Order Italian Sons and Daughters
Before opening the meeting, the Brothers and Sisters of Ceremonies will
place the Italian and American Flags on the Altar together with the book of
the Laws of the Order. They shall also set up the Standard of the Order to the
right side of the President.
PRESIDENT, *: Brothers and Sisters, the
meeting is called to order. Officers, take your places and don your regalia.
Sentinel, close the door. Let no one enter without the password. Those who do
not belong to this Lodge shall give their names and the names of the Lodges of
which they are members.
Brothers Masters of Ceremonies (Sisters Mistresses
of Ceremonies), ascertain if all those present belong to the Order by
having them give the password.
FIRST MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Brother President, your
orders have been carried out and we assure you that those present are entitled
to remain at this meeting.
PRESIDENT, ***: Brothers and Sisters,
on what principles is our Order founded?
ALL: On the principles
of Liberty, Unity and Duty.
PRESIDENT: Brother Ex President, explain the meaning of
EX PRESIDENT: Our understanding of Liberty is the opposite of slavery, of
imposition and of autocracy; freedom within the limits of the laws and the
Constitution of the Order; freedom of thought and of conscience, political and
PRESIDENT: Brother Vice President, explain the meaning of
VICE PRESIDENT: Unity to us signifies harmony.
It represents the feeling of brotherhood that should band together the
Italians and those of Italian extraction into a unit, so that we may
reveal the virtues of our race.
PRESIDENT: Brother Orator, explain the meaning of Duty.
ORATOR: Those who do not realize their sense of Duty
cannot claim rights. Duty means honest and laborious life for the welfare of
the family and of the Organization to which one belongs. Always do your Duty
within the field of your activities and success will be assured.
PRESIDENT: Brothers and Sisters, I now declare … Lodge No. … of the
Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America duly open. Come to order and give
the Ritualistic salutation.
Each person will place their right hand on their heart and say:
ALL: Brother President.
The President will answer the salutation in the same manner, saying: Brothers and Sisters, let
us proceed with our business. *.
PRESIDENT: Recording Secretary, call the roll of officers.
The First Brother or Sister of Ceremonies will stand and answer to the
roll call of the officers.
PRESIDENT: First Brother Master of Ceremonies (First Sister
Mistress of Ceremonies), go into the ante-room and see if there are any
to be initiated.
The First Brother or Sister or Ceremonies will go to the Altar, give the
Ritualistic salutation and go into the ante-room. After receiving the names of
the applicants he or she shall come back into the hall, give the Ritualistic
salutation, stand by the Altar and say:
FIRST MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Brother President, in the ante-room I found …, who having been
informed of the acceptance of their applications desire to be initiated into
our Order and thus become a part of the family of the Order Italian Sons and
Daughters of America.
PRESIDENT: Brother, present yourself before the Altar and
assume the duties of the Herald.
PRESIDENT: First Brother Master of Ceremonies (First Sister
Mistress of Ceremonies), invest the Herald with the regalia.
HERALD: Brother President, I stand ready to obey your
PRESIDENT: Brother Herald, prepare for the initiation
The Herald shall place the Standard to the right of the Altar, where he
PRESIDENT: Brothers Masters of Ceremonies (Sisters
Mistresses of Ceremonies), go into the ante-room and prepare the candidates.
As soon as the Brothers or Sisters of Ceremonies leave the hall, the
President shall say:
PRESIDENT: Brother, in the ante-room are candidates desiring to
become a part of our fraternal family. We should be proud and happy that our
avowed mission is understood and appreciated by these applicants who wish to
join with us to advance our precepts of idealistic human relations.
Therefore, let our actions be such that they shall
always have grateful recollection of their induction and its solemn
significance. Let the initiation be marked with silence as the candidates
should be impressed by the dignity and behavior of the members of this Order.
HERALD: Brother President, the candidates are ready.
PRESIDENT: Brother Herald, proceed with the initiation
Brother Sentinel, admit the candidates. ***.
The Sentinel opens the door and the candidates will march preceded by the
Herald and by the two Brothers or Sisters of Ceremonies. At their entrance,
one stanza of the Hymn of the Order shall be sung if possible, repeating the
chorus. The candidates shall march before the Altar and the Herald in slow and
solemn voice shall say:
HERALD: Behold the candidates who seek admittance in our
Lodge to enjoy the ideals and privileges of our Order.
PRESIDENT: We welcome you into our fraternal circle and we
find new inspiration and encouragement in the thought that our number is to
be enriched by recruits who will join with us in exemplifying the
doctrine’s which have become the accepted mission of our Order.
