Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem



Entrance of Officers
Officers should be punctual and ready to march in on time. When unable to be present, they should notify W.H.P. before meeting of their intended absence.
Regular officers are those listed in the Ritual. Honorary officers are the Courier, Matrons and Maids of Honor, Flower Girls, Queen’s Attendants and King’s Guards.
Crooks are carried by W. Shep. and W. Guide in the opening march.
When ready for the opening ceremonies the officers (regular and honorary) are in the preparation room (with door closed).
W. Shep. and W. Guide will arrange the column of officers which she leads when entering the Shrine room during the opening She will report to the W H.P. in ample time all officers absent from her column so that substitutes shall be appointed by the W.H.P., who alone has the right to fill any vacancy In the absence of the W. Shep. or W. Guide, the W.H. shall assume the duty of lining up the column of the absentee.
The Officers are arranged as follows: (space at entrance no more than six steps between each group.)
Shrine Flag Bearer
Escort                                                          Escort
North Column                                             South Column
King’s Guard                                              Courier
Matrons and Maids of Honor
Flower Girls
Queen’s Attendants
Shrine Banner Bearer
Escort                                                          Escort
Column two on the North                           Column one on the South
Worthy Guide                                              Worthy Shepherdess
Worthy Treasurer                                        Worthy Scribe
King                                                             Queen
Third Hand Maid                                         Second Hand Maid
Third Wise Man                                           First Hand Maid
Second Wise Man                                        Worthy Guardian
First Wise Man                                            Worthy Chaplain
Associate Watchman of Shepherds             Noble Prophetess
Worthy High Priestess
W.O.S. with W.H. on his left enters the Shrine through the ante-room door. W.O.S. places his left hand on the right hand of W.H. They advance east to west aisle, thence north and east to the line west of First H.M.’s station, turn, advance to north aisle, thence to east aisle, turn and march south. W.H. when she reaches central line, will pause, return the hand of the W.O.S., who will step forward until on a line with his station, W.O.S. facing north, W.H. facing south, bow as they lower hands. W.O.S. ascends dais. W.H. marches to south aisle, turns, thence west to west aisle, thence north to her station.
When W.O.S. and W.H. reach their stations they remain standing; the gavel is not used at this time.
W.O.S.: Worthy Herald, you will inform the Worthy High Priestess that the hour has arrived to convene this Shrine and invite her and other officers to enter.
After order, W.H. steps from her station to west aisle, turns, marches north to point opposite the preparation room door, thence west to the door, which she opens.
W.H.: Worthy High Priestess, the hour has arrived to convene this Shrine, and it is the wish of the Watchman of Shepherds that you, with your officers, now enter.
After invitation is given, W.H. faces south and steps back to permit Honorary officers to enter, returning to her former position after they have passed, in order to precede the regular officers in their entrance march.
W.O.S. calls up the Shrine as regular officers enter. Gavel.
Preceded by W.H., officers enter through the preparation room door in two columns.
All officers march east and turn south in the west aisle, thence to central line, turn, advance east, W.H. stops at line west of First H.M and takes position at the right of center. W.H.P. takes position at left of W.H.
Column one turns south, column two turns north, where they advance to the south and north aisles, turn east and march to east aisle. Halt.
W.O.S.: Worthy Herald, you will escort the Worthy High Priestess to her station.
Officers face inward at the word “Station.”
W.H.P. places her right hand on the left hand of W.H As they face south, W.H. takes one step backwaid and escorts
W.H.P, to the east, passing immediately south of Second H.M.’s chair, W.H P. next to Altar. When east of Altar, they continue to march on central line east between the two columns. W.H.P. and W.H. do not bow at this time.
The two columns face east as W.H.P. places hei foot on first step of dais.
W.O.S. receives W.H.P. When W.H.P. is in her station, they face each other squarely as the W.O.S. gives her gavel.
As W.H.P. places gavel on pedestal and faces west, all officers bow slightly. W.H. remains standing directly west of pedestal in the east aisle facing east.
W.H.P.: The Officers will assume their proper stations.
W.H. at the instructions to “Assume stations,” faces south, both columns countermarch in straight lines to west aisle, halt, ground crooks and face inward, W.H follows column one.
W.H. faces north, offers left hand to N.P, together they march on a line west of First H.M.’s chair, where they meet
A.W.O.S. W.H. offers him her right hand, faces west, all three abreast, march to the west dais. (If there is not room W.H., N.P. and A.W.O.S. walk a diagonal line, meet at central line and march west.)
All officers face west as N.P. and A W.O.S. ascend dais. As NP. and A.W.O.S. turn towards each other and face east, W.H. alone bows. Takes her position at the head of column one and marches east. Columns one and two take one step south and north, respectively, take one step forward, turn and countermarch.
Each officer leaving line at their respective stations. Three W. Men, turn north and march abreast into their stations outside of tent, about face, turning towards east. Three H.M.’s assume their respective stations and stand in front of their chairs. On east aisle W.H. turns right to south aisle, marches west and north to her station.
As King assumes his station, the Banner Bearer and escorts who have been standing in a position immediately south of King’s station, march west, in triangular formation where Banner Bearer advances and gives Banner to W.H. who deposits it in the standard. Banner Bearer steps back in line between escorts, all face south, march in single line to south aisle and east to positions in front of chairs reserved for them. W.H.P. seats Shrine when all officers reach their stations. (The opening march may be elaborated if desired, but all officers must be in respective positions as prescribed in entrance march.)
All officers enter on same line from preparation room door. Except W.O.S., W.H. and Color Bearer and escorts.
W.H.P.: Worthy Herald, you will invite the Color Bearer and escorts with the National Emblem to enter.
W.H. steps from her station to west aisle, turns and walks to south aisle, turns right, approaches ante-room door.
W.H.: The Worthy High Priestess invites the Color Bearer and escorts with the National Emblem to enter.
The Flag should be carried in front of the body, the right hand nearest the colors.
The Flag should never be draped, always hold the Flag aloft and free in carrying. Never allow it to touch the ground.
Do not place or pin any object upon the Flag.
Streamers or cord should not be placed above the Flag, The eagle is a part of the Flag staff.
(W.H. steps back and faces north, with her hand over her heart, as soon as Flag passes, faces east.
W. Guard remains at open door of ante-room at attention until after pledge of allegiance. As the Sojourners take their seats, W. Guard closes door.
Three H.M.’s and W. Guardian face south, with right hand over heart. As Flag passes each in turn face east. When pledge of allegiance is given, King and Queen face the Flag.
As Color Bearer and escort enter with National Emblem all Sojourners arise and place right hand over heait, keeping it in this position until Flag is placed in standard. The Color Bearer and escort marching in triangular formation carrying the Flag, enter through the ante-room door, march to south aisle, to east aisle, north to a point north of pedestal, where Color Bearer faces east.
Escort halt, wheel, face east and remain in open order in east aisle.
Color Bearer ascends dais, places Flag in standard and takes one step backward, facing Flag.
W.H.P.: Sojourners, you will unite with me in giving the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
W.H.P. and Sojourners place right hand over heart. “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, etc.”
This precedes an “Ode to the Flag” or a patriotic song when given.
The proper salute is given in Canada.
The floor lines are maintained in either country.
After Flag ceremony is completed, the Color Bearer descends dais to his (or her) place, between escorts, faces north, march in single file to their stations in the northeast. W.H. returns to her station and W.Guard closes door.
All are seated in unison.
W.H.P.: Worthy Guardian.
W.Guardian, rises: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: You will inform the Worthy Guard that we are about to convene. Direct him (or her) to guard well the outer door and permit none to enter unlil further orders.
W.Guardian takes two steps forward from her station, observing square corners, approaches door of ante-room and gives raps.
W.Guardian: **   *   **
W.Guard: **   *   **
W.Guardian opens door.
W.Guardian: Worthy Guard, we are about to convene, and you are directed to permit none to enter until further orders.
W.Guardian closes door and in returning walks east and observes line so front of her chair.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess, your order has been obeyed.
W.H.P.: It is well. *.
W.H.P.: Worthy Shepherdess and Worthy Guide, you will ascertain and report if all present are members of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
When W.H.P. addresses W.Shep. and W.Guide, she pauses to give the officers time to rise, before proceeding with order Officers take crooks, use, ground crooks and wait until order is completed.
W.Shep. and W.Guide, with their crooks, advance from their stations to the south and north aisles. March to east aisle, turn north and south, W.Shep. changes crook to left hand as she turns north, and both meet at central line.
