The Fellow Craft Degree Ritual

Nevada

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FELLOW CRAFTS OPENING:

WM: *. Officers, take your respective stations and places; Brethren be clothed.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: Are all present Fellow Crafts?

SW: I will ascertain through the proper officer and report.

SW: Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Are all present Fellow Crafts?

JD: Brother Senior Warden, all present are Fellow Crafts.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: All present are Fellow Crafts.

WM: As further evidence that all present are Fellow Crafts, receive the pass-word from the Senior and Junior Deacons, who will obtain it from the Brethren on the right and left, and communicate it in the East.

SW: *. Deacons, attend the West.

SW: Give me the pass-word of a Fellow Craft. Now obtain it from the Brethren on the right and left and communicate it to the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: The pass-word is right and duly received in the East.

WM: *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: Worshipful Master.

WM: The first great care of Masons when convened.

JD: To see that they are duly tyled.

WM: Attend to that duty and inform the Tyler that I am about to open a Lodge of Fellow Crafts, and direct him to tyle accordingly.

JD: Brother Tyler, I am directed to inform you that the Worshipful Master is about to open a Lodge of Fellow Crafts. Take due notice thereof and govern yourself accordingly.

JD: * * *. Tyl: * * *.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master, we are duly tyled.

WM: How are we tyled?

JD: By a Brother of this degree without, armed with the proper implement of his office.

WM: His duty there?

JD: To observe the approach of cowans and eavesdroppers, and suffer none to pass or re-pass except such as are duly qualified and have permission from the Worshipful Master.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Are you a Fellow Craft?

SW: I am, try me.

WM: By what will you be tried?

SW: By the square.

WM: Why by the Square?

SW: Because it is an emblem of morality and one of the working tools of a Fellow Craft.

WM: What is a Square?

SW: An angle of ninety degrees, or the fourth part of a circle.

WM: What makes you a Fellow Craft?

SW: My Obligation.

WM: Where were you made a Fellow Craft?

SW: Within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, assembled in a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.

WM: How many compose a Fellow Crafts Lodge?

SW: Five or more.

WM: When composed of five, of whom does it consist?

SW: The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Senior and Junior Deacons.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, the Junior Deacon's placein the Lodge?

SW: At my right.

WM: * *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

JD: To carry messages from the Senior Warden in the West to the Junior Warden in the South, and elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct; attend to alarms at the outer door and report the same to the Worshipful Master; also to see that we are duly tyled.

WM: The Senior Deacon's place?

JD: At the right of the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

SD: To carry orders from the Worshipful Master in the East to the Senior Warden in the West, and elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct; welcome and clothevisiting Brethren, attend to alarms at the inner door; also to receive and conduct candidates.

WM: The Junior Warden's station?

SD: In the South.

WM: Brother Junior Warden.

JW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty in the South?

JW: To observe the sun at meridian, which is the glory and beauty of the day; call the Craft from labor to refresh-ment, superintend them during the hours thereof, carefully to observe that their means of refreshment are not per-verted to intemperance or excess, and see that they return in due season that the Worshipful Master may receive honor, and they pleasure and profit thereby.

WM: The Senior Warden's station?

JW: In the West.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Why in the West?

SW: As the sun is in the West at close of day, so stands the Senior Warden in the West, to assist the Worshipful Master in opening and closing the Lodge; paying the Craft their wages, if any be due, that none may go away dis-satisfied; harmony being the support of all institutions, especially this of ours.

WM: The Master's station?

SW: In the East.

WM: Why in the East?

SW: As the sun rises in the East to open and govern the day,(WM: * * *) so rises the Worshipful Master in the East to open and govern the Lodge; setting the Craft at work, giving them proper instruction for their labor.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, it is my order that ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ be now opened on the Second Degree of Freemasonry for work and instruction. This communicate to the Junior Warden in the South, and he to the Brethren present, that having due notice thereof, they may govern themselves accordingly.

SW: Brother Junior Warden.

JW: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that ____ ____Lodge No. ___ be now opened on the Second Degree of Freemasonry for work and instruction. This communicate to the Brethren present, that having due notice thereof, they may govern themselves accordingly.

JW: Brethren, it is the order of the Worshipful Master, communicated to me through the Senior Warden in the West, that ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ be now opened on the Second Degree of Freemasonry for work and instruction. I communicate the same to you, that having due notice thereof, you may govern yourselves accordingly.

WM: Brethren; attend to giving the signs; observe the

East.

WM: *. SW: *. JW: *.

WM: *. SW: *. JW: *.

WM: Brethren, give your attention to the Chaplain.

Chap: Most Holy and Glorious Lord God, the Great Architect of the Universe, the Giver of all good gifts and graces! Thou hast promised that "Where two or three are gatheredtogether in Thy name, Thou wilt be in their midst and blessthem." In Thy name we have assembled, and in Thy name we desire to proceed in all our doings. Grant that the sublime principles of Freemasonry may so subdue every discordant passion within us - so harmonize and enrich our hearts with Thine own love and goodness - that the Lodge at this time may humbly reflect that order and beauty which reign forever before Thy throne. AMEN>

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Attend at the Altar and display the Three Great Lights in Masonry.

WM: "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew the descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."In the name of God and the Holy Saints John, I now declare ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ duly opened and in order for business; at the same time strictly forbidding any un-Masonic conduct whereby the harmony of the same might be disturbed.

WM: Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Inform the Tyler.

JD: * * *. Brother Tyler, I am directed to inform you that the Lodge is now open on the Fellow Craft Degree. Take due notice thereof and tyle accordingly.

JD: * * *. Tyl: * * *.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Present the Flag of our Country at the Altar.

WM: Brethren; you will join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of our Country.

(ALL) (Recite the Pledge of Allegiance)

WM: If there are present and Present or Past Grand Officers, Present or Past Masters, they are cordially and fraternally invited to a seat in the East.

FELLOW CRAFT DEGREE:

WM: *. Brethren; Brother _____ is in waiting for the Second Degree of Freemasonry, he having made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree. If there is no objection, I shall confer this degree upon him. (Pause) Brethren, there being none, I will proceed.

WM: *. Brother Stewards.

SS: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: How should a Brother be prepared for the Second Degree of Freemasonry?

SS: By being divested of all metallic substances, neither naked nor clothed, barefoot nor shod, right knee and breast bare, hood-winked, and with a cable-tow twice around his right arm, clothed as an Entered Apprentice.

WM: Repair to the preparation room where Brother ____ is in waiting. When thus prepared, cause him to make the usual alarm at the inner door.(At this time, any Present or Past Grand Lodge Officers, or Masters, who had been invited to a seat in the East, retire to the sidelines for the degree work.)

Cand: * * *

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: There is an alarm at the inner door.

WM: Attend to the alarm and ascertain the cause.

SD: * * *. Who comes here?

SS: Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.

SD: Brother ____, is this an act of your own free will and accord?

Cand: It is.

