Degree of Patriarchs Militant

Adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the IOOF, 1954

At the opening of a Canton, the Captain places himself in front of his station with arms folded and commands: The Canton will be in order. Officers, Post.
The Lieutenant, Ensign and Chaplain will take Post. The Captain then commands: Lieutenant, Sir, Post the Guard and form the lines, after which you will parade and post the Colors.
Lieutenant: Ensign, Ensign saluting Sir, Post the Guard.
Ensign salutes and proceeds to a position in front and center of where the Guard will form, draws his sword and commands: Guard Detail. ATTENTION: FALL IN.
The Guard comes to ATTENTION and FALLS IN, three paces in front of the Ensign, in the following order: Banner Bearer, Guard, Sentinel, Picket.
Ensign: Left—FACE; Right—DRESS; FRONT.
Ensign after verifying a satisfactory line faces to front, takes one step forward, faces left, and commands: FRONT. He takes post by marching to front and center of the Guard and Halts, Right Faces and advances two steps forward, About Faces and commands: DRAW, Swords.
Ensign proceeds to within two paces in front of the Banner Bearer and commands: Give ENTERSIGN, TEST, COUNTERSIGN and DEPARTMENT CHECK: ADVANCE.
Ensign proceeds to examine the Guard, using Right step to place himself before other members of the Guard, then returns to front and center of Guard, and commands:
Ensign: Count, Twos; Twos Right, March.
The Guard is marched to the post of the Sentinel, and Ensign commands: Halt. Sentinel and Picket, POST.
These Chevaliers will wheel and proceed to inner door, About Face and Present Swords facing the Ensign and the remainder of the Guard.
Ensign gives such commands as necessary to the Guard, marching them to the rost of the Guard and then to the Banner Bearer. These Chevaliers will on the command take Post and face Ensign and present swords. Ensign will proceed to his position in front of his station, salute the Lieutenant and report: Lieutenant, Sir, the Guard is Posted.
The Lieutenant will return the salute and then proceed to the center of the hall and facing his station, commands: Chevaliers, ATTENTION—FALL IN.
Canton will be formed the length of the hall.
Ensign proceeds to a position as Right Guide; Chevaliers will arise at Attention and fall in, facing Ensign. Clerk will fall in as Left Guide. Par. mentioned refer to those in P. M. Drill Regulations.
Lieutenant: Left, FACE; Right, DRESS.
Lieutenant proceeds by the shortest mute to right of line, verifies the alignment, Right Faces, takes one pace forward, Left Faces and commands: FRONT. Lieutenant takes post in front and center of Canton, Right Faces, takes two steps, Halts, and About Faces.
Lieutenant: Count Sixes.
Lieutenant will designate the Chevalier on the left of the first Platoon and the Chevalier on the right of the second Platoon.
Lieutenant: Draw, Swords; Support, Swords; Attention to Roll Call. Clerk, Call the Roll.
As each Chevalier’s name is called, he will respond “here,” come to a Carry and then to the Order Swords.
With twenty or more Chevaliers in line at the time of opening, the Roll Call may be omitted. If omitted the Captain will address the Clerk: “Omit the Roll Call.”
Clerk: Sir saluting, all Officers and Chevaliers are present or accounted for.
Lieutenant: Sir, to your Post.
Clerk will Right Face and proceed to his desk, marching behind the Canton.
Lieutenant: Carry, Swords.
The Lieutenant will then move the Canton, if necessary, by a Left Step, until the Ensign is about six races from and on a line with the Captain. According to width of hail and number of Chevaliers in line, he will either form a Column of Platoons or Canton Right.
Lieutenant: Canton (or Platoons), Right, MARCH.
In line, Lieutenant will verify alignment, command “FRONT,” and take his position three paces in front and center of his command.
In Column of Platoons, Lieutenant will verify First Platoon, command “Front,” and take his position two paces in front of his Platoon. Ensign will leave his post as Right Guide and verify alignment of the Second Platoon, command “FRONT,” and take his position two paces in front and center of his Platoon.
Lieutenant: Present, SWORDS.
Lieutenant will about face, salute the Captain and report: Sir, the Picket, Sentinel, Guard and Banner Bearer are at their Posts, the Colors have been unfurled and the lines are formed.
The Captain will acknowledge the salute of the Lieutenant and command: Examine the Canton and prepare for Inspection.
Lieutenant: Carry, Swords, Open, Ranks, March, Front.
At the command FRONT, the Ensign will advance on a line with the right file in the front rank, when the Canton is in line.
If in Column of Platoons, Lieutenant will verify and give FRONT to the First Platoon; Ensign will check and command FRONT to the Second Platoon.
Lieutenant: Ensign, Sir, you will ascertain if the Chevaliers in the rear rank (or Second Platoon) are in possession of the Entersign, Test, Countersign, and Department Check.
Lieutenant takes a direct route to a position, two paces in front of the right file in the front rank. Ensign takes a like position in the rear rank (or front rank of his Platoon) and both Officers facing their respective files.
The Chevaliers facing the Officers will execute the Entersign and communicate the words in a whisper to the Officers respectively. The Officers will say “correct,” when the Chevaliers will come to a “carry,” ABOUT FACE, march two paces, ABOUT FACE, advance and resume position in line. Each Officer with swords at a “carry” will RIGHT FACE, take two short steps, and LEFT FACE, to the front of the next Chevalier in line, receiving the words in a like manner from every Chevalier in ranks without repeating orders. As soon as either Officer completes the examination of his rank (or Platoon) he will take position two paces in front of the front rank; the Lieutenant on the right, Ensign on the left.
