A Look at Masonry: Master Mason Degree Ritual, Part One


EZC: Truly this is a plague within the church, particularly the SBC so pervasive throughout the so-called “Bible belt”; however, few, if any, pastors confront members that Lodge membership and being part of a church is incompatible. To reiterate our comment policy, respectful debate is welcome, quoting actual text or Scripture in support of position is best, and we reserve the right to remove anything that is contrary to the mission of this blog: exalting the Name of Jesus Christ and revering His Word, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Okay, another excellent article from our friends at Saints Alive In Jesus! Part 2, it is my prayer, will open the eyes of all who attempt to lift the cup of Ba’al and take communion at the Lord’s table to the contradiction and hazards of remaining in such societies.

Master Mason Degree Ritual Part 1 of 2
The Master Degree Ritual
Nevada

MASTER MASON’S OPENING:

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

WM: *. Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: Are all present Master Masons present?

SW: I will ascertain through the proper officer and report.

SM: Brother Junior Deacon.

JD: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: Are all Master Mason’s present?

JD: Brother Senior Warden, all present are Master Masons.

SW: Worshipful Master.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: All present are Master Masons.

WM: As further evidence that all persons present are Master Masons, 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 Master Mason. Now obtain from the Brethren on the right and left  and communicate it to the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: Brother Senior Mason.

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: Attention to that duty and inform the Tyler that I am about to open a Lodge of Master Masons, 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 Master Masons. Take due notice thereof and govern yourselves 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: Are you a Master Mason?

SW: I am.

WM: What induced you to become a Master Mason?

SW: That I might obtain the Master’s World, travel in foreign countries, work and receive Master’s wages, and be thereby better enabled to support myself and family, and contribute to relief of distressed worthy Master Masons, their widows and orphans.

WM: What makes you a Master Mason?

SW: My obligation.

WM: Where were you made a Master Mason?

SW: Within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Master Masons, assembled in a place representing the Sanctum Sanctorum of King Solomon’s Temple.

WM: How many compose a Master Mason Lodge?

SW: Three or more.

WM: When  composed of five, of whom does it consent?

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

WM: Brother Senior Warden, the Junior Deacon’s place in 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 to the West to the Junior Warden in the south, and elsewhere about the Lodge as he may direct. Attend the alarms at the outer door and report the same to the Worshipful Master; also to see that we are duly tyled.

WM: The Senor Deacon’s place?

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

WM: Brother Senior Deacon.

SD: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Your duty?

SD: To carry out the orders of 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 the 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 refreshment, superintend from during the hours thereof, carefully to observe that their 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 hour, 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 set is in the West at the 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 dissatisfied; harmony being the support of all institutions, especially this of own.

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 Third 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.

WM: Brother Senior Warden.

SW: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: Have you ever traveled as a Master Mason?

SW: I have, from West to East, and from East to West again.

WM:  Of what were you in search?

SW: Of that which was lost.

WM: To what do you allude?

SW: The secret word of a Master Mason.

WM: Did you find it?

SW: I did not, but found a substitute.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, it is my order that the substitute be sent to the East, accompanied with the steps, due-guards and signs, through the Junior Deacon.

SW: Brother Junior Deacon, attend.

(At this time, the steps, due-guards and the signs of the 3 degrees, as well as the substitute word, are communicated from the Senior Warden to the Junior Deacon. The Junior Deacon then carries them to the East and communicates them to the Worshipful Master.)

WM: Brother Senior Warden, the substitute has come to the East correctly.

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

WM: *. SW. *. JW *.

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 gathered together in Thy name, Thou wilt be in their midst and bless them. In Thy name we have assembled. 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 garment; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended down 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 Saint 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 Master Masons Degree. Take due notice thereof and tyle accordingly.

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

MASTER MASON DEGREE:

WM: *. Brethren; Brother __________ is in waiting for the Third Degree of Freemasonry, he having made suitable proficiency in the preceding degree. If there be no objection, I shall confer this degree upon him.

WM: Brethren, there being none, I will proceed.

WM: *. Brother Stewards.

SS: (S) Worshipful Master.

WM: How should a Brother be prepared for the Third Degree of Freemasonry?

