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Hiram-Takoma Lodge #10
Free And Accepted Masons
Grand Lodge of Washington D.C.

Table Lodge with Brethren and Friends
May 23, 2002
Thomas A. Russo
Worshipful Master

This Table Lodge ritual was prepared May 23, 2002
by Most Worshipful Brother Dan L Frederick, PGM
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Washington D.C. in 1999
& Past Master of Hiram-Takoma Lodge #10

WM: (gavel rap) Brothers Senior and Junior Wardens, are all present Masons or Friends?

SW: (gavel rap) Worshipful Master, I answer for my column.

JW: (gavel rap) Worshipful Master, I answer for my column.

WM: I answer for all in the East. Brothers Senior and Junior Wardens, invite our Brethren and Friends in the columns of the North and South to assist us in opening a Table Lodge.

SW: Brethren and Friends in the column of the North, assist us in opening a Table Lodge.

JW: Brethren and Friends in the column of the South, assist us in opening Table Lodge.

WM: Brother Senior Warden, why are we met together?

SW: To erect temples to virtue and dig dungeons for vices.

WM: How long must we work?

SW: From midday to midnight.

WM: What is the hour?

SW: Near the end of the day.

WM: (gavel rap) Brother Senior Deacon, arrange the Great Lights.

Senior Deacon arranges the Great Lights.

WM: Brothers Senior and Junior Wardens, inform our Brethren and Friends that a Table Lodge is open and we are about to begin our work in the usual manner.

SW: Brethren and Friends in the column of the North a Table Lodge is open.

JW: Brethren and Friends in the column of the South, we are about to begin our work in the usual manner.

WM: (gavel rap) Brethren, since no Masonic undertaking should ever begin without first requesting Divine Guidance, our Chaplain will lead us in prayer.

Chaplain: Great Architect of the Universe, be with us during this time of fellowship and friendship that we may be guided by Your wisdom. Bless the food which we are about to eat, that it may nourish our bodies as Your spirit nourishes our souls. Amen.

WM: (gavel rap) Brethren and Friends, enjoy our dinner.

Dinner

Speaker

After dinner toasts:

WM: (gavel rap) Brothers Senior and Junior Wardens, see that the Cannons are charged and aligned.

SW: (gavel rap) Brother Senior Steward, charge and align the Cannons of the column of the North.

JW: (gavel rap) Brother Junior Steward, charge and align the Cannons of the column of the South.

WM: Brothers Senior and Junior Wardens, are all your Cannons charged?

SW: We are charged in the North!

JW: We are charged in the South!

MC: (Announces each of the following toasts, including the name of the person giving the toast)

WM: (gavel rap before "With me . . ." in each of the following toasts)

Toasts:

1. To the United States of America - by the Worshipful Master

My Brethren, let us drink to the honor, peace and prosperity of our country, which stands for the equality of all people, freedom for all, and constitutional government. With me my Brethren and Friends: To the United States of America.

2. To the Craft - by the Junior Deacon

To the memory of the founders of Freemasonry, which stands for the same principles as the United States of America. May Freemasonry continue to spread the Light of Toleration of people of all races, colors, religions, nationalities, lifestyles, and political beliefs. With me my Brethren and Friends: To the Craft.

3. To the Memory of Departed Brethren - by the Chaplain

To the memory of all who have gone before us. May we be inspired by our recollection of those who served Freemasonry before being taken to the Celestial Lodge above. With me my Brethren and Friends: To the Memory of Departed Brethren.

4. To the Worshipful Master - by the Senior Warden

To our Worshipful Master, may he enjoy a long, healthy life and honored career, and may he give our Lodge direction, with wisdom and justice. With me my Brethren and Friends: To our Worshipful Master.

5. To the Grand Lodge - by the Junior Warden

To the Grand Lodge of Washington D.C. May it continue to inspire all Masons throughout the world with the true ideals of Universal Brotherhood and Friendship among all Masons. With me my Brethren and Friends: To the Grand Lodge of Washington D.C.

6. To Hiram-Takoma Lodge #10 - by a visitor selected by the Worshipful Master

To Hiram-Takoma Lodge#10, a lodge that is close to the hearts of its members, may it continue in the future to be a true and friendly home to its members, as it has been for so long in the past. With me my Brethren and Friends: To Hiram-Takoma Lodge #10.

7. To Visiting Brethren - by the Senior Deacon

To our visiting Brethren and Friends, who will not doubt the cordial sincerity of our welcome. May this occasion persuade them to share our hospitality whenever their time permits. With me my Brethren and Friends: To our visiting Brethren and Friends.

To Ailing Brethren and Friends - by the Junior Past Master

To our Brethren and Friends who are ailing, especially our Most Worshipful Brother Dan L Frederick. We think of our ailing Brethren and Friends and wish them well. We keep them in our hearts always, and hope the Great Architect will shine his mercy on them. With me my Brethren and Friends: To our Ailing Brethren and Friends.

9. Tiler's Toast — last toast of the evening

"Then to our final toast tonight, our glasses freely drain,

Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

"We meet as Masons free and true, and when our work is done,
The merry song and social glass is not unduly won.
And only at our farewell pledge, is pleasure mixed with pain,

Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

"Dear Brethren of the mystic tie, the night is waning fast:
Our work is done, our feast is o'er, this toast must be our last.
Good-night to all, once more good-night, again that farewell strain.

Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

"With me, my Brethren, To All Freemasons Wheresoever Dispersed."

WM: Brethren and Friends, this concludes this evening’s Table Lodge of Hiram-Takoma Lodge #10. Thank you for sharing this evening with us. We hope you have enjoyed yourselves, and we look forward to many more happy times together.

 


TABLE LODGE RITUAL – WILBERFORCE LODGE VERSION – PRINCE HALL

<Stewards walk in front of WM with rods crossed, upon entry into the room, the SW makes three raps and all rise – Stewards carry WM to his station – they about face and return to their stations>

WM: <one rap>

WM: <two raps> <wardens rise> Wardens satisfy yourself that all present are Freemasons

<wardens march up the inside of their columns to the WM – about face and back to their stations>

JW: Brother SW, I am satisfied that all present are Freemasons.

SW: WM, I am satisfied that all present are Freemasons.

WM: Brother SW, How do you know them to be Freemasons?

SW: By their actions.

WM: What guides their actions?

SW: Their obligations

WM: Why are we here assembled?

SW: For refreshment and instruction, by which all Table Lodges are convened for.

WM: Bro. Senior and Junior Wardens at the close of the lodge you informed me that Masons should act by the plumb and meet upon the level. Can you further Explain?

SW & JW: <together> If we may WM

WM: Begin!

JW: Using the plumb to erect a perpendicular

SW: And level to lay a horizontal

SW & JW: <together> A perfect angle of 90 degrees is formed

JW: Therefore, if Masons Act by the Plumb

SW: And meet on the Level

SW & JW: <together> It is always on the square!

WM: Thus making for the perfect tools to present to a Fellow Craft!

SW & JW: <together – looking at each other> Agreed!

JW: But further, IF the rough ashlar is measured by the 24 inch gauge and its rough corners are broken off with the blows struck from the common gavel and then is sent to the quarries of the building site, where the Fellow Craft adjust it - to fit the structure with his plumb and level thus making a perfect ashlar

SW: Then speculatively speaking, there remains to be only ONE ashlar and not two, and that one ashlar represents the one individual. His fit and his unfit - His perfect and his imperfect. But only by this perfect can he be tried. For THIS is what he came here to do.

WM: Brother JW – What is your name?

JW: Brother Thomas W. Springer,

WM: Who do you represent?

JW: The first Grand Master of Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio

WM: Brother SW – What is your name?

SW: Brother Absalom Jones

WM: Who do you represent?

SW: The first Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

WM: Assuming the character of our eldest Patron Prince Hall, I declare this Table Lodge opened in due and ancient form for this dispatch of refreshment and enlightenment. Brother JD inform the Tyler. <one rap and Wardens sit>

<chaplain approaches the altar & WM makes three raps and all rise>

CHAP - Grand Architect of the Universe – Here we assemble as Freemasons – Assembled for the better good of Freemasonry and Mankind. Assembled to improve ourselves in Freemasonry, so we’d be better instructed as to how to build our spiritual temple and be found worthy in your sight in the midst of all your creations. We humbly submit that you bless our labors and rewards. Amen – Amen – Amen <WM ONE RAP & ALL SIT>

Table Lodge First Toast

WM: (standing) Arise Brother Senior and Junior Wardens. Cause the arms to be charged and aligned for the first toast.

SW: Brethren on the north column charge your cannons.

JW: Brethren on the south column charge your cannons.

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens, are the cannons charged and aligned? SW & SW: Yes Worshipful Master

WM: All rise. Brother Senior and Junior Wardens announce to our Brethren that the toast I have the pleasure to propose is that to the President of the United States.

SW: Brethren on the north column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to the President of the United States

JW: Brethren on the south column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to the President of the United States.

WM: Right hand to arms. — Ready — Aim — Fire, Good fire, Fire all. — Present Arms

Table Lodge Second Toast

WM: (standing) Arise Brother Senior and Junior Wardens. Cause the alms to be charged and aligned for the second toast.

SW: Brethren on the north column charge your cannons.

SW: Brethren on the south column charge your cannons.

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens, are the cannons charged and aligned? SW & 1W: Yes Worshipful Master

WM: All rise. Brother Senior and Junior Wardens announce to our Brethren that the toast I have the pleasure to propose is that to the Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio.

SW: Brethren on the north column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to the Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio.

JW: Brethren on the south column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to the Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio.

WM: Right hand to arms. — Rea~ -. Aim— Fire, Good fire, Fire all. — PresentArms

Table Lodge Third Toast

(Senior and Junior Wardens both stand up together)

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens what do you desire?

SW: Worshipful Master, the Junior Warden and I beg to allow the arms to be charged and aligned for a toast that we wish to propose.

WM: Brethren on the north and south columns charge your cannons.

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens, are the cannons charged and aligned? SW & JW: Yes Worshipful Master

WM: All rise. The East yields to your desires. What is the toast that you wish to propose?

SW: It is to you Worshipful Master. Brethren on my column, in all your grades and stations, the toast which I have the pleasure to propose is that to our Worshipful Master.

JW: Brethren on my column, in all your grades and stations, the toast which I have the pleasure to propose is that to our Worshipful Master.

