Junior Order of United American
Initiation Ritual – Degree of Patriotism
Degree of Patriotism
Councilor: You are surrounded by those who, like
born in this land of exceptional opportunity – a great privilege
with it a great responsibility. For just a few moments let us place
on men and events that have combined to make our country glorious.
Groaning under burdens that were unjust, and yet hesitating as to
to be pursued, the thirteen original colonies were roused to
the Fire Brand of the American Revolution, made the rafters and
pews of old
St. John's Church resound with his defiant ultimatum: "Give me
give me death!" This is our sentiment and I trust it is yours.
Henry realized fully what such a stand by the colonies would mean to
he said: "All America is thrown into one mass. Where are your
your boundaries of colonies? The distinctions between Virginians,
Pennsylvanians, New Jerseymen, New Yorkers and New Englanders are no
more. I am
not a Virginian, but an 'American.'" Are you? Are we? Let us keep
in mind, to the end that we may be members worthy of our Order. In
Patrick Henry served his country well. Will the same be said of us
when we have
passed away? It is not given to us to serve as did Patrick Henry,
but there is
work for all; and in this day it is just as important as it was in
Henry's. God grant that we shall be faithful and measure up to our
The colonists responded to the call of the Fire Brand. Lexington,
Bunker Hill quickly followed. The Gordian knot had been cut, the
been crossed; we were at war with our mother country.
Who should lead our skeleton armies and show us the way to victory?
assembled wisdom of the colonies, in session at Philadelphia, said
and he essayed the task, trusting in God to guide, direct and
every action. Time will not permit us to follow him through those
seven years of
conflict, but history tells us that, under God, the sword of
out for us the country that we are proud to call our own. Ponder on
the darkest hour of the young, struggling nation there issued from
the tent of
Washington the command that should be the inspiration and object of
Order as ours: "Put none but Americans on guard tonight." My
this command applies to you and to us, and to the events of our day,
same force as to those loyal men who stood amid the snows of Valley
enemies of our country were then openly in arms to subdue us; now
they are all
around us, seeking to subdue us by another means, and we should "put
but Americans on guard" at all times and in all places. Really this
great object of our Order, and it is distressing that so many of our
forget and actually assist in placing others than "Americans on
guard." My brother, let me beg that you be thoughtful and faithful,
fast the liberty that is yours by heritage and that you are to pass
unimpaired. to generations yet unborn.
The last gun had boomed at Yorktown, the battle flags had been
Washington had retired to private life, to engage in the peaceful
agriculture. However, a grateful people would not have it so, and
with one voice
they called him to the service of the young nation, where his task
more exacting than in the years from Lexington to Yorktown. As the
President of the United States he looked far ahead, and bade us
Are we today following his sage advice?
Again he expressed himself: "I wish there were no foreigners among
save the Marquis de Lafayette." At that early day he could see the
of illiterate foreigners that are now rolling in upon us, and he was
for the future of the country for which he had fought.
After Washington had retired to private life
the sage of Monticello and author of the Declaration of
the same range of vision and with the same solicitude for his
"I wish there were an ocean of fire between this country and the Old
World." My brother, if he longed for an "ocean of fire" in those
early days, what should be the desire and the action of every
when those who would destroy our institutions are reaching us in
each year? This Order says that immigration should be restricted;
should be rooted out; that the ballot should be sacred; that the
should be upheld; that the Bible should be reverenced; that our Flag
revered and our American Sunday preserved. In this work you have
enlisted and it
is hoped that you will prove yourself valiant in the battle, doing
all you can
to keep "Americans on guard" and to make the "ocean of fire"
as real as legislative enactment can make it.
Patrick Henry, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson believed in
Americanism, and we must thank them for their work and their advice.
vast stretch of years removes them far from us, and I now wish to
thoughts nearer to our day. There came a time when the horrid war
over our fair land and strife drenched the earth with blood.
On one of the battlefields of that awful struggle a great company
and while guns boomed elsewhere, and brother sought the life "of
other fields, a man of ungainly figure arose to address his people,
dedicate a portion of that field as the last resting place of the
men who had
bathed its soil with their life's blood.
the Great Emancipator, first martyred President and Preserver of
said: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on
continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the
that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great Civil
whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated,
endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come
a portion of it as a final resting place for those who gave their
that nation might live. It
is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a
sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated
above our poor power to add or to detract. The world will little
note, nor long
remember, what we may say here, but it can never forget what they
did here. It
is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished
they who fought have thus so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to
dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these
honored dead we
take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the
measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead
shall not. have
died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of
and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,
perish from the earth."
