ENTERED APPRENTICE EXAMINATION

Q. Whence came you?

A. From a Lodge of the Holy Saints John of

Jerusalem.

Q. What came you here to do?

A. To learn to subdue my passions and improve

myself in Masonry.

Q. Then you are a Mason, I presume?

A. I am so taken and accepted among Brethren and

Fellows.

Q. What makes you a Mason?

A. My Obligation.

Q. Where were you made a Mason?

A. 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

Solomon’s Temple.

Q. How do you know yourself to be a Mason?

A. By having been tried, never denied, and ready to

be tried again.

Q. How may I know you to be a Mason?

A. By certain signs, a token, a word, and the perfect

points of my entrance.

Q. What are signs?

A. Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars.

Q. Advance a sign. Has that an allusion?

A. It has; to the position of my hands while taking

the Obligation.

Q. Have you a further sign?

A. I have.

Q. Has that an allusion?

A. It has; to the penalty of the Obligation.

Q. What is a token?

A. A certain friendly or brotherly grip whereby one

Mason may know another in the dark as in the

light.

Q. Advance and give me a token. What is that?

A. A grip.

Q. Of what?

A. Of an Entered Apprentice.

Q. Has it a name?

A. It has.

Q. Will you give it to me?

A. I did not so receive it, neither will I so impart it.

Q. How will you dispose of it?

A. Letter or halve it.

Q. Letter it and begin.

A. You Begin.

Q. Begin you.

A. A;

Q. B;

A. O;

Q. Z.

A. Boaz.

Q. Where were you first prepared to be made a

Mason.

A. In my heart.

Q. Where next?

A. In a room adjoining the body of a just and duly

constituted Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.

Q. How were your prepared?

A. By being divested of all metallic substances,

neither naked nor clothed, barefoot nor shod, left

knee and breast bare, hood-winked, and with a

cable-tow about my neck, in which condition I

was conducted to a door of the Lodge and caused

to give three distinct knocks which were answered

by three within.

Q. What was said to you from within?

A. Who comes here?

Q. Your answer?

A. A poor, blind candidate, who is desirous of having

and receiving a part in the rights, lights, and

benefits of this Worshipful Lodge of Free and

Accepted Masons, erected to God and dedicated

to the memory of the Holy Saints John, as all

Brethren and Fellows have done who have gone

this way before me.

Q. What were you then asked?

A. If this was an act of my own free will and accord,

if I was worthy and well qualified, duly and truly

prepared, all of which being answered in the

affirmative, I was then asked by what further right

I expected to obtain this important privilege.

Q. Your answer?

A. Being a man, free-born, of lawful age, and well

recommended.

Q. What were you then told?

A. Since I was in possession of all these necessary

qualifications, I should wait until the Worshipful

Master could be informed of my request and his

answer returned.

Q. What was his answer when returned?

A. Let him enter this Worshipful Lodge, in the name

of God, and be received in due and ancient form.

Q. How were you received?

A. On the point of a sharp instrument, piercing my

naked left breast.

Q. How were you then disposed of.

A. Conducted to the center of the Lodge and caused

to kneel for the benefit of prayer.

Q. After prayer, what were you asked?

A. In whom I put my trust.

Q. Your answer.

A. In God.

Q. What were you then told?

A. My trust being in God, my faith was well founded.

I was taken by the right hand, ordered to rise,

follow my conductor, and fear no danger.

Q. How were you then disposed of?

A. Conducted once regularly around the Lodge, and

to the Junior Warden in the South, where the same

questions were asked and answers returned as

at the door.

Q. How did the Junior Warden dispose of you?

A. Directed me conducted to the Senior Warden in

the West, where the same questions were asked

and answers returned as before.

Q. How did the Senior Warden dispose of you?

A. Directed me conducted to the Worshipful Master

in the East, where the same questions were

asked and answers returned as before, who also

demanded of me whence I came and whither

traveling.

Q. Your answer.

A. From the West, traveling East.

Q. Why did you leave the West and travel East?

A. In search of Light in Masonry.

Q. How did the Worshipful Master dispose of you?

A. Ordered me re-conducted to the Senior Warden

in the West, who taught me how to approach the

East in due and ancient form.

Q. What is that due and ancient form?

A. Advancing on my left foot, bringing the heel of my

right into the hollow of my left, thereby forming

the angle of a square, body erect, facing East.

Q. What did the Worshipful Master then do with you?

A. Made me a Mason.

Q. How?

A. In due form.

Q. What is that due form?

.A. 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.