Each takes the other’s right hand, W.Guide communicating the pass and grip to W.Shep. W.Shep. crosses north, W.Guide south. Together they ascend dais; W.Shep. communicates pass aed grip to W.H.P. after which W.Guide takes pass and grip from W.O.S. Turning toward each other, they face west, together descend dais, W.Shep. takes pass from the King, the W.T. and W.Organist (if she is seated in the N.E.) W.Guide takes pass from Queen and W.Scribe; then W.Shep. on the north, W.Guide on the south, walk in a diagonal line to aisles, three feet west of King and Queen’s stations, halt, face south and north respectively and ground crooks.
From the extreme west of the first section, members in the back row advance to the aisles, thence east, communicate pass and grip to W. Shep. and W. Guide, other rows remain seated until all have passed from the preceding row, each row following in proper order, returning to their seats from east end of the row.
After the first section is completed, W.Shep. and W.Guide march west to a point one step west of the east end of the next section.
W.Shep. and W.Guide approach regular officers at their stations to receive the pass and grip. All others approach
W.Shep. and W.Guide to communicate it. W.Shep. takes the pass and grip from W.Men at their stations.
After taking pass north and south and as W.Shep. takes pass from Manetho, W.C., N.P., A.W.O.S. and W.H., if seated on an elevated platform, descend to the floor together to communicate pass and grip. W.Guardian advances east until on a line with other officers in west.
W.Shep. takes pass and grip from W.H. and A.W.O.S., W.Guide from W.Guardian, W.C. and N.P.
W.Shep. and W.Guide face east, with sufficient space between them so that they are on a line north and south, of the sides of the First H.M.’s chair. They advance to the station of the First H.M. to a line in front of her chair, where W.Guide pauses, W.Shep. takes pass and grip from First H.M. who remains standing. W.Shep. and W.Guide advance north and south, thence east on a line outside and in front of the stations of the Second and Third H.M.’s.
W.Shep. takes pass and grip from Third H.M. and W.Guide from Second H.M. The H.M.’s face W.Shep. and W.Guide when giving the pass and grip.
As they turn toward Altar facing west, three H.M.’s are seated. W.Shep. and W.Guide advance to the west aisle; W.Guide communicates pass and grip to W.Shep. W.Shep. crosses to the south, W.Guide to the north. W.Shep. transfers crook to right hand when turning. Both ground crooks and face east. W.Shep. reports.
W.Shep.: Worthy High Priestess, all present ate Sojourners of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
W.H.P.: It is well. W.H.P. sounds gavel.
W.Shep. and W.Guide advance to line west of the First H.M., turn south and north, advance three steps thence east, turn to their respective stations when opposite the same. They place crooks in standards and are seated together.
W.Shep. and W.Guide accept pass only from those known to be members of the Order.
They shall report all strangers to the W.H.P.
W.Shep. or W.Guide: Worth High Priestess, a stranger.
W.H.P.: Can any Sojourner vouch for this stranger?
When vouched for: W.H P.: The Sojourner is vouched for, accept the pass.
If not vouched for the stranger must retire for examination.
W.H.P.: The examining committee will retire with stranger for examination.
The Committee with the stranger will retire to preparation room.
If a Sojourner cannot give the pass:
W.Shep. or W.Guide: Worthy High Priestess, a Sojourner without thee pass.
W.H.P.: You will communicate and receive the pass.
If a Sojourner who is seated west of the W. Shep. and W. Guide, rises to vouch for a stranger:
W.H.P.: Who vouches for you?
The vouchment must be made by some one who is known to be a member of the Order by the W.H.P., W.Shep. or W.Guide. If no one vouches for the stranger, east of the point where the W.Shep. and W.Guide are stationed, those challenged shall remain standing until vouched for, and if not vouched for, retire with the Committee for examination.
W.H.P. rises: Order is Heaven’s first law. That our present session may be conducted properly and in order, a formal opening is necessary. That we may be reminded again of the noble principles inculcated by our Order, let us be attentive while the officers explain the significance of their missions.
W.H.P is seated.
Officers rise and stand in front of their chairs when addressed by the W.H.P. and remain standing until seated by the gavel.
W.H.P. and Officers speak as per Ritual.
W.H.P.: Noble Prophetess.
N.P.: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
N.P.: In the west of the Shrine. My mission is to guard its sacred portal, see that none profane its sanctuary, and assist the Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Worthy Scribe.
W.Scribe faces north when addressed by W.H.P.
W.Scribe: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
W.Scribe: In the Southeast. My mission is to keep a true account of the proceedings, receive all moneys due the Shrine, pay them to the Worthy Treasurer, taking her receipt therefore, and faithfully perform all the duties pertaining to my office.
W.H.P.: Worthy Treasurer.
W.T. faces south when addressed by W.H.P.
W.T.: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
W.T.: In the Northeast. My mission is to receive all moneys from the Worthy Scribe, giving my receipt therefore, pay them out only on written authority, keep in faithful trust the funds of the Shrine and guard its interests.
W.H.P.: Worthy Shepherdess.
W.Shep. when addressed, rises, facing north, turns her head, not her body, toward the W.H P. She does not look at the N.P.
W.Shep.: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
W.Shep.: In the South. My mission is to lead strangers by ways they know not, receive and introduce visiting members and assist the Noble Prophetess in the discharge of her duties.
W.H.P.: Worthy Guide.
W.Guide, when addressed, rises, facing south, turns her head, not her body, towards W.H.P. She does not look at W.Shep.
W. Guide: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
W. Guide: In the North. My mission, as my name implies, is to guide travelers on the way, direct them in true paths and assist the Worthy Shepherdess.
W.H.P.: Manetho.
Three W. Men rise and wheel to the east, Gaspar being the pivot. After giving their charge they wheel back in position in front of their stations outside the tent.
Manetho: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is the station of the Wise Men, and what is their mission?
Manetho: Our tent, Worthy High Priestess, is pitched within the Shrine, and as near the sacred Altar as its laws will permit. Our mission is to spread the glad tidings of the coming of the King and the world’s redemption.
W.H.P.: Worthy Herald.
W.H.: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
W.H.: My station is on the left of the Associate Watchman of Shepherds in the West. My mission is to make all due proclamations under your direction, lead all processions, escort the Worthy Chaplain and declare by the authority of the Supreme Shrine the constitution of new members.
W.H.P.: Worthy Guardian.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
W.Guardian: My station is inside the door of the Shrine. My mission is to permit none to enter or retire except those lawfully entitled to do so and by your permission.
W.H.P.: Worthy Guardian.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is the station of our Worthy Guard and what is his (or her) mission?
W.Guardian: The station of our Worthy Guard is outside the closed doors. His (or her) mission is to guard the outer approach and to permit none to enter except those for whom he (or she) can properly vouch.
W.H.P.: Worthy Chaplain.
W.C.: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
W.C.: On the right of the Noble Prophetess in the West. In the discharge of my sacred duties, it is my mission to point mankind to a better and purer life, obligate candidates and attend our sacred altar.
W.H.P.: Associate Watchman of Shepherds.
A.W.O.S.: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
A.W.O.S.: My station, Worthy High Priestess, Is on the left of the Noble Prophetess in the west. My mission is to use my best efforts to uphold the simple religion of Christ and further His gospel of peace on earth, good will to men. In the absence of the Watchman of Shepherds, it will be my duty to assume all his duties and prerogatives.
W.H.P.: Watchman of Shepherds.
W.O.S., when addressed, rises, faces W.H.P. He faces west after the word “Direction.”
W.O.S.: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is your station and what is your mission?
W.O.S.: My station, Worthy High Priestess, is at your left. My mission is to guard the eastern approach to the Shrine, see that none pass except those qualified to cross the plains, testify to the light and glory of the coming of the King, and point to that light all those who seek its direction.
W.H.P.: Noble Prophetess.
N.P.: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Where is the station of the Worthy High Priestess and what is her mission?
N.P.: In the East, Worthy High Priestess. As the star in the East W.H.P. rises sheds light and joy upon a darkened world, so is her mission to spread light and instruction among her people and promote harmony and love.
W.H.P.: It is well. May our Heavenly Father direct and guide me in the performance of my duties. Worthy Chaplain, you will arrange the Altar and invoke the blessing of Deity.
W.C. and W.H. step from their stations together. W.C. steps to a line three feet, W.H. two feet east of west dais. W.C. faces north, W.H. faces south. Both bow slightly.
W.H. advances to the W.C. who places her left hand on the right hand of W.H., raising it about midway between elbow
and shoulder.
Both advance north to a line midway between tent of W.Men and station of First H.M. (note change in aisle) thence to point two feet west of Altar, turn south.
W H.P. sounds gavel:  * * *
W.C. and W.H. face south and advance to the Altar, face east, bow and lower hands. W.H. steps back to left of First H.M.
The Altar is arranged in the following manner: W.C. takes the Bible in both hands, resting it upright on the back at the center of Altar, opens it at the second Chapter of Luke, laying down first the right side, then the left. The fingers of each hand remain at the corners until ready to raise right hand and place over heart. When Bible is fully opened, W.C. places her right hand over her heart.
