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Entire Ritual of the FellowCraft (second) Degree of Freemasonry (PART 1)


Masonic ritual varies slightly from state to state. Yet,
the variations do not change the character of Masonic
ritual as practiced in any particular lodge. The striking
similarity of the rituals of various states can be
demonstrated by examining Masonic Monitors. Monitors
often contain selected portions of ritual, in addition to
explanations of the meaning of the ritual.

Masonic “Cyphers” are commonly used as a memory
aid for those who are learning ritual. Such cyphers
contain one to several letters which represent each and
every word in the ritual. Masonic ritual is not placed
entirely in print by the lodge, for obvious reasons.
However, Grand Lodges do publish small books which
are given to men who are raised to Master Mason. These
Masonic “Monitors” contain statements as to the Grand
Lodge’s authoritative interpretation of the meaning of the
ritual. Masonic Monitors (such as this one) are not normally
available to the public.

An Internet web site which contains information about
leading men away from the Masonic Lodge can be found
at http://www.ephesians5-11.org

The following abbreviations are used throughout
this ritual.

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

A line, such as this one, ______ would be substituted with the candidates full name
or Lodge Number.

Normally documents like the one below would be missing such information as
passwords, pass signs, etc, this one contains no such deletions :-)

*; * *; 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.
Page numbers and line numbers have been placed in
the margins as an aid to identifying specific portions of
the ritual. By specifying page number, left or right column
and line number, a particular section of ritual may be
uniquely identified. Of course, those designations pertain

The Entered Apprentice Degree Ritual

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.)



The Fellow Craft Degree Ritual


FELLOW CRAFTS OPENING:
WM: *. Officers, take your respective stations and places; Brethren be clothed.
WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.
SW: Worshipful Master.
WM: Are all present Fellow Crafts?
SW: I will ascertain through the proper officer and report.
SW: Brother Junior Deacon.
JD: Brother Senior Warden.
SW: Are all present Fellow Crafts?
JD: Brother Senior Warden, all present are Fellow Crafts.
SW: Worshipful Master.
WM: Brother Senior Warden.
SW: All present are Fellow Crafts.
WM: As further evidence that all present are Fellow Crafts, receive the pass-word from the Senior and Junior Deacons, who will obtain it from the Brethren on the right and left, and communicate it in the East.
SW: *. Deacons, attend the West.
SW: Give me the pass-word of a Fellow Craft. Now obtain it from the Brethren on the right and left and communicate it to the Worshipful Master in the East.
WM: Brother Senior Warden.
SW: Worshipful Master.
WM: The pass-word is right and duly received in the East.
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 Fellow Crafts, 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 Fellow Crafts. 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 of this degree 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: Are you a Fellow Craft?
SW: I am, try me.
WM: By what will you be tried?
SW: By the square.
WM: Why by the Square?
SW: Because it is an emblem of morality and one of the working tools of a Fellow Craft.
WM: What is a Square?
SW: An angle of ninety degrees, or the fourth part of a circle.
WM: What makes you a Fellow Craft?
SW: My Obligation.
WM: Where were you made a Fellow Craft?
SW: Within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, assembled in a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.
WM: How many compose a Fellow Crafts Lodge?
SW: Five or more.
WM: When composed of five, of whom does it consist?
SW: The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, 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 clothevisiting Brethren, attend to alarms at the inner door; also to receive and conduct candidates.
WM: The Junior Warden's station?
SD: 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 refresh-ment, superintend them during the hours thereof, carefully to observe that their means of refreshment are not per-verted to intemperance or excess, and see that they return 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 be due, that none may go away dis-satisfied; 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 Second 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 Second 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 Second 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: *. 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 gatheredtogether in Thy name, Thou wilt be in their midst and blessthem." 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 our 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 the descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."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 open on the Fellow Craft 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 me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of our Country.
(ALL) (Recite the Pledge of Allegiance)
WM: If there are present and Present or Past Grand Officers, Present or Past Masters, they are cordially and fraternally invited to a seat in the East.

