M.M. Taylorís Ritual of Craft Masonry
First Degree Ė Entered Apprentice

 
2000


Ceremony of Opening

W.M.:
Opening hymn Brethren. After the singing of the hymn, all remain standing.
W.M.:
Brethren, I produce the Warrant of the Lodge.
W.M., *, which is answered similarly by S.W. and J.W.:
Brethren, assist me to open the Lodge.
W.M. to J.W., who does not give Sp or Sn:
Bro. Ö name, what is the first care of every Freemason?
J.W.:
To see that the Lodge is properly T.
W.M.:
Direct that duty to be done.
J.W. to I.G, who does not give Sp or Sn:
Bro. Ö name, see that the Lodge is properly T.
I.G. goes to the door, ensures that itís locked, and gives ks of First Degree T answers with
similar ks. I.G. returns to his place.
I.G., without giving Sp or Sn:
Bro. Ö name, the Lodge is properly T.
J.W. gives ks of First Degree and without giving Sp or Sn says to W.M.:
Bro. Ö name, the Lodge is properly T.
W.M. to S.W., who does not give Sp or Sn:
Bro. Ö name, the next care?
S.W.:
To see that none but Freemasons are present.
W.M.:
To order, Brethren, as Freemasons. All come to order with Sp and Sn. of First Degree.
W.M.:
Bro. J.W., how many principal officers are there in the Lodge?
J.W.:
Three; the W.M., the S. and J. Wardens.
W.M.:
Bro. S.W., how many assistant officers are there?
S.W.:
Three, besides the T. or namely, the S. and J. Deacons and the I.G.
W.M. to J.W.:
The situation of the T?
J.W.:
Outside the door of the Lodge.
W.M.:
His duty?
J.W.:
Being armed with a d.s., to keep off all cowans and intruders to Freemasonry and to see that the Candidates are properly prepared.
W.M. to S.W.:
The situation of the I.G.?
S.W.:
Within the entrance of the Lodge.
W.M.:
His duty?
S.W.:
To admit Freemasons on proof, to receive Candidates in due form, and to obey the commands of the J.W.
W.M. to J.W.:
The situation of the J.D.?
J.W.:
At the right of the S.W.
W.M.:
His duty?
J.W.:
To carry all messages and communications of the W.M. from the S. to the J.W. and to see the same punctually obeyed.
W.M. to S.W.:
The situation of the S.D.?
S.W.:
At or near the right of the W.M.
W.M.:
His duty?
S.W.:
To bear all messages and commands from the W.M. to the S.W. and to await the return of the J.D.
W.M.:
Bro. J.W., your situation in the Lodge?
J.W.:
In the S, W.M.
W.M.:
Why are you placed there?
J.W.:
To mark the Sun at the meridian, to call the Brethren from labour to refreshment and from refreshment to labour, that profit and pleasure may be the result.
W.M.:
Bro. S.W., your situation in the Lodge?
S.W.:
In the W, W.M.
W.M.:
Why are you placed there?
S.W.:
To mark the setting Sun and to close the Lodge by command of the W.M., having seen that every Brother has had his due.
W.M.:
Bro. I.P.M. W.M. and I.P.M. turn inwards to face each other, the M.ís place in the Lodge?
I.P.M.:
In the E, W.M.
W.M.:
Why is he placed there?
I.P.M.:
As the Sun rises in the E to open and enliven the day, so the W.M. is placed in the E to open the Lodge and to employ and instruct the Brethren in Freemasonry.
W.M.:
Brethren, the Lodge being duly formed, before I declare it open, the following words may be spoken by the Chaplain let us invoke the assistance of T.G.A.O.T. in all our undertakings; may our labours thus begun in order, be conducted in peace, and closed in harmony.
ALL (the following response may be chanted):
So mote it be.
W.M.:
Brethren, in the name of T.G.A.O.T.U., I declare the Lodge duly open all cut Sn, for the purpose of Freemasonry in the First Degree.
W.M. gives ks of First Degree, followed by S.W. who raises his Column, J.W. gives ks of First Degree and leaves his Column lowered.
I.G. goes to the door, gives ks of First Degree and being answered similarly by T, returns to his place during which time the S.D., assisted by the J.D., attends to the TB and both return to their places. I.P.M. opens VSL and arranges S and Cs. He then arranges or displays the Working Tools of the First Degree, and returns to his place WM then sits, after which the Brethren resume their seats.

 
 
Ceremony of Initiation
 
The Lodge being open in the First Degree, the T, having prepared the Candidate, gives a report in the First Degree.
I.G. advances on to edge of S.P. and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
Bro. J.W., there is a report. I.G. holds Sn.
J.W. rises and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
W.M., there is a report.
W.M.:
Bro. J.W., enquire who wants admission. J.W. cuts Sn and sits.
J.W.:
Bro. I.G., see who seeks admission.
I.G. cuts Sn, goes to the door and opens it.
I.G. speaks to T. across the threshold:
Whom have you there?
T.:
Mr. Ö Cand.ís full name, a poor Candidate in a state of darkness, who has been well and worthily recommended, regularly proposed and approved in open Lodge, now comes of his own free will and accord, properly prepared, humbly soliciting to be admitted to the mysteries and privileges of Ancient Freemasonry.
I.G.:
How does he hope to obtain those privileges?
T.:
By the help of God, being free and of good report.
I.G.:
Wait while I report to the W.M. locks door, advances on to edge of S.P. and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree.
I.G.:
W.M., Mr. Ö Cand.ís full name, a poor Candidate in a state of darkness, who has been well and worthily recommended, regularly proposed and approved in open Lodge, now comes of his own free will and accord, properly prepared, humbly soliciting to be admitted to the mysteries and privileges of Ancient Freemasonry.
W.M.:
How does he hope to obtain those privileges?
I.G.:
By the help of God, being free and of good report.
W.M.:
The tongue of good report has already been heard in his favour. Do you, Bro. I.G., vouch that he is properly prepared?
I.G.:
I do, W.M.
W.M.:
Then admit him in due form. I.G. cuts Sn. W.M. sounds his Gavel, one k, which is answered by S.W. and J.W. Bro. Deacons.
I.G. goes to the door bearing Poniard and waits S.D., squaring the Lodge, is joined by J.D. in passing A.D.C. follows S.D. to W. and places his Wand in J.D.ís stand. He puts k.s. in position and takes post at J.D.ís chair. Deacons go to the door I.G. opens door and applies P to Cand.ís naked left breast.
I.G. to Cand.:
Do you feel anything?
I.G. having received a reply in the affirmative, J.D. takes control of Cand. by holding his right hand firmly in the correct grasp and conducts him on to edge of S.P. while I.G., having locked the door, raises Poniard above his own head to show that Cand. has been admitted Ďin due form.í S.D. positions himself at left of Cand and I.G. returns to his seat.
W.M.:
Mr. Ö Cand Ďs full name, as no person can be made a Freemason unless he is free and of mature age, I demand, are you free, and of the full age of twenty-one years?
Cand.:
I am. Prompted by J D, if necessary.
W.M.:
Having thus assured us, you will kneel, (pause while Cand does so) (or, you will be covered) (Deacons assist Cand.) while the blessing of Heaven is invoked in aid of our proceedings.
W.M. sounds his Gavel, one k which is answered by S.W. and J.W. All rise and come to order with Sn of R. The Deacons, standing slightly behind Cand, raise and arch their Wands above his head.

