I.U.O.M. – Scarlet Degree
Dit rituaal dateert uit de jaren zestig en wordt gebruikt door
de I.U.O.M. in de Verenigde Staten.
Officers, be upstanding and assist me to open the Lodge in the Scarlet Degree.
Brothers all, brother deputy, what is the first and chief care in a Lodge of the
D.M.: To see
the Lodge is duly tiled.
that duty to be done and
report the case to me.
Brother Junior Deacon, see the Lodge is duly tiled.
Brother Deputy, the Lodge is duly tiled.
Worshipful Master, the Lodge is duly tiled.
Brother Senior Deacon, what is the next care in a Lodge of the Scarlet Degree?
S.D.: To see
that every person present prove himself a brother of the Scarlet Degree by the
sign of that degree.
that duty to be done, and should you or any brother present have any doubt, look
with an eye of scrutiny.
Brothers, you are requested to prove yourselves Scarlet Men, by the sign of that
Rise the Lodge of F.M.
Worshipful Master, the brethren present having proved
themselves Scarlet Men, by the sign of that Degree: I, in conformity with their
example, demonstrate the same to you.
Brother Deputy, Officers and Brothers all, our Lodge being duly proved by the
sign of the Scarlet Degree let us, before I declare it opened, Invoke a blessing
from the Supreme Grand of the Universe.
the blessing of Thee, O God! who delivered the Israelites from the wrath of
Pharoah, be upon this Lodge.
Brother Deputy, Officers and Brothers all, I declare this Lodge duly opened for
the purpose of the Scarlet Degree.
Preparation and Initiation of the Scarlet Order.
The Candidate waits in the anti-room while
the Lodge is being opened, and is prepared by the Senior Deacon. He is not now
hoodwinked; his left arm and right knee made bare and left heel slipshod. The
S.D., with the Candidate, knocks at the door in the proper manner. The Junior
Deacon, or Inner Guard, receives the Psw. of the degree and reports in the
following manner: Worshipful Master, Brother ...
is at the door of this Lodge, raised to the degree of an Entered Mechanic and
has made such progress as we hope will recommend him to the higher degrees for
which ceremony he now, comes properly prepared.
does he hope to obtain the privileges of such degrees?
J.D.: By the
Help of God, the aid of the square and compasses, and the benefit of a password.
acknowledge the powerful aid by which he seeks it: Do
you, brother Junior Deacon vouch that he is legally in possession of that
J.D.: I do,
Most Worthy Master.
let him be admitted in due form.
Candidate will be conducted around the chairs three times (here first part of
Ode may be sung) and is made to kneel on right knee, left foot forming a square
at the foot of the altar.
S. Gertrude Or “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
be our watchword,
things before us,
Not a look
dream of shrinking
through the desert,
the toil and strife,
lies before us,
o’er yon horizon
home is ours;
streets with jasper,
gates with gold;
to your country,
Less.: AMOS, c 7, v. 8.
supplicate the continuation of Thy aid, O merciful Lord, on behalf of ourselves
and of him who kneels before Thee. May the work begun In Thy name be continued
to Thy glory and evermore establish in us obedience to Thy precepts.
All: So mote
The Candidate is now raised and carried
once more three times, past the chairs. that all should see he is properly
prepared, during which time the 2nd part of the Ode may be sung, when he is
again presented to the W.M. by the S.D.
Master, I present to you Brother ..., who desires to be made a member of the
Scarlet Order, for which he comes duly prepared.
representation I acknowledge.
..., are you wishful to take up the Second or Scarlet Order?
Can.: I am.
WM.: It is
necessary, before you are initiated
a member of the Scarlet Order, that you prove yourself a brother of the Pink,
which you cannot better demonstrate than by dividing or lettering the password
of that degree:
Have you a
you give it to me?
Can.: I will
divide or letter it with you.
got a password to the Pink Degree, called the Entered Mechanic Degree?
you give it to me?
Can.: I will
divide or letter it with you.
there not a testword given to Entered Mechanics?
you give me that word?
Can.: At my
initiation I was taught to be cautious. but will letter or half with you,
whichever you please to begin.
as he was the Master of all Entered Mechanics.
Senior Deacon, kindly conduct the Candidate to the Worthy Chaplain.
Chap. Less. 2nd (or 3rd) Chap. Joshua.
After which the S.D. is directed to present the Can. to the W.M.
Master, I present to you Brother ... for further Instruction.
Brother ..., in all difficulties and dangers, in whom do you put your trust?
am I to find your faith so well founded. Do you pledge your honour as a man, and
your fidelity as a Mechanic, that you are not actuated by any improper motives
in taking up the second degree?
Can.: I do.
Brother, as in every case the degree of Mechanism is
to be kept separate and distinct, another obligation will now be required of
you. in many respects similar to the former: Are you willing to take it?
