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Monday, 11 October 2010 00:01

The Entered Apprentice Degree Ritual

Nevada


Active Participants

WM….….Worshipful Master

SW….….Senior Warden

JW….….Junior Warden

Tr. ….….Treasurer

Sec…….Secretary

SD….….Senior Deacon

JD….….Junior Deacon

SS.…….Senior Steward

JS….….Junior Steward

Tyl….….Tyler

Ch….….Chaplain

Cand….Candidate

(*; * *; or * * *, normally signifies the number of raps from a gavel. In the case of the Senior Deacon, his staff, pounding on the floor; when it is done at either the outer or inner door,it signifies a knock on the door.

(S) signifies the due-guard and sign being given as a

salutation to the Worshipful Master.)

 

ENTERED APPRENTICE OPENING:

WM: *. Officers, take your respective stations and places; Brethren, be clothed.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: Are all present Masons?

SW: *Brothers Senior and Junior Deacons; are all present Masons?

(Deacons rise, and in a prescribed fashion proceed throughout the lodge room, observing those in attendance, ascertaining that they are all Masons.

JD: Brother Senior Deacon, all are Masons in the South.

SD: Brother Senior Warden, we are all Masons.

SW: We are all Masons, Worshipful Master.

(The Deacons return to their places)

WM: *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: Worshipful Master.

WM: The first great care of Masons when convened.

JD: To see that they are duly tyled.

WM: Attend to that duty and inform the Tyler that I am about to open a Lodge of Entered Apprentices, and direct him to tyle accordingly.

JD: Brother Tyler, I am directed to inform you that the Worshipful Master is about to open a Lodge of Entered Apprentices. Take due notice thereof and govern yourself accordingly.

JD: ***. Tyl: ***

JD: (S) Worshipful Master, we are duly tyled.

WM: How are we tyled?

JD: By a Brother Mason without, armed with the proper implement of his office.

WM: His duty there?

JD: To observe the approach of cowans and eavesdroppers, and suffer none to pass or re-pass except such as are duly qualified and have permission from the Worshipful Master.

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Whence came you?

SW: From a Lodge of the Holy Saints John of Jerusalem.

WM: What came you here to do?

SW: To learn to subdue my passions and improve myself in Masonry.

WM: Then you are a Mason, I presume?

SW: I am so taken and accepted among Brethren and Fellows.

WM: What makes you a Mason?

SW: My Obligation.

WM: Where were you made a Mason?

SW: Within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge and Free and Accepted Masons, assembled in a place representing the ground floor of King Solomon's Temple.

WM: How many compose an Entered Apprentices Lodge?

SW: Seven or more.

WM: When composed of seven, of whom does it consist?

SW: The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior and Junior Deacons.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, the Junior Deacon's placein the Lodge?

SW: At my right.

WM: * *. Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

JD: To carry messages from the Senior Warden in the West to the Junior Warden in the South, and elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct; attend to alarms at the outer door and report the same to the Worshipful Master; also to see that we are duly tyled.

WM: The Senior Deacon's place?

JD: At the right of the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

SD: To carry orders from the Worshipful Master in the East, to the Senior Warden in the West, and elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct; welcome and clothe visiting Brethren, attend to alarms at the inner door; also to receive and conduct candidates.

WM: The Treasurer's place?

SD: At the right of the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Treasurer.

Tr: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

Tr: To receive all moneys from the Secretary, keeping a just and accurate account of the same, and pay it out on order of the Lodge, signed by the Worshipful Master; also to perform such other duties as are prescribed by the Constitution of the Grand Lodge.

WM: The Secretary's place?

Tr: At the left of the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Secretary.

Sec: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

Sec: To observe the proceedings of the Lodge, make a full record of all that is proper to be written; to receive all moneys due the Lodge and pay it to the Treasurer, taking his receipt therefore; and to perform such other duties as are prescribed by the Constitution of the Grand Lodge.

WM: The Junior Warden's station?

Sec: In the South.

WM: Brother Junior Warden.

JW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty in the South?

