[Chapters 9 to 12 of Thomas Smith Webb's Masonic Monitor are posted herein in continuation of Articles 239]
observed at Funerals, according to ancient custom, with the Service used on the
No Mason can be interred with the formalities of the Order unless it be, by
his own special request, communicated to the Master of the Lodge of which he
died a member, foreigners and sojourners excepted, nor unless he has been
advanced to the third degree of Masonry and from this restriction, there can be
no exception. Fellow-crafts, or apprentices, are not entitled to funeral
obsequies, nor to attend the Masonic procession on such occasions.
The Master of a Lodge, having received notice of a Master Mason's death, and
of his request to be interred with the ceremonies of the Order, fixes the day
and hour for the funeral, and issues his command to summon the Lodge. He may
invite as many Lodges as he thinks proper, and the members of those Lodges may
accompany their officers in form; but the whole ceremony must be under the
direction of the Master of the Lodge to which the deceased belonged, and he and
his officers must be duly honored, and cheerfully obeyed on the occasion. (Except
when the Grand or Deputy Grand Master is present, and exercises his authority)
But in case the deceased was not a member of either of the attending Lodges,
the procession and ceremony must be under the direction of the Master of the
All the brethren who walk in procession should observe, as much as possible,
an uniformity in their dress. Decent mourning, with white stockings, gloves and
aprons, is most suitable.
The Funeral Service.
The brethren being assembled at the Lodge room (or some other convenient
place), the presiding Master opens the Lodge, in the third degree, with the
usual forms and having stated the purpose of the meeting, the service begins.
Master: What man is he that
liveth and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the
Response: Man walketh in a vain
shadow, he heapeth up riches and can not tell, who shall gather them.
Master: When he dieth he shall
carry nothing away. His glory shall not descend after him.
Response: Naked he came into
the world and naked he must return.
Master: The Lord gave and the
Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
The grand honors are then given and certain forms used, which can not be here
The Master then, taking the sacred roll in his hand, says, “ Let
us die the death of the righteous and let our last end be like his.”
The brethren answer, “ God is our God forever and ever; he will be our
guide even unto death.”
The Master then records the name and age of the deceased upon the roll, and
“Almighty Father! into thy
hands we commend the soul of our loving brother.”
The brethren answer three times (giving the Grand Honors each time)
“The will of God is
accomplished! so be it.”
The Master then deposits the roll in the archives and repeats the following
“Most glorious God! Author of
all good, and Giver of all mercy! pour down thy blessings upon us and strengthen
our solemn engagements with the ties of sincere affection! May the present
instance of mortality remind us of our approaching fate and draw our attention
toward thee, the only refuge in time of need, that when the awful moment shall
arrive, that we are about to quit this transitory scene, the enlivening prospect
of thy mercy may dispel the gloom of death and after our departure hence, in
peace and in thy favor, we may be received into thine everlasting kingdom, to
enjoy, in union with the souls of our departed friends, the just reward of a
pious and virtuous life.” Amen.
A procession is then formed, which moves to the house of the deceased and
from thence to the place of interment. The different Lodges rank according to
seniority, except that the Lodge of which the deceased was a member walks
nearest the corpse. Each Lodge forms one division and the following order is
Order Of Procession At A Funeral.
Tyler, with a Drawn Sword;
Stewards, with White Rods;
Musicians (if they are Masons; otherwise they follow the Tyler);
Senior and Junior Deacons;
Secretary and Treasurer;
Senior and Junior Wardens;
The Holy Writings, on a cushion covered with black cloth,
carried by the Oldest Member of the Lodge;
the Insignia placed on it along with two swords crossed.
Bearers on either side
The brethren are not to desert their ranks, or change places, but keep in
their different departments. When the procession arrives at the churchyard, the
members of the Lodge form a circle round the grave and the clergymen and
officers of the acting Lodge, taking their station at the head of the grave and
the mourners at the foot, the service is resumed and the following exhortation
“Here we view a striking instance of the
uncertainty of life and the vanity of all human pursuits. The last offices held
by the dead are only useful as lectures to the living, from them we are to
derive instruction, and consider every solemnity of this kind as a summons to
prepare for our approaching dissolution.”