NOTE—In Column of Platoons, the Officers will assume their positions in front and center of their Platoons. When the last Officer has completed his examination and has taken his position the Ensign will face and address the Lieutenant:
Ensign: Lieutenant whereupon that Officer will face the Ensign, who salutes and reports: Sir, all correct in the rear rank (or Second Platoon).
Lieutenant and Ensign then face the Captain, and both saluting, the Lieutenant reports: Sir, all Chevaliers are in possession of the Entersign, Test, Countersign and Department Check.
Captain, addressing the Officers: Officers you will accompany me in the inspection.
The Lieutenant faces the Canton and gives the order: Inspection, SWORDS.
The Captain approaches the Lieutenant who renders the salute.
He then proceeds to the Ensign, who on his approach salutes the Captain as he passes in front of him and as Captain moves in rear of these Officers, they will “return swords” and accompany the Captain.
Lieutenant and Ensign on the right of the Captain, space permitting. If in Column of Platoons, only the commander of the Platoon inspected will accompany the Captain or other inspecting Officer.
The Chevaliers are at a “carry” and as the Captain and Officers approach the right of the line, the first Chevalier comes to a “present,” turns the wrist to show the opposite side of the blade, turns the wrist back, and after the inspecting Officers have passed resumes the “carry.” Each Chevalier executes the above described movements as the Captain approaches and passes him, so that when the inspection is over the Canton is at a “carry.” The Officers pass in front and rear of each line, and make such examination of the Chevaliers and arms as the Captain deems sufficient.
Ensign will halt as right Guide in the front rank (or in front end center of his Platoon) Lieutenant in front and center of the Canton and the Captain returns to his post in front of his station.
Ensign and Lieutenant will draw swords.
Lieutenant: Close Ranks, MARCH; Present, Swords about faces and saluting Captain, reports: “Sir, the Canton awaits orders.”
The Captain will draw sword.
Captain: Sirs, to your Posts.
Lieutenant and Ensign proceed to positions as right and left Guides respectively and come to the salute.
Captain: Carry, SWORDS; Order, SWORDS; Chevaliers, ATTENTION, meaning Chevaliers seated; UN-COVER.
Captain: The Chaplain will offer Divine blessing.
Chaplain: Heavenly Father, Great Commander of all men, we humbly ask Thy blessing and protection for the members of this Canton. Inspire them with the principles of Universal Justice, and with love for each other. Help us carry out the obligations we have assumed, that we may march onward in the path of righteousness, we ask it in Thy Holy Name. Amen.
The Chaplain will remain at his station during the opening ceremony, an open Bible before him.
Captain: RE-COVER; Chevaliers, REST! meaning Chevaliers previously seated. Canton, Carry, SWORDS; The Captain may drill the Canton, concluding with the following commands:
Captain: Carry, SWORDS; Re-Turn, SWORDS; FALL OUT.
The Chevaliers will execute a right hand salute, right face, and proceed to their seats. The Captain and Officers will take their respective stations and business will proceed.
Prologue to Degree of Patriarchs Militant
Action and Script
Candidate should be just inside of lodge room door so he may see the action. Lot and servant should be with him. Squad of Assyrian soldiers should march in quietly from anteroom and take position out of sight behind rocks. Abram is writing on scroll. Abram’s guard, with drawn sword, is pacing back and forth in front of Abram’s tent.
Abram, finishes writing on scroll and calls: Guard! Guard runs over and salutes Abram.
Abram: Hasten thee in search of Lot, my brother’s son, and deliver unto him this order.
Guard receives scroll and starts searching for Lot, whom he ends with candidate. Guard salutes Lot and hands him scroll, then returns to former position in front of Abram’s tent.
Lot, unrolls scroll and reads silently, then addresses candidate: Patriarch, duty calls me to the Oak of Mamre at once. In our country we accept our orders in the spirit of a true soldier in the knowledge that upon their prompt execution depends Harmony, Peace, and Concord. May we soon meet again as Chevaliers of the Shepherd’s Crook, the Sword, and the Crown. Fare thee well, Noble Patriarch.
Lot starts for the Oak of Mamre with servant at his side. As they near Abram’s tent, servant drops back. Lot approaches Guard and says: You will inform Patriarch Abram that Lot awaits without.
Guard, salutes Lot and informs Abram: Lot awaits without.
Abram, comes out of tent, arms extended: Lot, son of my brother, welcome! Puts hand on Lot’s shoulders. Thy haste pleases me. Looks over Lot. Ah, how I grievest thou cannot tarry and comfort me, but rumors of uprising have reached our ears. It is the King’s desire to avoid discord and strife and to carry on the teachings of Friendship, Love and Truth. A message hath been prepared. Pulls scroll from robe. Two messengers hath gone forth and never a word as to their fate hath been forthcoming. Thou hath been chosen for this perilous mission in a last desperate effort to save needless bloodshed and bring peace to all peoples of the land. Gives Lot scroll. Deliver this safely into the hands of the Commander of our Army at the Fragon Rocks on the Assyrian border. Claps hands for Guard who brings forth the kit. This kit containeth food and comfort of which thou must partake as thou travel. Hasten thee now on thy way lest ye be too late and the battle rage. Farewell, Lot, son of my brother, and may the Lord be with thee.
