ENTERED APPRENTICE DEGREE

OPENING THE LODGE

WM: *. Officers, take your respective stations and

places; Brethren, be clothed.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: Are all present Masons?

SW: *Brothers Senior and Junior Deacons; are all

present Masons?

(Deacons rise, and in a prescribed fashion proceed

throughout the lodge room, observing those in attendance,

ascertaining that they are all Masons.

JD: Brother Senior Deacon, all are Masons in the

South.

SD: Brother Senior Warden, we are all Masons.

SW: We are all Masons, Worshipful Master.

(The Deacons return to their places)

WM: *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: Worshipful Master.

WM: 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 open a 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 open a 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; also 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; also 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 order of the Lodge, signed by the

Worshipful Master; also 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, make a

full record of all that is proper to be written; to

receive all moneys due the Lodge and pay it to

the Treasurer, taking his receipt therefore; 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 in temperance or

excess, and see that they return to their 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 by

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 open and govern

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

in the East to open 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 opened on

the First Degree of Freemasonry for work and

instruction. 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 opened on the

First Degree of Freemasonry for work and

instruction. 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 opened on the First Degree of Freemasonry

for work and instruction. 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: Most Holy and Glorious Lord God, the Great

Architect of the Universe, the Giver of all good

gifts and graces! Thou hast promised that "where

two or three are gathered together in Thy name,

Thou will be in their midst and bless them." In

Thy name we have assembled, and in Thy name

we desire to proceed in all our doings. Grant

that the sublime principles of Freemasonry may

so subdue every discordant passion within us -so

harmonize and enrich or hearts, with Thine

own love and goodness - that the Lodge at this

time may humbly reflect that order and beauty

which reign forever before Thy throne. Amen.

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Attend at the Altar and display the Three Great

Lights in Masonry.

WM: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for

Brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the

precious ointment upon the head, that ran down

upon the beard, even Aaronís beard: that went

down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of

Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon

the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord

commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."

WM: In the name of God and the Holy Saints John, I

now declare _______ Lodge No. ___ duly opened

and in order for business; at the same time strictly

forbidding any un-Masonic conduct whereby the

harmony of the same might be disturbed.

WM: Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Inform the Tyler.

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

that the Lodge is now opened on the Entered

Apprentice Degree. Take due notice thereof and

tyle accordingly.

JD: * * *

Tyl: * * *

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Present the flag of our country at the Altar.

WM Brethren, you will join with me in the pledge of

allegiance to the Flag of our Country.

(All join with the Pledge of Allegiance)

WM: *

WM: If there are present any Present or Past Grand

Officers, Present or Past Masters, they are

cordially and fraternally invited to a seat in the

East.

Entered Apprentice Degree - The Degree

 

              

               

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