ENTERED APPRENTICE CLOSING

WM: * Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Have you anything to bring before the Lodge before

I proceed to close?

SW: Nothing in the West.

WM: Anything in the South, Brother Junior Warden?

JW: (S) Nothing in the South

WM: Has any Brother anything to bring before the Lodge

before I proceed to close?

WM: *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: The last as well as the first great care of Masons

when convened?

JD: To see that they are duly tyled.

WM: Attend to that duty and inform the Tyler that I am

about to close this Lodge of Entered Apprentices,

and direct him to tyle accordingly.

JD: * * *. Brother Tyler, I am directed to inform you

that the Worshipful Master is about to close this

Lodge of Entered Apprentices. Take due notice

thereof and govern yourself accordingly.

JD: * * * Tyl: * * *

JD: (S) Worshipful Master, we are duly tyled.

WM: How are we tyled?

JD: By a Brother Mason without, armed with the proper

implement of his office.

WM: His duty there?

JD: To observe the approach of cowans and

eavesdroppers, and suffer none to pass or re-pass

except such as are duly qualified and have

permission from the Worshipful Master.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Whence came you?

SW: From a Lodge of the Holy Saints John of

Jerusalem.

WM: What came you here to do?

SW: To learn to subdue my passions and improve

myself in Masonry.

WM: Then you are a Mason, I presume?

SW: I am so taken and accepted among Brethren and

Fellows.

WM: What makes you a Mason?

SW: My Obligation.

WM: Where were you made a Mason?

SW: Within the body of a just and duly constituted

Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, assembled

in a place representing the ground floor of King

Solomonís Temple.

WM: How many compose an Entered Apprentices

Lodge?

SW: Seven or more.

WM: When composed of seven, of whom does it

consist?

SW: The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior

Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior and Junior

Deacons.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, the Junior Deaconís place

in the Lodge?

SW: At my right.

WM: * *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

JD: To carry messages from the Senior Warden in

the West to the Junior Warden in the South, and

elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct;

attend to alarms at the outer door and report the

same to the Worshipful Master; and to see that

we are duly tyled.

WM: The Senior Deaconís place?

JD: At the right of the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

SD: To carry orders from the Worshipful Master in the

East to the Senior Warden in the West, and

elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct;

welcome and clothe visiting Brethren, attend to

alarms at the inner door, and to receive and

conduct candidates.

WM: The Treasurerís place?

SD: At the right of the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Treasurer.

Tr: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

Tr: To receive all moneys from the Secretary, keeping

a just and accurate account of the same, and

pay it out on orders of the Lodge, signed by the

Worshipful Master; and to perform such other

duties as are prescribed by the Constitution of

the Grand Lodge.

WM: The Secretaryís place?

Tr: At the left of the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Secretary.

Sec: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

Sec: To observe the proceedings of the Lodge, making

a fair record of all that is proper to be written; to

receive all moneys due the Lodge and present it

to the Treasurer, take his receipt thereof; and to

perform such other duties as are prescribed by

the Constitution of the Grand Lodge.

WM: The Junior Wardenís Station?

Sec: In the South.

WM: Brother Junior Warden.

JW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty in the South?

JW: To observe the sun at meridian, which is the glory

and beauty of the day; call the Craft from labor to

refreshment, superintend them during the hours

thereof, carefully to observe that the means of

refreshment are not perverted to intemperance or

excess, and see that they return to labor in due

season, that the Worshipful Master may receive

honor, and they pleasure and profit thereby.

WM: The Senior Wardenís Station?

JW: In the West.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Why in the West?

SW: As the sun is in the West at close of day, so

stands the Senior Warden in the West, to assist

the Worshipful Master in opening and closing the

Lodge; paying the Craft their wages, if any be

due, that none may go away dissatisfied; harmony

being the support of all institutions, especially this

of ours.

WM: The Masterís station?

SW: In the East.

WM: Why in the East?

SW: As the sun rises in the East to rule and govern

the day, (WM: ***) so rises the Worshipful Master

in the East to rule and govern the Lodge; setting

the Craft at work, giving them proper instruction

for their labor.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, it is my order that _____

_____ Lodge No. ___ be now closed on the First

Degree of Freemasonry, and stand closed until

opened by proper authority, of which due and

timely notice will be given. This communicate to

the Junior Warden in the South, and he to the

Brethren present, that having due notice thereof,

they may govern themselves accordingly.

SW: Brother Junior Warden.

JW: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that ____

____ Lodge No. ___ be now closed on the First

Degree of Freemasonry, and stay closed until

opened by proper authority, of which due and

timely notice will be given. This communicate to

the Brethren present, that having due notice

thereof, they may govern themselves accordingly.

JW: Brethren; it is the order of the Worshipful Master,

communicated to me through the Senior Warden

in the West, that ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ be

now closed on the First Degree of Freemasonry,

and stay closed until opened by proper authority.

Of which due and timely notice will be given. I

communicate the same to you, that having due

notice thereof, you may govern yourselves

accordingly.

WM: Brethren; attend to giving the signs; observe the

East.

WM: *.

SW: *.

JW: *.

WM: Brethren, give your attention to the Chaplain.

Chap: And now, Almighty Father, we ask Thy blessing

upon the proceedings of this communication, and

as we are about to separate, we ask Thee to keep

us under Thy protecting care until again we are

called together. Teach us, O God, to realize the

beauties of the principles of our time-honored

institution, not only while in the Lodge, but when

abroad in the world. Subdue every discordant

passion within us. May we love one another in

the bonds of union and friendship.

AMEN.

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: Brother Senior Warden

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: How should Masons meet?

SW: On the Level.

WM: And how act, Brother Junior Warden?

JW: By the Plumb.

WM: And part upon the Square. So should we, my

Brethren, ever meet, act, and part. May the

blessing of Heaven rest upon us and all regular

Masons. May brotherly love prevail, and every

moral and social virtue cement us. AMEN.

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Attend at the Altar and close the Three Great Lights

in Masonry.

WM: I now declare ____ ____ Lodge No. ___ duly

closed.

WM: Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Inform the Tyler.

WM: *.

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