Job's Daughter Pewter Figurine

   

       

Pictured above is a lovely pewter statute of a Job's Daughter kneeling in prayer!  She is marked Copyright - Job's Daughters - No. 127.   Measures 3 7/8" high (not including base).

Job's Daughter Ring

Job's Daughters is an organization for young women just like you. We can help you learn important skills for life, such as leadership, organization, teamwork and self reliance. We work to help our community.

Picture 3We honor a rich tradition and heritage that has been a part of Job's Daughters since 1920. But most importantly, we want you to have fun doing the things you like to do.

Throughout the year, Job's Daughters plan and share a lot of fun activities.  Arts and crafts, photography, sewing, and creative writing are just a few of the activities we enjoy.  Also, girls participate in sports including soccer, softball, volleyball, swimming and bowling, and we like to sing and dance, too! Many of our local groups have competitions with awards and recognition for outstanding achievement.

You and your new friends in Job's Daughters play an important role in serving the community. Such as visiting hospitals and homes for the elderly to offer friendship to people who might be lonely and sad. We have food drives and other activities to provide for the less fortunate.

Our charity, the Hearing Impaired Kid's Endowment (The HIKE Fund), provides hearing assistive devices for children in need. Our popular "hikes for HIKE," provide a special charitable service to our community. Our work with hearing-impaired children has led many groups, called Bethels, to learn sign language. We are proud to be "kids helping kids! "

To learn more about Job's Daughters and how to become a member click on our emblem below:

International Order of Job’s Daughters
Initiation

 
1964

Opening Ceremony
 
1 Entrance of Bethel Guardian and Associate Bethel Guardian
2 Entrance of Bethel Choir
3 Entrance of Bethel Flag
4 Entrance of Officers
5 Escort of National Emblem
6 Reading of Special Dispensation
7 Pledge of Secrecy for Adults
8 Purging Ceremony
9 Stations and Duties of Officers
10 Bethel Declared in Session
 
Entrance of Bethel Guardian and Associate Bethel Guardian
When Officers are in line in the Ante-room with door open, and in the Preparation Room with door closed, the Musician will play “Job’s Daughters Fair and True” for the Bethel Guardian and Associate Bethel Guardian (or persons assigned to that duty by Law) and Custodians to enter Bethel Guardian and Junior Custodian stand one step inside Bethel Room in front of Ante-room doorway. Associate Bethel Guardian and Senior Custodian stand one step inside Bethel Room in front of Preparation Room door.
All four march east until they reach West Line (do not offer arms) then Custodians proceed on straight line to Altar Line Bethel Guardian proceeds between Second and Fifth Messengers’ stations, as Associate Bethel Guardian proceeds between Fourth and Fifth Messengers’ stations to Altar Line. When they reach Altar Line, Bethel Guardian and Junior Custodian turn left, Associate Bethel Guardian and Senior Custodian turn right, and all four meet in front of Altar and march east, tour abreast Senior and Junior Custodians on a straight line to their stations. The Bethel Guardian and Associate Bethel Guardian ascend dais (do not bow to Custodians) Senior and Junior Custodians remain standing in front of their stations facing east, until Bethel Guardian and Associate Bethel Guardian reach pedestal in East, then all tour face west together, turning toward Honored Queen’s station.
 
Entrance of Bethel Choir
Bethel Choir members shall march in only if wearing Official regalia (see Supreme Constitution and By-Laws).
The members of the Bethel Choir wait until the Custodians, Bethel Guardian and Associate Bethel Guardian have passed a point in line with the Fifth Messenger’s station before they enter Bethel Choir members march in by couples on South Matching Line to East Line, turn left and proceed to their seats on north side of room.
Single Choir member follows last couple. Choir remains standing.
 
Entrance of Bethel Flag
The Flag is held with the right hand (thumb pointing upward) on the staff at the height of the shoulder. The left hand is at the waistline, holding the base of the staff against the left hip. The staff is held at an angle of forty-five degrees from the body.
The hand must not come in contact with the silk.
After the Choir is in position in the Bethel room, the Bethel Flag Bearer enters from the Anteroom door, marching on South Marching Line to East Line, turns left marching past Junior Custodian’s station, turns right, ascends dais and places flag in stand at extreme left of Junior Princess’ station. After placing flag, she retraces her steps to East Line, turns right and proceeds to her station with the Bethel Choir Guide closes Ante-room door.
After the Bethel Flag Bearer is in her station, the Associate Bethel Guardian presents the gavel to the Bethel Guardian who calls the assembly to order with one rap of the gavel.
BETHEL GUARDIAN: Bethel No ... of ... (City), ... (State), (Country, Province or Territory), of the International Order of Job’s Daughters is about to convene. All members, parents and guardians of Job’s Daughters, and adults with proper Masonic Relationship are invited to remain.
When satisfied that all are entitled to be present, the Bethel Guardian will give the Musician a signal to begin playing the song, “Open the Gates of the Temple” by Mrs Knapp. (See Music Ritual for words.)
 
Entrance of Officers
 
The Officers are lined up in the proper places by Guide and Marshal in the Preparation Room and Ante-room.
As the Officers, Bethel Choir and members sing the words “Open the Gates of the Bethel,” the Guide and Marshal slowly open the doors and remain standing in center of each doorway.
Guide and Marshal time the opening of doors as introduction of “Open the Gates” is being played so thai they are standing in center of doorway as the introduction of song is completed.
Open doors one quarter way on first “Open”; half way on second “Open”; three-fourths way on third “Open.” Doors are completely open and Guide and Marshal in position on fourth “Open.”
Officers quietly mark time to eight chords, starting with left foot, arms length apart. Step off with the left foot on the first accented beat of the music after the eighth cord.
The Officers, members and Bethel Choir continue singing as Officers enter the Bethel Room.
The Guide and Marshal march east until they reach Altar Line.
The Guide turns a square corner to the left toward North Marching Line, passes the station
of the Chaplain, turns left (west), making a complete semi-circle around the outside of the Messengers’ stations, past the station of the Treasurer, turns left to the south side of the Altar, turns right and marches east on a line just inside station of Junior Custodian, toward the station of the Honored Queen.
The Marshal turns a square corner to the right toward South Marching Line, passes the station of the Treasurer, turns right (west) making a semi-circle around the outside of the Messengers’ stations, past the station of the Chaplain, turns right to the north side of the Altar, turns left and marches east on a line just inside the station of Senior Custodian, toward the station of the Honored Queen.
The Marshal is always on the inside, one step from the semi-circle, and the Guide is always on the outside when marching around the Messengers’ stations. The Guide should always allow space for the Marshal and Officers to move without crowding. The Marshal should shorten her steps when marching around the Messengers’ stations to permit the Guide to make up the greater distance, as she is on the outside.
The Guide and Marshal reach the East Line, all pause and form an aisle. As the Princesses approach the base of the aisle Bethel Guardian gives a slight bow to officers and the officers face the center. (Officers do not return bow.)
To march through the aisle the Princesses approach the East together and the Honored Queen follows on the center line forming a triangle. The Princesses pause at the foot of the dais, turn and face the center on a line with the Guide and Marshal. The Honored Queen ascends the dais. The Associate Bethel Guardian extends his hand to assist the Honored Queen The Bethel Guardian presents Honored Queen with the gavel. All three remain in the East until the Honored Queen instructs the Officers to take their stations. After the Honored Queen receives the gavel and places it on pedestal:
HONORED QUEEN: The Officers will take their stations.

On the word “stations” the Officers face east. The Musician plays a chord for Officers to turn. Officers, Bethel Choir and members sing second verse of ‘Open the Gates,” as Officers proceed to stations as directed.
Princesses ascend dais and take their stations.
As soon as Officers have left the East Line, Bethel Guardian and Associate Bethel Guardian descend the dais, turn left on East Line and proceed side by side to their stations on South Sideline. They remain standing.
The Guide turns right, marches to South Marching Line, turns right, marches to West Line, turns right, marches on West Line to a point in line with south side of the Altar, turns right, marches east on a straight line through semi-circle to Altar Line, turns right to South Marching Line, turns left, marches east to East Line, turns left, passes Junior Custodian’s station, turns left, marching straight through semi-circle to West Line.
The Marshal turns left, marches to North Marching Line, turns left, marches to West Line, turns left, marches on West Line to a point in line with the north side of the Altar, turns left, marches east on a straight line through semi-circle to Altar Line, turns left to North Marching Line, turns right, marches east to East Line, turns right, passes Senior Custodian’s station, turns right, marching straight through semi-circle to West Line.
Inner and Outer Guards follow Guide and Marshal through semi-circle. As they pass Fifth Messenger’s station, Inner and Outer Guards march diagonally toward the doors of the Ante-room and Preparation Room. As they reach West Line they continue four abreast. The Guide and Marshal proceed to their stations in the West.
The Inner Guard stops at her station at right of Ante-room door. (Her station may be adjusted to shape of room) The Outer Guard retires through the door of the Preparation Room (does not close door) and takes her position in the Ante-room at the door of entrance to the Bethel The Outer Guard closes Ante-room door.
As the Messengers, Chaplain, and Treasurer reach a point opposite their individual stations they turn square corners, north and south, and march to their stations, all facing east together.
As the Librarian and Recorder reach a point opposite their individual stations, they turn square corners, walk east to assume station, then face west by turning toward each other
All Officers remain standing.
 