Lot: Fare thee well, O Patriarch Abram, my uncle.
At the conclusion of conversation between Abram and Lot, Lot hands kit to servant and they start out. Lot looks back at Abram and Abram waves. Abram raises hand in benediction and retires to tent. Lot and servant walk about hall as on a long journey. They partake of food from the kit. Lights dim, representing nightfall, as they approach rocks. Lot and servant sit down near rocks to rest. Assyrian squad comes out of concealment behind rocks and engages Lot and servant, overcoming them, then ties them with ropes.
Soldiers gather twigs and start campfire in front of rocks. They gather about fire warming hands, finally lie down and go to sleep. Servant of Lot begins to move and slips ropes off himself. Re creeps over to Lot and tries to free him. One of soldiers moves and servant crawls off and conceals himself nearby. Awakening soldier sees the servant is missing and arouses camp. They make a short search, then pick up Lot and retire behind rocks, after extinguishing fire. After soldiers disappear, servant of Lot staggers toward Abram’s tent, and then observes and continues the ceremony outlined in the opening of the regular Patriarchs Militant Muster.
When Candidate is taken before Abram’s tent for examination, Assyrian soldiers with Lot as prisoner march quietly to anteroom to await battle, as outlined in second part of Patriarchs Militant Muster.
After the battle, a squad of Chevaliers should bring Assyrians in as prisoners at rear of column, and when column lines up before Abram, drive them from room.
First Part
For the proper working of this Degree, two anterooms and a main hail are necessary. The inner anteroom may be arranged so as to represent a forest; one tree; to be given prominence, and upon which at the proper time shall be hung the proclamation of Patriarch Abram. The main hall may be divided by curtains or scenery; at its entrance there may be representations of trees, and inside a square, the scenery designed to represent the Plain of Mamre, near Hebron, with the tent of Abram beneath the Oak of Mamre. A past Captain, as Guide, is to be dressed as a shepherd or herdsman, carrying a shepherd’s crook; the candidate, in the outer anteroom, should be dressed in like manner. when everything is in readiness the door leading to the main hail from anteroom is left open and the candidate in charge of the Guide is stationed so that he may hear the cry of Lot’s servant and Abram’s response. A Chevalier in field uniform, or dressed similar to the Guide, and representing one of Lot’s tribe who escaped from Sodom, hurriedly enters the room or main hail, and proceeds to the tent of Patriarch Abram, before which he halts and exclaims:
Servant of Lot: Abram! Abram! The Assyrians have defeated the Sodomites; taken prisoner and carried away into captivity Lot, thy brother’s son; despoiled him of his possessions, and left our habitations desolate! Help thou, Oh Abram, thy kinsman.
Abram, who had appeared at the door of his tent at the first call, says to Lot’s servant: How know you this?
Servant of Lot: I am a servant of Lot, and with him was carried away by the Assyrians. I made my escape and have hastened to your tent to inform you of the fate of your kinsman, The enemy, with the captives, is returning to its own country, this side of the Jordan.
Abram: The Lord will sustain ns! I will at once enroll, and supply with weapons of war, my trained servants, and command them to go immediately in pursuit of the enemy, and recapture my brother’s son at all hazards. Go thou in peace!
The candidate is taken to the outer anteroom and Lot’s servant retires. Abram re-enters his tent, and after a short pause, comes forth with his proclamation.
Abram to Guard: Take this my proclamation and make haste to post it where all my trained servants may read and be advised of that which has befallen us. Haste!
The Guard proceeds to hang the proclamation upon the tree, located in the inner anteroom, the door of which leading to the main hail is left open so that the reading of the proclamation may be heard by all. The Guide, having satisfied himself that all is in readiness, will address the candidate as follows:
Guide: It becomes my duty to remind you that you are a member of the Patriarchal family, and to ask if you are still willing to perform all your obligations as an Odd Fellow of the Royal Purple Degree and a member of the household of the Patriarch Abram?
Candidate answers for himself.
If the answer is in the affirmative, the Guide leads the candidate through the door to the inner anteroom. Discovering the proclamation hung on the tree, they stop and the Guide explains:
Guide: What! A proclamation from the Patriarch Abram? Let us pause and read it. Reads aloud.
Lot, my brother’s son, has been taken prisoner by Chedorlaomer, King of Elam, and carried away into captivity. Now, therefore, I do command all my trained servants, born in my house, to report without delay at my tent, beneath the Oak of Mamre, near Hebron; there to be enrolled and supplied with weapons of war, and march at once in pursuit of the enemy; recapture my brother’s son at all hazards, and bring him back to his home; and fail not to bring also the spoils of victory.
The foregoing proclamation shall be of ancient design, and be issued by The Sovereign Grand Lodge as supplies. It shall be printed in red ink, in imitation of the blood of the boar, the type to be large and so made that the proclamation will appear to have been rudely lettered with a stick, dipped in blood to make a mark, on imitation of old hand-beaten paper (made by the ancients out of the inner bark of the papyrus, spread upon and beat into the porous mummy-cloth), or a dressed bide.
Having read the proclamation, the Guide says: Is it not our duty to report at once at his tent?
Candidate answers.
Guide: Then let us go on.
As they turn to go toward the door leading into the main hall, which is open, the Lieutenant advances from his post in great haste.