SS: By being divested of all metallic substances, neither naked or clothed, barefoot, both knees and breast bare, hood-winked, and with a cable-two three times around his body, clothed as a Fellow Craft.

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.

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, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft, and now wishes further Light in Masonry by being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

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: 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 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: Tubalcain. (Said softly so as not to be overheard by the candidate.)

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, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft, and now wishes further Light in Masonry by being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

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: Tubalcain.

WM: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, let him enter this Worshipful Lodge of Master Masons, and be received in due and ancient form.

SD: * * *. Let him enter this Worshipful Lodge of Master Masons, and be received in due and ancient form.

SD: Brother ______, when you first entered a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, you were received on the point of a sharp instrument piercing your naked left breast; on your second entrance, you were received on the angle of a square applied to your naked right breast, the morals of which at that time were explained to you. I am now commanded to receive you on the extreme points of the Compass, extending from your right to your left naked breast, which is to teach you that as within the breast are contained the most vital parts of man, so between the extreme points of the Compasses are contained the most valuable tenets of Freemasonry, which are Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love.

JW: *.

Chap: Remember now Thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not.

SW: *.

Chap: Now the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say: I have no pleasure in them; while the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain.

WM: *.,

Chap: In the days when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves:

JW: * *.

Chap: And the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out the windows be darkened, and the doors shall be shut in the streets:

SW: * *.

Chap: When the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low:

WM: * *.

Chap: Also when they shall be afraid of what is high, and fears shall be in the way:

JW: * *.

Chap: And the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail:

SW: * * *.

Chap: Because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets; or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the cistern:

WM: * * *.

Chap: Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

SD: * * *.

JW: *. Who comes here?

SD: Brother ______, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft, and no wishes further Light in Masonry by being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

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: Tubalcain (whispered in the ear of JW)

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 East for his examination.

SD: * * *.

SW: *. Who comes here?

SD: Brother ______,  who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft, and now wishes further Light in Masonry by being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

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 a 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 right of the pass-word.

SW: Has he the pass-word?

SD: He does not, I have it for him.

SW: Advance and give it.

SD: Tubalcain (whispered)

SW: The pass-word is right. Since the Brother is in possession of all these necessary qualifications, conduct him to the Worshipful Master of the East for his examination.

SD: * * *.

WM: *. Who comes here?

SD: Brother ______, who has been duly initiated an Entered Apprentice, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft, and now wishes further Light in Masonry by being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

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 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: Tubalcain (whispered)

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 further Light of Masonry?

WM: Since the Brother is in possession of  all these necessary qualifications, and in search of further Light in Masonry, re-conduct 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 Warden.

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 East. [Which other religion faces “east”?]*

SW: Brother ______, advance on your left foot as an Entered Apprentice; and on your right as a Fellow Craft. Take an additional step on your left foot, bringing you heel of your right and the heel of your left, 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.

Cand: (Answer is the affirmative).

WM: Then advance to the Sacred Altar of Freemasonry. There kneel on your naked knees, both hands resting on the Holy Bible, Square and Compass.

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

WD: * * *.

WM: Brother ______, if you are still willing to take the Obligation, say “I”, repeat 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 Master Lodge of Master Masons, erected to Him and dedicated to the memory and service of the Holy Saints John, do hereby and solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will keep and conceal and never reveal any of the secrets belonging to the Degree of Master Mason, 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 Master Mason, 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 support the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the State of Nevada, also all the laws, rules, and edicts of the same, or of any other Grand Lodge from whose jurisdiction I may hereafter hail; together with the by-laws, rules, and regulations of this or any other Lodge or which I may become a member, so far as the same shall come to my knowledge.