With right hand over heart, left hand placing the emblem in proper position on Bible; first the Star on center of Bible with single point to the east; then shepherds crook to right between the first and second points of the Star; then Cross to the left between the first and fifth points of the Star. As each part of Emblem is taken in the left hand it is raised to the level of the eyes directly in front of the body. Execute a quarter circle and do not raise top of Emblem above the eyes. As each part of Emblem is raised, it is held for a specified time. The Star for length of time for this thought: ”His Star shall guide me.” The Crook: ”The Lord is my Shepherd.” The Cross: “In Hoc Signo Spes Mea.” “In this sign is my hope.” The Cross is lowered slowly to position.
W.C. kneels with hands clapsed on edge of Altar. In hand clasp the right hand is placed on the left, palms together, thumb on the left hand resting at the base of the right fore-finger, thumb of the right hand resting at base of the left thumb.
During arrangement of Altar and prayer the Second and Third H.M.s face north and south respectively.
W.C.: “Oh, Thou Everlasting One, the only true God, permit us, Thy unworthy servants, to come before Thee at this time with grateful hearts in humble acknowledgment of all Thy mercies. Be with us who are assembled in Thy name and give us the aid of Thy Holy Spirit to guide us unto all truth. Grant us Thy grace, that what we shall do here may be pleasing in Thy sight. Pardon all our sins and deal with us according to Thy mercies, in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”
Sojourners: Amen.
After the word “Amen” W.C. unclasps hands, then rises. W.H. advances to the Altar at left of W.C., together they give salutation sign. W.H.P. responds with a slight wave of the left hand.
After the salutation sign is given, W.H. lowers left hand to the side as right hand is being raised to a level with the elbow, palm upward; the same time W.C. lowers her left hand to the hand of W.H., which is extended to her. With hands in position, W.H. takes one step backward, both face north, advance to special aisle, then to west aisle, then south to point north of the central line, where W.H. pauses, retaining hand of W.C., who continues south to point an equal distance from prescribed line, turns, facing north; both lower hands as they bow, take necessary steps backward to a point in front of their stations, turn west, walk to station, turning towards each other as they face east.
White Shrine Ode cards may be used, or any appropriate song.
W.H.P.: Let us unite in singing our opening ode.
W.H.P.: Sojourners, you will unite with me in illustrating the Examination Test, Supreme Honors and Public Sign of Honor.
W.H.P. conducts examination test. See Secret Work.
Action should be suited to the words.
The public sign of Honor is given by placing right hand over heart and slightly bowing the head.
King, Queen, W. Scribe and W.T. face in when giving the examination test.
At the conclusion of the public “Sign of Honor,” officers face west.
W.H.P.: I now declare ... Shrine, No ..., Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem opened in due form for the transaction of business.
W.H.P.: Worthy Guardian.
W.Guardian gives the salutation sign.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: You will so inform the Worthy Guard.
W.Guardian advances to door and returns, as previously instructed.
W.Guardian: Worthy Guard, ... Shrine, No ..., is now opened for the transaction of business.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess, your order has been obeyed.
W.H.P.: *. Seats Shrine.
Initiation Ceremonies
During initiation, arrangement of dais in east is changed. Station of W.H.P. is in center and pedestal and ballot box are removed. Gavel is retained by W.H.P. Chairs should be placed for King and Queen, that of the King on the right, and the Queen’s on the left of the W.H.P.
W.H.P.: Worthy Guardian.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: You will ascertain if there are strangers in waiting to receive the degree of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
Candidates are called “strangers” until obligated W.Guardian advances to the door as heretofore.
W.Guardian: Worthy Guard, are there strangers seeking admission?
W.Guard: There are.
W.Guardian closes door, returns to her station and reports.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess, the Worthy Guard informs me there are strangers seeking admission.
W.Guardian is seated.
W.H.P.: Worthy Guide.
W.Guide lifts crook as she rises, changes crook from left hand to right hand, grounds crook, gives salutation sign. W.H.P. pauses until W.Guide is in position as described above before she instructs her to retire.
W.Guide does not change crook from right hand during initiation until after the proclamation has been made.
W.Guide: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: You will retire and ascertain who these strangers are and why they seek admission.
At word “Admission” W.Guardian rises, goes to door, gives raps.
W.O.S., King, Queen, Three W.Men, Courier, King’s Guards and all Attendants rise. W.Guide steps into aisle and advances west and south on line west of First H.M. to a position THREE STEPS to right of central line, grounds crook, remains standing, facing east. King and Queen march west (in direct line) to line ONE STEP WEST of the line west of First H.M., where they turn and step in line with W. Guide. W.O.S. descends from station, advances west on’ same line covered by Queen, taking his position in line at left of W.Guide-Queen left of W.O.S., King left of Queen. At the same time, Three W. Men execute left wheel facing east, march east three abreast, when in line with W. Guide, W.O.S., Queen and King execute a right flank, march to and in line with above named officers and all face east.
After the first line (officers) has come into position and stopped moving, King’s Guards and Queen’s Attendants march west, thence south and north. Courier leading Queen’s Attendants marches in line directly back of officers. This places Courier back of Third W. Man. King’s Guards take places on a line directly back of Queen’s Attendants, Captain at south end of line.
First Row: Officers
Second row: Courier and Queen’s Attendants
Third row: King’s Guards
Fourth row (if that many): Queen’s Attendants
Fifth row (if that many): King’s Guards
All give salutation sign to W.H.P. simultaneously. Response from the chair is signal for officers and those lined up in the west to turn south. Guards and Attendants march south, thence west, forming two lines, at a proper distance from ante-room door, halt and form open order. King’s Guards will be on north, Queen’s Attendants on south, facing in. Officers, led by W. Guide, walk south, then execute right face and march as follows: W. Guide, when opposite door of ante-room, turns west, taking a few short steps; Queen follows (same line as W.Guide), with W.O.S. on her left, King on her right, three abreast, forming arms of cross, Three W.Men following Queen in single file, Guards and Attendants countermarch. Not more . than fourteen Queen’s Attendants and fourteen King’s Guards shall be used in retiring march. If there are other honorary officers, they should retire immediately after the foregoing.
Arriving in ante-room, W.Guide takes strangers to preparation room and obtains their names.
W.Guide: Strangers, the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem is founded on Christianity and upon the beautiful story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. The lessons portrayed in the work of our Order are designed to teach us the Christian principles and precepts exemplified in His life, by the practice of which we obey our Lord’s commands. You must answer, individually, the following questions: Do you believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of the World? Respond Are you a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in good standing? Respond (If a Master Mason) Are you a Master Mason in good and regular standing? Respond
Strangers, your answers to these important questions and other information which has been presented in your behalf, merit my recommending you for admission. You will wait until I communicate with the Worthy High Priestess and obtain permission to guide you on your way.
W.Guide advances to entrance door of Shrine and gives raps. W.Guardian ascertains the cause of the alarm in regular way, and reports FROM the DOOR to the W.H.P.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess, the alarm was caused by the Worthy Guide returning with her report.
W.H.P.: You will admit her.
W.Guardian opens door, W.Guide re-enters shrine and advances on the same line as she retired, east and north, to position back of First H.M.’s station, gives salutation sign.
W.Guide: Worthy High Priestess, I find in waiting (sister or brother, giving names), members of the Order of the Eastern Star, and (giving names) Master Masons, in good and regular standing, who desire to receive the degree of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
If any of the strangers are Master Masons, the W.Guide does not use the word “Brother” in referring to them. Use the words designated in Ritual when referring to members of the Order of the Eastern Star. Do not mention both sisters and brothers unless both are in waiting.
W.H.P.: Worthy Guide, by what tight do they seek this high honor?
W.Guide: Being firm believers in the Christian religion, they desire to become true followers of the new-born King.
W.H.P.: Worthy Scribe.
W.Scribe: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: Have these strangers been elected to receive the degree of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem?
W.Scribe: They have, Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: It is well. Worthy Guide, you will retire and prepare the strangers for the ceremony of initiation.
W.Guide marches north, then west on line outside tent of W.Men, to preparation room and retires. After the strangers have been prepared, W.Guide gives raps **   *   ** on preparation room door.
W.Shep.: Worthy High Priestess, there is an alarm at the door of the preparation room.
W.H.P.: You will ascertain the cause of the alarm and report.
W.Shep. takes crook in right hand as she rises, grounds crook, reports alarm to W.H.P., and after order is given advances to aisle and marches west to west aisle, then north and west to preparation room door, answers the alarm, giving raps, opens door
W.Shep.: Worthy Guide, who knocks at the door of our Shrine?
