Yesterday we concluded our learning of the First Degree Ceremony for this 100 Day Study Guide for Master Elects. What?! You aren’t word perfect at it? Don’t worry, this guide isn’t to get you ready for all the ceremonies, but to get you ready for the Installation, and give you a good solid grounding in the other ceremonies.
We won’t jump straight onto learning the Second Degree yet, but have a look back to what we first learnt, and what will be your first Ritual you’ll be performing from the Chair.
Revising Masonic Ritual, Day 42 of 100: Installation Ceremony Revision
After that period of time you’ll need your book to hand. In my book Investing the Officers starts on page 214 with the IPM, then picks up with the Senior Warden on page 223, through the Offices to page 235, then Resuming is on page 68 and Closing the Lodge is pages 62-65.
As this is revision (as opposed to learning) I would usually suggest that you have the book to hand but try to go through the Ritual on your own, using the book for the occasional prompt and correction.
However, I tried this and found that I needed a prompt on pretty much every other sentence, but as soon as I glanced at it I kicked myself because I knew that knew it. Therefore I would recommend that you initially skim through the Ritual first as a brief refresher. No doubt you will get that little familiarity and have a much easier run through it a second time.
I would be great if you can make it without a prompt, but don’t worry if not. We are still in the revision stage where we are building on the learning. This doesn’t mean the learning is over, but should mean that your learning is focused on areas that you have identified weakness.
There’s still 59 day until your Installation, that’s the best of two months, so you have plenty of time to get the Installation Ritual perfect, and plenty of time to learn and revise the Second and Third degrees too.