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 Master Masons, or handed me by a worthy Brother of this degree, if within the length of my cable-tow.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will help, aid, and assist all poor and distressed Master Masons, their widows and orphans, they applying to me as such, I finding them worthy, and can do so without material to myself or my family.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will keep the secrets of a worthy Brother Master Mason, when communicated to me as such, and secure and inviolate my breast as they were in his before communication.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will give the Grand Hailing Sign of Distress of a Master Mason, except for the benefit of the Craft while at work or for the instruction of a Brother, unless I am in real distress; and should I see the sign given, or hear the word spoken, I will hasten to the relief of the person so giving it.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not give the substitute for the Master’s Word in any other way or manner than that in which I receive it, which will be on the Five points of Fellowship, and at low breath.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not wrong, cheat, nor defraud a Master Mason 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.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not knowing strike a Brother Master Mason, nor otherwise do him personal violence in anger,  except in the necessary of myself, family or property. [See EZC note #1 on this, below]*

Furthermore: I do promise and sear that I will not have illicit carnal intercourse with a Master Mason’s wife, widow, mother, sister or daughter, nor suffer it to be done by another if in my power to prevent.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not be present at the initiating, passing, or raising of an old man in dotage, a young man under age, an irreligious libertine, an atheist, a person of unsound mind, or a woman, knowing them to be such.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not be present at the initiating, passing, or raising of a candidate clandestinely, nor hold Masonic intercourse with a clandestine Mason, or with one who has been suspended or expelled, knowing him to be such, until duly restored. [See EZC note 2, below]*

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 penalty than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken thence, and with my body turned to ashes, and the ashes thereof scattered to the four winds of Heaven, that there may remain neither track, trace nor remembrance among man or Masons of so vile and perjured a wretch as I should be, should I ever knowingly or willingly violate this, my solemn Obligation of a Master Mason. 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 hands rest. [See EZC Note #3, below]*

WM: Senior Deacon, remove the cable-tow; we now hold this Brother by a stronger tie.

WM: Brother ______, in your present situation, where do you most desire?

Cand: Further Light in Masonry (prompted).

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; both points of the Compass are above the Square, which is to teach you that you have received, and are entitled to receive all the Light that can be performed upon or communicated to you in a Master Mason Lodge.

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 alludes to the positions of your hands while taking the Obligation; this is 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 Master Masons Lodge.

On entering your own or any other Lodge in this jurisdiction, you will advance immediately in front of the Altar and observe the points of the Compasses. Should both points be below the Square, it will be sure indication that the Lodge is open on the First Degree, wherein you will salute the Worshipful Master with the due-guard and sign of an Entered Apprentice. Should one point be above the Square, it will be an equally sure indication that the Lodge is open on the Second Degree, wherein you will salute the Worshipful Master will due-guard and sign of a Fellow Craft. Should both points be above the Square, it will also be an equally sure indication that the Lodge is open on the Third Degree, wherein you will salute the Worshipful Master with due-guard and sign of a Master Mason.

I now present my right hand in token of the continuance of friendship and brotherly love, and will invest you with the pass-grip and pass-word of a Master Mason. As you are uninstructed, he who has hitherto answered for you, will do so a this time. Give me the real grip of the Fellow Craft.

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 real grip of a Fellow Craft to the pass-grip of a Master Mason.

WM: Pass. What is it?

SD: The pass-grip of a Master Mason.

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 it?

SD: Letter or syllable of it.

WM: Syllable it and begin.

SD: You begin.

WM: Begin you.

SD: Tu. WM: bal. SD: cain.

WM: Tubalcain, my Brother, is the name of this grip. You should always remember it, for should you be present at the opening of a Master Mason 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. Rise, salute the Junior and Senior Wardens and satisfy them that you are a duly obligated Master Mason, and possession of the step, due-grip, pass-grip and pass-word.

SD: * * *.

JW: *. Who comes here?

SD: A duly obligated Master Mason.

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 is a token?

SD: A certain friendly or brotherly grip whereby one Mason may know another in the dark as in the light.

JW: Advance me a given token. What is that?

SD: The pass-grip of a Master Mason.

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 as necessary): Tu, JW: baal; Cand: cain.

Cand: Tubalcain.

JW: The word is right. I am satisfied.

SD: * * *.

SW: *. Who comes here?

SD: A duly obligated Master Mason.

SW: How may I know him to be such?

SD: By certain signs and token.

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 is a token?

SD: A certain friendly or brotherly grip, 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 Master Mason.

SW: Has it a name?

SD: It has.

SW: Will you give to me?

SD: I did not so receive it; neither shall 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 as necessary): Tu, SW: bal; Cand: cain.

Cand: Tubalcain.

SW: The word is right. I am satisfied. Conduct the Brother to the Worshipful Master in the East.

