FELLOWCRAFT DEGREE 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 Fellow Crafts, 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 Fellow Crafts. 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 of this degree, 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 Mater.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Are you a Fellow Craft?

SW: I am, try me.

WM: By what will you be tried?

SW: By the square.

WM: Why by the Square?

SW: Because It is an emblem of morality and one of

the working tools of a Fellow Craft.

WM: What is a Square?

SW: An angle of ninety degrees, or the fourth part of

a circle.

WM: What makes you a Fellow Craft?

SW: My Obligation.

WM: Where were you made a Fellow Craft?

SW: Within the body of a just and duly constituted

Lodge of Fellow Crafts, assembled in a place

representing the Middle Chamber of King

Solomonís Temple.

WM: How many compose a Fellow Crafts Lodge?

SW: Five or more.

WM: When composed of five, of whom does it consist?

SW: The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior

Wardens, 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 the 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 the

alarms at the inner door; also to receive and

conduct candidates.

WM: The Junior Wardenís station?

SD: 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 refreshments, superintend them during the

hours thereof, carefully to observe that their

means of refreshments are not perverted to

intemperance or excess, and see that they return

to their labors 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 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 closed on the

Second 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

Second Degree of Freemasonry, and stand

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 Second Degree of

Freemasonry, and stand 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: *.

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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