THE MASONIC MANUAL
A pocket Companion for the Initiated
Compiled and arranged by
Revised Edition 1867
THE Order of Knights Templar, who were
originally called "Poor fellow soldiers of Jesus Christ," took its rise
about the year 1118.
Nine noble knights formed a society to
guard and protect the Christian pilgrims who traveled from abroad to visit
the Holy Sepulchre.
These men were encouraged by the Abbot of
Jerusalem, who assigned them and their companions a place of retreat in a
Christian church, called the church of the Holy Temple, from which they
were called Templars.
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PRAYER AT OPENING.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be
thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done as in heaven so also upon the
earth. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we
also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us
from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
DECORATIONS AND STATIONS
The throne is situated in the East; above
is suspended a banner; on it a cross irradiated with rays of light; on
each side a sky-blue banner, on one of which are arranged the emblems of
the Order, and on the other a Paschal lamb and Maltese cross, with the
motto, "THE WILL OF GOD." The Most Eminent Grand Commander is seated on
the throne, the Generalissimo, Prelate, and Past Grand Commarrders on his
right; the Captain General on his left; the Treasurer on the right, and
the Recorder on the left, in front; the Senior Warden at the
south-west angle of tbh triangle, and upon
the right of the first division; the Junior Warden at the north-west angle
of the triangle, and on the left of the third division the Standard Bearer
in the west, the Sword Bearer on the right and the Warder on his left;
Guards, at the passes; Sentinel, at the door, outside. The Knights are so
aranged that there shall be an equal number on each side of the throne and
in front. Three tents, at proper distances, in an adjoining room, or in
the north of the Encampment, and stationed in front, with a black banner,
having a star of nine points; in the centre of the star, a cross and
serpent of gold, surrounded by a circle, with the motto, "IN HOC SIGNO
VINCES", painted upon it.
A full suit of black, with a sword and
military hat; a scarf, five inches wide in the whole, of white, bordered
with black one inch on either side; a strip of navy lace, one fourth of an
inch wide, at the inner edge of the black: the ends of the scarf extend
six inches below the point of intersection, hanging on the right shoulder
and crossing the body to the left side; on the left breast a star of nine
points; in the centre of the star, a cross and serpent of gold, surrounded
by a circle, in which is engraved, "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES."
CHARGE AT OPENING.
James, a servant of GOD and of the Lord
Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let
patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of GOD, that giveth to all
men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him
ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the
sea, driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he
shall receive anything of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all
his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that be is exalted. If
any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but
deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and
undefiled before God and the Father is
this: To visit the fatherless and widows in
their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. - JAMES i.
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-- I greet thee. * * *
Silver and gold have I none: but such as I
have give I thee. * * * * * *
Hearken to a lesson to cheer thee on thy
way, and assure thee of success.
And Abraham rose up early in the morning,
and took bread and a bottle of water and gave it unto Hagar (putting it on
her shoulder,) and the child, and sent her away, and she departed and
wandered in the wilderness, and the water was spent in the bottle, and she
cast the child under one of the shrubs; and the angel of GOD called to
Hager out of heaven, saying. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine
hand; for I will make him a great ration and GOD opened her eyes, and she
saw a swell of water
By faith Abraham sojourned in the land of
promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles; for he looked
for a city which hath foundatious, whose builder and maker is GOD.
Be ye therefore followers of GOD as dear
children, rejoicing in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice. Farewell
-- GOD speed thee.
-- I greet thee. * * * * *
If a brother or sister be naked and
destitute of daily food, and one of you say, Depart in peace, be ye warmed
and filled, and ye give them not of those things which are needful for the
body, what doth it profit? To do good and to communicate, forget not, for
with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Beware lest any man spoil you through
philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men; after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ: For in him dwelleth all the
fullness of the Godhead bodily. Farewell - GOD speed thee.
-- I greet thee. * * * * *
He that receiveth you, receiveth me, and he
that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me. Come unto me all ye that
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you
and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest
unto your souls, for my yoke is
easy and my burden is light. Whosoever
shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water
only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no wise
lose his reward.
Farewell - GOD speed thee.
Then one of the twelve,
called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests and said unto them,
What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you. And they covenanted
with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought
opportunity to betray him. Now, the first day of the feast of unleavened
bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him,
Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to
eat the passover? And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say
unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover
at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had
appointed them; and they made ready the passover. Now, when the even was
come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I
say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding
sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And
he answered and said, he that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the
same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth, as it is written of him; but
wo unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for
that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered
and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said. - MATT. xxvi.
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Then cometh Jesus with them
unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here,
while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of
Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then faith he unto
them, My soul is ex-
ceeding sorrowful, even unto death, tarry
ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his
face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup
pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh
unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What!
could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not
into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He
went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this
cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he
came and found them asleep again; for their eyes were heavy. And he left
them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same
words. Then cometh he unto his disciples. and saith unto them,
Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold the hour is at hand, and the Son
of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going:
behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. And while he yet spake, lo!
Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude, with
swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he
that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that
same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus,
and said, Hail, Master; and kissed him. -
MATT xxvi. 36-50.
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When Pilate saw that he
could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water,
and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the
blood of this just person; see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and
said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas
unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be
crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common
hail, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped
him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of
thorns they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they
bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, king of the Jews!
And they spit upon him, and took the reed and smote him on the head. And
after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put
his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came
out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they
compelled to bear his cross. And when they
were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, A place of a
skull, they gave him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall: and when he had
tasted thereof he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his
garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the
prophet; They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they
cast lots. And sitting down, they watched him there; and set up over his
head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. - MATT.
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Although it is appointed
unto all men once to die, yet the Scriptures inform us, that the Savior of
the world arose from the dead and ascended into heaven, there forever he
is seated on the throne of majesty in high; and they also assure us, that
all who have received Him for their righteousness, and put their trust in
Him, shall rise to life everlasting. In the end of the Sabbath, as it
began to dawn, toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and
the other Mary, to see the sepuchre. And behold there was a great
for the angel of the Lord descended from
heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for
fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel
answered and said unto the women, "Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek
Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay: and go quickly, and tell his
disciples that he is risen from the dead; and behold he goeth before you
into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo! I have told you." And they
departed quickly from the sepulchre, with fear and great joy, and did run
to bring his disciples wood.
And as they went to tell his disciples,
behold Jesus met them, saying, All hail. Aid they came and held him by the
feet, and worshipped him.
And he led them out, as far
as to Bethany; and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came
to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up
into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great
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The following ode may be appropriately
intro duced during the ceremonies:
The rising GOD forsakes the tomb!
Up to his Father's court he flies;
Cherubic legions guard him home,
And shout him welcome to the skies.
Break off your tears, ye saints, and tell
How high our great deliv'rer reigns,
Sing how he spoil'd the hosts of hell,
And led the monster, death, in chains.
Say live forever, wondrous king,
Born to redeem, and strong to save,
Then ask the tyrant, "where's thy sting?
And where's thy vict'ry, boasting grave?"
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And in those days Peter
stood up in the midst of the if disciples, and said, (the number of the
names together were about an hundred and twenty,) Men and brethren, this
scripture must needs have been fulfilled which the Holy Ghost, by the
mouth of David, spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them
that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained
part of this ministry. Now this man
purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he
burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was
known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalemn; insomuch as that field is
called in their proper tongue, Aceldamna, that is to say, The field of
blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be
desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another
take. Wherefore, of these men which have companied with us, all the time
that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism
of John unto that same day that he was taken ut from us, must one be
ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed
two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus and Matthias. And
they prayed and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men,
show whether of these two thou hast chosen, that he may take part of this
ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he
might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot
fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. - ACTS i.
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