Order of Ceremonies
The following program for the opening and closing ceremonies and the
reception of new members, is issued for the instruction and guidance of the
officers of all Chapters.
The President of the Chapter is responsible for the proper performance of these ceremonies; but can delegate parts to other officers, when in his judgment the impressiveness of the effect is promoted.
In these ceremonies the effects to de desired are:
1. Proper reverence to Deity
2. Proper respect to the emblem of our Country.
3. The promotion of the patriotic ideals of the National Sojourners
4. Upholding the principle of a rational national defense.
5. The cultivation of fellowship and good will among officers and Masons
The ceremonies herein indicated are short and are not necessarily secret, but are something that any patriotic man or woman may listen to with fervor and satisfaction.
One rap of the gavel, for attention.
PRESIDENT: Brother Marshal, are all present brother Sojourners?
MARSHAL, ascertains and reports. If the Marshal reports that there are non-members present the President may then introduce them singly or collectively and will announce that this is an open meeting.
PRESIDENT: Brothers Marshal and Color Bearer, you will secure and present the Flag of our Country.
Marshal and Color Bearer retire, secure Flag, unfurl same and carry it to the West. President gives three raps with gavel, all come to attention, and Flag is carried to East. If a Chapter is provided with a National Sojourners’ Flag it may also be presented at this time. One verse of "Star-Spangled Banner" or "America" should be sung.
The Flag is then deposited in the stand to the right of the President.
Chapters may make the presentation of the Colors more ceremonious and may use a full squad as color guard.
PRESIDENT: Brothers, Masonry teaches us that no great or important undertaking should be begun without first asking the aid of Deity. You will be reverently attentive while the Chaplain invokes the divine blessing.
O God our Father, Supreme Architect of man’s destiny, we bow before Thee in reverence as we undertake the business of our brotherhood in this evening hour. We ask Thy guidance in the deliberations in which we shall engage and Thy blessing upon such transactions as we shall here accomplish.
May the prosperity, ideals and security of our Country be furthered and safeguarded.
May unity, harmony and fraternity prevail in our midst. And may all that is said and done here prosper Thy Kingdom and glorify Thy Holy Name.
PRESIDENT: Brothers, you will now give attention to the purposes of National Sojourners
President or Chaplain: My Brothers: The purpose of National Sojourners shall be to organize Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers (past and present) of the uniformed forces of the United States as hereinafter provided for, who are Master Masons, into Chapters for the promotion of good fellowship among its members, or assisting such as may be overtaken by adversity or affliction, for cultivating Masonic ideals, for supporting all patriotic aims and activities in Masonry, for developing true patriotism and Americanism throughout the Nation, for bringing together representatives (past and present) of the uniformed forces of the United States in a united effort to further the military need of national defense, and for opposing any influence whatsoever calculated to weaken the national security.
PRESIDENT: Brethren, do you reaffirm your loyalty to your Flag and Country, your obedience to its Constitution, your determination to combat all its enemies, your intention to support and strengthen the national defense, and your steady attachment to principles of Free Masonry?
MEMBERS: I do.
PRESIDENT: May your conduct as Sojourners and Citizens be guided by these principles and our Country profited by your lives.
PRESIDENT: Without further ceremony, I now declare … Chapter No. …, National Sojourners, to be open and ready for business.
PRESIDENT: * All seated.
PRESIDENT: Brother Secretary, you will read the Minutes.
Secretary reads Minutes.
Reception of New Members
PRESIDENT: Brother Secretary, are there any candidates present who have been regularly elected?
PRESIDENT: Brother Marshal, present them for reception into this Chapter.
MARSHAL: Brother President, I have the pleasure of presenting Brothers … for instruction.
One rap for attention.
