conductor, says:
being your desire, light you shall have. Conductor, stretch forth your hands and
assist me to bring this new brother to light.
beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and the earth was without form
and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved
upon the face of the waters, and God said, let there be light.
(At this juncture he is brought to light.)
on being brought to light, you first discover three Great Lights in Mechanism by
the assistance of three Lesser Lights. The three Great Lights are the Holy
Bible, Square and Compasses. The three Lesser Lights are the three burning
tapers. The Candidate is then made to arise.
voice you hear will be that of Past Worthy Master. ..., delivering the Lecture
on the skull.
brother, give me thy right hand and I will endeavor to teach thee to know
thyself. Behold this emblem of mortality. It is the final close of life’s
eventful history. Its contemplation should daily solemnize thy mind to prepare
for another state of being whenever the wise Dispenser of all events sees fit
to summon thee away. For instance, where is the tongue from which flowed the
eloquence that rendered its possessor the welcomed guest of a hundred
households? It is now silent and cannot reply.
that were oft pressed to the cheeks of the loved ones have ceased to
reciprocate. The cheek that was looked upon with fondness and once bloomed with
the promise of years is now withered in the blast. The eye with its lustre, is
decayed and fallen from its socket. The aspiring thought, the imagination of the
heart, and the whole of the intellect that influenced society, are laid low by
mortality, which sooner or later levels all in the dust. Mortal, this lot is thine!
and the slave all share the same fate. Wealth, pomp or grandeur are but the
vision of today; tomorrow, eternity opens before them, and the stem King of
terror strikes them down, and with it, the schemes of ambition, oppression and aggrandisement are brought to nought. What thou now possesseth, the strong arm
and the radiant cheek of glowing health, or the brain full of intellect, all
become as nothing before the touch of the Destroyer. Let the men whose ruling
passion are either the accumulation of wealth, or obtaining place and position
in this world, stand here and contemplate what he must come to, for it is
appointed unto all men, once to die My brother, seek to know thyself. Realize
the idea, that thy present life is only a probationary one, previous to entering
upon an existence of eternal duration. Through life, endeavor to check unruly
passions, bear up nobly against adversity, do all the good thou canst to your
fellowman; correct thyself by the standard of truth, and having attained this,
thou canst wait calmly for Heaven’s decree, and welcome the state of
immortality, where the wicked cease to trouble, and the weary are at rest.
brother, thy initiation is to be considered emblematical of the life of man.
the Lodge Room is the world and the Death-Scene the end of life. “Naked you came
into the world, and naked you shall go out of it,” says the Holy Writ. Then thou
wert divested of all thy clothing before coming into the Lodge room is
emblematical of thy birth. The imaginary road was set thick with dangers. This
is intended to represent the various straits and difficulties that man
encounters in passing through the world, which is the probationary state; when
man is either confirmed in evil as his passions, if uncontrolled, lead him
captive, and thus while on earth he becomes fitted to dwell in company with
demons; or else regenerated by a belief in the Word of God he becomes fitted for
a divine inheritance in the regions of eternal bliss. The hood-wink that was
placed over thine eyes is to denote that in our walk through life we are in
darkness with regard to what shall happen to us on the morrow. You being bound,
represents the good or evil principle that actuate our motives, and thus
preserves us in a general state of equilibrium. The death scene is intended as
an emblem of thy death to former principles, and that henceforth thou beginnest
a new life of usefulness; keeping the great end of living in view, viz: “The
perfect knowledge of thyself.”
will now be further instructed in the Order by Past Worthy Master.