 
 
Prayer
 
W.M. or CHAPLAIN:
Vouchsafe Thine aid, Almighty Father, Supreme Governor of the Universe, to our present convention and grant that this Candidate for Freemasonry may so dedicate and devote his life to Thy service as to become a true and faithful Brother among us. Endue him with a competency of Thy Divine Wisdom, so that, assisted by the secrets of our Masonic art, he may the better be enabled to unfold the beauties of true Godliness, to the honour and glory of Thy Holy Name.
ALL: (the following response may be chanted):
So mote it be.
W.M.:
Mr. Ö Cand Ďs full name, in all cases of difficulty and danger, in whom do you put
your trust?
Cand.:
In God prompted by J.D. if necessary.
W.M.:
Right glad am I to find your faith so well founded; relying on such sure support, you may rise (or, you may be uncovered) and safely follow your leader with a firm but humble confidence, for where the name of God all drop Sn of R. is invoked, we trust no danger will ensue.
The Deacons lower their Wands and assist Cand. J.D. takes Cand. by right hand. A.D.C. removes kneeling stool, recovers Wand and waits behind J.D. W.M. sits and Brethren resume their seats.
W.M. sounds his Gavel, one k., which is answered by S.W. and J.W.:
Brethren in the N, E, S and W, take notice, that Mr. Ö Cand.ís full name, is now about to pass in view before you to show that he is a Candidate properly prepared to be made a Freemason.
J.D. with Cand. on his left commences to square the Lodge. A.D.C. with S.D. on his left follows J.D. and Cand. to NE corner. S.D. resumes his seat. A.D.C. continues on to his in SE as J.D. conducts Cand. past W.M. to right of J.W. J.D. instructs Cand. to move to left. When suitably positioned J.D. with Candís right hand strikes J.W. three times on right shoulder.
J.W. to J.D.:
Whom have you there?
J.D. gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
Mr. Ö Cand.ís full name, a poor Candidate in a state of darkness, who has been well and worthily recommended, regularly proposed and approved in open Lodge, now comes of his own free will and accord, properly prepared, humbly soliciting to be admitted to the mysteries and privileges of Ancient Freemasonry.
J.W.:
How does he hope to obtain those privileges?
J.D.:
By the help of God, being free and of good report. Cuts Sn.
J.W. rises and faces Cand., J.D. places Candís right hand in that of J.W, who, with a firm handclasp, says to Cand.:
Enter, free and of good report. J.W. returns Cand.ís right hand to J.D., and sits.
J.D, squaring the Lodge, conducts Cand. to right of S.W. and instructs Cand. to move to the left. When suitably positioned J.D. with Cand.ís right hand strikes S.W. three times on right shoulder.
S.W. to J.D.:
Whom have you there?
J.D. gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
Mr. Ö Cand.ís full name, a poor Candidate in a state of darkness, who has been well and worthily recommended, regularly proposed and approved in open Lodge, now comes of his own free will and accord, properly prepared, humbly soliciting to be admitted to the mysteries and privileges of Ancient Freemasonry.
S.W.:
How does he hope to obtain those privileges?
J.D.:
By the help of God, being free and of good report. Cuts Sn.
S.W. rises and faces Cand.; J.D. places Cand.ís right hand in that of S.W., who with a firm handclasp, says to Cand.: Enter, free and of good report. S.W. returns Cand.ís right hand to J.D. and remains standing.
J.D. conducts Cand. by an anti-clockwise movement to left of S.W. and places Cand.ís right hand in S.W.ís left hand. J.D. ensures that Cand. faces E and then takes position at left of Cand.
S.W. raises Cand.ís right hand and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
W.M., I present to you Mr. Ö Cand.ís full name, a Candidate properly prepared to be made a Freemason.
W.M.:
Bro. S.W., your presentation shall be attended to, for which purpose I shall address to the Candidate a few questions which I trust he will answer with candour.
S.W. cuts Sn, returns Cand.ís right hand to J.D, and sits.
J.D., with Cand. on his left, advances on to edge of S.P.
W.M.:
Mr. Ö Cand.ís full name, do you seriously declare on your honour, that, unbiassed by the improper solicitation of friends against your own inclination and uninfluenced by mercenary or other unworthy motives, you freely and voluntarily offer yourself a Candidate for the mysteries and privileges of Ancient Freemasonry?
Cand.:
I do prompted by J.D., if necessary.
W.M.:
Do you likewise pledge yourself that you are prompted to solicit those privileges by a favourable opinion preconceived of the Institution, a general desire for knowledge, and a sincere wish to render yourself more extensively serviceable to your fellow-creatures?
Cand.:
I do prompted by J.D. if necessary.
W.M.:
Do you further seriously declare on your honour, that avoiding fear on the one hand and rashness on the other, you will steadily persevere through the ceremony of your Initiation and, if admitted, will ever afterwards act and abide by the ancient usages and established customs of the Order?
Cand.:
I do prompted by J.D., if necessary.
W.M.:
Bro. S.W. who rises and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree, direct the J.D. to instruct the Candidate to advance to the E in due form. S.W. cuts Sn and sits.
S.W.:
Bro. J.D. who gives Sp and Sn of First Degree and turns his head to the right, it is the W.M.ís command that you instruct the Candidate to advance to the E in due form.
J.D. cuts Sn.
J.D. conducts Cand. towards the E to within about a yard of the NE corner of the Lodge. J.D. turns Cand. to the right, faces him, and, grasping his arms at the elbows, with both hands draws him mid-way across the Lodge to a point in line with centre of W.M.ís pedestal.
J.D. to Cand.:
Place your feet together heel to heel, toe to toe; turn out your left foot so as to form a Square; take a single step with the left foot drawing the right after it; one a little longer; another longer still.
Cand., carefully prompted by J.D. places his feet appropriately and takes the three steps, on arriving at pedestal, J.D. ensures that Cand. faces W.M., then takes position on Cand.ís right, while S.D. moves across to left of Cand.
W.M.:
Mr. Ö Cand Ďs full name, it is my duty to inform you that Masonry is free and requires a perfect freedom of inclination in every Candidate for its mysteries; it is founded on the purest principles of piety and virtue; it possesses many great and invaluable privileges and in order to secure those privileges to worthy men, and, we trust, to worthy men alone, vows of fidelity are required; but let me assure you that in those vows there is nothing incompatible with your civil, moral, or religious duties. Are you therefore willing to take a Great and Solemn Obligation founded on the principles I have stated, to keep inviolate the secrets and mysteries of the Order?
Cand.:
I am prompted by J.D., if necessary.
W.M.:
Then you will kneel on your left knee (or, Then you will be covered) (Deacons assist Cand.), place your right foot so as to form a Square, W.M rises give me your right hand which I place on this book, the V. of the S.L., while your left hand will be employed in supporting a pair of Compasses, one point presented to your naked left breast. I.P.M passes an opened pair of Compasses to W.M. who places them in left hand of Cand. with one point presented to his naked left breast.
W.M. sounds his Gavel, one k, which is answered by S.W. and J.W. The Brethren rise and without taking Sp, all come to order with Sn of F. The Deacons, standing slightly behind Cand., raise and arch their Wands above his head.