Lieutenant: Hail, Patriarchs! Our venerable Patriarch Abram is sore distressed. A terrible battle has been fought in the vale of Siddim, in which the King of Elam and his associates were victorious. Thereupon, the victors took all of the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their victuals, and went their way; and took also Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and all of his goods and departed. And when Abram heard that his brother’s son was taken captive, he issued his proclamation for all his trained servants born in his own house (of which there are three hundred and eighteen in number) to report immediately at his tent beneath the Oak of Mamre, near Hebron, in order that they may become duly enrolled, armed, and equipped to redress the wrong. You will, therefore, proceed to the Plain of Mamre, where you will find the army of Patriarch Abram securely entrenched, with picket lines thrown out, and Guards stationed at every point. The utmost precaution is everywhere taken to prevent the admission of enemies or spies within the lines, thence you must expect to be subjected to many inconveniences during your progress to the tent. I shall meet you again in camp and on the march side by side we will render valiant service in the cause of our good Patriarch Abram. Farewell.
Lieutenant salutes and passes out into the anteroom.
Guide: Let us hasten to the Oak of Mamre.
In haste the Guide with the candidate goes through the door into the main ball and are stopped by the Sentinel.
Sentinel, with sword at charge: Halt! Who comes here?
Guide: A Patriarch of the household of Abram, on his way to the Oak of Mamre.
Sentinel: He can only pass by permission of my superior officer.
The Officer of the Guard may be drilling a squad of Chevaliers in another part of the room.
Without withdrawing his sword, which is pointed at the heart of the candidate, the Sentinel will shout, “Officer of the Guard!” The Ensign with a squad of Chevaliers approaches, the Sentinel withdraws his sword, steps aside and salutes:
Sentinel: Ensign, this stranger is endeavoring to pass through our lines to reach the Oak of Mamre.
Ensign: Who is he?
Guide, answering: He is of the household of Abram.
Ensign: Whence comes he?
Guide: From the flocks and herds committed to his care.
Ensign: Has he the wilderness pass?
Guide: He has.
Ensign, to candidate: Give it to me.
Candidate, prompted by the Guide gives it: “Goon.”
Ensign: The pass is correct. You may pass through the lines under guard, upon the condition that you pledge your sacred word of honor that you are not an enemy or spy; and that you will not disclose anything that you may discover during your stay within our lines. Are you willing to bind yourself by such an obligation?
Candidate: I am.
Ensign: Then place yourself in the attitude in which you have assumed previous obligations in our Order and repeat after me. The Ensign will move the squad so as to face the candidate, if not already in that position, and commands: Squad, with Swords, CHARGE.
Ensign: Chevaliers, ATTENTION! meaning Chevaliers seated.
Obligation of Secrecy
I, (With your name in full,) do most solemnly declare, that I am a servant of the Patriarch Abram, and a member of the Patriarchal Order; and pledge my sacred word of honor, that I will never improperly reveal to any one, anything I may learn within the lines of this, or any other canton of the Patriarchs Militant.
Ensign: Chevaliers, REST.
Ensign, to squad: Carry, SWORDS. To candidate: If you are what you claim to be, you have nothing to fear. I will escort you under strict guard to the Patriarchal tent. Facing the guard, commands: Threes Right, MARCH; Guard, HALT. Places candidate between sets of threes; the Guide goes to his post; the Ensign commands: Forward, MARCH; Column Right, MARCH; Column Right, MARCH; Threes Left, MARCH; Guard, HALT.
Patriarch Abram comes out of his tent just as the command HALT is given. Officer salutes.
Abram: Officer, who is this stranger you have allowed to pass through the lines and approach my tent? Do you not know that in our camp every precaution must be taken to admit no one who may be an enemy or a spy?
Ensign: Noble Patriarch, he cannot be a stranger, for he says he is a servant of your household, and has come in obedience to your proclamation, to be enrolled in the Patriarchs Militant army.
Abram, addressing candidate: Your purpose, if sincere, is commendable; but you cannot be enrolled under our banner until I am certain that you are neither an enemy nor a spy. I must first ascertain whether you are truly a trained servant of my household, and a member of the Patriarchal Order, and recently from the society of the Patriarchs.
Advance the Sign of Recognition in the Initiatory Degree.
Candidate gives the sign.
Advance the sign of the Degree of Friendship.
Candidate gives the sign.
What is the token of the Degree of Brotherly Love?
Candidate gives the token.
Advance the sign of the Patriarchal Degree.
Candidate gives the sign.
If the candidate answers the foregoing correctly, other proofs in any Subordinate Lodge or Encampment Degrees are called for until the candidate fails or hesitates.
Abram: Now I know that you are an enemy and a spy. Officer of the Guard, why did you allow this man to pass through the lines without some pledge as to the truth of his statement?
Ensign: Noble Patriarch, I did require of him a solemn pledge that he was one of your trained servants and a member of the Patriarchal Order.
Abram, addressing the candidate: Can it be possible that you are so base, so devoid of honor? Officer of the Guard, drive this man at once beyond the lines and inflict the punishment merited for his perfidy.
Ensign: Threes Right, Column Right, MARCH; Double Time, MARCH.
The candidate, as a prisoner, is forced out on the double time, when they are met by the Lieutenant, who is returning from the anteroom.
Lieutenant: Hold!
Ensign: Guard, HALT.
Lieutenant, addressing Ensign: Sir, what means this outrage to my friend?
Ensign: Lieutenant, this man cannot be your friend. He has come here as a Patriarch, and asked to be enrolled in our ranks; yet out of his own mouth he has been condemned. Our Noble Patriarch has ordered that he be immediately driven beyond the lines, there to receive merited punishment for his perfidy.