FELLOW CRAFT DEGREE:
WM: *. Brethren; Brother _____ is in waiting for the Second Degree of Freemasonry, he having made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree. If there is no objection, I shall confer this degree upon him. (Pause) Brethren, there being none, I will proceed.
WM: *. Brother Stewards.
SS: (S) Worshipful Master.
WM: How should a Brother be prepared for the Second Degree of Freemasonry?
SS: By being divested of all metallic substances, neither naked nor clothed, barefoot nor shod, right knee and breast bare, hood-winked, and with a cable-tow twice around his right arm, clothed as an Entered Apprentice.
WM: Repair to the preparation room where Brother ____ is in waiting. When thus prepared, cause him to make the usual alarm at the inner door.(At this time, any Present or Past Grand Lodge Officers, or Masters, who had been invited to a seat in the East, retire to the sidelines for the degree work.)
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: Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.
SD: Brother ____, 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: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?
SS: He has.
SD: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?
SS: By the benefit of the pass-word.
SD: Has he the pass-word?
SS: He has not, I have it for him.
SD: Advance and give it.
SS: Shibboleth.
SD: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother is in possession of all 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, Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.
WM: Is this 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: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?
SD: He has.
WM: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?
SD: By the benefit of the pass-word.
WM: Has he the pass-word?
SD: He has not, I have it for him.
WM: Give it for the benefit of the Craft.
SD: Shibboleth.
WM: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, let him enter this Worshipful Lodge of Fellow Crafts, and be received in due and ancient form.
SD: * * *. Let him enter this Worshipful Lodge of Fellow Crafts, and be received in due and ancient form.
SD: Brother ____, when first you entered a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, you were received on the point of a sharp instrument piercing your naked left breast, the moral of which was at that time explained to you. I am now commanded to receive you on the angle of a square applied to your naked right breast, which is to teach you that the Square of Virtue should be a rule and guide for your prac-tice through life.
JW: *. SW: *. WM: *.
JW: * *.
Chap: "Thus he shewed me; and behold the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in Hishand."
SW: * *.
Chap: "And the Lord said unto me: Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumb-line. Then said the Lord: Behold, I will set a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel."
WM: * *.
Chap: "I will not again pass by them any more."
SD: * * *.
JW: *. Who comes here?
SD: Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.
JW: Brother ____, 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: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?
SD: He has.
JW: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?
SD: By the benefit of the pass-word.
JW: Has he the pass-word?
SD: He has not. I have it for him.
JW: Advance and give it.
SD: Shibboleth.
JW: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother 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?
SD: Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.
SW: Brother ____, 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: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?
SD: He has.
SW: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?
SD: By the benefit of the pass-word.
SW: Has he the pass-word?
SD: He has not. I have it for him.
SW: Advance and give it.
SD: Shibboleth.
SW: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother 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: Brother ____, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, and now wishes more Light in Masonry by being passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.
WM: Brother ____, 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: Has he made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree?
SD: He has.
WM: By what further right or benefit does he expect to obtain this important privilege?
SD: By the benefit of the pass-word.
WM: Has he the pass-word?
SD: He has not. I have it for him.
WM: Advance and give it.
SD: Shibboleth.(Each of the three times it is given during this examination, the pass-word is whispered by the Senior Deacon into the ear of the examiner, so that the candidate will not overhear it.)
WM: The pass-word is right. 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 more Light in Masonry.
WM: Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, and in search of more 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 Brother how to approach the East in due and ancient form.
SW: Cause the Brother to face the East.
SW: Brother ____, advance on your left foot as an Entered
Apprentice. Take an additional step on your right foot, bringing the heel of your left into the hollow of your right, thereby forming the angle of a square.
SW: (S) Worshipful Master.
WM: Brother Senior Warden.
SW: The Brother is in order.
WM: Brother ____, before you can proceed further in Freemasonry, it will be necessary for you to take an 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: (Answers in the affirmative)
WM: Than advance to the Sacred Altar of Freemasonry. There kneel on your naked right knee, your left forming the angle of a square, your right hand resting on the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, your left in a vertical position, your arm forming a square.
SD: (S) Worshipful Master, the Brother is in due form.
WM: * * *.
WM: Brother ____, if you are still willing to take the Obligation, say "I", pronounce your name in full, and repeat after me.