SD: Brother Stewards, is he worthy and well qualified?

SS: He is.

SD: Duly and truly prepared?

SS: He is.

SD: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?

SS: He has.

SD: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SS: By the benefit of the pass-word.

SD: Has he the pass-word?

SS: He has not, I have it for him.

SD: Advance and give it.

SS: Shibboleth.

SD: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, let him wait until the Worshipful Master can be informed of his request, and his answer returned.

SD: * * *. Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: There is without, Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.

WM: Is this an act of his own free will and accord?

SD: It is.

WM: Is he worthy and well qualified?

SD: He is.

WM: Duly and truly prepared?

SD: He is.

WM: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?

SD: He has.

WM: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SD: By the benefit of the pass-word.

WM: Has he the pass-word?

SD: He has not, I have it for him.

WM: Give it for the benefit of the Craft.

SD: Shibboleth.

WM: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, let him enter this Worshipful Lodge of Fellow Crafts, and be received in due and ancient form.

SD: * * *. Let him enter this Worshipful Lodge of Fellow Crafts, and be received in due and ancient form.

SD: Brother ____, when first you entered a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, you were received on the point of a sharp instrument piercing your naked left breast, the moral of which was at that time explained to you. I am now commanded to receive you on the angle of a square applied to your naked right breast, which is to teach you that the Square of Virtue should be a rule and guide for your prac-tice through life.

JW: *. SW: *. WM: *.

JW: * *.

Chap: "Thus he shewed me; and behold the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in Hishand."

SW: * *.

Chap: "And the Lord said unto me: Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumb-line. Then said the Lord: Behold, I will set a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel."

WM: * *.

Chap: "I will not again pass by them any more."

SD: * * *.

JW: *. Who comes here?

SD: Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.

JW: Brother ____, is this an act of your own free will and accord?

Cand: It is.

JW: Brother Senior Deacon, is he worthy and well qualified?

SD: He is.

JW: Duly and truly prepared?

SD: He is.

JW: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?

SD: He has.

JW: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SD: By the benefit of the pass-word.

JW: Has he the pass-word?

SD: He has not. I have it for him.

JW: Advance and give it.

SD: Shibboleth.

JW: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, conduct him to the Senior Warden in the West for his examination.

SD: * * *.

SW: *. Who comes here?

SD: Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.

SW: Brother ____, is this an act of your own free will and accord?

Cand: It is.

SW: Brother Senior Deacon, is he worthy and well qualified?

SD: He is.

SW: Duly and truly prepared?

SD: He is.

SW: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?

SD: He has.

SW: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SD: By the benefit of the pass-word.

SW: Has he the pass-word?

SD: He has not. I have it for him.

SW: Advance and give it.

SD: Shibboleth.

SW: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, conduct him to the Worshipful Master in the East for his examination.

SD: * * *.

WM: *. Who comes here?

SD: Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.

WM: Brother ____, is this an act of your own free will and accord?

Cand: It is.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon, is he worthy and well qualified?

SD: He is.

WM: Duly and truly prepared?

SD: He is.

WM: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?

SD: He has.

WM: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SD: By the benefit of the pass-word.

WM: Has he the pass-word?

SD: He has not. I have it for him.

WM: Advance and give it.

SD: Shibboleth.(Each of the three times it is given during this examination, the pass-word is whispered by the Senior Deacon into the ear of the examiner, so that the candidate will not overhear it.)

WM: The pass-word is right. Whence came you and whither are you traveling?

SD: From the West, traveling East.

WM: Why did you leave the West and travel East?

SD: In search of more Light in Masonry.

WM: Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, and in search of more Light in Masonry, reconduct him to the Senior Warden in the West, who will teach him how to approach the East in due and ancient form.

SD: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that you teach this Brother how to approach the East in due and ancient form.

SW: Cause the Brother to face the East.

SW: Brother ____, advance on your left foot as an Entered

Apprentice. Take an additional step on your right foot, bringing the heel of your left into the hollow of your right, thereby forming the angle of a square.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: The Brother is in order.

WM: Brother ____, before you can proceed further in Freemasonry, it will be necessary for you to take an Obligation appertaining to this degree. It becomes my duty, as well as pleasure, to inform you, that there is nothing contained in the Obligation that conflicts with the duties you owe to God, your country, your neighbor, your family, or yourself. With this assurance on my part, are you willing to take the Obligation?

Cand: (Answers in the affirmative)

WM: Than advance to the Sacred Altar of Freemasonry. There kneel on your naked right knee, your left forming the angle of a square, your right hand resting on the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, your left in a vertical position, your arm forming a square.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master, the Brother is in due form.

WM: * * *.

WM: Brother ____, if you are still willing to take the Obligation, say "I", pronounce your name in full, and repeat after me.

Cand: I, ____ ____, of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this Worshipful Lodge of Fellow Crafts, erected to Him, and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, do hereby and hereon, solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will keep and conceal and never reveal any of the secrets belonging to the Degree of Fellow Craft, which I have received, am about to receive, or may be hereafter instructed in, to any person unless it shall be to a worthy Brother Fellow Craft, or within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of such; and not unto him or them until by due trial, strict examination, or lawful Masonic information, I shall have found him or them justly entitled to receive the same.

Furthermore, I do promise and swear that I will answer and obey all due signs and regular summons, sent me from the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, or handed me by a worthy Brother of this degree, if within the length of my cable-tow, and the square and angle of my work.

Furthermore, I do promise and swear that I will help, aid and assist all poor and distressed Fellow Crafts, they applying to me as such, I finding them worthy, and can do so without material injury to myself.

Furthermore, I do promise and swear that I will not wrong, cheat, nor defraud a Fellow Crafts Lodge, or a worthy Brother of this degree, to the value of anything, knowingly, nor suffer it to be done by another if in my power to prevent.To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind in me whatsoever, binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart and vitals taken thence, and with my body given as a prey to the vultures of the air, should I ever knowingly, or willfully, violate this, my solemn Obligation of a Fellow Craft. So help me God and make me steadfast to keep and perform the same.

WM: In token of your sincerity, kiss the Holy Bible on which you hand rests.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon, remove the cable-tow.

WM: Brother ____, in your present situation, what do you most desire?

Cand: (prompted by SD) More Light in Masonry.

WM: Let the Brother be brought to Light.

WM: My Brother, on being brought to Light in this degree, you behold the Three Great Lights in Masonry, as in the preceding degree, with this difference: One point of the Compasses is above the Square, which is to teach youthat you have received, and are entitled to receive, more Light in Masonry. But as one point is still hidden from your view, it is also to teach you that you are as yet one material point in darkness respecting Freemasonry.

WM: *.