“Notwithstanding the various mementoes of
mortality with which we daily meet, notwithstanding death has established his
empire over all the works of nature, yet through some unaccountable infatuation,
we forget, that we are born to die. We go on from one design to another, add
hope to hope and lay out plans for the employment of many years, till we are
suddenly alarmed with the approach of death, when we least expect him and at an
hour, which we probably conclude to be the meridian of our existence.”
“What are all the externals of majesty, the
pride of wealth, or charms of beauty, when nature has paid her just debt? Fix
your eyes on the last scene, and view life stripped of her ornaments, and
exposed in her natural meanness; you will then be convinced of the futility of
those empty delusions. In the grave, all fallacies are detected, all ranks are
leveled and all distinctions are done away.
“While we drop the sympathetic tear over the
grave of our deceased friend, let charity incline us to throw a veil over his
foibles, whatever they may have been and not withhold from his memory, the
praise that his virtues may have claimed. Suffer the apologies of human nature
to plead in his behalf. Perfection on earth has never been attained. The wisest
as well as the best of men have erred.”
“Let the present example excite our most
serious thoughts and strengthen our resolutions of amendment. As life is
uncertain, and all earthly pursuits are vain, let us no longer postpone the
important concern of preparing for eternity, but embrace the happy moment, while
time and opportunity offer, to provide against the great change, when all the
pleasures of this world shall cease to delight, and the reflections of a
virtuous life yield the only comfort and consolation. Thus our expectations will
not be frustrated, nor we hurried unprepared into the presence of an all-wise
and powerful Judge, to whom the secrets of all hearts are known.”
“Let us, while in this state of existence,
support with propriety the character of our profession, advert to the nature
of our solemn ties, and pursue with assiduity the sacred tenets of our Order:
Then, with becoming reverence, let us supplicate the Divine grace to insure the
favor of that eternal Being, whose goodness and power know no bound; that when
the awful moment arrives, be it soon or late, we may be enabled to prosecute our
journey, without dread or apprehension, to that far distant country, whence no
The following invocations are then made by the Master:
Master: May we be true and
faithful and may we live and die in love!
Answer: So mote it be.
Master: May we profess what is
good and always act agreeably to our profession.
Answer: So mote it be.
Master: May the Lord bless us,
and prosper us; and may all our good intentions be crowned with success.
Answer: So mote it be.
Master: Glory be to God on
high! On earth peace! Good will toward men!
Answer: So mote it be, now,
from henceforth, and for evermore.
The brethren then move in procession round the place of interment, and
severally drop a sprig of evergreen into the grave, accompanied with the usual
The Master then concludes the ceremony at the grave in the following words,
“From time immemorial, it has been the custom
among the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, at the request of a brother,
to accompany his corpse to the place of interment, and there to deposit his
remains with the usual formalities.
In conformity to this usage, and at the special
request of our deceased brother, whose memory we revere, and whose loss we now
deplore, we have assembled in the character of Masons to resign his body to the
earth whence it came, and to offer up to his memory, before the world, the last
tribute of our affection; thereby demonstrating the sincerity of our past
esteem, and our steady attachment to the principles of the Order.
The great Creator having been pleased, out of
his mercy, to remove our brother from the cares and troubles of a transitory
existence, to a state of eternal duration, and thereby to weaken the chain by
which we are united, man to man, may we, who survive him, anticipate our
approaching fate, and be more strongly cemented in the ties of union and
friendship; that, during the short space allotted to our present existence, we
may wisely and usefully employ our time, and, in the reciprocal intercourse of
kind and friendly acts, mutually promote the welfare and happiness of each
Unto the grave we resign the body of our
deceased friend, there to remain until the general resurrection, in favorable
expectation that his immortal soul may then partake of joys which have been
prepared for the righteous from the beginning of the world. And may Almighty
God, of his infinite goodness, at the grand tribunal of unbiased justice, extend
his mercy toward him, and all of us, and crown our hope with everlasting bliss
in the expanded realms of a boundless eternity. This we beg, for the honor of
His name, to whom be Glory, now and forever.” -
Thus the service ends, and the procession returns in form to the place whence
it set out, where the necessary duties are complied with, and the business of
Masonry is renewed. The insignia and ornaments of the deceased, if an officer of
a Lodge, are returned to the Master with the usual ceremonies, after which the
charges for regulating the conduct of the brethren are rehearsed, and the Lodge
is closed in the third degree.