SW: Right hand to arms. Ready — Aim — Fire, Goad fire, Fire all. — Present Arms

Table Lodge Fourth Toast

WM: (standing) Arise Brother Senior and Junior Wardens. Cause the arms to be charged and aligned for the first toast.

SW: Brethren on the north column charge your cannons.

SW: Brethren on the south column charge your cannons.

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens, are the cannons charged and aligned? SW & SW: Yes Worshipful Master

WM: All rise. Brother Senior and Junior Wardens announce to our Brethren that the toast I have the pleasure to propose is that to the Wardens.

SW: Brethren on the north column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to the Wardens.

JW: Brethren on the south column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to the Wardens.

WM: Right hand to arms. — Ready — Aim — Fire, Good fire, Fire all. — Present Aims

Table Lodge Fifth Toast

WM: (standing) Arise Brother Senior and Junior Wardens. Cause the arms to be charged and aligned for the first toast.

SW: Brethren on the north column charge your cannons.

SW: Brethren on the south column charge your cannons.

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens, are the cannons charged and aligned?

SW & SW: Yes Worshipful Master -

WM: All rise. Brother Senior and Junior Wardens announce to our Brethren that the toast I have the pleasure to propose is that to our visiting Worshipful Masters and visiting Brethren.

SW: Brethren on the north column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to our visiting Worshipful Masters and visiting Brethren.

JW: Brethren on the south column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to our visiting Worshipful Masters and visiting Brethren.

WM: Right hand to arms. — Ready — Aim — Fire, Good fire, Fire all. — Present Arms

Table Lodge Sixth Toast

WM: (standing) Arise Brother Senior and Junior Wardens. Cause the arms to be charged and

aligned for the first toast. -.

SW: Brethren on the north column charge your cannons.

1W: Brethren on the south column charge your cannons.

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens, are the cannons charged and aligned? SW & SW: Yes Worshipful Master

WM- All rise. Brother Senior and Junior Wardens announce to our Brethren that the toast I have the pleasure to propose is that to the other officers and members of Wilberforce Lodge #21. 

SW: Brethren on the north column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to the other officers and members of Wilberforce Lodge #21.

SW: Brethren on the south colmnn, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is that to the other officers and members of Wilberforce Lodge #21.

WM: Right hand to an-us. — Ready — Aim — Fire, Good fire, Fire all. — Present Arms

Table Lodge Seventh Toast

WM: (standing) Arise Brother Senior and Junior Wardens- Cause the arms to be charged and aligned for the first toast.

SW: Brethren on the north column charge your cannons.

SW: Brethren on the south column charge your cannons.

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens, are the cannons charged and aligned? SW & SW: Yes Worshipful Master

WM: All rise. Brother Senior and Junior Wardens announce to our Brethren that tbe toast I have the pleasure to propose is the age-old traditional toast of the Craft. To all Freemasons where so ever dispersed over the face of the earth. May our brethren of all nations be united under the mantle of universal friendship and brotherhood for the benefit of all mankind.

SW: Brethren on the north column, the toast the Worshipful Master-~has the pleasure to propose is the age-old traditional toast of the Craft. To all Freemasons where so ever dispersed over the face of the earth. May our brethren of all nations be united under the mantle of universal friendship and brotherhood for the benefit of all mankind.

SW: Brethren on the south column, the toast the Worshipful Master has the pleasure to propose is the age-old traditional toast of the Craft. To all Freemasons where so ever dispersed over the -. face of the earth. May our brethren of all nations be united under the mantle of universal friendship and brotherhood for the benefit of all mankind.

WM: Right hand to arms. — Ready — Aim — Fire, Good fire, Fire all. — Present Arms 

Closing

WM: Brother Junior you will call the Craft.

SW: We have met in peace. And now in harmony, I. will call the Craft from Table of Instruction.

WM: Brother Chaplain, the benediction.

Chaplain:

WM: Brother Senior Deacon take charge of the lights

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Wardens are all the Brethren in order?

SW & SW: They are Worshipful Master

WM: What is the hour?

SW: Midnight

WM: What is your age?

SW: 3 years -

WM: In consideration of hour and age, inform all our brethren both on the Column of the North and the Column of the South that we are about to close this Table Lodge. ending our work in the usual manner.

SW: Brethren on my column, I inform you on behalf of the Worshipful Master that we are about to close this Table Lodge. ending our work in the usual manner.

SW: Brethren on my column, I inform you on behalf of the Worshipful Master that we are about to close this Table Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner.

WM: Brother Senior and Junior Warden, I will now extend to you, the Fraternal Kiss (kisses brothers hands to right then left of him)

SW: Worshipful Master the Fraternal Kiss has reached the west in due and ancient font

JW: Worshipful Master the Fraternal Kiss has reached the south in due and ancient form.

WM: My Brothers, the Table Lodge is closed. (rap)

 


JACKSON LODGE #146, F. & A. M.

TABLE LODGE--FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST

December 27, 1997

*****

Table Grace..................................Chaplain

The Festive Board............................(Refreshment)

Pledge of Allegiance to Flag.................Lodge

Opening of the Table Lodge...................Worshipful Master

Ode.........................................."Great Source of Light and Love"

The Lesson...................................Chaplain (Psalm 133)

Charge to the Brethren.......................Worshipful Master

Ode.........................................."Let Masonry from Pole to Pole"

The Box of Fraternal Assistance

Address......................................Steven K. Robison, P.M., Secretary--"St. John Who?"

Ode.........................."Hail, Brother Masons, Hail!"

Message from the Grand Master of Masons in Indiana

CEREMONY OF THE SEVEN TOASTS

l. To our Country...........................Worshipful Master

2. To the Holy Saints John..................(Past Master)

3. To the Memory of our Departed Brethren...Chaplain

4. To the Grand Master......................(Secretary)

5. To our Lodge.............................Junior Warden

6. To our Visiting Brethren.................Senior Warden

7. To all Freemasons Wheresoever Dispersed..Tyler

Traditional Ode.............................."Auld Lang Syne,"
with brethren crossing arms and joing hands, forming a circle

The Lodge Closed in Peace and Harmony............................

Chaplain's Invocation
Closing of the Table Lodge
The National Anthem

*****

Brethren are requested to refrain from smoking while
the Table Lodge is open. 

*****

RITUAL FOR A TABLE LODGE

OPENING

(WM calls up Lodge for invocation by Chaplain *** "Brother Chaplain.")

CHAPLAIN: "Supreme Ruler of the Universe, we would reverently invoke Thy blessing at this time. Wilt Thou be pleased to grant that this meeting, thus begun in order, may be conducted in peace and closed in harmony. Amen."

WM: * "Brothers Senior Warden and Junior Warden. Invite our Brethren on the columns of the North and South to assist us in opening a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and one of Table Instruction."

SW: "Brethren in the column of the North, assist us in opening a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and one of Table Instruction."

JW: "Brethren in the column of the South, assist us in opening a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and one of Table Instruction."

WM: "Brother Senior Warden, are you a Mason?"

SW: "All my Brethren know me as such."

WM: "What is the first great care of Masons when in Lodge assembled?"

SW: "To see that the Lodge is tyled."

WM: "Satisfy yourself."

SW: "It is, Worshipful."

WM: "What is the second?"

SW: "To see that all the Brethren are in order." (After looking about.)

"They are, Worshipful Master."

WM: "Why are we met together?"

SW: "To erect Temples to virtue and dig dungeons for vices."

WM: "How long must we work?"

SW: "From midday to midnight."

WM: "How long a time is required to make an Entered Apprentice?"

SW: "Three years."

WM: "What is your age?"

SW: "Three years."

WM: "What is the hour?"

SW: "Almost midday."

WM: "In consideration of the hour and age, inform our Brethren that a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and a Table Lodge are open and that we are about to begin our work in the usual manner."

SW: *** "Brethren in the column of the North, a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and a Table Lodge are open and we are about to begin our works in the usual manner."

JW: "Brethren in the column of the South, a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and a Table Lodge are open and we are about to begin our work in the usual manner."

(Sr. Deacon goes to Altar, arranges Great Lights, and returns to his place.)

JW: "Brethren follow the Worshipful Master in giving the Entered Apprentice Sign." (Give EA sign.)

WM: (Leads Brethren in Sign; seats Lodge *. WM then informs Brethren that all will sing the Ode "Great Source of Light and Love." Following Ode:) "Brother Chaplain, may we hear the Lesson."

CHAPLAIN: "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forevermore."

WM: (Calls up Lodge ***) "Brethren, in this solemn hour I charge each of you to rededicate yourselves as a Freemason to the noble and glorious purpose of bringing Light to dispel darkness ... to the service of Him in Whom you put your trust ... to the precepts set forth in the Great Light of Masonry, the rule and guide of our faith.

"I charge you to keep your apron an emblem of innocence, unspotted by the world ... to practice that most excellent gift of charity ... to make constant and proper use of the Square of Virtue, the Level of Equality, and the Plumb of Rectitude.

"Craftsmen in the quarries, I summon you to greater loyalty to your Lodge and your Fraternity ... to integrity in all your dealings with your fellowman ... to study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.

"Guard against innovations, my Brethren. Preserve the Landmarks. Maintain the reputation of our Fraternity. Aid and succor the needy. Remember your Brother's welfare. Be circumspect always in speech. Assist and support him who is failing. Whisper good counsel in the ear of him who needs encouragement.

"Let each of us make use of the Trowel to spread the cement of Brotherhood. Let us labor with the Common Gavel that these Rough Ashlars may be Perfect Ashlars. And finally, my Brethren, remembering how once you stood in the Northeast Corner, a just and upright Mason, I give it you strictly in charge ever to walk and act as such. Amen."

(Seats Lodge *)

WM: (Announces all will sing the Ode "Let Masonry from Pole to Pole.")

(Following Ode, WM will announce the passing of the Box of Fraternal Assistance:)

Brethren, of all the Masonic virtues, none stands higher than charity. We read in the Holy Bible:

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my worldly goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. . . . When I was a child, I spake as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I also am known. And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

As the Stewards pass the Box of Fraternal Assistance, let us remember that:

The world is like a revolving wheel: one who is rich today may be poor tomorrow. Let a man therefore give charity before the wheel has turned.

