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“You promise to submit to the grand master for the time being, and to his officers, when duly installed; and strictly to conform to every regulation of the grand lodge, or general assembly of masons, that is not subversive of the principles of masonry.
“You admit that it is not in the power of any man, or body of men, to make alteration or innovation in masonry.
“You promise a regular attendance on the committees and communications of the grand lodge, on receiving proper notice; and to pay attention to all the duties of masonry on convenient occasions.
"You admit that no new lodge should be formed, without permission of the grand master, and with the consent of the grand lodge.
“You admit that no person can be regularly made a mason, or admitted into any lodge, without previous notice, and due inquiry into his character.
“You promise that no visiter shall be received into your lodge, without due examination, or producing proper vouchers of their having been made in a regular lodge.
“These are the regulations of free and accepted masons.
The grand master then addresses the master elect in the following manner:
“Do you submit to these charges, and promise to support these regulations, as masters have done in all ages before you?”
The new master having signified bis submission, the grand master says:
“Brother G. M.-In consequence of your conformity to the charges and regulations of the order, you are now to be installed master of this new lodge, in full confidence of your care, skill and capacity to govern the same.”
He then invests him with his jewel, and thus addresses him:
“I invest you with the honourable badge of the office of master of this lodge. And now present you the insignia of your office, and the necessary furniture of your lodge.*
“This [great light] will guide you to all truth; will direct you to the temple of love; and point to you the whole duty of man.
When the grand master is present, this ceremony may be performed by the deputy grand master; but, in all other cases, it should be performed by the presiding brother, whether an officer of the grand lodge, or deputed for the occasion.
“This square, the use of which is to bring all rude matter into form,' teaches you to form and instruct all masons under your care, and to make them perfect in their
“The compasses direct you to keep your brethren within the limits of masonry: and so to regulate your lodge, that none be admitted but such as are worthy that higher sphere of merit and of worth.
“I present you, also, this book, which contains the Constitutions of masonry. Search it at all times. Let it be read in your lodge; that none may pretend ignorance of the excellent precepts it enjoins.
“Lastly, I give into your charge the by-laws of your lodge. See that every member abides by them.-* **
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After this the jewels of the officers of the new lodge being returned to the master, he delivers them to the several members of the grand lodge, who proceed to invest the other officers: the grand wardens investing the wardens of the new lodge, the grand secretary the secretary, and so on; each giving a short charge.*
SENIOR GRAND WARDEN. 6. Brother J. R.--I invest you with the badge of your office.
“This level, as an instrument in your hands, you will use to preserve that equality which ought to subsist among masons, which nature assigns, and which love requires.
“Your regular attendance on the stated and special meetings is highly expedient. In the presence of the master you are to assist him in the government of the lodge, and in his absence to take the charge of it.
“You will undoubtedly discharge with faithfulness the duties of this important office, and become a pillar of strength to the lodge.--Look well to the west!"
JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN.
“Brother H. L.-I invest you with the badge of your office, as junior warden of this lodge.
* The officers of the new lodge should be presented to the grand officers who invest them, by the grand marshal.
“The plumb teaches you to act with that uprightness which belongs to your office.
"Your regular and punctual attendance on the lodge is particularly requested.
“The examination of visiters is within your care.
“In the absence of the master and senior warden you know your duty; and will then, and at all times, faithfully discharge it.
“Beautify your column in the temple of masonry.. * * * * * * !
66 Brother T. L.-I invest you with the badge of your office, as secretary to this lodge.
“It is your province to keep the records regularly, fairly, and faithfully: To examine and settle accounts; and to issue summonses at the master's direction.
“Your love to the crast, and attachment to this lodge, will induce you cheerfully to fulfil the duties of your office; and in so doing you will merit the esteem of your breth
GRAND TREASURER.* “Brother J. K. S.-I invest you with the badge of your office, as treasurer of this lodge.
“Your honour, and the confidence the brethren repose in you, will excite to that faithfulness in the discharge of the duty of your office, which its important nature demands."
SENIOR GRAND DEACON.
“Brother J. M.--I invest you with the badge of your office as senior deacon of this lodge.
“You are sensible that your station is not one of the least important.
“You will be attentive to the master; careful in introducing visiters, and in accommodating them.
“Be watchful in preparation. And, although you halt at the door of the temple, lead those rightly who require it.
«Your regular attendance on the lodge will be your duty and inclination.
* If the proper officers of the grand lodge be not present, after the secre. tary is installed, the master of the new lodge may invest his other officers.
JUNIOR GRAND DEACON. "Brother J. M. jun.--I invest you with the badge of your office, as junior deacon of this lodge.
“What is delivered to you in the west, faithfully carry, to the south.
“To that which is more immediately your care, be particularly attentive.
“Prepare duly, Lead upon the square. And prompt like a workman.
«Your regular and carly attendance upon the lodge is highly necessary."
FIRST GRAND STEWARD.
“ Brother , I invest you with the badge of your office, as first steward of this lodge.
“You are to assist in collecting quarterages, and other fees; to make necessary provision, by the advice of the master, and see the table furnished at his command. You are to keep an exact account of all expenses for supplies, and give information of what may be in store, or what may be wanting
“Your regular and early attendance on the lodge will be a sure proof of your attachment to it.”
SECOND GRAND STEWARD.
“Brother - I invest you with the badge of your office, as second steward to this lodge.
Provide good refreshment, and bring it in season.
GRAND SWORD BEARER TO THE TYLER.
Brother W. C.-I invest you with the badge of your office, as tyler to this lodge.
“A faithful discharge of your duty is necessary for the safety of the craft: and your constant attendance upon the lodge cannot be dispensed with, but by the permission of the master."
The master of the new lodge then returns thanks to the grand master and officers, in the following words:*
Or in such other appropriate address as he may prepare or select.
“ Most worshipful-Permit me to render to you and to the grand lodge, my thanks, and the thanks of this lodge, for the honour now conferred on us.
“It will be our care to cultivate the sublime art, and assiduously to perform the duties incumbent on us.”
The grand master, or some person by his appointment, then delivers an address to the brethren. (See “Charges."]*
After which, the grand marshal proclaims, thrice, the lodge constituted in ample (or due) and ancient form: with the honours of masonry.
The grand master then orders that the lodge be registered in the grand lodge books; and that the grand secretary notify the same to the regular lodges.
The ceremony concludes with an anthem, or music; and the procession is formed as at first, or the reverse, as the grand master directs, and returns to the hall, where the grand lodge is closed with the usual solemnities.
Note.This ceremony, with occasional variations, is to be used in the grand lodge, and in every private lodge, at the installation of new officers.
In grand lodge, the grand master, and in other lodges the master in the chair, invests all the officers.
Officers, when installed in the grand lodge, should be presented by the grand marshal; and when in private lodges, by the oldest master mason present.
Ceremony observed at laying the foundation stones of public
structures. This ceremony is conducted by the grand master and his officers, assisted by the members of the grand lodge. They are accompanied by the officers and brethren of neighbouring lodges, and such other masons as can conveniently assemble on the occasion. The chief magistrate and other civil officers of the place where the building is to be erected, generally attend. The ceremony is thus conducted:
At the time appointed, the grand lodge is convened at some convenient place, approved by the grand master. Music is provided, and the brethren appear with the insignia of the order, and with white gloves and aprons. The
. It is expected that the presiding officer, if a man of abilities, which he ought to be, will prepare and deliver an original charge.--Compiler.