Lieutenant: He is no enemy or spy. I know him well. I will proceed to the tent of our Noble Patriarch and intercede for him.
The Lieutenant proceeds to the tent and salutes Abram. The Officer of the Guard, with the prisoner, awaits his return. Candidate should be faced towards Abram and Lieutenant.
Lieutenant: Noble Patriarch, a deserving friend of mine presented himself before you desiring to be enrolled under our banner; he was not allowed to do so, but was driven beyond the lines in disgrace and is to receive punishment. I saw him, recognized his deplorable condition, and have hastened to your tent to plead for him. I pray you that he may be returned to your presence for further examination and his request to be enrolled in your army complied with.
Abram: Permit him to be enrolled under our banner? Impossible! We admit no enemy or spy
within our ranks.
Lieutenant: Noble Patriarch, he is neither an enemy nor spy, but a true and honest Patriarch. I have known him long and well. I first saw him sitting at the feet of age and experience, patiently learning that in the practice of Friendship, Love, and Truth would be found the best safeguards against the ills of life. At the “Stone Ezel,” he devoutly studied the beauty of Friendship; next, he traveled from Jerusalem to Jericho on a mission of Humanity; afterwards, with those of the Priestly Order, he sought to inculcate the principles of Truth; in the Chief Patriarch’s tent he partook of refreshments; thence he went out to impress upon the different nations of the earth the important doctrine of toleration; pursuing his weary way past the four watches in the wilderness, determined to “go on,” he reached the High Priest’s tent, and there, at last, I saw him a weary and worn pilgrim surrounded by the Patriarchs.
Abram: Can this be so? If it is true, he is neither an enemy nor a spy, but is worthy to be enrolled under our banner. Command the Officer of the Guard to return him to my presence, at once, that I may examine him further.
The Lieutenant proceeds to the Officer of the Guard, and placing himself by the side of the prisoner, says:
Lieutenant: Officer of the Guard, it is the order of our Noble Patriarch Abram, that you immediately return this, my friend, to his presence.
And retaining position by the side of the candidate, accompanies him to the tent. The Officer of the Guard gives the commands to return to position before the tent of Abram.
Ensign. (Lieutenant with prisoner is between first and second set of threes): Column Right, MARCH; Column Right, MARCH; Column Right, MARCH; Threes Left, MARCH; Guard, HALT.
Ensign, advancing, saluting and addressing Abram: Sir, in obedience to orders, I return the prisoner. Ensign resumes position at the right of the line.
Abram: Stranger, the Lieutenant has spoken in your behalf; at his earnest entreaty, I am disposed to examine you further and ascertain whether you are what you profess to be. How did you first come into the society of the Patriarchs?
Lieutenant, answers for candidate: I came through the wilderness over rough roads and dangerous ways, and passed the four watches lawfully.
Abram:  Had you a word in mind to cheer you while upon that dismal journey?
Lieutenant: I had such a word. Aye, it was my Countersign.
Abram: What was it?
Lieutenant: Go on.
Abram: It was a good word. Your zeal and determination to reach my tent betokens how well you have lived up to the injunction so solemnly given you before you entered the wilderness. Addressing the Lieutenant: Lieutenant, I am satisfied that he is what he professes to be, and you will prepare to enroll your friend beneath our banner.
Lieutenant leaves the candidate and forms a line:
Lieutenant: Chevaliers, ATTENTION; FALL IN; Left, FACE; Right, DRESS; FRONT; Draw, SWORDS; Count, SIXES.
The Chevaliers (except the Guard, with the Ensign, who stands fast) will fall in line where the Lieutenant designates, and are marched to a place behind Patriarch Abram.
Lieutenant: Chevaliers, ATTENTION! meaning Chevaliers seated.
Lieutenant, to Squad: With Swords, CHARGE.
Abram, to candidate: Are you willing to enter into a solemn and binding obligation with us? If you are, raise your right hand, and repeat after me: I, (with your name in full,) in the presence of these witnesses, do solemnly promise, declare and avow, that I will never, in any manner whatever, communicate, or cause to be communicated, any of the Signs, Secrets, Mysteries, Rites, Written, or Unwritten Work of the Degree of Patriarchs Militant, to any person or persons whomsoever, unless he or they be legally entitled to receive the same from me; that I will promptly and cheerfully obey the commands of my superior officers in this or any other canton to which I may be attached; and will at all times render to them that respect which their official position entitles them to receive at my hands; that I will constantly use my best endeavors to promote harmony, peace, and concord within the ranks, always avoiding discord and strife. For the faithful performance of all these obligations, I pledge my sacred honor as a Patriarch of the Royal Purple Degree, as well as whatever military preferment I may hereafter receive through the medium of this Degree.
Lieutenant, to Squad: Carry, Swords. Chevaliers, REST as to Chevaliers on side lines.
After the obligation the band plays if there be one, or a bugle is sounded or drums beaten, or there may be other music.
Abram: Officer of the Guard, the Patriarch having taken the obligation to become a soldier in my army, you will relieve him of that shepherd’s crook and garb. Lieutenant, you will see that he is properly equipped for service for the maintenance of our motto, Justitia Universalis.
Lieutenant, saluting Abram, commands: Re-Turn, SWORDS; FALL OUT.