WM: (The Master is charged with determining the purpose of the box of fraternal assistance, and does so without motion.)

WM: Brethren, the Address this evening will be by Br. Steven K. Robison, PM, Secretary of Jackson Lodge #146.

Secretary: (Address, "St. John Who?") 

WM: (Announces that all will sing the Ode "Hail, Brother Masons, Hail")

CEREMONY OF THE SEVEN TOASTS

FIRST TOAST: (WM raps once *, followed by the SW and JW, in turn.)

WM: (Calls up Lodge ***)

WM: "Brethren, I have the honor to propose a toast to our Country, the United States of America; long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light; protect us by Thy might, Great God our King. With me, Brethren--the United States of America. (Drink toast.)

SECOND TOAST: (WM raps once *, followed by the SW and JW, in turn.)

Past Master: "Brethren, let us now drink a toast to the memory of the Holy Saints John: May their saintly qualities inspire each of us to live a life of more exalted usefulness."

WM: "With me Brethren--the Holy Saints John. (Drink toast.)

THIRD TOAST: (Chaplain raps once, and WM responds in a like manner.)

WM: Brother Chaplain.

CHAPLAIN: "I now propose a toast to the memory of our departed Brethren: May their contribution to our Brotherhood inspire us more earnestly to dedicate our lives to the service of our fellow men."

WM: "With me Brethren--to our departed Brethren. (Drink toast.)

FOURTH TOAST: (WM raps once *, followed by the SW and JW, in turn.)

WM: "Brethren, Worshipful Brother Steven K. Robison, our Secretary, will now propose a toast to the Grand Master of Masons in Indiana."

Secretary: "Brethren, let us drink a toast to Douglas O. Fegenbush, the Most Worshipful Grand Master of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Indiana; symbol of our continuing relationship to an ancient craft; to the Grand Lodge over which he has been called to preside. May he direct with wisdom, decide with justice, and plan with a vision worthy of the Fraternity he serves."

WM: "With me Brethren--to the Grand Master." (Drink toast.)

FIFTH TOAST: (JW raps once and WM responds in a like manner.)

WM: "Brother Junior Warden."

JW: "Brethren, it gives me a special pleasure to call for a toast to our Lodge -- your Lodge and mine -- Jackson Lodge #146. Let each Brother silently repeat its name with reverence and affection; the Lodge so close to the hearts of its members, commanding through long years an interest and loyalty unshaken by adversity and unspoiled by prosperity. So may we reflect its integrity and stability in our daily lives."

WM: "With me Brethren--to Jackson Lodge #146. (Drink toast.)

SIXTH TOAST: (SW raps once, and WM responds in a like manner.)

WM: "Brother Senior Warden."

SW: "I propose a toast to our visiting Brethren, Worshipful Master. Our guests of the evening who will not doubt the cordial hospitality of our welcome. May this occasion persuade them to share our hospitality whenever their circumstances permit."

WM: "With me Brethren--to our visiting Brethren." (Drink toast.) 

SEVENTH TOAST: (Tyler raps once, and WM responds in a like manner.) 

WM: "Brother Tyler."

TYLER: "Brethren, I propose a toast to all Freemasons wheresoever dispersed. And now let us drink the age-old traditional toast of the Craft --- To all Freemasons wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth: May our Brethren of all nations be united under the mantle of universal friendship and brotherhood for the benefit of all mankind." (This is called the "Tyler's Toast," and should be given by the Tyler.)

WM: "With me Brethren--to All Freemasons Wheresoever Dispersed." (Drink toast.)

WM: "The Brethren will now form a circle, cross arms, right over left, and grasp the hand of the Brother on the right and left, and all Brethren present will join in as we sing 'Auld Lang Syne.'" 

(Following song, after Brethren are seated, WM continues:)

"Brother Chaplain, you will give the Benediction."

CHAPLAIN: "And now may the blessings of Heaven rest upon us and all regular Masons; may Brotherly Love prevail, and every moral and social virtue cement us. Amen." (WM then seats Lodge *)

WM: (Raps once - Wardens rise.) "Brothers Senior Warden and Junior Warden, are all the Brethren in order?"

SW and JW, in turn: "They are, Worshipful."

WM: "What is the hour?"

SW: "Midnight."

WM: "What is your age?"

SW: "Three years."

WM: "In consideration of the hour and age, inform all our Brethren, both on the column of the North and South, that we are about to close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual order."

SW: (Calls up Lodge ***) "Brethren in the column of the North, I now inform you, on behalf of the Worshipful Master, that we are about to close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner."

JW: "Brethren in the column of the South, I now inform you, on behalf of the Worshipful Master, that we are about to close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner."

WM: "Br. Senior Deacon, close the Three Great Lights." (SD goes to Altar and closes the Great Lights, then returns to his place. WM then seats Lodge *)

WM: "My Brothers, the Lodge is closed."

WM: "Brethren, join with me in singing the first and fourth verses of our National Anthem." (Calls up Lodge ***.) When Anthem has been sung: 

WM: (Raps once --* to disperse the Lodge)

*****

Great Source of Light and Love
(I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord)

Great Source of Light and Love,
To Thee our songs we raise!
Oh, in Thy Temple, Lord, above
Hear and accept our praise!

Succeed its hoped design,
Shine on theis festive day,
And may our Charity display
A love resembling Thine.

May this fraternal band,
Now consecrated, blest,
In union all distinguished stand,
In purity be dressed.

*****

Let Masonry from Pole to Pole
(All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name)

Let Masonry from Pole to Pole
Her sacred laws expand;
Far as the mighty waters roll
To wash remotest land. 
Far as the mighty waters roll
To wash remotest land. 

That virtue hath not left behind
Her sacred tenets prove,
For stamped upon a Mason's mind
Are unity and love.
For stamped upon a Mason's mind
Are unity and love.

*****

Hail, Brother Masons, Hail!
(Come, Thou Almighty King)

Hail! Brother Masons, hail'. 
Let friendship long prevail,
And bind us fast; 
May harmony and peace
Our happiness increase
And friendship never cease
While life doth last.

We on the level meet,
And every brother greet,
Skilled in our art;
And when our labor's past,
Each brother's hand we'll grasp,
Then on the square at last,
Friendly we'll part.

*****

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne! 

(Chorus:)
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

Then here's a hand my trusty frien',
And gie's a han' o' thine;
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

*****

National Anthem (First and Fourth verses)

O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

O thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation?
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 

*****


T H E T A B L E L O D G E

After the Traditional Customs and Usages of the Grand East of the Netherlands

TRANSLATED AND ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK OF RITUALS - VOL I

Translated for KRING NIEUW HOLLAND by W Bro. Hank F van Tongeren, W.M.

1 October 1996

THE TABLE LODGE

INTRODUCTION

The concept of a Table Lodge expresses the idea of brethren united in harmony as a Lodge during the meal when a formal approach is required. No Masonic signs are used, except at the expressed wish of the W.M. who will then set the example. Where appropriate the 'posture of Fidelity' only is used.

Table Lodges may be held after each Open Lodge, and equate to our 'Festive Board' or 'South'. However, in the Dutch custom, a Table Lodge is tyled, and Officers continue to wear their Collars (but no apron or gloves). The table lay-out is of a ‘Hollow Square’ ('open U') with the W.M., his guests and senior Lodge Officers seated at the head table, and the S. and J.W.s seated at the end of the S. and N. columns (legs) respectively. Bro. Tyler sits at the left of the J.W.

All tables have a narrow blue tape on it, placed length wise about 25 cm from the table's edge. All 'cannon' must be aligned (placed) on it. (Our "Aussie" beer glass is quite acceptable as its shape is nearest to what is normally used as a 'cannon'.) 

Wine bottles are known as 'Barrels', red wine as 'red powder' and water as 'white powder'. Normally no other beverage is used for toasting; but exemptions to this rule are readily given.

The Opening and Closing Rituals are based on original 18th Century Catechisms and on known ancient table usages. They are used at all formal table lodges.

The 'Table Laws' are the original 18th Century Table Laws of Loge La Vertu, working in Leiden in the Netherlands. The 'manouevres' described further down are also from the same period and source. Both are still regularly used in that Lodge as well as in a number of other Lodges who appreciate and enjoy the ancient traditions.

It is the custom for a Brother who, after the regular ‘conditions’ (healths or toasts) have been drunk, wishes to address the W.M. and/or the brethren of the Lodge or to propose a further condition to seek permission to do so through the Warden of his column by misaligning his cannon from the blue tape on which his cannon (and all other cannon) should always be placed. The respective Warden will so advise the W.M. by giving the Ks at the next appropriate time, then to say: "W.M., Bro. AB wishes to address the chair (wishes to speak)." The W.M. then will grant the Bro. permission to speak, who does so in the posture of Fidelity.

It is customary to drink 'ad fundum' after the last toast of the evening: the Tyler’s Toast, after which no more is drunk, no more conditions may be proposed or speeches made.

RITUAL FOR THE TABLE LODGE

For a closer explanation of the background and arrangement of the Table Lodge the article by Bro.. Drs D.C.J. van Peype ‘The Table Lodge’ published in Thoth 1960, Master No II, p 25-42 should be consulted

The instructions for a Table Lodge can be divided into the following parts:

1. General instructions for the Table Lodge;

2. Opening of the Table Lodge;

3. Conduct of the Table Lodge;

4. Closing of the Table Lodge.


1. General instructions for the Table Lodge

A Table Lodge can be held after every Open Lodge. The proceedings can be carried out in style even when but a simple meal is served by observing also here the ‘style of the Free Masons’. The concept ‘Table Lodge’ expresses the idea that the brethren, as in the lodge, also at the repast unite themselves in mutual harmony. 

The Table Lodge is preferably held at a U-shaped table (hollow square); the W.M. seated at the head of the table, both Wardens at the ends. The Tyler is seated at the left side of the Junior Warden. The other officers place themselves around the table according to their rank, but without specially allocated places. Generally the Deputy Master is seated at the right of the W.M., unless distinguished visitors lay claim to this seat when the seat to his left already has been taken. The Director of ceremonies choses such a place that he can receive directions from the W.M. to ensure the smooth execution of the Table Lodge and at the same time can communicate with Bro.. Steward who is responsible for contacting the kitchen and for the service at the table.