Ceremony Of Constitution and
On the day and hour appointed, the Grand Master and his officers meet in a
convenient room near the Lodge to be constituted, and open in the third degree.
After the officers in the new Lodge are examined by the Deputy Grand Master,
they send a Messenger to the Grand Master, with the following message, “ Most
Worshipful, The officers and brethren of -- Lodge, who are now assembled in
their lodge room at ----, have instructed me to inform you, that the Most
Worshipful Grand Lodge was pleased to grant them a charter, authorizing them to
form and open a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the town of --. They are
now desirous that their Lodge should be consecrated, and their officers
installed in due and ancient form; for which purpose they are now met, and await
the pleasure of the Most Worshipful Grand Master”
When notice is given, the Grand Lodge walk in procession to the hall of the
new Lodge. When the Grand Master enters, the Grand Honors are given by the new
Lodge, the officers of which resign
their seats to the Grand Officers and take their several stations on the left.
The necessary cautions are given and all, excepting Present or Past Masters
of Lodges, are requested to retire, until the Master of the new Lodge is
inducted into the Oriental Chair of Solomon. He is then bound to the faithful
performance of his trust, and invested with the characteristics of the chair.
Upon due notice, the Grand Marshal re-conducts the brethren into the hall,
and all take their places, except the members of the new Lodge, who form a
procession on one side of the hall. As they advance, the Grand Master addresses
"Brethren, behold your
They make the proper salutation as
they pass. A Grand procession is then formed, in the following order, viz:
with a drawn sword;
Two Stewards with white rods;
Royal Arch Masons;
Masters of Lodges.
THE NEW LODGE.
Tyler with a drawn sword;
Stewards with white rods;
Junior and Senior Deacons;
Secretary and Treasurer;
Two brethren carrying the Flooring of
Junior and Senior Wardens;
The Holy Writings, carried by the oldest or some suitable
member not in office;
The W. Master;
THE GRAND LODGE.
Tyler with drawn sword;
Grand Stewards with white rods;
A brother carrying a golden vessel of corn;
Two brethren carrying the silver vessels-one of wine,
the other of oil;
A burning taper, borne by a Past Master;
A Past Master, bearing the Holy Writings, Square, and Compasses,
supported by two Stewards with white rods;
Two burning tapers, borne by two Past Masters;
The Tuscan and Composite Orders;
The Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian Orders;
Past Grand Wardens;
Past Deputy Grand Masters;
Past Grand Masters;
Clergy and Orator;
R. W. Junior and Senior Grand Wardens;
W. Deputy Grand Master;
The Master of the Oldest Lodge, carrying
the Book of Constitutions;
The M. W. Grand Master;
The Grand Deacons, on a line seven feet apart,
on the right and left of the Grand Master, with black rods;
Grand Sword Bearer with a drawn sword;
Two Stewards with white rods.
The Marshals conduct the procession to the church or house where the services
are to be performed. When the front of the procession arrives at the door, they
halt, open to the right and left, and face inward; while the Grand Master and
others, in succession, pass through and enter the house. A platform is erected
in front of the pulpit, and provided with seats for the accommodation of the
The Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, and Book of Constitutions are placed
upon a table in front of the Grand Master. The flooring is then spread in the
center, upon the platform, covered with white satin or linen, and encompassed by
the three tapers, and the vessels of corn, wine, and oil.
- A piece of Music.
- An Oration.
- A piece of Music.
The Grand Marshal forms the
officers and members of the new Lodge in front of the Grand Master. The
Deputy Grand Master addresses the Grand Master as follows,
number of brethren, duly instructed in the mysteries of Masonry, having
assembled together at stated periods, by virtue of a dispensation granted them
for that purpose, do now desire to be constituted into a regular Lodge,
agreeably to the ancient usages and customs of the Fraternity.