Abram retires to his tent, the candidate takes off the dress he has been wearing and puts on a uniform, the candidate sips the roll and mingles with the other Chevaliers. Soon the Picket, coming to the inner door, will exclaim in a loud tone of voice:
Picket: Chedorlaomer, King of Elam, with his armed host, is rapidly approaching!
Sentinel: To arms! To arms!
Ensign: Chevaliers, ATTENTION; FALL IN Left, FACE; Right, DRESS; FRONT; Draw, SWORDS; Count, SIXES.
The Picket will return to his post at the outer door. After the canton is formed in line, the candidate in the center with the Guide (who has changed to uniform), a few marching movements may be made, and the canton brought up in line before Abram’s tent where the Lieutenant is standing. The Ensign commands:
Ensign: Present, SWORDS. And turning to the Lieutenant, salutes: Sir, the Patriarchs Militant army is now ready for marching orders.
While the Ensign is speaking, Abram appears and stands back of the Lieutenant.
Lieutenant, addressing Ensign: Sir, to your post. Canton, Carry, SWORDS; Order, SWORDS; Parade, REST. Lieutenant turns and salutes Abram. Noble Patriarch, we thy kinsmen and trained servants, in the promotion of the cause of Universal Justice, and in response to thy proclamation, offer ourselves to recapture Lot, thy brother’s son, and recover his goods of which he has been despoiled, and we humbly ask thy intercession with Almighty God to endow us with courage and strength to accomplish this purpose. Turning and facing canton. ATTENTION; Canton, KNEEL; Rest On, SWORDS.
Abram, with hands uplifted: May every good and honorable impulse impel you to deeds of valor; may the God of our Fathers shield and defend you against the evil designs of your enemies, and your days be prolonged to support the weak and powerless and to maintain their rights. Amen.
All respond: Amen.
Lieutenant: Chevaliers, RISE; ATTENTION; Carry, SWORDS.
Abram: Lieutenant, with this army you will immediately start in pursuit of the enemy, and may you soon return with Lot, my brother’s son, and the spoils of victory. Farewell.
A march may be played, and the Lieutenant maneuvers his men and marches them, with the candidate in center, out of the hall into the anteroom. As soon as the candidate enters the first anteroom, the lights are turned down so that only a dim outline of the persons can be seen, and they meet a band of the King of Chedorlaomer, dressed as those bands were in the time of Abram, and confront them in a sham battle; the candidate shows his bravery in the thickest of the fight, is victorious, recaptures Lot, and brings back the goods of which he has been despoiled, and thus demonstrates his bravery. The door between the anteroom and the main hall remains open. A din to represent the noise of battle is created until the scenery in the main hall has been changed.
Second Part
Scene in the main hall will be a representation of the plain before the city of Salem, the principal gate of the city at the far end of the hall; Abram at his tent; beyond the gate a throne for King Melchizedek, concealed by the gate or curtain, drawn before it. The scene being changed, King Melchizedek unobserved, with his retinue, consisting of two or more Chevaliers, is seated upon the throne behind the curtain, or gate, the King’s Guard (a Chevalier) standing before the gate. The candidate having been given a bag with something in it to represent gold, silver, and precious stones, and articles to represent the spoils of victory, the Lieutenant with the army (the candidate and Lot, both in charge of the Guide, and in the center), return to the main hall, and are met by Abram about the center of the room. If there be Chevaliers enough to form two or more close ranks across the hall, it may done.
Lieutenant, having entered the main hail, commands: Column Left, MARCH; Column Right, MARCH; Column Right, MARCH; Threes Left, MARCH; Guard, HALT; Present, SWORDS; Carry, SWORDS.
Lieutenant will post himself on right of line and Ensign will take post on left of line.
Abram, facing his army: Welcome, my trained servants! Tell me of the battle.
Guide: We have recaptured Lot, and brought these spoils of victory.
Candidate, being prompted, advances and lays down the spoils and bag.
Abram: Lot, my beloved, I rejoice in your safe rescue from the hands of those barbarous hordes. The captive is restored and happiness again reigns in our household. May those unrighteous despoilers of other’s possessions speedily meet the fate they richly merit!
Abram examines and admires the gold, silver, and precious stones the candidate brings.
Abram, addressing the candidate, says: Thou art to be praised for thy chivalrous deeds.
Abram pauses a moment as if in meditation and then hands the spoils to the candidate.
We will offer these spoils of war as a tribute to King Melchizedek, King of Kings, and Priests.
Lieutenant: Forward, MARCH. And with Abram, Lot, candidate, and Guide in front (the candidate carrying the spoils), advance toward the gate. When at the proper distance, the Lieutenant commands: Canton, HALT; Order, SWORDS.
Lieutenant, saluting the King’s Guard at the gate: Father Abram with his trained servants desires an audience with King Melchizedek.
The King’s Guard salutes and opens the gate, or draws aside the curtain, and King Melchizedek is seen seated on his throne, surrounded by his retinue.
Lieutenant: Chevaliers, UN-COVER.
King’s Guard, addressing Abram: The King now awaits your pleasure.
Abram, with dignity and deliberation advances two or three paces, and says: Oh, King of Kings, and Priests! We have come to offer thee the tribute of grateful hearts. Accept of these spoils which my trained servants and this brave Patriarch have wrested from our enemies, having vanquished them in battle, and bestow upon us thy blessing. Candidate, being prompted, advances in line with Abram and presents the spoils.
King, accepts a portion and says: Blessed be Abram of the Most High God, possessor of Heaven and earth:
And blessed be the Most High God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hands.