WM: *. Brother Senior Deacon, re-conduct the Brother to the Senior Warden in the West, who will teach him how to wear his apron as a Master Mason. [See EZC Note #4 below.]*

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 Master Mason.

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. Master Masons wore theirs turned down in the form of a square to designate them as Master Masons or overseers of their work. As a speculative Master Mason you will therefore wear yours in this manner, to admonish you that your acts toward all mankind should possess the qualities of that perfect figure; to symbolize the integrity of your service to God, and to remind you of your four-fold duty, to your country, your neighbor, your family, and yourself.

SD: Worshipful Master, your orders have been obeyed.

WM: My Brother, as you are now clothed as a Master Mason, I present you emblematically the working tools, which are the tools of all Masonry, especially the Trowel. The Trowel is an instrument used by operative masons to spread the cement which unites the building into one common mass; but we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to use for the more noble and glorious purpose of  spreading cement of brotherly and affection – the cement which unites us into one sacred band or society of friends and Brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist, save that noble contention, or rather emulation, of who can best work and best agree.

WM: Brother Senior Deacon, re-conduct the Brother to the place he came, invest him with that of which he has been divested, and return him to the Lodge for the information.

WM: My Brother, salute as you have been instructed.

WM: *. Brother Junior Warden.

JM: (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.

MASTER DEGREE – SECOND SECTION;

Cast of characteristics (in addition to officers):

WM    ———————————- King Solomon (Worshipful Master)
SW      ———————————- Senior Grand Warden (Senior Warden)
R #1   ———————————- First Ruffian (Jubela)
R #2   ———————————- Second Ruffian (Jubelo)
R #3   ———————————- Third Ruffian (Jubelum)
R #4   ———————————- First Fellow Craft
R #5   ———————————- Second Fellow Craft
FC #1 ———————————- Third Fellow Craft
S-F      ———————————- Sea-faring Man
W-F    ———————————- Way-faring Man

(When lodge reconvenes, the newly obliged Master Mason has been adopted by the various solemn and weighty ties of a Master Mason. Having voluntarily assumed this obligation, you were brought to Light and instructed. You have been taught to wear your apron as a Master Mason, and are so wearing it among us at this moment. Even our Working Tools, the implements of Masonry have been explained to you, and you have been exhorted to make a proper use of the Trowel, the principal Working Tool of this degree. All this would imply that you are Master Mason and qualified to travel and work as one. Nay more, the Brother, I observe upon your person a badge of office, the jewel of the Junior Warden, and one of the principal officers of the Lodge, which all doubtless confirms you in the belief that you are a Master Mason. Is it so?

Cand: (prompted, if necessary, answer in the affirmative).

WM: However natural that assumption may be to you, yet it is erroneous. You have not attained the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. You are not yet a Master Mason, so far as to enable you to prove yourself one, or to travel and work as one; nor do I know that you will ever become a Master Mason. You have a say to travel over that is extremely perilous. You will be beset with danger of many kinds, and perhaps meet with death, as did once befall an eminent Brothers of this degree. But your trust in God and your faith is well founded. Before setting out, therefore, upon such a serious enterprise as this, you will repair to the Altar for the purpose of prayer. Heretofore you have had a Brother to pray for you; now you must pray for yourself. Go then, my Brother, and may the blessing of God accompany you.

SD: You are now at the Altar. You must again be hood-winked. Kneel and pray. Your prayer may be mental or audible, and when you have concluded it you will signify the same by saying Amen, and rising.

WM: * * *.

Cand: Amen.

(ALL) So mote it be.

WM: *.

SD: My brother, heretofore you have represented a candidate in search of Light. Now you represent a character, none less a personage than our Grand Master Hiram Abif,  who was the Grand Architect at the building of King Solomon’s Temple. It was unusual custom of this great and good man, at high twelve, when the Craft was called from labor to refreshment, to enter the Sanctum Sanctorum, or Holy of Holies, there to order up his adoration to Deity to draw his designs on the Trestle-board. This I have done. He would then retire to the South gate, as you will now do.