Brother , I have little more to say on this occasion except to direct your
attention to the glorious works of nature. If we take an attentive survey of
the wonderful works of creation, and examine closely the objects that surround
us, and rightly consider their nature and prosperities, our deepest admiration
must be excited by studying the order and proportions that govern the whole. The
mind, capable of reflection, must irresistibly be drawn to adore the Almighty
Being, the first Mechanic of Heaven and Earth, Who directs their operations. The
science of Astronomy lifts our minds above the world and its doings and leads us
to exclaim, “Glory be to Thee O God.” The sun, the centre of our system,
diffusing light and heat to the world; the planetary system of which our earth
is one of the smallest. The starry skies, composed of thousands of suns, the
possible centre of other systems; while ever and anon, those magnificent
displays of mysterious import which we call comets, fly through unlimited
space, for what purpose we know not, rendering man insignificant in comparison
therewith. Yet the Word of God declares “Man was created for his glory.” Day and
night fail not, the seasons are regular and unchanged, the tide ebbs and flows,
the earth gives out its abundance to supply man’s wants. Who, then, can be
insensible to the claim the Great Ruler of all has upon us for those favors
received? A pause I shall now direct your
attention to the fittings of the interior of this Lodge. Thou art surrounded
with things, the meaning of which, thou art at present ignorant of, but as every
object here has a hidden truth contained within it, they will be gradually
unfolded to thee, so that whenever the object is presented to the mind’s eye in
ordinary life, thou wilt at once revert to the moral lessons contained in it.
Our emblems are scorned by the world, and when exposed to public view, are made
the subjects of derision; but to the mind of Brotherhood, they convey
instructions that are hidden from those who are uninitiated. Their further uses
will be communicated to you in special lodges of instruction. In order that you
shall be recognized among brothers, I shall impart to you
the grip. Here the grip is given.
W.M.: Brother Senior Deacon, you will now
conduct our new brother to the North-East corner of the Lodge and cause him to
S.D., seating the Brother as instructed, says:
Worthy Master, your orders have been obeyed.
W.M.: My brothers, Charity being the
mother of mercy, and one of the chief Tenets of our Institution, we should at
all times be ready to extend it to those whom we find worthy. Brother Senior
Deacon, you will now proceed to take up charity.
S.D., taking the Charity Box, proceeds to all the
brothers except the new one. This being done, he says: Worthy
Master, your orders have been obeyed.
W.M.: Brother Senior Deacon, have you
received Charity from all present?
S.D.: Worthy Master, I have received from
all but the new brother whom I have not approached.
W.M.: Brother Senior Deacon, our
obligation makes us Mechanics, our new brother being duly obligated is entitled
to contribute to charity as the others have done, and more so should he place
some metallic substance in the Charity Box in commemoration of the step he has
just taken. You will now wait on the brother.
The Senior Deacon waits on the brother who has
nothing to offer, reports to the W.M. that he has received nothing.
W.M.: Brother ..., it is necessary that you place something in the
Charity Box as the other brothers have done; if you find yourself devoid of
anything to give, you have my permission to go to any of the brothers present
and solicit enough to deposit so that it may be recorded in your favour.
The brother goes around the Lodge asking for the loan of
a coin. The brothers who are approached will respond, in a serious manner, “I
know you not” or “You have my sympathy.” After a reasonable time he returns to
his seat without receiving anything. The S.D. then approaches him and asks
whether he had received anything to deposit, the answer being in the negative,
reports to the W.M.: Worthy Master, the brother has nothing.
even a penny? The lesson on Charity will now be delivered by Past Worthy Master
brother, that part of the Ritual just concluded may have seemed meaningless to
you, but it conveys an instructive import. I shall now endeavor to impress on
your mind the ennobling sentiments embodied in this lesson.
human being has a claim upon your kind offices, and should you ever meet a
member of the human family in a like condition as you are tonight, you should
contribute to him as liberally as his wants may require and your means allow;
but especially to a worthy distressed brother Mechanic.
Brother Senior Deacon, you will now retire with the brother, reinvest him with
that of which he had been divested and return as soon as possible so that he may
be further instructed into the mysteries of our Order.
S.D. retires with the brother, and after
he is fully clothed, makes the alarm (three distinct raps). During the absence,
the Grand Altar and the Altar of Incense are prepared.
Master, there is an alarm at the door.
Ascertain the cause and report.
J.D., giving three distinct raps on the
door, opens slide and says: Who comes there?
Senior Deacon with Brother ... for further instructions in the Order.
