The Worshipful Master approaching me from the East a second time, who presented me a lambskin or white leather apron, told me it was an emblem of innocence and the badge of a Mason, ordered me to carry it to the Senior Warden in the West, who taught me how to wear it as an Entered Apprentice. Lahners as well as some interesting statistics related to our social media impact on the craft. Do you seriously declare, upon your honor, that you are prompted to solicit the privileges of Freemasonry by a favorable opinion conceived of the institution, a desire for knowledge, and a sincere wish of being serviceable to your fellow-creatures? Hans then ordered the best room and attendance, ate, and drank his fill, but neither washed nor combed himself as the devil had bidden him, and at last lay down to sleep. I, Matthew Paul Chandler, of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this worshipful Lodge, erected to God, and dedicated to the Holy Saints John of Jerusalem, do hereby and hereon most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will always here hail , forever conceal, and never reveal any of the secret arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Masonry which may have been heretofore, or shall be at this time, or at any future period, communicated to me as such, to any person or persons whomever, except it be a true and lawful Brother Mason, or within the body of a just and lawfully constituted Lodge of Mason; nor unto humor them until by strict trial, due examination, or lawful information, I shall have found him or them as lawfully entitled to the same as I am myself. H Many Master Masons have never heard of the Royal Arch and what it means to them, and they have no doubt gathered that they have gone through their Third Degree, and have therefore com- pleted their status as a Master Mason.
How the Initiate should Dress. Is it of your own free will and accord? Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars. The rules of good breeding you are never to violate by using unbecoming language in derogation of the name of God or toward the corruption of good morals; neither are you to enter into any dispute about religion or politics, nor behave irreverently while the Lodge is engaged in what is serious and important. How do you know you are a Mason? He was to poke the fire under the kettles wherein the hell-broth was stewing, keep the house clean, drive all the sweepings behind the doors, and see that everything was in order, but if he once peeped into the kettles, it would go ill with him. It is unwise to assert more than we can prove, and to argue against probability.
As the ceremonies used in opening and closing are the same in all the degrees it is thought best to give the whole in one insertion; it being the sincere wish of the writer that every reader should perfectly understand all the formulas of the whole Masonic fabric, as he then will thereby be able to form correct opinions of the propriety or impropriety, advantages or disadvantages of the same. Senior deacon places a black and a white ball in the hand of each brother present, who is a member of the lodge. How was you then disposed of? To call the Lodge from Refreshment to Labour. You must also go unwashed and uncombed, with long hair on your head and beard, and with uncut nails and dim eyes, and when you are asked whence you come, you must say, from hell, and when you are asked who you are, you are to say, the devil's sooty brother, and my king as well. Pilgrim, the sentiments you utter are truly commendable, and are worthy of imitation ; but yet we require some stronger proof of your fidelity to us.
In humble commemoration of that august event, I now say Masonically, let there be Light. Ceremony of Advancement Second Part. Truth is a divine attribute, and the foundation of every virtue. The ancients worshipped a deity named Fides, sometimes represented by two right hands joined, at others by two human figures holding each other by the right hand. Brethren, I have the pleasure to inform you that the ballot is clear, and the candidate is elected a member of this lodge ; brother senior deacon, you will collect the negative balls.
Kneeling on my naked left knee, my right forming the angle of a square, my left hand supporting, my right resting on the Holy Bible, Square, and Compasses, in which due form I took the solemn Obligation of an Entered Apprentice. He then takes his seat. What were you next presented with? Why are they so called? There, and in all regular meetings of the Fraternity, you are to behave with order and decorum, that harmony may be preserved and the business of Masonry be properly conducted. No institution was ever raised on a better principle or more solid foundation; nor were ever more excellent rules and useful maxims laid down than are contained in the several Masonic lectures. Brother senior warden, from whence came you, as an entered apprentice Mason? This alludes to the Pectoral.