The dispensation and records are presented to the Grand Master, who examines
the records, and, if found correct, proclaims , “ The records appear to be
correct, and are approved. Upon due deliberation, the Grand Lodge have granted
the brethren of this new Lodge a Charter, establishing and confirming them in
the rights and privileges of a regularly constituted Lodge, which the Grand
Secretary will now read.
After the Charter is read, the Grand Master then says, “ We
shall now proceed, according to ancient usage, to constitute these brethren into
a regular Lodge.”
Whereupon the several officers of the new Lodge deliver up their jewels and
badges to the Master, who presents them, with his own, to the Deputy Grand
Master, and he to the Grand Master.
The Deputy Grand Master presents the Master elect to the Grand Master,
saying, Most Worshipful Grand Master,
I present my worthy Brother A. B. to be installed as Master of this (new) Lodge.
I find him to be of good morals and great skill, true and trusty; and as he is a
lover of our whole fraternity, wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth,
I doubt not that he will discharge his duty with fidelity.
The Grand Master asks them if they remain satisfied with their choice.
[They bow in token of assent.]
The Master elect then presents, severally, his Wardens and other officers,
naming them and their respective offices. The Grand Master asks the brethren if
they remain satisfied with each and all of them. [They bow as before.]
The officers and members of the new Lodge form in front of the Grand Master;
and the business of Consecration commences with solemn music.
Ceremony Of Consecration.
The Grand Master, attended by the
Grand Officers and the Grand Chaplain, form themselves in order round the Lodge
- all devoutly kneeling.
piece of solemn music is performed, while the Lodge is uncovered.
6.After which, the first clause of the Consecration Prayer is rehearsed by
the Grand Chaplain, which is as follows,
"Great Architect of the Universe! Maker and
Ruler of all worlds! deign, from thy celestial temple, from realms of light and
glory, to bless us in all the purposes of our present assembly. We humbly invoke
thee to give us at this and at all times wisdom in all our doings, strength of
mind in all our difficulties, and the beauty of harmony in all our
communications. Permit us, O thou Author of light and life, great Source of love
and happiness, to erect this Lodge and now solemnly to consecrate it to the
honor of thy glory.”
to God on high."
Response by the Brethren
"As it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be;
world without end.”
Amen. ---So mote it be.
7.The Deputy Grand Master takes the Golden Vessel of Corn, and the Senior
and Junior Grand Wardens take the Silver Vessels of Wine and Oil, and sprinkle
the elements of consecration upon the Lodge.
The Grand Chaplain then continues,
“ Grant, O Lord, our God, that
those who are now about to be invested with the government of this Lodge, may be
endued with wisdom to instruct their brethren in all their duties. May brotherly
love, relief, and truth always prevail among the members of this Lodge
and may this bond of union continue to strengthen the Lodges throughout
Bless all our brethren, wherever dispersed and
grant speedy relief to all who are either oppressed or distressed.
We affectionately commend to thee all the
members of thy whole family. May they increase in grace, in the knowledge of
thee, and in the love of each other.
"Finally: may we finish all our work here
below with thy approbation and then have our transition from this earthly abode
to thy heavenly temple above, there to enjoy light, glory and bliss, ineffable
be to God on high."
by the Brethren.]
"As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be;
world without end.--
A piece of solemn music is performed while the Carpet is covered.
The Grand Chaplain then dedicates the Lodge in the following terms,
"To the memory of the
Holy Saints JOHN, we dedicate this Lodge. May every brother revere their character, and
imitate their virtues.
"Glory be to
God on high."
"As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end.
Amen. So mote it be."
- A piece of music is performed,
while the brethren of the new Lodge advance in procession to salute the
Grand Lodge, with their hands crossed upon their breasts as they pass. They
then take their places as they were.
- The Grand Master then rises
and constitutes the new Lodge in the form following:
"In the name of the Most
Worshipful Grand Lodge, I now constitute and form you, my beloved brethren, into
a regular Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. From henceforth I empower you to
meet as a regular Lodge, constituted in conformity to the rights of our Order,
and the charges of our ancient and honorable Fraternity; and may the Supreme
Architect of the Universe prosper, direct, and counsel you in all your
doings.” - Amen.