R #1: Grand Master Hiram, I am glad to meet you thus alone; long have I sought this opportunity. You promised us that when the Temple was completed we should receive the secrets of a Master Mason, whereby we could travel to foreign countries and receives the wage as such. Behold! The Temple is about completed, and we have not received what we strive for. At first I did not doubt your veracity, but now I do. I therefore demand of you the secrets of a Master Mason.

SD: Craftsman, this is neither a proper time nor place; wait until the Temple is completed, then, if found worthy, you shall then receive them; otherwise you can not.

R #1: Talk not of me of time nor place. Now is not the time, and here is the place; none other will satisfy me. I therefore demand of you the secrets of a Master Mason.

SD: Craftsman, I can not, and will not, give them.

SD: He then fled, and attempted to pass out at the west gate, as you will now do.

R #2: Grand Master Hiram, most of the Craft are weary, and many are exceedingly anxious to receive the secrets of a Master Mason, and we can see no good reason why we are putting off so long; and some of us have determined to wait no longer. I therefore demand of you the secrets of a Mason Master.

SD: Craftsman, why this violence? I can not give them; neither can they be given, except in the presence of Solomon, King of Israel; Hiram, King of Tyre; and myself.

R #2: Grand Master Hiram, your life is in danger. All the avenues of the Temple are securely guarded; escape is impossible. I therefore demand of you the secrets of a Master Mason.

SD: Craftsman, I shall not give them. Wait with patience for the proper time.

R #2: Grand Master Hiram, I again, and for the last time, demand of you the secret of a Master Mason, on your life.

SD: My life you can have; my integrity, never!

SD: He then fled and attempted to make his exit out at the east gate, as you will do now.

R #3: Grand Master Hiram, I have hear your caviling with Jubela and Jubelo. From them you have escaped; but from me – never! My name is Jubelum. What I purpose, that I perform. I hold in my hand an instrument of death. If you refuse me now, you do so at your peril. I say, give me the secrets of a Master Mason, or I will take your life.

SD: Craftsman, I have often refused you and shall always refuse you when accosted in this manner. Your demands are in vain.

R #3: Grand Master Hiram, I for the second time demand of you the secrets of a Master Mason.

SD: Craftsman, your demands are in vain. I shall not give them.

R #3: Grand Master Hiram, I for the third and last time demand of you the secrets of a Master Mason.

SD: And, for the third time, I refuse you.

(Jebelum then strikes the Cand across the forehead, he is caused to fall backward into a large canvas that he can be carried in.)

R #1: What have we done?

R#2: We have slain our Grand Master Hiram Abif. What shall we do with the body?

R #3: Let us carry it into a remove corner, and bury it in the rubbish of the Temple. (Having done so): Now let us retire until low twelve, when we shall meet here again.

Source Link: http://www.saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/freemasonry/master-mason-degree-ritual-part-1-of-2

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Note the perverse use of words unique to Holy Writ. It reminds one of Satan’s twisting scripture in the desert. What a sorry state of affairs that so many discern nothing wrong with these oaths, threats of blood letting, and bowing before a “worshipful master” and “great architect of the universe” which is Satan who has blinded the eyes of men lest they believe 2 Corinthians 4:4. Moreover, such men are double-minded James 1:8 imagining they have rebirth in Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the Light of the world John 8:12, conversely, the Dragon – by whatever name or appearance – is a thief, a robber and a liar John 10:10.

EZC Notes:

  1. A mason, an elder at a former church we attended, conveyed a story to a group of the men, in church, that  during WWII when German soldiers had captured many U.S. soldiers facing execution by firing squad, when, suddenly, one U.S. soldier gave the “Mason sign,” and the German soldier in command shouted, “Don’t shoot!”, and proceeded to remove that one U.S. soldier from the line of fire. Then proceeded to slaughter the remaining soldiers.
  2. Shunning is a red light characteristic of ALL cults.
  3. The Bible is NOT the only book in Lodges, and in any given country whichever book is the religion of those indigenous to said country ‘swear in’ on that.
  4. Same apron worn by Mormon Temple “high priests”.
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Committed to helping others discover the Lord Jesus Christ, revealed throughout both OT and NT. All saints are called to be Ambassadors of the gospel, may my labor herein result in God drawing others unto His Son that such may rejoice in the forgiveness, liberty, and peace granted by the Good Shepherd. Applied study of scripture blossoms into maturity, spiritual discernment, and replication of ourselves that new disciples go forth and proclaim the Good News! EZC shall challenge any ministers of Satan whose purpose is to attack the infallibility of Holy Writ querying, "Hath God truly said?" hoping to ensnare the immature. We must remain focused on whom the enemy is - wicked spiritual principalities sowing seeds of deception - our enemy is NOT the lost but the spirit behind their false ideologies and isms. Study the Bible praying God the Holy Spirit equip and teach you, for He has promised to do so (Jhn 16:13). Beloved brethren, until united in glory, Sola Deo Gloria!
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4 Responses to A Look at Masonry: Master Mason Degree Ritual, Part One

