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cers of the new lodge resign their seat to the Grand officers and take their stations at the left of the several officers.
A prayer having been offered to the throne of grace by the Chaplain, and a discourse delivered, the business of consecration commences.
The Deputy Grand Master then informs the Grand Master that
“A number of brethren, duly instructed in the several degrees of Masonry, and good workmen, having, by virtue of a warrant granted them for that purpose, assembled as regular Masons, and having duly recorded their transactions, do now desire to be formed into a regular lodge, under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, and promise to conform, in all things, as good Masons ought to do,"
The Secretary pro tem. of the new lodge then delivers the warrant and records to the Master elect, who presents them to the Grand Master, who addresses him thus:
Upon due deliberation, the Grand Lodge have seen fit to grant the petition of the brethren here assembled, and a charter has been given them which the Grand Secretary will now read:" (the charter is then read.)
The records are then examined by him, and if approved, the Grand Master then says:
"We shall now proceed, according to ancient usage, to constitute these brethren into a regular lodge." Whereupon the jewels and badges are delivered up by the officers. of the new lodge to their Master, who presents them to the Deputy Grand Master and he to the Grand Master.
Then the Deputy Grand Master presents the master of the New Lodge to the Grand Master, saying
“Most Worshipful—I present you brother G. M., whom the members of the Lodge, now to be constituted, have chosen for their Master."
The Grand Master asks them, if they remain satisfied with their choice. [They bow the head in token of assent.]
The Master then presents, one after the other, his Wardens and other officers; naming them and their office. The Grand Master asks the brethren, if they are satisfied with each and all of them. [They bow their heads in token of assent.]
Next, during solemn music,* the Lodge is uncovered. All devoutly kneel. The music ceases; and the Grand Chaplain rehearses the following prayer:
"Great architect of the universe! maker and ruler of all worlds! deign, from thy celestial temple, from realms of light and glory, to bless us, in all the purposes of our present assembly.
"We humbly invoke thee to give us at this, and at all times, wisdom in all our doings, strength of mind in all our difficulties, and the beauty of harmony in all our communications !
"Permit us, O thou centre of light and life, great source of love and happiness, to erect this lodge, and now solemnly to consecrate it to the honour of thy glory! Glory be to God on high!"
Response by the brethren.-As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be-Amen!
Grant, O Lord our God, that they who are now about to be invested with the government of this Lodge, may be endued with wisdom to instruct their brethren in all duties. May brotherly love and charity always prevail among the members of this Lodge; and may this band of Union continue to strengthen the Lodges throughout the world!
"Bless all our brethren, wheresoever dispersed and grant speedy relief to all who are either oppressed or distressed.
"We affectionately commend to thee all the members of
*The music alluded to is occasionally vocal or instrumental, more frequently both. See the appendix, where on this, as on other solemn occasions, the hymns and odes are to be found.
thy whole family. May they increase in the knowledge of thee, and in the love of each other.
"Finally, may we finish all our works here below, with thine approbation; and then have our transition from this earthly abode to thy heavenly temple above, there to enjoy light, glory and bliss ineffable-Glory be to God on high."
Response by the brethren.-As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.-Amen-so mote it be-Amen.* Then succeeds solemn music while the Lodge is covering. The Grand Chaplain then dedicates the Lodge in the following terms:
"To the memory of Holy Saint John, we dedicate this Lodge. May every brother revere his character, and imitate his virtues.-Glory be to God on high."
Response by the brethren.-As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.—Amen !—so mote it be.-Amen!
After this, during solemn music, the officers of the new Lodge advance to salute the Grand Lodge. Then they take their places, and stand as they were.
The music ceases, and the Grand Master proceeds to constitute the Lodge, by directing the Grand Marshal to say: “Brethren-I am directed by the most worshipful Grand Master of the state of to make proclamation, that, by virtue of his power and authority, these brethren are now constituted a regular society of free and accepted Masons, by the title and designation of Lodge, to be holden in And from henceforth they are fully empowered to exercise all their rights and privileges, agreeably to the tenure of their character, the laws of
* The Grand Chaplain is not confined to this form of devotion. He may use one of those among the collection of prayers contained in this book, or, with the consent of the grand master, may introduce one of his own, prepared for the occasion.
the Grand Lodge, and the ancient usages of the fraternity; and may God be with them."*
Response, by the members of the Grand Lodge.-So mote it be!
The grand honours are then given, and the ceremony of Installation succeeds.
The Grand Master asks the Deputy Grand Master,
"Have you examined the Master nominated in the warrant; and do you find him well skilled in the science of Masonry, and worthy to be invested with the government. of a Lodge?"
The Deputy Grand Master answering in the affirmative, the Grand Master says, "Present him to me."
The Deputy Grand Master takes the Master by the hand, and presents him to the Grand Master, saying
"Most Worshipful-I present to you my brother G. M. to be installed Master of the Lodge in this place. I find him to be of good morals and of great skill, true and trusty; and a lover of the whole fraternity, wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth; and I doubt not he will discharge his duty with fidelity."
The Grand Master then says to him,
"Brother -, previous to your investiture, it is proper that you signify your assent to those ancient charges and regulations, which contain the duty of a Master of a lodge. They will be read to you by the Grand Secretary."
The following are accordingly read:
"You agree to be a good man and true; and strictly to obey the moral law.
"You agree to be a peaceable subject, and cheerfully to conform to the laws of the country in which you reside.
"You promise not to be concerned in plots or conspira
* This proclamation must be made in the name of the Grand Master, in cases where he is not present.
cies against government, but patiently to submit to the decisions of the supreme legislature.
"You agree to pay a proper respect to the civil magistrate; to work diligently, live in credit, and act honourably with all men.
"You agree to hold in veneration the original rulers and patrons of the order of Masonry, and their regular successors, supreme and subordinate, according to their stations; and to submit to the awards and resolutions of your brethren, in general chapter convened, in every case consistent with the constitutions of the order.
"You agree to avoid private quarrels, and to guard against all intemperance and excess.
"You agree to be cautious in your behaviour, courteous to your brethren, and faithful to your lodge.
"You promise to respect true and faithful brethren, and to discountenance all impostors.
"You agree to promote the general good, to cultivate the social virtues, and to propagate the knowledge of true Masonry."
On the Master signifying his assent to these charges, the Secretary proceeds to read the following regulations :
"You promise to submit to the Grand Master for the time being, and to his officers, when duly installed; and strictly to conform to every regulation of the Grand Lodge, or General Assembly of Masons, that is not subversive of the principles of Masonry.
"You admit that it is not in the power of any man, or body of men, to make alteration or innovation in Masonry.
"You promise a regular attendance on the committees and communications of the Grand Lodge, on receiving proper notice; and to pay attention to all the duties of Masonry on convenient occasions.
"You admit that no new lodge should be formed, with