Protected Homes of America
The President clothes himself in appropriate regalia or badge and assumes his station.
President, *: The Home will be in order. All persons not entitled to sit with us please retire. Watchman, please come forward and give me the passwords.
Watchman gives passwords, retires to the altar and salutes.
Watchman, the outer door is in your charge; permit no one to enter who is not in possession of the annual password, unless otherwise instructed by the Sentinel.
Watchman, salutes: You directions shall be obeyed.
President: Guide, examine those present and ascertain if all present are qualified to remain. The Companion will assist the Guide.
The President fills vacant stations while the Guide and Companion take up the passwords. After all have been examined the Guide and Companion return to the altar, salute, and say:
Guide: Worthy President, I find all persons on the right qualified to remain.
Companion: Worthy President, I find all persons on the left qualified to remain.
They return to their stations.
President: Officers and members, you will please be attentive to the opening exercises. Past President, what is your duty?
Past President, arises, salutes and says: It is my duty to give counsel and advice, and have charge of the literary and other entertainments of the Home.
President: Vice President, what is your duty?
Vice President, stands and salutes: It is my duty to have charge of the inner door, assist you in preserving order, to aid in conducting the initiatory ceremonies, and preside in your absence.
President: Chaplain, what is your duty?
Chaplain, stands and salutes: It is my duty to conduct the devotional exercises of the Home, administer the obligation, and assist in conferring the degree upon the candidates.
President: Secretary, what is your duty?
Secretary, stands and salutes: It is my duty to keep accurate minutes of the proceedings of the Home, to draw and attest all orders on the Treasurer and conduct the correspondence, collect all monthly payments and dues, and such other duties as the laws require.
President: Treasurer, what is your duty?
Treasurer, stands and salutes: It is my duty to hold the funds of the Home and pay all orders signed by the President and attested by the Secretary.
President: Guide, what is your duty?
Guide, stands and salutes: It is my duty to have charge of the regalia and paraphernalia of the Home; to superintend initiation and perform such other duties as the President may direct.
President: Companion, what is your duty?
Companion, stands and salutes: It is my duty to assist Guide in conducting the candidates during initiation, collect the ballots, and perform such other duties as you may direct.
President: Sentinel, what is your duty?
Sentinel, stands and salutes: It is my duty to attend the inner door, and permit no one to enter without the permanent password of the Order, unless so directed.
President: As the presiding officer of this Home, it is my duty to judge impartially of every transaction, and endeavor to inculcate the principles of Peace, Hope and Protection.
Call the Home to its feet with * * * and the following is sung:
Now God, upon us look,
As we a blessing brook
From Thee once more.
Aid us while meeting here,
May good results appear;
And Thee we’ll praise and cheer,
On you bright shore.
President: We will now unite with the Chaplain in repeating the Lord’s prayer.
President: I now declare the Home open for business. *.
Officers should memorize their parts.
Guide and Companion will place the open Bible on the altar in center of room.
President: Guide and Companion, retire to the reception room and prepare the candidates for initiation. The Secretary will accompany you.
The Guide, Companion and Secretary advance to the altar, salute and retire.
Guide, addressing candidates: Do you seek admission to our Order through any motive other than the benefits and privileges it bestows?
Secretary, addressing candidates: Our rules prescribe that certain fees must be paid, the amount of which is $ …. You will please settle the same and I will give you a receipt therefore.
Guide: Secretary, you will report to the Home that the candidate is qualified for the degree.
Secretary advances to the inner door, gives * * * and the Sentinel opens the wicket and calls in a loud voice:
Sentinel: Who is there?
Secretary: A returning officer.
Sentinel admits the Secretary, who advances to the altar, salutes and says:
Secretary: Worthy President, a candidate qualified for the degree is in waiting.
President: Secretary, you will assume your station, and the Sentinel will report the Guide that all is ready.
The Guide and Companion will advance to the inner door with the candidate and give * * *.
Sentinel: Who comes there?
Guide: Returning officers with a candidate.
Sentinel, addressing Vice-President: Vice President, returning officers with a candidate who desires to learn the lessons of Peace, Hope and Protection, seeks admission.
Vice President: Admit them.
The Sentinel obeys and the Guide and Companion conduct the candidate to the Vice President’s station and the Guide says:
Guide: Before you stands a candidate who seeks for himself and those dear to him, the benefits and privileges of The Protected Homes of America.
Vice President: Friend, you have chosen well. But you are yet to learn the duties, privileges and benefits of this Order. Guide, present the candidates to the Chaplain for obligation.
The Guide will conduct the candidate around the room and face Chaplain’s station while the following is sung:
‘Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.
A charm through the skies seem to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne’er met with elsewhere.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home,
There’s no place like home.
An exile from home, splendour dazzles in vain:
Oh, give me my lovely thatched cottage again!