W.Guide: Christians, who seek tidings of the new-born King.
W.Shep.: Who vouches for them?
W.Guide: I do.
W.Shep.: Worthy Guide, have you the pass?
W.Guide: I have.
W.Shep.: You will advance and communicate it.
W.Guide advances and communicates the pass and grip to W.Shep. W.Guide places her crook at ease to give grip. W.Shep. does not change crook at the door; she places it at ease on right shoulder as she receives pass and grip.
W.Shep.: It is well. Strangers,, since you come walking in the true light, tarry here with your Guide while I report to the Worthy High Priestess.
W.Shep closes door, advances east and south on same line W. Guide retired, taking position back of First H.M’s chair, gives salutation sign and reports.
W.Shep.: Worthy High Priestess, the alarm was caused by the Worthy Guide, who is accompanied by strangers seeking admission to the mysteries and privileges of our Order.
W.H.P.: Worthy Shepherdess, have they complied with the necessary requirements?
W.Shep.: They have, Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: You will admit them.
After order is given to admit the strangers, LIGHTS ARE DIMMED.
W. Shep. returns on the same line, opens door (no raps) of preparation room and changes crook to left hand. This change is so that she can offer her right arm to the stranger whom she escorts. She does not change crook from left hand during initiation until after the proclamation has been made.
W.Shep.: Worthy Guide, it is the order of the Worthy High Priestess that these strangers be admitted, that you see that their footsteps do not falter by the wayside and that the revelations of the coming of the King are fully disclosed to them.
Song: ”There Are Strangers at Our Door.” Tune, “There Is a Stranger at the Door.” It is more impressive to have candidates remain at the door.
W.H P. calls up the Shrine (* * *) as Candidates enter the Shrine room in two’s, the first candidate taking the W.Shep.’s right arm and the last candidate taking the W.Guide’s left arm. March east to west aisle, then south, halt in front of W.C. If class is large, divide in as many rows as may be necessary. W.Shep. at the south end of west dais on the front row. W.Guide at north end on back row. When in position, the W.C. speaks.
W.C.: No pecson should enter upon any important undertaking without first asking the blessing of God. Strangers, you will therefore attend prayer.
W.C.: Thou great and glorious Ruler of the Universe, grant, we beseech Thee, Thy blessing upon these strangers. Endue them with Divine Wisdom and strength in all their undertakings. May they continue in all good work to Thy honor and glory, and to benefit mankind. Amen.
After W.C.’s prayer, members, in unison, respond “Amen.”
W.H.P. seats Shrine (*) after word “Amen.” W.C. pauses until members are seated.
W.C.: Strangers, learn a new lesson, that Heaven may be won, not by the sword, nor by human wisdom, but by faith, love and good works. Worthy Shepherdess, you will present these strangers to the Noble Prophetess.
W.Shep.: Noble Prophetess, rises I present to you these strangers, believers in Jesus Christ, who seek tidings of the newborn King, and desire to receive the sublime degree of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
N.P.: Worthy Shepherdess, do they come properly prepared to receive this high honor?
W.Shep.: They do, Noble Prophetess.
N.P.: Strangers, I bid you welcome. Do you desire to proceed?
Strangers: I do.
N.P.: You will face the east.
Pause until strangers have faced east and are in proper position. W.Shep. position at right of first row, W.Guide at left of last row. The W.H.P. does not rise when addressed by N.P.: Worthy High Priestess, I present to you these strangers who seek tidings of the new-born King.
W.H.P.: It is well. N.P. is seated. Worthy Shepherdess, you will conduct the strangers to our sacred Altar, where they will kneel, and assume the obligation of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
W.Shep, strangers and W.Guide advance east, halt on a line between Altar and station of the First H.M., facing east. W.Shep. then instructs, aloud, strangers to kneel at Altar, place left hand on the Bible, and right hand over heart. When it is impossible for all strangers to kneel on the west, south and north sides of the Altar, W.Shep., assisted by W.Guide, will cause the remaining strangers to kneel, place the right hand over the heart and left hand on the left shoulder of the stranger in front of them; thus making a direct chain to the Bible. W.Shep. and W.Guide each take one step back, W.Guide facing south and W.Shep. north, with crooks grounded.
W.Shep.: Worthy Chaplain, the strangers are in proper posit ion to receive the obligation.
W.Shep. turns face toward W.C. when addressing her, W.Shep. and W.Guide face each other and remain in this position until the W.C. says, “Sojourners Arise.”
W.C. attended by W.H., proceeds on the same line as hereinbefore instructed, except they advance to line east of Third H.M.’s station, then south. W.H.P. (***) calls up Shrine as W.H. and W.C. turn south. W.H. and W.C. turn square corners, walk to line in center of Altar, lower hands, and both face west at the same time. W.C. advances to the Altar. W.H. remains in position back of W.C. at the point where she faced west. Second and Third H.M.’s face north and south respectively during obligation, same as during prayer.
W.C.: You will say I, pronounce your name and repeat after me:
(See Secret Work.)
After Obligation – before explaining Emblem:
W.C.: Sojourners arise.
Remain standing.
W.H.P.: * seats the Shrine.
W.C. explains the Emblem to the candidates.
W.C.: Sojourners the Emblem of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem consists of the Star, the Shepherd’s Crook and the Cross.
When W.C. concludes the obligation, she says, “Sojourners, the Emblem,” etc. At the word Emblem, she points toward the emblem as it lies on the Bible, with her right hand, until she concludes with the word Cross. W.C. places her right hand on top of Emblem, slides the fingers of her left hand underneath it, and lifts it from the Bible, turning the right hand palm upward with the Emblem thereon nearly on a level with the elbow. With her left hand she takes first the Star, explains its significance, replaces it on the Bible in its proper Position; then Shepherd’s Crook, explains its significance, replaces it in its proper Position; then the Cross, explains its significance, holding it in position until she comes to the words, “in this sign is my hope,” when it is raised at arms length, the eyes cast upward, and held in this position, while one verse of “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” is sung, and then replaced slowly to its proper position on the Bible. When explaining parts of Emblem, hold on a level with the eyes.
W.C.: The Star reminds us of the One who led the Shepherds and the Wise Men to the birthplace of our Saviour. The Shepherd’s Crook reminds us that the Great Shepherd who knoweth His flock, will ever lead them in green pastures and beside the still waters. The Cross teaches us that through His suffering and death, and by reliance on His promises, His children may gain eternal life. Our motto is: “In Hoc Signo Spes Mea,” which being interpreted signifies: ”In this sign is my hope.” (Song)
W.C. steps back in line with W H, both face north, places her right hand in the left hand of W.H, and they return to their stations in the west.
W.H.P: Sojourners, in the ceremonies of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem we attempt to portray the sacred scenes attending the birth of the Saviour of the World. We aim to lead all thoughtful pilgrims back over the ages that are past and present to them the ideas concerning the beautiful White Shrine around which clusters all we know of sacred history and thus cause them to feel that Sublime emotion which each human heart must experience when the mind contemplates the handiwork of the Great Creator.
Sojourners, follow your Guide, fear not, and may the God of our Fathers ever guide you on your way.
W.Shep. and W.Guide conduct Sojourners in single file south, then east, and are seated in the Queen’s Attendants chairs.
“Wise Men of the Orient,” or “Three Kings of the Orient,” is sung as a cue for Wise Men to enter.
Wise Men enter, unannounced. In a wandering and irregular manner, Manetho enters from the ante-room door; he scans the horizon as he looks for the star; Alchor enters from the preparation room door. They approach each other and give their signs.
If there are no doors in the directions in which the W.Men and W.O.S. are instructed to enter, they may enter while lights are dimmed as candidates are taking positions at W.C.’s station. Then proceed to proper positions for their entrance.
ALCHOR’S SIGN: Both hands touching forehead: bows. Brings hands down as he bows.
MANETHO’S SIGN: Left arm extended upward: bows, bringing arm to side as bow is completed.
Alchor: Peace be unto thee.
As Alchor speaks First H.M. leaves her station, goes to well.
Manetho: And unto thee and thy house. Who art thou?
During their dialogue they wander toward line running midway between the southeast corner of Tent and First H.M.’s station. As they finish their dialogue, they are standing just west of the line mentioned.
Alchor: I am Alchor from India, and thou?
Manetho: I am Manetho, an Egyptian. I have traveled far and have stopped to rest. Tarry and rest with me.
Alchor: Praise be to Jehovah and thanks to thee.
There they greet Gaspar who is wandering toward them from the northeast corner of the room, and finish their dialogue.
Manetho: Behold! Another Sojourner. Hail, stranger, by thy garb thou art a Greek. Who art thou?
Gaspar gives his sign. GASPAR’S SIGN: Hands clasped at waist, bow, lowering hands at side as bow is completed.