JW: To observe the sun at meridian, which is the glory and beauty of the day; call the Craft from labor to refreshment, superintend them during the hours thereof, carefully to observe that the means of refreshment are not perverted to intemperance or excess, and see that they return to their labor in due season, that the Worshipful Master may receive honor, and they pleasure and profit thereby.

WM: The Senior Warden's station?

JW: In the West.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Why in the West?

SW: As the sun is in the West at close of day, so stands the Senior Warden in the West to assist the Worshipful Master in opening and closing the Lodge; paying the Craft their wages, if any by due, that none may go away dissatisfied, harmony being the support of all institutions, especially this of ours.

WM: The Master's station?

SW: In the East.

WM: Why in the East?

SW: As the sun rises in the East to open and govern the day,(WM:* * *)so rises the Worshipful Master in the East to open and govern the Lodge; setting the Craft at work, giving them proper instruction for their labor.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, it is my order that __________Lodge No. ____ be now opened on the First Degree of Freemasonry for work and instruction. This communicate to the Junior Warden in the South, and he to the Brethren present, that having due notice thereof, they may govern themselves accordingly.

SW: Brother Junior Warden.

JW: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that _______ Lodge No. ___ be now opened on the First Degree of Freemasonry for work and instruction. This communicate to the Brethren present, that having due notice thereof. They may govern themselves accordingly.

JW: Brethren; it is the order of the Worshipful Master, communicated to me through the Senior Warden in the West, that ___________Lodge No. ___ be now opened on the First Degree of Freemasonry for work and instruction. I communicate the same to you, that having due notice thereof, you may govern yourselves accordingly.

WM: Brethren; attend to giving the signs; observe the East.

WM * SW * JW *

WM: Brethren, give your attention to the Chaplain.

Chap: Most Holy and Glorious Lord God, the Great Architect of the Universe, the Giver of all good gifts and graces! Thou hast promised that "where two or three are gathered together in Thy name, Thou will by in their midst and bless them." In Thy name we have assembled, and in Thy name we desire to proceed in all our doings. Grant that the sublime principles of Freemasonry may so subdue every discordant passion within us - so harmonize and enrich or hearts, with Thine own love and goodness - that the Lodge at this time may humbly reflect that order and beauty which reign forever before Thy throne. Amen.

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Attend at the Altar and display the Three Great Lights in Masonry.

WM: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."

WM: In the name of God and the Holy Saints John, I now declare _______ Lodge No. ___ duly opened and in order for business; at the same time strictly forbidding any un-Masonic conduct whereby the harmony of the same might be disturbed.

WM: Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Inform the Tyler.

JD: * * * Brother Tyler, I am directed to inform you that the Lodge is now opened on the Entered Apprentice Degree. Take due notice thereof and tyle accordingly.

JD: * * * Tyl: * * *

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Present the flag of our country at the Altar.

WM Brethren, you will join with me in the pledge of allegianceto the Flag of our Country.

(All join with the Pledge of Allegiance)

WM: *

WM: If there are present any Present or Past Grand Officers, Present or Past Masters, they are cordially and fraternally invited to a seat in the East.

 

ENTERED APPRENTICE DEGREE:

WM: *. Brethren; Mr._______ Is in waiting for the First Degree of Freemasonry, he having been duly accepted. If there is no objection, I shall confer this degree upon him.

WM: There being none, I will proceed.

WM: *. Brother Stewards.

SS: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: How should a candidate be prepared for the First Degree of Freemasonry?

SS: By being divested of all metallic substances, neither naked nor clothed, barefoot nor shod, left knee and breast bare, hood-winked, and with a cable-tow about his neck.

WM: Repair to the preparation room where Mr. (JH) is in waiting. When thus prepared, cause him to make the usual alarm at the inner door. Brother Secretary, accompany them.(In the preparation room)

Sec: Mr. ______, somewhat of your motives in applying for admission into our ancient and honorable Fraternity we have learned from the declaration, over your signature, contained in your petition; but in order that you may not be misled as to the character or the purpose of the ceremonies in which you are about to engage, the Lodge addresses to you these preliminary words of advice.

