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“Unto the grave we resign the body of our friend and brother! [The body is entombed, and the dropped, &c.]
“ Friend of our hearts, there rest in peace. Raised by the Grand Master's word, mayest thou hereafter share the honours of perfection, the joys and bliss immortal!
“ Amen!-So mote it be !-Amen! “ Farewell !-We will meet again !"
Thus the service ends, when the usual honours are given, and the procession returns to the place from whence it came.
The brethren being arrived at the lodge, the necessary duties are complied with, and the business of Masonry is renewed. The regalia, and the ornaments of the deceased, if an officer of a lodge, are returned to the Master in due form, with the usual ceremonies; after which the charges for regulating the conduct of the fraternity are rehearsed, and the lodge is closed in the third degree with a blessing.
Order of Procession, for One Lodge, on common
Tyler, with a drawn sword,
Stewards, with white rods, Music, (when the musicians are brethren; otherwise they
form on the right and left of the procession, or precede the Tyler).
Senior and Junior Wardens, The holy writings, square and compass, carried by the
oldest member of the lodge not in office, accompanied with the Chaplain,
GRAND PROCESSIONS-No. II.
Order of Procession, when the Ceremony of Consecrating and Constituting a Lodge, is performed in public, &c.
Two Tylers, with drawn swords,
Music, (when there are two bands,)
New Lodge, (To form as in No. I., omitting Past Masters and Chaplain.)
Grand Stewards, with white rods, When Masonic Halls are to be dedicated, &c. the corn, wine and oil, are to be carried as in No. III.
Grand Secretary and Treasurer, Master of a lodge bearing the sacred writing, square and
compass, on a crimson velvet cushion ; supported by the Stewards of the second oldest lodge, with white rods, first Steward on his right, the second on his left,
Past Grand Masters,
Deputy Grand Masters, Master of the oldest lodge, bearing the book of constitu
tions on a velvet cushion, Grand Junior Dea
Grand Senior Dea
on a line con on the left with
on the right five feet apart. a black rod.
with a black rod. Grand Master, Grand Sword Bearer, with a drawn sword,
Two Stewards, with white rods,
Gentlemen invited to join the procession, follow two and two.
Order of Procession at laying the Foundation Stones of
Public Buildings, &c.
Two Tylers, (as in No. 2.)
Music, (as in do.)
Grand Stewards, (do.)
the other oil,
Grand Secretary and Treasurer, Bible, square and compass, carried by a Master of a lodge,
supported by two Stewards, as in No. 2, when not supported by Stewards, the Grand Chaplain walks with the Master of the lodge, who supports the Bible, &c.
Past Grand Wardens,
Past Grand Masters,
Chief Magistrate of the place,
Deputy Grand Masters,
Master of the oldest Lodge, bearing the book of Constitu
tions, (as in No. 2.) Grand Deacons, with black rods, (placed as in No. 2,)
Gentlemen who choose to join the procession follow.
Note.—When two or more lodges walk in procession, they form as above, either in one body, or in separate lodges ; if separately, the youngest lodge precedes the elder. The cushion, on which the Holy Writings are carried, is covered with crimson satin or velvet.
Marshals are to walk on the left of the procession.
All officers of lodges, in processions, should wear the badges of their office.
None but Master Masons are to wear decorated aprons. Those of the lower degrees may have an edging of silk, or a square and compass made of silk—the aprons of those of higher degrees, according to their order. Attention must be paid to colours. None but officers (who are always to be master masons) are to wear sashes; and this decoration is only for particular officers.
If a past or present Grand Master should join the procession of a private lodge, or Deputy Grand Master, or the Grand Wardens, attention is to be paid to them. They take place after the Master of the lodge. Two Deacons with black rods, one on the right, and another on the left, attend a Grand Warden; and when a Grand Master is present, or Deputy Grand Master, the book of constitutions is borne before him ; a sword bearer follows him, and the Deacons, with black rods, are placed on his right and left, at an angular distance of five feet, as in No. 2.
Musicians, if they are of the fraternity, walk in the pro