No presiding officer, leader or chairman associated with a secular body offers the forces of the Grand Master. But it's an error to think about this high office as altogether without restrictions. Within the forty-nine Grand Areas around the Union the forces from the Grand East broadly differ, although have the ability to certain forces in keeping. All Grand Master preside over their Grand Lodges all can preside over any particular Lodge all can call Special Communications' al can problem certain dispensations all can arrest Charters of Lodges for cause. However in many particulars the forces from the Grand East differ almost around their longitudes.
To define and compare the extent and limitation from the forces of Grand Masters needs a complete study of Constitutions, laws and regulations, rules, edicts, choices, landmarks, customs and practices. Masonry includes a large body of unwritten law, as binding so that as strictly adopted as what is presented he will be a smart student indeed who could tell you they are wholly familiar with the unwritten law of forty-nine Grand Areas.
Certain forces and restrictions of forces of Grand Masters, however, are positioned forth in Constitutions of forty-seven of America's forty-nine Grand Lodges. It's these which, within the primary, are here considered. But it's to be observed that insufficient constitutional statement associated with a energy, in almost any Grand Jurisdiction, doesn't always imply that the Grand Master doesn't have it.
All Areas agree within the inviolability from the Ancient Landmarks. Individuals Areas that have adopted compilations of Ancient Landmarks this regard them because the foundation stone of Masonic law. Over fifty percent from the forty-nine Areas have such compilations they are:
Either Mackey's listing of twenty-five, or
Special lists adopted within the particular Grand Jurisdiction most special lists basically amplify Mackey's, contracting or growing it to some greater or lesser number.
Mackey's 4th to eight Landmarks, worried about the Grand Master, read the following:
4. The federal government from the Fraternity with a Grand Master.
5. The prerogative from the Grand Master to preside over every set up from the Craft.
6. The prerogative from the Grand Master to allow dispensations for conferring levels at irregular times.