Patriarch Abram, keep thou all but the one-tenth; and thou Patriarch … calling the candidate’s surname; when Abram will step back one or more paces, thus leaving the candidate standing at the front, alone, as a reward for thy chivalrous conduct, I will administer to you the obligation of a Chevalier of the Patriarchs Militant, which will require you to respond to the call of thy brother in sickness or distress, to shield and defend his character when unjustly assailed, to protect and respect the chastity of his home, and to be just and brave in maintaining the principles of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. You will, therefore, surrender to me your sword. Candidate hands his sword to the King. Kneel on your right knee, grasp the sword near its point with your right hand, palm down, place the point on your left breast over your heart, and repeat after me:
The Patriarchs Militant Obligation
Lieutenant: Chevaliers, ATTENTION. UN-COVER as to Chevaliers seated.
I, (with your name in full,) in the presence of the Most High God, and these witnesses, do most solemnly promise and vow, that I will immediately, when notified, respond to the call of a Chevalier of this Degree who may be sick or in distress, and do for him, all that my previous obligations in this Order require of me to do, to the full extent of my power. I also promise that I will not listen to any accusation against the good name of a Chevalier of this Degree without endeavoring to vindicate him at the time, and so long as I may be justified in so doing. I furthermore promise and vow, that I will protect and respect the chastity of the home of a Chevalier of this Degree. I will uphold and maintain the laws of the established government under which I live, of which its flag is the symbol, and the regulation badge of this Degree I will wear so long as I am a member thereof; and return it to this canton should I cease membership in the Patriarchs Militant. I will be ready to wield my sword in the cause of justice and right at all times, and may its point enter my heart should I prove false to this my chivalrous obligation.
Lieutenant: Chevaliers, RE-COVER; Carry, SWORDS; With Swords, CHARGE. We are witnesses to your obligation.
Chevaliers respond in unison. We are witnesses to your obligation.
Lieutenant, to Squad: Carry, SWORDS. Chevaliers, RE-COVER. REST as to Chevaliers on side lines.
The canton having been previously divided into two platoons; the Lieutenant in command of the first platoon and the Ensign in Command of the second platoon.
The Lieutenant, after giving the preparatory command to his platoon, will wait for the Ensign to give the preparatory command to his platoon, and the command of execution should be given by both officers as nearly simultaneously as possible. This instruction is to be observed in all the commands for platoon movements that follow.
Lieutenant: First platoon, Right, FACE. Ensign. Second platoon, Left, FACE.
Lieutenant: First platoon, Column left, MARCH; First platoon, HALT; Left, FACE; Right, DRESS; FRONT; Order, SWORDS; Parade, REST.
Ensign: Second platoon, Column right, MARCH; Second platoon, HALT; Right, FACE; Right, DRESS; FRONT; Order, SWORDS; Parade, REST.
In the foregoing, the command “HALT” should be given by the Lieutenant, when the last Chevalier in his platoon has executed the Column Left, and the Ensign, when the last Chevalier in his platoon has executed the Column Right. In making the alignments, care must be taken to have the right file Chevalier of the first platoon exactly opposite the left file Chevalier of the second platoon. The Chevaliers will remain at Parade, REST until the conclusion of the ceremony.
King: Patriarch …, by authority in me vested, I do hereby create you a Chevalier of the Patriarchs Militant army of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Strikes the candidate on the shoulder twice. Rise, Chevalier , and stand erect, a man among men, and, as the emblem of your military rank, receive this sword, which you will return to its scabbard. It is with pleasure I bestow upon you this regulation badge, which you have promised always to wear so long as you are a member of the Patriarchs Militant. The Crown is the symbol of rank; the Sword, of justice; the Shepherd’s Crook, of peace; and the Three Links, the bond of our fraternity. May this decoration be to you a constant incentive to chivalric deeds.
The badge shall be of the following design: A regal crown, crossed crook and sword, and the Three Links, with one of the links being filled with scarlet enamel, the center link with white and the other with purple; this badge is copyrighted and sold as supplies by The Sovereign Grand Lodge.
King: I will now instruct you in the mysteries of the Degree of the Patriarchs Militant: In this Degree there is an Alarm at the outer door, Countersign, Signal at the inner door, Department Check, Entersign, Test, Sign of the Degree. Answer to the Sign of the Degree, Retiring Sign, and Answer to the Retiring Sign.
While King instructs candidate(s) in the Secret Work, a Chevalier may be designated to exemplify the signs.
King: I will now communicate to you the Countersign and Department Check. These words are transmitted in a whisper.
King: Wishing to visit a canton, you will give the Alarm at the outer door. The Picket will thereupon open the wicket and require of you the Countersign, which is given in full; if correct, he will admit you to the anteroom. You will then clothe yourself in the regulation Field or Full Dress uniform. You will advance at a “carry” to the inner door, and give the Signal, to which the Sentinel will respond by giving the same Signal. The Sentinel will then open the wicket and require from you your name, rank, name and number of the canton, and the name of the Department to which you are attached, and the Department Check.
If you are not in possession of the Department Check, or belong to a canton in another Department, you may be admitted on the order of the Captain on the satisfactory evidence of your membership.
The Sentinel reports to the Officer of the Guard, the Ensign, and on his order you may be admitted. The Sentinel will open the door, and stepping back will say: “Advance. Give the Entersign and Test.” You will advance, give the Entersign and communicate to the Sentinel the Test, who, if satisfied, will respond “correct.”