My brother, it was not given to Abraham Lincoln to occupy "a place
the picture nigh the flashing of the guns"; he was not understood
appreciated till the bullet of fanaticism had laid him low, but the
have passed have stamped him as a man of great heart, gifted with a
well nigh prophetic, and a range of vision that was truly marvelous.
can you not follow such a man, such an American, and will you not
there will be times when you and I will be called upon to contribute
"full measure of devotion," if we would be worthy of the name
American? Aye, my brother, you as well as we are "dedicated here to
unfinished work'' of preserving our country, defending its
upholding its laws, cherishing its traditions, perpetuating its
The war ended; peace again reigned, but passion and prejudice died
this contingency a great man wrote a great message; the commander of
unsuccessful army gave to his people, and to all, golden advice. The
Robert E. Lee
penned this lofty sentiment: "Remember, we are all one people
Dismiss from your minds all sectional prejudices, and bring up your
above all, to be Americans." Like Patrick Henry, he could, and did,
beyond the lines of his own State; he could, and did, realize that
National life must come first, if the Nation was to prove a blessing
My brother, can you not trust yourself to be guided by Patrick
Fire Brand of the
American Revolution; by George Washington, the Father of His
Thomas Jefferson, the Sage of Monticello; by Abraham Lincoln, the
the Union, and by Robert E. Lee, the Immortal Sleeper of Lexington?
I think your
judgment answers "yes," and that you realize now, as perhaps never
before, what it really means to be in truth and in deed an American.
Degree of Patriotism
When Councilor directs candidate to retire, he will present to
him a copy of
the Constitution and Laws of the Order, wrapped in a small
American Flag, later
referred to as "credentials."
The Council chamber will be arranged to represent a military
camp at night
under the command of a Captain, at least one Lieutenant,
Sergeant of the Guard,
Corporal of the Guard and eight Privates. One tent will be
erected near the
Recording Secretary's desk, representing Guard House, and one
tent will be
erected near the Financial Secretary's desk for the Captain.
Six sentries to be posted as follows: One in the ante-room, one
at the inner
door, and four on patrol post to be known as Posts 1, 2, 3 and
4. The sentinel
at the inner door (Inside Sentinel) will be Post 5, and the
sentinel in the
ante-room (Outside Sentinel) will be Post 6.
The floor drill of guards and manual of arms to be governed ~-
instructions of "Corrected Infantry Drill Regulations, U. S.
Councilor: Brother Conductor, you will retire and
there is any person in waiting to be initiated.
Conductor retires without form and returns without form and
Conductor: Brother Councilor, I find Brother … in the
who desires to be instructed in the mysteries of Patriotism.
Councilor: Brother Conductor, you will now retire to
and conduct Brother … to a place of privacy while the guard arranges
Conductor retires, takes charge of the candidate, the guard is
formed in the
ante-room or at the lower end of the Council room in front of
Councilor's station. The Captain will march the guard to a
position of Company
Front, facing the Councilor.
Captain: Brother Councilor, the Guard is ready to
Councilor, addressing all present: My brothers, we
are about to
receive and instruct a brother in the mysteries of Patriotism. Let
proceedings be conducted with the utmost order and propriety. Let
or improper be done. Let everything tend to deepen our devotion,
thus making a
deep and lasting impression upon those who are admitted to this
post your guard.
Captain: Lieutenant, take charge of the Guard.
Lieutenant inspects the rifles and equipment.
Lieutenant: Corporal, post the Guard.
Corporal posts guard as before mentioned. Remaining guards
posted at guard
house. When more than eight Privates are available, two are
posted at Captain's
tent. Bugler blows taps, lights gradually lowered to almost
darkness. After the
bugle call, Post 6 will give one rap on the outer door or
private room as a
signal to the Conductor to enter the anteroom with the
candidate. Outer door
must be closed and locked, and as Conductor approaches the guard
on Post 6.
Post 6: Halt! Who's there?
Conductor: A brother in Virtue and Liberty who
desires to enlist
under the Banner of Patriotism.