If for certain reasons the arrangement of a U-shaped table is not possible, a T-shaped or plain table arrangement can be used. The W.M. is always seated at the head and both Wardens at the ends.

All officers wear their collars of office during the table Lodge.

No masonic signs are made during the Table Lodge, unless the W.M. sets an example. Preferable is the use of the ‘posture of fidelity’.

It is the Director of Ceremonies’ responsibilities to ensure that all brethren take their places timely and according to their function. He stays in contact with Bro.. Steward so he knows when everything is ready and the tables are properly furnished. As soon as he is certain that all is properly arranged he notifies the W.M.. who, after all brethren have taken their seats, commences to open the Table Lodge. 

2. OPENING THE TABLE LODGE

W.M.: (Gives one Kn., repeated by the S. and J.W.)
Brethren, it is my intention to open this Table Lodge. Please rise, and adopt the posture of Fidelity.

Bro.. J.W., is the Table Lodge properly tyled?

J.W.: W.M., the Lodge is properly tyled!

W.M.: Bro. S.W., from where come you?

S.W.: From a just and perfect St John's Lodge.

W.M.: What tidings do you bring with you?

S.W.: Those of warm welcome to all the brethren assembled here.

W.M.: Bro. J.W., on what foundation do we meet?

J.W.: On that of Brotherhood, W.M.

W.M.: Who has made us conscious thereof?

J.W.: The G.A.O.T.U.

W.M.: Bro. S.W., why have we given Him that name?

S.W.: Because He taught us to behold the world and life as a yet to be completed building.

W.M.: Brethren, let us be mindful of that precept.
I now open this Table Lodge according to our well known custom.

(Gives Ks, followed by the S. and J.W.)

Brethren, follow my example!

(The W.M. gives the sign, followed by masonic applause (3 x 3))

Be seated brethren!


3. Conduct of the Table Lodge

Immediately after the opening, the W.M. briefly welcomes all brethren present to the repast (Festive Board). When the Table Lodge is held after a brother’s initiation, the new brother is especially welcomed now he is accepted in the fraternity.

Next the W.M. may direct Bro. Orator to read the Table Laws - provided this custom is still observed. This can occur as follows:

(Optional: )
(W.M. Brethren, I wish to ensure none present will act in error of our traditional usages.)

W.M.: Bro. Orator, you will now read the Table Laws.

Bro. Or.: At the Table Lodge, the brethren are permitted to enjoy each others company, though without misbehaviour, or causing excessive noise, or displaying drunkenness, or the use of unbecoming language.

When the Table Lodge is opened, none of the brethren is permitted to hold public discourse, unless proper consent therefor has been requested.

None of the brethren is permitted to charge his brother's cannon, or to oblige some one to charge his cannon with more powder than is to the brother's liking, all this attracting a penalty as shall be determined by the W.M.

During the Table Lodge, each brother shall be justly permitted to fire with such force as he is inclined to, though when the Table Lodge is closed, the brethren may expend the barrels on the table which have been opened. However, should a brother find the supply insufficient and he desires to fire some more, he may place an order, and immediately settle his account with Bro. Servant by delivering the money to him.

In the case of a brother having disguised himself with liquor resulting in appropriate behaviour, he shall pay a fine of seven guineas, and undergo an arbitrary correction to be determined by the W.M.

No brother may request more than twice to propose a health.

No firing is permitted with other than red or white powder, unless the W.M. lawfully approves of the reasons given for such a request.

No one, other than Brother Wardens and Brother Orator, is permitted to accuse a brother of making a mistake during the Table Lodge.

At the place where the Lodge is held, none of the brethren are permitted to play any game, however it is called, be it before, during, of after the Table Lodge under a penalty of ten guineas and exclusion for three months, whilst those who make such proposals, shall pay one guinea.

If variances arise between brethren after the Table Lodge is closed, the most senior officer present shall be permitted at once to hold a Lodge in order to terminate the dispute. All brethren then present shall have to remain in the Lodge until the matter is resolved and, the next day, the Officer who presided at the time shall make a report of the incident to the W.M.

W.M..: Brethren, you now know the Laws, and I invite you to behave yourselves accordingly.

(Next the W.M. again addresses the brethren: )

W.M.: Bro. S. and J.W.s, inspect your columns to ascertain all cannon are charged and aligned.

S.W.: On the South Column all cannon are charged and aligned.

J.W.: On the North Column all cannon are charged and aligned also

W.M..: I will now proceed to propose the First Condition. Please rise. 

(All rise and assume the posture of Fidelity)

Brethren, I propose a condition on Her Majesty the Queen! 

(Brethren then perform the so-called ‘manoeuvres’ as explained separately. When these are ended with the applause, 3 x 3, the Orator declares the health: )

Bro. Or.: Long live the Queen! (The Queen! Long may she live!)

All: Vivat! Vivat! Vivat! (Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!)

(The W.M. immediately proposes the second condition as follows: )

W.M.: Brethren, I propose a condition on the Order’s highest authority, the Grand Master!

(All participate in the toast, taking into account the ‘manoeuvres’, after which the Orator only exclaims: )

Bro. Or.: The Grand Master!

All: Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

(Uninvited the Deputy Master now proposes the third condition: )

Dep. M.: Brethren, I propose a condition on the highest authority in the Lodge, the Worshipful Master!

(All drink, taking into account the ‘manoeuvres, after which the Orator exclaims: )

Bro. Or.: The Worshipful Master!

All: Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

(After this first series of three conditions the brethren resume their seats without being invited to do so. The meal is now commenced . Afer the first course the Orator asks to speak and, after this has been granted by the W.M.. , he proposes the fourth condition: )

Bro. Or.: Brethren, you will please rise. I now propose a condition on both Wardens who, together with the W.M.., form the three pillars which support the Lodge!

(All drink, taking into account the ‘manoeuvres, after which the Orator exclaims: )

Bro. Or.: The Wardens!

All: Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

(The W.M. at once requests the Senior Warden to propose the fifth condition: )

S.W.: Brethren, I propose a condition on the visitors who’s presence we may often enjoy!

(The brethren again take one drink taking into account the ‘manoeuvres, after which the Orator exclaims: )

Bro. Or.: The visitors!

All: Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

(At the request of the W.M. the Junior Warden proposes the sixth condition: )

J.W.: Brethren, I propose a condition on the ladies!

(All drink, taking into account the ‘manoeuvres, after which the Orator exclaims: )

Bro. Or.: The ladies!

All: Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

W.M.: Brethren, resume your seats!


General directions in respect of proposing the conditions:

a. Every condition has its fixed form; long-winded addresses should be avoided.

b. Every condition is always followed by the Orator’s oration which is spoken only by him, after which all join in the triple “Vivat!’.

c. The recipients of the conditions remain seated.

After these conditions other toasts may be proposed which do not have to follow the fixed form of the traditional conditions. As soon as the sixth condition is completed, the W.M. may announce this as follows:

W.M.: Brethren, the six obligatory conditions have been completed. Should any brother have the wish to speak, he should so advise the Warden of his column.

Should one of the brethren wish t speak, he should indicate this to the Warden of his column, either by so asking the Warden of his column, or by purposely misaligning his glass, after which he is given permission to speak.

Every time a brother indicates he wishes to speak the Warden gives one knock with his gavel’ This knock is repeated, first by the other Warden and then by the W.M. Here the courtesy should always be observed to permit the brethren of high rank or prominent visitors to speak first. Moreover the possible presence of serving personnel should be taken into consideration. 

Towards the end of the Table Lodge the W.M. will direct the Tyler to propose the last condition. He rises from his seat next to the Junior Warden and says:

Tyler: Brethren, you will please rise. I propose a condition on all brethren spread over the surface of the earth, who could not take part in our labours.

(All drink, taking into account the ‘manoeuvres, after which the Orator exclaims: )

Bro. Or.: Vive la Fraternite! (Long live the Brotherhood!)

All: Vivat! Vivat! Vivat!

W.M.: Brethren, resume your seats!

After this condition no brother may ask to speak and no more is drunk. After this condition the W.M. immediately commences to close the Lodge.


4. CLOSING THE TABLE LODGE

W.M.: (gives one K., repeated by the S. and J.W.)
Brn, it is my intention to closed this Table Lodge; Please rise and assume the posture of Fidelity!

Bro. J.W., how must Freemasons meet, act, and part?

J.W.: According to the principles of the Level, the Plumb Rule and the Square.

W.M.: Bro. S.W., which principles are they?

S.W.: They are:
to meet in harmony, 
to act in accordance with the Highest Law, and
to part in square relationship.

W.M.: Brethren, then let us forever meet, act, and part in that manner, so the building may proceed, and the G.A.O.T.U. shall illuminate us with His Perfect Light! Bro. J.W., what is the time?

J.W.: It is time to close this Table Lodge, W.M!

W.M.: Bro. J.W., perform your duty.

(Bro. J.W. gives the triple Ks, repeated by the S.W. and the W.M.)

W.M.: The Table Lodge is closed. Brethren, follow my example!

(Gives sign, followed by the Masons' Applause, 3 x 3)


Notes:

Part 1:
The Table Lodge can be held after every Open Lodge. The placing of the Officers as well as wearing the collars indicates that all those present are meeting as a lodge. It is for that reason that, except for the names “banquet” or “Brothermeal”, the name “Table Lodge” was chosen.

It is perhaps a good thing to point out that on the other hand the labour in Open Lodge is ended and for that reason it is best that the specific wording of the Opening and Closing Ritual should not be used, and that in the place of masonic signs the posture of Fidelity is used, providing the W.M. does not make use of the other.

Before the Opening of the Table Lodge, a choice can be made between two possibilities:

a. Everyone present is seated, after which the Master opens the Table Lodge.

b. Everyone present is seated and then, supervised by the Director of ceremonies, they greet with a general applause (with no specific rhythm) the three principal officers of the Lodge who enter the apartment last.

Part 2:
The text of the next part, the Opening of the Table Lodge, is not new. It is taken from original catechisms, borrowed from ancient table usages and based on traditions handed down which are still practiced in certain Workplaces 

It may be noted here that the expression ‘St John’s Lodge’ is borrowed from texts of catechisms dating back to the original freemasonry of which St John was the patron saint. This text is maintained at all opportunities, and has no relationship with the celebration of the St John’s Feasts

The Opening gives a good expression to those element which determine the character of the Table Lodge: a proper reception and the endorsement of Brotherhood.

