Ancient Order of Gleaners
Second Degree of Adoption

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Opening Ceremony

Companions, the time has again arrived to pursue our Gleanings in the field of knowledge and benevolence. Companion Secretary, call the roll of officers.
ROLL CALL. Any vacancies may be filled by the Chief Gleaner.
Companion Vice Chief Gleaner, are all present members of the Order and entitled to the benefits of the second degree.
Vice Chief takes up full quarterly pass and reports same as first degree.
Companion Chief Gleaner, I have examined all present, and find that they are members and so entitled.
Companion Vice Chief Gleaner, you will advance and give to me the pass-word given you by all the members.
I now declare this Arbor ready in the regular dispatch of business on the second degree. Together Companions attend the signs for the opening of this degree.
We will now take up the regular order of business.


Companion Conductor. I am informed that a friend is in waiting to receive the information necessary to become a member of this order, as imparted in the second degree. You will ascertain if such is the case and report.
Conductor retires to ante-room and upon his return reports as follows:
Companion Chief Gleaner, I find Mr. … in waiting to receive the valuable information of the second and last degree.
Companion Secretary, has Mr. … paid their required fee, and complied with all the requirements of the Order with reference to his advancement?
He has, Companion Chief Gleaner.
Companion Conductor, you will introduce the stranger with due caution and in proper form.
Conductor retires to the ante-room, prepares candidate by taking from him all money and articles of value, allowing nothing to be carried into the lodge room which would be of use in the contribution, takes candidate by left arm and gives three raps at inner gates. No hoodwink is used.
While resting from our labors, an alarm comes from the inner gate.
You will ascertain the cause and report.
who disturbs the quiet of our Arbor?
If a lady the Outer Guard reports as follows:
A stranger who is exempt from taking the first degree of this Order, seeks admission.
If a gentleman the Outer Guard reports as follows:
A friend has entered the outer gate, and now desires admission that he may receive the final instruction which shall make him a member of our illustrious order.
Companion Conductor, you will the stranger (or friend) that he may approach the altar in due form and receive the obligation of this degree.
The stranger (or friend) is in due form, Companion Chief Gleaner.
Are you so far pleased with the principles of our Order and willing to proceed?
I am.
Before proceeding further, it will be necessary for you to take an obligation. I am pleased to inform you, however, that this obligation will not conflict with any duty you owe to yourself, your fellow-man, your family or your God. You will say "I", pronounce your name, and repeat after me: Candidate stands before the alter and with hand
resting upon Bible and sickle.



I, …, in the presence of the Supreme Ruler of the universe and the members of this Arbor, do solemnly promise that I will receive and keep unrevealed the secret work and words of this Order. That I will obey the Constitution of the State and Supreme Arbors and the By-laws of the Arbor of which I shall become a member. That I will cheerfully comply with its requirements and ever stand ready to assist a worthy Companion in distress. That I will not speak ill of a brother or sister Companion, but rather defend their character so far as justice and honor will warrant. That I will answer all signs and words of the Order and give such assistance as is in my power. That I will not in any manner whatever, knowingly or willingly defraud a member of this Order, or allow it to be done by others if in my power to prevent it. That I will not propose the name of any improper person for membership, or allow personal feeling to prompt me to keep a worthy person from the Order. This obligation I shall consider binding at all times, and should I knowingly or willingly violate any part thereof I will accept the penalty, which is disgraceful expulsion from the Order forever, my name to be sent to the several lodges throughout this jurisdiction, that they may know that I am in longer to be called a Companion of this Order and respected as such, having broken this my solemn obligation.
If the candidate is exempt from taking the first degree the Chief Gleaner will, after giving the obligation as above, instruct the candidate as follows:
Being exempt from taking the first degree by initiation, you will now be required to take the obligation thereof, which is as follows: Takes the first degree obligation. Chief Gleaner then instructs candidate as to sign and word of first degree.
CHIEF GLEANER, taking candidate by hand:
Having taken the obligation of this degree, you will no longer be called a stranger but a Companion of this Arbor, and as such, entitled to a return to you from the Companions of the courtesies and favors which you have agreed in your obligation to extend to all Companions of this Order.
Companion Conductor, you will direct the candidate to a seat that he may take part in our deliberations. Candidate is seated.
Companion Treasurer, in accordance with our custom, you will pass among the Companions, and receive the usual offering for the benefit of the poor and needy.
Treasurer passes about room and to candidate. On failure of candidate to contribute, Chief Gleaner will address hum thus:
This lesson of poverty can be but poorly expressed upon you, surrounded as you are by friends and companions who would not see you in want. You will remember, however, that through all the remainder of your life it is your duty to be watchful of the needs of your Companions, not waiting for them to display to you their need before going to their assistance. You may have thought yourself occupying the true position of a Gleaner but I am constrained to inform you that there are other lessons which will be given you before you may presume to be competent to fill the position and fulfill the true offices of a Gleaner of this degree. Companion Conductor, you will present the candidate.
Conductor takes candidate by left arm and stands before Chief Gleaner.
In the words to be spoken before you receive the unwritten work of this order, are truths worthy of an abiding place in your heart. Companion Conductor, you will conduct the Companion to the Chaplain’s station for further instruction.
Stopping before Chaplain and rapping twice with crook.
Who appears before my station?
CONDUCTOR: A Companion of this Arbor, who has taken the obligations of the first and second degrees, seeks advancement.
By what evidence do I know that he is entitled to further advancement?
CONDUCTOR: By the signs of the first degree.
The first test has been made and you have not been found wanting.