Post 6: Remain standing where you are. Corporal of
the Guard, Post
Each sentry will repeat the call, the Corporal of the Guard will
go direct to
Post 6, being challenged by Post 5.
Post 6: Halt! Who's there?
Corporal: Corporal of the Guard.
Post 6: Advance, Corporal, and give the countersign.
Post 6: Corporal, these men claim to be brothers in
Liberty and desire to enlist under the Banner of Patriotism.
Corporal: Are you a brother in Virtue and Liberty?
Have you fully
considered the teachings of these degrees? Do you still desire to be
in the mysteries of Patriotism? Have you anything in your possession
that you are entitled to receive this degree?
The Conductor will here deliver the credentials – Constitution,
Corporal: I will take charge of these.
Corporal then returns to the Council chamber, leaving the inner
delivers credentials to Lieutenant for examination. During this
Conductor will instruct the candidate to enter the Council room.
In his attempt
to enter, he is challenged at the door by Post 5.
The Lieutenant directs the Corporal to deliver the credentials
to Post 5,
with instructions to relay them to headquarters.
Corporal to Post 5: The Officer of the Guard orders
you to take
these credentials to headquarters.
The Sentry on Post 5 becomes confused between the duty of
prisoner and obeying the orders of his superior. He finally
obeys the latter and
enters the ante-room on his way to headquarters. This leaves the
The Conductor will instruct the candidate to enter the room and
the outer edge of the room until halted. The candidate will walk
around the room
unnoticed until he comes to Post 4, who will come to a charge
Post 4: Halt! Who's there? Have you the pass?
Corporal of the
Guard, Post 4.
This call to be repeated by Posts 3, 2 and 1. The Corporal goes
to Post 4.
Post 4: Halt! Who's there?
Corporal: Corporal of the Guard.
Post 4: Advance, Corporal, and give the countersign.
Corporal gives sign. Corporal, I found this man
within our lines
without the pass.
Corporal to candidate: Have you the pass?
Corporal: You are under arrest.
The Corporal will conduct the prisoner to the Guard House.
Corporal: Sergeant, the sentry on Post 4 found this
within our lines without the pass.
The Sergeant orders the guards at the tent to guard the
prisoner, which they
do by standing at each side of the prisoner with their rifles at
Sergeant: Lieutenant, this man was found \\ithin our
lines by the
sentry on Post 4 and he has no pass.
Lieutenant: Sergeant, search the prisoner.
The Sergeant searches the prisoner and the papers are found. No
part of the
candidate’s clothing to be removed.
Sergeant to Lieutenant: Sir, these papers were found
Lieutenant to prisoner: Can you explain this? Shows
Other questions will depend on answers.
Lieutenant: Sergeant, place this man in the Guard
When a number of candidates are to be initiated, each of the
first three pass
through the above-mentioned proceedings before ceremonies are
candidates may be placed in Council room to observe.
Lieutenant: Captain, this man was found wandering
through our camp
without the pass.
He was placed under arrest and upon being searched these papers
which seem to
be treasonable were found upon his person.
Papers are handed to Captain.
Captain: I think it best that this man be tried at
once. I appoint
you, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Corporal on the trial board. You will
The Lieutenant will direct an orderly to place a drum, table or
front of the Captain's tent. The Captain will assume the
position of President
of the Court. Around him will sit the other members of the Trial
Captain: Have the prisoner brought in.
The Sergeant will direct a detail to bring the prisoner before
Captain to prisoner: Sir, you have been found
our camp and upon being searched these papers were found upon your
you anything to say? These papers contain a plan of our works and
of a secret and important nature. Being found in your possession and
been found wandering through our camp is sufficient evidence of your
Captain consults privately with other
members of the Trial Board.
Captain, addressing prisoner: Prisoner, you have been
of being a spy and the sentence bf the Court is that you be shot at
Lieutenant: Lieutenant, take
charge of the
prisoner and see that the sentence of the Court is carried out.
Lieutenant orders Corporal to collect the guards. Conductor
candidate and places him at the head of the procession. Captain
walks behind the
prisoner to the place of execution. The procession marches
around the room once
or twice. Arriving· at the place of execution, the Conductor and
swing out of line with the prisoner and place him in a kneeling
the Councilor's station. The Guard continues to the opposite end
of the room and
then by a flank movement are brought into a company front about
eight paces in
front of the prisoner.
