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sulemnly and repeatedly promised to befriend and relieve, with the most prompt cordiality, so far as shall be in your power, every brother who shall need your assistance : that you have promised to remind him, in ihe most tender manner, of his failings; to vindicate his character when wrongfully traduced ; and to suggest in his behalf the most candid, favourable, and palliating circumstances, even when his conduct is justly reprehended ; that the world may observe how Masons love each other. And these generous principles are to extend further. Every human being has a claim upon your kind and obliging offices. Let it not be supposed that you have here " laboured in vain, and spent your strength for nought ; for your work is with the Lord, and your recompence with your God.”
Finally, brethren! be ye all of one mind, live in peace ; and may the God of love and peace delight to be with you,
and bless you.
Instructions to a person wishing to become a Mason.
No person cau become'a Mason, consistently with the ancient and salutary usages of our order, unless he be free-born, and, at least, twenty-one years of age ; of a good moral character; temperate, chaste, industrious, charitable, and possessed of public spirit, and the social virtues. He must be of sufficient natural endowments to be respectable, and must have, entire, all the faculties and senses of a man. He must have an estate, office, trade, occupation, or some visible means of acquiring an honest livelihood, as becomes the members of this ancient and honourable fraternity. In short he must have a sound head and a good heart, exempt from all those ill qualities and vices which bring dishonour on the craft.
A person possessing the foregoing qualifications must be proposed, at his own voluntary request, by a friend or acquaintance belonging to the Lodge of which he wishes to become a member, at loast one meeting previous to the time of his initiation.
All applications for admission should be made in writing, in the following form : " To the Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren o
-Lodge of free and accepted Masons. “ The petition of the subscriber respectfully showeth, that, having long entertained a favourable opinion of your ancient institution, he is desirous of being admitted a member thereof, if found worthy. “His place of residence is
-~, his oceupation
io Recommended by (Signed) A, B.”
Before admission, the candidate must assent to the following interrogations.
“Do you seriously declare, upon your honour, that, unbiassed by friends, and uninfluenced by mercenary motives, you freely and voluntarily offer yourself a candidate for the mysteries of masonry ?
“Do you seriously declare, upon your honour, that you are prompted to solicit the privileges of masonry by a favourable opinion of the institution, a desire of knowledge, and a sincere desire of being serviceable to your fellowcreatures ?
“ Do you seriously declare, upon your honour, that you will conform to the ancient established usages of the order?"
If there remain no objection, the candidate is introduced in due form. But he has a right, previous to presenting himself, to desire his friend to show him the warrant or dispensation, by which the Lodge is held ; which, if genuine, he will find to be an instrument written, or printed upon parcbment, and signed by some grand master, his deputy, the grand wardens and grand secretary, and sealed with the grand lodge seal.
He may also request the perusal of the by-laws; and has a right to examine a complete list of the members, to learn whether the Lodge contains any member with whom he cannot consistently and cordially associate.
Should the candidate find the charter to be genuine ; the by-laws salutary, and such as he can cheerfully observe ; and should he be pleased with all the brethren of the Lodge -his wish to proceed is reported to the master, who makes it known to the Lodge thus :
“BRETHREN-At the request of Mr. A. B., he has been proposed and accepted due form ; I therefore recommend him as a proper candidate for the mysteries of masonry, and worthy to partake of the privileges of the fraternity ; and in consequence of a declaration of his intentions, voluntarily made, I believe he will cheerfully conform to the rules of the order."
REMARKS ON THE FIRST LECTURE OF MASONRY, Which is divided into three sections. Virtue is painted in the most enchanting colours, and the duties of morality and religion are enforced. The excellency of knowledge and philosophy is displayed, and many important lessous impressed on the wind by sensible images admirably calculated to influence our conduct in the affectionate and faithful discharge of the duties of social life ; teaching us to be peaceful subjects, and feeling masters ; obedient children, and iudulgent parents; affectionate husbands, and inviolable friends.
This part of the lecture of an Eptered Apprentice unfolds our object in visiting the hall of masonry ; develops the justice of our pretensions to the privileges of the order ; illustrates the manner of our reception within the threshold of a Lodge; reminds us of our dependence on the supporting hand of Deity ; exhibits the pledge of our fidelity, secrecy and conformity to immemorial masonic customs ; opens our eyes to the light of knowledge ; presents to our hearts the lovely purity of innocence ; draws upon our affections by the silken cord of charity; and speculatively explains the implements of the degree.
A prayer used at the initiation of a candidate.
VOUCHSAFE thine aid, Almighty Father of the Universe, to this, our present convention ; and grant that this candidate for masonry may dedicate and devote his life to thy service, and become a true and faithful brother among us! Endow him with a competency of thy divine wisdom, that by the secrets of our art, he may be better enabled to display the beauties of brotherly love, relief, and truth, to the honour of thy holy name! Amen.
GREAT ARCHITECT OF HEAVEN-Thou best of beings! While thou lookest abroad, from thy celestial temple, upon worlds unnumbered ; look down also upon us, the humble workmanship of thine hand. As we are about to enlighten one of our fellow-creatures in the knowledge of masonry, wilt thou shine into our hearts with the light of heavenly truth. Do thou, Father Almighty! guide this benighted pilgrim on his journey to the mystic temple. Enlighten thou his darkness ; and open his eyes that he may see thy glory in the gospel of thy Son. Clothe his nakedness with the garments of true holiness, and enrich his poverty with the pearl - all price beyond.” We now commend him to thy divine protection, ascribing glory, honour and power to God, for
Some of the following texts of Scripture may be read during
the initiation of a candidate.
“I will bring the blind by a way that they know not ; I will lead them in paths that they have not known; I will make the darkness light before them; and crooked things straight; these things will I do upto them and I will not forsake them.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding.
« In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
" Turn not to the right hand, nor to the left ; remove thy feet from evil.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form aod void, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.”
Towards the close of this section is explained the peculiar ensign of masonry, the LAMB-SKIN, or while leath, er apron, which is an emblem of innocence and the badge of a mason ; more ancient than the golden fleece, or Roman eagle ; more honourable than the star or garter, or any other order that could be conferred upon the candidate at the time of his initiation, or at any time thereafter, by king, prince, potentate, or any other person, except he be a mason; and which every one should wear with equal pleasure to himself, and honour to the fra. ternity.
The section closes with an explanation of the working tools of an Entered Apprentice, which are the TWENTYFOUR-INCH-GAUGE, and the COMMON GAVEL.
The twenty-four-inch-gauge is an implement made use of by operative workmen, to measure and lay out their work ; but we, as FREE and ACCEPTED Masons, are taugh to use it for tbe more noble and important purpose of dividing our time. Its being divided into twenty-four equa!