Chaplains Lecture

This degree work and the teachings thereof are founded upon the scriptura account of Ruth. Naomi and Boaz, from whose noble characters the principles of this illustrious Order have eminated. It should bring to your mind the people of Bethlehem forced by famine to wonder to the indolatious nation of Moab. Among those left to dwell in Bethlehem were a father, mother and two sons. The father died. After ten years the mother, having lost both sons, sad, destitute, and alone in a strange land, with no kindred but her two daughters-in-law, decided to return to the land of her kinsman, asking them to depart from her and return to the home of their fathers. This, Ruth would not do, saying "Entreat me not to leave thee or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest I will go and where thou lodgest I will lodge thy people shall be my people and thy God my God." These two finally took up their journey, and day after day of tiresome travel over a rocky barren country, they arrived at Bethlehem weary, sad and in want. In order to provide for herself and her mother, Ruth went into the barley field to glean after the reapers, who with their sickles left but little standing grain. Her efforts were but poorly rewarded.
She had been reared in luxury, and the work, together with the jeers she met, discouraged her. Before the noon hour, with scarcely two handfuls of barley as the fruits of her toil, she sought the quiet arbor to rest. At this time Boaz, the owner of the field enters. He was a man of wealth. Though kind, generous and charitable and respected by all his countrymen. He observed that Ruth was a Moabitish woman, and despised as the race was, Boaz’s manly charcter caused him to inquire concerning the stranger. Upon learning that she had journeyed many weary miles to aid, assist, and comfort her aged mother, he approached her to offer words of comfort. As he approached, Ruth drew away, fearing that she was to be driven from the barley-field, but instead, Boaz offered her encouragement, saying, ‘‘When thou art at thirst, go into the vessels, and drink that which the men have drawn." He then instructed the men, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not. And let fall some of the handfuls on purpose to her, and leave them that she may glean there, and rebuke her not.
When Ruth heard what Boaz had done for her, she inquired, "Why dost thou take notice of me, seeing that I am a stranger?" Boaz answered, "I have heard all that thou hast done for thy mother and hast come to a people which before thou knewest not. The Lord under whose wings thou art come to seek refuge, recompences for it. When Ruth returned to her mother with the story of the good friend she had found, the mother said, "Blessed be the Lord who has not ceased from his kindness both to the living and the dead. And these last words we have taken for the closing words for every regularly constituted Arbor of the Gleaners. Thus we learn that Ruth was rewarded for her loyalty and kindness, and Boaz received a ten fold blessing for his humanity and generosity.
From the character of Ruth we are taught that loyalty and kindness should be our guide through life, and that the giver of the harvest rewards those who remain truthful to the last. From the grand and generous character of Boaz, let us remember that it is our duty in life to comfort those in distress, never forgetting that charity, brotherhood and kindness form the link which makes man and man brothers; the children of one God and partakes in the bountiful harvests a kind providence has spread before us.
That you may be farther advanced into the Order. I entrust you with this banner with the order that you take it to the Vice Chief Gleaner who will impart to you the instructions of our Order concerning the three watchwords, Benevolence, Protection and Fraternity.
Conductor appears before Vice Chief Gleaner and gives three raps.
Who appears before my station?
A Companion who has taken the obligations of the 1st and 2nd degrees, and has received the instructions of the Chaplain of this Arbor, desires further information.
By what authority does he demand farther advancement into this Order?
By word and by the banner which contains the first emblem of this organization.
He may advance and give me the word of the first degree. Candidate advances and gives the general pass.
The second test has been applied and you have not been found wanting.

