FELLOWCRAFT OPENING

WM: *. Officers, take your respective stations and

places; Brethren be clothed.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: Are all present Fellow Crafts?

SW: I will ascertain through the proper officer and

report.

SW: Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Are all present Fellow Crafts?

JD: Brother Senior Warden, all present are Fellow

Crafts.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: All present are Fellow Crafts.

WM: As further evidence that all present are Fellow

Crafts, receive the pass-word from the Senior

and Junior Deacons, who will obtain it from the

Brethren on the right and left, and communicate

it in the East.

SW: *. Deacons, attend the West.

SW: Give me the pass-word of a Fellow Craft. Now

obtain it from the Brethren on the right and left

and communicate it to the Worshipful Master in

the East.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: The pass-word is right and duly received in the

East.

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 Fellow Crafts, 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 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 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: 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 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 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 refreshment, superintend them during the

hours thereof, carefully to observe that their

means of refreshment are not perverted to

intemperance or excess, and see that they return

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 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

Second 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

Second 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 Second 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: *.

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 wilt 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 our 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 the descended upon

the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord

commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."

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 open on the Fellow Craft

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 me in the Pledge of

Allegiance to the Flag of our Country.

(ALL) (Recite the Pledge of Allegiance)

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.

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