Escort of National Emblem
 
After Officers are in their stations:
HONORED QUEEN: Marshal, you will display the National Emblem. (March music. “America, The Beautiful.”)
Flag to be carried according to governmental regulations in each respective Country, Province or Territory. This also applies to the National Anthem of each Country, Province or Territory. (Respective Music is in the Music Ritual).
The Marshal retires to Preparation Room for Flag by advancing to West Line, turns north to a point in front of Preparation Room door, turns left and goes to Preparation Room.
In the United States, the Marshal carries the Flag at a forty-five degree angle by holding the right hand around the staff with the thumb pointing upward toward the Flag. The right hand is placed on the staff at the height of and on a level with the left shoulder, the left hand at waistline, the base of the left hand resting against the left hip. The Flag should never be allowed to touch anything beneath it. The eagle at top of staff shall face forward.
When Marshal has flag in proper position to enter Bethel room, Honored Queen sounds three raps of gavel. Marshal enters Bethel Room through Preparation Room door, marches to West Line, turns right and marches on a diagonal line between stations of Fourth and Fifth Messengers, stops west of Altar between stations of First and Third Messengers. (Outer Guard closes Preparation Room door and returns to her station outside the Ante-room door).
As the Flag enters the Bethel room, the Honored Queen places her right hand over her heart, keeping hand flat against body, forearm on slight angle. This will be a signal for all to assume this position. This salute is held until after Pledge of Allegiance is given
As Flag enters, Musician will play “America The Beautiful” When at Altar do not change position of Flag. After Marshal reaches Altar with Flag, all in the United States will sing one verse of “Star Spangled Banner.” Marshal does not sing.
HONORED QUEEN: This Flag is an emblem of the liberty we enjoy, the protection of our homes, and the freedom of our institutions. It is an emblem of the blood of our forefathers, who died that our Country might endure. We love it and all for which it stands. Marshal, place it in the East at the right of the Senior Princess.

After the tribute by Honored Queen, the Marshal marches to the East by turning left at the Altar, then right between the Chaplain and Altar, marching on straight line to East Dais. (March Music: “America The Beautiful”). The Marshal ascends dais and places Flag with eagle facing west in standard at extreme right and in line with the station of Senior Princess. She steps back one step and joins in salute to Flag. (Position of Marshal adjusted to suit each dais)
HONORED QUEEN: All repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
At the word “Allegiance” all persons turn and face the Flag.
Pledge of Allegiance
(United States)
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America—and to the Republic for which it stands—one Nation under God, indivisible—with liberty and justice for all.”
Bethels in other countries use own Pledge.
After the Pledge of Allegiance has been given, the Honored Queen sounds gavel immediately to seat the assembly. The Marshal retraces her steps going to East Line, turns right to North Marching Line, turns left, marches to West Line, turns left, marching to a point in front of her station, and assumes station (March Music: “America The Beautiful.”) Honored Queen remains standing.
 
Reading of Special Dispensation
Read “Special Dispensation” only when a special privilege has been requested and has been granted. It shall be read in its entirety by the Recorder from her station at the desk.
HONORED QUEEN: Recorder, you will read the Special Dispensation.
Recorder quietly steps to the desk, reads the Special Dispensation and returns to her station on the floor.
Honored Queen sounds gavel.
 
Use of Gavel
Three raps calls up the entire assembly.
Two raps calls up the Officers.
One rap seats the assembly or calls to order.
One rap always signifies that a certain order of business has been completed.
 
Pledge of Secrecy For Adults
(Lights are not dimmed for this pledge.)
HONORED QUEEN: As messengers of truth we are again assembled. Before proceeding with our Ritualistic Ceremony we request all adults who are attending a Bethel meeting for the first time to assume a Pledge of Secrecy.
All adults who are attending a Bethel meeting for the first time, will please rise for the Pledge. (Pause for visitors to rise.)
HONORED QUEEN: Officers, you will rise. Pause. Chaplain, you will attend at the Altar.
Altar music “Sweet Hour of Prayer” or “Holy, Holy, Holy” (May be sung) continues until Chaplain has gone to Altar, opened Holy Bible, and hacked to a point half way between Altar and East Dais.
Chaplain does not sing at any time when she is attending at the Altar.
To approach the Altar, the Chaplain leaves her station and marches diagonally to a point halfway between the East Dais and the Altar, in front of the Honored Queen, faces west and marches to Altar.
There shall be no loose papers in Bible or on Altar. Do not lift Bible from Altar.
Chaplain reverently opens Bible by using both ii, hands, placing left hand at back of Bible to keep it in center of Altar. With right hand on lower corner of Bible, slowly stand Bible upright on back binding. With hands on opposite covers, open Bible to Chapter XLII (42) of the Book of Job.
Reverently lower the pages until the Open Book rests flat on the Altar, then slowly withdraw hands toward lower coiners. Do not place hands or rest elbows on Altar.
After opening Bible for Pledge of Secrecy, the Chaplain steps back to the same halfway point between the Altar and east dais, facing west.
Chaplain does not close eyes or bow head when giving Pledge to Adults or Obligation to Pilgrims.
The Chaplain places her right hand over her heart. All Officers assume same attitude but do not repeat pledge. Chaplain does not kneel when giving the Pledge of Secrecy to unobligated visitors. Chaplain shall speak loudly enough so all visitors will be able to hear the words of Pledge. Officers release hands when Chaplain does.
CHAPLAIN: You will place your right hand over your heart and repeat the following pledge: In the presence of these witnesses—I solemnly affirm on my honor—that I will never divulge—the transactions of any Bethel of Job’s Daughters—or the ritualistic ceremony of the Order—or any part of either to anyone—who is not lawfully entitled thereto—that I will encourage the fidelity—of all members of Job’s Daughters—by a faithful observance of this pledge.
Chaplain returns to her station, then turns left toward Altar and faces east. Honored Queen sounds gavel.
Altar music—”Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” or “To a Wild Rose.”
If there are no unobligated visitors, Honored Queen sounds gavel and proceeds with “Purging Ceremony” for members
 
Purging Ceremony
HONORED QUEEN: All members of Job’s Daughters, except Officers, will rise and take part in the Purging Ceremony. Pause for members and Bethel Choir to rise.
If there are no members or Bethel Choir present, Honored Queen sounds gavel and proceeds with opening
HONORED QUEEN: Guide rises and bows and Marshal rises and bows, you will purge the Bethel.
(March music: “The Jolly March.”)
The Guide and Marshal leave their stations, marching to the West Line.  Guide turns right to South Marching Line, Marshal turns left to North Marching Line, both march east to Altar Line where Guide turns left and Marshal turns right. Then both march to East Line keeping width of Altar apart, and stand facing the Honored Queen, one step east of East Line.
HONORED QUEEN: Senior Custodian rises, faces Honored Queen and bows and Junior Custodian rises, faces Honored Queen and bows, you will assist in the Purging Ceremony. (Honored Queen is seated)
Guide, Marshal, Senior and Junior Custodian face west together, turning toward the center. (March music: “The Jolly March.”)
The Custodians leave their stations at the same time, stepping to the East Line.
Junior Custodian, after slight pause, marches to South Marching Line and proceeds west, turning square corners, seeing that all members precede her.
Senior Custodian pauses, faces Marshal, and gives the grip, moves to Guide, pauses, faces her and gives the three responses, then marches to South Marching Line and proceeds west to West Line, turning square corners.
Junior and Senior Custodians proceed on West Line to North Marching Line then to East Line. No members shall come between Junior and Senior Custodians.
As members reach Marshal and Guide on East Line, they pause, face Marshal and give her the grip, move to Guide, pause, face her and give her the three responses Members return to their seats where they are immediately seated. If a member does not know the secret work, Guide refers her to the Bethel Guardian for proof of her membership. After which she returns to her seat
The Senior Custodian faces south, and pauses while Junior Custodian gives grip to Marshal and three responses to Guide.
The Custodians face east together and proceed to their stations, turning toward Honored Queen, face west and remain standing until Guide and Marshal return to their stations.
After Custodians reach their stations, and North and South Marching Lines are cleared, Guide and Marshal advance to Altar Line, turn north and south to Marching Lines, march to West Line, Guide turns right and Marshal turns left and both march to their stations.
Senior and Junior Custodians, Guide and Marshal are seated at the same time. The Honored Queen sounds gavel and proceeds:
HONORED QUEEN, rises: Daughters, you will rise and join with me in singing our Bethel Flag Song.  Sounds gavel.
 