WM: You now behold me as Worshipful Master of this Lodge, approaching you from the East, upon the step, under the due-guard and sign of an Entered Apprentice; upon the step, under the due-guard and sign of a Fellow Craft. My Brother, a Fellow Craft advances on his right foot, bringing the heel of his left into the hollow of his right, thereby forming the angle of a square. This is the due guard, and alludes to the position of your hands while taking the Obligation; this is the sign, and alludes to the penalty of the Obligation. This due-guard and sign are always to be given as a salutation to the Worshipful Master, also on entering or retiring from a Fellow Crafts Lodge.

WM: My Brother, before rising from this Sacred Altar where you have taken the solemn Obligation of a Fellow Craft, I wish to direct your attention to one of its ties. You have sworn that you would answer and obey all due signs and regular summons sent you from the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, or handed you by a worthy Brother of this degree, if within the length of your cable-tow and the square and angle of your work. The length of your cable-tow alludes to you ability to obey a summons, and the square and angle of your work to the propriety of answering such. Should you receive a summons from this or any other Lodge, health and business permitting, it would be your duty to obey it; health and business not permitting, it would no be within the length of your cable-tow. Should you see a Masonic sign given at what you deemed an improper time, or an improper place, you are not bound to answer it; it would not be within the square and angle of your work. My Brother, your own good judgment must tell you when and where to answer Masonic signs.

I now present my right hand in token of the continuance of friendship and brotherly love, and will invest you with the pass-grip, pass-word, real grip and word of a Fellow Craft. As you are uninstructed, he who has hitherto answered for you, will do so at this time. Give me the grip of an Entered Apprentice.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: Worshipful Master.

WM: Will you be off or from?

SD: From.

WM: From what and to what?

SD: From the grip of an Entered Apprentice to the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.

WM: Pass. What is that?

SD: The pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.

WM: Has it a name?

SD: It has.

WM Will you give it to me?

SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.

WM: How will you dispose of it?

SD: Letter or syllable it.

WM: Syllable it and begin.

SD: You begin.

WM: Begin you.

SD: Shib. WM: bo. SD: leth.

WM: Shibboleth, my Brother, is the name of this grip. You should always remember it, for should you be present at the opening or a Fellow Crafts Lodge, this pass-word will be demanded of you by one of the Deacons, and should you be unable to give it, it would cause confusion in the Craft.

WM: Will you be off or from?

SD: From.

WM: From what and to what?

SD: From the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft, to the real grip of the same.

WM: Pass. What is that?

SD: The real grip of a Fellow Craft.

WM: Has it a name?

SD: It has.

WM: Will you give it to me?

SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.

WM: How will you dispose of it?

SD: Letter or halve it.

WM: Letter it and begin.

SD: You begin.

WM: Begin you.

SD: A. WM: J. SD: C. WM: H. SD: I. WM: N.

WM: Jachin, my Brother, is the name of this grip, and should always be given in this manner, by lettering or halving it. When lettering, always commence with the letter "A". Rise, salute the Junior and Senior Wardens and satisfy them that you are in possession of the step, due-guard, sign, pass-grip, pass-word, real grip and word of a Fellow Craft.

SD: * * *.

JW: *. Who comes here?

SD: A worthy Brother Fellow Craft.

JW: How may I know him to be such?

SD: By certain signs and tokens.

JW: What are signs?

SD: Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars

JW: Advance a sign. Has that an allusion?

SD: It has; to the position of my hands while taking the Obligation.

JW: Have you a further sign?

SD: I have.

JW: Has that an allusion?

SD: It has, to the penalty of the Obligation.

JW: What are tokens?

SD: Certain friendly or brotherly grips whereby one Mason may know another in the dark as in the light.

JW: Advance and give me a token. What is that?

SD: The pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.

JW: Has it a name?

SD: It has.

JW: Will you give it to me?

SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.

JW: How will you dispose of it?

SD: Letter or syllable it.

JW: Syllable it and begin.

SD: You begin.

JW: Begin you.

Cand (prompted if necessary): Shib. JW: bo. Cand: leth.

Cand: Shibboleth.

JW: Will you be off or from?

SD: From.

JW: From what and to what?

SD: From the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft to the real grip of the same.

JW: Pass. What is that?

SD: The real grip of a Fellow Craft.

JW: Has it a name?

SD: It has.

JW: Will you give it to me?

SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.

JW: How will you dispose of it?

SD: Letter or halve it.

JW: Letter it and begin.

SD: You begin.

JW: Begin you.

Cand (prompted as necessary): A. JW: J. Cand: C.

JW: H. Cand: I. JW: N.

SD: Jachin.

JW: The word is right. I am satisfied.

SD: * * *.

SW: *. Who comes here?

SD: A worthy Brother Fellow Craft.

SW: How may I know him to be such?

SD: By certain signs and tokens.

SW: What are signs?

SD: Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars.

SW: Advance a sign. Has that an allusion?

SD: It has; to the position of my hands while taking the Obligation.

SW: Have you a further sign?

SD: I have.

SW: Has that an allusion?

SD: It has; to the penalty of the Obligation.

SW: What are tokens?

SD: Certain friendly or brotherly grips whereby one Mason may know another in the dark as in the light.

SW: Advance and give me a token. What is that?

SD: The pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.

SW: Has it a name?

SD: It has.

SW: Will you give it to me?

SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.

SW: How will you dispose of it?

SD: Letter or syllable it.

SW; Syllable it and begin.

SD: You begin.

SW: Begin you.

Cand (prompted): Shib. SW: bo. Cand: leth.

Cand: Shibboleth.

SW: Will you be off or from?

SD: From.

SW: From what and to what?

SD: From the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft to the real grip of the same.

SW: Pass. What is that?

SD: The real grip of a Fellow Craft.

SW: Has it a name?

SD: It has.

SW: Will you give it to me?

SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.

SW: How will you dispose of it?

SD: Letter or syllable it.

SW: Syllable it and begin.

SD: You begin.

SW: Begin you.

Cand: A; SW: J; Cand: C; SW: H; Cand: I; SW: N.

Cand: Jachin.

SW: The word is right, I am satisfied. Conduct the Brother to the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: *. Brother Senior Deacon, reconduct the Brother to the Senior Warden in the West, who will teach him how to wear his apron as a Fellow Craft.

SD: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that you teach this Brother how to wear his apron as a Fellow Craft.

SW: Cause the Brother to face the East. My Brother, you have already been informed that at the building of King Solomon's Temple, the different bands of workmen were distinguished by the manner in which they wore their aprons. Fellow Crafts wore theirs with the flap turned down at the lower left corner, tucked up in the form of a triangle, to serve as a receptacle for their working tools. As a Fellow Craft you will therefore wear yours in this manner, that the three sides of the triangle thus formed may symbolize the fidelity, industry, and skill which should characterize your work as a Fellow Craft.

SD: Worshipful Master, your orders have been obeyed.

WM: My Brother, as you are now clothed as a Fellow Craft, I present you emblematically, the working tools, which are the Plumb, Square, and Level, and are thus explained: The Plumb is an instrument used by operative masons to try perpendiculars, the Square to square their work, and the Level to prove horizontals; but we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to use them for more noble and glorious purposes. The Plumb admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations before God and man, squaring our actions by the Square of Virtue, ever remembering that we are traveling upon the Level of Time to that "undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns."

