Heredom of Kilwinning
The Degree of Heredom is divided into two steps, the one being usually described 'as the Passing of the Bridge, represented by Sections I.
to IX- and the other, the admission to the Cabinet of Wisdom, represented by Sections X. to XV.
It is customary to have at least two Chambers, the one for the preparation of the Candidate, and the other for the Ceremony, called for convenience, the Reception Chamber. The following is a description 6f the arrangement of the Reception Chamber. At the extreme east there is a dais, on the centre of, which the chair of the Tirshatha
is placed, with a chair on either side. The chair on the right (north) remains always vacant. It is retained for the King of Scotland
(now of Great Britain) who is Hereditary Grand Master of the Order, A Royal robe and crown or other emblems of sovereignty should be placed on this chair. The chair on the left is for the Deputy T.R.S.T.A. The Guardians are seated in the west, the Junior Grand Guardian opposite the Deputy T.R.S.T.A., and the Senior Grand Guardian opposite the vacant chair. The Brethren are seated along the north and south sides of the Chamber. The Secretary's table is at the east end on the north side, and the Treasurer occupies a corresponding chair on the opposite side. The Grand Marischal (who is also Conductor) sits in the west on the north side and his Deputy on the south side. The chairs of the Grand Sword Bearer and Grand Banner Bearer are placed at
the north-east and south-east corners respectively below the dais. They retain in their hands the Grand Sword and Grand Banner throughout the Ceremonies, both of H.R.M. and R.S.Y.C.S. (It is permissible when seated, for the Sword to be placed across the knees, and the Banner to he placed in a floor stand). It is their duty to attend on the Presiding Officer when he has occasion to leave the Chair. In procession, the Grand Sword Bearer precedes, and the Grand Banner Bearer follows the presiding Officer.
The Grand Guarder is stationed inside the door of the apartment, and his Deputy outside. The entrance door should, if possible, be in the north, the Candidate being
supposed to have arrived from a place of darkness in search of light.
The situation of the Tower of Refreshments (T.W.R. of R.F.R.S.T.) is in the south. It should be placed on a
raised platform or on a table. The drawbridge is at the east of the T.W.R., and the entrance stairs at the west. the lowest flight facing north. The drawbridge is only lowered when the Characteristic of the Candidate is about to be passed over it. The stairs by which the Candidate is supposed to gain admittance to the Tower is divided into three flights, the lowest flight consisting of seven steps, the second of five, and the highest of three. The Grand Introductor and Examiner sits at the east of the Tower and the Grand Constable of the Tower (described as Watchman in Sections VIII & IX) at the west.
Columns (as in St. John's Masonry), and small ivory mallets are placed on the pedestals of the T.R.S.T.A. and the two Guardians. The T.R.S.T.A. also requires a pair of Compasses and the Senior Grand Guardian a
Square, Level and Plumb Rule for use in Section VII. On the Altar, which is placed in the centre of the apartment, the
Bible (placed upon a crimson cushion and opened at the Book of Judges) the Square, and a pair of Compasses, are
arranged, as in the Master Mason Degree. The Altar and pedestals should he covered with crimson
cloths with fringes of the same colour.
On the entrance of any Brother after the Chapter has been opened, he must give the Penal Sign of the Degree, and with a bow take his place without further ceremony.
Procedure prior to the Opening of Chapter.
The Brethren are assembled in the Chapter Room. The Deputy Grand Guarder gives one knock upon the door which is then opened by the Grand Guarder. The Grand Master of Ceremonies calls the Brethren to order (all Brethren rise and the G.G. draws sword) and announces that
the R.W. Prov. Grand Master is about to enter the Chapter. He then receives the Procession and conducts it to the East in the following order
Grand Master of Ceremonies.
Deputy Grand Marischal. Grand Marischal.
Grand Chaplain (Carrying Bible).
Past Deputy Prov. Grand Masters.
Deputy Prov. Grand Master.
Past Provincial Grand Masters.
Junior Grand Warden. Senior Grand Warden.
Grand Sword Bearer.
Provincial Grand Master.
Grand Banner Bearer.
The procession will proceed by the north to the east. The Grand Chaplain will place the cushion with the Bible, etc., upon the Altar
(the procession halting for this) and then resume his place in the procession. The procession will halt and form a double column at a convenient distance from the Chair, the Grand Wardens being last. The Grand Sword Bearer, Prov.
G..M. and Grand Banner Bearer will pass through the column, the Sword Bearer taking his place at the head of the north column and the Banner Bearer opposite him in the south column. When the Prov. G.M. reaches the Chair, the Sword and Banner Bearers will move to their stations, the Master of Ceremonies will conduct the principal Officers to the dais, and
the Grand Marischal and his Deputy will move forward and conduct the Senior and Junior Grand Wardens respectively to their Chairs in the west.
On the occasion of the visit of a deputation from Grand Lodge or a Provincial Grand Lodge, 'the Grand M.C., and Grand Marischals will, after the announcement by the
Grand Guarder, proceed to the door and conduct the Brethren to the East of the Altar where they will be welcomed by the
Prov.G.M. and having escorted them to their seats will resume stations.
Opening of the Chapter.
T.R.S.T.A. o. (The Brethren rise). Brethren, I am about to open Provincial Grand Chapter.
T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Junior Grand Guardian, what is the first duty of a Brother of the Royal Order?
J.G.G. R.W. Tirshatha, to see the Chapter properly guarded, as well against Master Masons,
Fellow Crafts and Entered Apprentices, as against the rest of the world besides.
T. Are you a Brother of that Order ?
J.G.G. I am so highly honoured.
T. Then do your duty.
The Junior Grand Guardian gives the knocks, of the Degree, which is responded to by the
Grand Guarder at the door. These knocks should not be given on the door but by striking the floor with the hilt of the sword. The Deputy Grand Guarder does not respond.
J.G.G. R.W. T.R.S.T.A., the Chapter is properly guarded.
T. I declare the Chapter open,
The T.R.S.T.A. gives the knocks of the Degree, which are repeated by the S. and J.G.Gs. and by the
G.G. and his Deputy.