Freemasonry is far removed from all that is trivial, selfish and ungodly. Its structure is built upon the everlasting foundation of the God-given law - the Brotherhood of Man, in the family whose Father is God. Our ancient and honorable Fraternity welcomes to its doors and admits to its privileges worthy men of all creeds and of every race, but insists that all men shall stand upon an exact equality, and receive its instructions in a spirit of due humility, emphasizing in demeanor, in conduct, in ceremony and in language the helpless, groping nature of man at his birth and his need of reliance upon Divine guidance through all the transactions of life. You will here be taught to divest your mind and conscience of all the vices and superfluities of life, and the Lodge into which you are now to be admitted expects you to divest yourself of all those worldly distinctions and equipments which are not in keeping with the humble, reverent and childlike attitude it is now your duty to assume, as all have done who have gone this way before you.Every candidate, previous to his reception, is required to give his free and full assent to the following interrogatories, in a room adjacent to the Lodge.

Do you seriously declare, upon your honor, that unbiased by the improper solicitation of friend, and uninfluenced by mercenary motives, you freely and voluntarily offer yourself a candidate for the mysteries of Freemasonry? (Candidate answers.)

Do you seriously declare, upon your honor, that you are prompted to solicit the privileges of Freemasonry by a favorable opinion conceived of the institution, a desire for knowledge, and a sincere wish of being serviceable to your fellow-creatures? (Candidate answers.)

Do you seriously declare, upon your honor, that you will cheerfully conform to all the ancient usages and established customs of the Fraternity? (Candidate answers. The Secretary re-enters the Lodge.)

Sec: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Secretary.

Sec: The candidate has answered the usual questions in the affirmative.

(There is now a waiting period, giving time for preparation of the candidate(s) in the proper attire)

Cand: ***.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: There is an alarm at the inner door.

WM: Attend to the alarm and ascertain the cause.

SD: * * *. Who comes here?

SS: Mr. _________, a poor blind candidate who is desirous of having and receiving a part in the rights, lights, and benefits of this Worshipful Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, erected to God and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, as all Brethren and Fellows have done who have gone this way before him.

SD: Mr. _____, is this an act of your own free will and accord?

Cand: It is.

SD: Brother Stewards, is he worthy and well qualified?

SS: He is.

SD: Duly and truly prepared?

SS: He is.

SD: By what further right does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SS: Being a man, free born, of lawful age, and well recommended.

SD: Since the candidate is in possession of these necessary qualifications, let him wait until the Worshipful Master can be informed of his request, and his answer returned.

SD: ***. Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: There is without, Mr. _____, a poor blind candidate, who is desirous of having and receiving a part in the rights, lights, and benefits of this Worshipful Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, erected to God and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, as all Brethren and Fellows have done who have gone this way before him.

WM: Is it an act of his own free will and accord?

SD: It is.

WM: Is he worthy and well qualified?

SD: He is.

WM: Duly and truly prepared?

SD: He is.

WM: By what further right does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SD: Being a man, free born, of lawful age, and well recommended.

WM: Since the candidate is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, let him enter this Worshipful Lodge, in the name of God, and be received in due and ancient form.

SD: ***. Let him enter this Worshipful Lodge, in the name of God, and be received in due and proper form.

SD: (Stops Cand immediately upon his entering the lodge room)

Mr. _____, I am commanded to receive you on the point of a sharp instrument, piercing your naked left breast, which is to teach you that as this is an instrument of torture to the flesh, so should the recollection thereof be to your mind and conscience, should you ever reveal the secrets of Freemasonry unlawfully.

SD: (Steps to left side of Cand and takes him by the arm, forearm horizontal, forming the angle of a square): Mr. _____, as no man should ever enter upon any great and important undertaking without first invoking the aid of Deity, you will be conducted to the center of the Lodge, caused to kneel and attend prayer.

WM: ***

(All stand; WM is escorted to the center of the lodge, stopping in front of candidate)

Vouchsafe Thine aid, Almighty Father of the Universe, to this our present convention; and grant that this candidate for Masonry may dedicate and devote his life to Thy service, and become a true and faithful Brother among us. Endue him with a competency of Thy divine wisdom, that by the influence of the pure principles of our Fraternity he may be better enabled to display the beauties of holiness, to the honor of The Holy Name. Amen.