Cand: I, ____ ____, of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this Worshipful Lodge of Fellow Crafts, erected to Him, and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, do hereby and hereon, solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will keep and conceal and never reveal any of the secrets belonging to the Degree of Fellow Craft, 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 Fellow Craft, or within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of such; and not unto him or them until by due trial, strict examination, or lawful Masonic information, I shall have found him or them justly entitled to receive the same.
Furthermore, I do promise and swear that I will answer and obey all due signs and regular summons, sent me from the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, or handed me by a worthy Brother of this degree, if within the length of my cable-tow, and the square and angle of my work.
Furthermore, I do promise and swear that I will help, aid and assist all poor and distressed Fellow Crafts, they applying to me as such, I finding them worthy, and can do so without material injury to myself.
Furthermore, I do promise and swear that I will not wrong, cheat, nor defraud a Fellow Crafts Lodge, or a worthy Brother of this degree, to the value of anything, knowingly, nor suffer it to be done by another if in my power to prevent.To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind in me whatsoever, binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart and vitals taken thence, and with my body given as a prey to the vultures of the air, should I ever knowingly, or willfully, violate this, my solemn Obligation of a Fellow Craft. 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 you hand rests.
WM: Brother Senior Deacon, remove the cable-tow.
WM: Brother ____, in your present situation, what do you most desire?
Cand: (prompted by SD) More Light in Masonry.
WM: Let the Brother be brought to Light.
WM: My Brother, on being brought to Light in this degree, you behold the Three Great Lights in Masonry, as in the preceding degree, with this difference: One point of the Compasses is above the Square, which is to teach youthat you have received, and are entitled to receive, more Light in Masonry. But as one point is still hidden from your view, it is also to teach you that you are as yet one material point in darkness respecting Freemasonry.
WM: *.
WM: You now behold me as Worshipful Master of this Lodge, approaching you from the East, upon the step, under the due-guard and sign of an Entered Apprentice; upon the step, under the due-guard and sign of a Fellow Craft. My Brother, a Fellow Craft advances on his right foot, bringing the heel of his left into the hollow of his right, 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 a Fellow Crafts Lodge.
WM: My Brother, before rising from this Sacred Altar where you have taken the solemn Obligation of a Fellow Craft, I wish to direct your attention to one of its ties. You have sworn that you would answer and obey all due signs and regular summons sent you from the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Fellow Crafts, or handed you by a worthy Brother of this degree, if within the length of your cable-tow and the square and angle of your work. The length of your cable-tow alludes to you ability to obey a summons, and the square and angle of your work to the propriety of answering such. Should you receive a summons from this or any other Lodge, health and business permitting, it would be your duty to obey it; health and business not permitting, it would no be within the length of your cable-tow. Should you see a Masonic sign given at what you deemed an improper time, or an improper place, you are not bound to answer it; it would not be within the square and angle of your work. My Brother, your own good judgment must tell you when and where to answer Masonic signs.
I now present my right hand in token of the continuance of friendship and brotherly love, and will invest you with the pass-grip, pass-word, real grip and word of a Fellow Craft. As you are uninstructed, he who has hitherto answered for you, will do so at this time. Give me the grip of an Entered Apprentice.
WM: Brother Senior Deacon.
SD: Worshipful Master.
WM: Will you be off or from?
SD: From.
WM: From what and to what?
SD: From the grip of an Entered Apprentice to the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.
WM: Pass. What is that?
SD: The pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.
WM: Has it a name?
SD: It has.
WM Will you give it to me?
SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.
WM: How will you dispose of it?
SD: Letter or syllable it.
WM: Syllable it and begin.
SD: You begin.
WM: Begin you.
SD: Shib. WM: bo. SD: leth.
WM: Shibboleth, my Brother, is the name of this grip. You should always remember it, for should you be present at the opening or a Fellow Crafts Lodge, this pass-word will be demanded of you by one of the Deacons, and should you be unable to give it, it would cause confusion in the Craft.
WM: Will you be off or from?
SD: From.
WM: From what and to what?
SD: From the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft, to the real grip of the same.
WM: Pass. What is that?
SD: The real grip of a Fellow Craft.
WM: Has it a name?
SD: It has.
WM: Will you give it to me?
SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.
WM: How will you dispose of it?
SD: Letter or halve it.
WM: Letter it and begin.
SD: You begin.
WM: Begin you.
SD: A. WM: J. SD: C. WM: H. SD: I. WM: N.
WM: Jachin, my Brother, is the name of this grip, and should always be given in this manner, by lettering or halving it. When lettering, always commence with the letter "A". Rise, salute the Junior and Senior Wardens and satisfy them that you are in possession of the step, due-guard, sign, pass-grip, pass-word, real grip and word of a Fellow Craft.
SD: * * *.
JW: *. Who comes here?
SD: A worthy Brother Fellow Craft.
JW: How may I know him to be such?
SD: By certain signs and tokens.
JW: What are signs?
SD: Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars
JW: Advance a sign. Has that an allusion?
SD: It has; to the position of my hands while taking the Obligation.
JW: Have you a further sign?