Stations and Duties of Officers
Officers when addressed by the Honored Queen, rise, face the Honored Queen, make a slight bow, (head bent, eyes lowered). Do not respond to the Honored Queen until you have raised your head, then answer “Honored Queen.” Remain standing until Honored Queen sounds gavel.
HONORED QUEEN, standing: That the teachings of our Creator may be more deeply impressed upon our hearts and minds, let us be attentive while the Officers explain their duties, each with a lesson of love, purity and truth. Honored Queen is seated.
ALL DAUGHTERS SING: “Behold, We are the Daughters of Job.”
HONORED QUEEN: Inner Guard.
INNER GUARD, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: You will relieve the Outer Guard and direct her to report at your station.
(Inner Guard goes to Ante-room door and gives raps Outer Guard responds with raps and opens the door).
INNER GUARD: Outer Guard, the Honored Queen directs you to report at my station, and I am to remain at your station until you return.
The Inner Guard faces north inside the door, as Outer Guard walks past her to enter. Inner Guard retires and closes door. Outer Guard steps east until on a line with the station of Inner Guard, turns a square corner and goes to station of Inner Guard.
HONORED QUEEN: Outer Guard.
OUTER GUARD, bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
OUTER GUARD: Honored Queen, my station as Outer Guard is outside the closed door. My duty is to prevent interruptions during convocations and with your permission, allow only those to enter who are duly qualified. It signifies that we must ever guard against outward sins and with hearts protected from the follies of the world, continue righteous to the end of our earthly journey.
HONORED QUEEN: Relieve the Inner Guard and direct her to return to her station.
OUTER GUARD, goes to Ante-room door and gives raps. Inner Guard responds with raps and opens door: Inner Guard, the Honored Queen directs that you return to your station.
Outer Guard faces north inside door as Inner Guard walks past her to enter. Inner Guard steps east until on a line with her station, turns square corner, goes to her station and remains standing. Outer Guard retires and closes door.
HONORED QUEEN: Inner Guard.
INNER GUARD, bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
INNER GUARD: Honored Queen, my station as Inner Guard is inside the closed door of entrance to the Bethel. My duty is to respond to warnings from without and convey your orders to the Outer Guard. It signifies that we must be alert and watchful concerning the follies of the world which are ever pressing for admission to pure hearts and minds. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Junior Custodian.
JUNIOR CUSTODIAN, rises, faces Honored Queen and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
JUNIOR CUSTODIAN: Honored Queen, my station as Junior Custodian is at the left and in front of the Junior Princess. Faces west. My duty is to assist the Marshal in caring for the properties of the Bethel, to assist the Junior Princess in the ceremony of initiation and to perform such other duties as may be assigned to me by the Honored Queen. It signifies that the humblest task carefully performed is sometimes the stepping-stone to advancement and more important duties. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Senior Custodian.
SENIOR CUSTODIAN, rises, faces Honored Queen and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
SENIOR CUSTODIAN: Honored Queen, my station as Senior Custodian is at the right and in front of the Senior Princess. Faces west. My duty is to assist the Marshal in caring for the properties of the Bethel, to assist the Senior Princess during the Ceremony of Initiation and to perform such other duties as may be assigned to me by the Honored Queen. It signifies that the humblest service merits the same attention as one of greater importance and should be promptly and cheerfully performed. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: First Messenger.
FIRST MESSENGER, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
FIRST MESSENGER: Honored Queen, my station as First Messenger is in the Messengers’ semicircle between the Treasurer and Second Messenger, and facing the Honored Queen. My duty is to obey the lawful orders of the Junior Princess and to assist her in the ceremony of the First Epoch. It signifies that obedience to the wishes of our Parents and Guardians is a virtue to be cherished and practiced us our homes and daily lives, and that we should strive so to live that we shall be standards for our companions. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Second Messenger.
SECOND MESSENGER, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
SECOND MESSENGER: Honored Queen, my station as Second Messenger is in the Messengers’ semicircle west of the Altar between the First and Filth Messengers and facing the Honored Queen. My duty is to obey the lawful orders of the Junior Princess and to assist her in the ceremony of the First Epoch. It signifies that as we journey around the world gathering knowledge here and there, we must always be mindful of the pitfalls of human life. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Third Messenger.
THIRD MESSENGER, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
THIRD MESSENGER: Honored Queen, my station as Third Messenger is in the Messengers’ semicircle between the Chaplain and Fourth Messenger and facing the Honored Queen. My duty is to obey the lawful orders of the Senior Princess and to assist her in the ceremony of the Second Epoch. It signifies that however lowly may be our stations in life, our responsibility to God and to all mankind should ever prompt us to noble deeds. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Fourth Messenger.
FOURTH MESSENGER, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station m the Bethel and what is your duty?
FOURTH MESSENGER: Honored Queen, my station as Fourth Messenger is in the Messengers’ semi-circle west of the Altar between the Third and Fifth Messengers and facing the Honored Queen.
My duty is to obey the lawful orders of the Senior Princess, and to assist her in the ceremony of the Second Epoch. It signifies that righteous service will lead to life eternal. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Fifth Messenger.
FIFTH MESSENGER, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
FIFTH MESSENGER: Honored Queen, my station as Fifth Messenger is in the Messengers’ semicircle at the center immediately west of the Altar facing the Altar and the Honored Queen. My duty is to obey the lawful orders of the Honored Queen and to assist her in the ceremony of the Third Epoch. It signifies that we should reflect on past actions and thoughtfully review our surroundings that we may reach the highest attainments in life. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Librarian.
LIBRARIAN, rises, faces Honored Queen and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
LIBRARIAN: Honored Queen, my station as Librarian is at the right and in front of the Senior Princess. Faces west. My duty is to encourage a desire for good literature, arts and sciences. It signifies that since the Open Book is the foundation upon which this Order is built, we should develop our intellect so that we may be of the greatest use to ourselves and others as we assume our position in such duties as it may please God to call us. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Musician.
MUSICIAN, rises, faces Honored Queen and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
MUSICIAN: Honored Queen, my station as Musician is at the piano (or organ). Faces west. My duty is to preside at the instrument during the musical part of our ceremonies. It signifies that harmony is essential to all organizations and is a virtue for which we should all strive. Remains standing until time for Altar music.
HONORED QUEEN: Recorder.
RECORDER, rises, faces Honored Queen and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
RECORDER: Honored Queen, my station as Recorder is at the left and in front of the Junior Princess. Faces west. My duty is to record all actions of the Bethel in proper form, receive all money due the Bethel, and deposit it with the Bethel Treasurer, taking a receipt for same. It signifies that my every act should be as the Recording Angel would have it in her Book of Life.
Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Treasurer.
TREASURER, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
TREASURER: Honored Queen, my station as Treasurer is south of the Altar. My duty is to receive all funds belonging to the Bethel, to keep an accurate account of them and to turn them over to the Guardian Treasurer, taking a receipt for same. It signifies that honesty of purpose is the foundation upon which to build character. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Chaplain.
CHAPLAIN, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
CHAPLAIN: Honored Queen, my station as Chap. lain is north of the Altar. My’ duty Is to preside at the Altar during the devotions of the Bethel and to communicate the Obligation to Pilgrims. It signifies that piety, religion and reverence for sacred things are the beacon lights of life. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Marshal.
MARSHAL, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
MARSHAL: Honored Queen, my station as Marshal is in the West at the left of the Guide. My duty is to have in charge the properties of the Bethel, to see that suitable preparation is made for the ceremony of initiation and to assist the Guide in conducting Pilgrims. It signifies that good order, kind words, and noble actions are essential in our lives. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Guide.
GUIDE, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
GUIDE: Honored Queen, my station as Guide is in the West. My duty is to conduct Pilgrims through the ceremonies of the several Epochs portraying the life and faith of Job. It signifies that as God in His wisdom guided Job to restored health and prosperity so will He guide us to live uprightly if we follow His teachings. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Junior Princess.
JUNIOR PRINCESS, rises, faces Honored Queen and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what Is your duty?
JUNIOR PRINCESS: Honored Queen, my station as Junior Princess is at your left. Faces west. My duty is to preside during the ceremony of the First Epoch. In the story of Job’s happiness and prosperity and his loss of family and possessions, we are impressed with the need of improving our times of prosperity with acts of kindness to our companions. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN: Senior Princess.
SENIOR PRINCESS, rises, faces Honored Queen and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Where is your station in the Bethel and what is your duty?
SENIOR PRINCESS: Honored Queen, my station as Senior Princess is at your right. Faces west. My duty is to preside during the ceremony of the Second Epoch. In the story of Job’s suffering, his faith in God and his utterances of wisdom, we learn that we will overcome our adversities if we put our trust in Him. Remains standing.
HONORED QUEEN, rises: My duty as Honored Queen is to preside at nil convocations of the Bethel, to require orderly procedure at all times, to avoid favoritism and partiality, and to exercise a general supervision over the Bethel’s affairs. In the ceremony of the Third Epoch we are taught the trumph of faith in God as we journey through life. Pause. Our Chaplain will lead us in The Lord’s Prayer. Three raps of gavel. Altar music
Altar music may be sung as the Chaplain approaches the Altar. Lights may be dimmed during prayer.
Chaplain marches to Altar, reverently opens the Bible to Chapter XLII (42) of the Book of Job, if it has not been previously opened for Pledge of Secrecy, and kneels. After the Bible is opened and Chaplain is in kneeling position all Daughters assume attitude of prayer with Chaplain. Adults do not assume Daughters’ attitude of prayer.
The attitude of prayer is assumed by placing the open hands palm to palm, with fingers pointing upward, forearm following line of cord, elbows close to body, finger tips about three inches below chin.
All present bow heads and repeat aloud: The Lord’s Prayer
King James version—Matt. 6:9-13
“Our Father which art in Heaven—hallowed be Thy name—Thy kingdom come—Thy will be done in earth—as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread—and forgive us our debts—as we 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 forever. A-men.”
Chaplain returns to her station. Altar music.
HONORED QUEEN: In the name of our Lord and by virtue of the power vested in me by the
Grand Guardian Council I now declare Bethel No. ... of ... (City) . .. (State, Country, Province or Territory.) of the International Order of Job’s Daughters regularly opened for business.
Honored Queen sounds gavel and remains standing. Recorder takes her position at desk.
HONORED QUEEN: Inner Guard, inform the Outer Guard that our Bethel is in session.
Inner Guard rises, takes one step forward, turns right to South marching Line, then proceeds on it to Ante-room door, gives raps. Outer Guard responds with raps and opens door.
INNER GUARD: Outer Guard, the Honored Queen directs me to inform you that our Bethel is in session.
If members or visitors are waiting to be admitted, the Outer Guard informs the Inner Guard before Outer Guard closes door. This is the first time late visitors may be admitted.
If there are no visitors waiting, the door is closed and the Inner Guard returns to her station by retracing her steps.
INNER GUARD: Honored Queen, I have informed the Outer Guard that our Bethel is in session.
Honored Queen sounds gavel and proceeds with Order of Business.
 