We believe in the individual Liberty which has
become part of our constitutional rights . . . a heritage handed down to us
by the noble sacrifices and martyrdom of our gallant forefathers.
We believe in Unity because it represents a
as well as living bond between the people of Italian extraction and in Duty
because it is a self-imposed contribution to the evaluation of the people of
Our first principle is that of lasting brotherhood
and I wish to express our appreciation of your confidence, vision and belief
in our ideals which prompted you to join with us.
PRESIDENT: Brother Herald, lead them to our officers who
shall explain to them the fundamental principle’s of our Institution:
Liberty, Unity, Duty. *.
The following officers only shall rise: Ex President, Vice President and
Orator, when the candidates are presented to them.
The Herald with the assistance of the Brothers or Sisters of Ceremonies,
and placing himself on the left hand side of the candidates, shall march them
successively to the Ex President, then to the Vice President, and after to
the Orator. This being accomplished the candidates shall be placed at the
Altar facing the President.
At the Station of the Ex President
Herald and Master of Ceremonies will give the Ritualistic salutation and
Herald will say: Brother Ex President, I present to you the
candidates who desire to know our conception of Liberty.
EX PRESIDENT, answering the salutation will say: Liberty is the offspring of nature and is conceived by noble and lofty
thoughts. It is a divine issue. It accomplishes great and excellent deeds, it
leads humanity to happiness on the path of virtue. Liberty balances rights and
duties and is therefore essential to domestic and social life. This is our
conception of Liberty.
At the Station of the Vice
HERALD, saluting as above: Brother
Vice President, I present to you the candidates who wish to learn our
conception of Unity.
Vice President shall salute and say:
Unity is the harmony of soul, of will and efforts towards a common ideal.
Divided we shall be defeated, isolated and ignored; united we shall be
victorious, strong and respected. In Unity there is strength. This is our
conception of Unity.
Herald and Brothers or Sisters of Ceremonies will salute and pass on to
Station of the Orator
HERALD, saluting as above:
Brother Orator, I present to you the candidates who wish to know our
conception of Duty.
ORATOR, saluting: Duty is the cement that holds
together the entire moral and material structure of humanity. Without Duty
all power, all goodness, happiness, love itself cannot endure. Duty endows
men with supreme energy, consolation and hope. Few are the rights, many are
Do unto others as you would have others do unto
you. This is our conception of Duty.
The candidates will be marched to the Altar facing the President.
HERALD, saluting: Brother President, the
fundamental principles of our Institution have been explained to the
PRESIDENT: Friends, now that you are
acquainted with the fundamental principles of our Institution, do you still
desire to be a part of this family?
ALL: We do!
PRESIDENT: We are grateful for your willingness to
participate and contribute to the welfare and constant advancement of this,
dour lodge. May you follow the golden rules herein emphasized by those who
also have the tenets and expectations of the Order at heart.
HERALD to the candidates: Candidates, place your
right hand over your heart and repeat after me:
“Before this emblem, reminding us of our
of Liberty, Unity, and Duty, and upon my honor I pledge—to accept the laws
of the Order, and the deliberations of the majority of its members,—to
respect and obey our superiors,: to do my utmost for the progress of our
Institution and not to reveal to strangers the secrets of the Order Italian
Sons and Daughters of America.”
The Herald turns to the President and says: Brother President, the
candidates have solemnly pledged to fulfill their duties.
PRESIDENT: Brother Herald, instruct them in the secret ways
of the Order.
The Herald will impart the instructions to the new brothers or sisters in
the secrets of the Order such as signs, pass-words, hand clasps, salutations,
the way of admittance and entering the meeting place, visits to other lodges,
the use of the gavel, etc.
HERALD: Brother President, the candidates have been
instructed as to the secrets of the Order.
PRESIDENT, ***: The initiation ceremony has come
to an end. I, in the name of the State Council of Pennsylvania, declare you
to be active members of this Lodge … No. … and
of the Order Italian Son’s and Daughters of
America. It shall be your duty to attend the meetings of this Lodge, to
maintain harmony among the members and to cooperate towards the progress of
You may be seated.
Brother Herald, I thank you for your valid
PRESIDENT: Before we proceed to adjourn, is there any
important business which still requires our attention at the present time?
If there is no other discussion the President shall say:
PRESIDENT: Brothers and Sisters, having transacted all our business in conformity of
the laws of the Order I now declare Lodge … No. … under the jurisdiction of
Council of … and of the Order Italian Sons and
Daughters of America adjourned.
All the members, giving the Ritualistic salutation, shall say:
ALL: Brother President.