 
 
Obligation

W.M. to Cand.:
Stating your names at length, repeat after me: I, Cand. states his full name, in the presence of T.G.A.O.T.U. and of this worthy, worshipful and warranted Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, regularly assembled and properly dedicated, of my own free will and accord, do hereby and hereon W.M. presses the fingers of his left hand on Cand.ís right hand, then presses the palm of his left hand on V.S.L., solemnly and sincerely swear, that I will always hele, conceal, and never reveal, any part or parts, point or points, of the secrets or mysteries of or belonging to, Free and Accepted Masons in Masonry, which may heretofore have been known by, shall now, or may at any future time be communicated to me, unless it be to a true and lawful Brother, or Brethren, and not even unto him or them until after due trial, strict examination, or sure information from some well known Brother that he or they are worthy of that confidence, or in the body of a just, perfect, and regular Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
I likewise solemnly promise that I will not write those secrets, indite, carve, mark, engrave, or otherwise them delineate, or cause or suffer it to be done by others if in my power to prevent it, on anything, movable or immovable under the canopy of Heaven, whereby or whereon, any letter, character, or figure, or the least trace of any letter, character, or figure, may become legible or intelligible to myself or to anyone in the world, lest our secret art and hidden mysteries may improperly become known through my unworthiness.
These several points I solemnly swear to observe, without evasion, equivocation, or mental reservation of any kind, in the certain knowledge that the violation of any of them will brand me as a wilfully perjured individual, void of moral worth, and totally unfit to be received into this worshipful Lodge or any other warranted Lodge, or society of men who prize honour and virtue above the external advantages of rank and fortune. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in this, the Great and Solemn Obligation of an E.A.F.
W.M. here removes the Cs. from Cand.ís left hand and returns them to I.P.M.
W.M.:
As what you have repeated may be considered only a serious promise, as a pledge of fidelity and to render it a G. and S.O., you will seal it with your lips on this book, W.M. again touches Cand.ís right hand which is the V. of the S.L. Cand. does so, Deacons then lower their Wands and all drop Sn of F.
W.M.:
Having been kept for a considerable time in a state of darkness, what in your present condition is the predominant wish of your heart?
Cand., prompted by J.D.:
Light.
W.M.:
Bro. J.D., let that blessing be restored to the Candidate.
J.D. unties the knot of the hoodwink, W.M. raises his Gavel on high and points it right, left, right, and, coinciding with removal of the hoodwink by J.D., sounds his Gavel, one k, at which precise moment the Brethren c their hs J.D. then gently presses the head of Cand. slightly forward to direct his gaze to the T.G.Ls.
W.M.:
Now that you have been restored to the blessings of material light, I will direct your attention to what we consider the three Great though emblematical Lights in Freemasonry;
they are the Volume of the Sacred Law, the Square, and the Compasses.; the Sacred Writings are to govern our faith, the Square to regulate our actions, and the Compasses. to keep us in due bounds with all mankind, particularly our Brethren in Freemasonry. W.M. takes Cand.ís right hand in his own. Rise, (or, Be uncovered,) duly obligated, Brother among Masons. Deacons assist Cand.
W.M. sits and Brethren resume their seals J.D. conducts Cand. by a clockwise movement to right of W.M. and both stand facing S about three feet from him S.D., follows the J.D. round and returns to his seat.
W.M.:
You are now enabled to discover the three Lesser Lights in Freemasonry which are
situated in the E, the S, and the W W.M. indicates with his hand the respective directions, and are meant to represent the Sun, the Moon, and the Master of the Lodge W.M. again indicates appropriately; the Sun to rule the day, the Moon to govern the night, and the Master to rule and direct his Lodge. W.M. again indicates appropriately.
W.M.:
Bro. Ö surname only, this being the first time Cand. is addressed as ĎBrotherí, at this
point, I.G. rises and advances slowly towards the E holding the sheed of the Poniard in his right hand with its handle, to be offered to WM, resting on his left forearm,
by your meek and candid behaviour this evening you have symbolically escaped two great dangers, those of stabbing and strangulation, for on your entrance into the Lodge this Poniard I.G. arrives at pedestal and W.M. withdraws Poniard from its sheed and points it at Cand. was presented to your naked left breast, to imply that had you rashly attempted to rush forward you would have been an accessory to your death by stabbing as the Brother who held it would have remained firm and done his duty. W.M. replaces Poniard in sheed and I.G. carrying the Poniard as before, squares the Lodge and returns to his seat, meanwhile, J.D. lifts cable tow from shoulders of Cand and hands it to W.M., who, by way of example, places his left hand in the running noose.
There was likewise this cable tow. with a running noose about your neck to symbolise that any attempt at retreat would have proved equally fatal W.M. tightens and then releases cable tow and hands it to I.P.M. But, traditionally, there was a third danger which would have awaited you until your latest hour, namely a physical penalty at one time associated with the Obligation of a Freemason. It was that of having the throat cut across, the tongue torn out by the root and buried in the sand of the sea at low water mark, or at least a cable length from the shore where the tide regularly ebbs and flows, twice in twenty-four hours had you improperly disclosed the secrets of Freemasonry. The inclusion of such a penalty is unnecessary for the Obligation you have taken this evening is binding upon you for so long as you shall live.
W.M.:
Now that you have taken the Great and Solemn Obligation of an E.A.F., I am permitted to inform you that there are several Degrees in Freemasonry with peculiar secrets restricted to each; these however are not communicated indiscriminately but are conferred upon candidates according to merit and ability. I shall therefore proceed to entrust you with the secrets of this Degree, or those marks by which we are known to each other and distinguished from the rest of the world, but must premise, for your general information, that all Squares, Levels, and Perpendiculars are true and proper signs by which to know a Freemason; you will therefore stand perfectly erect, your feet in the form of a Square, your body, thus, being considered an emblem of your mind, and your feet, of the rectitude of your actions.
W.M.:
You will now take a single step towards me with your left foot placing the heel of the right into its hollow.
J.D. and Cand. take Sp and W.M. points to Cand.ís feet.
That, my Brother, is the first regular step in Freemasonry and it is in that position the secrets of the Degree are communicated; they consist of a Sign, Token, and Word. W.M. rises, faces Cand and takes Sp. Please copy me.
The Sign is given by placing the right hand, thumb extended to form a Square, to the left of the throat, drawing it sharply across and dropping it to the side. W.M. gives Sn of First Degree and cuts Sn, J.D. and Cand. copy him. This, you will perceive, alludes to the symbolic penalty of the
Degree, which implied that, as a man of honour W.M again gives Sn of first Degree, J.D. and Cand. copy him, an E.A.F., would rather have had his throat cut across W.M. cuts Sn, J.D. and Cand. copy him than improperly disclose the secrets of Freemasonry.