 
Initiation
 
When Honored Queen announces this Order of Business, Recorder returns to her station on the floor.
No one except those designated shall enter or leave during Ceremony of Initiation.
The Marshal shall see that there is in the Preparation Room, printed copies of the Lord’s Prayer, the Golden Rule, and the Ten Commandments. One member of the Preparation Committee or the Promoter of Sociability must read these to the candidates before the Guide enters the Preparation Room to conduct the candidates into the Bethel Room. Candidates shall be instructed to answer “I do” to all questions.
Promoter of Sociability will give a few instructions to candidates such as: altitude of player, kneeling, turn square corners, bow when name is mentioned, and proper way to introduce parents when requested to do so by the Honored Queen.
Line up candidates according to height, list their names on paper in same sequence and give to Guide when she enters the Preparation Room.
HONORED QUEEN, rises: Inner Guard.
INNER GUARD, rises and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: Are there candidates in waiting? Inner Guard goes to the door of Anteroom and gives raps. Outer Guard responds with raps and opens the door.
INNER GUARD: Outer Guard, are there candidates in waiting?
OUTER GUARD: Inner Guard, there are ... (number) candidates waiting to be instructed in our lessons. Inner Guard closes door and returns to station.
INNER GUARD: Honored Queen, the Outer Guard reports that ... (number) candidates are waiting to be instructed in our lessons.
HONORED QUEEN: Marshal pauses for Marshal to rise, you will retire and prepare these candidates for initiation. Guide pauses for Guide to rise, you will conduct these candidates through the ceremony of initiation. The Guide, followed by the Marshal, walks to West Line, turns left, marches to North Marching Line, turns left and marches to Preparation Room, retires and closes the door. March music.
HONORED QUEEN, after Guide and Marshal have retired: Junior Princess, the lessons of the First Epoch are to be taught under your direction.
Honored Queen is seated.
Appropriate Choir, Vocal or Instrumental music shall be given while candidates are being prepared.
HONORED QUEEN: Inner Guard, you will admit the Preparation Committee, all members and visitors who have been properly vouched for. Inner Guard goes to door, gives raps. Outer Guard responds with raps and opens door.
INNER GUARD: Outer Guard, the Preparation Committee, all members and visitors who have been properly vouched for, may be admitted. Inner Guard steps back to allow members, visitors and committee to enter After Outer Guard closes door, Inner Guard returns to her station and is sealed.
 

