Masonic degrees explained

August 31, 2017
Museum of Freemasonry

W. M.-Brother Junior Deacon, you'll tote around the required assistance and repair towards the ante-room, where there's an applicant in awaiting the 2nd degree in Masonry and if you have him prepared, allow it to be known through the usual sign.

The Junior Deacon, using the two Stewards associated him, steps towards the center from the Lodge, helps make the duegard and manifestation of another Craft, and passes from the Lodge in to the ante-room. (For duegard and sign see Figs. 3 and 4, page 17.)

J. D.-Well, Brother Gabe, you'll have to be ready for this Degree as have the ability to been before you decide to. You, obviously, might have no serious objection?

Brother Gabe.-I haven't.

J. D.-Then you'll go without your boots, coat, pants, vest-necktie, and collar here is a set of drawers, unless of course you've got a pair of your. You now will slip

your right arm from your shirtsleeve, and set it with the bosom of the shirt, that the right arm and breast may he naked.

The Deacon here ties a hoodwink, or hands-kerchief, over both eyes. (Within the duration of Morgan, it had been the usage to pay for just one eye.) The Junior Deacon then ties a rope, by Masons known as a cable-tow, two times round his arm. (Formerly, the rope was put two times across the candidate's neck.) Some Lodges stick to the old custom now, however this is quite an uncommon factor. The readers will, however, prosper to remember these hints, because they are particular points.

The best feet and knee from the candidate are created bare by moving in the drawers, along with a slipper ought to be placed on his left feet. This being accomplished, the candidate is duly and truly prepared. (See .)

The Deacon now takes the candidate through the arm, and leads him toward the doorway from the Lodge and upon coming there he gives three raps, once the Senior Deacon, that has taken his station inside door from the Lodge, reviews towards the Master the following:

S. D.-Worshipful Master (making the manifestation of another Craft), there's a security in the inner door in our Lodge.

W. M.-You'll deal with the alarm, and determine the reason.

The Deacon gives three raps, that are taken care of immediately through the Junior Deacon, and clarified to by one rap in the Senior Deacon inside, who paves the way, and states:

S. D.-Who comes here?

J. D. (conductor.)-Brother Gabe, that has been regularly started as Joined Apprentice, and today desires to receive more light in Masonry when you are passed as far as of Fellow Craft.

S. D. (embracing candidate.)-Brother Gabe, could it be of your free-will and accord?

Candidate-It's.

S. D.-Brother Junior Deacon, is he duly and truly prepared, worthy and well qualified?

J. D.-He's.

S. D.-Has he earned appropriate proficiency within the preceding degree?

J. D.-He's.

S. D.-And correctly vouched for?

S. D.-Who vouches for him?

J. D-A brother.

S. D.-In what further right, or benefit, does he be prepared to gain admission?

J. D.-By the advantage of a pass.

S. D.-Has he that pass?

J. D.-He's it not, however i get it for him.

S. D.-Advance, and provide me the pass. (Some say, advance the pass.)

Junior Deacon whispers within the Senior Deacon's ear the pass-word, "Shibboleth."

S. D.-The pass is appropriate. You'll wait with persistence before the Worshipful Master is informed of the request, and the answer came back.

The Senior Deacon then shuts the doorway, and repairs towards the center from the Lodge, prior to the Worshipful Master within the east, and sounds his fishing rod two times on the ground, that is taken care of immediately through the Master together with his gavel, once the same interrogations and solutions are repeated through the Master and Deacon as in the door. The Actual then states:

W. M-Allow him to enter, within the title from the The almighty, and become received in due form.

The Senior Deacon then takes the square in the altar, and, repairing towards the door, he opens it, and states:

S. D.-Allow him to type in the title from the The almighty, and become received in due form.

The Junior Deacon advances with the door, then the

two Stewards, once the Senior Deacon stops them by putting the position from the square from the candidate's right breast.

S. D. (pressing square against candidate's breast.)-Brother Gabe, on entering this Lodge the very first time you had been received around the points from the compass: Now i receive yourself on the position from the square, which would be to train you the square of virtue ought to be the rule and guide of the conscience in most future transactions with mankind.

The Senior Deacon now takes the candidate through the right arm, then the Stewards, and conducts him two times round the Lodge, counting in the Junior Warden's station within the south, throughout which period the actual reads the next passage of Scripture:

"Thus he demonstrated me: and behold, the The almighty was upon a wall produced by a plumb-line, having a plumb-line in the hands. And also the The almighty stated unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And That I stated, A plumb-line. Then stated the The almighty, Behold, I'll set a plumb-line at the time of my people Israel I won't again go by them anymore.Inch-Amos vii. 7, 8.

While on offer the Lodge, because the conductor and candidate pass the officers' stations within the south, west, and east, they (the officials) seem the gavel the following: the very first time going round, one rap each the 2nd time, two raps each. When the actual has finished reading through the above mentioned passage of Scripture, the candidate and conductor have passed round the room two times, and showed up in the Junior Warden's station within the south.

J. W. (giving two raps, that are taken care of immediately through the deacon.)-Who comes here?

S. D. (conductor.)-Brother Gabe, that has been regularly started Apprentice, and today desires to receive more light in Masonry, when you are passed as far as of Fellow Craft.

J. W. (embracing candidate.)-Brother Gabe, could it be of your free-will and accord?

J. W.-Brother Senior Deacon, is he duly and truly prepared, worthy, and well qualified?

S D.-He's.

J. W.-Has he earned appropriate proficiency within the preceding Degree?

S. D.-He's.

J. W.-And correctly vouched for?

S. D.-He's.

J. W.-Who vouches for him?

S. D.-A brother.

J. W.-In what further right, or benefit does he be prepared to gain admission?

S. D.-By the advantage of the pass.

J. W.-Has he that pass?

S. D.-He's it not, however i get it for him.

J. W.-Advance, and provide me the pass.

Senior Deacon advances, and whispers within the Junior Warden's ear, "Shibboleth."

J. W.-The pass is appropriate I'll suffer you to definitely pass onto the Senior Warden's station in the western world.

S. W.-Who comes here?

S. D.-Brother Gabe, that has been regularly started Apprentice, and today desires to receive more light in Masonry, when you are passed as far as of Fellow Craft.

S. W. (embracing candidate.)-Brother Gabe, could it be of your free-will and accord?

Candidate-It's, &c., &c.

The same questions and solutions transpire as in the Junior Warden's station and also at the doorway, and also the candidate and conductor are allowed through the Warden to pass through towards the Worshipful Masters station within the east.

W. M.-Who comes here?

S. D. (for candidate.)-Brother Gabe, that has been regularly started Apprentice, and today desires to receive more light in Masonry, when you are passed as far as of Fellow Craft.

W. M.-(embracing candidate.)-Brother Gabe, could it be of your free-will and accord?

Brother Gabe.-It's.

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