The birds singing gally, that came at my call;
Home, home, sweet, sweet home,
There’s no place like home.
At the end of the song the Chaplain repairs to the altar and the members all form a circle around.
Guide: Chaplain, there stands before you a friend who is ready for the obligation.
President gives * * *.
Chaplain: Friend, before going further, our Order requires from you a solemn promise. This promise will not conflict with either your religious belief, or your duties as a citizen. With this assurance are you ready to proceed?
Then please lay your right hand on the open Bible and repeat after me: I, …, in the presence of these witnesses, do of my own free will and accord, most solemnly promise that I will comply with all the Rules and Regulations established by the Supreme Home of the Protected Homes of America or subordinate Home of which I may become a member, so far as they do not conflict with my civil or religious liberty. That I will hold allegiance to said Supreme Home, and be loyal thereto, as the Supreme authority of the entire Order. I will not defraud or wrong any department of this Order, or any member thereof, or suffer it to be done by others, if in my power to prevent. I will never introduce anything of a political or sectarian character at any meeting, or in any way bring reproach upon the Order. I will never improperly communicate to any one any of the words, signs or tokens, now ill I reveal anything that may transpire during my initiation. I will protect worthy members from slander, defamation and injury to the best of my ability, and will hold in preference and honor all true members of this Order, and will consider this obligation as binding out of it as in it. Should I fail in this, my solemn obligation, I hereby consent to be expelled from this fraternity.
Chaplain: My friend, you have taken this solemn obligation; will you faithfully abide by it?
The Members in unison: We are witnesses of your solemn obligation.
President: Guide, conduct the candidate to the Vice President’s station, there to be instructed in the lesson of Peace.
The members in the circle will retire to their seats, the Chaplain will return to his station, and the Guide and Companion will conduct the candidate around the room to Vice President’s station.
Guide: Vice President, I present to you this candidate to be instructed in the lesson of Peace.
Vice President: My friend, when the wealth of human language was explored, to find the most fitting term in which to epitomize the greatest and grandest of all characters ever known among men, the phrase chosen was "Prince of Peace." Strife is confusion, peace is harmony; war is destruction, peace binds together, builds up and perpetuates; one finds its root in ambition and hate; the other in self-sacrifice and love. War is like a fire that wrathfully consumes the underbrush and stubble. Peace breathes upon the soil left bare by the tide of destruction, and lo! it brings forth grasses, fruits, grains and flowers. Civilization is the product of Peace. It has brought forth art, science, and a feeling of tender kinship. When it vanished men grow savage and barbarous. Because war has frequently preceded great reforms it has been extolled. But war does not enlighten; it is the resistance ignorance offers to progress. Peace is the sweet sunshine storm and wreck. It is the practical expression of a love too deep and broad to be raffled by turmoil and disaster; a love that blends all the seeming discords of time in an anthem of grandest praise to the Infinite. When the "White Dove of Peace" shall bear the olive branch to every nation, tribe and tongue, it will be the herald of the grandest era of progress the world has ever known. The progress of the world in civilization, and in the onward march toward the adoption of a wiser, kindlier philosophy of life, has been marked by evidences of a constant tendency toward harmony and universal good feeling between man and his brother. True progress means improvement. True betterment tends toward an universal peace. Even he who has in his heart no true philanthropy, will, if he is wise, strive to live at peace with all men. St. Paul, speaking from the standpoint of enlightened common sense, as well as that of the simplest, strongest manner when he said: "If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, live peacable with all men." Peace is great. Its adoption means a conformity of men’s lives to the principles of the golden rule, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto them."
President: Guide, conduct the candidate to the Chaplain’s station to receive the Lecture of Hope.
Guide: Worthy Chaplain, I present you this candidate to receive the Lecture of Hope
Chaplain: My friends, hope is all that makes life worth living. The present is never supremely happy. The future is so only as it is illumined by the ruddy light of hope. It is hope that makes youth one long happy dream, full of imaginary triumphs and achievements. It is hope that forms the very heart and soul of parental love. It is naught but hope that inspires the teacher in the daily routine of imparting knowledge to the growing intellects beneath his care. And greatest of all, it is hope, nothing but the strongest, purest and most unselfish hope, that upholds the one about to pass from this world that he knows, to another that he knows not, that those near to him in this life and those dependent upon him for the necessaries of earthly existence may enjoy, through his foresight and provision, a life free from physical want and mental anxiety over temporal things. And it is the hope of meeting again this generous one, that upholds the mourner in the hour when, without hope, the heart would break. Hope nerves each toiler’s arm, inspires each weary mind, sustains each sinking heart, and as the shadows of death approach, what is it but hope that draws back the veil of the great future and reveals the light of immortality gleaming brightly upon the boundless shores of eternity.
President: Guide, you will present the candidate to the Past President.