First Epoch
 
When candidates have been prepared and formed in a line according to height, the Guide goes to the door of the Preparation Room and gives raps.
INNER GUARD, rises: Junior Princess, an alarm at the door of the Preparation Room tells us there are candidates ready for the lessons of the First Epoch.
JUNIOR PRINCESS: You will answer the alarm and admit the candidates.
March Music: “Close To Thee” continues until Guide takes her position back of Fifth Messenger’s chair.
Inner Guard goes to the door of the Preparation Room, using West Line, responds to raps and opens the door She admits Guide, candidates and Marshal. When all are in position on the West Line, facing east, she closes the door Inner Guard remains standing at the door facing east until Guide, candidates and Marshal leave the West Then she returns to her station. (March music. “Close To Thee.”)
The Guide enters from Preparation Room door, marches east to the West Line followed by candidates and Marshal, turns right and stops so that candidates will be evenly placed west of the Fifth Messenger’s station, facing candidates east After Guide quietly instructs them to remain on this line, she walks on a diagonal line until immediately back of Fifth Messenger’s chair, turns, faces candidates before speaking. If more than eight candidates, form them into two or more lines. Always space them evenly on either side of the Fifth Messenger’s station.
GUIDE: My friends, the International Order of Job’s Daughters is an organization created for the purpose of banding together young women who believe in God and the teachings of the Holy Bible. You have been selected for membership because we believe that you will enter into the spirit of our endeavors and become faithful with us.
I must inform you that there is nothing in our ceremonies which will embarrass you. It is your duty to attend strictly to the lessons which are taught and strive to live accordingly.
Before being admitted to membership in our Bethel you will be required to answer certain questions. Attend strictly and answer each truly. (Candidates are required to answer “I do” to all questions.)
Do you believe in the Almighty Power of the One Living God?
Do you believe in the Ten Commandments?
Do you believe in the Lord’s Prayer as a daily supplication to God?
Do you love the Flag of your Nation and the government for which it stands?
Do you promise not to divulge the secret work of Job’s Daughters?
Do you now agree to join with us in promoting love and respect for all worthy persons, especially our elders?
Be watchful and attentive to our lessons that they may be deeply engraved upon your hearts and minds.
Guide returns to line with Pilgrims and introduces them to Junior Princess.
GUIDE: Junior Princess rises, it is my pleasure to present to you ... pronouncing full name of each Pilgrim, who have thus far complied with our rules and are now prepared for the ceremony of the First Epoch.
JUNIOR PRINCESS: Pilgrims, we extend to you a fraternal greeting. Heed well what you shall hear.
Turns to Honored Queen Honored Queen, these Pilgrims are seeking to share in our ambitions and our labors of love. They believe in those things which make a better and happier world. I present them to you as worthy of the confidence we are about to repose in them. Remains standing, facing West.
ALL DAUGHTERS SING: “Behold, We are the Daughters of Job.”
Junior Princess is seated and Honored Queen rises.
HONORED QUEEN: We read in the Book of Job, that “In all the land were no women found so fair as the Daughters of Job.” This is the passage on which Job’s Daughters is founded. In our lessons we strive to teach that to be “fair” is to do good. We are all daughters of one God, and by the most intimate ties we are related to the Masonic Fraternity, that organization which stands for the brotherhood of humanity. While Job’s Daughters is no part of this fraternity, there is a great work for it to do. We must learn and practice reverence for God, loyalty to our Flag, respect for our elders, and love for all the world.
In the story of Job we learn that if amid all the temptations of life we remain faithful to our Creator, we will be enriched with His blessings. Before you continue your journey you are required to take a solemn Obligation to remain faithful to our teachings. This will be communicated by our Chaplain. Pause. Guide, you will conduct the Pilgrims west of the Altar. Honored Queen remains standing.
March music: “Close To Thee.”
Do not dim lights for Obligation.
When directed to approach the Altar for the Obligation, the Guide, followed by the Pilgrims and Marshal, marches diagonally into semi-circle between the stations of the Second and Fifth Messengers. The Guide leads Pilgrims past the station of the Treasurer, to the Altar Line, turns left and passes the Altar, turns left and passes the station of the Chaplain between Chaplain and Altar, then to the West of the Altar, turns left and marches south. Guide and Marshal place Pilgrims in proper kneeling position west of Altar, between the stations of the First and Third Messengers, facing east. Pilgrims shall kneel on both knees, hands placed palm to palm with fingers pointing upward. Pilgrims do not bow heads for Obligation. If there are too many Pilgrims to place directly west of the Altar, Guide and Marshal will arrange them in a semi-circle extending from the station of the First Messenger to the station of the Third Messenger. Never place Pilgrims east of west side of the Altar. Guide shall be on the south side of Pilgrims; Marshal on the north.
When Guide and Marshal have Pilgrims in proper position, they face east.
HONORED QUEEN: Daughters, you will rise. Pause. Chaplain, you will attend at the Altar. Altar music. Chaplain goes to Altar.
CHAPLAIN, standing at Altar: This solemn pledge is to be freely given by you, and I trust you will throughout your lives remember this scene and the words you here repeat. This pledge is shared by all of us, so the Obligation you are about to assume is a privilege and a benefit. You will repeat after me:
Chaplain then kneels and gives Secret Work No. 2. Officers and members assume attitude of prayer when Chaplain places hands in supplication. Chaplain does not close eyes nor bow head when giving Obligation to Pilgrims. Chaplain and Pilgrims remain kneeling until response is sung by Bethel Daughters.
Response after Obligation: “Lord, have Mercy upon us” or “Blessed Father I have Promised.”
After the response the Guide and Marshal assist the Pilgrims to rise as Chaplain rises. Chaplain returns to her station. Altar music. When Chaplain reaches her station, Honored Queen sounds gavel to seat Officers and members.
HONORED QUEEN: Guide and Marshal, you will conduct the Pilgrims to position for the lectures of the First and Second Messengers. Honored Queen is seated.
Guide leads Pilgrims past station of Treasurer, turns left on Altar Line and stops so that Pilgrims are evenly placed east of Altar facing west.
GUIDE: First Messenger rises, you will begin the story of the life of Job for this Pilgrim.
FIRST MESSENGER turns left and takes position in front of Fifth Messenger between stations of First and Third Messengers; hands at side: On the edge of an Arabian desert, there lived centuries ago, a man whose name was Job. He was a pious and upright man who loved and feared God, and turned away from all evil. God, in His goodness, blessed this man with great riches.
With his wife, seven sons, and three daughters, he lived in the valley in peace, happiness and plenty.
His vast estates stretched many miles over the plains and into the hills where grazed his countless flocks of sheep. Dotting the landscape in the lowlands, and shaded by giant palms, were the homes of his sons.
It was the custom of the younger members of this happy family at the close of each day, to feast at one of these homes. Job, not wishing to impose the gravity of his years upon the festivities, remained at his own home in peace. Job feared that his children, in their worldly pleasures and untold wealth, might forget or turn away from God. By regular hours of worship, he taught his family to share in his righteousness.
In the Heavenly Council, God commended the piety of his faithful servant Job. The Adversary, whose mission was to test the faith of the people of the earth, accused Job of being pious because God had blessed him with great wealth and extensive estates and possessions. He declared that if God should take away the riches from Job, his piety and reverence would turn to hate. God permitted the Adversary to try Job’s faith, but warned him not to do bodily harm to Job. So the Adversary set forth on his mission.
First Messenger returns to her station by turning right and walking to station. Faces east and remains standing until Guide addresses Second Messenger, then is seated.
GUIDE: Second Messenger rises, you will continue the story of the life of Job.
SECOND MESSENGER, takes position in front of Fifth Messenger by walking on a diagonal line
stopping between the stations of First and Third Messengers; hands at side: Job was happy, for his children were about him. The days faded into evening, and he looked out on the peaceful land and watched the stars as they came forth in silent procession. He was silently glorifying the Great Hand which controls the Universe.
But there came a day when the Adversary smote Job with his wrath. Messengers falling at Job’s feet told him of disaster following disaster; his flocks destroyed by lightning; his beasts of burden carried away by pillaging tribes; his servants put to the sword; and finally, the death of his sons and daughters by a mighty wind which laid low the home of feasting and pleasure.
Job in anguish arose, rent his mantle, and cast himself upon the ground, laying his forehead in the dust.
The Adversary watched over Job, ever ready to return to his Master with the story of his fall from his faith in God. Still Job remained steadfast and continued to worship God.
Another Heavenly Council convened and the Adversary approached the throne saying, “All that a man bath will he give for his life. Put forth Thine hand and touch his flesh and he will turn from Thee.” God answered, “He is in thine hand, but save his life.”
Again the Adversary went forth and smote Job. His suffering was intense. He was banished from the habitations of men. Yet, in his sufferings and misfortunes, he remained faithful to God, saying “What?
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Pause.
Guide, you will conduct these Pilgrims to the Junior Princess.
Second Messenger returns to station by stepping backward until on a line with her station, turns right, proceeds to station, faces east and remains standing until Marshal has turned east in front of the Chaplain, then is seated.
After the Second Messenger’s lecture, the Guide turns right and marches to North Marching Line, turns right and marches to East Line, turns right and marches south, until the middle of the line of Pilgrims is directly in front of Honored Queen, facing east.
GUIDE: Junior Princess rises, these Pilgrims have passed through the ceremony of the First Epoch and are now prepared for further instructions.
Junior Custodian rises when Guide addresses the Junior Princess, picks up the Dove with both hands, and stands facing Pilgrims. Dove always faces west.
JUNIOR PRINCESS: We hope that the lessons of this Epoch have been deeply impressed upon you, and that they will be carried with you forever. Remember the pious and prosperous Job, passing in peace over his vast estates, ever stopping to give a word of cheer to his servants. Hear him bless his children and pray that they may continue to live in the fear of God.
When the shades of night begin to fall, he goes forth into the gathering gloom, and hears God’s voice in the waters of the river, in the song of the night birds, and in all nature. He looks toward the homes of his sons, and as one by one the candlelights are extinguished, he offers a silent prayer that the morrow will be like unto today—full of love, peace, and plenty.
Then, as a storm out of the Southland, comes blow after blow on the head of this pious man. His wealth is swept away, his family is destroyed, and his body is torn with pains of disease. Yet, in his hour of trial, when all the world seemed to forsake him, he remained God’s faithful servant. Job was steadfast.
We learn from this Epoch always to remain faithful to God in our every thought, word and act, no matter what earthly trials we may be called upon to endure. Be steadfast, practice love, dispense light, shun falsehood, and believe only in the truth.
The sign of the First Epoch is given: (Secret work No. 3.) Pilgrims, you will exemplify with me this sign. Junior Princess again exemplifies sign with Pilgrims.
The response is: (Secret Work No. 4.). Pilgrims, you will give me the response of the First Epoch.
Pause for response by Pilgrims.
The mystic number of this Epoch is seven. It alludes to the number of Job’s sons and the measure of his flocks.
The emblem of this Epoch is the White Dove, At the word “Emblem” extend left hand toward Dove until sentence is completed which symbolizes purity and truth. It is symbolic of the name of Job’s First Daughter, whom he called Je-mi ma, which means dove.
At the word “Dove” the Junior Custodian calls the attention of the Pilgrims to this emblem by extending the Dove forward using both hands, until Junior Princess has completed the paragraph.
Robed Choir rises, all members sing “Come Holy Spirit” or optional hymn melody in Music Ritual. (May be used as a duet.) Choir is seated.
JUNIOR PRINCESS: Honored Queen, the Pilgrims are prepared for the Second Epoch. Junior Custodian replaces Dove on Pedestal; Junior Princess and Junior Custodian are then seated at the same time.
HONORED QUEEN, rises and faces Senior Princess: Senior Princess, the lessons of the Second Epoch are to be taught under your direction. Honored Queen is seated.
 