T. And this shall be your sign, (giving Penal Sign, in which he is followed by all present, and thereafter
all resume their seats).
The Grand, Chaplain then proceeds to the Altar and opens the Bible at the Book of
Judges placing thereon the Square and Compasses (points to the west).
(The business if any may now he transacted.)
Note.-Throughout the Ceremony only the knocks of the Degree are repeated, not single order knocks
from the Chair.
If reports are received during the ensuing Ceremonies of both Chapter and Lodge the cause may be
ascertained, and known Brethren admitted without announcement.
Reception of the Candidate.
The Candidate having been admitted to the Order by Ballot of the Brethren in open Chapter is conducted by the Deputy Grand Guarder to the Chamber of Preparation, and is there clothed with a Master Mason's Apron.
T.R.S.T.A. Brother Grand Introductor and Examiner (rises and salutes), you will go and
examine the Candidate in all the Signs, Words and Tokens of the first three Degrees in St. John's Masonry, and
report the result to me (the G. I. & E. bows and retires).
The examination having been completed, the G.I. & E gives one knock upon the door and is admitted by the G.G. without announcement.
G.I. & E. (salutes) R.W. T.R.S.T.A. I have examined the Candidate in the three Degrees of St. John's Masonry, and find him satisfactory.
T.R.S.T.A. Brother Grand Introducer and Examine your report being favourable, you will now
retired and introduce the Candidate (G.I. & E. salutes and retires).
Deputy Grand Guarder gives knocks to announce the Candidate..
Grand Guarder. R.W. T.R.S.T.A., there is a Report
T.R.S.T.A. You will enquire who seeks admission.
G.G. (goes outside, closing the door.) Who comes here?
D.G.G. Brother (full names) a Master Mason from a Lodge dedicated to St. John, humbly craving to
be admitted a member of the Order of H.R.M. of
G.G. Wait while I report to the R.W. T.R.S.T.A.
G.G. (re-enters, closes the door, and salutes). R.W. T.R.S.T.A., at the door of the Chapter stands Brother (full names) a Master Mason from a Lodge dedicated to St. John, humbly craving
to be admitted a member of the Order of H.R.M. of K.L.W.N.G.
T.R.S.T.A. Let him be admitted.
The Grand Introductor and Examiner and the Candidate are then admitted by the Grand Guarder, who closes the door, and the G.I. &
E. resumes his seat without further salute. The Candidate is received by the Grand Marischal and placed in front of the T.R.S.T.A. He is welcomed by the T.R.S.T.A. and is requested to listen attentively to the lectures which are about to he recited. He is then placed between the Chairs of the Grand Guardians, facing the T.R.S.T.A. and the Grand Marischal resumes his seat.
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Senior Grand Guardian (S.G.G. rises and salutes), what are you?
S.G.G.. A Master Mason.
2. T. What is the highest and most sublime Degree of Masonry?
S.G.G. The Royal Order of H.R.M. of K.L.WN.G.
3. T. Where was the Order first established?
S.G.G. On the holy top of Mount Moriah in the Kingdom of Judea.
4. T. Where was it afterwards re-established ?
S.G.G. At Icolinkill, and afterwards at Kilwinning, where the King of Scotland first sat as Grand Master.
5. T. To what intent was it re-established and amendments made thereon?
S.G.G. To correct the errors and reform the abuses which had crept in among the three degrees of St. John's Masonry.
6. T. What are the qualifications requisite to gain admittance into the Order ?
S.G.G. Temperance, Fortitude and Justice.
7. T. How do you discover a Brother of the Order
S.G.G. By a Sign and five points.
8. T. By what points ? Explain.
S.G.G. By the points of Fellowship Hiram was raised, and a Word was spoken ; King Solomon gave to me a Title. and conferred on me this Badge.
9. T. The Badge I see you have and wear ; give me the Word also.
S.G.G. Gives M.M.'s word.
10. T. What does that import to the Brother ?
S.G.G. The Builder is slain.
11. T. Your Name and Title I also demand.
S.G.G. Giblim is my Title., and Adoniram is my Name, And from a just and perfect Lodge I came.
12. T. Welcome, thrice heartily welcome. Right Worthy and Highly Honoured Brother, what do you seek?
S.G.G. A Word which was lost, and which by your assistance I hope to find.
13. T. Will you travel?
S.G.G. I will travel.
14. Onmes. (All rise). We will travel from east to west, from north to south, until we find that Word Amen.
This response should be spoken or chanted by all the Brethren together, giving at the same time the first part of the Penal Sign, and completing sign during the Amen. This sign should be given in a similar manner at the close of each section, except Section X.
A procession is then formed as. follows:-The G.C. returns sword, and proceeds to the north side of the Altar, and takes the cushion with the Bible, etc., thereon and remains there, facing west until the Grand Sword Bearer is within three paces of him, he then
moves forward leading the procession. The Grand Sword Bearer moves forward as the T.R.S.T.A. leaves the Chair keeping three paces in front, and the Grand Banner Bearer follows, keeping three paces to the rear. The Brethren on the north side only following in single file after the Grand Banner Bearer followed by the Principal Officers has passed, the Grand Chaplain leading. The Grand Guardians will leave their chairs and fall in at the
rear of this procession (the J.G.G. preceding the S.G.G.) followed by the Grand Marischal and the Candidate, the latter being at the end of the procession (if there is more than one Candidate, the Deputy Grand Marischal will assist).
The procession will travel three times round the Chapter, moving by the North, West and South. At the end of the third perambulation, the G.C. proceeds to the north side of the Altar, deposits the Bible
thereon, with Compass points facing north, bows, returns to his station. and draws his sword. The T.R.S.T.A. stops on the south side of the Altar together with G.Swd.Br., G.B.Br., and G.Chaplain. the remainder of the Brethren passing behind them until the Grand Marischal places the Candidate in position between the Grand Guardians on the north side of the Altar with the J.G.G. on his right and the S.G.G. on his left. The Grand Master of Ceremonies sees that the Circle is
complete, and then takes a convenient place within it. Note.-If the Presiding Officer does not "Travel " the Sword and Banner Bearers remain at their stations.