Nor has any one, when the rite has been completed, ever found reason to question its propriety. The signs of the three degrees are given, if opening on the Third Degree; but if only on the First Degree, Entered Apprentice, the Master would say, Together on the sign, and not signs. Of what do they remind us? Mark and Installation of the R. Prudence teaches us to regulate our lives and actions agreeably to the dictates of Reason, and is the habit by which we wisely judge and prudently determine on all things relative to our present as well as our future happiness. Mason, which are the twenty-four inch gauge and common gavel; they are thus explained:The twenty-four inch gauge is an instrument made use of by operative Masons to measure and lay out their work, but we as Free and Accepted Masons make use of it for the more noble and glorious purpose of dividing our time.
They are so termed because they are appropriated to particular parts of the Lodge, where alone they should be found — the Square to the East, the Level to the West and the Plumb to the South. These three burning tapers standing in a triangular form, are the representatives of the three lesser lights in Masonry. Arise assists candidate to rise , follow your conductor and fear no danger. He ordered me to be reconducted to the Senior Warden in the west, who taught me to approach the east by one upright, regular step, my feet forming an angle of an oblong square, my body erect, at the altar before the Worshipful Master in the east. Because it was said there was nothing more free than chalk, which, under the slightest touch, leaves a trace behind; nothing more fervent than charcoal to melt--when well lit, the most obdurate metals will yield; nothing more zealous than clay, or our mother earth, to bring forth. Yet God, most holy, thou God most mighty, holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us from the pains of eternal death. A pilgrim warrior, travelling from afar, who, having passed full three long years of warfare, is most desirous, if it please the grand commander, to be now ad- mitted to the honours and rewards that await the valiant templar.
Opening the Lodge in the Second Degree. In the State you are to be a quiet and peaceable citizen, true to your government, and just to your country; you are not to countenance disloyalty or rebellion, but patiently submit to legal authority, and conform with cheerfulness to the government of the country in which you live. The candidate now puts on the old red drawers, which are prepared for the occasion. There is nothing freer than Chalk, the slightest touch of which leaves a trace; there is nothing more fervent than Charcoal, for to it, when properly ignited, the most obdurate metals will yield; there is nothing more zealous than Clay, our mother Earth, for it alone of all the elements has never proved unfriendly to man. The warder returns, and reports to the grand com- mander, where the same questions are asked and answers returned ; who orders the candidate to enter.
How were you then disposed of? States, its in- fidel character receives still further confirmation. The junior warden's place in the lodge? Brother Benjamin Scribble, of Hiram Lodge, No. The shame and disgrace that justly attended so great a breach of truth and fidelity, drove the unhappy wretch to such despair that he proved his own executioner; and so abhorred was even his memory, that he was denied the rites and ceremonies of burial used to the dead in those times; instead of which, his body was suffered to lie upon the sands of the seashore in the Isle of Samos, to be devoured by rapacious animals. As they advance they are stopped by the Senior Deacon, who presents one point of the compasses to the candidate's naked left breast, and says: S. Although your frequent appearance at our regular meetings is earnestly solicited, yet it is not meant that Freemasonry should interfere with your necessary vocations for these are on no account to be neglected; neither are you to suffer your zeal for the institution to lead you into argument with those who, through ignorance, may ridicule it. This is the one in possession of this Lodge. I did not so receive it, neither will I so impart it.
How will you dispose of it? What did the worshipful master do with you? It being divided into twenty-four equal parts, it is emblematical of the twenty-four hours of the day, which we are taught to divide into three equal parts : whereby are found eight hours for the service of God, and a worthy, distressed brother ; eight for our usual vocation, and eight for refreshment and sleep. Of what are they emblematical? Of an Entered Apprentice Mason. Here Lodges differ, in the mode of lowering from a Masters' to an Entered Apprentices' Lodge. Ceremony of Closing the Con- clave. Your right hand and not your left or both, rested on the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, because the right hand, by our ancient Brethren, was deemed the sign of fidelity.