WM: I now present you the Three Precious Jewels; the Attentive Ear, the Instructive Tongue, and the Faithful Breast. They teach us this important lesson. The Attentive Ear receives the sound from the Instructive Tongue, and the mysteries of Freemasonry are safely lodged in the repository of Faithful Breasts.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon, reconduct the Brother to the place whence he came, invest him with that of which he has been divested, and return him to a place represent-ing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.

WM: My Brother, salute as you have been instructed.

WM: *. Brother Junior Warden.

JW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Call the Craft from labor to refreshment, to resume labor at the sound of the gavel in the East.

JW: * * *. Brethren, it is the order of the Worshipful Master that you be now called from labor to refreshment, to resume labor at the sound of the gavel in the East. *.

WM: *.

SS: (from outside the inner door): * * *.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: There is an alarm at the inner door.

WM: Attend to the alarm and ascertain the cause.

SD: * * *. Who comes here?

SS: Worthy Brother Fellow Crafts desire admission.

SD: Worshipful Master, worthy Brother Fellow Crafts desire admission.

WM: You will admit them and conduct them emblematically through a porch, up a flight of winding stairs consisting of three, five, and seven steps, through an outer and inner door, into a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.

SD: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that you be admitted and conducted emblematically through a porch, up a flight of winding stairs consisting of three, five, andseven steps, through an outer and inner door, into a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.

MIDDLE CHAMBER LECTURE:

My Brother, the second section of this degree is principally devoted to the explanation of physical science, and by the studies attached thereto, the mind is improved and elevated to a communion with its Maker. Circumstances of importance to the Craft, and of peculiar interest to the Mason who delights in the study of the mystic beauties of his pro-fession, are here developed and explained.

The second section of this degree also has reference to the origin of the institution, and views Masonry under two denominations, operative and Speculative.

By operative masonry, we allude to the proper application of the useful rules of architecture, whence a structure will derive figure, strength and beauty, and whence will result a due proportion and just correspondence in all its parts. It furnishes us with dwellings and convenient shelter from the vicissitudes and inclemencies of seasons; and while it displays the effects of human wisdom, as well in the choice as in the arrangement of the sundry materials of which an edifice is composed, it demonstrates that a fund of science and industry is implanted in man for the best most salutary and beneficent purposes.

By Speculative, or Free, Masonry, we learn to subdue the passions, act upon the Square, keep a tongue of good report, maintain secrecy, and practice charity. It is so far interwoven with religion as to lay us under obligation to pay that rational homage to the Deity which at once constitutes our duty and our happiness. It leads the contemplative to view with reverence and admiration the gloriousworks of creation, and inspires him with the most exalted ideas of the perfection of his Divine Creator.

The second section of this degree also refers to the origin of the Jewish Sabbath, as well as to the manner in which it was kept by our ancient Brethren.

In six days God created the heaven and the earth, and rested on the seventh day; the seventh, therefore, our ancient Brethren consecrated as a day of rest from their labor, thereby enjoying frequent opportunities to contem-plate the glorious works of Creation, and to adore their Great Creator.

At the building of King Solomon's Temple there were eighty thousand Fellow Crafts employed. These were all under the immediate direction of our ancient Operative Grand Master Hiram Abif. On the evening of the sixth day their work was inspected, and all who had proved themselves worthy, by strict fidelity to their duties, were invested with certain mystic signs, grips, and words, to enable them to gain admission into the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple. On the same day and hour, King Solomon, accompanied by his confidential officers, consisting of his Secretary, Senior and Junior Wardens, repaired to the Middle Chamber to meet them.

His Secretary he placed near his person, the Senior Warden at the inner and the Junior Warden at the outer door, giving them strict instructions to suffer none to enter except such as were in possession of certain mystic signs, grips, and words, previously established, so that when any did enter, he, knowing that they must have been faithful workmen or they could not have gained admission, had nothing to do but order their names recorded as such, and pay them their wages, which they received in corn, wine and oil, emblematical of nourishment, refreshment and joy, and after solemnly admonishing them of the reverence due the great and sacred name of Deity, suffered them to depart in peace until the time should arrive to commence the following week's work.

This, you will perceive, was all accomplished on the evening of the sixth day, that there might be no unnecessary labor performed on the seventh, that being a day set apart for rest and meditation.

We, my Brother, are in possession of the same mystic signs, grips and words as were our ancient Brethren, and are about to endeavor to work our way into a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple, and should we succeed, I have no doubt we shall be alike received and rewarded.

In doing this it will be necessary for us to make an advance, emblematically, through a porch, up a flight of winding stairs consisting of three, five, and seven steps, through an outer and inner door. In making this advance we necessarily pass between two pillars or columns, representing those pillars erected at the entrance to the porch of King Solomon's Temple; one on the right hand, the other on the left. The name of the one on the left hand was Boaz, denoting strength; the name of the one on the right, Jachin, denoting establishment, collectively alluding to several promises of God to David, one of which reads: "And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee."

"Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits."

Their composition was of molten or cast brass, the better to withstand inundation or conflagration, that they might not be removed by flood or destroyed by fire. They were cast in the clay grounds on the banks of the River Jordan, between Succoth and Zeredatha, where King Solomon ordered these and all the sacred vessels of the Temple to be cast. They were cast hollow for the purpose of contain-ing the rolls and records which composed the archives of our ancient Brethren.

The chapiters were adorned with leaves of lilywork, network and chains of pomegranates, denoting Peace, Unite, and Plenty. The Lily, from its extreme whiteness, as well as the retired situation in which it grows, denotes Peace; the Network, from the intimate connection of all its parts, Unity; and the Pomegranate, from the exuberance of its seed, Plenty.

These pillars are surmounted by two artificial spherical bodies, on the convex surfaces of which are represented the countries, seas, and various parts of the earth; the face of the heavens, the planetary revolutions, and other important particulars.

Contemplating these bodies, we are inspired with a due reverence for the Deity and His works, and are induced to encourage the studies of astronomy, geography, navigation, and the arts dependent on them, by which society has been so much benefited.

Passing between these columns, the next object to which our attention is particularly drawn is a representation of a flight of winding stairs, consisting of three, five, and seven steps, each of which has certain Masonic significance.The three steps allude to the Three Great Lights in Masonry, the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses; also to the three principal officers of the Lodge, the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, who represent the three great supports of Masonry: Wisdom, Strength and Beauty, it being necessary that there should be wisdom to contrive, strength to support, and beauty to adorn all great and important undertakings.The three steps also allude to the great luminary of creation as he appears to us at the three principal points of observation: he rises in the east to open the day with a mild and gentle influence, and all Nature rejoices at the appearance of his beams; he gains his meridian in the south, invigorating all things with the perfection of his ripening qualities; with declining strength he sets in the west to close the day, leaving mankind to rest from their labor.