Response: " So mote
Ceremony Of Installation.
The Grand Master asks his
deputy, "Whether he has examined the Master nominated in the warrant, and
finds him well skilled in the noble science and the royal art."
[In this, and
other similar instances, where the Grand Master is specified in acting, may be
understood any Master who performs the ceremony]
The Deputy, answering in the
private examination is understood to precede the installation of every officer]
by the Grand Master's order, takes the candidate from among his fellows,
and presents him at the pedestal, saying,
“ Most Worshipful Grand Master,
I present my worthy brother, A. B., to be installed Master of this (new) Lodge.
I find him to be of good morals, and of great skill, true and trusty and as he
is a lover of the whole Fraternity, wheresoever dispersed over the face of the
earth, I doubt not, that he will discharge his duty with fidelity.”
The Grand Master then addresses him, “ Brother, previous to your
investiture, it is necessary that you should signify your assent to those
ancient charges and regulations, which point out the duty of a Master of a
The Grand Master then reads, or orders to be read, a summary of the ancient
charges to the Master elect, as follows, viz,
The regulations of Free and
You agree to be a good man and true, and strictly to obey the moral
You agree to be a peaceable subject and cheerfully to conform to the
laws of the country in which you reside.
You promise not to be concerned in plots and conspiracies against
government, but patiently to submit to the decisions of the supreme legislature.
You agree to pay a proper respect to the civil magistrate, to work
diligently, live creditably, and act honorably by all men.
You agree to hold in veneration the original rulers and patrons of the
Order of Masonry, and their regular successors, supreme and subordinate,
according to their stations; and to submit to the awards and resolutions of your
brethren when convened, in every case consistent with the constitutions of the
You agree to avoid private piques and quarrels, and to guard against
intemperance and excess.
You agree to be cautious in carriage and behavior, courteous to your
brethren, and faithful to your Lodge.
You promise to respect genuine brethren, and to discountenance
impostors, and all dissenters from the original plan of Masonry.
You agree to promote the general good of society, to cultivate the
social virtues, and to propagate the knowledge of the art.
X. You promise to pay homage to the Grand Master for the time being, and
to his officers when duly installed; and strictly to conform to every edict of
the Grand Lodge, or general assembly of Masons, that is not subversive of the
principles and ground-work of Masonry.
XI. You admit that it is not in the power of any man, or body of men, to
make innovations in the body of Masonry.
XII You promise a regular attendance on the
communications of the Grand Lodge,
on receiving proper notice and to
pay attention to all the duties of Masonry on
XIII. You admit that no new Lodge shall be formed without permission of the
Grand Lodge; and that no countenance be given to any irregular Lodge, or to any
person clandestinely initiated therein, being contrary to the ancient charges of
XIV. You admit that no person can be regularly made a Mason in, or admitted
a member of, any regular Lodge, without previous notice, and due inquiry into
You agree that no visitors shall be received into your Lodge without
due examination, and producing proper vouchers of their having been initiated in
a regular Lodge,
The Grand Master then addresses the Master elect in the following manner,
“ Do you submit to these
charges and promise to support these regulations,
Masters have done in all ages before you?”
The new Master having signified his cordial submission as before, the Grand
Master thus addresses him, “ Brother A. B., in consequence of your
cheerful 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.”
The new Master is then regularly invested with the insignia of his office and
the furniture and implements of his Lodge.
The various implements of the profession are
emblematical of our conduct in life and upon this occasion carefully enumerated
The Holy Writings, that great
light in Masonry, will guide you to all truth. It will direct your paths to the
temple of happiness and point out to you the whole duty of man.
The Square teaches to
regulate our actions by rule and line and to harmonize our conduct by the
principles of morality and virtue.
The Compass teaches to limit
our desires in every station, that, rising to eminence by merit, we may live
respected and die regretted.
The Rule directs that we should punctually
observe our duty, press forward in the path of virtue and neither inclining to
the right nor to the left, in all our actions,
have eternity in view.