Q. Have you that Obligation?

A. I have.

Q. Repeat it.

A. I, ____ __ ____,of my own free will and accord,

in the presence of Almighty God and this

Worshipful Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons,

erected to God and dedicated to the memory of

the Holy Saints of Jerusalem, do hereby and

hereon, solemnly and sincerely promise and

swear, that I will always hele, forever conceal, and

never reveal any of the secret arts, parts, or points

of the hidden mysteries of Freemasonry, which I

have received, am about to receive, or may be

hereafter instructed in, to any person unless it

shall be to a worthy Brother Entered Apprentice,

or within the body of a just and duly constituted

Lodge of such; and not unto him or them whom I

shall hear so to be, but unto him or them only

whom I shall find so to be after due trial, strict

examination, or lawful Masonic information.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will

not write, indite, print, paint, stamp, stain, hue,

cut, carve, mark or engrave the same upon

anything movable or immovable, whereby or

whereon the least word, syllable, letter, or

character may become legible or intelligible to

myself or another, whereby the secrets of

Freemasonry may be unlawfully obtained through

my unworthiness.

To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise

and swear, without any hesitation, mental

reservation, or secret evasion of mind in my

whatsoever; binding myself under no less a penalty

than that of having my throat cut across, my

tongue torn out, and with my body buried in the

sands of the sea at low-water mark, where the

tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours,

should I ever knowingly or willfully violate this,

my solemn Obligation of an Entered Apprentice.

So help me God and make me steadfast to keep

and perform the same.

Q. After the Obligation, what were you asked?

A. What I most desired.

Q. Your answer?

A. Light in Masonry.

Q. Did you receive it?

A. I did, by order of the Worshipful Master with the

assistance of the Brethren.

Q. On being brought to Light in Freemasonry, what

did you first behold?

A. The Three Great Lights in Masonry, by aid of the

representatives of the Three Lesser.

Q. What are the Three Great Lights in Masonry?

A. The Holy Bible, Square and Compasses.

Q. How are they explained?

A. The Holy Bible is given us a the rule and guide for

our faith and practice, the Square to square our

actions and the Compasses to circumscribe our

desires and keep our passions in due bounds with

all mankind, especially the Brethren.

Q. What are the Three Lesser Lights?

A. The Sun, Moon, and Master of the Lodge.

Q. How are they explained?

A. As the Sun rules the day and the Moon governs

the night, so should the Worshipful Master, with

equal regularity, rule and govern the Lodge.

Q. What are the representatives of the Three Lesser

Lights?

A. They are three burning tapirs placed in a triangular

form within the Lodge.

Q. What did you next behold?

A. The Worshipful Master approaching me from the

East upon the step, under the due-guard and

sign of an Entered Apprentice, who presented his

right hand in token of friendship and brotherly love,

and invested me with the grip and word, ordered

me to rise, salute the Junior and Senior Wardens

and satisfy them that I was in possession of the

step, due-guard, sign, grip and word of an Entered

Apprentice.

Q. What did you next behold?

.A. 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.

Q. How should an Entered Apprentice wear his

apron?

A. With the flap turned up, to prevent soiling the

clothing; Masonically, to prevent daubing with un-tempered

mortar.

Q. What demand was then made of you?

A. Some metallic substance, not so much on account

of its intrinsic value as that it might be deposited

in the archives of the Lodge as a memorial that I

was at that time and place made a Mason, but

upon strict search found myself entirely destitute.

Q. With what were you then presented?

A. The working tools of an Entered Apprentice.

Q. What are they?

A. The Twenty-four Inch Gauge and the Common

Gavel.

Q. How are they explained?

A. The Twenty-four Inch Gauge is an instrument used

by operative Masons to measure and lay out their

work; but we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are

taught to use it for the more noble and glorious

purpose of dividing our time. It being divided into

twenty-four equal parts 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 distressed

worthy Brother, eight for our usual vocations, and

eight for refreshment and sleep.

The Common Gavel is an instrument used by

operative masons to break off the corners of rough

stones, the better to fit them for the builder’s use;

but we, as Free and Accepted Masons are taught

to use it for the more noble and glorious purpose

of divesting our hearts and consciences of all the

vices and superfluities of life, thereby fitting our

minds as living stones, for that spiritual building -that

house not made with hands - eternal in the

Heavens.

Q. How were you then disposed of?

A. Conducted to the Northeast corner of the Lodge

and informed by the Worshipful Master that there

I stood an upright man and Mason, and he gave it

me strictly in charge, ever to walk and act as

such before God and man.

Q. With what were you then presented?

A. A new name, which is Caution. It is to teach me

to be cautious over all my words and actions,

especially on the subject of Freemasonry, when

in the midst of its enemies.

Q. How were you then disposed of?

A. Re-conducted to the place whence I came,

invested with that of which I had been divested,

and returned to the Lodge for further instruction.

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