This is the type of the three principal stages in the life of man; infancy, manhood, and age.

The first of these is characterized by the blush of innocence as pure as the tints that gild the eastern portals of the day; and the heart rejoices in the unsuspecting integrity of its own unblemished virtue, nor fears deceit, because it knows no guile. Manhood succeeds; the ripening intellect attains the meridian of its powers. At the approach of old age, strength decays - his sun is setting in the west. Enfeebled by sickness and bodily infirmities, he lingers on until death finally closes his eventful day, and happy is he if the setting splendors of a virtuous life gild his departing moments with the gentle tints of Hope, and close his short career in peace, harmony, and brotherly love.

Ponder well, my Brother, upon the wisdom taught by these emblems, and be admonished:

"That when thy summons comes to join

The innumerable caravan, which moves

To that mysterious realm, where each shall take

His chamber in the silent halls of death,

Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,

Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed

By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave

Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch

About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

We will make a further advance and ascend the five steps. The five steps allude to the five orders of architecture, and the five human senses.By order in architecture is meant a system of all the members, proportions and ornaments of columns and pilasters; or it is the regular arrangement of the projecting parts of a building, which, united with those of a column, form a beautiful, perfect and complete whole.

From the first formation of society, order in architecture may be traced. When the rigors of seasons obliged men to contrive shelter from the inclemency of the weather, we learn that they first planted trees on end, and then laid others across to support a covering.

The bands which connected those trees at top and bottom are said to have given rise to the idea of the base and capital of pillars, and from this simple hint originally proceeded the more improved art of architecture.

The five orders are thus classed: the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite.

The ancient and original orders of architecture revered by Masons are no more than three - the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian, which were invented by the Greeks. To these the Romans have added two - the Tuscan, which they made plainer than the Doric, and the Composite, which was more ornamental, if not more beautiful than the Corinthian. The first three orders alone, however, show invention and particular character, and essentially differ from each other; the two others have nothing but what is borrowed, and differ only accidentally. The Tuscan is the Doric in its earliest state, and the Composite is the Corinthian enriched with the Ionic. To the Greeks, therefore, and not to the Romans, we are indebted for that which is great, judicious and distinct in architecture.

The five human senses are Hearing, Seeing, Feeling, Smelling and Tasting, the first three of which have ever been deemed prerequisite to being made a Mason, for by Hearing we hear the word, Shibboleth; by Seeing, we see the sign; and by Feeling, we feel that friendly and brotherly grip whereby one Mason may know another in the dark as in the light.

We will now make a still further advance and ascend the seven steps. The seven steps allude to the seven liberal arts and sciences, which are: Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy.

Grammar is the science which teaches us how to express our ideas in appropriate words, which we afterward beautify and adorn with Rhetoric; while Logic instructs us how to think and reason with propriety, and to make language sub-ordinate to thought.

Arithmetic, which is the science of computing by numbers, is absolutely essential, not only to a thorough knowledge of all mathematical science, but also to a proper pursuit of our daily vocations.

Geometry treats of the powers and properties of magnitudes in general, where length, breadth and thickness are considered - from a point to a line, from a line to a superficies, and from a superficies to a solid.

A point is the beginning of all geometrical matter. A line is the continuation of the same.

A superficies has length and breadth without a given thickness.

A solid has length and breadth with a given thickness, which forms a cube and comprehends the whole.

By this science the architect is enabled to construct his plans and execute his designs; the general to arrange his soldiers; the engineer to mark out grounds for encampments; the geographer to give the dimensions of the world and all things therein contained - to delineate the extent of the seas, and specify the divisions of empires, kingdoms and provinces. By it also, the astronomer is enabled to make his observations, and to fix the duration of times and seasons, years and cycles. In fine, Geometry is the foundation of architecture and the root of mathematics. To be without a perception of the charms of Music is to be without the finer traits of humanity. It is the medium which gives the natural world communication with the spiritual, and few are they who have not felt its power and acknowledged its expressions to be intelligible to the heart. It is a language of delightful sensations, far more eloquent than words. It breathes to the ear the clearest intimations; it touches and gently agitates the agreeable and sublime passions; it wraps us in melancholy and elevates us to joy; it dissolves and inflames; it melts us in tenderness and excites us to war.

It has a voice for every age and a capacity for every degree of taste and intelligence. Its lullaby soothes the infant in its mother's arms; its joyous notes wing the tripping feet of the dancers on the green; its martial tones inspire the spirit of patriotism, nerve the warrior's arm, and fire his heart. The stirring strains of national airs, heard on the rough edge of battle, have ever thrilled the soldier, causing him to burn with an emulous desire to lead the perilous advance, and animating him to deeds of heroic valor and the most sublime devotion. Amid the roar of cannon, the din of musketry and the carnage of battle, he is stricken to the dust.

Raising himself to take one last long look on life, he hears in the distance that plaintive strain, "Home, Sweet Home."It was our mother's evening hymn, and has often lulled us to sleep in infancy. The mellowing tides of old cathedral airs, vibrating through aisles and arches, have stilled the ruffled spirit, and sweeping aside the discordant passions of men, have bourne them along its resistless current, until their united voices have joined in sounding aloud the chorus of the heaven-born anthem: "Peace on earth, good will toward men."

But music never sounds with such seraphic harmony as when employed in singing hymns of gratitude to the Creator of the Universe:

"Be Thou, O God, exalted high,

And as Thy glory fills the sky,

So let it be on earth displayed,

Till Thou art here, as there, obeyed."

Astronomy is that sublime science which inspires the contemplative mind to soar aloft and read the wisdom, strength and beauty of the Great Creator in the heavens. How nobly eloquent of the Deity is the celestial hemisphere - spangled with the most magnificent heralds of His infinite glory! They speak to the whole universe; for there is no people so barbarous as to fail to understand their language; no nation so dist-ant that their voices are not heard among them.

My Brother, we are now approaching a place representing the outer door to the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple, which we will find partly open but closely tyled by the Junior Warden, who will doubtless demand of us the pass-word of a Fellow Craft. Let us advance and make a regular alarm.

SD: * * *.

JW: Who comes here?

SD: Fellow Crafts endeavoring to work their way into a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.

JW: How do you expect to gain admission?

SD: By the pass-word of a Fellow Craft.

JW: Give it.

SD: Shibboleth.

JW: What does it denote?

SD: Plenty.

JW: How represented?

SD: By a sheaf of corn, suspended near a waterfall, which teaches us that while we have bread to eat and pure refreshing water to drink, we have all that necessity requires.

JW: By whom instituted?