  1. JS says:

    Freemasonry (The Mystery Religion) was around in Ezekiel’s day and was spoken against then:

    Ezekiel 8 (Pay Special Attention to Verse 16)

    8 In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign Lord came on me there. 2 I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal. 3 He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood. 4 And there before me was the glory of the God of Israel, as in the vision I had seen in the plain.

    5 Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol of jealousy.

    6 And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing—the utterly detestable things the Israelites are doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable.”

    7 Then he brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall. 8 He said to me, “Son of man, now dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there.

    9 And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.” 10 So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and unclean animals and all the idols of Israel. 11 In front of them stood seventy elders of Israel, and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan was standing among them. Each had a censer in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense was rising.

    12 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, EACH AT THE SHRINE OF HIS OWN IDOL (Or OWN god)? They say, ‘The Lord does not see us; the Lord has forsaken the land.’” 13 Again, he said, “You will see them doing things that are even more DETESTABLE (G-D CALLS IT).”

    14 Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the Lord, and I saw women sitting there, MOURNING FOR THE GOD TAMMUZ (The Babylonian equivalent of the Egyptian Horus). 15 He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more DETESTABLE than this.”

    16 He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the Lord, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar, were about twenty-five men.WITH THEIR BACKS TOWARD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD AND THEIR FACES TOWARD THE EAST, THEY WERE BOWING DOWN (KNEELING AND TAKING OATHS) TO THE SUN (SUN GOD/WORSHIPFUL MASTER BA’AL) IN THE EAST. (FREEMASONRY)

    17 He said to me, “Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the people of Judah to do the DETESTABLE things they are doing here? Must they also fill the land with violence and continually arouse my anger? Look at them PUTTING THE BRANCH (ACACIA BRANCH/RITUAL) TO THEIR NOSE! 18 Therefore I WILL DEAL WITH THEM IN ANGER; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them.”

    Freemasonry is the EXACT SAME (False/Idolotrous) RELIGION being practiced in Ancient Israel, Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome….

    Ezekiel 9

    9 Then I heard him call out in a loud voice, “Bring near those who are appointed to execute judgment on the city, each with a weapon in his hand.” 2 And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man clothed in linen who had a WRITING KIT AT HIS SIDE. They came in and stood beside the bronze altar.

    3 Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side 4 and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” (This is symbolic of those who receive a MARK and NEW NAME in Christ)

    5 As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and KILL, WITHOUT SHOWING PITY OR COMPASSION. 6 Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark (THEY ARE NOT TO TOUCH ANYONE MARKED FOR G-D — SYMBOLIC OF CHRISTIANS WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS OVER THEIR DOORS). Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.

    7 Then he said to them, “Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!” So they went out and began killing throughout the city. 8 While they were killing and I was left alone, I fell facedown, crying out, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! Are you going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel in this outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”

    9 He answered me, “The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice. They say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see.’ 10 So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done.”

    11 Then the man in linen with the writing kit at his side brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded.”

    NEVER BOW OR TAKE AN OATH TO THE SUN GOD IN THE EAST!!!
    And if you have —- RECANT and REPENT before G-d sends out the SWORDS!!!!

    Shalom

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  2. Anonymous says:

    what are you doing showing the public the work when you swore to God you wouldn’t at the alter???

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    • Anonymous,

      The post is six years old, and authored by a gentlemen who is has been set free in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is not longer a Freemason. I am a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and have never, nor would I ever, join those who worship Baphomet.

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