That freemasons can see this in a superior Light is expressed by the use of the Name of the G.A.O.T.U. which is used once at both the Opening and Closing. The Table Lodge is directed towards this and the request for a moment of silence cannot be omitted.

The use of the words ‘follow my example’ is still used as this is an old masonic usage suggesting that the example set by the W.M. should always be followed.


Part 3:
The W.M. welcomes the brethren present with a single word; especially newly accepted brethren who now for the first time are received in the joyous fellowship of the Lodge.

In the oldest lodges the behaviour of the brethren was governed by the Table Laws which after the Opening were read out by the Orator. These laws, which really had characteristics of morals, introduced a certain playful element into the meeting. They are still read out in some lodges where these laws are known of old. The Laws for this Table Lodge are those which are still used by the Worshipful Lodge La Vertu in Leiden. Lodges which still possess such documents may read out these Table Laws if so desired.

The request by the W.M. to his Wardens to see that the cannons are loaded and aligned is necessary to ensure the conditions soon to follow can be properly carried out. These conditions are connected to one of the best kept traditions: the obligation to propose a number of toasts to the highest authority, of the State, to the Order and to the Lodge. These toasts were looked upon as ‘conditions’, because they were the conditions without which nothing was allowed to be drunk..

The manner in which these conditions must be proposed is as follows:

W.M.: Brethren, I propose a condition on the highest authority of the State, Her Majesty the Queen! Hand to the cannon!  (glass taken in the right hand but left on the table) Take aim! (the glass is raised to eye level and directed to him who proposes the condition) Prepare to fire!  (the glass is brought to the lips) Fire! (One mouthful is drunk) Return! (The glass is returned to eye level) Present arms! (in three horizontal movements the glass is brought smartly to the left shoulder, smartly to the right shoulder, and smartly returned to the ‘take up arms’ position) Ground arms! One, two, three! (in three small but distinct movements the glass is placed on the table so that at the third count all glasses are placed on the table at the same time, audibly and aligned ) This is followed by the masonic applause (hand clap 3 x 3) after which the Orator immediately exclaims: ) Long live the Queen! (followed by a triple) Vivat! (when exclaiming ‘Vivat!’ the thumb is placed on the top of the middle finger of the right hand and the arm is waved upwards three times)

Attention is drawn that no directions are given to place the serviette over the left shoulder as often carried out in our lodges. The background to this custom is given in the previously mentioned article of the Table Lodge in Thoth 1960-II. As the reason for this custom is not known any more and because the serviettes used seldom are suitable, the loss of this custom will not be regretted.

When the traditional form of the conditions is not in demand, but a freer - and therefore less fixed - form of proposing the conditions is preferred, the following method could be used:

Brethren, I invite you to raise your glass to …….
(function, with a brief description of the reason); long may he live! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!

After this all drink, the Orator again mentions the official and all resume their seats.

The terminology used in the Table Lodge and of the ‘manoeuvres’ deserve special mention. This terminology is typically masonic and these usages distinguish the table usages of freemasons from those of other associations of men of the present and of the past. Old usages can be replaced by new usages, however it should be born in mind that not only old traditions will thus be abandoned but also a general trivialisation will be encouraged. The commands by which the manoeuvres are carried out have an important function: the co-ordination of the actions of those who take part in the Table Lodge, and to bring a certain playful element to the meeting. It is for that reason, and with a view to strive for greater singularity in our usages as well as the need to retain the tradition, that this terminology has been chosen.

Without the conditions nothing may be drunk. They may therefore not be interrupted by free toasts. The W.M. will indicate the time when the brethren may speak. Whereas the condition is a mark of honour to a certain officiant which is more in the form of a ‘health’, in the toast the brother concerned honoured in the words spoken to him.

The last condition, proposed by the Tyler, is reminiscent of the ‘Tyler’s Toast’ used in English lodges. If desired this condition can also be proposed with the following words:

Tyler: To all brethren, wheresoever spread over the surface of the earth, and to all who are in sorrow and need, we wish them health, wealth and happiness, and a safe return to their homeland, should they so desire!

After this condition the glass is drunk ad fundum; after which no more may be drunk and no speeches made.


Part 4:
The comments for the Opening are also valid for the Closing. No attempt is made for innovation, but use is made of original catechisms such as presently still in use in some lodges.


THE CONDITIONS OF KRING NIEUW HOLLAND 

The procedure, explained here in detail, is for all conditions on the LIST OF CONDITIONS adapted for use in the U.S.A.

THE PROPOSER:

W.M. Brethren, I propose a condition on Her Majesty the Queen.

THE MANOEUVRES:

W.M. Hand to the cannon!  (Right hand grips glass which remains on the table)

Take aim! (Glass is lifted to eye level, arm straight and in the direction of the Proposer)

Prepare to fire! (Glass is brought to the lips)

Fire! (Take a sip)

Return! (Return to the 'Take aim’ position)

Present arms! (In three distinct movements, the glass is brought smartly to the left shoulder, smartly to the right shoulder, and smartly returned to the 'Take aim’ position.)

Ground arms! One! Two! Three! (In three small but distinct movements the glass is returned to the table; in such manner that at the count of THREE all glasses are placed on the table AT THE SAME TIME: audibly and aligned!

This is immediately followed by the  Masons' Applause 3 x 3,  (the brethren take time from the W.M. after which Bro. Orator loudly says:.)

BRO. OR: Long live the Queen!

(immediately followed by)

ALL: Vivat! Vivat! Vivat! (All brethren place the right thumb on the top of the middle finger of the right hand and, acting together, wave their right arm upwards three times.)


THE LIST OF CONDITIONS

Each proposer begins with: "Brethren, I propose a condition on ......" which is immediately followed by the ‘manoeuvres’ (always given by the W.M. and ending with the Masons’ Applause), the appropriate Orator's Declaration, and the final ‘Vivat!’ (3 times).

(Seated:)
W.M. Bro. S. and J.W.s, inspect your columns to ascertain all cannon are charged and aligned.

S.W. On the South Column all cannon are charged and aligned.

J.W. On the North Column all cannon are charged and aligned also.

W.M. I will now proceed to propose the First Condition. Brethren, you will please rise. 

(All rise and assume the posture of Fidelity)

Proposer the Condition The Orator's Declaration

W.M. Brethren, I propose a condition on Her Majesty the Queen! Long live the Queen! (immediately followed by:) W.M. I propose a condition on the May he judge with Wisdom, Order’s highest authority, Govern with Strength, and the M. W. Grand Master! Adorn the Order with Beauty!

Dep.M. ……on the WM and his Wardens To the Master and his Wardens,  the three pillars which support our Lodge!

(The second set of Conditions: ) D.C. ……on the Brethren To ev'ry faithful Brother, both ancient and young, who governs his Passions and bridles his Tongue.

S.W. ……on Our Visitors In Brotherhood we greet you! May we often enjoy your company!

J.W. ……on our Ladies To each charming Fair, and faithful She, that loves the Craft of Masonry.

(The final Condition: ) Tyler: Brethren, you will please rise. (After all have risen: ) I propose a Condition on all Brethren wheresoever spread over the Earth's surface,  who could not take part in our labours. We wish them health, wealth and happiness and a safe return - should they so desire! Long live our Fraternity!

T H E M A N O E U V R E S

Brethren, I propose a condition on.....

HAND TO THE CANNON hand to glass

TAKE AIM raise glass to eye level

PREPARE TO FIRE glass to lips

FIRE take a sip

RETURN glass to eye level

PRESENT ARMS 3 x moves

GROUND ARMS, 1 - 2 - 3! down in unison and aligned

followed by APPLAUSE 3 x 3

and ORATION Orator's oration

VIVAT! VIVAT! VIVAT! wave arm upwards x 3


Grace

The Festive Board

RITUAL FOR A TABLE LODGE According to THE GRAND LODGE OF INDIANA

OPENING

W.M. calls up Lodge for invocation ^^^

Chaplain: Supreme Ruler of the Universe, we would reverently invoke Thy blessing at this time. Wilt Thou be pleased to grant that this meeting, thus begun in order, may be conducted in peace and closed in harmony. Amen.

Response: So mote it be.

WM seats Lodge ^, then raps once ^. Wardens rise.

WM : Brothers Senior and Junior Wardens, invite our Brethren on the columns of the North and South to assist us in opening a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and one of Table Instruct ion.

SW : Brethren in the column of the North, assist us in opening a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and one of Table Instruct ion.

JW: Brethren in the column of the South, assist us opening a lodge of Entered Apprentices and one of Table Instruction.

W M: Brother Senior Warden, are you a Mason?

SW: All my Brethren know me as such.

WM: What is the care of a Mason?

SW: To see if the Lodge is tyled.

WM: Satisfy yourself.

SW: It is, Worshipful.

WM: What is the second?

SW: To see if all the Brethren are in order. ( After looking about.) They are, Worshipful.

WM: Why are we met together?

SW: To erect Temples to virtue and dig dungeons for vi ces.

WM: How long must we work? 

BothW: From midday to midnight.

WM: How long a time is required to make an Entered Apprentice?

BothW: Three years.

WM: What is your age?

BothW: Three years.

WM: What is the hour?

SW: Almost midday.

WM: In consideration of the hour and age, inform our Brethren that a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and one of Table Instruction are open and that we are about to begin our works in the usual manner.

SW: Calls up Lodge ^^^. 
Brethren in the column of the North, in consideration of the hour, a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and of Table Instruction is open and we are about to begin our works in the usual manner.

J,W. Brethren in the column of the South, in consideration of the hour, a Lodge of Entered Apprentices and of Table Instruction is open and we are about to begin our works in the usual manner.

S.D goes to altar, arranges Great Lights, returns to his place. Lesser Lights are not used.

Brethren follow WM in giving battery (Grand Honors) three times three. 'WM: seat Lodge ^.

Ode: Great Source of Light and Love Tune: St. Thomas (I Love Thy kingdom, Lord)

Great Source of Light and Love, To Thee our songs we raise. In Thy temple, Lord, above, Hear and accept our praise.

Shine on this festive day, Succeed its hoped design, And may our Charity display A love resembling Thine.

May this fraternal band, Now consecrated, blest, In union all distinguished stand, In purity be dressed.