SD: By Jephthah, a Judge of Israel, in a war with the Ephraimites. The Ephraimites had long been a stubborn and rebellious people, whom Jephthah had striven to subdue by mild and lenient measures, but without effect. They were highly incensed at Jephthah for not being called to fight and share in the rich spoils of the Ammonitish war, and gathered together a mighty army, crossed the River Jordan, and prepared to give Jephthah battle; but, being apprised of their approach, he called together the men of Israel, went forth, gave them battle, and put them to flight; and to make his victory more complete he stationed guards at the different passes along the banks of the River Jordan and said unto them, "If ye see any strangers pass this way, say unto them, 'Now say ye, Shibboleth,' but the Ephraimites, being of a different tribe, could not frame to pronouncethe word and said 'Sibboleth.' This trifling defect proved them to be enemies and cost them their lives, and there fell that day on the field of battle and at the different passes along the banks of the River Jordan, forty and two thousand, after which Jephthah ruled quietly in Israel until the time of his death, in all about six years.

This was what affected us to distinguish a friend from a foe, and has since been adopted as the pass-word to be given before entering any regular and well governed Lodge of Fellow Crafts.

JW: I am satisfied; pass on.

SD: My Brother, we are now approaching a place representing the inner door to the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple, which we will find partly open but closely tyled by the Senior Warden, who will doubtless demand of us the real grip and word of a Fellow Craft. Let us advance and make a regular alarm.

SD: * * *.

SW: *. Who comes here?

SD: Fellow Crafts endeavoring to work their way into a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.

SW: How do you expect to gain admission>

SD: By the real grip and word of a Fellow Craft.

SW: Advance and give it. What is that?

SD: The real grip of a Fellow Craft.

SW: Has it a name?

SD: It has.

SW: Will you give it to me?

SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.

SW: How will you dispose of it?

SD: Letter or halve it.

SW: Letter it and begin.

SD: You begin.

SW: Begin you.

SD: A; SW: J; SD: C; SW: H; SD: I; SW: N.

SD: Jachin.

SW: I am satisfied; pass on and in.

SD: My Brother, we are now in a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple. Behold the letter G, suspended in the East! It is the initial of Geometry, the first and noblest of sciences, and the basis on which the superstructure of Freemasonry is erected. By Geometry we may curiously trace Nature through her various windings to her most concealed recesses; by it we discover the power, wisdom and goodness of the Grand Artificer of the Universe, and view with delight the proportions which compose this vast machine; by it we discover how the planets move in their respective orbits, and demonstrate their various revolutions; by it we ccount for the return of the seasons, and the variety of scenes which each season displays to the discerning eye. Numberless worlds are around us, all framed by the same Divine Artist, which roll through the vast expanse, and are all conducted by the same unerring law of Nature.

A survey of Nature, and the observations of her beautiful proportions, first determined man to imitate the Divine Plan and study symmetry and order. This gave rise to societies and birth to every useful art. The architect began to design, and the plans which he laid down, being improved by time and experience, have produced works which are the admiration of every age.The lapse of time, the ruthless hand of ignorance, and the devastations of war have laid waste and destroyed many valuable monuments of antiquity, on which the utmost exertions of human genius have been employed. Even the Temple of Solomon, so spacious and magnificent, and constructed by so many celebrated artists, escaped not the unsparing ravages of barbarous force. Freemasonry, notwithstanding, still survives. The attentive ear receives the sound from the instructive tongue, and the mysteries of Freemasonry are safely lodged in the repository of faithful breasts.

Ages ago, upon the Eastern plains, was our institution set up, founded upon principles more durable than the metal wrought into the statues of ancient kings. Age after age rolled by; storm and tempest hurled their thunders at its head; wave after wave of bright insidious sands curled about its feet and heaped their sliding grains against its sides; men came and went in fleeting generations; seasons fled like hours through the whirling wheel of time; ut through the attrition of the waves and sands of life - through evil report as well as good, Freemasonry has maintained its beneficent influence, spreading wider and wider over the earth.

Tools and implements of architecture and symbolic emblems most expressive have been selected by the Fraternity to imprint on the mind wise and serious truths, and thus through the succession of ages have been transmitted, unimpaired, the most excellent tenets or our insti-tution.

Every Brother admitted within the walls of this Middle Chamber should heed the lessons here inculcated, and consider that as a Freemason he is a builder, not of a material edifice, but of a temple more glorious than that of Solomon - a temple of honor, of justice, of purity, of knowledge, and of truth - and that these tools of the operative mason's art indicate the labors he is to perform, the dangers he is to encounter, and the preparations he is to make in the uprearing of that spiritual temple wherein his soul will find rest forever and forevermore; then, indeed will the attentive ear have received the sound from the instructive tongue, and the mysteries of Freemasonry shall be safely lodged in the repository of faithful breasts.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: I have the pleasure of presenting Brother ____, who has made an advance, emblematically, through a porch, up a flight of winding stairs, consisting of three, five, and even steps, through an outer and inner door, into a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple, and now awaits your pleasure.

WM: My Brother, I congratulate you on arriving at a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.It was there our ancient brethren had their names recorded as faithful workmen; it is here that you are entitled to have yours recorded as such. Brother Secretary, please make the proper record.

Secy: Worshipful Master, the record will be made.

WM: It was there also our ancient Brethren received their wages, consisting of Corn, Wine, and Oil, emblematical of nourishment, refreshment, and joy, which was to signify that our ancient Brethren, when passed to this degree, were entitled to wages sufficient to procure not only the necessaries and comforts of life, but many of its superfluities; and may your industrious habits and strict application to business procure for you a plenty of the Corn of nourishment, the Wine of refreshment, and the Oil of joy.

WM: * * *.

WM: The letter G, to which your attention was directed on your passage hither, has a still greater and more significant meaning. It is the initial of the grand and sacred name of God, before whom all Masons, from the youngest Entered Apprentice who stands in the Northeast corner of the Lodge, to the Worshipful Master who presides in the East, should most humbly, reverently, and devoutly bow.

WM: *. My Brother, this concludes the ceremonies of this degree, and if you will remain standing, I will repeat to you the charge.

CHARGE AT PASSING:

My Brother, being passed to the Second Degree of Freemasonry, we congratulate you on your preferment. The internal, and not the external, qualifications of a man are what Masonry regards. As you increase in knowledge you will improve in social intercourse.

It is unnecessary to recapitulate the duties which as a Fellow Craft you are bound to discharge, or to enlarge on the necessity of a strict adherence to them, as your own experience must have established their value. Our aws and regulations you are strenuously to support, and be always ready to assist in seeing them duly executed. You are not to palliate or aggravate the offenses of your Brethren, but in the decision of every trespass against our rules you are to judge with candor, admonish with friendship and reprehend with justice.

Be just and fear not. Never speak ill of anyone unless you are sure that what you say be true. Avoid suspicion; for, like the fabled upas, it blights all healthy life and makes a desert round it.

Nothing so fair, nothing so pure can live, buy by suspicion may be marred and blasted; no path so straight but to suspicion's eye looks tortuous and bent from its true end.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, which is established as the basis of our art. Geometry, or Masonry, originally synonymous terms, being of a divine and moral nature, is enriched with the most useful knowledge; while it proves the wonderful properties of nature, it demonstrates the more important truths of morality.

