INSTALLATION CEREMONY FOR A SUBORDINATE LODGE
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grand lodge of texas (1922)
The Marshal presents the Master-elect to the Installing
Officer, and says:
Worshipful Master: I present you Bro. A. B., who has been duly and
constitutionally elected W. Master of .................. Lodge, No. ..., Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons, for the ensuing Masonic year. I believe him to be well
qualified to discharge the duties of that office. He has also signified his
willingness to accept the same. I therefore ask that he be duly and
constitutionally installed therein.
Wor. Sir and Bro.--I take pleasure in installing you into this honorable
office, with the usual ceremonies; but, previous to being invested with the
insignia of your office, it is necessary that you should signify your assent to
those ancient charges and regulations which point out the duty of a Master of a
"I. You agree to be a good man and true, and strictly to obey the moral
"II. You agree to be a peaceable citizen, and cheerfully to conform to the
laws of the country in which you reside.
"III. You promise not to be concerned in plots and conspiracies against
government, but patiently to submit to the decisions of the supreme
"IV. You agree to pay a proper respect to the civil magistrate, to work
diligently, live creditably, and act honorably by all men.
"V. You agree to hold in veneration the original rulers and patrons of the
Order of Masonry, and their regular successors, supreme and subordinate,
according to their stations; and to submit to the awards and resolutions of your
brethren, when convened, in every case consistent with the Constitutions of the
"VI. You agree to avoid private piques and quarrels, and to guard against
intemperance and excess.
"VII. You agree to be cautious in carriage and behavior, courteous to your
brethren and faithful to your Lodge.
"VIII. You promise to respect genuine brethren and to discountenance" imposters, and all dissenters from the original plan of Masonry.
"IX. You agree to promote the general good of society, to cultivate the
social virtues, and to propagate the knowledge of the Art.
"X. You promise to pay homage to the Grand Master for the time being, and to
his officers when duly installed; and strictly to conform to every edict of the
Grand Lodge, or General Assembly of Masons, that is not subversive of the
principles and groundwork of Masonry.
"XI. You admit that it is not in the power of any man, or body of men, to
make innovations in the body of Masonry.
"XII. You promise a regular attendance on the committees and communications
of the Grand Lodge, on receiving proper notice; and to pay attention to all the
duties of Masonry, on convenient occasions.
"XIII. You admit that no new Lodge; shall be formed without permission of the
Grand Lodge; and that no countenance be given to any irregular Lodge, or to any
person clandestinely initiated therein, being contrary to the ancient charges of
"XIV. You admit that no person can be regularly made a Mason in, or admitted
a member of, any regular Lodge, without previous notice, and clue inquiry into
"XV. You agree that no visitors shall be received into your Lodge without due
examination, and producing proper vouchers of their having been initiated in a
These are the regulations of Free and Accepted Masons.
The Installing Officer then addresses the Master-elect in the
"Do you submit to these charges, and promise to support these regulations, as
Masters have done in all ages before you?"
The new Master having signified his cordial submission as
before, the Installing Officer thus addresses him:
"Brother A. B., in consequence of your cheerful conformity to the charges and
regulations of the Order, you are now to be installed Master of this (new)
Lodge, in full confidence of your care, skill and capacity to govern the
The new Master is then regularly invested with the insignia of
his office, and the furniture and implements of his Lodge.
[The various implements of the profession are emblematical of our conduct in
life, and upon this occasion are carefully enumerated.]
The Holy Writings, that great light in Masonry, will guide you to all truth;
it will direct your path to the temple of happiness, and point out to you the
whole duty of man.
The Square teaches us to regulate our actions by rule and line, and to
harmonize our conduct by the principles of morality and virtue.
The Compasses teach us to limit our desires in every station, that, rising to
eminence by merit, we may live respected, and die regretted.
The Rule directs that we shall punctually observe our duty; press forward in
the path of virtue, and, neither inclining to the right nor to the left, in all
our actions have eternity in view.