T. Let us pray (the Candidate kneels)
G. Chaplain. Almighty and Everlasting Father. we thank Thee that Thou didst send into the world Thy dear Son, and that, after having set -a bright and glorious example for us to follow and suffered for our transgressions on the Cross, He rose on the third day triumphantly from the grave for our justification, and ascended into Heaven, thus destroying death and restoring us to everlasting life. Be merciful to this Candidate,
and grant that he may so serve Thee here as to receive hereafter a crown of joy. And to Father,
Son and Holy Ghost, One God, be all glory, honour and power, now, henceforth and evermore.
(The Candidate places both hands on the Bible).
T. You will now mentally assent to the following Obligation which I shall recite
By every Obligation and each vow
Which surely was administered to you,
In just and perfect Lodge, with solemn tone,
When passing through the Masonry of St. John,
You promise now in manner most sincere,
In presence of that God we all revere,
And of these Knights and Brethren of the Art.
Who unto you their Secrets may impart,
That you will always keep, guard and conceal,
In time to come you never will reveal
Either to Master Mason, Fellow Craft or Apprentice
Of St. John's Order, what our grand intent is;
That -you will not write, print, mark, stain, cut, carve or engrave
On any thing by which they can perceive
Either a Token, Symbol, or a Sign
Which to this Order Grand doth appertain
And that you never will reveal the same
To Mortal, day or night,
Except to a Royal Brother or a Knight,
Or in a Chapter, perfect and complete,
In due and proper form as they do meet
And that under a penalty no less severe
Than that your head from body we may tear.
And on that Tower grand affix the same.
(Here the Tirshata points to the Tower and if it is screened by a curtain this should be withdrawn for a moment).
Such actions most unlawful to proclaim,
Your body also triangularly cut down,
And it into a darksome dungeon thrown,
There to remain a terror to all those
Who dare attempt our secrets to disclose.
You further promise to honour and obey
All our Grand Officers, and submissive be
To all our Statutes, Rules and Regulations
Prescribed to us in our different stations
And that you will not from this Chapter roam
To form unlawful Chapters of your own.
To all this, with your hands on the Holy Bible, you solemnly swear?
The Candidate assents, and then repeats after the T.R.S.T.A. : -
And now I say, God grant me aid
To keep this solemn vow I've made.
Ornnes. And now we say, God grant us aid To keep this solemn vow we've made.
The T.R.S.T.A. confers on the Candidate the Characteristic by which he is afterwards to be
distinguished in the Order, and which must be duly recorded by the Grand Secretary.
The T.R.S.T.A. instructs the Junior Grand Guardian to raise the Candidate, invest him, and give him the
Sign and Word of the-Degree. The J.G.G. 'raises the Candidate with the Grip or Token of
The T.R.S.T.A. now returns to the East and with the exception of those engaged in the investiture, all resume their seats.
The Third Grand Steward rises and with the Regalia upon a crimson cushion takes a convenient position to
left of the J.G.G., and remains until the investiture is completed. when he returns
the cushion to the Regalia table and resumes his seat.
The J.G.G. invests the Candidate with the crimson Cordon or Baldrick over the left shoulder and under the right arm, and apron ; explains to him the Grip, and the First or Penal Sign; and gives him the Word of the Degree,
and explains when it should be given. The Grand Marischal will assist as necessary during the investiture. On the completion of the investiture etc., the J.G G. salutes the T.R.S.T.A., and the Grand Guardians resume their seats.
The. Grand Marischal. again places the Candidate between the Chairs of the Grand Guardians,
facing the T.R.S.T.A., and then resumes his seat.
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Junior Grand Guardian. (J.G.G. rises and.salutes), how many constitute a Chapter of the Royal Order of H.R.M. of
2. T. Why so?
J.G.G. For three reasons.
3. T. Give me the first.
J.G.G. Because there are nine degrees in numbers which teach us so to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
4. T. Give me the second.
J.G.G. Because there are nine muses in harmony which polish human nature.
5. T. Name them.
J.G.G. Calliope, Clio. Euterpe, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polyhymnia, Urania and Thalia.
6. T. And. what is the third reason?
J.G.G. Because there are nine orders of Angels in the celestial hierarchy.
7. T. Name them.
J.G.G. Cherubim and Seraphim, Thrones. Dominions, Principalities, Powers, Virtues. Archangels and Angels.
8. T. How many make a just and perfect Lodge?
9. T. Why so?
J.G.G. For three reasons also.
10. T. Give me the first.
J.G.G. Because. in six days God created the Heavens, Earth, Sea and all that in them is, and rested on the seventh, when He declared all to be perfect.
11. T. What is the second?
J.G.G. Because there are seven liberal Arts and Sciences by which we improve our knowledge.
12.T. Name them.
J.G.G. Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric. Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy.
13. T. And what is the third?
J.G.G. Because it is said there are seven Spirits standing before the Throne of the Lamb, offering up the prayers of the faithful.
14. T. How many form a Lodge of Fellow Crafts?
15. T. Why so?
J.G.G. Also for three reasons.
16. T. Give me the first.
J.G.G. Because there are five distinctions of time, which teach us to time our actions.
17. T. Name them.
J.G.G. Minutes, Hours, Days, Months, and Years
18. T. What is the second?
J.G.G. Because there are five Orders in Architecture which adorn or ornament our buildings.
19. T. Name them.
J.G.G. Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite.
20. T. And what is the third?
J.G.G. Because there are five points of Fellowship which do or ought to unite Masons.
21. T. Name them.
J.G.G. Hand to hand. foot to foot. knee to knee. breast to breast, and hand over back.
22. T. How many rule a Lodge?
23. T. Why so?
J.G.G. Also for three reasons.
24. T. Give me the first.
J.G.G. Because there are three terms in a syllogism by which we discover truth, the major and the minor proposition and the conclusion.
25. T. And what is the second ?
J.G.G. Because there are three sides in an equilateral triangle, which is an emblem of the third.
26. T. And what is the third?
J.G.G. Because there are Three Persons in the Holy Trinity-Father, Son and Holy Ghost. One God.