Lieutenant: Prisoner, have you anything to say before
of the Court is carried out? To
Ready, Load, Aim.
While these commands are given, a sound like a galloping horse
coming from a
distance is made in the ante-room. The Corporal of the Guard
stands directly in
front of the inner door.
Corporal: Lieutenant, some one is coming.
Blinkers on candidate opened.
Lieutenant: Halt him.
Corporal shouts: Halt!
Corporal again shouts: Halt or I fire.
Upon receiving no reply, the Corporal fires a blank cartridge
and a messenger
(Post 5-Inside Sentinel) rushes in with the credentials and
falling to the floor
between the guard and prisoner.
Inside Sentinel: Hold! This is no spy, neither is he
a traitor to
our Country. He had in his possession this Flag, the Flag of our
Country, also a
copy of the Constitution of the Junior Order of United American
is an evidence of his patriotism. I will vouch for his loyalty and
ask that he be released from these bonds to become with us a brother
The Lieutenant brings the guard to "Order Arms." The Captain
secures credentials and delivers them to the Councilor. The
Captain orders the
dead sentinel removed. Stretcher bearers approach, place dead
stretcher and carry him to Headquarters tent. Bearers return to
Councilor: Through the sacrifice of the Sentinel on
Post 5, you
have been spared to become with us a Brother in Patriotism, a title
of which, I
trust, you may never prove unworthy. Captain, you will release our
Virtue and Liberty who has shown that he deserves the further title
"Brother in Patriotism."
Conductor removes blinkers and causes candidate to stand.
Councilor: Brother Conductor, you will conduct our
Patriotism to the ante-room and thence here again for final
Lieutenant turns over command to Captain, who marches Guard once
room to a position in front of the Councilor's station at
Captain: Brother Councilor, your commands have been
Councilor: Captain, you may now dismiss your Guard.
Captain orders squad to remove tents, paraphernalia, etc., and
the Council room furniture to its proper position. Captain then
ante-room with the Guard, where they are dismissed.
When the Council room has been properly arranged, the Conductor
without form with the candidate and approach the Altar.
Conductor: Brother Councilor, I take pleasure in
you this Brother in Virtue, Liberty and Patriotism for final
Councilor: My brother, the scene through which you
passed is not without its lesson. Every American should be a
capable, and at all times on guard to protect our Country from its
find them all around us; we find many of them seeking to exclude the
our Public Schools; seeking to pass laws providing that the language
our schools shall be some other than English, and we find them
sowing the seeds
of anarchy and discord. The American people have no room for those
who teach or
practice such doctrines.
The Public School we look upon with pride, for therein is the future
strength of the Nation. We place our Flag over it and thus instill
hearts of the children their first lesson in Patriotism. It is the
the Government, illustrated by the Flag, bestows upon the education
Brother Conductor, you will now invest the brother with the regalia
Wear it as an emblem of honor. In the name of this Brotherhood, I
to guard and defend it. Its colors are those of our Country's
Flag-the red, the
white and the blue. May they teach you to cultivate the courage
defend it when attacked; may you have faith in the purity of your
may you ever be true to the lessons here taught. Courage, Purity and
are the lessons of our colors.
Councilor will call up Council with * *.
The following song is sung.
My country! T’is of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountain side
Let freedom ring.
Councilor: Having thus far progressed and trusting
lessons of our ritual have made their impressions upon your heart,
for me to more fully explain the purposes of our Order. In the first
would say, "Our Country" is our motto; "Principles, not
men," our creed. Our forefathers have warned us to "beware of
influence," and, as sons of such noble sires, we should look to the
of our Flag and the protection of our Public School system, which
has ever been
a target for the attack of those whose rule and power depend upon
of the masses.
The emblem of our Order is the Square and Compass, Arm and Hammer,
by a Shield, but in some jurisdictions the emblem of the Order is
the Square and
Compass, Bible and Public School, encircled by a Shield.
is emblematic of our desire to have our lives and actions toward
men equal and just in all things.
is emblematic of our desire to so circumscribe the laws of our
the rule of our lives that nothing which would ruin the one or
degrade the other
may enter into our treatment as a Nation of other Nations and that
all of our
actions as individuals may be so rounded and complete as to form a
circle of uniform conduct.
is emblematic of power and strength, and our desire is to show
that our arm
will always be raised in defense of that which is right and descend
crushing power upon evil in every form.
is emblematic of the means we use to divest ourselves of those
frailties which so often cause trouble and discord where only
brotherly love should prevail.