PRESIDENT: Brother Officers: The purpose of National Sojourners shall be to organize Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers (past and present) of the uniformed forces of the United States, as hereinafter provided for, who are Master Masons, into Chapters, for the promotion or good fellowship among its members, for assisting such as may be overtaken by adversity or affliction, for cultivating Masonic ideals, for supporting all patriotic aims and activities in Masonry, for developing true patriotism and Americanism throughout the nation, for bringing together representatives (past and present) of the uniformed forces of the United States in a united effort to further the military need of national defense, and for opposing any influence whatsoever calculated to weaken the national security.
Masonry is the worlds greatest example of individualistic evolution. If we can turn the rough ashlar of our character into a more perfect harmony, if we can subdue the unworthy passions of selfishness and greed within us, we can obtain a happier family, a more stable society, and a Nation purer in its accomplishments,
To be selected by your brothers here you must be a Mason not in word only, not a member by obligation simply, but true indeed without reservation. As you have pledged yourself to be true to your brother, your neighbor, and yourself you have, also taken the oath of service to your Country. You are, or have been, officers in the military or naval establishments of the United States Government.
Let your eyes rest upon the beautiful Flag of your Country, an emblem conceived by Masons and representing Masonic ideals Under it you must serve with a lofty patriotism and a zealous devotion, which expresses itself in loyal obedience to our Country’s laws, as well as a sacrifice to our Country’s needs.
So live day by day that the Nation shall be prospered through your industry, established through your fidelity, and honored through your integrity. Such service to your Country becomes possible only when the individual man becomes a true Masonic brother, strong in the integrity of his actions, zealous in his Trust in God, and firm in his Faith of his Country’s ideals.
Three raps, all rise.
President: My brothers, if you still desire to continue, you will take the position of a soldier at Attention, place your right hand over your heart and repeat after me the
I solemnly and sincerely promise and vow that I will do all in my power to advance and promote the interests of National Sojourners, and that I will faithfully uphold and support the Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Order so far as they may come to my notice.
I furthermore promise that I will abide by and conform to the Constitution and By-Laws of … Chapter No. … or those of any other Chapter of which I may become a member.
To the faithful performance of this obligation I solemnly pledge my word.
President: All will repeat after me the American Creed.
All: I believe in the United States or America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the Consent of the governed, a democracy in a Republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States, a perfect Union one and inseparable, established upon those principles of Freedom, equality, justice and humanity, for which American Patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its Flag and to defend it against all enemies.
My Brothers, I am happy to extend to you the right hand of fellowship, to congratulate you on becoming Sojourners, and I feel honored to welcome you into … Chapter No. …, National Sojourners. I earnestly remind you, however, of our purpose of supporting all patriotic activities and aims in Masonry, of cultivating Masonic ideals and of furthering the glory and honor of our Country.
PRESIDENT: Before proceeding to close this Chapter has any one present anything to offer to advance our objects?
Does any one know of a member sick or in distress?
PRESIDENT: Brothers Marshal and Color Bearer, secure the Flag of our Country. One rap of the gavel.
Note: Secure the Flag and stand in East, all rise and stand to attention. Sing one verse of:
My Country ‘tis or thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty,
Of thee I sing
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountain side
Let freedom ring.
Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, and through whom are all things builded if they are to endure, we lay before Thee the plans of our Order, the aspirations of our hearts and the work of our hands, asking that they may be found acceptable in Thy sight.
As we have collaborated hare in Thy presence and under Thy guidance, may we, as we go our separate ways, carry with us the inspiration of the hour. And may each in his respective walk of life give practical expression and helpful furtherance to the ideals that here prevail.
Forgive us our transgressions and abide with us in all the vicissitudes of life.
Make happy our homes and loved ones, prosper our community and Nation, and lead us all to Thy glory in service to Thee, our Country and our fellowmen.
PRESIDENT: Brothers, to promote harmony among our members, to zealously guard our Country’s welfare, should actuate all our actions.
Brothers Marshal and Color Bearer, retire the Colors. Three raps of the gavel.
The Flag is retired and furled.
PRESIDENT: I now declare … Chapter No. …, National Sojourners, closed. One rap of the gavel.