27. Onmes. (All rise and give Sign ). To Whom be all Glory, Honour and Praise, now, henceforth and evermore. Amen
(All resume seats).
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Senior Grand Guardian (S.G.G. rises and salutes), what in Masonry is said to represent the Son of Man?
S.G.G. The Perpend-ashlar.
2. T. What is the Perpend-ashlar called besides?
S.G.G. The Stone which the Builders rejected. which is now become the Chief Stone of the Corner, or the most perfect pattern for Masons to try their Moral jewels upon.
3. T. In what is it said to he the most perfect pattern?
S.G.G. In the three great principles of Masonry.
4. T. What are they ?
S.G.G. Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
5. T. Why Brotherly Love
S.G.G. Because none can show greater love to his Brethren than He who laid down His Life for them.
6. T. Why Relief?
S.G.G. Because He came to relieve them from the bonds of Sin and Death.
7. T. Why Truth?
S.G.G. Because He is Truth itself and the Giver thereof.
8. T. What is His name?
9. T. What does that signify to the Brethren?
S.G.G. God be with us.
10. Omnes. (All rise and give Sign (2). May the God of Truth always be with us. to direct and assist us. Amen.
(All resume seats)
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Junior Grand Guardian (J.G.G. rises and salutes), what was the first 'building under divine direction?
J.G.G. Noah's ark.
2. T. To what intent was it built?
J.G.G. To preserve the elect from the deluge.
3. T. How many persons were there preserved?
J.G.G. Eight ; four men and four women.
4. T. Name the men.
J.G.G. Noah, Japhet, Shem and Ham, all masons true.
5. T. How many pieces of work by men's hands were called Wonders of the World ?
6. T. Name them.
J.G.G. The Tower of Babel, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Statue of Jupiter by Phidias at Olympia in the Peloponnesus, the Temple of Diana at Ephesus, the Tomb of Mausolus, King of Caria, the Pharos or Lighthouse at Alexandria in Egypt, and the Colossus at Rhodes.
7. T. How many persons were said to have been named before they were born?
8. T. Who were they?
J.G.G. Bezaleel, Maher-shallal-hashbaz and King Cyrus the Great.
9. T. What were they?
J.G.G. Bezaleel was the inspired workman of the Holy Tabernacle (where the Divine Schekinah resided and the ark of the Covenant was deposited) which afterwards became the model of King Solomon's Temple, and conforms to a pattern delivered on Mount Horeb by God to Moses, who afterwards became Grand Master of the Lodge of Israel: the second, the son of a Prophetess, as we read in the Prophecies of Isaiah,
ch. viii; and the third, Cyrus the Great, was founder of the, Persian Monarchy, conqueror of Asia and restorer of the Holy Temple.
10. T. How many persons are said never to have died?
J.G.G. Two, Enoch and Elijah.
11. T. What were they?
J.G.G. Enoch was the fifth after Seth, and the seventh from Adam, who prophesied of the flood and general conflagration; and lest the, Arts and Sciences should slip from the
knowledge of men, he erected two pillars, the one of brick, the other of stone, on which these Arts were engraven, to the end that if the pillar of stone should be destroyed by fire, the pillar of brick might remain, and if the pillar of brick was destroyed by water, that of stone might remain, and which, we are told by
Josephus, were to be seen in his day in the Land of Syria. The second, Elijah the Tishbite, who after working many miracles in the presence of the Kings and Princes of Israel in order to bring them back to the worship of the true God, was translated to Heaven in a chariot of fire.
12. T. What things ought Freemasons chiefly to commemorate?
J.G.G. Three great events,-The Creation of the World, Noah's Flood and the Redemption of Man.
15. T. To what intent?
J.G.G. To the Glory of God.
14. Omnes. (All rise and give Sign ). To Whom be all Honour. Glory and Praise. now, henceforth and evermore. Amen.
(All resume seats).
1.T R.S.T.A. Wor. Senior Grand Guardian (S.G.G. rises and salutes) where was first a Chapter of the Order held?
S.G.G. On the holy top of Mount Moriah, in the Kingdom of Judea.
2. T. How did Mount Moriah become consecrated or called holy?
S.G.G. On account of three great offerings made thereon : 1st. Abraham. at the command of God, offering up his son Isaac; 2nd. the prayer and offering of King David for appeasing the pestilence; 3rd. the prayer and offering of King Solomon at the dedication of the Holy Temple.
3. T. Had Mount Moriah any equal to it in the world?
S.G.G. Only Mount Calvary.
4. T. How came Mount Calvary to be consecrated or called holy?
S.G.G. On account of one great offering made thereon.
5. T. What was it ?
S.G.G. The offering up of the Messiah for the redemption of the world.
6. T. Formerly talking of honours and dignities conferred upon you as a Freemason, I
desire to know what was the first and highest honour ever conferred on Freemasons.
S.G.G. The descent of the Divine Schekinah, first at the consecration of the Holy Tabernacle, and afterwards at the dedication of the
Temple of the Lord by King Solomon, placing itself on the Ark or Mercy-seat of the Holy of Holies, covered by the wings of the Cherubim, where it continued to deliver its
oracular responses for several generations.
7. T. How many?
8. T. Was the Schekinah ever removed?
S.G.G. It was.
9. T. Why so?
S.G.G. Because the Israelites proved unfaithful to their God.
10. Omnes. (All rise and give Sign ). And so may the light of Masonry be removed from all who prove unfaithful
to their God Amen.
(All resume seats).
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor . Junior Grand Guardian (J.G.G. rises and salutes), talking of King Solomon's Temple, had Masons any place there?
J.G.G. They had.
2. T. What was it called?
J.G.G. The Middle Chamber.
3. T. What were the qualifications requisite to gain admittance to that Middle Chamber?
J.G.G. Fidelity, Hospitality, and Taciturnity.
4. T. When admitted, what did they see worthy of observation?
J.G.G. The Mosaic Pavement. the Blazing Star and the Tasselled Border.
5. T. What did the Mosaic Pavement represent?
J.G.G. The Law delivered by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.