SD: I have.
JW: Has that an allusion?
SD: It has, to the penalty of the Obligation.
JW: What are tokens?
SD: Certain friendly or brotherly grips whereby one Mason may know another in the dark as in the light.
JW: Advance and give me a token. What is that?
SD: The pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.
JW: Has it a name?
SD: It has.
JW: Will you give it to me?
SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.
JW: How will you dispose of it?
SD: Letter or syllable it.
JW: Syllable it and begin.
SD: You begin.
JW: Begin you.
Cand (prompted if necessary): Shib. JW: bo. Cand: leth.
Cand: Shibboleth.
JW: Will you be off or from?
SD: From.
JW: From what and to what?
SD: From the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft to the real grip of the same.
JW: Pass. What is that?
SD: The real grip of a Fellow Craft.
JW: Has it a name?
SD: It has.
JW: Will you give it to me?
SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.
JW: How will you dispose of it?
SD: Letter or halve it.
JW: Letter it and begin.
SD: You begin.
JW: Begin you.
Cand (prompted as necessary): A. JW: J. Cand: C.
JW: H. Cand: I. JW: N.
SD: Jachin.
JW: The word is right. I am satisfied.
SD: * * *.
SW: *. Who comes here?
SD: A worthy Brother Fellow Craft.
SW: How may I know him to be such?
SD: By certain signs and tokens.
SW: What are signs?
SD: Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars.
SW: Advance a sign. Has that an allusion?
SD: It has; to the position of my hands while taking the Obligation.
SW: Have you a further sign?
SD: I have.
SW: Has that an allusion?
SD: It has; to the penalty of the Obligation.
SW: What are tokens?
SD: Certain friendly or brotherly grips whereby one Mason may know another in the dark as in the light.
SW: Advance and give me a token. What is that?
SD: The pass-grip of a Fellow Craft.
SW: Has it a name?
SD: It has.
SW: Will you give it to me?
SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.
SW: How will you dispose of it?
SD: Letter or syllable it.
SW; Syllable it and begin.
SD: You begin.
SW: Begin you.
Cand (prompted): Shib. SW: bo. Cand: leth.
Cand: Shibboleth.
SW: Will you be off or from?
SD: From.
SW: From what and to what?
SD: From the pass-grip of a Fellow Craft to the real grip of the same.
SW: Pass. What is that?
SD: The real grip of a Fellow Craft.
SW: Has it a name?
SD: It has.
SW: Will you give it to me?
SD: I did not so receive it; neither will I so impart it.
SW: How will you dispose of it?
SD: Letter or syllable it.
SW: Syllable it and begin.
SD: You begin.
SW: Begin you.
Cand: A; SW: J; Cand: C; SW: H; Cand: I; SW: N.
Cand: Jachin.
SW: The word is right, I am satisfied. Conduct the Brother to the Worshipful Master in the East.
WM: *. Brother Senior Deacon, reconduct the Brother to the Senior Warden in the West, who will teach him how to wear his apron as a Fellow Craft.
SD: Brother Senior Warden.
SW: Brother Senior Deacon.
SD: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that you teach this Brother how to wear his apron as a Fellow Craft.
SW: Cause the Brother to face the East. My Brother, you have already been informed that at the building of King Solomon's Temple, the different bands of workmen were distinguished by the manner in which they wore their aprons. Fellow Crafts wore theirs with the flap turned down at the lower left corner, tucked up in the form of a triangle, to serve as a receptacle for their working tools. As a Fellow Craft you will therefore wear yours in this manner, that the three sides of the triangle thus formed may symbolize the fidelity, industry, and skill which should characterize your work as a Fellow Craft.
SD: Worshipful Master, your orders have been obeyed.
WM: My Brother, as you are now clothed as a Fellow Craft, I present you emblematically, the working tools, which are the Plumb, Square, and Level, and are thus explained: The Plumb is an instrument used by operative masons to try perpendiculars, the Square to square their work, and the Level to prove horizontals; but we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to use them for more noble and glorious purposes. The Plumb admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations before God and man, squaring our actions by the Square of Virtue, ever remembering that we are traveling upon the Level of Time to that "undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns."
WM: I now present you the Three Precious Jewels; the Attentive Ear, the Instructive Tongue, and the Faithful Breast. They teach us this important lesson. The Attentive Ear receives the sound from the Instructive Tongue, and the mysteries of Freemasonry are safely lodged in the repository of Faithful Breasts.
WM: Brother Senior Deacon, reconduct the Brother to the place whence he came, invest him with that of which he has been divested, and return him to a place represent-ing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.
WM: My Brother, salute as you have been instructed.
WM: *. Brother Junior Warden.
JW: (S) Worshipful Master.
WM: Call the Craft from labor to refreshment, to resume labor at the sound of the gavel in the East.
JW: * * *. Brethren, it is the order of the Worshipful Master that you be now called from labor to refreshment, to resume labor at the sound of the gavel in the East. *.


WM: *.
SS: (from outside the inner door): * * *.
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: Worthy Brother Fellow Crafts desire admission.
SD: Worshipful Master, worthy Brother Fellow Crafts desire admission.
WM: You will admit them and conduct them emblematically through a porch, up a flight of winding stairs consisting of three, five, and seven steps, through an outer and inner door, into a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.
SD: It is the order of the Worshipful Master that you be admitted and conducted emblematically through a porch, up a flight of winding stairs consisting of three, five, andseven steps, through an outer and inner door, into a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.


(CONTINUED IN "Entire Ritual of the FellowCraft Degree of Freemasonry" PART 2)

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