 
Second Epoch
 
GUIDE: Senior Princess (rises), these Pilgrims have been instructed in the lessons and secret work of the First Epoch, and are now prepared for further instruction.
SENIOR PRINCESS: Pilgrims, you are bound to us by the sacred pledge of Job’s Daughters. The lessons which we learn here assist us in building our own individual character. Guide, you will conduct these Pilgrims to position for the lectures of the Third and Fourth Messengers.
Senior Princess is seated.
Guide turns right, marches to South Marching Line, turns right, marches to West Line, turns right, marches on diagonal line between stations of Second and Fifth Messengers through semi-circle to Altar Line, turns right and stops so that Pilgrims are evenly placed east of Altar facing west.
GUIDE: Third Messenger (rises), you will relate the temptations of Job.
THIRD MESSENGER, turns right and takes a position in front of Fifth Messenger between stations of First and Third Messengers; hands at side: Job, stricken with a never ceasing torture, sought refuge upon a heap of ashes. He was almost helpless and his feeble efforts to arise from the ground provoked the mirth of the children who played about.
His companions were beggars and outcasts. The day sang itself into evening and again Job heard the twilight song bird, but its strain had changed to sorrow. He gazed with reverence upon the horizon streaked with the afterglow of a lowering sun. His eyes paused upon the ruins of the homes of his sons and in his troubled mind again he saw the candle-lights grow dark—one by one-until the last. All was darkness, and Job in the agony of his heart cried aloud, “Why does God continue life to the wretched who long for death?”
As daylight dispelled the gloom there came out of the east three men. They met by appointment to tell Job of their sympathy, for the story of his misfortune had traveled to the farthermost parts. They were the friends of his youth, El-i-phaz, Bil-dad and Zo-phar.
They sought Job among the outcasts but knew hint not. When at last they found their friend they looked upon him in great pity and watched with him. They knew that his grief and sufferings were intense and they waited until Job, in his misery, broke the silence.
At length Job spoke, “Let the day perish wherein I was born.” He continued portraying a peaceful vision of death and release from earthly suffering. He awakened to his real condition and his words rose like the storm after the lull, “Why is light given to a man whose way is hid?” Job spoke with the passion of despair and the bitterness of his misery. The eldest of his friends reminded him that calamity destroys only the wicked and that the righteous will endure. Again and yet again, the friends insisted that Job was being punished for sinful acts and Job replied to each in turn. He maintained his purity and righteousness and wondered at the work of God’s divine hand.
Third Messenger returns to her station by turning left and walking to station. She faces east and remains standing until Guide addresses Fourth Messenger. Then she is seated.
GUIDE: Fourth Messenger (rises), you will relate the triumph of Job.
FOURTH MESSENGER, takes position in front of Fifth Messenger by walking on a diagonal line stopping between stations of First and Third Messengers, hands at side: Job’s cries to God to appear were heard by the Almighty. There came a wind whirling about the mound, and out of the tumult came God’s answer, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.” So on and on the whisperings of the wind asked Job, “Who shall make the sun to shine and the moon to walk its silvery path; the troubled waters of the sea to be calm and the rivers to flow their winding course; the rolling thunder and the flashing lightning to cease; the birds to sing their lay and the beasts to roam the plain; and the earth to move in its appointed course? Who shall satisfy the desolate and vast ground with gentle rains and scatter the east wind upon the earth?
Job heard in shame and answered, “Behold, I will lay my hand upon my mouth. Once I have spoken, hut now I will not answer.” Again the voice persists, “If thou hast an arm like God, take up the sword and rule the universe, but lay low all that is proud, subdue the forces of evil, and hide the faces of the wicked in darkness.”
Job answered, “I know Thou canst do everything, i’ and that no thought can be hidden from Thee. Therefore, have I uttered that which I knew not, and I repent in dust and ashes.”
Then the Lord spake unto El-i-phaz saying, “My wrath is kindled against thee and thy two friends, for ye have not spoken of me the things that are right, as my servant Job bath.”
Job’s righteousness had prevailed. God laid His hand upon him, healed his wounds, guided him to the ruins of his home and restored to him twice aq much of the world’s goods as he had before. So Job lived for many years in peace and plenty as a reward for his steadfastness during the trial of the adversary.
Guide, pause you will conduct these Pilgrims to the Senior Princess.
Fourth Messenger returns to her station by stepping backward until opposite her station, turns left, walking to her station, faces east and remains standing until Marshal has turned east in front of Treasurer, then is seated.
After the Fourth Messenger’s lecture, Guide turns left and marches to South Marching Line, turns left and marches to East Line, turns left and marches north, until the middle of the line of Pilgrims is directly in front of the Honored Queen, facing east.
GUIDE: Senior Princess (rises), these Pilgrims have passed through the ceremony of the Second Epoch, and are now prepared for further instructions.
Senior Custodian rises when the Guide addresses the Senior Princess, picks up the Urn of Incense with both hands, handle to north and stands facing Pilgrims.
SENIOR PRINCESS: Pilgrims, you have heard the sad story of Job’s anguish. The man whom God connects should count himself happy, for his correction is meant to awaken him from his dream of evil and lead him into a broader, cleaner life, rich in blessings.
God knows your every thought and watches over you in hours of pleasure and in the time of misfortune. Every thought is like a dew-drop from Heaven, its usefulness is forecast, and its purpose fulfilled. We will give ourselves to faith that never faileth, kind thoughts to our fellow men, inspiring confidence and hope of reward.
The sign of the Second Epoch is given: (Secret work No 5.) Pilgrims, you will exemply with me this sign. Senior Princess again exemplifies sign with the Pilgrims.
The response is: (Secret work No. 6.)
Pilgrims, you will give me the response of the Second Epoch. Pause for response by Pilgrims.
The mystic number of this Epoch is three. It alludes to the three daughters of Job and his three friends from the far East.
The emblem of this Epoch is the Urn of Incense, At the word Emblem, extends right hand toward Urn until sentence is completed. which in all ages has symbolized prayer. It is also symbolic of the name of Job’s Second Daughter, whom he called Ke-zi a, meaning Cassia (Kashia) used in incense.
At the word “Urn” the Senior Custodian calls the attention of the Pilgrims to this emblem by extending the Urn forward using both hands, until Senior Piincess has completed the paragraph.
Robed Choir rises, all members sing, “My Faith Looks Up To Thee,” by Lowell Mason, or  “Faith Of Our Fathers.” Bethel Choir is seated.
SENIOR PRINCESS: Honored Queen, the Pilgrims are prepared for the Third Epoch. Senior Custodian replaces Urn on pedestal; Senior Princess and Senior Custodian are then seated at the same time.
 

Third Epoch
HONORED QUEEN, rises: Pilgrims, it is my pleasure to impart to you the last lesson of our Order. As quoted from the Book of Job, “Thou shalt forget thy misery. Remember it as waters that are passed away and thy life shall rise brighter than the noon day.” Pause. Guide, you will conduct these Pilgrims to position for the lecture of the Fifth Messenger. Honored Queen is seated.
March music: “Lead On, O King Eternal.”
Guide turns left, marches to North Marching Line, turns left, marches to West Line, turns left, marches on diagonal line between stations of Fourth and Fifth Messengers through semi-circle to Altar Line, turns left and stops so that Pilgrims are evenly placed east of Altar facing west.
GUIDE: Fifth Messenger rises, you will complete the story of Job.
FIFTH MESSENGER, walks east on center line and takes position between stations of First and Third Messengers; hands at side:  The story of Job is a lesson of life. It has been handed down from generation to generation in the Sacred Writings. Whatever its antiquity, it is as true today as when it was written.
The members of this Order are just beginning the warfare of life-the trials of human existence. We are going forth on our pilgrimage filled with ambitions and hope. All the magic of youth and the joy of life are ours and our eyes are filled with wondering interest in the world’s affairs.
We know not what may be written in our book of destiny. There may come a time when, through adversity, we may he tried for our faith in the Great Creator of Heaven and earth. We may in the years to come be fettered by poverty and toil, yet in our hearts there should forever echo the remembrance of the trials of Job, his steadfastness to God and the reward for his righteousness.
The Sacred Book informs us that Job was rewarded by twice as much of the world’s goods as he had before, and that other sons and daughters were given to him. But above all he enjoyed the blissful happiness of the commendation of God for his faith.
The closing chapter of the Book tells us, “In all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job.” Let it be our purpose so to live that the members of our Order will be known throughout the land as true daughters of Job.
Remains standing.
Robed Choir rises, all members sing “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,” (last half of “Open The Gates,” or optional hymn melody in Music Ritual.) Bethel Choir is seated.