The Line teaches the criterion of moral
rectitude, to avoid dissimulation in conversation and action, and to direct our
steps to the path which leads to immortality.
The Book of Constitutions you
are to search at all times. Cause it to be read in your Lodge, that none may pretend ignorance of the excellent
precepts it enjoins.
Lastly, you receive in charge the Bylaws of your Lodge, which
you are to see carefully
and punctually executed.
The jewels of the officers of the (new) Lodge being then returned to the
Master, he delivers them, respectively, to the several officers of the Grand
Lodge, according to their rank..
The subordinate officers of the (new) Lodge are then invested with their
jewels by the Grand officers of corresponding rank and are by them, severally in
turn, conducted to the Grand Master, who delivers each of them a short charge,
as follows, viz.
Brother C. D., you are appointed Senior Warden
of this new Lodge, and are now invested with the ensign of your office.
The Level demonstrates that we are descended
from the same stock, partake of the same nature, and share the same hope and
though distinctions among men are necessary to preserve subordination, yet no
eminence of station should make us forget, that we are brethren, for he who is
placed on the lowest spoke of fortune's wheel may be entitled to our regard,
because, a time will come and the wisest knows not how soon, when all
distinctions, but that of goodness, shall cease and death, the grand leveler of
human greatness, reduce us to the same state.
Your regular attendance on our stated meetings
is essentially necessary: in the absence of the Master you are to govern this
Lodge; in his presence, you are to assist him in the government of it. I firmly
rely on your knowledge of Masonry and attachment to the Lodge, for the faithful
discharge of the duties of this important trust. Look well to the West!
Brother E. F., you are appointed Junior Warden
of this (new) Lodge, and are now invested with the badge of your office.
The Plumb admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations, to hold
the scale of justice in equal poise, to observe the just medium between
intemperance and pleasure, and to make our passions and prejudices coincide with
the line of our duty.
To you, with such assistance as may be necessary, is entrusted the
examination of visitors, and the reception of candidates. To you is also
committed the superintendence of the Craft during the hours of refreshment; it
is, therefore, indispensably necessary, that you should not only be temperate
and discreet, in the indulgence of your own inclinations, but carefully observe
that none of the Craft be suffered to convert tile purposes of refreshment into
intemperance and excess.
Your regular and punctual attendance is particularly requested; and I have
no doubt that you will faithfully execute the duty which you owe to your present
appointment. Look well to the South.
Brother G. H., you are appointed Treasurer of this (new) Lodge. It is your
duty to receive all moneys from the hands of the Secretary, keep just and
regular accounts of the same, and pay them out at the Worshipful Master's will
and pleasure, with the consent of the Lodge. I trust your regard for the
Fraternity will prompt you to the faithful discharge of the duties of your
Brother I. K., you are appointed Secretary of
this (new) Lodge. It is your duty to observe the Worshipful Master's will and
pleasure, to record the proceedings of the Lodge, to receive all moneys, and pay
them into the hands of the Treasurer.
Your good inclination to Masonry and this Lodge,
I hope, will induce you to discharge your office with fidelity, and by so doing
you will merit the esteem and applause of your brethren.
Senior And Junior Deacons.
Brothers L. M. and N. O., you are appointed
Deacons of this (new) Lodge. It is your province to attend on the Master and
Wardens, and to act as their proxies in the active duties of the Lodge; such as
in the reception of candidates into the different degrees of Masonry; the
introduction and accommodation of visitors, and in the immediate practice of our
rites. Those columns, as badges of your office, I trust to your care, not
doubting your vigilance and attention.
Brothers P. Q. and R. S., you are appointed
Stewards of this (new) Lodge. The duties of your office are, to assist in the
collection of dues and subscriptions, to keep an account of the Lodge expenses,
to see that the tables are properly furnished at refreshment, and that every
brother is suitably provided for; and generally to assist the Deacons and other
officers in performing their respective duties. Your regular and early
attendance will afford the best proof of your zeal and attachment to the Lodge.