The Line teaches us the criterion of moral rectitude, to avoid dissimulation
in conversation and action, and to direct our steps to the path which leads to
The Book of Constitutions you are to search at all times. Cause it to be read
in your Lodge, that none may pretend to ignorance of the excellent precepts it
You now receive in charge the Charter, by the authority of which this Lodge
is held. You are carefully to preserve and duly transmit it to your successor in
Lastly, you receive in charge the By-Laws of your Lodge, which you are to see
carefully and punctually executed.
The Master is then seated with his officers on his
Presented by the Marshal to the Installing Officer, with the
same ceremony, only changing the name of W. Master to Senior Warden, and the
same with all the other officers. After the Warden is properly presented, the
him with his Jewel and Gavel, e and says:
The Level demonstrates that we are descended from the same stock, partake of
the same nature, and share the same hope; and though distinctions among men are
necessary to preserve subordination, yet no eminence of station should make us
forget that we are brethren; for he who is placed on the lowest spoke of fortune's wheel,
may be entitled to our regard; because a time will come, and the wisest know not
how soon, when all distinction, but that of goodness, shall cease; and Death,
the grand leveler of human greatness, reduce us to the same state.
Your regular attendance on our stated meetings is essentially necessary. In
the absence of the Master, you are to govern this Lodge; in his presence, you
are to assist him in the government of it. I firmly rely on your knowledge of
Masonry, and attachment to the Lodge, for the faithful discharge of the duties
of this important trust. "Look well to the West!"
He is then seated to the right of the W. Master.
The Junior Warden
Brother E. F.: You have been elected Junior Warden of ..................
Lodge, No. ..., and are now invested with the badge of your office.
The Plumb admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations, to hold
the scale of justice in equal poise, to observe the just medium between intemperance and pleasure, and to make our passions and prejudices coincide
with the line of our duty.
To you is committed the superintendence of the Craft during the hours of
refreshment; it is, therefore, indispensably necessary, that you should not only
be temperate and discreet, in the indulgence of your own inclinations, but
carefully observe that none of the Craft be suffered to convert the means of
refreshment into intemperance and excess.
Brother G. H.: You have been elected Treasurer of .................. Lodge,
No. ..... It is your duty to receive all moneys from the Secretary, make due
entries thereof and pay them out by order of the Worshipful Master and consent
of the Lodge.
I trust your regard for the welfare of the Order will prompt you to a
faithful discharge of your duties.
Brother E. F.: You have been elected .................. Lodge, No. .... It is
your duty to carefully observe all the proceedings of the Lodge; make a correct record of all things proper to be written, receive all moneys due
the Lodge, and pay them over to the Treasurer, and take his receipt for the
I trust your good wishes for the welfare of this Lodge will prompt you to
discharge the duties of your office with fidelity, and by so doing, you will
merit the esteem and applause of your brethren.
Rev. Sir and Brother: You have been appointed Chaplain of this Lodge. It is
your duty to perform those solemn services which we should constantly render to
our Creator; and which, when offered by one whose profession is "to point to
heaven and lead the way," may, by refining our souls, strengthening our virtues,
and purifying our minds, prepare us for admission into the society of those
above, where happiness will be as endless as it is perfect.
Senior and Junior Deacons
Brothers A. B. and C. D.: You have been appointed Deacons of
.................. Lodge, No. ..., and I invest with you the badges of your office. It is your province to attend on the Master and Wardens, and
to act as their proxies in the active duties of the Lodge; such as the reception
of candidates into the different degrees of Masonry; the introduction and
accommodation of visitors, and the immediate practice of our rites.
The Square and Compasses, as badges of your office, I entrust to your care,
not doubting your vigilance and attention.
Brothers O. P. and R. S.: You are appointed Stewards of this Lodge or Masters
of the Ceremonies. It is your duty to assist the Deacons and other officers in
performing their respective duties, to see that the tables are properly
furnished at refreshment, and the brethren suitably provided for. Your regular
and early attendance will afford the best proof of your zeal and attachment to
Brother S. A.: You are elected Tiler of .................. Lodge, No. ...,
and I invest you with the implement of your office. As the sword is placed in the hands of the Tiler, to enable him effectually to
guard against the approach of cowans and eaves-droppers, and permit none to pass
except those who are duly qualified, so it should admonish us to set a guard
over our thoughts, a watch at our lips, post a sentinel over our actions;
thereby preventing the approach of every unworthy thought and deed, thus
preserving consciences void of offense toward God and man.