Your past behavior and regular deportment have merited the honor we have conferred, and in your new character it is expected that you will conform to the principles of the Order by steadily persevering in the practice of every commendable virtue.

Such is the nature of your engagement as a Fellow Craft, and to these duties you are bound by the most sacred ties.

WM: My Brother, there is a lecture in connection with this degree that it will be necessary for you to commit to memory and on which you must pass a suitable examination in open Lodge, or as provided by our Nevada Code, before you can be Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. I have no doubt that the Brother who has instruct-ed you thus far will be pleased to continue.

FELLOW CRAFTS CLOSING:

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Have you anything to bring before the Lodge before I proceed to close?

SW: Nothing in the West.

WM: Anything in the South, Brother Junior Warden?

JW: (S) Nothing in the South.

WM: Has any Brother anything to bring before the Lodge before I proceed to close?

WM: *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: The last as well as the first great care of Masons when convened?

JD: To see that they are duly tyled.

WM: Attend to that duty and inform the Tyler that I am about to close this Lodge of Fellow Crafts, and direct him to tyle accordingly.

JD: * * *. Brother Tyler, I am directed to inform you that the Worshipful Master is about to close this Lodge of Fellow Crafts. Take due notice thereof and govern yourself accordingly.

JD: * * *. Tyl: * * *.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master, we are duly tyled.

WM: How are we tyled?

JD: By a Brother of this degree, armed with the proper implement of his office.

WM: His duty there?

JD: To observe the approach of cowans and eavesdroppers, and suffer none to pass or re-pass except such as are duly qualified and have permission from the Worshipful Master.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Are you a Fellow Craft?

SW: I am, try me.

WM: By what will you be tried?

SW: By the square.

WM: Why by the Square?

SW: Because It is an emblem of morality and one of the working tools of a Fellow Craft.

WM: What is a Square?

SW: An angle of ninety degrees, or the fourth part of a circle.

WM: What makes you a Fellow Craft?

SW: My Obligation.

WM: Where were you made a Fellow Craft?

SW: Within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, assembled in a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.

WM: How many compose a Fellow Crafts Lodge?

SW: Five or more.

WM: When composed of five, of whom does it consist?

SW: The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens,

Senior and Junior Deacons.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, the Junior Deacon's place in the Lodge?

SW: At my right.

WM: * *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

JD: To carry messages from the Senior Warden in the West to the Junior Warden in the South, and elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct; attend the alarms at the outer door and report the same to the Worshipful Master; also to see that we are duly tyled.

WM: The Senior Deacon's place?

JD: At the right of the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

SD: To carry orders from the Worshipful Master in the East to the Senior Warden in the West, and elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct; welcome and clothe visiting Brethren, attend the alarms at the inner door; also to receive and conduct candidates.

WM: The Junior Warden's station?

SD: In the South.

WM: Brother Junior Warden.

JW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty in the South?

JW: To observe the sun at meridian, which is the glory and beauty of the day; call the Craft from labor to refreshments, superintend them during the hours thereof, carefully to observe that their means of refreshments are not perverted to intemperance or excess, and see that they return to their labors in due season, that the Worshipful Master may receive honor, and they pleasure and profit thereby.

WM: The Senior Warden's station.

JW: In the West.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Why in the West?

SW: As the sun is in the West at close of day, so stands the Senior Warden in the West to assist the Worshipful Master in opening and closing the Lodge; paying the Craft their wages, if any be due, that none may go away dissatisfied; harmony being the support of all institutions, especially this of ours.: The Master's station?

SW: In the East.

WM: Why in the East?

SW: As the sun rises in the East to rule and govern the day(WM: * * *.), so rises the Worshipful Master in the East to open and govern the Lodge; setting the Craft at work, giving them proper instruction for their labor.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, it is my order that ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ be now closed on the Second Degree of Freemasonry, and stand closed until opened by proper authority, of which due and timely notice will be given. This communicate to the Junior Warden in the South, and he to the Brethren present, that having due notice thereof, they may govern themselves accordingly.

SW: Brother Junior Warden.

JW: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ be now closed on the Second Degree of Freemasonry, and stand closed until opened by proper authority, of which due and timely notice will be given. This communicate to the Brethren present, that having due notice thereof, they may govern themselves accordingly.

JW: Brethren; it is the order of the Worshipful Master, communicated to me through the Senior Warden in the West, that ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ be now closed on the Second Degree of Freemasonry, and stand closed until opened by proper authority, of which due and timely notice will be given. I communicate the same to you, that having due notice thereof, you may govern yourselves accordingly.

WM: Brethren; attend to giving the signs; observe the East.

WM: *. SW: *. JW: *.

WM: *. SW: *. JW: *.

WM: Brethren, give your attention to the Chaplain.

Chap: And now, Almighty Father, we ask Thy blessing upon the proceedings of this communication, and as we are about to separate, we ask Thee to keep us under Thy protecting care until again we are called together. Teach us, O God, to realize the beauties of the principles of our time-honored institution, not only while in the Lodge, but when abroad in the world. Subdue every discordant passion within us. May we love one another in the bonds of union and friendship. AMEN

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: How should Masons meet?

SW: On the Level.

WM: And how act, Brother Junior Warden?

JW: By the Plumb.

WM: And part upon the Square. So should we, my Brethren, ever meet, act, and part.

May the blessing of Heaven rest upon us and all regular Masons. May brotherly love prevail, and every moral and social virtue cement us. AMEN.

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Attend at the Altar and close the Three Great Lights in Masonry.

WM: I now declare ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ duly closed.

WM: Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Inform the Tyler.

WM: *.

FELLOW CRAFT EXAMINATION:

Q. Are you a Fellow Craft?

A. I am, try me.

Q. By what will you be tried?

A. By the Square.

Q. Why by the Square?

A. Because it is an emblem of morality and one of the working tools of a Fellow Craft.

Q. What is a Square?

A. An angle of ninety degrees, or the fourth part of a circle.

Q. What makes you a Fellow Craft?

A. My Obligation.

Q. Where were you made a Fellow Craft?

A. Within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, assembled in a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.

Q. How may I know you to be a Fellow Craft?

A. By certain signs and tokens.

Q. What are signs?

A. Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars.