W.M.:
The Grip, or Token, is given by a distinct pressure with the thumb on the first knuckle-joint of a brotherís right hand J.D. places Cand.ís right hand in that of W.M. who gives the G and ensures that Cand.ís thumb is in correct position.
This Grip, when mutually given and received, serves to distinguish a brother by night as well as by day. It also demands a Word; a Word highly prized amongst Freemasons as a safeguard to their privileges; too much caution therefore cannot be observed in communicating it; it should never be given at length, as you are about to receive it, but always by letters or syllables except at certain times. To enable you to do this, I will tell you the Word; it is Boaz.
Cand., prompted by J.D., repeats the W.:
W.M. spells the W:
Cand., prompted by J.D., repeats the spelling:
W.M.:
As in the course of the ceremony you will be called upon for this Word, our Brother, the J.D., will dictate the answers you are to give.
What is this? W.M. emphasises the G.
Cand., J.D. dictates:
The Grip, or Token, of an E.A.F.
W.M.:
What does this Grip demand?
Cand., J.D. dictates:
A Word.
W.M.:
Give me that Word.
Cand., J.D. dictates:
At my Initiation I was taught to be cautious but I will letter or halve it with you.
W.M.:
Halve it and you begin. J.D. dictates first half and Cand repeats it, W.M. responds with second half
W.M.:
This Word is derived from the left hand pillar that stood at the porch entrance of King Solomonís Temple, so named after Boaz, great-grandfather of David, a Prince and Ruler in Israel. The import of the Word is: In Strength.
Cand., prompted by J.D., repeats:
In Strength.
W.M.:
Pass Boaz. returns Cand.ís right hand to J.D. and sits.
J.D., squaring the Lodge, conducts Cand. to of J.W.
J.D. gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
Bro. J.W., I present to you Bro. Ö surname only, on his Initiation.
J.W. to J.D.:
I will thank Bro. Ö surname only to advance to me as an E.A.F, showing the Sn. J.D. cuts Sn and instructing Cand. by demonstration, both give Sp and Sn of First Degree, both cut Sn.
J.W. to Cand.:
Have you anything to communicate?
Cand. (J.D. dictates):
I have.
J.W. rises and faces Cand, J.D. places Cand.ís right hand in that of J.W., Cand. gives G., J.D. guiding Cand.ís thumb to correct position.
J.W.:
What is this?
Cand. (J.D. dictates):
The Grip, or Token, of an E.A.F.
J.W.:
What does this Grip demand?
Cand. (J.D. dictates):
A Word.
J.W.:
Give me that Word.
Cand. (J.D. dictates):
At my Initiation I was taught to be cautious but I will letter or halve with you.
J.W.:
Letter it and you begin. J.D. dictates first letter and subsequent alternate letters, Cand. repeating appropriately, J.W. responding in turn with second letter and subsequent alternate letters.
J.W.:
Pass Boaz returns Cand.Ďs right hand to J.D. and sits.
J.D., squaring the Lodge, conducts Cand. to r. of S.W.
J.D. gives Sp and Sn. of First Degree:
Bro. S.W., I present to you Bro. Ö surname only, on his Initiation.
S.W. to J.D.:
I will thank Bro. Ö surname only to advance to me as an E.A.F. J.D. cuts Sn and instructing Cand by demonstration, both take Sp.
S.W. to Cand.:
What is that? Points to Cand.ís feet.
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
The first regular step in Freemasonry.
S.W.:
Do you bring anything with you?
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
I do. J.D. instructing Cand. by demonstration, both give Sn of First Degree, both cut Sn.
S.W.:
What is that?
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
The Sn. of an E.A.F.
S.W.:
To what does it allude?
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
To the symbolic penalty of the Degree, which implied that, as a man of honour J.D instructing Cand. by demonstration, both again give Sn of First Degree, an E.A.F. would rather have had his throat cut across J.D. instructing Cand. by demonstration, both cut Sn. than improperly disclose the secrets of Freemasonry.
S.W.:
Have you anything to communicate?
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
l have.
S.W. rises and faces Cand, J.D. places Cand.ís right hand in that of S.W., Cand. gives G, J.D. guiding Cand.ís thumb to correct position.
S.W.:
What is this?
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
The Grip, or Token, of an E.A.F.
S.W.:
What does this Grip demand?
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
A Word.
S.W.:
Give me that Word.
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
At my Initiation I was taught to be cautious but I will letter or halve it with you.
S.W.:
Halve it and you begin. J.D. dictates first half and Cand repeats it, S.W. responds with second half.
S.W.:
Whence is this W. derived?
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
From the left hand pillar that stood at the porch entrance of King Solomonís Temple, so named after Boaz, a Great-Grandfather of David, a Prince and Ruler of Israel.
S.W.:
The import of the Word?
Cand.: (J.D. dictates):
In Strength
S.W.:
Pass Boaz returns Cand.ís right hand to J.D. and remains standing.
J.D. conducts Cand. by an anti-clockwise movement to left of S.W. and places Cand.ís right hand in S.W.ís left hand, J.D. ensures that Cand. faces E and then takes position at left of Cand.
S.W. raises Cand.ís right hand and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
W.M., I present to you Bro. Ö surname only, on his Initiation, for some mark of your favour.
D.C. comes forward bearing E.A.ís badge on a cushion and presents it to W.M.
W.M.:
Bro. S.W., I delegate you to invest our Brother with this W.M. rises, picks up badge and exhibits it to the Brethren, the distinguishing badge of an E.A.F. S.W. cuts Sn.
W.M. replaces badge on cushion and sits, D.C. carries cushion to S.W., who, having released Cand.ís hand, picks up badge. J.D. turns Cand to face S.W. and assists S.W. to the badge in place, flap of badge being left in an upright position Meanwhile, D.C., squaring the Lodge, returns to his seat.
S.W., holding right hand lower corner of Cand.ís badge with his left hand:
Bro. Ö surname only, by command of the W.M. I invest you with the distinguishing badge of an E.A.F.; it is more ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle, more honourable than the Star, Garter, or any other Order in existence, it being the badge of innocence and the bond of friendship, and I strongly exhort you ever to wear and consider it as such an I further exhort you never to disgrace S.W. raises his right hand as a signal to the Brethren that badge, S.W. strikes Cand.ís badge at which precise moment the Brethren strike their own for it can never disgrace you. Please pay attention to the W.M. S.W. sits.
J.D., again taking charge of Cand, conducts him on to the edge of S.P. and both face E.
W.M.:
I will add to the observations of our Brother, the S.W., that you are never to put on that badge should you be about to enter a Lodge wherein there is a Brother with whom you are at variance or against whom you entertain feelings of animosity; in such a case it is expected that you will invite him to withdraw in order to settle your differences amicably and, if this is happily effected, you may clothe, enter the Lodge, and work with that love and harmony which should at all times characterise Freemasons; but if, unfortunately, your differences are of such a nature as not to be so easily adjusted, it were better that one or both of you retire, than that the harmony of the Lodge should be disturbed by your presence.
W.M.:
Bro. J.D. who gives Sp and Sn of First Degree, place our Brother in the NE part of the Lodge. J.D. cuts Sn.
J.D. conducts Cand to NE corner of S P. and both face S.
J.D. to Cand.:
Left foot across the Lodge, right foot down the Lodge, heel to heel so as to form a
Square. J.D. instructing Cand by demonstration, both place feet appropriately. Please pay attention to the W.M.
 
