I.U.O.M. – Green 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 Green 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 tied.
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 Green Degree?
S.D.: To see
that every person present prove himself a brother of the Green Degree by the
sign and word of that degree.
that duty to be done, and should you or any brother present here any doubt, look
with an eye of scrutiny.
Brothers, you are requested to prove yourselves of the Green Degree by the sign
and word of that degree.
Worshipful Master, the brethren present having proved themselves of the Green
Degree by the sign and word of that Degree; I, In conformity with their example,
demonstrate the same to you.
Brother Deputy, Officers and Brothers all, our Lodge being duly proven by the
sign and word of the Green 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 Green Degree.
Preparation and Initiation of the Green Order
The Candidate waits in the anti-room while
the Lodge is being opened, and as prepared by the Senior Deacon. He is not now
hoodwinked; his left arm and right knee made bare and left heel slipshod. The
with the Candidate, knocks at the door in the proper manner. The Junior
Deacon, or Inner Guard, receives the Password, of the degree, and reports in the
following manner: Worshipful Master, Brother Senior Deacon is at the door with a
brother of this Lodge, raised to the degree of Fellow 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 password?
J.D.: I do,
Most Worthy Master.
let him be admitted in due form.
The Candidate will be conducted around the
chain 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
Burns the fiery pillar
At our army’s bead,
Who shall dream of shrinking
By our Captain led?
Forward through the desert,
Through the toll and strife,
Canaan lies before us,
Zion beams with light.
2. Far o’er you horizon
Rise the city’s towers,
Where our God abideth,
That fair home is ours;
Flash the streets with jasper,
Shine the gates with gold;
Flows the gladdening river
Shedding joys untold.
Thither, onward thither
In the Spirit’s might;
Pilgrims to your country,
Forward into light.
Less.: Joshua, c 5 v 1-9 (AMOS 7-7-8).
Almighty God, who art the sole Architect of the Universe, at whose command the
world burst forth from chaos, and all created matter had its birth, look down,
we pray Thee, at this tune in a more peculiar manner on this Thy servant and
henceforth crown him with every blessing from Thine inexhaustible store. But,
above all, give him grace to consider well his present undertaking, that he may
neither proceed therein lightly, nor recede from it dishonourably, but pursue it
steadily, ever remembering the intention, which is the acquisition of true
wisdom and understanding, by searching out the great and glorious works for
promoting Thy honour and glory, for the benefit of the whole creation and his
own eternal welfare.
All: So mote
The Candidate is now raised and carried
once more, three times, past the chain, 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.
Worshipful Master, I present to you Brother ..., who desires to be made a member
of the Green Degree for which he comes duly prepared.
representation I acknowledge.
..., are you wishful to take up the Third or Green Degree?
Can: I am.
W.M.: It is
necessary, before you are initiated to the Green Degree, that you prove yourself
a brother of the Scarlet, which you cannot better demonstrate than to letter
the password of that degree. Have you the password?
you give it to me?
Can.: I will
letter it with you..
Why is Ark
Because Ark prepared the way of the Israelites before they passed over Jordan.
is your sign?
Can.: 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 shown.
does it represent?
the Ark contained, viz.: the book of the Law, Aaron’s rod, and the shewbread.
you a test grip of this Degree?
have. Here given.
The grip is given by a distinct pressure
of the thumb of our right hand, between the joints of the first and middle
lagers of the right hand of a brother.
there not a testword given when the test grip is received?
you give me that word?
Can.: 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 test word?
Because 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. I Chro. for our information.
Brother Senior Deacon, kindly conduct the Candidate to the Worthy Chaplain.
Chap.: Less: 4th Chap. Joshua v. 1-10.
After which the S.D. is directed to
present the Can. to the W.M.
Worshipful Master, I present to you Brother ..., for further instruction.
Brother ..., in all cases of difficulty and danger in whom do you put your
trust? Can.: In God.
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 Third degree?
Can.: I do.
The Candidate is conducted to the
ante-room until the Lodge considers what are the formalities should undergo in
crossing Jordan, with the many obstacles and for such purpose he returns to
Lodge and be subject to the command of the W.M.
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 the 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 Third 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 fist 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 fields, 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 your lips
twice on the Volume of the Sacred Law. Done.
newly obligated Fellow Mechanic.
..., as the emblems of a Mechanic Lodge are illustrative of symbolical meaning
and are imparted to each brother according to the degrees he takes up, I shall
now point out to our notice two of them: one is the twelve stones; they are
emblematical, first of the twelve tribes of Israel secondly, of the twelve spies
sent out by Moses to spy out the promised land; thirdly, of the twelve stones
set up in the midst of Jordan, and fourthly, of the twelve stones takes out of
Jordan and set up in the land of Promise, one by each tribe, for a lasting
memorial to their posterity, of the dividing of the River Jordan.. The next is a
ladder, denominated in Scripture as Jacob’s ladder; it is composed of several
staves, which are illustrative of many moral virtues: there are three principal
ones, Faith, Hope and Charity. Faith is the Great Mechanic of the Universe: Hope
in a lasting immortality; Charity, the mother of mercy; these are to be the
distinguishing characteristic of every Independent United Mechanic’s heart.
now be intrusted with sign and password of the third degree:
is: placing the two first fingers of your right hand flat on the right thigh
potting the right foot forward.
password is Jordan. The testword Aaron.
regaled is taken to the ante-room and resumes his dress and returns to the Lodge
proper and presented by S.D. as previously done.
you received the Arch-mark or third degree?
colour represents that degree?
what were you told it is a memorial?,
A.: Of the
dividing of the River Jordan, for the Israelites to pass over, which waters
separated the land of Moab from the land of Canaan, the latter being a land of
Promise, which the Lord swore unto Abraham, unto Isaac and unto Jacob, should be
given unto their seed to inherit.