Charge to the W. Master
Worshipful Sir and Brother: To your care is committed the Charter of this
Lodge and the government of the brethren who compose the same and are within the
jurisdiction of said Lodge. You cannot be insensible of the obligations which
devolve on you as their head nor of your responsibility for the faithful
discharge of the important duties annexed to said station.
The honor, reputation and usefulness of your Lodge will materially depend on
the skill and assiduity with which you manage its concerns; whilst the happiness
of its members will be generally promoted, in proportion to the zeal and ability with which you propagate the genuine principles of our
For a pattern of imitation, consider the great luminary of nature, which,
rising in the East, regularly diffuses light and lustre to all within its
circle. In like manner it is your province to spread and communicate light and
instruction to the brethren of your Lodge. Forcibly impress upon them the
dignity and high importance of Masonry; and seriously admonish them never to
disgrace it. Charge them to practice out of the Lodge, those duties which they
have been taught in it; and by amiable, discreet and virtuous conduct, to
convince mankind of the goodness of the Institution; so that when a person is
said to be a member of it, the world may know that he is one to whom the
burdened heart may pour out its sorrows; to whom distress may prefer its suit;
whose hand is guided by justice, and whose heart is expanded by benevolence. In
short, by a diligent observance of the By-Laws of your Lodge, the Constitution
of Masonry, and, above all, the Holy Scriptures, which are given as a rule and
guide to your faith, you will be enabled to acquit yourself with honor and reputation, and lay up a crown of
rejoicing, which shall continue when time shall be no more.
Senior and Junior Wardens
You are too well acquainted with the principles of Masonry to warrant any
distrust that you will be found wanting in the discharge of your respective
duties. Suffice it to say, that what you have seen praiseworthy in others, you
should carefully imitate; and what in them may have appeared defective, you
should in yourselves amend. You should be examples of good order and regularity;
for it is only by a due regard to the laws, in your own conduct, that you can
expect obedience to them from others. You are assiduously to assist the Master
in the discharge of his trust; diffusing light and imparting knowledge to all
whom he shall place under your care. In the absence of the Master, you will
succeed to higher duties; your acquirements must, therefore, be such as that the
Craft may never suffer for the want of proper instruction. From the spirit which
you have hitherto evinced, I entertain no doubt that your future conduct will be such as to merit the applause of your
brethren, and the testimony of a good conscience.
To the Members of the Lodge
Brethren, such is the nature of our Constitution that some must, of
necessity, rule and teach, while others must, of course, learn to submit and
obey. Humility in both is an essential duty. The officers who are elected and
appointed to govern your Lodge are sufficiently conversant with the rules of
propriety and the laws of Masonic order, to avoid exceeding the powers with
which they are entrusted; and you are of too generous dispositions to envy their
I, therefore, trust that you will have but one aim, and that will be, to try
to please each other and unite in the grand design of being happy and
Finally, my brethren, as the business of this Lodge has been conducted in
peace and harmony, so may it long continue. May you and your associates long
enjoy every satisfaction and delight which disinterested friendship can afford.
May kindness and brotherly affection distinguish your conduct as men and as Masons.
Within your peaceful walls may your children's children celebrate, with joy
and gratitude, the annual recurrence of this auspicious solemnity.
And may the tenets of our profession be transmitted through your Lodge, pure
and unimpaired, from generation to generation.
The Marshal then proclaims the officers of ..................
Lodge, No. ..., duly and constitutionally installed.
The following is the order of a procession for installing the officers of a
sub-ordinate Lodge publicly, viz:
Procession of a Subordinate Lodge on Occasions of Public
Tiler with drawn sword;
Masons--if not, they precede the Tiler);
Stewards, with white rods;
Senior and Junior Deacons with black rods;
Senior and Junior Wardens;
Orator and Chaplain;
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