6. T. Give to the Brethren the Sign of that Law.
J.G.G. Brethren I give you the Sign of that Law. (gives sign)
7. T. What does the Blazing Star represent?
J.G.G. The Glory of God appearing on Mount Sinai at the deliverance of that Law.
8. T. What does the Tasselled Border represent?
J.G.G. The ornaments of a virtuous life, living in conformity to that Law.
9. T. Had King Solomon's Temple any equal to it in the world?
J.G.G. Only the mystical Temple of Christ's body.
10. T. Do Freemasons expect any place there?
J.G.G. They do.
11. T. What is it called?
J.G.G. Also the Middle Chamber.
12. T. What are the qualifications requisite to gain admittance into this Middle Chamber?
J.G.G. Faith, Hope and Charity.
13. T. When admitted, what do you expect to see worthy of observation?
J.G.G. The Tressel-board, the Perpend-ashlar and the Broaching-turner.
14. T. How do you expect to find them placed?
J.G.G. The Tressel-board on the Mosaic Pavement, the Perpend -ashlar on the Blazing Star, and the Broaching-turner on the Tasselled Border.
15. T. What does the Broaching-turner represent to us?
J.G.G. Divine Grace penetrating our hard and stony hearts.
16. T. What is the. Perpend-ashlar?
J.G.G. The Great Architect of the Church who called Himself the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley.
17. T. And what the Tressel-board
J.G.G. The way of Salvation laid out to us in the Book of Glad Tidings.
18. T. What is that Book otherwise called?
J.G.G. The Holy Gospels.
19. Omnes. (All rise and give Sign ). Blessed be God for giving us the Holy Gospels as the
rule of our faith. Amen.
(All resume seats)
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Senior Grand Guardian (S.G.G. rises and salutes). You erst have talked about religious things,
And of honours granted you by Kings,
Now, you must tell me, take Revelation quite away,
How you could walk so as not to go astray.
S.G.G. By doing as I would be done by (here he exhibits the Square)
Living in humility (here he exhibits the Level),
Walking uprightly with my God (here he exhibits the Plumb Rule),
So as to escape His iron rod.
2. T. The Compasses still you want (here he exhibits the Compasses),
S.G.G. I'd live contented with what's given,
And always thankful be to Heaven.
3. T. Thus far, my worthy friend and Brother, you have answered well, but know
That he who would obtain a Crown
Must act up to those glorious rules (here he points to the Bible)
Which God Himself lays down.
S.G.G. Uhto those glorious rules I would myself conform,
And with the Sword of Justice armed
I'd put the righteous Breastplate on
And Helmet of Salvation.
Thus armed, my friend, I would not fear to oppose
My King's, my Country's and Religion's foes.
4. T. Well done. Right Worthy and Highly Honoured Brother, pass ye on to higher
honours. (S.G.G. resumes his chair).
The scene now changes to the T.W.R. In some Lodges the Tower is screened by a curtain which is only
withdrawn during Sections VIII. and IX.
The Candidate is brought by the Grand Guarder to the north side of the T.W.R. and his attention is directed to the Steps, the Pedestal, the Shaft, the Capital, the Entablature, the Sphere upon it, the Open Book, the Word written, the door of the Dungeon and the Drawbridge and he is informed
that he will receive information regarding all those in the succeeding Lectures.
He is told that he will now attempt to gain admission to the T.W.R. under the Characteristic name by which he will be known in the Order. His Characteristic is
then placed on the landing-place at the top of the first -flight, which contains seven steps, and there he is supposed to be met by a Junior Warden who will demand of him the Sign, Token and Word of an Apprentice Mason. It is then placed on the landing-place of the second flight, which contains five steps, where he is supposed to be met by a Senior Warden who will demand of him the Sign, Token and Word of a Fellow Craft Mason. It is then placed on the landing-place of
the third flight, which contains three steps, where he is supposed to be met by a Right Worshipful Master who will demand of him the Sign, Token, and Word of a Master Mason.
The foregoing, so far as it applies to the following Section VIII may be explained as follows :
The Grand Guarder returns sword and proceeds to the Candidate in the West, and instructs him to have his
G.G. You now leave the Chapter and pass to the T.W.R. (leads Candidate to the north of T.W.R. steps).
The progress you have made since first you entered the Chapter, symbolically from the north, has been described in the Lecture to which you have just listened, and has brought you to the T.W.R. of R.F.R.S.T. through which you are now about to pass in symbolism represented by the Characteristic which you have received.
Of the next four Sections of the Lecture : The first represents your entry into the T.W.R., and the second is the preliminary examination which you undergo therein.
The third and fourth I will refer to at a later stage. You will now figuratively ascend the first flight of seven steps by placing your Ch., on the first landing
(Candidate does so).
Here a Junior Warden meets you and demands the Sign, Token and Word of an Apprentice
Mason, but as you were fully tested in the Three Degrees before your entry into the Chapter. it is not necessary for you to again give the proofs.
You will now ascend to the second flight of five steps, again placing your Ch., on the landing (done). Here a Senior Warden meets you and demands the Sign, Token and Word, of a Fellow Craft Mason. Having, satisfied him, you may now ascend the third flight of three steps placing you Ch., on the top as before (done). Here a Right Worshipful Master meets you and demands the Sign, Token and Word of a Master Mason, on receiving them he leads you to the Grand Porch and demands admission for you into the
or Ist. of the T.W.R.
G. Guarder knocks.
1. Watchman (rises) Who with such clamour disturbs the T.W.R.?
G.G. 'Tis I (he, gives his own or the Candidate's name and
characteristic) by name,
Who, led by Ignorance, hither came.
2. W. Good's your title, but bad's your guide:
Who walk in darkness often slide
What do you seek?
G.G. I've often heard a Word was lost
But have not found it, to my cost
That Word I seek.
3. W. Step in there, and rest a while, where no noise was ever heard to disturb the harmony of the
The Watchman opens West Door of the T.W.R, the Card with the Candidate's Characteristic is placed inside the Tower by the Grand Guarder, and the Watchman closes the door.