Brother T. U., you are elected Tyler of this
Lodge, and I invest you with the implement of your office. As the sword is
placed in the hands of the Tyler, to enable him effectually to guard against the
approach of cowans and eavesdroppers, and suffer none to pass, but such as are
duly qualified. So it should morally serve as a constant admonition to us, to
set a guard at the entrance of our thoughts, to place a watch at the door of our
lips and to post a sentinel over our actions, thereby excluding every
unqualified and unworthy thought, word, and deed and preserving consciences
void of offense toward God and toward man. Your early and punctual attendance
will afford the best proof of your zeal for the institution.
The Grand Master then addresses the officers and members of the (new)
Lodge as follows,
Installation of the Officers of a Lodge.
Worshipful Master, The Grand Lodge having committed to your care the
superintendence and government of the brethren, who are to compose this (new)
Lodge, you can not be insensible of the obligations, which devolve on you, as
their head, nor of your responsibility for the faithful discharge of the
important duties annexed to your appointment.
The honor, reputation, and usefulness of your
Lodge will materially depend on the skill and assiduity with which you manage
its concerns; while the happiness of its members will be generally promoted, in
proportion to the zeal and ability with which you propagate the genuine
principles of our institution.
For a pattern of imitation, consider the great luminary of nature, which,
rising in the East, regularly diffuses light and luster to all within its
circle. In like manner it is your province to spread and communicate light and
instruction to the brethren of your Lodge. Forcibly impress upon them the
dignity and high importance of Masonry and seriously admonish them never to
disgrace it. Charge them to practice, out of the Lodge, those duties which they
have been taught in it and by amiable, discreet, and virtuous conduct, to
convince mankind of the goodness of the institution, so that, when any one is
said to be a member of it, the world may know that he is one to whom the
burdened heart may pour out its sorrows; to whom distress may prefer its suit;
whose hand is guided by justice and his heart expanded by benevolence. In short,
by a diligent observance of the by-laws of your Lodge, the Constitutions of
Masonry, and above all the Holy Scriptures, which are given as a rule and guide
to your faith, you will be enabled to acquit yourself with honor and reputation,
and lay up a crown of rejoicing, which shall continue when time shall be no
Brother Senior And Junior Wardens,
You are too well acquainted with the principles of Masonry to warrant any
apprehension that you will be found wanting in the discharge of your respective
duties. Suffice it to mention, that what you have seen praiseworthy in others
you should carefully imitate; and what in them may have appeared defective, you
should in yourselves amend. You should be examples of good order and regularity;
for it is only by a due regard to the laws in your own conduct, that you can
expect obedience to them from others. You are assiduously to assist the Master
in the discharge of his trust, diffusing light and imparting knowledge to all
whom he shall place under your care. In the absence of the Master, you will
succeed to higher duties; your acquirements must therefore be such, as that the
Craft may never suffer for want of proper instruction. From the spirit which you
have hitherto evinced, I entertain no doubt that your future conduct will be
such as to merit the applause of your brethren and the testimony of a good
Of The Lodge
Such is the nature of our constitution, that as some must of necessity rule and
teach, so others
must of course learn to submit
and obey. Humility in both is an essential duty. The officers, who are appointed to govern your Lodge are sufficiently
conversant with the rules of propriety and the laws of the institution, to avoid
exceeding the powers with which they are intrusted and you are of too generous
dispositions to envy their preferment. I therefore trust that you will have but
one aim, to please each other and unite in the grand design of being happy and
Finally, my brethren, as this association has
been formed and perfected in so much unanimity and concord, in which we greatly
rejoice, so may it long continue. May you long enjoy every satisfaction and
delight which disinterested friendship can afford. May kindness and brotherly
affection distinguish your conduct as men and as Masons. Within your peaceful
walls, may your children's children celebrate with joy and gratitude the
transactions of this auspicious solemnity. And may the tenets of our profession
be transmitted through your Lodge, pure and unimpaired, from generation to
The Grand Marshal then proclaims the new Lodge in the following manner,
"In the name of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
of the State of --, I proclaim this new Lodge, by the name of -- Lodge, duly
This proclamation is made thrice, and each time followed with a flourish
of drums or trumpets.
The Grand Chaplain then makes the concluding prayer, which ends the public
The Grand procession is then formed in the same order as before and
returns to the hall.