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: Mr. _____, in whom do you put your trust?

(Cand answers without prompting)(accepted response:"In God")

WM: Your trust being in God, your faith is well founded.

(WM grasps Cand as a firm handshake, assisting him up) Rise, follow your conductor, and fear no danger.

(WM returns to the east and raps the gavel for all to be seated)

WM: *

JW: *

Chap: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity!"

SW: *

Chap: "It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:"

WM: *

Chap: "For there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."

SD: ***

JW: *. Who comes here?

SD: Mr. ____, a poor blind candidate, who is desirous of having and receiving a part in the rights, lights, and benefits of this Worshipful Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, erected to God and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, as all Brethren and Fellows have done who have gone this way before him.

JW: Mr. ____, is this an act of your own free will and accord?

Cand: It is.

JW: Brother Senior Deacon, is he worthy and well qualified?

SD: He is.

JW: Duly and truly prepared?

SD: He is.

JW: By what further right does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SD: Being a man, free born, of lawful age, and well recommended.

JW: Since the candidate is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, conduct him to the Senior Warden in the West for his examination.

SD: ***.

SW: *. Who comes here?

SDS: Mr. ____, a poor blind candidate, who is desirous of having and receiving a part in the rights, lights, and benefits of this Worshipful Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, erected to God and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, as all Brethren and Fellows have done who have gone this way before him.

SW: Mr. ____, is this an act of your own free will and accord?

Cand: It is.

SW: Brother Senior Deacon, is he worthy and well qualified?

SD: He is.

SW: Duly and truly prepared?

SD: He is.

SW: By what further right does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SD: Being a man, free born, of lawful age, and well recommended.

SW: Since the candidate is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, conduct him to the Worshipful Master in the East for his examination.

SD: ***.

WM: *. Who comes here?

SD: Mr. ____, a poor blind candidate, who is desirous of having and receiving a part in the rights, lights, and benefits of this Worshipful Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, erected to God and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, as all Brethren and Fellows have done who have gone this way before him.

WM: Mr. ____, is this an act of your own free will and accord?

Cand: It is.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon, is he worthy and well qualified?

SD: He is.

WM: Duly and truly prepared?

SD: He is.

WM: By what further right does he expect to obtain this important privilege?

SD: Being a man, free born, of lawful age, and well recommended.

WM: Whence came you, and whither are you traveling?

SD: From the West, traveling East.

WM: Why did you leave the West and travel East?

SD: In Search of Light in Masonry.

WM: Since the candidate is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, and in search of Light in Masonry, reconduct him to the Senior Warden in the West, who will teach him how to approach the East in due and ancient form.

SD: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that you teach this candidate how to approach to East in due and ancient form.

SW: Cause the candidate to face the East. Mr. ____, advance on your left foot, bringing the heel of your right into the hollow of your left, thereby forming the angle of a square.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: The candidate is in order.

WM: Mr. ____, before you can proceed further in Freemasonry, it will be necessary for you to take on Obligation appertaining to this degree. It becomes my duty as well as pleasure to inform you that there is nothing contained in the Obligation that conflicts with the duties you owe to God, your country, your neighbor, your family, or yourself. With this assurance on my part, are you willing to take the Obligation?

Cand: I am.

WM: Then advance to the Sacred Altar of Freemasonry. There kneel on your naked left knee; your right forming the angle of a square; your left hand supporting, and your right resting on the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master, the candidate is in due form.

WM: ***.

WM: Mr. ____, if you are still willing to take the Obligation, say "I", pronounce your name in full, and repeat after me.

Cand: I, ____ __ ____,(candidate then repeats the obligation as ministered to him by the WM) of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this Worshipful Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, erected to God and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints of Jerusalem, do hereby and hereon, solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will always hele, forever conceal, and never reveal any of the secret arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Freemasonry, which I have received, am about to receive, or may be hereafter instructed in, to any person unless it shall be to a worthy Brother Entered Apprentice, or within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of such; and not unto him or them whom I shall hear so to be, but unto him or them only whom I shall find so to be after due trial, strict examination, or lawful Masonic information.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not write, indite, print, paint, stamp, stain, hue, cut, carve, mark or engrave the same upon anything movable or immovable, whereby or whereon the least word, syllable, letter, or character may become legible or intelligible to myself or another, whereby the secrets of Freemasonry may be unlawfully ob-tained through my unworthiness.