Used only by the Fraternal Patriotic Americans of
emblematic of our belief in a Supreme Being. We believe that the
Bible is a
non-sectarian book containing the purest code of morals ever
discovered by man. We also believe from its literary, logical, moral
political excellence that it is of supernatural or divine origin.
Used only by Fraternal Patriotic Americans of Pennsylvania.
emblematic of our devotion to the American Public School System and
compulsory education thereunder. We hold that our Schools should be
the English language to the end that future generations may be able
their places as English-speaking citizens of an English-speaking
that foreign languages should only be taught therein as incidental
is emblematic of the protection which is accorded the individual
exercise of his liberties by our form of government. It also
purposes for which this organization stands to shield American
American citizens from every menacing evil.
I will now instruct you in the signs and words peculiar to our
On approaching the outer door, you will give two raps, which will
attention of the Outside Sentinel, to whom you will give the
The Conductor will whisper the password to the candidate.
This password being correct, you will be admitted to the ante-room.
then clothe yourself with the regalia of your rank; advance to the
and give three raps, which will call the attention of the Inside
whom you will give your name and rank and also the name and number
Council to which you belong, which is ….
The Inside Sentinel will report you to the Vice Councilor, and after
been instructed to admit you, he will again place his ear to the
wicket and you
will give him the explanation to the password, The
Conductor will whisper the explanation of the password to the
if correct, will admit you to the Council Chamber. You will then
advance to the
center of the room, always moving at right angles, to the Altar, and
flag by giving the regulation United States Army military salute.
Drop your hand
to your side, then give the Councilor the countersign, which is made
the right hand to the heart, then drop the hand to the side, which
your heart and hand are enlisted in the cause. This will be answered
by the same
sign, after which you will take your seat.
Wishing to retire while the Council is in session, you will advance
Altar, face the Vice Councilor, who sits at the opposite end of the
give him the c0untersign. The Vice Councilor will answer by the same
you are at liberty to retire. Under no circumstances are you to pass
Councilor's station and the Altar when the Council is in business
Wishing to make the acquaintance of a member of the Order, you will
hailing sign by using the right hand first and second fingers
third and fourth fingers and thumb closed in the palm of the hand,
first and second fingers over the right eye, then drawing the
fingers to the
right as though wiping out the eye, then drop the hand to the side.
A member seeing you give the hailing sign will answer with the
sign by using left hand with the second , third and fourth fingers
closed in the
palm of the hand, then take hold of the lobe of the left ear with
finger and thumb, then drop the hand to the side.
The grip, which is only to be used as a test of membership, and not
promiscuous handshaking, is made: by clasping the right hands with
parallel. The index finger touching the pulse and the little finger
Should you need help, you are at liberty to give the sign of
grasping the left wrist with the right hand, back of both hands
drop both hands to the side.
A member seeing you give this sign will answer by grasping the right
with the left hand, back of both hands upward, then drop both hands
to the side
and come to your assistance.
Should you need assistance and, in a position to be heard and not
will give the signal of distress, which is given by pronouncing the
Any member hearing this signal will give you the answer by
words ‘our country’ and come to your assistance.
In voting in the Council, the usual show of the Order is called for,
the elevation of the left hand, and is given thus by the elevation
of the left
hand, forming a square.
In the use of the gavel, one rap demands order and seats the Council
standing, two raps calls up the Council.
Councilor gives two raps, calling up the Council. Members form a
Councilor: Around you stands a band of brothers all
pledged. This band must never be severed by treachery.
MEMBERS ANSWER: Never.
Councilor: Brothers, will you enlarge your circle to
MEMBERS ANSWER: We will.
Councilor: Prepare, then, for accession to your
The newly initiated brothers will be placed in the circle. The
Chaplain, Vice Councilor and Junior Past Councilor approach the
following Ode will be sung:
Welcome brother, welcome ever,
To this social friendly band,
Nothing can the bonds dissever
Which unite us heart and hand.
Here we meet thee, here we greet thee,
With united heart and hand.
Councilor: Brothers, are you satisfied with this new
link in our
chain of brotherhood?
MEMBERS ANSWER: We are.