 
Charge
 
W.M.: It is customary at the erection of all stately and superb edifices to lay the first, or foundation stone, at the NE corner of the intended building; you, being newly admitted into Freemasonry, are placed in the NE part of the Lodge, figuratively to represent that stone, and on the foundation laid this evening may you raise a superstructure, perfect in its parts and honourable to the builder. You now stand, to all appearance, a just and upright E.A.F. and I give it to you in terms of strong recommendation ever to continue and act as such; indeed I shall immediately proceed to put your principles in some measure to the test by calling upon you to exercise that virtue which may justly be denominated the distinguishing characteristic of a
Freemasonís heart, I mean Charity. I need not here dilate on its excellences, doubtless it has often been felt and practised by you; suffice it to say, it hath the approbation of Heaven and Earth and like its sister, Mercy, blesses him who gives as well as him who receives. In a society so widely extended as that of Freemasonry, whose branches are spread over the four quarters of the globe, it cannot be denied that we have many members of rank and opulence; neither can it be concealed that, among the thousands who are ranged under its banner, there are some who, from circumstances of unforeseen calamity and misfortune, are reduced to the lowest ebb of poverty and distress. On their behalf it is our usual custom to awaken the feelings of every newly-made Brother, by making such an appeal to his charity as his circumstances in life may fairly warrant; whatever therefore you feel disposed to give, you will deposit with our Brother, the J.D.; it will be thankfully received and faithfully applied.
The Charity box is here passed to the J.D. who then crosses the Lodge to a point opposite W.M.ís pedestal, turns and faces Cand. Meanwhile, S.D. takes position at left of Cand.
J.D., showing Charity box to Cand.:
Have you anything to give in the cause of Charity?
Cand.:
No. Prompted by S D, if necessary.
J.D.:
Were you divested of all metals and metal substances previous to entering the Lodge?
Cand.:
I was. Prompted by S D, if necessary.
J.D.:
Otherwise would you give freely?
Cand.:
I would. Prompted by S D, if necessary.
J.D., faces W.M. and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
W.M., our Brother affirms that he was divested of all metals and metal substances previous to entering the Lodge, otherwise he would have given freely. Cuts Sn and returns to right of Cand.
S.D. returns to his seat. Charity box is returned as unobtrusively as possible.
W.M.:
I congratulate you on the honourable sentiments by which you are actuated, likewise on the inability which in the present instance precludes you from gratifying them; believe me my Brother, this trial was not made with a view to sport with your feelings; far be from us any such intention; it was made for three especial reasons; first, as I have already premised, to put your principles to the test; secondly, to evince to the Brethren that you had neither metals nor metal substances about you, for, if you had, the ceremony of your Initiation thus far must have been repeated; and thirdly, as a warning to your heart, that should you at any time meet a friend or Brother in distressed circumstances who might solicit your assistance, you will remember the peculiar moments you were received into Freemasonry, poor and penniless, and cheerfully embrace the opportunity of practising towards him, that virtue you now profess to admire.
W.M.:
Please step this way. J.D. conducts Cand. To front of W.M.ís pedestal, W.M. rises.
W.M.:
I now present to your notice the working tools of an E.A.F.; they are the 24inch Gauge, the Common Gavel, and the Chisel. I.P.M. hands the appropriate working tool to W.M. who shows each one in turn to Cand. and places it on top of the pedestal. The 24-inch Gauge W.M. points to it is to measure the work, the Common Gavel again points to knock off all superfluities, and the Chisel again points to further prepare the stone for the hands of the more experienced workmen. However, as we are not operative, but free and accepted, or speculative Masons, we apply these tools to morals. In this sense the 24-inch Gauge W.M. raises it reminds us of the 24-hours of the day, part to be spent in prayer to Almighty God, part in labour and refreshment, and part in serving a friend or Brother in time of need, that not being detrimental to ourselves or connections replaces 24-inch G on pedestal.
The Common Gavel W.M. displays it denotes the force of conscience which should keep down all vain and unbecoming thoughts that might obtrude during the aforementioned periods, so that our words and actions may ascend raises Common Gavel on high unpolluted to the Throne of Grace lowers it and replaces it on pedestal. The Chisel W.M. displays it points out the advantages of education by which means we are rendered fit members for well-organised society. W.M. returns working tools to I.P.M.
W.M.:
As in the course of the evening you will be called upon for certain fees for your Initiation, it is but right that you should know by what authority we act. I.P.M. here withdraws Warrant from its case, hands it to W.M. and helps him to display it. This is our Charter or Warrant of Constitution from the Grand Lodge of England, which is available for your inspection at any subsequent Lodge meeting I.P.M. replaces Warrant in its case. This is the Book of Constitutions I.P.M. hands it to W.M. who shows it to Cand., and these our By-Laws I.P.M. hands it to W.M. who shows it to Cand., both of which I recommend to your serious perusal, as by the one hands B. of C. to Cand. you may learn the duties you owe to the Craft in general, and by the other hands to Cand., to this Lodge in particular. Here also are certain booklets, highly commended by Grand Lodge, for your information.
W.M.:
You are now at liberty to retire in order to restore to yourself your personal comforts and on your return to the Lodge I shall direct your attention to a Charge, founded on the excellences of the Institution and the qualifications of its members. And Bro. Ö surname only I congratulate you on completing this, your first regular step in Freemasonry.
W.M. sits.
J.D., squaring the Lodge, conducts Cand. To NW corner of SP. and, by a clockwise movement, both face E.
J.D.: to Cand.:
Salute the W.M. as an E.A.F. J.D. prompting by demonstration, both give Sp and Sn of First Degree and cut Sn. J.D conducts Cand. to the door which has been opened by I.G. and Cand. leaves the Lodge to re-attire. J.D., squaring the Lodge at Secretaryís table returns to his seat, I.G. locks door and returns to his seat.
 

Explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board

 
The usages and customs among Freemasons have ever borne a near affinity to those of the Ancient Egyptians. Their philosophers, unwilling to expose their mysteries to vulgar eyes, concealed their particular tenets and principles of policy and philosophy under hieroglyphical figures and expressed their notions of government by signs and symbols which were communicated to their Priests or Magi alone, who were bound by oath never to reveal them. Pythagoras seems to have established his system on a similar plan and many others of a more recent date have copied his example. Masonry, however, is not only the most ancient, but the most honourable Institution that ever existed; every character or emblem here depicted serves to inculcate the principles of piety and virtue. let me first direct your attention to the form of the lodge which is an oblong or parallelopipedon; in length from E to W, in breadth between N and S, in depth from the surface of the earth to the centre, and even as high as the Heavens. A Freemason's lodge is described as being of such vast dimensions to shew the universality of the science; likewise, that a Freemason's charity should know no bounds save those of prudence.
Our lodges stand on holy ground because the first lodge was consecrated on account of three grand offerings thereon made, which met with Divine approbation.
Our lodges are situated due E and W because all places of Divine worship, as well as Freemasons' regular, well formed, duly constituted lodges are, or ought to be, so situated; for which we assign three Masonic reasons. First, the Sun, the Glory of the lord, rises in the E and sets in the W; secondly, learning originated in the E and thence spread its benign influence to the W; there is likewise a third, last and grand reason, which however, is too long to be given here.
Our lodges are supported by three great pillars, which are called Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty; Wisdom to contrive, Strength to support, and Beauty to adorn; Wisdom to conduct us in all our undertakings, Strength to support us under all our difficulties, and Beauty to adorn the inward man. These three great pillars are emblematical of those three Divine attributes and further represent Solomon King of Israel, Hiram King of Tyre, and Hiram Abiff; Solomon King of Israel for his wisdom in building, completing, and dedicating the Temple at Jerusalem to God's service; Hiram King of Tyre for his strength in supporting him with men and materials, and Hiram Abiff for his curious and masterly workmanship in beautifying and adorning the same. But as we have no noble orders of Architecture known by the names of Wisdom, Strength and Beauty, we refer them to the three most celebrated which are the Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian.
The covering of a Freemason's Lodge is a celestial canopy of divers colours, even the Heavens. The way by which we, as Freemasons, hope to arrive there is by the assistance of a ladder, in Scripture called Jacob's ladder. It has many staves or rounds which point out as many moral virtues. The three principal ones are Faith, Hope, and Charity; Faith in T.G.A.O.T.U., Hope in Salvation, and to be in Charity with all men. This ladder, which reaches to the Heavens, rests on the V. of the S.L., because by the doctrines contained in that Holy Book we are taught to believe in the wise dispensation of Divine Providence, which belief, strengthens our Faith and enables us to ascend the first step. This Faith naturally creates in us a Hope of becoming partakers of the blessed promises therein recorded, which Hope enables us to ascend the second step. But the third and last, being Charity, comprehends the whole, and the Freemason who is in possession of this virtue in its most ample sense, may justly be deemed to have attained the summit of his profession, figuratively speaking, an ethereal mansion, veiled from mortal eyes by the starry firmament, emblematically depicted in our Lodges by seven stars which have an allusion to as many regularly made Freemasons, without which number no Lodge is perfect, nor con any candidate be legally Initiated into the Order.
The interior of a Freemasons' Lodge is composed of Ornaments, Furniture, and Jewels. The Ornaments are the Mosaic Pavement, the Blazing Star, and the Indented or Tesselated Border; the Mosaic Pavement is the beautiful flooring of the Lodge, the Blazing Star, the Glory in the centre, and the Indented or Tesselated Border, the skirtwork round the same.
The Furniture consists of the V. of the S.L., the Cs. and S.; the Sacred Writings are to rule and govern our faith and on them we obligate our candidates for Freemasonry; so are the Cs. and S., when united, to regulate our lives and actions. The Sacred Writings are derived from God to man in genera I, the Cs. belong to the Grand Master in particular, and the S. to the whole Craft.
Of the Jewels, three are movable and three immovable. The movable Jewels are the S., the L., and the P.R.; the S. is used by operative Masons to try and to adjust rectangular corners of buildings and to assist in bringing rude matter into due form; the L., to lay levels and prove horizontals; and the P.R., to try and to adjust uprights while fixing them on their proper bases; they have likewise a moral tendency. They are ca lied movable Jewels because they are worn by the Master and his Wardens and are transferable to their successors on nights of Installation. The Master is distinguished by the S., the S.W. by the L., and the J.W. by the P.R.
The immovable Jewels are the Tracing Board, the Rough and Perfect Ashlars. The Tracing Board is for the Master to lay lines and draw designs on, the Rough Ashlar for E.A. to carve, mark, and indent on, and the Perfect Ashlar for the more experienced workman to try and to adjust his Jewels on. They are called immovable Jewels because they lie open and immovable in the Lodge for the Brethren to moralise on.
In all regular, well formed, and duly constituted Lodges there is a point within a circle round which the Brethren cannot err. This circle is bounded between N and S by two grand parallel lines, the one representing Moses, the other K.S.; on the upper part of this circle rests the V. of the S.L. unfolded, supporting Jacob's ladder, and were we as conversant with the doctrines contained in that Holy Book and adherent thereto as those two grand parallels were, it would bring us to Him who will not deceive us, neither will He suffer deception. In passing round this circle we must of necessity touch on both those parallel lines, likewise the V. of the S.L., and while a Freemason keeps himself thus circumscribed it is impossible for him to err.
The word Lewis denotes strength and is here depicted by certain pieces of metal, which, when dovetailed into a stone, form a cramp and enables the operative Mason to raise great weights to certain heights with little encumbrance, while fixing them on their proper bases. Lewis likewise denotes the son of a Freemason, whose duty to his parents is to bear the heat and burden of the day, from which they, by reason of their age, should be exempt, and to assist them in time of need and thereby render the close of their days happy and comfortable; his privilege for so doing is that of being made a Freemason before any other person, however dignified.
Pendant to the corners of the Lodge are four tassels, meant to remind us of the four cardinal virtues, namely, Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice, the whole of which, tradition informs us, were constantly practised by a majority of our ancient Brethren.
In conclusion, let me remind you that the distinguishing characteristics of a good Freemason are Virtue, Honour, and Mercy, and should they be banished from all other societies, may they ever be found in a Freemason's breast.
 