Manetho and Alchor respond with their individual signs.
Gaspar: I am Gaspar from Athens, and am weary with travel, having followed the course of the Star to this place.
Alchor: Oh, the wonder of it. I, too, have been guided here by the same Star.
Gaspar: A vision came to me in far off Greece, and I forsook all for this new Redeemer of the World.
Manetho: Praise be to Thee, Oh God, I have traveled far on the same mission. In a dream it was revealed to me that I should meet two others who will journey with me.
Gaspar: Strange is this, indeed: an Egyptian, a Hindu, and a Greek, all directed to this place by the same unseen power. It surely is the handiwork of God. Let us journey on.
Manetho: Friends, before setting out on so important a journey, it is fitting for us to kneel in prayer. Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, we praise Thee and magnify Thy great and Holy Name. We devoutly thank Thee for all Thy mercies and for guiding us through the desert of life: Be Thou our Guide as we travel on and until we reach that wonderful land whither we journey. Amen and Amen.
Three W. Men kneel in prayer. Manetho faces east, looks up with aims extended in supplication, as he prays. Alchor and Gaspar assume natural positions. Wise Men do not touch each other.
As prayer is completed W.Men and H M.’s move in unison as follows: First H.M. leaves well for her station, the Second and Third H.M.’s leave their stations, meeting at the well as if conversing.
W.Men wander toward the south and the station of First H.M. and halt. H.M.’s face south during dialogue.
Manetho: Peace be unto thee, oh daughter of Judea.
First H.M.: Hail, stranger! Who art thou, and whither art thou journeying?
Manetho: Meek and humble pilgrims are we from the far east. We have seen the Star and have come to worship Him who is born King of the Jews, as prophesied in the Book of the Law.
First H.M.: Nay, my friend, thou dost wrongly interpret the law. Herod alone is King of the Jews. Accept this from an Hebrew Maid and return from whence thou camest.
Second H.M. fills her jug and leaves the well on cue of “and return from whence thou camest.”
Manetho: I doubt not Jehovah leads.
Alchor: I, also, am determined to go on. Let us be on Our way.
As Manetho and Alchor speak the First H.M. places her jug and is seated.
W.Men continue on way to Second H.M.
Gaspar: Peace be unto thee, daughter of Judea.
Second H.M.: Hail, stranger! Who art thou and whither art thou journeying?
Gaspar: Meek and humble pilgrims are we, and from the furthermost parts of the earth are we come in search of Him who is born King of the Jews, and whose birth in Bethlehem of Judea the ancient prophets so dearly foretold.
Second H.M.: Nay, my friend! Thou dost fail to understand the prophets. Our Herod, mighty Herod, is King of the Jews. Return unto thine own land, and thine own people and pursue not further this idle tale, and carry with thee the blessings of thy servant, this Hebrew maid.
Third H.M. fills her jug and leaves well on cue of “and carry with thee the blessings of thy servant, this Hebrew maid.”
Gaspar: We are again advised to turn from our pursuit but my faith has not weakened.
Manetho: There is our star still guiding us. Let us continue to follow as long as it remains in sight.
As Gaspar and Manetho speak the Second H.M. places her jug and is seated.
W.Men continue on way to Third H.M.
Alchor: Peace be unto thee, daughter of Judea.
Third H.M.: Hail, stranger! Who art thou, and whither art thou journeying?
Alchor: Meek and humble pilgrims are we who have traveled many miles over desert and plains, following a wonderful star which the prophets have told us will guide us to Him who is born King of the Jews. While this wonderful star appeared to me in far off India, it also appeared to these brothers in Africa and in Greece and has guided us to this place.
Third H.M: Nay, my brother, this wonderful star of thine is but an idle dream. See! The heavens are full of these sparkling gems, set there by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, our father’s God, who made our mighty Herod King of the Jews. Go, my brother, and may peace be with thee.
Alchor: A third time we are advised to turn back. But the prophets of old cannot be mistaken. Our visions have not been in vain.
Gaspar: My friends, to turn back now would be mockery to our God. We shall find for ourselves that these things are true.
As Alchor and Gaspar speak the Third H M. places her jug and is seated.
If Kahn is used the W.Men, in reverent manner, approach Kahn bearing gifts. They leave with bowed heads, step backward, turn, continue to tent, enter in single file, Manetho leading and retire within. Enter from east end of tent. Lights.
N.P. rises when candidates rise. Candidates ate led in single file north in east aisle, where they halt to receive lecture of N.P. Lights.
N.P.: Ye daughters and sons of men, who take for your guidance Bethlehem’s Star, give heed to the story of the Wise Men who told it in Jerusalem to my kinsman.
After N P. has spoken, W.Shep. conducts the Sojourn. ers north and west to chairs east of W.Guide’s station, halts with each standing in front of chair. She walks on diagonal line southeast, about three steps, in order to face candidates, and speaks.
W.Shep.: We now approach the tent of the Wise Men. Let us hail them and hear their story.
W.Shep. resumes station at head of line and attracts attention of W. Men by striking crook (** * **). Three W.Men in single file step from east side of tent to a position in front of their stations outside tent, W.Men then execute wheel; Gaspar the pivot.
They salute W.Shep. using individual signs as previously described.
Manetho: The spirit of, God be with thee, daughter. Why art thou so far from Bethlehem’s plains and its flocks?
W.Shep.: Most Noble Prince, I am conducting these sojourners to the new-born King. They would hear thy story.
As Manetho speaks, W.H. goes to preparation room door at the words “and its flocks.”
There should be no delay. W.H. must be governed by distance to travel making sure the door is opened at specified time.
At the words, “Hear thy story” W.H. opens door ready for Courier to enter. If possible, suitable call is given from preparation room. Courier runs in. Courier gives salutation sign, speaks, then walks to a position near station of First H.M., remaining in position until King waves scepter, as her signal to retire to preparation room.
Courier: Worthy High Priestess, the King approaches.
W.H.P., *** calls up Shrine. (as King enters)
Escorts for King precede him, after passing Third H.M.’s station, open order for King to pass. As King waves scepter, King’s Guards countermatch to the W. Guide’s station, then to seats.
As King enters through preparation room door, all officers stand with heads bowed. Three H.M.’s and Courier face north. W. Men wheel back to positions in front of stations., King marches east in north aisle. When King reaches point opposite Courier: )
Courier: Behold the King.
King advances to his station at right of W.H.P., is seated, salutes with wave of scepter. King remains seated during work.
W.H.P. seats Shrine (*). W.Men remain standing. Courier runs in with message to King and kneels before him. He accepts, reads, and retains message, then dismisses Courier with a wave of the scepter.
King: It has come to our knowledge, my people, that within a few hours three Princes from foreign lands have invaded our kingdom and set up a new King. Yea! Within these very walls they have dared to pitch their tent, and thou, Most Worthy High Priestess, knowest thou aught of this?
W.H.P., rises: bows: Oh, King! What thou hast heard is in part true. There are among us three travelers, from foreign lands, who within the hour have herein pitched their tent and were about to tell their story when thou didst appear. What is thy Majesty’s pleasure?
King: Let them tell their story.
At the words “Majesty’s pleasure” W.H. again goes to door, ready for Courier to enter; make sure there is no delay.
King speaks at this time.
W.Men wheel to position, three abreast facing east, as though to tell their story. They are interrupted by announcement of the Queen which causes them to wheel back in positions in front of stations. Suitable call is given in anteroom, at the words “Their story,” W.H. opens door and Courier enters in same manner as instructed for King.
Courier (salutation sign): Worthy High Priestess, the Queen approaches.
Queen’s Attendants enter through dooi of preparation room, proceed east to the meeting point of north and west aisles, thence diagonally toward station of W. Shep., where they form open ordes, thence diagonally east to foot of dais.
W.H.P. calls up Shrine (***), as Queen enters. All officers stand with bowed heads; Three H.M.’s and Courier facing south. As last couple of Queen’s Attendants in the procession approach the W. Shep.’s station, Flower Girls, Queen, Matrons and Maids of Honor enter, in order given. They march on line prescribed for Queen’s Attendants, thence along aisle formed by Attendants in open order toward foot of dais. As Queen passes:
Courier: Behold our noble Queen.
Courier steps into line at end of possession, marches to west end of open column of Queen’s Attendants, remains there, facing east, until Queen is in position at her station.
Flower Girls, after passing through Queen’s Attendants aisle, take positions at head of lines, and halts.
Queen, when near foot of dais, pauses, salutes the W.H.P., who descends from dais and with left hand takes left hand of Queen and escorts her to her station at left of W.H.P. As Queen moves to ascend dais, Matrons and Maids of Honor proceed to a point east of Flower Girls, then take positions in the lines. Both lines face east, as Queen ascends dais When Queen reaches her station, all Attendants, led by the Matrons of Honor, countermarch west to the Courier, who leads them in single file to their stations
W.H.P.:  *, seats Shrine.