Councilor: Then, with clasped and uplifted hands, let
us in unison
repeat the Freeman's Oath:
Junior Past Councilor and Chaplain clasp right hands over Bible
Councilor and Vice Councilor clasp right hands above the hands
of the Junior
Past Councilor and Chaplain and across the Altar. Councilor
station, the Chaplain facing the Vice Councilor's station, the
facing the Junior Past Councilor's station and the Junior Past
the Councilor's station.
To perpetuate Freedom, to preserve the American Union, to strengthen
extend our Public School system and to oppose the political power of
denominations and organizations who are opposed to our system of
to the future welfare of the American Republic, I pledge my life, my
my sacred honor.
Chaplain: Almighty God! unto whom all hearts are
open, and from
whom no secrets are hid, we implore Thy blessing upon this, our
who has just assumed a high and responsible obligation, and whose
henceforth to be united with ours in the noble purpose of this
Grant unto him strength needful for the performance of these duties.
Bless us in
this addition to our numbers and influence, and may this Order prove
blessing to this Country and an honor to Thy great name, to whom be
dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The Councilor returns to his station and gives one rap, seating
The Conductor will place the newly initiated brother before the
Councilor: Brother Conductor, you will now teach our
to work his way out of and into the Council room in proper form.
The Conductor will instruct the candidate how to give the
countersign to the
Vice Councilor and they will retire.
In the ante-room the Conductor will explain to the brother how
to work in a
way into the Council beginning at the outer door.
If a number of candidates are to be received, the Warden will
near the inner door until all have been admitted. They will then
advance to the
Altar, salute the Flag and give the countersign, which will be
answered by the
Councilor: Brother …, I am pleased to receive and
welcome you to
membership in … Council, No. …. The lessons of the evening were
be impressed upon your mind in a serious manner. We trust that the
your membership in our Council will be such as to add strength and
that to you will accrue the satisfaction of being a member worthy of
You are now entitled to all the rights and privileges provided under
of this Order and I trust you will be tireless in your efforts to
us the interest of our great fraternity. You may now be seated.
The Councilor will give one rap.
Councilor: Brother Financial Secretary, report the
receipts of the
evening and the Recording Secretary will make a record of the same
minutes. F.S. makes itemized report of
report names of delinquent members.
Councilor: Brother Inside Sentinel, you will inform
Sentinel that I am about to close this Council, and direct him to
admit no one
to the ante-room unless otherwise ordered.
Inside Sentinel, opens door: Brother Outside
Councilor is about to close this Council. Admit no one to the
otherwise directed closes door.
Brother Councilor, your order has been obeyed.
Councilor: * *.
Chaplain: O Lord, we thank Thee for Thy presence this
for the fraternal spirit that has prevailed in our midst. As we now
it be with the consciousness that Thy Spirit will lead us and Thy
protect us until we assemble again. Permit no harm to come to any of
May we carry with us the good influence of our Council and some day
meet in that
Great Council where all is love and death never comes. We offer this
the name of our Advocate. Amen.
Conductor advances to Councilor's station, takes the Flag from
right of the
Councilor and advances to the center of room in front of Altar.
salute the Flag and repeat in unison the Pledge, led by the Vice
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and
the Republic for which it stands: one Nation, indivisible, with
Justice to all."
Councilor: We will sing the Closing Ode:
Let us now end our labors, in peace now depart,
But work for our order with hand and with heart,
And when from earth's scenes we are called to remove,
May we meet in that Council, the Heaven of Love,
Home, home, sweet sweet home,
Our Council is pleasant,
But 'tis not like home.
Conductor then cases Flag.
Councilor: Brother Warden, collect the Private Work
and Ode Cards
and deliver the same to me.
The Warden collects Rituals, Odes, etc. and bears them to the
Councilor: Brother Conductor, you will attend the
The Conductor will remove the Emblem, Bible and Flag from the
Conductor: Brother Councilor, your order has been
Councilor: I now declare this Council closed until …
… o'clock, unless a special meeting should be duly called and
thereof. Brother Inside Sentinel, inform the Outside Sentinel that
is closed. Direct him to open the door and permit the Brothers to
Inside Sentinel, opens door: Brother Outside
Sentinel, the Council
is closed. Brother Councilor, your order has been obeyed.
The Councilor gives one rap and the Council is closed.