Vice Chief Gleaners Lecture

It affords me sincere pleasure to address you to whom we are all united in fraternal bonds, and in the name of this entire Order I bid you welcome to our Arbor. Here you will find friends, and a safe retreat from the bitter bickerings of human selfishness. We are associated for the cultivation of pure friendship, social fellowship, and for extending mutual material aid; thus rendering our society a three-fold cord which is not quickly broken. The basis of all abiding friendship is conscious personal honor combined with a genuine love for others as children of the common Father. No man can properly esteem another who does not profoundly respect himself. And the foundation of all true self-respect is purity of intention. On these three principles as a golden rule character building and society building become alike profitable and delightful exercises. I
We would often think more highly of our neighbors if we only knew them more intimately, and, in turn, we should sooner learn their good qualities, if our social relations were nearer. Hence, the mission of our fraternity as a medium for the cultivation of lasting and profitable friendship.
Be it remembered, however, that friendship is a tender plant requiring a genial atmosphere. It is easily chilled by jealously, and dies quickly when frozen by cold neglect; hence, the plain-maxim: "He that would have friends must show himself friendly." Between these walls we meet as equals, save by the temporary distinctions of office to which all are alike eligible. Behold then, the ample scope here given for the exercise of those little amenities of life which tend so greatly to lighten its burdens and to enrich its joys.
"The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel."
To do this effectually ye must also consider that sometimes a friend should sometimes bear his friend’s infirmities. It is the dictate of sound wisdom to build up associations founded upon equitable principles for the cultivation of those ennobling characteristics which adorn the three fundamental pillars on which our Order rests; Benevolence, Protection, and Fraternity. Here we shall endeavor through lectures, essays, discussions, and by various literary exercises to disseminate useful information and to cultivate a taste for whatever tends to improve the mind, adorn a good life, and thus augment the sum of human happiness. These are the benefits of Fraternity.
Likewise, it is the aim of our beloved Order to regard in a practical way those tender ties of love which impel us, while in life and health, to make provision for those near to us who may need earthly comforts when we shall have passed beyond the scene of our present activities. This protection is obtained by the payment from time to time of a comparatively small sum in the common treasury. This aggregate so accumulated, being prudently managed by officers of our own choosing, and having themselves a mutual interest in the honor. stability, and continued prosperity of this fraternal organization. Therefore, it may be reasonably expected that all our members will feel the force of a strong moral obligation to pay promptly all just assessments levied upon them for the accomplishment of this praise-worthy purpose.
I now intrust this banner to your care with orders that you take it to the Chief Gleaner and request that he impart final instructions.
Conductor and candidate pass twice around lodge room, advance to Chief Gleaner, and give three raps with crook, the Conductor advancing the banners before the Chief Gleaner’s station.
Who dares to approach this station without first giving the sign and word?
Chief Gleaner, this Companion is without the final instructions of our Order. He seeks further advancement.
By what authority does he seek the final instruction of this degree, leading to the unwritten work of the Ancient Order of Gleaners?
Having duly taken the obligation of the first and second degrees and having received the instructions of the Chaplain, and Vice Chief Gleaner of this Arbor. He presents as a token of his sincerity these banners intrusted to our care.
You will together give me the sign of the first degree. Both give sign.
You will give me the word of the first degree. Both give word.
The third test has been applied and you have been found not wanting. You are now entitled to the secrets and full information of our order.