4. G.G. (knocks). Ho! Watchman, Ho ! what news from Sion?
5. W. Nothing yet that I rely on,
But party-coloured Fame
Passed by this way and something did proclaim
G.G. What did she say? The sense explain
And do not vary from the same.
6. W. She said that Beauty lies by three ruffians murdered,
Cain, Achin and Eni, one of whom I fear is there (pointing to the Candidate).
G.G. Try me, prove me, or disprove me, if you can; else love me.
The Badge of Innocence you see I wear,
Which proves that in blood I have no share.
7. W. If you are no man of blood,
You'll find nothing within this T.W.R. but what is good,
But you must for a while in bondage seem
Till Sir (the Christian name and Characteristic of the Grand Introducer and Examiner is here given) comes you to redeem (Watchman resumes his seat).
or 2nd. of the T.W.R.
Grand Introducer and Examiner (rises) Why does the Sun his glorious beams display
Within a Mason Lodge, or Moon reflect his ray
Why do the Star and circling G appear?
Why J and B two Chapiters do bear?
Why were the Tassels to the Indented Border,
Or why the Moral Jewels laid in order?
Why the Mosaic Pavement, and the Stairs?
The Vow and Clothing after walking, Prayers?
Quick, answer these, then you're a man quite free
Without the trouble of further secrecy,
For you and they are both alike to me,
Tell me, why does the Guarder wear a Sword,
Or why the Guardian demands the Master Mason Password?
G. Guarder. The Sun directs us to the glorious light
Of Revelation, without which tis night
The Moon the Law of Nature does display,
Reflecting but a faint and glimmering ray.
The Star and circling G declare
The Schekinah, wherever it appear,
Whether on Sinai, Salem, or the place
Where the Eastern Magi saw the blessed face
Of the Redeemer, Who in Strength divine
Established His Church, the indented line.
The Pillars J. and B. import
That God alone is our support.
The Moral Jewels, laid on the Mosaic checkered way,
Teach us humbly both to do and say
By Tassels four the Virtues displayed are
Called Cardinal ; by slow degrees the stair
We must ascend to our perfection
And lest some surprise should happen.
We are led into the place
Where prayers are offered. and we see the face
Of our most honoured Master, and there repeat
An Obligation: and, our Freedom to complete,
Are with Innocence invested, whilst to our sense
The Beauties of a well-formed Lodge commence.
A Sign, a Token and a Word also
Are given to us that Brethren we may know.
The Guardian's question and the Guarder's Sword
Defend the Brethren, and hele the Word.
If I have answered well. let me go free.
For much I long to dwell in liberty.
2. Grand Introducer and Examiner. How hard it is unto the generous mind
And to the senses. long to be confined!
Now that the eye of Reason's opened wide,
And in the Wilderness no evil doth betide,
Go on, my worthy friend and Brother, but know,
If ever you return within this darksome dungeon once again
No light of Masonry you'll find to cheer your sense or case your Mason pain. (resumes seat).
3. G. Guarder. (turns the Candidate to the East). The Warder will now set you free of the T.W.R.
4. Warder of Tower. Brother (giving his Christian name and Characteristic) The Passing
Fee, amounting to 2s. 6d. stg., or £ 1 10s. Scots money, having been paid (being part of the dues of the Candidate).
I, as Warder of the T.W.R., now communicate to you the Word and Signal which will set you free of the T.W.R. (rises).
(The Word and the Signal are communicated both of which the Candidate repeats).
The Warder resumes his seat and the G.G. turns the Candidate to face the T.W.R. so that he can see the East Door. The Drawbridge is lowered, and the East Door is opened by the Watchman and the Card with the Candidate's Ch., is withdrawn from the Tower by the Grand Introductor and Examiner, made to pass over the Bridge, and then returned to the Candidate. The Watchman
closes the East Door and raises the Drawbridge. G.I. & E. & W. resume seats.
G. Guarder. This concludes the first step and second point of the Degree, and you are now beyond the
Bridge. Three successive guides now conduct you to a Chapter Room, in which the Cabinet of Wisdom meets. The first the G.I. & E. who met you in the Grand Porch, he delivers you to the J.G.G., who demands of you the Master Mason's password. The J.G.G. acts as your second guide, and delivers you to a S.G.G., who demands the Sign, Token & Word of H.R.M. which you will remember
and give. The S.G.G. is your third guide, and leads you to the Grand Master, who examines you as to your warrants to enter the Cabinet of Wisdom.
The next two sections of the Lecture, which are the third and fourth of the Degree, represent this examination, and consist of :-An account of the tests to which you were subjected from your passage up the fifteen steps until your ultimate release. And lastly, your experiences in the ascent of that Pillar, (The G.G. points to it, and to each of the parts thereof as they are mentioned) from the Pedestal, which in Word and. Sign
are (the word and sign are given) : (Instructs Candidate) through the Shaft (in which is a winding stair of nine times seven steps), the Capital, the Lodge and Entablature, to the Sphere, and your subsequent descent and release after learning that the Words
Jehovah, Jireh and the Master Mason's Word are written upon an open Book. (The G.G. leads the Candidate back to his
seat, resumes his station and draws sword).
or 3rd. of the T.W.R.
1 T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Senior Grand Guardian (S.G.G. rises and salutes), where have you been?
S.G.G. In the T.W.R. of R.F.R.S.T.
2. T. How did you get admittance to this T.W.R.?
S.G.G. By a winding stair composed of fifteen steps with three landing-places.
3. T. How many to the first ?
4. T. Why so?
S.G.G. Because seven compose a just and perfect Lodge.
5. T. Whom did you meet there?
S.G.G. A Junior Warden.
6. T. What did he demand of you?
S.G.G. The Sign, Token and Word of an Entered Apprentice.
7. T. Which I also demand. Walk up in that Degree, and give the Sign, Token and Word (This is done to the J.G.G., who giving the E.A. Penal Sign, reports to the T.R.S.T.A. that the S.T. &W. are correct, and both Wardens resume chairs).
8. T. How many to the second.
9. T. Why so?
S.G.G. Because five form a Lodge of Fellow Crafts.
10. T. Whom did you meet with there?
S.G.G. A Senior Warden,
11. T. What did he demand of you ?
S.G.G. The Sign, Token and Word of a Fellow Craft.
