Ritual and Monitor
by Malcolm C. Duncan
This book presents details of
Masonic initiation rituals, along with grips, passwords and regalia. Written
in the 19th century, Duncan's Ritual, as it is known, has been
republished numerous times. It includes the three basic degrees of the Ancient
York Rite, and four additional advanced degrees. There are over a hundred
illustrations, all reproduced here, which show important details of the
rituals, including gestures and symbolic pictures. Duncan's Ritual
is careful to note known variations where they exist. This book will be of
interest to beginning Masons who want a roadmap of the craft, as well as
experienced Masons who need a review.
Masonry over time has been
secret, true. But now, it's a matter of privacy. You can go to Amazon, Barnes
and Noble, or Borders books and get a copy of Duncan's Rituals. The ISBN no.
is 0-679-50626-8. In this is contained every single detail of what happens in
the Lodge rooms of England, but still is pretty complete. This is not too
substantially different than what Freemasons do in American Lodges. There you
go... On a silver platter, we have handed you the operative keys to the
mysteries of an ancient craft.
Freemasonry is personal, private
and beyond description. We have rituals that we perform, like a play, that
remind us of certain moral lessons, and hint at the antiquity of our craft.
These are the material manifestations of what we do. They are no longer
secrets, yet they remain private in most cases as every group or person has
the right to personal privacy. They are the process of what we do. Just as
what I do (for a living or otherwise) does not define me as a person, so the
manner of what we do does not define us as Masons. My obligations (oaths) make
me a Mason, and the manner in which I live and build my house of character
show that I really understand and earn the title of Free and Accepted Mason.
The real secrets of Freemasonry
are what happens in you! No man can see into your mind or heart. No man
can tell you how to apply the allegorical lessons of Freemasonry to your life,
actions and character. These are the real secrets...it's all about how your
mind and conscious uses the information that you are presented.
Entered Apprentice, or First Degrees
Fellow Craft, or Second Degree
Master Mason, or Third Degree
Mark Master, or Fourth Degree
Past Master, or Fifth Degree
Most Excellent Master, or Sixth Degree
Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree
Extracts from a Dictionary of Masonry