THE LESSON (Psalm 1~3)
dealings with your fellow rren. to study to show yourself approved unto God. A workman that needeth not to be ashamed.

Guard against innovations, my Brethren. Preserve the landmarks. Maintain the reputation of our Fraternity. Aid and succor the needy Remember your Brother's welfare. Be circumspect always in speech. Assist and support him who is falling. Whisper good counsel in the ear of him who needs encouragement.

Let each of us make use of the Trowel to spread the cement of brotherhood. Let us labor with the Common Gavel that these Rough Ashlars may be made Perfect Ashlars. And finally, my Brethren, remembering how once you stood in the Northeast Corner a just and upright Mason, I give it you strictly in charge ever to walk and act as such.

Response: So Mote it be..

Ode: Let Masonry From Pole to Pole Tune: Coronation (All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name)

Let Masonry from Pole to Pole Her sacred laws expand Far as the mighty waters roll To wash remotest land.

That virtue hath not left behind Her sacred tenets prove, For stamped upon a mason’s mind Are unity and love.

The Box of Fraternal Assistance

Worshipful Master directs the Stewards to pass the Box Fraternal Assistance and announces the purpose for which the evening's gift will be used.

Address:

May be read by the Chaplain

Behold, how good and pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.

Charge to the Brethren The Worshipful Master

WM: calls up the Lodge ^^^.
Brethren, in this solemn hour I charge each of you to rededicate yourself as a Freemason to the noble and glorious purpose of bringing Light to dispel darkness. to the service of Him in Whom you put your trust.. to the precepts set forth in the Great Light in Masonry, the rule and guide of our faith.

I charge you to keep your apron an emblem of innocence, unspotted by the world... to practice that ITiOSt excellent gift of charity, to make constant and proper use of the Square of Virtue, the Level of Equality and the Plumb of Rectitude.

Craftsmen in the quarries, I summon you to greater loyalty to your Lodge and your Fraternity. to integrity in all your

Mesi~a~e

Ode: Hail, Brother Masons, Hail! Tune: Moscow (Come, Thou Almighty King)

Hail! Brother Masons! hail! Let friendship long prevail, And bind us fast; May harmony and peace Our happiness never cease While life doth last.

We on the level meet, And every brother greet, Skilled in our art; And when our labor's past, Each brother's hand we'll grasp, Then on the square, at last, Friendly we'll part.

From the Grand Master of Masons in Indiana

The Ceremony of the Seven Toasts

1. To Our Country

WM: When the time comes for the Master to propose the first toast (To Our Country), he rises and calls up the Brethren with three raps of the gavel ^^^. He then offers the toast: Brethren, I have the honor to propose a toast to our Country: Long may our land be bright with Freedom's holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God our king!"

With me, Brethren. (Master reaches for his glass, the Brethren imitating him.. All raise their glasses, holding them breast high and at full arm7s length).

To our Country!

Response: To our Country! (Imitating the Master, all bring glasses to lips, drink toast briefly. Then glasses are returned to arm’s length, breast high, then the glasses are set down at the same instant).

Exactly the same procedure is followed in proposing and drinking the remaining toasts.

2. To the Holy Saints John

May be given by the WM or by any Brother designated by him. ___: Let us now drink a toast to the memory of the Holy Saints John: May their saintly qualities inspire each of us to live a life of more exalted usefulnes-~~.. With me, Brethren --to the Holy Saints John! Response: To the Holy Saints John!

3. To the Memory of Our Departed Brethren :May be given by W..M. or any Brother designated by him

WM : May I propose a toast now to the memory of our departed Brethren: May their contribution to our Brotherhood inspire us more earnestly to dedicate ou lives to the service of our fellow men.. With me, Brethren--to the Memory of Our Departed Brethren! Response: To the Memory of Our Departed Brethren!

4. To the Grand Master

May be given by WM. or any Brother designated by him  W.M. : Brethren, I have the honor to propose a toast to the Grand Master of Masons in Indiana: symbol of our continuing relationship to an ancient Craft; to the Grand Lodge over which he has been called to preside.. May he direct with wisdom, decide with justice and plan with a vision worthy of the Fraternity he serves. With me, Brethren--to the Grand Master!

Response: To the Grand Master!

5. To Our Lodge Always given by the Junior Warden

JW: Brethren, it gives me especial pleasure to call for a toast to Millersville Lodge: the lodge so close to the hearts of its members, commanding through long years an interest and loyalty unshaken by adversity and unspoiled by prosperity. So may we reflect its integrity and stability in our daily lives.. With me, Brethren--to Millersville Lodge!

Response: To Millersville Lodge!

6. To Our Visiting Brethren Always given by the Senior Warden.

SW: Brethren, a toast to our Visiting Brethren: our guests of the evening who will not doubt the cordial hospitality of our welcome. May this occasion persuade them to share our hospitality whenever their circumstances permit. With me, Brethren--to Our Visiting Brethren! Response: To Our Visiting Brethren!

7. To All Freemasons Wheresoever Dispersed always given by the Tyler.

Tyler: And now let us drink the age-old, traditional toast of the Craft--To all Freemasons wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth: May our Brethren of all nations be united under the mantle of universal friendship and brother-hood for the benefit of all mankind. With me, Brethren--To All Freemasons Wheresoever Dispersed!

Response: To All Freemasons Wheresoever Dispersed!

Traditional Ode: Auld Lang Syne  (Brethren cross arms and join hands, forming a chain)

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang sync.

Chorus

For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We’ll tak'a cup O’ kindness yet for auld lang sync!

Then here's a hand, my trusty frien'
And gie's a hand 0' thine;
We’ll tak' a cup 0' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Chaplain: And now may the blessing of Heaven rest upon us and all regular Masons; may brotherly love prevail, and every moral and social virtue cement us. Amen.

Response: So mote it be.

Closing

Closing of the Table - The Worshipful Master raps once ^. Wardens rise.

WM: Brothers Senior and Junior Warden, are all the Brethren in order?

SW and JW : They are, Worshipful.

WM: What is the hour?

SW: Midnight.

WM: What is your age?

S W: Three years.

WM: In consideration of the hour and age, inform all our Brethren both on the column of the North and South, that we are about to close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner

SW : Calls up Lodge ^^^.  Brethren in the column of the North, I inform you, on behalf of the Worshipful Master, that we are about to close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner.

JW Brethren in the column of the South, I inform you, on behalf of the Worshipful Master, that we are about to close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner.

SD: Closes the Three Great Lights and leaves on altar.

Brethren follow WM in giving battery (Grand Honors) three times three.

WM: My Brothers, the Lodge is closed.

SW and JW: My Brothers, the Lodge is closed.

WM: Brethren, our National Anthem.

'Brethren join in singing first and last stanzas of the National Anthem.

The National Anthem

O say can you see by the dawn's early light, 
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, 
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, 
through the perilous fight, 
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? 
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, 
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there, 
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O' er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

O thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

WM: Then raps once ^ to disperse the Lodge.


Third Annual Festive Board

and

Table Lodge for the Gentle Craft




July 23, 1998 A.D., 5998 A.L.



Presented by

Burbank Lodge No. 406

Free and Accepted Masons

Burbank, California

Chartered October 9, 1909 A.D., 5909, A.L.




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PROGRAM

Historical Remarks


Open Festive Lodge


Invocation


Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag


First Toast &mdash; The United States of America


Response by the senior ranking veteran present
Soup


Second Toast &mdash; The Ancient and Gentle Craft and the Memory of our
Founders


Welcoming remarks by the Worshipful Master
Salad


Third Toast &mdash; The Grand Lodge of California


Response by the Grand Master
Entree


Fourth Toast &mdash; Burbank Lodge No. 406, Free & Accepted Masons


Response by Senior member present
Dessert


Fifth Toast &mdash; The Worshipful Master &mdash; by the Wardens


Response by the Worshipful Master and Introduction of the Speaker


Worshipful Ronald L. Koretz, Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of California
Speaker


Sixth Toast &mdash; The Visiting Brethren


Response by a Visiting Master


Seventh Toast &mdash; The Tyler's Toast


Close Lodge


Presentations by the Master


Brandy, Coffee and Chocolates






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TAKING WINE

During dinner the Master of the Lodge MAY "Take Wine" in the English manner with
various brothers. This action will be announced, and presided over by the Worshipful Brother
who is serving as "Toast Master" or "Master of Ceremonies" at Table Proceedings. 
The announcement of wine-taking is made by the "Toast Master" in a single sentence,
i.e.: "Brethren, the W.M. will take wine with his Wardens." Whereupon, the Master
and the Brother(s) designated for the honor rise and the Master may make
remarks recognizing the honoree(s), who then salute one another with their
glasses and drink, then resume their seats. The Master may call on one of the
honorees for his comments.
ONLY THOSE WHO ARE CALLED TO TAKE WINE WILL STAND. THE
REMAINDER OF THE COMPANY WILL REMAIN SEATED. If the Toastmaster or
the Master calls for the Brethren to take wine with a particular guest or other
Companion, then ALL STAND. It is considered polite for short applause after
each wine taking.




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TOASTING

Toasting should not be confused with taking wine. Toasting is giving an honor, whereas taking
wine is merely a social grace. A toast is drunk by the assembled company while standing. If an
individual is toasted, he remains seated and may drink at the board if he so desires, and will rise
only when called to make a response. In this way, the individual who is being toasted receives
honor from his fellows and then expresses his thanks and any other thoughts he may have WITH
BREVITY.
FIRE

Fire will be called and led by the proposer of the Toast immediately following the Toast and
before the Brethren are seated.