Chief Gleaners Lecture

The beauty of a precept is in its practice. You have promised to exercise toward your Companions, benevolence; to extend to them the hand of fraternity, and by so doing insure for yourself in life and your posterity after your death, the protection of our Order. Remember your obligation nor feel that your dignity is in any manner lessened by your now position.
On every hand, each day of our lives the opportunity is given to gratify a depraved taste by making large our neighbor’s faults. Fall not into this evil way. Be generous not only with thy substance, but also in thy judgment of the actions of others.
The conqueror is regarded with awe, the wise man commands our esteem, but it is the benevolent man who wins our affections. The most desired of human gifts is therefore within reach of all.
In every movement of your initiation and attached to every emblem of our Order are lessons which are valuable if appropriated by the candidate, but useless if misunderstood or discarded.
The sickle indicating banner used from time immemorial as an implement of husbandry to sever the ripened grain from mother earth that it might be gathered into barns and store houses for use at the time of need, has been adopted by us as the first emblem of our Order. Associated with it are thoughts of diligence, and only by diligence and labor can honest man provide for the future sustenance of himself and those dependent upon him. In later years the sickle has been used to save from waste the grain left standing by the modern harvesting machinery and, which, but for the careful after gleaning must be lost. Here is a reminder of frugality, the progemtor of wealth and almost certain surety of a sufficiency for comfort in time autumn of life.
The sheaf indicating banner an appropriate companion of the sickle, is used by the Order of Gleaners to typify not only their principal occupation, but also as illustrative of the formation of our Order, for as many straws are here bound together to form the sheaf, so is a lodge of Gleaners formed of individuals bound by the ties of fraternity; the value of each sheaf and the purity of each lodge being determined by the constituent element thereof. The sheaves gathered into the shocks and the shocks to time stack or garner may be well compared to our complete organization of Local, State and Supreme Arbors.
The Hourglass indicating banner appertains not in the least to our craft, but is vitally connected by association to the life of each one of us members and to all the people of the earth generally. How precious to every man is the material from which he is made; time. It sweeps past us in his never ending tread, leaving each moment a source of pleasant memory or regret accordingly as we have made it useful or have allowed it to waste. Behold how rapidly the sands of life are running out. In but a little time the grains have sifted to the space below and are at rest. So wastes man, today he puts forth the tender leaves of hope, the next day comes a frost which nips the shoots, and when he thinks his greatness still aspiring he falls like autumn leaves to mother earth.
Yes brother (or sister)
Life’s sands are dropping, dropping: each grain a moment dies,
No stay hath time, nor stopping, behold how swift he flies.
He bears away our rares; they smile and disappear.
The cold grave wraps our fairest, each falling grain’s a tear.
Life’s sands are slowly falling death’s foot is light as snow;
‘Tis fearful, ‘tis appalling to see how swift they go
To read the fatal warnings the sands so plainly tell
To feel there’s no returning from death’s dark, shadowy dale.
Life’s sands gives admonition to use the moments well
Each grain bears holy mission, thus is the tale they tell:
Let zeal and time run faster, each grain some good afford,
Then at last the Muster shall double our reward.
The Conductor will now form the members present about the altar in due form and you will be hailed as a Companion of this Arbor.
Stranger you now complete the sickle, the first emblem of the order, many a kind Providence spare each of us until his coining shall be likened to the reaper unto a field of golden grain; and then with a life ripe with good deeds may we enter that land where the Giver of life’s harvest has gathered onto his garner the faithful gleaners of this transitory sphere. May the noble characters here represented be the rule and guide of your life and when the harvest home coming time arrives in the ripening fall, may you have your well rounded shock of many sheaves of kindness gathered into the great and lasting garner above. The Companions will now recognize the stranger by the loyal grip of a Gleaner, after which the Conductor will bring the Companion to my station for further instruction.
Companion the secret work of this Order is never written. Upon reaching the outer gate of an Arbor you should give ... If time Arbor is working under the first degree the inner guard will open the wicket and you should give him the general pass which is: … He will open the gate and you will approach the inner gate, giving ... He will open the wicket, when you are to give him the … word of the quarterly pass. He will give you the … word, you then repeat both words and will be admitted.
On entering the lodge room, proceed at once to the altar on right angles and give the recognition sign to Chief Gleaner which is …
When he recognizes you by a return of the same sign, raise the … The Chief Gleaner will recognize you with same sign, when you will be sealed. The recognition sign should be also given when arising to address the Chief Gleaner.
If upon reaching the Arbor you learn that they are working upon the second degree, you will give … at the gate and give the general pass of the second degree, which is … You will proceed to the inner gate giving …, and where you will give the … word of the quarterly pass, the inner guard the …, you the … and he the … you then give whole pass. The quarterly pass is given in two section of two words each, the whole forming a complete sentence, th first two words being given for the first degree and the four for the last. Entering the lodge room you proceed as in the first degree to the altar where you give the sign of the second degree which
is … The Chief Gleaner recognizes you by the same sign when you give the second sign …, signifying recognition of the Deity, the Chief Gleaner will recognize you by the same sign, when you will be seated.
The sign of distress is given by … The answer is given in the same manner with the heft hand. Should you be in the dark or anywhere the signs could not be seen you should give the word of distress which is … The answer is the word ... Should you at any time see these signs or hear the words it is your duty to immediately answer and give such assistance as in your power and consistent with your obligation as a member of the Order.
If at any time you wish to give a Companion a warning that he is liable to be defrauded or liable to meet with danger you should give him the word … which a French word meaning "Be on your guard." Or if impossible to give the word grasp his hand giving him the Gleaner grip and pressing the … firmly. You have thus done your duty as a Companion and he should at once withdraw and ask you for information.
If you meet a member of the Order and wish to recognize him as such …; the answer being given in the same manner.
When Boaz entered the fields where the reapers were at work he always saluted them with the words: The Lord be with you. Their answer was "the Lord bless you." This has always been and will continue to be the grand hailing words of the Order and can be given at any time when Officers of the Order are visiting an organization or when a member or members are being introduced as visitors to a local Arbor.
The grip is given in the following manner: … This my brother constitutes the signs, words and passes which our ancient brethren never allowed written and which you have been obligated to never reveal. You may be seated.
We will now return to the tenth order of business.