Can.: I am.
you will kneel on your right knee, your left foot in the form of a square, your
body erect, and place your right hand upon your heart, your left hand on the
Volume of Sacred Laws, calling your name in full, and say after me:
I, ..., in
the presence of the Grand Geometrician of the Universe and this Worshipful and
Warranted Lodge of Fellow Mechanics, duly constituted, regularly assembled and
properly dedicated, of my own free will and accord, do hereby and hereon most
solemnly promise and swear, that I will always hail, conceal and never reveal
any or either of the secrets or mysteries of or belonging to the second degree
of Mechanism known by the name of Fellow Mechanics, any more than I would either
of them to the uninitiated or the popular world who are Mechanics.
solemnly pledge myself to act as a true and faithful
Mechanic, obey signs and maintain the principles inculcated in the first degree.
All these points I most solemnly swear to obey, without evasion, equivocation or
mental reservation of any kind; under no less a penalty on the violation of any
of them, in addition to my former obligation, than to have my left breast torn
open, my heart torn therefrom and given to the ravenous birds of the air, or the
devouring beast of the field as a prey. So help me, Almighty God and keep me
steadfast in this my great and solemn obligation of a Fellow Mechanic.
pledge of your fidelity and to render this a solemn obligation, which would
otherwise be but a serious promise. I will thank you to seal it with jour lips
twice on the Volume of the Sacred Law.
newly obligated Fellow Mechanic.
me point out to your attention what we, as Mechanics, consider the three great
though emblematical lights in Mechanism.
The Volume of the Sacred Law, the Compasses and Square.
is to rule and guide our faith, the square to regulate our actions, and the
compasses to keep us in due bounds with all men, particularly so with a brother.
the three lesser lights in Mechanism, they are situated east, south and west,
and are emblematical of the Sun, Moon and Master of the Lodge. The sun to rule
the day, the moon to rule the night, and the Master to rule, govern, and
instruct his Lodge.
now be intrusted with the sign of the second degree, whereby you may detect
imposters who feign to be of the same order.
please give me the two-fold sign of the first degree.
The sign is than given. Now take another step forward with die
left foot which is the second step in Mechanism and on the centre of the breast
place the first three fingers of the right hand, the meaning of which will be
given in the Scarlet Lecture.
Candidate regaled is taken to the
anti-room and resumes his dress and returns to the Lodge proper and presented by
S.D. as previously done.
W.M.: Why do
you wear the scarlet ribbon?
A: As a
memorial of the tabernacle wherein the Israelites worshipped when in the
what form and construction was the tabernacle?
A: It was an
oblong square executed with the greatest mechanical skill.
what material was the tabernacle formed?
A: Of gold,
silver, brass and imperishable wood, with various curtains of fine linen.
whence came the materials?
A: They were
the free will gifts of those Israelites who loved virtue rather than vice.
whom was the tabernacle formed?
A: By the
direction of Moses, according to the model shown him by the Lord on Mount Horeb;
but all the fine mechanism was executed by two of the most skilful and wise in
the mechanical art; of any, in all the tribes of Israelites. They were chosen by
the Lord out of the tribes of Judah and Dan.
were in the tabernacle?
A: The Ark
of the Covenant with the magnificent mercy seat placed thereon, on the top of
which sat two cherubims, face to face, with their wings spread over the Ark from
eastward to westward and they were beaten out of one piece of pure gold.
these all that the tabernacle contained?
A: No, there
were also the golden candlesticks, the golden altar and the altar of brass, with
all the furniture thereto belonging.
did the Ark contained?
A: The book
of the Law, Aaron’s rod that budded, blossomed and bore fruit in the wilderness,
and the shewbread.
colour was the cover for the shewbread and the vessels’ of the sanctuary?
else did the Ark contain?
testimony which God gave to Moses on the two tables of the Law.
did the two tables contain and of what were they made?
A: They were
made of white marble and contained the ten commandments in Hebrew, as dictated
to Moses by the Almighty, and thus divided the first four respecting our duty to
God and the last six of our duty to man.
constructed the Ark?
Moses was ordered by God to construct the Ark, he made choice of Bezaleel the
son of Uri of the tribe of Judah, the son of Miriam, sister to Moses.
likewise choose Aholiab the son of Abishemek of the tribe of Dan, two able
workmen for that purpose; upon these occasion the people of Israel showed so
much order and zeal, that Moses was obliged, by the sound of the trumpet, to
make it known that he had no further need for assistance. Moses likewise had
particular directions for the number of vessels for the tabernacle.
any of the Israelites allowed to enter the Holy Place?
A: No, none
but the tribe of Levi, and not even them, unless they were regularly and duly
initiated according to their order, under pain of death, for the Ark was placed
in the holy of holies, the sanctum sanctorum.
you received the password and sign of the Scarlet Order?