 
End of the Ceremony of Initiation
 
When Cand. is ready to re-enter the Lodge, T. makes a report, one k.
I.G. advances on to edge of S.P. and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree:
Bro. J.W., there is a report.
J.W., having obtained silent consent from W.M., gives one k.; I.G. cuts Sn., goes to the door and opens it.
I.G., speaks to T across the threshold:
Whom have you there?
T.:
Bro. Ö surname only on his return.
I.G.:
Wait while I report to the W.M. locks door, advances on to edge of S.P. and gives Sp and Sn of First Degree.
I.G.:
W.M., Bro. Ö surname only on his return.
W.M.:
Admit him Bro. I.G. I.G. cuts Sn. W.M. sounds his Gavel, one k., which is answered by S.W. and J.W. Bro. J.D. I.G. goes to the door and waits J.D. crosses to the door which is opened by I.G., Cand. enters and is conducted by J.D. on to edge of S.P.; both face E, I.G. locks door and returns to his seat.
J.D. to Cand.:
Salute the W.M. as an E.A.F. J D. prompting by demonstration, both give Sp and Sn of First Degree and cut Sn.
W.M.:
Bro. J.D. who gives Sp and Sn of the First Degree, place our Brother in the centre of the Lodge. J.D. cuts Sn.
J.D., squaring the Lodge at Secretaryís table, conducts Cand. to appropriate place and both stand facing W.M.

 
 
Charge after Initiation
 
W.M.:
Bro. Ö surname only, now that you have passed through the ceremony of your Initiation, I congratulate you on being admitted a member of our Ancient and Honourable Institution; ancient no doubt it is, having subsisted from time immemorial, and honourable it must be acknowledged to be as, by a natural tendency, it conduces to make all those so who are obedient to its precepts. Indeed, no Institution can boast a more solid foundation than that on which Freemasonry rests, the practice of every moral and social virtue, and to so high an eminence has its credit been advanced that, in every age, monarchs themselves have been promoters of the Art, have not thought it derogatory to their dignity to exchange the Sceptre for the Trowel, have participated in our mysteries and joined in our assemblies.
As a Freemason, I would first recommend to your most serious contemplation the Volume of the Sacred Law W.M. points to it, charging you to consider it as the unerring standard of truth and justice and to regulate your actions by the Divine precepts it contains; therein you will be taught the important duties you owe to God, to your neighbour, and to yourself.
W.M. sounds his Gavel, one k, which is answered by S.W. and J.W.; all rise and come to order with Sn. of R.
To God, by never mentioning His name but with that awe and reverence which are due from the creature to the Creator, by imploring His aid on all your lawful undertakings and by looking up to Him in every emergency for comfort and support. All drop Sn. of R, and resume their seats. To your neighbour, by acting with him on the square, by rendering him every kind office which justice or mercy may require, by relieving his necessities, soothing his afflictions, and by doing unto him as in similar cases you would wish he should do to you. And to yourself, by such a prudent and well regulated course of discipline as may best conduce to the preservation of your corporeal and mental faculties in their fullest energy, thereby enabling you to exercise those talents wherewith God has blessed you, to His Glory and the welfare of your fellow creatures.
As a citizen of the world, I would enjoin you to be exemplary in the discharge of your civil duties by never proposing or at all countenancing any act which might have a tendency to subvert the peace and good order of society; by paying a due obedience to the laws of any State which may for a time become the place of your residence or afford you its protection; but, above all, by never losing sight of the allegiance due to the Sovereign of your native land, ever remembering that nature has implanted in your breast, a sacred and indissoluble attachment towards that country whence you derived your birth and infant nurture.
As an individual, I would further recommend the practice of every domestic as well as public virtue; let Prudence direct you, Temperance chasten you, Fortitude support you, and Justice be the guide of all your actions. Be especially careful to maintain in their fullest splendour those truly Masonic ornaments which have already been amply illustrated, namely, Benevolence and Charity.
Still as a Freemason, there are other excellences of character to which your attention may be particularly and forcibly directed; among the foremost of these are Secrecy, Fidelity, and Obedience. Secrecy consists of an inviolable adherence to the Obligation you have entered upon, never improperly to disclose any of those Masonic secrets, which have now been, or may at any future time be entrusted to your keeping, and cautiously to avoid all occasion which might inadvertently lead you so to do. Your Fidelity must be exemplified by a close conformity to the Constitutions of the Fraternity, by adhering to the Ancient Landmarks of the Order, by never attempting to extort or otherwise unduly obtain, the secrets of a superior Degree, and by refraining from recommending anyone to a participation in our secrets unless you have strong grounds to believe, that by a similar fidelity, he will ultimately reflect honour on our choice. Your Obedience must be proved by strict observance of our laws and regulations, by prompt attention to all signs and summonses, by modest and correct demeanour in the Lodge, by abstaining from every topic of religious or political discussion, by a ready acquiescence in all votes and resolutions duly passed by a majority of the Brethren, and by a perfect submission to the Worshipful Master and his Wardens while acting in the discharge of their respective offices.
And, as a last general recommendation, I would exhort you to dedicate yourself to such pursuits as may enable you to continue respected in life, useful to mankind, and an ornament to the society of which you have this day become a member; that you will more especially study such of the liberal arts and sciences as may lie within the compass of your attainment, and that, without neglecting the ordinary duties of your station, you will feel yourself called upon to make a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.
Bro. Ö surname only, from the very commendable attention you have given to this Charge, I am led to hope that you will duly appreciate the value of Freemasonry and indelibly imprint on your heart, the sacred dictates of Truth, of Honour, and of Virtue. Without taking Sp, all repeat Sn of F. three times to coincide with the mention of ĎTruthís "Honour" and "Virtue."
J.D., squaring the Lodge at the Secretaryís table, conducts Cand. to a seat in NE at the immediate right of S.D. J.D., squaring the Lodge, returns to his seat.