FIFTH MESSENGER: Guide, you will conduct these Pilgrims to the Honored Queen.
Fifth Messenger then steps backward to her station and remains standing until Marshal has passed the Altar, then she is seated.
March music: “He Leadeth Me.”
After the Fifth Messenger’s lecture, Guide turns right, marches to North Marching Line, turns right, marches to East Line, turns right and marches south, until the middle of the line of Pilgrims is directly in front of the Honored Queen, facing east.

GUIDE: Honored Queen rises, these Pilgrims have heard the story of the triumph of Job and are prepared for final instructions.
HONORED QUEEN: Pilgrims, it is my pleasure to impart to you the closing lessons which we learn from the study of Job’s life.
The three principal Officers of the Bethel are placed side by side in the East of the Bethel to represent the three daughters of Job of whom we read in the Holy Book.
The mystic number of this Epoch is five. It alludes to the messengers informing Job of his misfortune and the five Messengers who relate the story to the Pilgrims in Job’s Daughters. The mystic numbers of our Order are seven, three and five, as explained in each Epoch.
The emblem of this Epoch is the Horn of Plenty.
At the word “Emblem” the Honored Queen extends left hand toward Horn of Plenty. It symbolizes the triumph of Job over the temptations of the evil one and the reward for his piety and faith. It should ever remind us to advance with strength and power. it is also symbolic of the name of Job’s third daughter whom he called Ker-en happuch which means plenty.
Honored Queen picks up Lily of the Valley with right hand, places it in palm of left hand holding stems with right hand.
The Lily of the Valley is the emblematical flower of our Order. From the retired place in which it grows we learn humility. It is white, and white in all ages has been deemed an emblem of purity. The Lily of the Valley teaches that beauty beams from purity throughout the vale of humility.
After word “humility,” she replaces Lily of the Valley on pedestal with right hand.
The sign of the Third Epoch is given: (Secret work No. 7) Pilgrims, you will exemplify with me this sign. (Exemplifies sign again with Pilgrims)
The response is: (Secret work No. 8.) Pilgrims, you will give me the response of the Third Epoch.
(Secret work No. 8.)
Pause for response by Pilgrims.
HONORED QUEEN: Senior Custodian.
SENIOR CUSTODIAN, rises, faces Honored Queen and bows: Honored Queen.
HONORED QUEEN: You will approach the Altar, retire and exemplify the manner of leaving the Bethel while it is in session, after which you will ask the Outer Guard to admit you in the regular manner. Guide and Marshal face Pilgrims west. Honored Queen is seated.
Senior Custodian, representing a member of the Bethel, leaves her station informally, without music, and exemplifies the Salutation Sign (Secret work No. 10.) When the Honored Queen responds to the sign, the Inner Guard goes to the door of the Anteroom, gives raps. Outer Guard responds to raps and opens the door. Inner Guard faces north while the Senior Custodian retires After door is closed, Inner Guard returns to her station.
HONORED QUEEN, while the Senior Custodian is still outside: Senior Princess, you will explain the Salutation Sign and examination of a member who cannot be vouched for.
Outer Guard gives raps at the door. Inner Guard goes to the door and responds with raps, opens the door.
OUTER GUARD: Inner Guard, a member properly vouched for desires admittance. Inner Guard closes door and remains standing at the door.
INNER GUARD: Honored Queen, a member properly vouched for desires admittance.
HONORED QUEEN: You will admit her.
Inner Guard opens the door without raps, turns, faces north, and allows the Senior Custodian to
enter, closes the door, and returns to her station. Senior Princess rises as the Senior Custodian enters the Bethel Room.
The Senior Custodian enters the semi-circle between the stations of the Second and Fifth Messengers and leaves between the stations of the Fourth and Fifth Messengers. The Senior Princess explains the Salutation Sign (Secret work No 10) Senior Custodian suits her action to words of the Senior Princess. The Senior Custodian returns to her station and is seated. The Guide and Marshal then face Pilgrims east Senior Princess does not address Junior Princess until Senior Custodian has returned to her station and is seated.
SENIOR PRINCESS: Junior Princess rises, you will represent the visitor whom I will examine as directed by our Honored Queen. Princesses stand on angle that the signs may be easily seen by Pilgrims.
SENIOR PRINCESS: You will explain and exemplify the sign of the First Epoch.
JUNIOR PRINCESS: (Secret work No. 3—give complete paragraph.)
SENIOR PRINCESS: What is the response of the First Epoch?
JUNIOR PRINCESS: (Secret work No. 4—give complete paragraph.)
SENIOR PRINCESS: You will explain and exemplify the sign of the Second Epoch.
JUNIOR PRINCESS: (Secret work No 5—give complete paragraph)
SENIOR PRINCESS: What is the response of the Second Epoch?
JUNIOR PRINCESS: (Secret work No 6—give complete paragraph)
SENIOR PRINCESS: You will explain and exemplify the sign of the Third Epoch.
JUNIOR PRINCESS: (Secret work No. 7—give complete paragraph)
SENIOR PRINCESS: What is the response of the Third Epoch?
JUNIOR PRINCESS: (Secret work No. 8—give complete paragraph
Senior and Junior Princesses bow to each other and are seated.
HONORED QUEEN, rises: Pilgrims, when you enter or retire from a Bethel in session, you will do as exemplified by our Senior Custodian. Each member is required to commit to memory the signs, responses, Obligation and Mothers, Fathers and Guardians’ Prayer. The Guide will now give you the grip of the Order.
The grip of Job’s Daughters is given: (Secret work No. 9.)
Guide gives the grip to first Pilgrim, suiting action to the words of the Honored Queen, then continues to other Pilgrims, returning to her position passing behind the Pilgrims.
HONORED QUEEN: We are taught that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, which includes both just thinking and right conduct. We hold high our aim and name of Job’s Daughters which stands for:
J—Joy with judgment.
O—Order being our first law.
B—Beautiful and gracious in manner.
S—Sincere in undertaking.
 
D—Domineering over self.
A—Abstain from appearance of evil.
U—Upward and onward.
G—God’s name held in reverence.
H—Hope never faileth.
T—Truth always spoken.
E—Eager for knowledge.
R—Reaching toward the best.
S—Steadfast and upright, we will face life squarely for future success. (Pause)
Guide, you will conduct the Pilgrims west of the Altar. (March music: “He Leadeth Me.”)
Guide turns right, marches to South Marching Line, turns right, marches to Altar Line, tur
ns right, marches north past the Altar, turns left and marches to west of the Altar. Guide and Marshal cause Pilgrims to kneel and assume attitude of prayer. When Pilgrims are in proper position, Guide and Marshal face east.
HONORED QUEEN: Chaplain, you will attend at the Altar.
(Three raps of the gavel.)
Altar music. Chaplain goes to Altar.
CHAPLAIN: Our Father, every blade of grass, every unfolding leaf, every flower, every planet and sun is the visible expression of Thy Power, wisdom and love. We pray for Thy richest blessings to rest upon these Pilgrims. May it be their great joy to give our organization their loyal support. Help us day by day to be faithful and willing to leave results with Thee. Guide us, teach us, love us, and when the toils of earth are passed, receive us into Thine eternal Home. Amen. (Members respond by softly saying “Amen”)
After prayer, Pilgrims rise with the Chaplain. Chaplain returns to her station. Altar music.
Honored Queen then seats the Bethel
HONORED QUEEN: Guide and Marshal, you will conduct these Pilgrims to the Recorder’s desk to sign our Permanent Record Book.
(March music: “He Leadeth Me “)
Recorder goes to desk to assist Pilgrims.
Guide marches east past the Altar, turns left and marches to North Marching Line, turns right and marches to East Line, marches south stopping on a line with Junior Custodian’s pedestal facing south
Guide and Marshal alternately escort the Pilgrims to the Recorder’s desk to sign. Pilgrims sign name only Other information to be entered by Guardian Secretary.
As new members sign, ALL DAUGHTERS SING. “I Would Be True”.
Guide conducts first Pilgrim, Marshal next one and so on until all have signed, Litter which they are seated in seats reserved for them.
If new members are to be seated near Recorder’s desk, Guide seats first new member, Marshal seats next one and so on until all are seated after which Guide and Marshal, side by side, return to their stations.
If new members are to be seated on the north side of Bethel Room, Guide and Marshal, alternately, escort each new member from Recorder’s desk until all are lined up west of Recorder’s desk. When last one has signed, Guide and Marshal conduct new members to seats reserved for them.
After new members are seated as Guide and Marshal return to their stations, ALL DAUGHTERS SING: “Welcome Song”
HONORED QUEEN: I now welcome you on behalf of the Order as members of Job’s Daughters. At the close of this session, the members will greet and welcome you. Pause. This completes the Ceremony of Initiation. Sounds gavel.
 
