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tion, harmony, and peace may be enjoyed at our meetings, which no other society can afford.
Closing. The chapter is closed with solemn ceremonies; and the following prayer is rehearsed, by the most excellent high priest :
“ By the wisdom of the Supreme High Priest may we be directed, by his strength may we be enabled, and by the beauty of virtue may we be incited, to perform the obligations here enjoined on us; to keep in violably the mysteries here unfolded to us; and invariably to practise all those duties out of the chapter, which are inculcated in it." Reponse. So mote it be. --Amen.
After these observations, little more can be wanted to encourage the zealous mason to persevere in his researches. Whoever has traced the art in regular progression from the commencement of the first, to the conclusion of the seventh degree, according to the plan here laid down, will have amassed an ample store of useful learning ; and must reflect with pleasure on the good effects of his past diligence and attention : while, by applying the whole to the general advantage of society, he will observe method in the proper distribution of what he has acquired, and se cure to himself the veneration of Masons, and approbation of all good men.
ROYAL ARCH ODES.
And pillar'd strength arose,
And faith her mansion chose,
Mysterious pow'rg adored,
Pale Envy, withered at the sight,
And frowning o'er the pile,
To blast the glorious toil.
They form the league abhorr’d;
That crush'd the Mystic Word.
Concealment, from sequester'd cave,
On sable pinions flew :
Her veil impervious threw.
· The awful loss deplored ;
That 'whelm'd the Mystic Word.
At length through Time's'expanded sphere,
Fair Science speeds her way;
Reflects the kindred ray.
Proclaims the sign restored ;
Is drawn the Mystic Word.
To depths obscure the favour'd Trine,
A dreary course engage;
Illumes the sacred page!
Our ancient Signs, restored ;
The long lost Mystic Word.
Hymn to be sung at the Consecration of a Lodge.
Warm’d by thy benignant grace,
Still to us, O God, dispense
Qbservations on the Order of High Priest.
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This order appertains to the office of High Priest of the Royal Arch Chapter, and no one can be legally entitled to receive it until he has been elected to sustain that office in some regular chapter of Royal Arch Masons.
The following passages of scripture are made use of du. ring the.ceremonies appertaining to this order, viz.
" And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son (who dwelt in Sodom,) and his goods, and departed. And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew : for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eschol, and brother of Aner : and these were confederates with Abram. And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three huudred and eighteen, and pursued them upto Dan. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hoban, which is on the left hand of Damascus. And he brought brack all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people. And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, (after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him,) at the valley of Sheveh, which is the king's dale. And Melchisedec, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of-all. And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods, to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, i have listed ap mine hand unto the
Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take from thee a thread even to a shoe-latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich ; save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshchol, and Mamre, let them take their portion."-Gen. xiv. 12—24.
as And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”-Num. vi. 22, 26.
“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the sings, and blessed him ; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all : (first being, by interpretation, king of Righteousness, and after that also king of Salem, which is, king of Peace; without father, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God ;) abideth a priest continually. Now con. sider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarchAbraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham." —Heb. vii, 1–6.
* For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec.”
" And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made
“For those priests (under the Levitical law) were made without an oath, but this with an oath, by him that said unto him, Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec,”