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CEREMONY OF THE SEVEN TOASTS
The format for each of the toasts will be the same. Although there are many other ways to
do Toasts in various rituals, please follow the pattern given below for each toast this evening.
1.
The Master will stand and rap twice to call up the Wardens as each toast is announced. This
applies to all toasts.
2.
The Wardens will then rise, the Senior Warden will rap twice, and then the Junior Warden will
rap twice. The Master will then instruct the Wardens to see that all cannons are charged in the
columns of the West and South.
3.
After their response, the Master will say: "Brothers, kindly be upstanding for the toast
to."..........." (When this statement is completed, all rise [except anyone being toasted].)
4.
The Master will then either propose the toast himself, or he will invite a brother to do so, after
introducing the brother.
5.
The proposer will say: "Worshipful Master and brothers, "I give you ........"
(If individuals are being toasted (the Master or visitors) they will take their seat when their toast
is identified.) 
All standing will raise their "Cannon" in front, shoulder high, with the arm extended comfortably.
The glass is held in this position during the reading of the Toast and during the response by
the Brethren.
6.
The proposer will then give the toast, ending with "Brethren, ...." followed by the response that
is to be given.
7.
All present will then respond by repeating the last phrase as given by the proposer.
8.
The proposer will then say: "Brethren, The Good Fire, taking your time from me."
9.
The procedure for "Good Fire" is:
a.
The proposer will recite the following at a smart pace, marking time with his Cannon (Firing
Glass), in the air;
b.
All present follow the cadence set by the proposer, repeating, with the proposer, in unison:
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat

On first command "Vivat", move the glass to the left shoulder.
On second command "Vivat", move the glass across the throat to the right shoulder.
On third command "Vivat", move the glass back to the starting point, in front, completing a
triangle.
Repeat this sequence with each set of three "Vivat's" completing three triangles, ending with
the glass in front and at arms length.
("Vivat" is said while the glass is in motion)
c.
Proposer Only says: "Ready"
d.
On command "Ready", bring the glass to your lips, ready to drink from it.
e.
Proposer Only says: "Derry-Doon"
f.
On the command "Derry-Doon", the Brethren drink their wine,
then return their glass to arms length, eye level.
g.
When all have finished their drink and extended their arms, with the glass at eye level, the
proposer will give the command "Fire!"
h.
On the command "Fire", all, in unison, will strike their Cannons sharply on the Table. 
In order to avoid breakage we recommend not getting TOO boisterous,
the glass is not a gavel!
10
The proposer will then say "Together Brethren" for the battery of Three Times Three. 
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
11
Still standing, the Brethren will sing the appropriate song for the Toast.
12
The Master will seat the Brethren with one rap.
13
If the Master wishes, he may ask some Brother to give a response to the toast. The Brother
does this, speaking spontaneously about the subject of the toast. The response should be
brief. The Brother DOES NOT PROPOSE ANOTHER TOAST!
14
The next toast will then follow in sequence.

It is worth noting that the Good Fire is a triad of seven times three salutes (21 motions in all).
The "GOOD FIRE", or "QUICK FIRE" described above is really a 21-gun salute, and in ancient
times, especially in the French Rite, the Good Fire was given by an elaborate ritual using
heavy "Firing" Glasses or "Cannons" with thick glass bases which could be struck upon the
table top in time to the proposer's cadence. We do a version of this.
THE TOASTS

(Speeches and/or music may be interspersed between toasts at the discretion of the Master.
Furthermore, he may call for brief remarks from any Brother as a response to any of the
toasts. 

IMPORTANT NOTE!
NO BROTHER SHOULD PRESUME TO OFFER A TOAST.
TOASTS ARE RESTRICTED TO THOSE LISTED IN THE PROGRAM,
WITH THEIR ORDER AND PROPOSERS DETERMINED BY THE MASTER.






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TRADITIONS

Tradition dictates that all utensils, everything used during a Table Lodge, changes name. This tradition dates
back to the earliest days of Speculative Freemasonry. A sample listing of the names attributed to various items
follows. It is important that this nomenclature be used at all times during the Table Lodge. Failure to do so may
result in severe penalties.

Beer
Yellow Powder
.
Bottles
Casks
Bread
Rough Ashlar
.
Carve
Hew
Chairs
Stalls
.
Coffee
Black Powder
Drink
Fire!
.
Eat
Masticate
Food
Materials
.
Fork
Pickaxes
Glasses
Cannons
.
Knives
Swords
Plates
Tiles
.
Lights
Stars
Napkins
Flags
.
Pepper
Cement
Salt
Sand
.
Spoons
Trowels
Table
Tracing board
.
Table Cloth
Standard
Water 
Weak Powder
.
Wine
Powder





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DEFINITIONS

Amici (Latin)
Friends
Amici usque ad aras (Latin)
Friends Through and Through
Auld (Scottish)
Old
Auld Lang Syne: (Scottish)
The good old times, especially times fondly
remembered.
Derry-doon: (Derry-down) (Old Eng.)
Drink'er down
Vivat: (Latin)
Long Live. (Latin root for Italian "Viva")





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TABLE LODGE/FESTIVE BOARD CEREMONY 
OPENING THE LODGE
Master of
Ceremonies
The Brethren will please be seated.
W.M. 
(Rises and raps 2 times) &mdash; Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W. 
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M. 
"Brother Senior Warden, are you a Mason?"
S.W. 
"All my Brethren know me to be such."
W.M. 
"What is the first great care of Masons when convened?"
S.W. 
"To see that they are duly tyled."
W.M. 
"Brother Senior and Junior Wardens, assure yourselves that we are duly tyled."
J.W. 
"Brother Senior Warden, I answer for my column."
S.W. 
"Worshipful Master, the Junior Warden and myself are satisfied that all are Masons, or
otherwise qualified to attend, on both columns."
W.M. 
"I answer for all in the East. &mdash; Brother Tyler, perform your duty."
Tyler
Rises, secures door, then returns to his place and reports: "Worshipful Master, The Most
Worshipful Anthony P. Wordlow, Grand Master of Masons in California, together with other
Grand Lodge Officers is without and desires admission"
W.M.
(Rises and raps 3 times) &mdash; All rise.
W.M.
&ldquo;Brethren, kindly assist me in receiving the Grand Master.
PLEASE DO NOT APPLAUD OR CHEER, AS THE GRAND MASTER WILL BE
SERENADED BY WORSHIPFUL DAVID FRANCIS PHILIPS, P.M. during the march&ndash;in.
Brother Marshal, perform your duty.&rdquo;
All the Brethren leave their places at the table and form a double line Honor Guard from the
door to the head table by way of the West and South, standing at attention,
This is not a receiving line, but an Honor Guard. When all is in order, the Marshal goes to door,
and escorts the Grand Master to the Head Table, where he is introduced and greeted by the
Master.
WHEN THE GRAND MASTER REACHES THE EAST, THE MARSHAL INTRODUCES HIM
TO THE MASTER:
Marshal:
"Worshipful Master I have the honor to present The Most Worshipful Anthony P. Wordlow.
Grand Master of Masons in California, together with his Grand Lodge Officers."
W.M.
TOGETHER BRETHREN, THE BATTERY OF THREE TIMES THREE
W.M.
"Brethren, you may now return to your places. &mdash; (one rap to seat the Lodge)
J.W.
"Brother Senior Warden, our works are duly tyled."
S.W.
"Worshipful Master, our works are duly tyled."
W.M.
"Brothers Senior and Junior Wardens, invite the Brethren on the columns of the West and
South to assist us in opening a Lodge of Table Instruction."
S.W.
"Brethren on the column of the West, be pleased to assist us in opening a Lodge of Table
Instruction."
J.W.
"Brethren on the column of the South, be pleased to assist us in opening a Lodge of Table
Instruction."
W.M.
"Brother Senior Warden, what is the second great care of a Mason?"
S.W.
"To see if all Brethren are in order."
W.M.
"Are they in order?"
S.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Why are we met together?"
S.W.
"To erect Temples to Virtue and dig Dungeons for Vices."
W.M.
"How long must we work?"
S.W.
"From midday to midnight."
W.M.
"What is the hour?"
S.W.
"Almost midday."
W.M.
"In consideration of the hour, inform the Brethren that a Lodge of Table Instruction is open and
that we are about to begin our works in the usual manner."
S.W.
"Brethren on the column of the West, a Lodge of Table Instruction is open and we are about to
begin our works in the usual manner."
J.W.
"Brethren on the column of the South, a Lodge of Table Instruction is open and we are about to
begin our works in the usual manner."
W.M.
"My Brethren, our works which have for some time been suspended are again in full vigor. Let
each remember that he bears the honorable rank, style, and title of Brother because he has
broken bread, honestly and justly earned, with his Brothers and Fellows, and let us remember
that each at this consecrated board has been selected through the witness of his silence, the
faith of his integrity, and the loyalty of his friendship. Let us approach our labors with gratitude
for the material and spiritual sustenance which we each have been privileged to receive as our
Masonic birthright."
S.W.
(Raps once)
J.W.
(Raps once)
W.M.
(Calls up the entire Lodge with three raps)
W.M.
"Our Chaplain, Brother Kenneth Barnes, will now give the Invocation."
CHAPLIN
"Behold how good and pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious
ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard. That went down
the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon and as the dew that descended upon the
mountain of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."
W.M.
"Our Marshal, Brother Harris, will lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag"
Marshal
"Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag"
All
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of The United States of America, and to the Republic for which
it stands, one nation under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."
W.M.
(one rap to seat the Lodge)
W.M.
The Worshipful Master will introduce the Historian for his remarks, which will include
instructions for firing, with a dry run.

THE STEWARDS ARE TO SEE THAT CANNONS ARE CHARGED
WITH THE APPROPRIATE POWDER, AND
ARE TO KEEP THEM CHARGED THROUGHOUT THE EVENING!




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I. THE FIRST TOAST
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA



W.M. 
(Rises and raps 2 times) &mdash; Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W. 
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M. 
"Brother Senior Warden, are all cannons charged in the column of the West?"
S.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brother Junior Warden, are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?"
J.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brethren, kindly be upstanding for the toast to the United States of America, which I have the
honor to propose." (All rise)
W.M.
"Brethren, I give you the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! We will add to this health our wishes
for its honor and prosperity in peace, and for its continued Sovereignty, Independence, and the
Freedom of it's citizens. This is a health so dear to us that I invite you to deliver your fire as
handsomely as possible.
Brethren: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!"
ALL PRESENT 
"THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!"
W.M.
"Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East."
All present follow the cadence set by the Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time
with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.
&ldquo;The Brethren
repeat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
with the proposer,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
in unison&rdquo;
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat

W.M. ONLY
"Ready"
On the command "Ready", ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.
W.M. ONLY
"Derry-Doon"
On the command "Derry-Doon", drink your wine, then raise your glass comfortably at arm's
length and at eye level.
W.M. ONLY
"Fire"
On command "Fire" by the Worshipful Master, all, in unison, strike your Cannons sharply on
the Table.
W.M.
"Together Brethren, the battery of Three Times Three." 
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!