Master, the alarm is made by the Senior Deacon with Brother ... for further
The J.D. throws open the door. Upon
re-entering, the S.D. conducts the brother around the room three times whilst a
hymn is being sung, after which he is brought before the Holy Altar and
introduced to the W.M. as a brother to be further instructed into the Mysteries
of the Order.
Brother ..., give your attention to the Chaplain.
The Chaplain reads the First Lesson:
Genesis 22 Chapter, verses 1 to 19, after which the
Gloria is sung.
P.W.M. reads the Second Lesson: Revelation
Candidate kneels before the Altar of
Incense, Brethren stand to order.
Prayer By Worthy Master
and eternal God, the Architect and Ruler of the Universe, at Whose creative
fiat all things were made. We the frail creatures of Thy Providence do humbly
implore Thee, to pour down on this convocation here assembled in Thy Holy Name,
the continued dew of Thy Blessings, and to impart Thy grace to this Thy
servant, whom we now offer to Thee for Thy safe keeping; grant that his light in
Mechanism may shine before men that he may be an attractive star to his Lodge
and Order. Therefore brethren, let us invoke His Holy Presence, as there is
none besides Him. Perfect in love and purity.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.
Hymn concluded, a P.W.M. takes a white
apron bordered with pink and invests the Candidate saying:
Brother ..., I now invest you with this apron, the distinguished badge of an
Independent United Scottish Mechanic. It had been worn by our ancient brethren
who esteemed it an honor to wear as a symbol of virtue; you may therefore
receive it unspotted, and wear it thus, remembering always those virtues which
are inseparable from the character of every true Mechanic.
Pink Collarette: Brother .... In the name of the Grand Supreme of the Universe,
I now decorate you with the Regalia of your First Degree trusting that you will
wear it with honor and soon rise to greater honor in this Lodge.
Taking his hand with the Grip. Rise Brother
... as a member of the Independent United Order of Scottish Mechanics, and be
thou also a member of ... Name of Lodge.
The W.M. returns to his chair and says:
Officers and Brothers, I present to you Brother ... as a member of this Lodge
Senior Deacon, place the brother in the North East corner and cause him to stand
on an oblong square, with the heel of the right foot into the hollow of his
left, as the youngest Entered Apprentice Mechanic.
Master, your orders have been obeyed.
Brother ...,you there stand an upright Mechanic, you are admonished ever to
walk and act as such before God and man. What is your name?
Cand. calling his name.
W.M.: I now
present you with a new name it is “CAUTION.”
teaches you that as you are barely instructed in the rudiments of Mechanism, you
should be cautious in your words and actions, especially when in the presence of
enemies of the Fraternity. Now that you are clothed, it is necessary that, as a
Mechanic, you be provided with tools with which to work. Past Worthy Master will
present you with the working tools of this Degree and instruct you in their use.
P.W.M., taking the twenty-four inch gauge and the
gavel: My brother, the working tools of an Entered Apprentice
Mechanic are the Twenty-Four Inch Gauge and the Common Gavel; they are thus
explained: The twenty-four inch gauge is an instrument made use of by our
ancient brethren to measure and lay out their work; but we, as Speculated
Mechanics, make use of it for a more noble and glorious purpose of dividing our
time. 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 worthy
distressed brother. Eight hours for our usual vocation; and eight hours for
refreshment and sleep.
gavel is an instrument made use of by our ancient brethren to break off the
rough stones, the better to fit them for the builder’s use; but we as
Speculated Mechanics, use it for the more noble and glorious purpose of
divesting our minds and consciences of all vices and superfluities of life
thereby fitting our minds as living stones; for that spiritual building, that
house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens.
lecture of the First or Pink Degree will now be delivered to you by ....
was the first Mechanic?
Supreme Grand Master Mechanic, for while the world lay in chaos, He formed the
earth and He made the two great luminaries, the greater to rule the day, the
lesser the night; the stars in the firmament He made also.
W.M.: Did he
end there, brother?
D.M.: No, He
made man after His own image, formed him according to the strictest mechanical
principles, breathed in his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living
man retain the dignity of that station in which his Maker first placed him?
