Jason Bond WM of the Westhoughton Lodge of Amity No 7782 opened the lodge which was packed with members and visitors who were eager to watch the members of Glittering Star Lodge No 322 (Irish Constitution) demonstrate a fist degree ceremony. After opening the lodge Jason welcomed the members of Glittering Star Lodge and said he was also keen to see the demonstration so he asked Richard Morris WM of Glittering Star lodge to occupy the chair of King Solomon, Richard did so and proceeded to exemplify the first degree ceremony under the Irish constitution.
The ceremony was worked with smooth military precision. Although recognisable, it is very different from our own ritual, with much more explanation than we are accustomed to. Andrew Thornley a member of Amity lodge volunteered to be the candidate, requiring him to be attired in a very different style of dress than in our own ceremony. The Irish Constitution initiation ritual is a fascinating ceremony and a must-see event.
Glittering Star lodge is an itinerant military lodge associated with the 29th Regiment of Foot, now the Worcester and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. Over its history this regiment has served in Ireland, England, Europe, America, Canada, India, Burma, China, Egypt, Sudan, the West Indies, Mauritius and North Africa. The lodge’s warrant was issued in 1759.
Glittering Star lodge has no permanent home but meets with other lodges, primarily around the Birmingham area.
For further information on the Glittering Star Lodge No 322, visit their website www.glitteringstar.co.uk/
Following the ceremony, the festive board was a convivial affair with much to discuss.