Moses cross Jordan to possess the good land?
A: No, he
died in the land of Moab, on Mount Nebo, and was buried by the Lord, but his
sepulchre was never yet known.
succeeded him as leader of the Israelites?
one of the twelve spies whom Moses sent over the Jordan to inspect the Promised
Land; and he only, with the exception of Caleb, brought a good report of the
what means did Joshua memorialize the dividing of the waters of Jordan?
setting up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, where the Priests’ feet stood,
who bore the Ark while the Israelites passed over.
this the only memorial?
A.: No, be
also planted in the Land of Promise, for a lasting memorial to the Israelites,
twelve stones, which he caused to be taken out of the midst of Jordan by twelve
men chosen out of the twelve tribes, every tribe a man, who carried the stones
upon their shoulders to the place for which they were destined.
the Israelites go over Jordan by dry land?
did, for when the foot of the Priests who bore the Ark touched the brink of the
water, the waters divided each side; but when the Israelites had crossed over,
and the Priests with the Ark had stepped on the opposite bank, the waters
receded as the Red Sea receded when Moses stretched forth his rod over it and
drowned Pharaoh and the whole of his host.
you the password of the Green Degree?
you give it to me?
Can.: I was
told to be cautious in giving it to anyone; but I will divide or letter it with
you, If you will begin.
Jordan. Will you give me the sign of the Green Degree?
Can.: I was
told to be cautious in giving that, but, as have proved you to be a brother, I
will show it to you. The sign in here shown.
what is it a token?
those who brought a good report of the Promised Land and they only out of the
twelve who went over to possess it, viz.: Joshua and Caleb.
you a test grip to this degree?
there not a test word given when the test grip is received?
you give it to me?
will, but not until you shall have advanced due proof that you are in possession
of the same by lettering it with me.
W.M.: N. Why
is Aaron used as a testword?
Because he was the first Master who presided over a Lodge of this Order, also
the first Priest that presided over a Sacred Lodge held in the Tabernacle in the
wilderness of Arabia and the Grand Degree of super-Excellent Mechanics was
dedicated to him as a memorial.
brother: the time, was now at hand when Moses was to die, and, at God’s command,
Joshua was appointed in his stead. Before he died, Moses gathered the people
together and spoke serious and earnest words to them. He reminded them of all
the goodness of the Lord in their wanderings in the wilderness and of their
frequent disobediences. He told them they were to teach the commandments of God
to their children; talk about them in the house, when they were walking outside,
and when they rose in the morning: And the sum of them was: “Thou shalt love thy
God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and all thy might.”
Moses had blessed Joshua before all the people, and exhorted him to be strong
and of good courage, they went together into the Tabernacle, where God spoke to
them of His good pleasure regarding His chosen people. Moses then went up from
the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo to the top of Pisgah, where God gave him a view
of the Promised Land, which he was not to be allowed to enter. The Lord said
“This is the land which I swore unto Abraham, unto Isaac and unto Jacob, saying,
I will give it unto thy seed. I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but
thou shalt not go over thither.”
was an hundred and twenty years old when he died upon the Mount. No man knew his
burial place, for the Lord buried him in a valley of Moab.
was never in Israel a prophet like unto Moses whom the Lord knew face to face.
And the word of the Lord came to Joshua that Moses was dead, and that he was to
arise and become their leader and take the children of Israel across Jordan into
the land of Canaan. The promise was given to him: “As I was with Moses, so I
will be with thee, I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” He was commanded to
be strong and of good courage; and if he made the Law of God the Law of his
life, then the Lord would make his way prosperous.
the people to the brink of Jordan, where they stayed three days. On the morning
of the fourth day, at the command of Joshua, the Priests took the Ark and
marched forward, and as soon as their feet touched the water, the water parted
before them, and they walked to the centre of the river, where they remained
with the Ark.
then walked over on dry ground, as they had done through the Red Sea, and as
soon as they had all passed over, the waters came back again and covered the
pathway they had trodden and flowed on as before. Before Joshua died he bade
farewell to the elders and chiefs and told them to take good heed unto
themselves that they love the Lord their God, and ask them to choose that day
whom they would serve, adding “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
And the people answered that they also would serve the Lord, and Joshua made
covenant with them, and wrote it in the book of the Law of God. He also set up a
stone pillar as a witness under an oak-tree at Shechem; and so Joshua let the
people depart every man into his inheritance; and Joshua was an hundred and ten
years old when he died, and they buried him in Mount Ephraim.
Brother, take your seat.
Officers be upstanding and assist me to close the Lodge in the Green Degree.
Deputy, of what form is every well regulated and duly constructed Lodge of the
Independent United Order of Mechanies?
D.M.: Of an
oblong square situated east and west.
what reason are they so situated?
Because the tabernacle was formed due east and 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, grand 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.