QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION 12 JUNE 2002
Demonstration of ritual
At the Ouarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge last December, the MW Pro Grand Master
expressed his concern on learning that a demonstration of a reconstruction of an 18th century Lodge meeting had been given some weeks earlier when non-Masons
The Board shares the Pro Grand Master's concern, and considers it opportune to bring together into a single statement the various rulings and decisions given over the years which directly or indirectly relate to demonstrations of ritual, and to give further guidance where clarification may be necessary or desirable.
1. The ritual of a recognised Grand Lodge which works in English may be demonstrated at a meeting of a Private Lodge provided that:
(a) only Master Masons are present at the demonstration;
(b) the Lodge has been closed, or is 'called off' for the duration of the demonstration; and
(c) the Lodge room remains fully tyled throughout.
2. The ritual of any Grand Lodge which works in a language other than
English may not be demonstrated in a Lodge under the English Jurisdiction, except with the express permission of the Board. Any such permission will only be given subject to the above conditions.
3. No demonstration of the ritual of another Grand Lodge may, in any circumstances, be given in a Lodge of Instruction.
4. Paragraphs 1 to 3 apply equally to reconstructions of historical forms of Craft ritual.
5. Arrangements to demonstrate the ritual of another Grand Lodge should be made through the Grand Secretary's office. See also the section headed 'Correspondence with other Grand Lodges and their Members' in the booklet Information for the Guidance of Members of the Craft.
6. No Lodge of another Constitution may meet and confer a degree upon a 'live' candidate (as opposed to demonstrating a conferral) in an English Constitution Lodge; nor may a dispensation be granted for an English Constitution Lodge to hold a meeting or confer
a degree within the territory of another Grand Lodge.
7. Where a Lodge desires to rehearse or demonstrate its normal ritual at one of its meetings (for example, because it has no candidate), there can be no objection to the presence of Entered Apprentices or Fellow Crafts who have already received the degree being demonstrated, but conditions (b) and (c) of paragraph 1 should be complied with.
8. The Ceremony of a Consecration of a Lodge is of a special nature and may only be carried out by the Grand Master or some other Grand Officer or Master or Past Master of a Lodge appointed to act for him (Rule 97, Book of Constitutions). It may not, therefore, be demonstrated in whole or in part.
9. The extended inner Inner Working of the Board of Installed Masters, if worked in a Lodge, is regulated by a resolution passed by Grand Lodge on 1 December 1926. The Board considers that that resolution applies equally to any demonstration of the extended Inner Working.
Interval between Degrees
Rule 1 72, Book of Constitutions, provides that, except in cases abroad, where Rule 90 applies, no Brother may be passed less than four weeks after his initiation, nor raised less than four weeks after
A ceremony carried out in breach of the Rule is void, and can be validated only by the grant of a
dispensation on the recommendation of the Board. At present every such breach must be referred to the Board by the Grand Master.
The Board considers that the needs of the Rule would be met if the Grand Master were to act in future on the recommendation of the Grand Secretary, on whom the duty of investigating each case effectively falls at present. The Rule was amended accordingly.
It's a tie!
The Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton, has received 400 possible designs for the tie competition from 124 applicants!
The following grants to religious buildings were approved: St Paul's Cathedral, London (£25,000); Peterborough Cathedral (£10,000); St Martin-in-the-Field, London (£5,000).
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