Closing Ceremony

Companion Inner Guard you will collect the Rituals, place them in the hands of the proper officers and announce the closing of this Arbor.
Companions you will form about the altar in due form and prepare for the closing of this Arbor.
Let all attend the signs.
Companions what is the aim and object of this Order, and the duty of every Companion.
To assist worthy Companions in distress and provide for the widow and orphans.
Companions may you keep this ever in mind. Let all join in singing the closing ode.
Companions, we this Sickle form
To remind us of our trust;
May we as fruitful Gleaners here,
Beware the blade that rusts.
Companions pledge each other here,
In this our Arbor Shrine;
To live in peace, with hearts sincere
For days of "auld lang syne."
By this, our emblem and our guide,
Our pledge we will renew;
To care for those in dire distress,
The Widow and the Orphan too.
Companions pledge each other here,
In this our Arbor Shrine;
To live in peace with hearts sincere,
For days of "auld lang syne."
Unite hands by making the double tie of this Fraternity and sing the last verse:
May our Arbor be a bower of rest
To all who are sincere;
And may the work of every hand
Bear faithful witness here.
Then here’s a hand in friendship clasped,
We ask a hand of thine;
Let’s give the Gleaner’s loyal grip.
For days of "auld lang syne."
I now declare this Arbor duly closed, so to remain until the next meeting as here announced. Let all repeat the grand closing words.