Queen: Your Majesty, and Worthy High Priestess, I have heard that within this temple are the Magi, three Princes of other lands, with a wonderful story of the coming King. I fain would hear them.
King: Let the Magi speak.
Queen and Attendants are seated. Attendants remgin seated during the Queen’s Lecture.
W. Men who have been standing in front of their stations, wheel and march three abreast to the line east of the Third H.M.’s station, where they halt. Manetho advances east not more than three steps.
Manetho, bowing: O, King! In myself and companions thou beholdest the descendants of three mighty races of the peoples of the earth. How we came here, let our story tell. My brother, Gaspar, who came last, will speak first.
The Three W. Men give their individual sign as they speak before the King.
Gaspar advances on a diagonal line southeast to a point in front of Manetho’s position. As Gaspar moves, Alchos and Manetho sidestep LEFT; leaving the position directly back of Gaspar unoccupied.
Gaspar: I am a native of the land of Greece, a citizen of Athens. My people were a nation of scholars, from whom I inherited a passionate desire for knowledge. While pursuing my studies, there came into my hands a portion of an old Hebrew manuscript which caused me to doubt the belief of my people With time the, doubt increased. At length in some unaccountable manner, I was impelled to forsake the temple of learning and the homes of civilization, for the wilderness and the mountains. While fasting and praying to God, for a revelation of Himself, there strayed one day to the solitude of my mountain home a Hebrew who had been cast ashore, from a wrecked ship, on the coast of the Thermaic Gulf. In conversing with this Jew, I became convinced that the God of my prayers did exist and had been to the Jews from the beginning a lawgiver, a King and a Ruler of Heaven and Earth. Before departing he told me that the prophets of his people, who in ages past talked to God, had declared that He would appear upon earth again, coming as a great King, who would bring all people of the worid under subjection to Him; and it was deemed that even now the time for His appearing was at hand. My soul was thrilled.
Did not the statements of the Jew accord with those contained in the manuscript I had read! My prayer now became a devout desire to see the King when He came and worship Him. That night I awoke from my slumbers to find the cave in which I slept filled with a light brighter than that of the sun. I heard a yoke say, “Son of Athens, thy faith and thy prayers have conquered. Thou shalt see the Redeemer. Arise, follow the light of the spirit which will guide thee.” I laid aside the garb of a hermit, resumed the dress of my people and set forth upon my journey. On emerging from the cave, I beheld a star of great brilliance above my head, which seemed to precede and guide me. It led me to the shores of the sea, where I signaled a ship that was passing, was received on board and landed at Antioch. With the spirit still guiding, I traveled, following the Orantes to Damascus, thence on to our meeting in the desert. Such is my story.
Gaspar steps backward into the unoccupied position, Alchor advances on the diagonal line prescribed for Gaspar. Manetho and Gaspar sidestep LEFT; again leaving the unoccupied position back of the speaker.
Alchor: I am a Hindu, and as such was reared and taught the doctrines of Brahma. Beautiful as these teachings are, they but made me a heretic. I became as one groping in a dark valley, but far above I beheld the light and sought to climb the heights and learn its beauties. After a weary struggle, I reached the summit and stood in the light of perfect day. There I learned the secret which binds the soul to God: Love: and in this secret found the true principle of life. For daring to speak of it, I was made an outcast. In the temple I appealed to the disciples of Brahma. They cast me out from among them. The people by the wayside, to whom I endeavored to reveal the truth, stoned and cursed me. I fled, for they sought my life. I tried to find a place of safety among the miserable outcasts of the desert, but even their hands were raised against me. In all India, there was not a place of safety for me. In the agony of my soul I turned to God and sought solitude. I followed the River Ganges to its fountain head, toiling up the mountains of the Himalayas to where three mighty rivers rise to run their way. There I dwelt in solitude with God, patiently waiting for death, praying and fasting. One night I stood and communed with the silence. “When will this end? When will God claim his own? Will there be a redemption?” Suddenly, out of the waters at my feet a star arose from the surface and stood above my head. Its brilliancy stunned me. I fell to the earth. While I lay there I heard a voice infinitely sweet saying, “Son of India, thy faith and thy love have conquered. Thou art blessed indeed; for thou, with two others whom I have chosen from the farthest parts of the earth, shall see the Redeemer, and witness for Him. Arise, go meet them. Let thy trust be in the spirit which shall guide thee.” In the morning I commenced my return to the world, fearing naught, for the spirit was with me and dwells with me even now. My brethren! What glory is ours, for we have seen the Redeemer of the World, and have worshipped Him. Such is my story.
Alchor steps backward into the unoccupied position. Manetho advances as instructed brother W.Men. Gaspar and Alcho sidestep LEFT.
Manetho: Your Majesty and Most Noble Queen, I am Manetho, the Egyptian. If I were to claim distinction for my race, scarce would I know where to begin, for history has its origin with us. Mine were the people first to establish records. On monuments and the inner walls of tombs, on temples and palaces, they engraved names of our kings and what they did. In these records we find the origin and religion of my people. My brother, Gaspar, older than the Iliad and the Odyssey the sublime verse of Homer the blind poet of thy land; Oh, Alchor! Older than the Vedas of Para-Brahm, older than the Hebrew Genesis, oldest of all established record are the writings of Menes, the first Egyptian King True religion is that recognized law which unites man to his Creator. God is good, and goodness is perfection. The divinity of this law is childlike in its simplicity.
In the cities I preached this. My hearers, at first, seemed to wonder, then they mocked and laughed at me, then in frenzy hurled blasphemy at my God and filled my heaven with darkness. I fled from the haunts of men and sought solace in prayer. Into the remotest regions of unknown Africa I went, beyond the fifth cataract where the waters meet in Sennar. One night I stood on the shores of an inland sea and in the agony of my soul I prayed, “O, Thou Great Creator! May I not see the redemption? When, O Lord, wilt Thou come ?“ The sea was brilliant with the reflection of sparkling stars, one of which seemed slowly to rise until it stood over my head. I fell upon the ground and hid my face. Then I heard a voice not of earth say, “Blessed art thou, son of Mizraim! Thy Faith and thy works have conquered. With two others, from the farthest parts of the earth, thou shalt see the Redeemer and testify for Him. Arise, go meet them. Put thy trust in the spirit and it will guide thee. And when ye are all come to the holy city of Jerusalem, ye shall say to the people, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews, for we have seen His Star in the east, and are come to worship him?” I was led by the spirit down the river to Memphis, through the lands of Moab and Ammon. God is with us, my brethren, for His Star has guided us to our meeting place on the desert; then to the Holy City and the Khan, where we found the child Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Hark! Hear the shepherds of the plains singing tribute of praise to the new-born King. Glory to God in the Highest. Soft vocal music.
Manetho steps backward into line to his original position.
King: Sons of Egypt, India and Greece, thy speech hath a ring of truth about it, but also that of treason; and I find no just cause why ye should not be deemed guilty of that offense and punished with death. Ye have entered our kingdom and dared publicly to proclaim a new King. Hear thy sentence!
Queen, rising hurriedly, speaks: O, King! Just and upright ruler, hear me, thy Queen, in behalf of these innocent men. If thou wouldst take their lives for doing the will of the Most High, first, go out into the night. Hark! What sound is it that sweeps across the desert like the rustling of leaves in the twilight? But on and on it goes apace, increasing each moment until the mighty giants of the forest are lashed against each other in awful fury. The ocean is caught in its mighty grasp, and in seething foam the waters are converted into mountain waves, lashing each other in awful grandeur. From crest to crest leap sheets of dazzling flames, while ‘midst it all the very firmament trembles with volley after volley of thunder. Who, then, O King, will doubt the power of the Great Jehovah? Come, King Herod, mighty ruler of men, step forth, say to the winds, “Stop”; to the roaring billows of the ocean, “Be calm”; to the flashing lightning and resounding thunder, “Be still.” Do this, O King, then mayest thou dispute the will of the Most High. The story of these men tells us that the spirit of God whispered to one in the mountains of Africa, to another in dark India, and to a third in warlike Greece, “Go, I will lead you to a new King, a Savior of men, One born to rule, not by the sword, but by faith, love and goad works.”
King: Who but Herod may be King of the Jews while Rome endures?
Queen: Canst thou not see, O King, that the spirit of God is directing these men to a Spiritual King, a Redeemer, a Savior, a Teacher of mankind? Withhold thy sentence, O King Herod, and welcome these just men among us. Queen kneels.
Thy Queen so implores thee.
After deliberation, King extends scepter to Queen to arise.