12. T. Which I also demand. Walk up in that Degree, and give the Sign, Token and Word.
(Thi s done to the J.G.G., who, giving the F.C. Penal Sign, reports to the T.R.S.T.A. that the S.T. &W. are correct, and both Wardens resume chairs).
13. T. How many to the third?
14. T. Why so?
S.G.G. Because three rule a Lodge.
15. T. Whom did you meet with there?
S.G.G. A Master Mason.
16. T. What did he demand of you ?
S.G.G. The Sign, Token and Word of a Master Mason.
17. T. Which I also demand. Walk up in that Degree. and give me the Sign, Token and
Word. (This is done to the T.R.ST.A.).
18. T. How did he dispose of you?
S.G.G. He led me to the Grand Porch.
19. T. Whom did you meet with there?
S.G.G. A Grand Introductor and Examiner. J1
20. T. What did he demand of you?
S.G.G. The Fellow Craft's password.
21. T. Which I also demand. (This is given).
22. T. How did he dispose of you ?
S.G.G. He delivered me. to a Junior Grand Guardian.
23. T. What did he demand of you?
S.G.G. The Master Mason password.
24. T. Which I also demand. (This is given):
25. T. How did he dispose of you ?
S.G.G. He delivered me to a Senior Grand Guardian.
26. T. What did he demand of you?
S.G.G. The first Sign, Token and Word of H.R.M.
27. T. Which I also demand? (This is done to the J.G.G., who giving the First Sign of H.R.M., reports to the T.R.S.T.A. that the S.T. & W. are correct. and both Wardens resume chairs).
28. T. How did he dispose of you?
S.G.G. He led me to the Grand Master.
29. T. What did he demand of you?
S.G.G. From whence I came.
30. T. From whence come you?
S.G.G. From the T.W.R. of R.F.R.S.T.
31. T. What recommendation do you bring from thence?
S.G.G. A hearty good wish to all my Brethren in character.
32. T. Can you describe this T.W.R ?
S.G.G. Within this T.W.R. three rooms we find,
A first. a middle and an inner.
In the first we are entered; second, passed.
And third, are raised to honour,
33. T. Are there any more apartments in this T.W.R.?
A darksome dungeon, too. it hath,
Into which, whoe'er is thrown,
For evermore must toil beneath
The weighty Perpend-stone.
34. T. What did you see upon this T.W.R.?
S.G.G. A Lodge thereon in form was traced.
Whose Canopy was Heaven,
With Principles and Virtues graced,
Which make our mystic seven.
The Principles so grand and good,
In number are but three,
Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth,
By name they called be.
The Virtues are in number four,
Prudence and Fortitude,
Temperance, Justice : and no more
All cardinal virtues good.
35. T. Whom did you meet in this T.W.R?
S.G.G. The safety of the Royal Art,
The Warder of the T.W.R.,
Who for his fee, pronounced me free
A Word he gave, which now I have
The Bridge I then got o'er.
36. T. Give me that Word with the Signal?
S.G.G. (This is done and the S.G.G. resumes his chair)
or 4th. of the T.W.R.
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Junior Grand Guardian (J.G.G rises and salutes), where have you been?
J.G.G. In the Pedestal.
2. T. What is the Pedestal called?
3. T. Give me the Pedestal in Word and Sign?
J.G.G. (This is done)
4. T. Whom did you meet with in the Pedestal?
J.G.G. Three young men.
5. T. What did they demand of you?
J.G.G.. What was strongest.
6. T. What answer did you give to each. of them?
J.G.G. To the first I answered "Wine," to the second " Women," to the third " the King".
7. T. Whom did you meet with further in the Pedestal?
8. T. How did he dispose of you?
J.G.G. He led me from the Pedestal up the Shaft to the Capital.
9. T. How were you conducted?
J.G.G. By a winding stair composed of nine times seven.
10. T. What is the Shaft called?
11. T. And what the Capital?
12. T. What did you see upon this Capital?
J.G.G. A Lodge and an Entablature.
13. T. What did you see upon that Entablature?
J.G.G. A Sphere representing the Universe.
14. T. What did you see upon that Sphere?
J.G.G. A Book open.
15. T. And what did you see thereon?
J.G.G. A Word written.
16. T. How was it distinguished?
J.G.G. By the Square, Level and Plumb-line under it, and the Compasses in the form of a Square over it, by which
I knew it to be The Word.
17. T. Give me that Word?
J.G.G. (The Word is given).
18. T. How did Zertibbabel 'then dispose of you?
J.G.G. He led me down the Shaft through the Pedestal, and set me at liberty.
19. T. Before parting with you, what did he demand of you?
J.G.G. What was strongest.
20. T. And what is strongest?
J.G.G. Truth is strongest of all things.
21. Omnes. (All rise and give Sign). Glory be to the God of Truth, now, and evermore. Amen.
(All resume seats).
T.R.S.T.A. Right Worthy Brother (giving Candidate's Christian name and Characteristic), you ought now to perform a long, perilous and mystical journey : but,
as the scenes in it can scarcely with propriety be depicted to mortal eyes, I will, with the consent of these Brethren, admit you at once to the Cabinet of Wisdom. You will, therefore, take your place among us, and listen to the following portions of the Lecture, which will explain the journey you are supposed to have accomplished.
(The Grand Marischal conducts the Candidate to a seat in the north, and adjacent to his own. The Grand Master of Ceremonies proceeds to the Altar and turns Bible to face the West, also placing the kneeling stool on the west side of the Altar, then salutes and resumes his seat).
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Senior Grand Guardian (S.G.G. rises and salutes), where have you been?
S.G.G. Travelling the wide world.
2. T. In quest of what?
S.G.G. The Holy Rock, or Mount of Adamant
3. T. How did you arrive at it?
S.G.G. O'er mountain tops, through deserts wide, and perils great I ran,
Until the Holy Rock I spied of my salvation.
4. T. What did you see there?
S.G.G. A Fountain issuing from the side of a rock
5. T. What heard you there ?
S.G.G. The voice of the Lamb.
