Furness Chapter No 995 paid host to a demonstration which illustrated potential new workings of the exaltation ritual.
The members and many visiting Companions who were present at Ulverston Masonic Hall were able to witness several innovative interpretations of the traditional ceremony.
The demonstration team consisted of Bob Durkin, Dennis Laird, Phil Preston, and Ken Robinson with the father and son duo of Bob and Scott McMillan taking the important roles of assistant and principal sojourner respectively. Mark Little acted as the candidate. The proceedings were overseen and narrated by Furness and South Lakeland group vice chairman Peter Schofield.
It was the second outing for the team as they had previously given a demonstration in the Lancaster Group.
Group chairman Alan Jones thanked the demonstration team not only for the work on the evening but on the effort they had obviously all put in in order to be able to deliver the ceremony to such a high standard.
Alan echoed the thoughts of all who witnessed events when he commented: ”What we have seen this evening has provided us all with food for thought. I have little doubt that parts of the new ritual will be adopted by many of the chapters who have been present. There is the potential for meaningful change and we should not be afraid to embrace it.”
Peter observed: “It was considered that there is room for improvement in the ceremony of exaltation. What we have delivered this evening is not the definitive version and is by no means obligatory. Hopefully it will act as a catalyst in encouraging discussion and careful consideration of how we deliver the ritual. The aim being to make it more meaningful and interesting both for the candidate and also those who are watching on.”