Guide: Worthy Past President, by direction of the President I present you this candidate.
Past President: My friend, peace and hope without protection would be impossible. Peace comes only from ample protection, and the strongest hope lives in the soul most tranquil. The first thing a babbling infant knows is the protection of parents. Beneath such protection alone is fostered the courage to go forth and do bravely and manfully the battles of life. The first thing citizens learn is the protection of a strong and sturdy government, the arms of whose laws are ‘round about them, sheltering the life, liberty and property of themselves, after knowing the solicitous care of their parents in youth, and still existing under the protection of their government, upon them falls the very highest and gravest responsibility. Life is full of dangers that threaten to put out the vital spark, and no one can say with assurance "tomorrow I shall be alive." Upon those of affairs, those of family, those who have relations dependent upon them, devolves the important and no longer disputed duty of providing for the welfare of those dependent ones, and of protecting them against the ravages of want and degradation in the event that their natural and responsible protectors should be removed by the remorseless and irresistible hand of death. This protection appeals to all that is highest, noblest, purest and most unselfish, and those who have satisfied their consciences along this line can rest peacefully in the assurance that they have done one God-like act. Guide, conduct the candidate to the President for final instructions.
Guide: Worthy President, by direction of the Past President, I present you this candidate for the final instructions.
President: My friends, you have been obligated in this Order, and have listened to the beautiful lessons by our worthy Vice President, Chaplain and Past President, and if you will take these lessons to your heart, we feel assured that your admission into our Order will not disturb the peace and harmony of our Home and that your conception of the sentiments embraced in the lessons of Peace and Hope will be greater than ever before, and as the Past President has said, that the protection this Order will furnish to those dependent upon you , will satisfy your conscience and you will feel that you have done your duty toward them.
I will now proceed to instruct you in the unwritten work of the Order, as follows:
1. Desiring to enter the Home, you will give … of … at the outer door. The watchman will open the wicket and you will give him the password of the current term in full, and he will open the door and permit you to enter. After clothing yourself in the proper regalia, you will give … at the inner door, and the Sentinel will respond with … and will open the wicket, and you will give him your name and the Home to which you belong. He will close the wicket and report you to the Vice President, who will direct that you be admitted, if correct. He will re-open the wicket and you must give him the permanent password of the Home, …. If correct, the Sentinel will admit you, and you will advance to the altar by right angles and salute the President with the salutation sign of the Order, who will respond with the answer to it. You will then be seated. Desiring to leave the Home before it is closed, you will advance to the altar by right angles from wherever you may be seated and address the President with the salutation sign, who will respond with the answer, and the Sentinel will then permit you to depart.
2. The annual password will be given to you by the President of your Home, or by his direction, at any time you may be entitled to it. This password is used at the outer door and is also taken up by the Guide and Companion in examination prior to opening. It is changed annually by the Supreme President and sent to the President of the Homes by the Supreme Secretary.
3. The permanent password of the Order is …, and is used at the inner door and is also taken up by the Guide and Companion in the examination prior to the opening of the Home.
4. The salutation sign is made …, signifying Peace. The answer is made …, signifying Hope.
5. The recognition sign is made …, and the answer is made ….
6. The sign of distress is made …, and the answer is made …. The words used when the sign cannot be seen are …, and the answer to it are the words ….
7. Grip. With the right hand, grasp a brother or sister’s right hand ….
8. The voting sign is … and in ballot, white balls elect and black balls reject, or white balls say yes and black balls say no.
9. The gavel is used by calling the Home to order, calling it to its feet and in seating it. … calls the Home to order. … calls the Home to its feet. … seats the Home.
My friends, having been obligated, lectured, and instructed in the unwritten work of the Order, I now, by authority of the Supreme Home of The Protected Homes of America, declare you fully entitled to all the rights and privileges of initiated members of The Protected Homes of America, and may you ever be animated by the principles of Peace, Hope, and Protection, and we hope your conduct will offer no reproach to the Order of which you are now a member. Guide, you will please seat the new members.
President: Secretary, is there any further business to offer?
Secretary not responding, the President will say: Officers and members, we will now leave this place of meeting and I hope we can do so with the feeling that we have been benefited by our attendance here, and that for the success and prosperity of our Order we will work together. Let us sing our closing ode:
May peace her white wings spread above
Each member of this noble band.
Oh, guide and guard us with Thy love
Where e’er we roam on sea or land.
President: Officers and members, you will be attentive while the Chaplain offers prayer.
Chaplain: Heavenly Father, we ask that thy blessings rest upon all that we have done this evening. May it redound to thy honor and glory. Bless the sick and afflicted of our Fraternity throughout the land, and may our Order dwell in harmony and peace. Amen.
President: Guide, you will collect the Rituals and Odes, and see that all property is put away. I now declare this Home closed. *.