King: Let the decree so be. Our most noble Queen has cleared the mist from mine eyes and I see no harm in these men. Princes of the Magi, we bid ye welcome. Report to us aught else ye may learn of this coming Redeemer.
Queen remains standing while King talks. At conclusion of his speech, she returns to her station and is seated.
Manetho speaks facing east.
Manetho: Your Majesty and Sojourners, may the Holy Light of Bethlehem’s Star guide you to Him:  the Savior and Redeemer of the World.
W.Men bow, take one step backward, about face march west. When near their stations, wheel into single file with Manetho leading, retire within the tent and are sealed.
W.Shep., W.Guide and Sojourners rise. W.Shep. addresses them from the same position as before.
W.Shep.: Now that we have heard this wondrous story, let us onward, that we may hear tidings of my people, the shepherds. Dim lights.
W.Shep. conducts Sojourners through Tent of W.Men thence south, and east to station of W.O.S. This point is three steps west of Queen’s chair.
W.O.S.: Stay! Who comes to Bethlehem’s plains on which we guard our flocks?
W.Shep.: Sojourners, who seek tidings of the new-born King.
Candidates face north. W.O.S. stands midway in space east of Second H.M. and dais to give lecture.
W.O.S.: Glorious are the tidings I have to tell. From me, humble shepherd, shalt ye hear the story of the birth of that thrice-blessed babe, the Redeemer and Savior of men, as it was revealed to us by a multitude of angels. ‘Midst a scene of starlit grandeur I stood on Bethlehem’s plains guarding the sheep fold, in which our flocks were sheltered. My companions slept. The night was clothed in winter’s beauty.
The stillness was more than silence. It was a Holy hush, a warning that Heaven was stooping low to whisper some sweet thoughts to listening earth. At last the midnight came. My watch was done. As I moved toward the watch fire, a light seemed to break about me, white, ‘yet soft like that of the moon. I waited breathlessly. The light brightened, until things before invisible came into view. I saw before me the vast plain and all it contained. I looked up. The stars were gone. The light radiated as from a window in the sky, and as I looked it became a splendor. Then in terror I cried, “Awake! Shepherds, awake!” My companions sprang to their feet weapons in hand. “What is it?” they asked. “See! the sky is on fire.” Suddenly the light became intolerably bright. We covered our eyes and sank upon our knees, then fell on our faces, and would have died of fear had not a voice infinitely sweet said, “Fear not, for behold I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.” At the sound of that voice all fear vanished. We arose, and beheld in the center of a great glory the appearance of a man, clad in a robe intensely white; above his shoulders towered the tops of wings, folded and glistening in pearly whiteness. His hands stretched toward us in blessing, his face serene and divinely beautiful. Directly the angel continued: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Again there was a pause while the words sank deep into our hearts. “And this shall be a sign unto you, ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Then up as far as we could see there was flashing of wings, and coming and going of radiant forms, while voices as of a great multitude chanted in unison, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good-will toward men.” Not once the praise, but many times. Then the angel with his face raised toward heaven, spread his wings, and as he disappeared from view the refrain of angel voices was still borne toward earth: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will toward men.” When we recovered from our spellbound awe, we said with one accord: “It was Gabriel, Gods messenger to man. Christ the Lord is born, said he not so?”
“Did he not also say that in the city of David, which is our Bethlehem yonder, we should find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger ?“ Then said I to my companions, “Brethren, let us go and see that which has come to pass. For many years our prophets have told us of the coming Redeemer; now He is come. God has given us a sign by which to know Him. Let us go and worship Him.” There was but one place in Bethlehem with mangers, the Khan. Thither we went at once with joy, found the Babe and did worship Him. Throughout Bethlehem and all the way back to the plains we chanted the refrain of the angels, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good-will toward men.”
Worthy Shepherdess, you will now conduct these sojourners to the Noble Prophetess in the West.
W.O S., after lecture, steps forward to Queen’s chair and remains standing until after W.Guide has passed, then is seated.
W.Shep. conducts Sojourners to N.P. but does not pass through tent.
W.Shep.: Noble Prophetess, these sojourners have passed through the tent of the Wise Men, crossed the plains, and now seek further knowledge of the King.
N.P.: Sojourners you have heard the wondrous story of the Wise Men, and of the Shepherds, who were guided by the same spirit to the Khan and the manger, there to find the new-born King, Jesus of Nazareth, son of God and Savior of man, whose birth, life and death were predicted by the prophets and attended with miraculous manifestations of divine power. When on the fortieth day after His birth He was presented in the temple, the aged Simeon pronounced Him to be the Light of Nations and the Glory of Israel. We know little of His early life, except the remarkable scene in the temple when He was twelve years old. His teachings were as free as the air, and as widespread as the sunlight. They were for all classes, and so plain and simple that everyone could understand. He was baptized of John in the River Jordan, the spirit of God descending upon him like a dove. He was transfigured in the presence of three of His disciples. When Moses and Elias appeared to Him from Heaven, His raiment became white and shining, and His face shone as the sun. His divine mission is evidenced, not only by His miracles and the supernatural breadth of His power and teaching, but by the purity of His life, His devotion to the will of the Heavenly Father, and His unwearied labors and sufferings for the good of man. He chose twelve apostles to be companions of His ministry and was betrayed into the power of His enemy by one of these, with the mockery of a friendly salutation. ‘Betrayed by one, denied by another, abandoned by all. He was carried before the Jewish priests, .and by them delivered over to the Roman magistrates, who alone had the power of life and death, and they sent Him forth to be crucified.
Worthy Shepherdess, you will conduct these sojourners through the tent of the Wise Men and across the plains to the W.H.P. in the East for final instruction.
W.Shep. conducts Sojourners around room through the tent of W.Men, to receive their pass, thence to W.O.S.’s station, in east, turning north on east aisle, receiving pass from W.O.S., then halt in front of W.H.P., face east. In giving pass they do not take candidates hands. Each Offices communicates pass in whisper to each Sojourner.
W.Shep.: Worthy High Priestess, I present these sojourners, who have taken our vow, passed through the tent of the Wise Men, crossed the plains, and come before you for final instruction.
W.H.P.: The Worthy Shepherdess will now communicate the Hebrew pass which completes the word.
W.Shep. communicates the pass by walking in front of the line, then passing back of line to her former position.
W.Shep., in a whisper to each sojourner: The Hebrew pass is: ...
W.H.P.: Sojourners, you are indeed welcome within our Shrine, and I assure you that the scenes you have witnessed and what you have heard are of the greatest importance to us. They mean liberty from sin and death. You have heard the evidence of a Greek, a Hindu and an Egyptian, who were summoned by the Spirit from parts of the world far separated, each speaking a different tongue, and meeting by the guidance of the Spirit in the desert. Each tells his story, yet, strange as it may seem, they converse in a language understood by all. A star appears and guides them to the birthplace of our Savior, Whom they acknowledge and worship. You have heard the wondrous story of the Shepherds, who were guided, by the same Spirit to the Khan and the manger, where they saw and worshipped Christ the King, Whom we know to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. You have taken our solemn vow, passed through the tent and crossed the plains, and it now remains for me to invest you with the sign, pass and emblem of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. The sign of this degree is given by ... The answer is given by ... The pass is ... The answer is ... In the dark the words alone are used. The grip is given by ... Upon entering or retiring from a Shrine, advance to the center of the room in front of the Noble Prophetess, face the East and give the sign, retire or be seated as the case may be. The answer from the chair is given by ... Supreme honors are given by ... The public sign of honor is given by placing the right hand over the heart and slightly bowing the head. All officers and members when addressing the Worthy High Priestess shall rise and give the salutation sign. The colors of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem are white and yellow. With the assistance of our Worthy Shepherdess, I will now illustrate the examination test required of sojourners who desire to visit a Shrine and who are not vouched for.
W.H P. and W.Shep. exemplify sign together.
W.H.P.: A Shepherd’s staff in the hands of an humble peasant made kings tremble, conquered the hosts of Pharaoh and directed the children of Israel in safety in their journey through the wilderness. We trust, my sojourners, you will ever wear the badge of our Order as a constant reminder of the power of God, and the humility of the Savior of mankind, His birthplace, the Khan, the manger; His life, Gethsemane and the Cross.
W.H.P, hands badges to W.Shep. and W.Guide, who give them to Sojourners.
Sojourners may be seated for lecture.
W.H.P. may assign the following lecture as a duty of the A.W.O.S.
(1) Soj.: Behold the city of Bethlehem, humble city of the plain, and yet for nineteen hundred years its sacred story has been told at firesides, in the public forum, and, in song and story; and today, as never before, the simple gospel of the Prince of Peace Shines forth in all its light and glory in all nations of the world.