You will then come to “carry” while the Sentinel steps aside (and each saluting as you pass), you will advance at a “carry” to the center of the hall, face the Captain’s post and make the Sign of the Degree; he will acknowledge you as a Chevalier of this Degree by giving the proper answer to the sign. You will then come to the position “carry,” Right (or Left), FACE, march to a seat, Re-Turn, SWORD, and be seated. Should you wish to leave the canton before it is dismissed, you will arise in your place, Draw, SWORD, come to a “carry,” advance to the center of the hall, and, when recognized by the Captain, give the Retiring sign. He will dismiss you by giving the proper answer to the Retiring Sign. You will come to “carry,” and are at liberty to retire.
Retiring. A Chevalier having made the Retiring Sign faces about and advances to the door; the Sentinel opens the door and steps aside, facing the line of march of the retiring Chevalier and comes to a “Present”; the retiring Chevalier passes out, saluting with sword as he passes the Sentinel; the Sentinel comes to a “carry,” closes the door and resumes post.
You will always salute when addressed by, or when addressing, a superior in rank.
You will now receive the congratulations of your comrades.
Guide faces candidate about, congratulations are extended, and the band plays, if there be one, or the drums beat, or there may be other music, after which:
Lieutenant, addressing his platoon: Chevaliers, ATTENTION. Carry, SWORDS; Present, SWORDS.
Ensign, addressing his platoon: Chevaliers, ATTENTION. Carry, SWORDS; Present, SWORDS.
The King and his attendants, together with Abram, Lot, Guide and the candidate, preceded by the King’s Herald (the Trumpeter), will pass through the gates into the city. The Lieutenant will then take a position just in front of the center of the gates and taking command of the canton will command:
Lieutenant: Carry, SWORDS; Platoons, Rights by Threes, MARCH; Platoons, Column Right and Left, MARCH.
The first platoon will execute a Column Right and the second platoon a Column Left; the command “MARCH” must be given when the right three of the second platoon exactly covers the right three of the first platoon. This movement will bring the canton into Column of Threes, and under the command of the Lieutenant will be marched into the city (or if space will not permit to an appropriate part of the hall) where he canton will be dismissed.
The business of the canton will now be resumed.
“Now this Melchizedek supplied Abram’s servants into a hospitable manner and gave them provisions in abundance.” Josephus, Book I, Chapter X.
Captain: Lieutenant that officer faces Captain and salutes, Sir, the hour has arrived to adjourn this Cantonment, you will relieve the Guard and form the lines.
Lieutenant: Ensign, Sir, relieve the Guard.
Guard detail will assume “Attention,” and draw swords; Ensign comes to “Attention” when addressed and salutes with the hand on receiving the order, steps in front of his station, draws sword and proceeds to the station of the Guard, who will “Present,” returned by the Ensign, and without command will Fall In on the right of the Ensign; march to the station of the Banner Bearer, who “Presents” and takes his place on the right of the Guard. Ensign will march the detail by proper commands to the inner door where the Sentinel, and Picket are standing and they will, after “Presenting,” form twos; Sentinel in rear of the Banner Bearer and Picket in rear of Guard. Ensign will march detail to a position in rear of the hall and command:
Ensign: Twos Left, MARCH; Guard, HALT; Re-Turn, SWORDS; FALL OUT.
Ensign, to Lieutenant: Sir, the Guard is relieved.
Lieutenant: Chevaliers, ATTENTION; FALL IN; Left, FACE; Right, DRESS; FRONT; Draw, SWORDS; Count, SIXES designate right and left of Platoons; Canton Right (or Platoons Right), MARCH; FRONT; Present, SWORDS.
Lieutenant, facing and saluting Captain: Sir, the lines are formed.
The Canton will form in a like position, be aligned and counted off, as in opening ceremony, with officers executing maneuvers and taking positions therein set forth.
Captain: Lieutenant, Sir, pass the Canton in Review.
Lieutenant: Carry, SWORDS; Pass in Review (Platoons); Right by Threes, MARCH; Column Left, MARCH; Eyes, RIGHT; FRONT; Column Left, MARCH; Column Left, MARCH; Column Left, MARCH; Threes Left, MARCH; Canton, HALT; Right, DRESS; FRONT; Present, SWORDS: “Sir, The Canton awaits orders.”
When passing the Captain, Lieutenant and Ensign will salute with the sword.
Captain: Sir, you will publish orders.
Lieutenant, addressing Canton: Carry, SWORDS. It is the orders of the Captain that this Canton be now dismissed until the next regular Cantonment, unless sooner assembled by special orders, and he desires to remind you that you are to remember your vows to promote harmony, peace, and concord, avoiding discord and strife.
Lieutenant: Present, SWORDS faces Captain, salutes, and reports: “Sir, your orders have been published.”
Captain: The Chaplain will invoke Divine Blessing, after which you will dismiss your command.
Lieutenant: Carry, SWORDS; Order, SWORDS; Chevaliers, ATTENTION! meaning Chevaliers seated; UN-COVER.
Chaplain: Heavenly Father, as we come to the close of another meeting, realizing that Thou hast been with us in all our deliberations, we pray Thou wouldst bless and keep us; help us to live that we may be able to promote Universal Justice to all mankind. These and all favors we ask in Thy Holy Name. Amen.
Lieutenant: RE-COVER; Carry, SWORDS; Return, SWORDS; DISMISSED.
The Chevaliers will execute a right hand salute, right face, and retire without further ceremony.