Q. Advance a sign. Has that an allusion?

A. It has; to the position of my hands while taking the Obligation.

Q. Have you a further sign?

A. I have.

Q. Has that an allusion?

A. It has; to the penalty of the Obligation.

Q. What are tokens?

A. Certain friendly or brotherly grips, whereby one Mason may know another in the dark as in the light.

Q. Advance and give me a token. What is that?

A. The pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.

Q. Has it a name?

A. It has.

Q. Will you give it to me?

A. I did not so receive it, neither will I so impart it.

Q. How will you dispose of it?

A. Letter or syllable it.

Q. Syllable it and begin.

A. You begin.

Q. Begin you.

A. Shib;

Q. bo;

A. leth.

A. Shibboleth.

Q. Will you be off or from?

A. From.

Q. From what, and to what?

A. From the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft to the real grip of the same.

Q. Pass. What is that?

A. The real grip of a Fellow Craft.

Q. Has it a name?

A. It has.

Q. Will you give it to me?

A. I did not so receive it, neither will I so impart it.

Q. How will you dispose of it?

A. Letter or halve it.

Q. Letter it and begin.

A. You begin.

Q. Begin you.

A. A; Q. J; A. C; Q. H; A. I; Q. N.

A. Jachin.

Q. Where were you prepared to be made a Fellow Craft?

A. In a room adjoining the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts.

Q. How were you prepared?

A. By being divested of all metallic substances, neither naked nor clothed, barefoot nor shod, right knee and breast bared, hood-winked, and with a cable-tow twice around my right arm, clothed as an Entered Apprentice, in which condition I was conducted to a door of the Lodge and caused to give three distinct knocks, which were answered by three within.

Q. Why was the cable-tow twice around your right arm?

A. To teach me that as a Fellow Craft I was under a double tie to the Fraternity.

Q. To what do the three knocks allude?

A. To the Three Precious Jewels.

Q. What was said to you from within?

A. Who comes here?

Q. Your answer?

A. A worthy Brother, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.

Q. What were you then asked?

A. If this was an act of my own free will and accord, if I was worthy and well-qualified, duly and truly prepared, if I had made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree, all of which being answered in the affirmative, I was then asked by what further right or benefit I expected to obtain this important privilege.

Q. Your answer?

A. By the benefit of the pass-word.

Q. Had you the pass-word?

A. I had not. My conductor had, and gave it for me.

Q. What were you then told?

A. Since I was in possession of all these necessary qualifications, I should wait until the Worshipful Master could be informed of my request and his answer returned.

Q. What was his answer when returned?

A. Let him enter this Worshipful Lodge of Fellow Crafts and be received in due and ancient form?

Q. How were you received?

A. On the angle of a Square applied to my naked right breast, which was to teach me that the Square of Virtue should be a rule and guide for my practice through life.

Q. How were you then disposed of?

A. Conducted twice regularly around the Lodge and to the Junior Warden in the South, where the same questions were asked and answers returned as at the door.

Q. How did the Junior Warden dispose of you?

A. Directed my conducted to the Senior Warden in the West, where the same questions were asked and answers returned as before.

Q. How did the Senior Warden dispose of you?

A. Directed me conducted to the Worshipful Master in the East, where the same questions were asked and answers returned as before, who also demanded of me whence I came and whither traveling.

Q. Your answer?

A. From the West, traveling East.

Q. Why did you leave the West and travel East.

A. In search of more Light in Masonry.

Q. How did the Worshipful Master dispose of you?

A. Ordered me re-conducted to the Senior Warden in the West, who taught me how to approach the East in due and ancient form.

Q. What is that due and ancient form?

A. Advancing on my right foot, bring the heel of my left into the hollow of my right, thereby forming the angle of a square, body erect, facing East.

Q. What did the Worshipful Master then do with you?

A. Made me a Fellow Craft.

Q. How?

A. In due form.

Q. What is that due form?

A. Kneeling on my naked right knee, my left forming the angle of a square, my right hand resting on the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, my left in a vertical position, my arm forming a square, in which due form I took the solemn Obligation of a Fellow Craft.

Q. Have you that Obligation?

A. I have.

Q. Repeat it.

A. I, _____ ______, of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this Worshipful Lodge of Fellow Crafts, erected to Him and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, do hereby and heron, solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will keep and conceal and never reveal any of the secrets belong to the Degree of Fellow Craft, which I have received, am about to receive, or may be hereafter instructed in, to any person unless it shall be to a worthy Brother Fellow Craft, or within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of such; and not unto him or them until by due trial, strict examination, or lawful Masonic information, I shall have found him or them justly entitled to receive the same.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will answer and obey all due signs and regular summons, sent me from the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, or handed me by a worthy Brother of this degree, if within the length of my cable-tow, and the square and angle of my work.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will help, aid, and assist all poor and distressed Fellow Crafts, they applying to me as such, I finding them worthy, and can do so without material injury to myself.Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not wrong, cheat, nor defraud a Fellow Craft's Lodge, or a worthy Brother of this degree, to the value of anything, knowingly, nor suffer it to be done by another, if in my power to prevent.

To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind in me whatsoever; binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having me left breast torn open, my heart and vitals taken thence, and with my body given as a prey to the vultures of the air, should I ever knowingly or willfully violate this, my solemn Obligation of a Fellow Craft. So help me God and make me steadfast to keep and perform the same.

Q. After the Obligation what were you asked?

A. What I most desired.

Q. Your answer.

A. More Light in Masonry.

Q. Did you receive it?

A. I did, by order of the Worshipful Master.

Q. On being brought to Light in this degree, what did you first behold?

A. The Three Great Lights in Masonry, as in the preceding degree, with this difference; one point of the Compasses was above the Square, which was to teach me that I had received, and was entitled to receive, more Light in Masonry, but as one point was still hidden from my view, it was also to teach me that I was as yet one material point in darkness respecting Freemasonry.

Q. What did you next behold?

A. The Worshipful Master approaching me from the East, upon the step, under the due-guard and sign of an Entered Apprentice; upon the step, under the due-guard and sign of a Fellow Craft, who presented his right hand in token of the continuance of friendship and brotherly love, and invested me with the pass-grip, pass-word, real grip and word, ordered me to rise, salute the Junior and Senior Wardens and satisfy them that I was in possession of the step, due-guard, sign, pass-grip, pass-word, real grip and word of a Fellow Craft.

Q. How were you then disposed of?

A. Re-conducted to the Senior Warden in the West, who taught me how to wear my apron as a Fellow Craft.

Q. How should a Fellow Craft wear his apron?

A. With the lower left corner tucked up.

Q. With what were you then presented?

A. The working tools of a Fellow Craft.

Q. What are they?

A. The Plumb, Square, and Level.

Q. How are they explained?

A. The Plumb is an instrument used by operative masons to try perpendiculars, the Square to square their work, and the Level to prove horizontals; but we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to use them for more noble and glorious purposes. The Plumb admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations before God and man, squaring our actions by the Square of Virtue, ever remembering we are traveling upon the Level of Time to that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns.

Q. With what were you then presented?

A. The Three Precious Jewels; the Attentive Ear, the Instructive Tongue, and the Faithful Breast. They teach us this important lesson. The Attentive Ear receives the sound from the Instructive Tongue, and the mysteries of Freemasonry are safely lodged in the repository of Faithful Breasts.

Q. How were you then disposed of?

A. Re-conducted to the place whence I came, invested with that of which I had been divested, and returned to a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.