(2) Behold alike the Good Shepherd and the Great Master. Folded in His protecting arms is a stricken lamb. The lamb symbolizes the weak and helpless. In all ages the lamb has been deemed an emblem of innocence and purity, teaching us that if we are pure in life and innocent of wrongdoing, although we may be weak and helpless, in adversity, we shall find a haven of safety in the protecting arms of Him who proclaimed: “Come Unto Me All Ye That Labor and Are Heavy Laden and I Will Give You Rest.”
(3) We have a fulfillment of the Savior’s promise, that He would rise again from the dead. The devoted followers of the Christ were stricken with wondrous .awe as the Angel pointed to the empty sepulchre symbolizing His resurrection and our hope of immortality, and as Christ burst the bands of death and ascended into Heaven, so may we all hope to rise from the dead and enjoy His blessed fellowship (4), and meeting then with loved ones who have gone before, in a glorious reunion, we shall then:
“Hand in hand go forth afar, From sphere to sphere where wondrous Angels are.”
(5) We have the symbol faith. The simple faith of a Christian at the Cross. We can only silently contemplate the magnitude and power of this divine faith. Through all the centuries since the lowly Nazarene bore the burden of man’s sin and grief upon the Cross, His followers have laid their burdens at the foot of the Cross, and having laid them there they have risen cheered and comforted, and with renewed faith and hope they have gone forth to do their Master’s will.
(6) The “Wild Tempestuous Sea” symbolizes the storms of adversity that sweep over the sea of life. How often are men overtaken by calamity, or sorrow, or bereavement. The violence of these attacks may be likened to the billows of the sea which roll unrestrained across the bosom of the great deep, lashed into a fury by the ungovernable winds of adversity. There seems to be no harbor nor haven of safety (7), but just before despair overthrows the reason, Out of the tempestuous sea rises the Rock of Ages, and the tempest-tossed mariner seizes the protecting arms of the “rock of safety,” and as the wild waves surge about him joyously sings, “Rock of Ages Cleft for Me.”
(8) (Note: Scene No. 8 is thrown on the screen just as the words “Simply to the Cross I Cling” are being sung.)
(9) The final scene in our lecture portrays the Ascension of Christ. While on earth He said to His followers: “In my Father’s House Are Many Mansions, I Go to Prepare a Place for You.” This promise is as dear to us now as it was to the Galileans nineteen hundred years ago.
(10) In my Father’s house are many mansions and there may all devotees of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem hope to reside. Within its portals we will lay aside all grief and trouble, all agony, all pain, all discord and confusion. With lightened hearts and brightened hopes we shall approach the Supreme White Shrine, and grateful lips will sing again the old sweet song of the Shepherds, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men.”
The views we use for this lecture are as follows:
No. 1: Holy Land: Panorama of Bethlehem from Church of Nativity.
No. 2: Christ the Good Shepherd (Dobson).
No. 3: The Marys at the Tomb (Schleh).
No. 4: First Easter Dawn (Thomson).
No. 5: Faith at the Cross.
No. 6: The Angry Sea (colored only).
No. 7: The Rock of Ages (colored only).
No. 8: flock of Ages, Simply to Thy Cross I Cling (colored only).
No. 9: The Ascension of Christ (Cleyre).
No. 10: Heaven.
If Sojourners have been seated for lecture, they shall be conducted around room to their former position in the east (on east aisle) in front of the W.H.P. When marching south from north aisle use line midway between station of First H.M. and west dais.
W.H.P.: My sojourners may Bethlehem’s Star ever guide you through life, and to the Home Eternal, with the King of Kings in Glory. After having signed our by-laws you will become members of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, entitled to its benefits and subject to its laws.
W.Shep. takes one step to the east, thence advances south to W.Scribe’s desk. During signing of By-Laws W.Shep. shall advance west to line three feet west of Queen’s station (east aisle) then followed by Sojourners and W.Guide, turn north, march on line in front of W.H P. Halt, face west to hear proclamation.
W.H.P.: Worthy Herald, you will now make the proclamation.
W.H.P., ***, calls up Shrine.
W.H., after taking Banner from its standard, advances east in line with her station to north side of Altar, directly back of Third H.M.’s station, where she halts facing east, holding banner in her right hand, with left hand raised, makes proclamation.
W.H.: By authority vested in me by the Supreme Shrine, and by order of the Worthy High Priestess, I do now pronounce and declare giving names duly made and constituted Sojourners of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. Proclaim this from the east * gavel through the tent of the Wise Men * gavel, and beyond the plains * gavel.
W.H., turning toward Altar, returns to her station on the same line of march and deposits Banner.
W.K.P.: All sojourners will join me in giving our newly made Sojourners a hearty welcome. Applause Worthy Shepherdess, you will conduct these Sojourners to seats.
* seats Shrine.
W.Shep. and W.Guide seat Sojourners as follows: W.Shep. conducts Sojourners followed by W. Guide to north thence west to seats east of W.Guide’s station. Bows to Sojourners. W.Shep. faces west, W.Guide advances to left of W.Shep., both proceed to west aisle, then south to central line, where W.Shep. changes crook to right hand and W.Guide to left hand as they turn east to return to stations on line prescribed after purging Shrine.
As W.Shep. and W.Guide change crooks in west, King, Queen, W.O.S. and W.Men return to their respective stations and remain standing until gavel is sounded.
Closing Ceremonies
W.H.P.: Worthy Guardian.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess.
W.H.P.: You will inform the Worthy Guard that we are about to close the Shrine and direct him to allow no interruption while we are thus engaged.
W.Guardian follows same instructions as in opening ceremonies and returns to her station in prescribed manner.
W.Guardian: Worthy Guard, we are about to dose the Shrine and you are directed to allow no interruptions while we are thus engaged.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess, your order has been obeyed.
W.H.P.: Let us unite in singing our closing ode.
White Shrine Ode cards may be used or any appropriate song.
W.H.P.: Sojourners, the duties appointed for this Shrine meeting are now nearly completed, but before we part, let us unite in prayer.
W.C and W.H. approach the Altar in the same manner herein prescribed and give salutation sign together, W.H. stepping back to the left of First H.M.
Infinite and benevolent God, the Father of mercies and the God of all grace, in closing the services of this Shrine we ask Thy benediction and Thy blessing. Grant that the lessons taught may be ever engraven on our minds and hearts, and as we go forth to the several duties and responsibilities of our daily life, may it be to fill the measure of our days with usefulness, with firmer faith, brighter hopes, greater charity, and a personal feeling of Thy divine approval. All of which we ask through the Name of Thine Only Begotten Son, our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Sojourners: Amen.
Without instruction, W.C. places her right hand over her heart anti with left hand removes the Emblem from the Bible, each part separately, in the same manner as prescribed in the opening. When the Star is in position at left of Bible, bring hands to corners of Bible, raising first the left side, then the right, holding Bible upright with hand until left hand can be lowered to the left hand corner, in order to place Bible in position, in center of Altar. When Bible is placed, hsnds are lowered to side. W.H. steps in line with W.C. facing east; both bow.
W.C and W.H. return to stations in same manner as heretofore prescribed.
W.H.P.: The Color Bearer and escort with the National Emblem will retire.
When Color Bearer and escort is instructed to retire Flag, they will march in single file to east aisle, thence to former position, facing east. Color Bearer ascends dais, takes Flag from standard, steps to east aisle, passing between escorts, takes two steps west. Escorts turn toward Color Bearer as he passes, face west All three in open formation walk to north aisle, proceed west to line west of First H.M., turn left, walk on a diagonal line to south aisle, face west and carry Flag through ante-room door. When Color Bearer reaches point west of First H.M. where turn is made, W.Guardian will approach ante-room door, give raps and open door for escorts to retire. W.Guardian takes one step backward, pivots and faces aisle, places right hand over heart and stands at attention until Flag has passed through door. W.Guardian closes the door and returns to her station. Three H.M.’s face north as Flag passes, facing east when escort makes turn west of First H.M. Escorts to colors when escorting Flag do not place right hand over heart. Color Bearer should have right hand above left when carrying Flag. All Sojourners remain at attention, with hand over heart, until Flag has been retired.
W.H.P.: Sojourners, we are about to separate and assume the duties and cares incumbent on mankind. May the lessons portrayed in our Shrine and the Divine example taught us by Him who trod the wine-press of life alone, better fit us to discharge them. Sojourners, farewell.
Sojourners: Farewell.
W.H.P.: I now declare ... Shrine, No. ... closed. Worthy Guardian.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess.
WH.P.: You will so instruct the Worthy Guard.
W.Guardian opens door: without raps.
W.Guardian: Worthy Guard, the Shrine is now closed.
W.Guardian: Worthy High Priestess, the Worthy Guard is informed.
W.H.P.:  (*)
W.H.P. may have any retiring march she desires.