FELLOWCRAFT EXAMINATION

Q. Are you a Fellow Craft?

A. I am, try me.

Q. By what will you be tried?

A. By the Square.

Q. Why by the Square?

A. Because it is an emblem of morality and one of

the working tools of a Fellow Craft.

Q. What is a Square?

A. An angle of ninety degrees, or the fourth part of

a circle.

Q. What makes you a Fellow Craft?

A. My Obligation.

Q. Where were you made a Fellow Craft?

A. 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.

Q. How may I know you to be a Fellow Craft?

A. By certain signs and tokens.

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 are tokens?

A. Certain friendly or brotherly grips, whereby one

Mason may know another in the dark as in the

light.

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

A. The pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.

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 syllable it.

Q. Syllable it and begin.

A. You begin.

Q. Begin you.

A. Shib;

Q. bo;

A. leth.

A. Shibboleth.

Q. Will you be off or from?

A. From.

Q. From what, and to what?

A. From the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft to the real

grip of the same.

Q. Pass. What is that?

A. The real grip of a Fellow Craft.

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. J ;

A. C;

Q. H;

A. I;

Q. N.

A. Jachin.

Q. Where were you prepared to be made a Fellow

Craft?

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

constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts.

Q. How were you prepared?

A. By being divested of all metallic substances,

neither naked nor clothed, barefoot nor shod,

right knee and breast bared, hood-winked, and

with a cable-tow twice around my right arm,

clothed as an Entered Apprentice, 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. Why was the cable-tow twice around your right

arm?

A. To teach me that as a Fellow Craft I was under a

double tie to the Fraternity.

Q. To what do the three knocks allude?

A. To the Three Precious Jewels.

Q. What was said to you from within?

A. Who comes here?

Q. Your answer?

A. A worthy Brother, who has been duly initiated an

Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light

in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of

Fellow Craft.

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, if I had made suitable proficiency in

the preceding degree, all of which being

answered in the affirmative, I was then asked by

what further right or benefit I expected to obtain

this important privilege.

Q. Your answer?

A. By the benefit of the pass-word.

Q. Had you the pass-word?

A. I had not. My conductor had, and gave it for me.

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 of Fellow

Crafts and be received in due and ancient form?

Q. How were you received?

A. On the angle of a Square applied to my naked

right breast, which was to teach me that the

Square of Virtue should be a rule and guide for

my practice through life.

Q. How were you then disposed of?

A. Conducted twice 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 my 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 more 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 right foot, bringing the heel of

my left into the hollow of my right, 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 Fellow Craft.

Q. How?

A. In due form.

Q. What is that due form?

A. Kneeling on my naked right knee, my left forming

the angle of a square, my right hand resting on

the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, my left

in a vertical position, my arm forming a square,

in which due form I took the solemn Obligation of

a Fellow Craft.

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 Fellow Crafts, erected to

Him and dedicated to the memory of the Holy

Saints John, do hereby and heron, solemnly and

sincerely promise and swear, that I will keep and

conceal and never reveal any of the secrets

belonging to the Degree of Fellow Craft, 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 Fellow Craft, or within

the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of

such; and not unto him or them until by due trial,

strict examination, or lawful Masonic information,

I shall have found him or them justly entitled to

receive the same.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will

answer and obey all due signs and regular

summons, sent me from the body of a just and

duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, or handed

me by a worthy Brother of this degree, if within

the length of my cabletow, and the square and

angle of my work.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will

help, aid, and assist all poor and distressed Fellow

Crafts, they applying to me as such, I finding

them worthy, and can do so without material injury

to myself.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will

not wrong, cheat, nor defraud a Fellow Craftís

Lodge, or a worthy Brother of this degree, to the

value of anything, knowingly, nor suffer it to be

done by another, if in my power to prevent.

To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely

promise and swear,without any hesitation, mental

reservation, or secret evasion of mind in me

whatsoever; binding myself under no less a

penalty than that of having me left breast torn

open, my heart and vitals taken thence, and with

my body given as a prey to the vultures of the

air, should I ever knowingly or willfully violate this,

my solemn Obligation of a Fellow Craft. 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. More Light in Masonry.

Q. Did you receive it?

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

Q. On being brought to Light in this degree, what

did you first behold?

A. The Three Great Lights in Masonry, as in the

preceding degree, with this difference; one point

of the Compasses was above the Square, which

was to teach me that I had received, and was

entitled to receive, more Light in Masonry, but as

one point was still hidden from my view, it was

also to teach me that I was as yet one material

point in darkness respecting Freemasonry.

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; upon the step,

under the due-guard and sign of a Fellow Craft,

who presented his right hand in token of the

continuance of friendship and brotherly love, and

invested me with the pass-grip, pass-word, real

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,

pass-grip, pass-word, real grip and word of a

Fellow Craft.

Q. How were you then disposed of?

A. Re-conducted to the Senior Warden in the West,

who taught me how to wear my apron as a Fellow

Craft.

Q. How should a Fellow Craft wear his apron?

A. With the lower left corner tucked up.

Q. With what were you then presented?

A. The working tools of a Fellow Craft.

Q. What are they?

A. The Plumb, Square, and Level.

Q. How are they explained?

A. The Plumb is an instrument used by operative

masons to try perpendiculars, the Square to

square their work, and the Level to prove

horizontals; but we, as Free and Accepted

Masons, are taught to use them for more noble

and glorious purposes. The Plumb admonishes

us to walk uprightly in our several stations before

God and man, squaring our actions by the Square

of Virtue, ever remembering we are traveling upon

the Level of Time to that undiscovered country

from whose bourne no traveler returns.

Q. With what were you then presented?

A. The Three Precious Jewels; the Attentive Ear,

the Instructive Tongue, and the Faithful Breast.

They teach us this important lesson. The Attentive

Ear receives the sound from the Instructive

Tongue, and the mysteries of Freemasonry are

safely lodged in the repository of Faithful Breasts.

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 a place representing the Middle

Chamber of King Solomonís Temple.

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