D.M.: No, he
disobeyed the command of his Maker and brought death into the world, for which
God pronounced that by the sweat of his brow, man should earn his bread.
was the result of this, brother?
had to devise mechanical means wherewith he could obtain food and raiment; hence
arose the origin of all hum an mechanism.
Independent United Mechanic.
are you going?
D.M.: To the
land of promise, in search of a Mechanic Lodge of the Pink Order.
W.M.: How do
you expect admittance?
D.M.: By the
benefit of a pass-word.
you got a pass-word?
you give it to me?
Worthy Master. I will divide it or letter it with you, the same as I would with
any other brother Mechanic, after just trial and examination.
having fallen from his original purity, there came a Redeemer who died for man,
that man might live: viz; Emmanuel.
you got a sign?
Advance it. (The sign is here shown).
does that mean?
He is then instructed as to the emblems of
the First Degree, taught to work his way into the Lodge, when in session, his
dress for the Lodge and meeting night. Last and concluding the ceremony is the
reception. Brothers, led by the W.M., march round and greet the young brother
whilst they hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the Heaven is being sung.
At the closing of the lodge, before the
W.M. declares the Lodge closed, the brother-chain
is formed, the young brother is placed within and wielded into the
Emblems of the Pink Degree
Mechanics, let us always remember those expressive words, that cannot be too
deeply impressed on our minds, “Thou God seest me.” For the eye of the Lord is
in every place, beholding the good and the evil. We may also, in this
connection, remind ourselves “that a wholesome tongue is a tree of life.” That
the secrets we have promised to keep inviolate will never be divulged, except by
a person devoid of the principles of honor.
and The Hand.
command of our law is, that we visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the
dead and educate the orphan. Whatever our hand find to do in these respects,
therefore, we should do it cheerfully, with the whole heart, not grudging and
unwillingly. True friendship goes out with alacrity to the service required of
it; and the heart and hand should go forth in consent in the cause of suffering
humanity. They must not be divided in their energies.
Coffin, Skull and Crossed Bones.
of Heaven is “Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.” We all await the
inevitable hour. What is our life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away. Where are the myriads of the human
families that have lived and figured on this earth of which hundreds of millions
and over a century disappear. They all in turn sleep with their fathers, and the
places that once knew them, shall know them no more for ever. Ah! let us
reflect; let us seriously meditate on these monitors of “what we are sure to be,
and what we may soon become.”
industrious person seldom suffers the agony of want. Even though his labors
yield him but a trifle, he is content in the knowledge that he is doing what he
can to support himself. The idler is an unhappy wretch, who drags out a
miserable existence. While the sleep of the laborer is refreshing and sweet,
that of the idler is restless, and unsatisfying. No person can be happy
unemployed. No matter how rich he may be he must work if he would not be
miserable. This is a Law of Nature; it cannot be successfully resisted. As
members of this Order, one must labor, my brother, if not necessarily for
ourselves, then for our fellows.
is strength” is a common axiom. We must be united in this cause of Mechanism,
not only in our corporate capacity, but in our deeds. A single individual, if he
labors with a will, may accomplish much in the field of fraternity; but a host
united in a solid phalanx in the service of Benevolence may revolutionize the
world. If the thousand Mechanics we boast of were to go forth now, and put into
practice what they profess; if they would labor with one heart, and one mind, in
the highways and by-ways of life; how soon might their influence pervade the
earth, crushing, withering, annihilating the demons of avarice, lust and pride
and raising man to the high and holy estate, for which his Maker designed him.
Brothers, forget not your obligations. Wait not for others, but do your part,
though you may be but one rod in the bundle.
be Employed in Entering a Lodge Whilst in Session: three
Addressing the Assembly After Entering:
the West, stand directly before the Deputy Master’s station on the
then walk casually to within a reasonable distance of the Holy Altar; standing
on the right angle of an Oblong Square. Take one step with the left foot,
bringing the heel of the right foot into the hollow of the left, thereby forming
the Right Angle of an Oblong Square. Fold the fingers of the right hand so that
none are exposed except the index; bring hand from right to left, piercing the
left breast with the index finger, saying: Worthy Master (if there are Grand
Officers present they are next addressed), Past Masters, (Turn completely
around via the right until you face the Deputy Master) Deputy Master, Past
Deputies, (Complete circle until you again face the W.M.) Officers and Members,
Good evening: Completing with the sign of silence; after being
acknowledged by the Worthy Master, the Brother is seated.
be Employed in Entering an Entered Apprentice’s Lodge:
Door: Alpha - Omega.