 
  
Closing
 
W.M. sounds his Gavel, one k., which is answered by S.W. and J.W.:
Brethren, assist in closing the Lodge. All rise.
W.M.:
Bro. J.W. who gives Sp and Sn of First Degree, what is the constant care of every Freemason?
J.W.:
To prove the Lodge close T.
W.M.:
Direct that duty to be done. J.W. cuts Sn.
J.W.:
Bro. I.G. who advances on to edge of S.P. and gives Sp. and Sn of First Degree prove the Lodge close T. I.G. cuts Sn., goes to the door and gives ks of First Degree. T. answers with similar ks. I.G. advances on to edge of S P and gives Sp. and Sn of First Degree.
I.G.:
Bro. J.W., the Lodge is close T. cuts Sn and returns to his place.
J .W. gives ks., Sp and Sn of First Degree:
W.M., the Lodge is close T. cuts Sn.
W.M.:
Bro. S.W. who gives Sp and Sn of First Degree, the next care?
S.W.:
To see that the Brethren appear to order as Freemasons cuts Sn.
W.M.:
To order, Brethren, as Freemasons. All come to order with Sp and Sn of First Degree.
W.M.:
Bro. S.W., your constant situation in the Lodge?
S.W.:
In the W, W.M.
W.M.:
Why are you placed there?
S.W.:
As the Sun sets in the W to close the day, so is the S.W. placed in the W to close the Lodge, by command of the W.M., having seen that every Brother has had his due.
W.M.:
Brethren, before the Lodge is closed, the following words may be spoken by the
Chaplain
let us with all reverence and humility express our gratitude to T.G.A.O.T.U. for favours already received; may He continue to preserve the Order by cementing and adorning it with every moral and social virtue.
ALL: (the following response may be chanted):
So mote it be.
W.M.:
Bro. S.W., the labours of the evening being ended, you have my command to close the Lodge. Holds Sn. and with his l.h. gives ks. of First Degree.
S.W.:
Brethren, in the name of T.G.A.O.T.U. and by command of the W.M., I close the Lodge. All cut Sn., S.W. gives ks. of First Degree and lowers his Column.
J.W.:
And it is closed accordingly until emergencies excepted, of which due notice will be given. Gives ks. of First Degree and leaves his Column lowered.
I.G. goes to the door, gives ks of First Degree and being answered similarly by T, returns to his place. During which time the S.D., assisted by the J.D., attends to the TB and both return to their places. I.P.M. closes V.S.L., arranges S. and Cs., replaces the Working Tools and returns to his place.
I.P.M.:
Brethren, you are now about to quit this safe retreat of peace and friendship and mix again with the busy world; amidst all its cares and employments, forget not those sacred duties which have been so frequently inculcated and so strongly recommended in this Lodge. Be ye therefore discreet, prudent, and temperate; remember that at this pedestal you have solemnly and voluntarily vowed to relieve and befriend with unhesitating cordiality, every Brother who might need your assistance; that you have promised to remind him in the most gentle manner of his failings and to aid and vindicate his character whenever wrongfully traduced; to suggest the most candid, the most palliating, and the most favourable circumstances, even when his conduct is justly liable to reprehension and blame.
Thus shall the world see how dearly Freemasons love each other. But, my Brethren, you are expected to extend these noble and generous sentiments still further; let me impress upon your minds, and may it be instilled into your hearts, that every human creature has a just claim on your kind offices. I therefore trust that you will be good to all; more particularly do I recommend to your care the household of the faithful, that by diligence and fidelity in the duties of your respective vocations, by liberal beneficence and diffusive charity, by constancy and sincerity in your friendships, and by a uniformly kind, just, amiable and virtuous deportment, you may prove to the world the happy and beneficial effects of our Ancient and Honourable Institution. Let it not be said that you laboured in vain nor wasted your strength for naught, for your work is before the Lord and your recompense is with God.
Finally, Brethren, be of one mind, live in peace, and may the God of Love and Mercy delight to dwell amongst you, and bless you for evermore.
Brethren, nothing now remains but, according to ancient custom, to lock our secrets in a safe repository, uniting in the act, Fidelity, Fidelity, Fidelity. Without taking Sp, all repeat Sn of F three times to coincide with the repetition of the ward "Fidelity."
W.M.:
Closing hymn, Brethren.


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