A.: I have.
you give the sign and password to me?
A.: No, I
will give them to none, only to a brother of the Scarlet Order, and not even to
him, unless I have proved him to be so, but I will letter the password with you
if you will be pleased to begin.
W.M.: Why is
Ark your password?
Ark prepared the way of the Israelites, before they passed over Jordan.
is your sign?
A: I was
taught to be cautious in giving that, but as I have proved you to be a brother,
I will show it to you. The sign is then showed.
does it represent?
A: What the
Ark contained, viz.: the book of the Law, Aaron’s rod, and the shewbread.
you a test grip of this degree?
A: I have.
The grip is given by a distinct pressure
of the thumb of your right hand, between the joints of the first and middle
fingers of the right hand of a brother.
there not a testword given when the test grip is received.
you give me that word?
A.: At my
initiation I was taught to be cautious, but will letter or half it with you, if
you will begin.
W.M.: S. Why
is Moses used as a testword?
he was the first Master who presided over a Lodge of this Order, when those two
Excellent Mechanics, Aholiab and Bezaleel, performed their work in the
wilderness; and there is a grand degree of this Order dedicated to Moses in
memory of him, called Excellent Mechanics; also, when King David prepared a
place for the Ark, he ordered the Priests and Levites to bring it from Obed-Edom,
there was a great service appointed for the occasion, and the Levites appointed
brethren of this degree to assist them as singers, with instruments of music, as
you will find recorded in the 15 chap. 1 Chro. for our information.
Charge 2nd Degree
Brother ..., being advanced to the second degree of the Order, we congratulate
you on your preferment; the internal, and not external, qualifications of man are
what Mechanism regards.
increase in knowledge you will consequently improve in social intercourse. It is
to recapitulate the duties, which as a mechanic you are now bound to discharge,
or enlarge on the necessity of a strict adherence to
them, as your own experience must have established their value. It may be
sufficient to observe that your past behaviour and regular deportment have
merited, the honour which we have conferred, and in your new character it is
expected that you will not only conform to the principles of the order, but
steadily persevere in the practice of every commendable virtue. The study of the
liberal arts, that valuable branch of education, which tends so effectually to
polish and adorn the mind, is earnestly recommended to your consideration,
especially the science of geometry or mechanism (originally synonymous terms) is
of a divine and moral, nature, and enriches with the most useful knowledge,
while it proves the wonderful properties of nature, it demonstrates the more
important truths of morality.
solemnity of our ceremonies requires a serious deportment, you are to be
particularly attentive to your behaviour in our regular assemblies, you are to
preserve our ancient usages and customs, sacred and inviolable, and induce
others, by your example, to hold them in due veneration.
and regulations of the order you are strenuously to support and maintain. You
are not to pallate or aggravate the offence of our brethren, but in the decision
of every trespass against our rules, judge with candour, admonish with
friendship and reprehend with mercy.
Fellow Mechanic, in our private assemblies you may offer your sentiments and
opinions on such subjects as are regularly introduced in the lecture under the
superintendence of an experienced master, who will guard the landmarks against
privilege you may improve your intellectual powers, qualify yourself to become a
useful member of society, and like a skilful brother try to excel in what is
good and great; all regular signs and summonses given and received, you are duly
to honour and punctually obey. inasmuch as they consist with our professed
principles, you are to encourage industry, and reward merit, supply the wants
and relieve the necessities of brethren and fellows to the utmost of your power
and ability, and on no account wrong them or see them wronged, but to apprise
them of approaching dangers, and to view their interest as inseparable from your
own. Such is the nature of your engagements as a Fellow-Mechanic and these
duties you are now bound to observe.
take your seat.
Officers be upstanding and assist me to close the Lodge in the Scarlet Degree.
Deputy, of what form is every well regulated and duly constructed Lodge of the
Independent United Order of Mechanics?
D.M.: Of an
oblong square situated east and west.
what reason are they so situated?
Because the tabernacle was formed due east und west and also the temple of
Solomon, and so in every place of divine worship, or at least ought to be.
you assign any other reason?
three others. First, the Sun, the glory of creation, riseth in the east and
setteth in the west; second, learning originated in the east and spread its
gracious influence to the west; and the third and last reason is, that the
gospel was first promulgated in the east and extended itself to the west.
Brother Deputy, officers and brothers all, our lodge being of due form, let us,
before I declare it closed, express our gratitude to the Supreme Grand above.
Almighty God, maker of the Universe, we return Thee sincere thanks for all
favours received at Thine hands, and mayest Thou Impress upon every brother’s
heart that, wherever we are and whatever we do, Thine all-seeing eye beholds us.
All officers respond:
I declare this Lodge duly closed, strictly forbidding all cursing, swearing or
any profane language so long as we are assembled together.