Brother, your zeal for our Institution,
progress you have made in our
and your steady conformity
our useful regulations, have pointed
out as a proper object for this
mark of our favor.
and honor, now alone, bind you to
faithful to every trust, to support the
of your character on all
and strenuously to enforce,
precept and example, a steady
to the tenets of Freemasonry.
conduct on your part will
the world that merit is the just
to our privileges, and that on you
favors have not been undeservedly
a Master Mason, you are authorized
correct the irregularities of your less
Brethren; to fortify their minds
resolutions against the snares of the
and to guard them against every
to vicious practices. To preserve the
of the Fraternity, unsullied, ought to be
constant care, and therefore it becomes your
to caution the inexperienced against a
your inferiors in rank or office, you are to
obedience and submission; to your
courtesy and affability; and to your
kindness and condescension.
benevolence you are zealously to
and by the regulation of your own
endeavor to remove every aspersion
this venerable institution.
ancient landmarks you are carefully to
and never suffer them to be infringed,
are you to countenance any deviation from
in the circle of your acquaintance, you find a
desirous of being initiated into the
be particularly careful not to
him unless you are convinced that
will conform to our rules, that the honor, glory
reputation of the institution may be firmly
and the world at large convinced of
my Brother, congratulating you most
let me enjoin upon you that your honor
reputation are concerned in supporting with
the respectable character you now bear.
no motive, therefore, tempt you to swerve
your duties, violate your vows, or betray
trust, but be true and faithful, and imitate
example of that celebrated artist whom you
this evening represented; thus rendering
worthy of the honor we have conferred
meriting the trust we have reposed in you.
Brother, I congratulate you on becoming a
Mason, and as such commend you to the
care, love and protection of Master Masons
dispersed around the globe. Be
be true; and satisfy the world that by
a Master Mason you have become a
man. Retain, I entreat you, that purity of
and rectitude of conduct with which we hope
are endowed, and of which that spotless
is the emblem, and the badge.
My Brother, there is a lecture in connection with
degree that it will be necessary for you to
to memory and on which you must pass
a suitable examination in open Lodge, or as
by our Nevada Code, within sixty days.
have no doubt the Brother who has instructed
thus far will be pleased to continue.
will now step to the Secretary’s desk and
the by-laws, after which you will be entitled
your share of our privileges, as well as
to your share of our responsibilities.
Mason Degree - Closing the Lodge