With Grip: Boaz.
The Worthy Master gives two raps which are
answered by the D.M.’s one.
W.M.: Brother Deputy, what is the first duty to be
performed before we close the Lodge?
D.M.: To see the Lodge is duly tiled.
W.M.: Direct that duty to be done and
report the case to me.
D.M.: Brother Junior Deacon, examine if
the Lodge is duly tiled.
J.D. gives one rap at the door of the Lodge, which is
answered by another rap from the Tiler outside. Standing before the D.M.’s
station: Brother Deputy Master, the Lodge is duly tiled.
D.M.: Worthy Master, the Lodge is duly
tiled, and the Tiler on his duty.
W.M.: Brother Deputy, what number of
officers constitute a Lodge of the Independent United Order of Scottish
D.M.: Three, Five or Seven.
W.M.: What three?
D.M.: The Worthy Master, the Deputy Master
and the Senior Deacon.
W.M.: What five?
D.M.: The before mentioned three, the
Junior Deacon and the Tiler.
W.M.: What number constitutes a duly
formed Lodge of the said Order?
D.M.: Seven: The before mentioned Five,
the Secretary and the Treasurer.
W.M.: Where is the Tiler placed?
D.M.: At the Door of the Lodge.
W.M.: What is his duty?
D.M.: To admit Mechanics only upon proof
of being in possession of the pass-word and other requisites.
W.M.: Where is the Treasurer placed?
D.M.: At the right of the Senior Deacon.
W.M.: His duty in the Lodge?
D.M.: To keep safe the coffers of our
is the Secretary placed?
D.M.: In the
keep an account of every service rendered by each brother of our Lodge, whereby
we know how far he is worthy of reward.
is the Junior Deacon placed?
D.M.: At the
right of the Deputy Master.
D.M.: To see
that the Tiler does his duty, to carry any message from the Deputy Master to the
Worthy Master and to assist the Senior Deacon in visiting the sick brethren of
is the Senior Deacon placed?
D.M.: At the
right hand of the Worthy Master.
carry Orders from the Worthy Master to any part of the Lodge. To prepare
candidates for initiation, and to visit and pay every sick brother of his Lodge.
is the Deputy Master placed?
D.M.: In the
W.M.: Why is
he placed in the West?
D.M.: As the
moon reflects the rays of the Sun from the east to the west, so the Deputy
Master dispenses the instructions he receives from the Worthy Master in the east
to the brethren of the Lodge in the west.
is the Worthy Master placed?
D.M.: In the
W.M.: Why is
he placed in the East?
D.M.: As the
sun rises in the east to rule, brighten and enliven the day, so the Worthy
Master is placed in the east to open, govern and instruct his Lodge.
Brethren, to order as Mechanics. Here the Worthy
Master gives three raps, calling all to their feet. Our Lodge being
regularly constituted, let us, before I pronounce it closed, express our
gratitude to the Supreme Grand of the Universe. All
facing the East.
Adorable Jehovah, Thou first and last.
Thou who madest all things, both movable and immovable, visible and invisible;
we return the sincere thanks for all favours hitherto received at Thy hands; and
mayest Thou still continue to support this our Institution by cementing and
adorning us with every moral and social virtue. Go with us to our respective
homes; and grant that when we have done meeting in these earthly Lodges below,
we may all meet together in Thy Celestial Lodge above, never to part more. Amen.
Brother Senior Deacon, close the Three Great Lights. Extinguish the Lesser
Lights. Close the Dispensation.
Worthy Master of ... Lodge No ..., declare this Lodge duly closed until its
next regular communication, unless especially convened, in which emergency due
and timely notice shall be given.
All Stand closed accordingly.