6. T. What did it express?
S.G.G. "Come and drink."
7. T. What more did you see upon this Rock?
S.G.G. A great Church in a great City.
8. T. How was the City founded?
S.G.G. Neither in blood nor in iniquity, but in Righteousness and Truth.
9. T. Why neither in blood nor in iniquity?
S.G.G. Because it is said : " The stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood and stabIisheth a city by iniquity.
10. T. Why in Righteousness and Truth?
S.G.G. Because they are stable as a Rock.
11. T. How was the City inhabited?
S.G.G. By " kindreds and tongues and nations."
12. T. How was it guarded?
S.G.G. By a band of Angels with flaming swords.
13. T. What was it called?
S.G.G. " The Lord is there " or Jehovah Shammah."
14. T. Whereabouts was your Church situated?
S.G.G. In the centre.
15. T. Of what form?
S.G.G. A regular square Cross.
16. T. How long?
S.G.G. From East to West.
17. T. Why so?
S.G.G. Because the Glory of God appears in the East and disappears in the West, and therefore all Churches, Chapels and places of Religious Worship are, or ought to be, so situated.
18. T. How broad?
S.G.G. From North to South.
19. T. How high?
S.G.G. Height immeasurable.
20. T. How deep?
S.G.G. Depth unfathomable.
21. T. What did you hear?
S.G.G. The voice of the Grand Architect.
22. T. What did it express?
S.G.G. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
23. T. Did you work and labour at the building of the Church?
S.G.G. I did.
24. T. What were your wages?
S.G.G. The hopes of a Kingdom.
25. T. What Kingdom?
S.G.G. Not of this world.
26. T. (All rise and give Sign ).
May you and I and every Brother, both present and absent, so labour and work that we may come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in Heaven, and to God the
Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant: where our sun shall no more go down. neither shall our moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be our everlasting light, and the days of our mourning shall be ended.
(All complete Sign and resume their seats)
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Junior Grand Guardian (J.G.G. rises and salutes), where have
J.G.G. In the Middle Chamber.
2. T. What did you see in the Middle Chamber?
J.G.G. The three great Lights of Masonry.
3. T. What are they?
J.G.G. The Natural, Mosaic and Christian Laws.
4. T. What did you see by the assistance of the three great lights, in this Middle Chamber?
J.G.G. The Furniture of the Lodge.
5. T. What are these?
J.G.G. The Bible, Square and Compasses.
6. T. As the Furniture of a Lodge, what does the Bible teach you?
J.G.G. Conformity to God's Law.
7. T. And what the Square?
J.G.G. To do as I would be done by.
8. T. And what the Compasess?
J.G.G. To live within due bounds.
9. T. Still by the assistance of the three great Lights what more did you see in this Middle Chamber?
J.G.G. The Moral Jewels.
10. T. What are they?
J.G.G. The Square, Level and Plumb-line.
11. T. What does the. Square teach you as a Moral jewel?
J.G.G. Justice in all our actions.
12. T. And what the Level?
J.G.G. Humility in heart and behaviour.
13. T. And what the Plumb-line?
J.G.G. Uprightness in thought and intention.
14. T. Whom did you meet in this Middle Chamber?
J.G.G. Three wise men.
15. T. How did they dispose of you?
J.G.G. They led me to the Cabinet of Wisdom.
16. T. How were you conducted?
J.G.G. By a Blazing Star appearing in the East.
17. T. What is meant by the Cabinet of Wisdom?
J.G.G. An ox's stall.
18. T. Whom did you meet with in the same Cabinet of Wisdom?
J.G.G. A most glorious Brother, his most Holy Spouse and the ever-blessed Word.
19. T. Name them?
J.G.G. Joseph, Mary and Jesus..
20. Omnes. (All rise and give Sign ). To Him as is most due, we ascribe all Glory, Honour Might, Majesty and Dominion, now and evermore. Amen!
(All resume seats).
1. T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Senior Grand Guardian (S.G.G. rises and salutes), since opening the Chapter, what have we been
S.G.G. Seeking a Word which was lost, and which by your assistance we have now found.
2. T. When was the Word lost?
S.G.G. The Word was lost unto the sons of men
When the Saviour descended to the infernal den.
3. T. When was the Word found?
J.G.G. When He triumphant rose.
O'er Sin and Death, our sempiternal foes.
4. T. What for us did the Word?
S.G.G. Lived thirty-three years and a half upon earth, left a bright and shining example for us to follow, suffered a painful and ignominious death for our salvation, and afterwards ascended into the Lodge of Heaven, where he continues with the Holy Ghost to make intercessions for us with the Father. Three Persons in One Godhead.
5. Omnes. (All rise and give Sign ). To Whom be all Glory, Honour and Praise, now, henceforth, and evermore. Amen.
The Brethren do not complete Sign, but remain standing for the next Section, with the first part of the Penal Sign.
1 T.R.S.T.A. Wor. Junior Grand Guardian. What did the Word express?
J.G.G. 'Tis finished! the Redeemer cried,
And lowly bowed His gracious head
And soon the fainting sacrifice
Sunk down to regions of the dead.
2. T. 'Tis done! 'tis done! the noble work is done,
For men and angels far too great,
Which none but God's Eternal Son
Durst attempt or could complete.
There should be a short pause during which suitable music may he played, the Brethren then complete the Penal Sign, and resume their seats.
T.R.S.T.A. Has any Brother anything further to propose for the good of the Order, or of this Chapter in particular?
(Any competent business will be transacted).
T.R.S.T.A. o. (All rise). All the business having been transacted I declare Provincial Grand Chapter
closed.-(he knocks o.).
The knocks are repeated by the Senior and Junior Grand Guardians, and by the Grand Guarder and his Deputy.
The T.R.S.T.A. then gives the Penal Sign, in which he is followed by all present, and thereafter all
resume their seats.
The Grand Marischal conducts the Candidate to the door of the Chapter, where he is received by the
D.G.G. and then resumes his seat.
If the Chapter is adjourned, the Grand Chaplain proceeds to the Altar and closes Bible and places Square and Compasses thereon.