To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind in my whatsoever; binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out, and with my body buried in the sands of the sea at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly or willfully violate this, my solemn Obligation of an Entered Apprentice. So help me God and make me steadfast to keep and perform the same.

WM: In token of your sincerity, kiss the Holy Bible on which your hand rests.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon, remove the cable-tow.

WM: My Brother, in your present situation, who do you most desire?

Cand: Light in Masonry (prompted by Senior Deacon)

WM: Brethren, stretch forth your hands and assist me in bringing this newly made Brother to true Masonic Light.

WM: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and voice, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, "Let there by light!" and there was light. In humble commemoration of that august event, I now say Masonically, let there be Light.

(All clap there hands one time, in unison, as the Senior Deacon removes the hoodwink.)

WM: My Brother, on being brought to Light in Freemasonry, you first behold the Three Great Lights, by aid of the representatives of the Three Lesser.

The Three Great Lights in Masonry are the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, and are thus explained: The Holy Bible is given us as the rule and guide for our faith and practice, the Square to square our actions, and the Compasses circumscribe our desires and keep our passions in due bound with all mankind, especially the Brethren.

(Bible Lecture)

I particularly direct your attention to the Great Light in Masonry, the Holy Bible. Howsoever men differ in creed or theology, all good men are agreed that within the covers of the Holy Bible are found those principles of morality which lay the foundation upon which to build a righteous life. Freemasonry therefore opens this Book upon its Altars, with the command to each of its votaries that he diligently study therein to learn the way to everlasting life. Adopting no particular creed, forbidding sectarian discussion within its Lodgerooms, encouraging each to be steadfast in the faith of his acceptance, Freemasonry takes all good men by the hand, and leading them to its Altars, points to the open Bible thereon, and urges upon each that he faithfully direct his steps through life by the Light he there shall find, and as he there shall find it.

If from our sacred altars the atheist, the infidel, the irreligious man, or the libertine should ever be able to wrest this Book of Sacred Laws, and thus remove, or even obscure, the greatest Light in Masonry - that Light which has for centuries been the rule and guide of Freemasons - then could we no longer claim for ourselves the great rank and title of Free and Accepted Masons; but so long as that Sacred Light shines upon our altars, so long as it illuminates the pathway of the Craftsmen by the golden rays of truth, so long and no longer can Freemasonry live and shed its beneficent influence upon mankind. Guard then, that Book of sacred and immutable law as you would guard your very life. Defend it as you would the flag of your country. Live according to its divine teachings, with its everlasting assurance of a blessed immortality.

WM: The Three Lesser Lights are the Sun, Moon, and Master of the Lodge, and are thus explained: as the Sun rules the day and the Moon governs the night, so should the Worshipful Master, with equal regularity, rule and govern the lodge. They are represented by three burning tapirs placed in a triangular fashion within the Lodge.

WM: *.

WM: You now observe me as Worshipful Master of this Lodge, approaching you from the East, upon the square, under the due-guard and sign of an Entered Apprentice. My Brother, an Entered Apprentice advances on his left foot, bringing the heel of his right into the hollow of his left, thereby forming the angle of a square. This is the due-guard, and alludes to the position of your hands while taking the Obligation; this is the sign, and alludes to the penalty of the Obligation. This due-guard and sign are always to be given as a salutation to the Worshipful Master, also on entering or retiring from an Entered Apprentices Lodge. I now present my right hand in token of friendship and brother love, and will invest you with the grip and word. As you are uninstructed, he who has hitherto answered for you, will do so at this time.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: Worshipful Master.

WM: I hele.

SD: I conceal.

WM: What do you conceal?

SD: All the secrets of a Mason in Masonry, to which this token alludes.

WM: What is that?

SD: A grip.

WM: Of what?

SD: Of an Entered Apprentice.

WM: Has it a name?

 

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