Day 90 out of 100 to Learn Masonic Ritual, and we are really on the home straight!
Continuing with the Third Degree, the day before yesterday (Day 88) we went from the Obligation and through the Exhortation.
We are at the closing stages of our third run through of the Third Degree, therefore we’ll wrap up the Raising Ceremony with…
Revising Masonic Ritual, Day 90 of 100: Master Mason’s Badge and Closing the Lodge
We’ll start today with picking up from the end of the The Charge where the candidate leaves and returns to the Lodge, then Invested with the Badge (pages 192-195 in my book of Emulation Ritual). Following the Charge is the Working Tools, and like the 15 Fellowcrafts and Charge, we are assuming this will be done by another member of your Lodge.
Once the Working Tools have been presented we move to Closing the Lodge (pages 54-65), although it’s likely you will Resume (page 68) in the lower degrees to save time.
This being our third run through means we are on Revision. Hopefully you can run through the words (or at least have a good punt at them) before checking for accuracy with the book.
With regard to the Closing, it’s worth going through the Closing in Full Form just to be sure, you don’t want to get caught out.
Well done for making it through the Raising Ceremony. It is by far the longest of the Degrees, but we’ve assumed that quite a bit of this will be outsourced to Past Masters or Master Masons. Please, if you haven’t already, confirm exactly what Ritual you will be expected to perform, and adapt further revision to suit.