 
Closing Ceremony
 
Recorder returns to her station on the floor.
HONORED QUEEN, rises: Our labors are at an end and we are about to separate for a time. Each one should carry the memory of the lessons here taught and strive to apply them to her daily life. Let us ask God to help us to live justly, to love and honor those near and dear to us, and to radiate happiness to all mankind. Our Chaplain will lead us in prayer. Three raps of the gavel.
Chaplain attends at Altar. Altar music.
 
Closing Prayer
CHAPLAIN: Our Heavenly Father, we beseech Thee to bless the work of our Order. May the lessons we here teach be the means of making us better in Thy sight. May we practice in our daily lives the trustful faith of Job. Teach us to be loyal to our companions and guard our words and actions that we may receive the honored reward. We ask this for Thy name’s sake. A-men.
Members respond by softly saying: Amen (A-men.)
ALL DAUGHTERS SING “Now the Day Is Over,” by Barnaby. Substitute the words “our work” for “the Day.” Sing two verses.
In the Closing Ceremony the officers and members retain the attitude of prayer until the Bible is closed. The Chaplain remains kneeling during the singing of the first verse of “Now The Day Is Over,” then rises and reverently closes the Bible, so that it will be closed when the last words of the second verse have been sung.
Chaplain returns to station. Altar music. No raps of gavel.
HONORED QUEEN: All present, except the Officers and Bethel Choir, will please be seated until the Officers and Bethel Choir have retired. Pause. Inner Guard, notify the Outer Guard that our Bethel is closed and direct her to take her place for our retiring march.
Inner Guard goes to door, gives raps. Outer Guard responds with raps, and opens door.
INNER GUARD: Outer Guard, our Bethel is closed and the Honored Queen directs you to take your place for the retiring march. Outer Guard takes her place through Preparation Room Door.  Doors are left open. Inner Guard returns to her station.
Custodians remove chairs. (March music. “Onward and Upward.”) Custodians advance west from their stations to Altar Line, then north and south to Marching lines and west to a point opposite the Fifth Messenger’s station. Junior Custodian pauses
while Senior Custodian removes the Fifth Messenger’s chair. The two Custodians work together removing remainder of the chairs, and return to their stations by retracing their steps.
When the Custodians reach the Altar Line in returning to their stations, Bethel Guardian and Associate Bethel Guardian quietly leave their stations, go north on East Line, Associate Bethel Guardian on Bethel Guardian’s left, pass the Junior Custodian’s station, turn east and ascend dais.
If new members have been initiated, Associate Bethel Guardian goes instead to the new members, to be prepared to present them on the East Line for welcome at the close of the meeting Retiring March.

Retiring March
Bethel Choir members remain standing at their station during the cross formation.
Before music starts for Retiring March a chord is played for the Treasurer, First, Second and Fifth Messengers to face south, and for the Chaplain, Third and Fourth Messengers to face north.
ALL DAUGHTERS SING: “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” by Sullivan.
Musician continues to play “Onward, Christian Soldiers” until cross is formed.
Guide marches from her station to the West Line, turns right and marches to South Marching Line,
Inner Guard follows Guide.
Marshal marches from her station to the West Line, turns left and marches to North Marching Line. The Outer Guard has entered from the Preparation Room and follows the Marshal.
Guide turns left and Marshal turns right, and they both turn and march east to Altar Line, always being careful to walk in a line with each other.
As the Inner Guard passes the Treasurer, the Treasurer marches into line and follows the Inner Guard.
As the Outer Guard passes the Chaplain, the Chaplain marches into line and follows the Outer Guard.

Guide turns left and Marshal turns right and march on Altar Line to North and South Marching Lines, turn west and March around the semi-circle behind the Messengers’ stations.
As the line led by the Guide passes the Fifth, Second and First Messengers, they march south into line, the Fifth Messenger follows the Treasurer, then the Second Messenger and then the First Messenger.
As the line led by the Marshal passes the Fourth and Third Messengers, they march north into line, the Fourth Messenger following the Chaplain and then the Third Messenger.
Guide and Marshal march east to the East Line. Guide turns left, Marshal turns right and march toward the center until on a line running to the north and south side of the Altar, Guide turns left and Marshal turns right, and they march west to the Altar Line.
Recorder follows the First Messenger.
Librarian follows the Third Messenger.
Junior and Senior Princesses leave the East and follow the Recorder and Librarian respectively.
Honored Queen slowly leaves the East behind the Princesses. As the Honored Queen reaches the East Line, she and Custodians proceed, side by side, directly to the Altar Line. The Honored Queen remains standing East of Altar.
Senior Custodian turns north to the North Marching Line. Junior Custodian turns south to the South Marching west to a point Custodians turn ing here during the living Cross do not kneel.
Line. Custodians turn and proceed one step west of West Line. The and face east. They remain stand-Cross formation as Custodians of and assume attitude of prayer but do not kneel.
If new members have been initiated, Associate Bethel Guardian leads them to East Line, remains with them on East Line, faces west.
When the Guide and Marshal reach the Altar Line they turn left and right and march to the North and South Marching Lines and west to West Line, where they turn right and left and march to the center line, turn right and left and go into the formation of a Latin Cross.
To make the Cross, the Officers in the two lines alternately turn; first the Guide turns east, then the Marshal, Inner Guard, Outer Guard, Treasurer, Chaplain, Fifth, Fourth and Second Messengers in order named. First Messenger, Recorder and Junior Princess on the south; Third Messenger, Librarian and Senior Princess on the north, form the arms of the Cross. They face the East on the West Line and march east six abreast and stop opposite the Chaplain.
As the arms of the Cross leave the West Line, the Honored Queen turns left and marches to the west side of the Altar, and takes her place at the foot of the Cross facing east, kneeling on the floor, same as other Officers.
When Officers are in the Cross and “Onward, Christian Soldiers” is completed, Officers kneel on both knees. Musician plays three chords. On the first chord, start to kneel by going down on right knee, on second chord, go down on left knee and on third chord, assume attitude of prayer. Bow heads “slightly,” eyes lowered and sing one verse of “Nearer, My God to Thee.” (Second verse may be sung by soloist or Choir.)
The Bethel Choir assumes attitude of prayer, remains standing at station and sings with the Officers.
At the conclusion of the song, the Officers rise. Musician plays three chords. On the first chord, drop hands, on second chord, rise on right knee, and on third chord, in standing position. (March Music: “Onward, Christian Soldiers”).
The Honored Queen turns and faces west. The Officers march to two steps in front of the Honored Queen, giving her a slight bow before alternately turning right and left. Honored Queen responds with smile; does not bow. The Guide and Marshal march slowly until all Officers are in the Marching Line, in order that there be even spacing between each Officer.
The Officers in the arms of the Cross turn left and right together, toward the center. Third Messenger follows the Second Messenger, other officers follow alternately, single file. Senior Princess precedes the Junior Princess. The Custodians remain standing in the West.
The Guide, followed by all Officers in the original f
ormation, turns to the right, marches to the South Marching Line, then west to West Line and then right to center.
The Marshal, followed by all Officers in the original formation, turns left, marches to the North Marching Line, then west to West Line, and then left to center.
When these Officers are on West line, Guide and Marshal nod to each other and Officers face east together.
When Princesses have passed the Honored Queen and have r
eached the North and South Marching Lines, they pause until Officers have reached position on West Line and have faced east The Honored Queen and Princesses march west to one step in front of the line of Officers, turn and face east.
BETHEL GUARDIAN: This concludes our ceremony. Bethel Guardian bows Officers respond with a slight bow. Bethel Guardian sounds gavel. (March music: “Onward, Christian Soldiers.”)
No ceremonies, songs or additions are permitted until after Officers have retired or have greeted the new members.
To disband, Honored Queen followed by Princesses marches east to line west of Altar, turns right to South Marching Line, turns right and marches west through Ante-room door, followed by Off
icers in couples. Custodians form last couple.
If Bethel Choir is on the north side of the room, they go by couples to line west of Altar and join Officers immediately following Custodians.
If Choir is on south side, they leave the room fly following Custodians on South Marching Line.
After the Bethel Guardian has declared the Bethel closed, the Officers in the West advance to the East to greet and welcome the new members. (March music: “Onward, Christian Soldiers”)
The Princesses march toward the center and meet the Honored Queen, who leads the Officers and Choir in couples to the Altar, turns right to the South Marching Line, then left to East Line. Turning left, they form single file to greet new members.
All Daughters follow Officers and Choir in the line of march and do not disband until outside Ante-room door.

 

 

         

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