Ceremonial Matters

Everything you ever wanted to know

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    For further information, please contact the Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies

    Keith Kemp (Craft)  – CraftDC@Provinceofwestlancs.org

    Paul Hesketh (Royal Arch) – RoyalArchDC@Provinceofwestlancs.org

    Proclamation Ceremony

    This document provides a framework to ensure the smooth running of a ceremony to proclaim a Brother Master of the Lodge for a second consecutive year.

    Proclamation Ceremony

    Streamlining our procedures

    Lodges and Chapters regularly seek advice about ways in which they can streamline and improve the pace of their meetings, both in lodge and at the Festive Board. The answer is usually in the hands of the lodge or chapter itself.

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    Streamlining Our Procedures

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    Badges and Banners

     

    The following notes are intended to help Lodges and Chapters in preparing designs for their badges before submitting them to the Grand Secretary or Grand Scribe E (via the Provincial Grand Secretary or Scribe E) for the approval of the MW The Grand Master or the ME The First Grand Principal.

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    Notes on Lodge & Chapter Badges & Banners

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    Degrees

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    Period Between Degrees

    Dress

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    Appropriate Dress for a Masonic meeting

    Ties in Craft & Royal Arch

    The Royal Arch Jewel

    Hymns, Prayers and Graces

    The Board of General Purposes considers it necessary to remind Lodges and Chapters that Pure and Ancient Masonry is open to adherents of every faith which requires a belief in a Supreme Being and that therefore……….

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    Hymns, Prayers & Graces at Lodge/Chapter Meetings

    Installation banquet

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    Retiring of Principal Guest from Festive Board

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    More than one ceremony in a day

    It is perfectly in order for a Lodge or Chapter to conduct more than one ceremony in a day. Indeed for some Lodges, this is standard practice. (If one of the ceremonies is the Installation, it is usual for it to come last).

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    Advice on how to conduct multiple ceremonies

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    Non Masons at Masonic meetings

    With the consent and encouragement of Masonic authority non-masons (which phrase includes ladies) are increasingly being invited to Masonic gatherings. Following enquiries from the Craft, the Board of General Purposes has thought it timely to issue guidance on the circumstances when non-masons may be present at Masonic events.

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    Procedure when non-Masons are present 

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    Past Masters from Other Constitutions

    The situation of members of English lodges who are Past Masters from other recognised constitutions, but who have not gone through the Chair of an English lodge, is not simple, and caution should be exercised, particularly if is it proposed that they be installed into the Chair of one of our lodges.

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    Past Masters from Other Constitutions

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    Salutations

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    List of Salutations appropriate to rank

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    Proving a Visitor Unknown to You

    Sadly, the Craft can be sufficiently fascinating to some persons who are not Masons for them to attempt to gain improper admission to a Lodge.

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    Proving a Visitor Unknown to You

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    A guide for Directors of Ceremonies

    As a result of many years of experience and Best Practice, the Provincial GrandDirector of Ceremonies has provided this substantial Note of Guidance forLodge (and Chapter) Directors of Ceremonies.

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     A guide for Directors of Ceremonies

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  • On this page.

    • Proclamation Ceremony
    • Streamlining our procedures
    • Badges and Banners
    • Degrees
    • Dress
    • Hymns, Prayers and Graces
    • Installation banquet
    • More than one ceremony in a day
    • Non Masons at Masonic meetings
    • Salutations
    • Toast Lists
    • Proving-a-Visitor-Unknown-to-You
    • A guide for Directors of Ceremonies