ALL
SONG FOR THE FIRST TOAST
(The United States of America)
Play the music
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

"O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain

America, America
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea."


W.M.
The Master will seat the Brethren with one rap.
A response may be requested from Brother Don Holbert, the most visible veteran and a
Hiram Award recipient or from any elected official that may be present, or any active Military
personel that may be present, (especially if in uniform) or a Member of Heroes of 76
Soup is served and "Masticated"




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II. THE SECOND TOAST
THE ANCIENT AND GENTLE CRAFT AND
THE MEMORY OF OUR FOUNDERS



W.M. 
(Rises and raps 2 times) &mdash; Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W. 
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M. 
"Brother Senior Warden, are all cannons charged in the column of the West?"
S.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brother Junior Warden, are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?"
J.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brethren, kindly be upstanding for the Toast to the Craft and the Memory of our Founders
which will be proposed by the our Toastmaster, Worshipful Steve Appleby." (All rise)
TOASTMASTER
"To Him who brought the stone and wood,
To him who all things understood,
To him who hapless, shed his blood in the doing of his duty,
To that bright day, To that blest morn
wherein these three great men were born,
Our Ancient Science to Adorn
With Wisdom, Strength and Beauty."
"WORSHIPFUL MASTER AND BRETHREN!, I give you the Ancient and Gentle Craft and The
Memory of Our Founders. This second obligatory health, which I have the honor to propose, is
to the ties which unite a great Brotherhood, and to a future made great by reason of a greater
understanding of the spirit of Freemasonry. This health is so dear to us that I invite you to
deliver your fire as handsomely as possible. 
Brethren, The Craft and its Founders"
ALL PRESENT
"The Craft and its Founders"
TOASTMASTER
"Brethren, The Good Fire, taking your time from me."
All present follow the cadence set by the Toastmaster, He will recite, at a smart pace, marking
time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions. 
&ldquo;The Brethren
repeat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
with the proposer,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
in unison&rdquo;
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat

TOASTMASTER
ONLY
"Ready"
On the command "Ready", ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.
TOASTMASTER
ONLY
"Derry-Doon"
On the command "Derry-Doon", drink your wine, then raise your glass comfortably at arm's
length and at eye level.
TOASTMASTER
ONLY
"Fire"
On command "Fire" by the Toastmaster, all, in unison, strike your Cannons sharply on the
Table.
TOASTMASTER
"Together Brethren, the battery of Three Times Three." 
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!


SONG FOR THE SECOND TOAST
(The Ancient and Gentle Craft and the Memory of our Founders)
Play the music
AMICI USQUE AD ARAS
(Friends through and through, as far as the altar) (to the tune of: "Annie Laurie")

ALL

1. "Our strong band can ne'er be broken, 
It can never die; 
Far surpassing wealth unspoken, 
Sealed by friendship's tie." 

CHORUS: "Friends through and through 
Deep graven on each heart, 
Shall be found unwav'ring, true 
When we from life shall part" 

2. "Mem'rys leaflets close shall twine 
Around our hearts for aye, 
And wait us back o'er life's broad track, 
To pleasures long gone by." 

CHORUS: "Friends through and through 
Deep graven on each heart, 
Shall be found unwav'ring, true 
When we from life shall part" 

3. "Masonic life is swiftly passing, 
Soon it's sands are run; 
But while we live we'll ever cherish 
Friendships here begun." 

CHORUS: "Friends through and through 
Deep graven on each heart, 
Shall be found unwav'ring, true 
When we from life shall part" 

W.M.

The Master will seat the Brethren with one rap. 
Welcoming remarks by the Worshipful Master 
Salad is served




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III. THE THIRD TOAST
THE GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE GRAND MASTER



W.M. 
(Rises and raps 2 times) &mdash; Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W. 
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M.
"Brother Senior Warden, are all cannons charged in the column of the West?"
S.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brother Junior Warden, are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?"
J.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brethren, kindly be upstanding for the Toast to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and
Accepted Masons of California, to be proposed by our Secretary, Arthur Seddon, Past Master."
SECRETARY
&ldquo;Worshipful Master and Brethren, I give you 
THE MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND LODGE OF FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF
CALIFORNIA, 
THE MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND MASTER, ANTHONY P. WORDLOW, 
TOGETHER WITH ALL OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE GRAND LODGE.!&rdquo;
&ldquo;To its long and honored past, its steady adherence to our principles, its unfailing
answer to the call of distress, and its encouragement to those who seek Further Light in
Masonry. To this health, we gladly add our Fraternal wishes for its prosperity that it may direct
with Wisdom, decide with Justice, and plan with Vision worthy of the Fraternity it serves, and
of the Brethren who constitute its Masonic people. Be pleased to join me in delivering this most
Masonic and Fraternal Toast and Fire.!&rdquo;
&ldquo;Brethren, The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of
California and the Grand Master!&rdquo;
ALL PRESENT
"The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of California and the Grand
Master!"
SECRETARY
"Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from me."
All present follow the cadence set by the Secretary. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking
time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.
&ldquo;The Brethren
repeat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
with the proposer,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
in unison&rdquo;
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat

"Ready"
On the command "Ready", ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.
SECRETARY
ONLY
"Derry-Doon"
On the command "Derry-Doon", drink your wine, then raise your glass comfortably at arm's
length and at eye level.
"Fire"
On command "Fire" by the Secretary, all, in unison, strike your Cannons sharply on the Table.
SECRETARY
"Together Brethren, the battery of Three Times Three." 
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!


SONG FOR THE THIRD TOAST
(The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of California)
Play the music
CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME
ALL
"California, Here I come.
Right back where I started from

Where bowers of flowers
bloom in the sun
Each morning at dawning
birdies sing, and everything.

A sun kissed Miss said "Don't be late"
That's why I can hardly wait
Open up that Golden Gate;
California, Here I come!!"
W.M.
The Master will seat the Brethren with one rap,
then call on The Most Worshipful Anthony P. Wordlow, Grand Master for the response. 
Grand Master
Response by Grand Master Wardlow 
Entree is served and "Masticated"




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IV. THE FOURTH TOAST
BURBANK LODGE NO. 406, F. & A.M.



W.M.
(Rises and raps 2 times) &mdash; Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W. 
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M.
"Brother Senior Warden, are all cannons charged in the column of the West?" 
S.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master." 
W.M.
"Brother Junior Warden, are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?" 
J.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master." 
W.M.
"Brethren, kindly be upstanding for the toast to our beloved BURBANK LODGE NO. 406, Free
and Accepted Masons of the State of California, to be proposed by the Senior Past Master
present, Worshipful Richard B. Carter"
(All rise)
PROPOSER 
"Worshipful Master and Brethren, I beg permission to propose a Toast to our own beloved
Lodge, BURBANK LODGE NUMBER 406. To this precious Lodge, so close to the hearts of
its members, and to the brotherhood that has existed throughout the years. It's Brothers
display an interest and loyalty unshaken by adversity, and unspoiled by prosperity. So may we
all, each one of us, ever reflect it's integrity and it's stability in our daily lives.
Brethren, OLD BURBANK LODGE NUMBER FOUR HUNDRED AND SIX" 
ALL 
"OLD BURBANK LODGE NUMBER FOUR HUNDRED AND SIX" 
PROPOSER 
"Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from me."
All present follow the cadence set by the proposer. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking
time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions. 
&ldquo;The Brethren
repeat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
with the proposer,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
in unison&rdquo;
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat

PROPOSER ONLY
"Ready"
On the command "Ready", ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.
PROPOSER ONLY
"Derry-Doon"
On the command "Derry-Doon", drink your wine, then raise your glass comfortably at arm's
length and at eye level. 
PROPOSER ONLY
"Fire"
On command "Fire" by the proposer, all, in unison, strike your Cannons sharply on the Table.
PROPOSER
"Together Brethren, the battery of Three Times Three." 
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!


SONG FOR THE FOURTH TOAST
Burbank Lodge No. 406
Play the music
THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

"Oh! I'm packing my grip
And I'm leaving today
'Cause I'm taking a trip
California way
I'm gonna settle down and never more roam
And make the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY my home."

"I'll forget my sins
I'll be making new friends
Where the West begins
and the sunset ends
'Cause I've decided where yours truly should be
And it's the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY for me."

"I think that I'm safe in statin'
She will be waitin'
When my lonely journey is done
And kindly old Reverend Thomas
Made us a promise
He will make the two of us one"

"So, I'm hittin' the trail
To the cow country
You can forward my mail
Care of R.F.D.
I'm gonna settle down and never more roam
And make the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY my home."
W.M. 
The Master will seat the Brethren with one rap and call upon the most senior member present
for a response. 
Desert is served and "Masticated"




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V. THE FIFTH TOAST
THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER



W.M. 
(Rises and raps 2 times) &mdash; Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W. 
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M.
"Brother Senior Warden, are all cannons charged in the column of the West?"
S.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brother Junior Warden, are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?"
J.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
(This is the only one of the 7 Toasts which the Master DOES NOT announce.
The SENIOR WARDEN presides over this Toast.)
S.W. 
"Brethren, kindly be upstanding for the Toast to the Worshipful Master, which the Junior
Warden and I have the honor to propose."
(All rise) (The Master takes his seat)
S.W.
"Worshipful Master and Brethren, the health which the Junior Warden and I have the honor to
propose is that of the WORSHIPFUL MASTER, who directs the labors of this Lodge, and of all
who are near and dear to him. Be pleased to join us in delivering this Toast and the best
possible fire in homage to this Worshipful Brother who serves us all.
Brethren: THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER"
ALL PRESENT
"THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER"
S.W.
"Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from me." All present follow the cadence set by
the Senior Warden. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions
described in the earlier instructions.
&ldquo;The Brethren
repeat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
with the proposer,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
in unison&rdquo;
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat

S.W. ONLY
"Ready"
On the command "Ready", ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.
S.W. ONLY
"Derry-Doon"
On the command "Derry-Doon", drink your wine, then raise your glass comfortably at arm's
length and at eye level.
S.W. ONLY
"Fire"
On command "Fire" by the Senior Warden, all, in unison, strike your Cannons sharply on the
Table.
S.W.
"Together Brethren, the battery of Three Times Three." 
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!


SONG FOR THE FIFTH TOAST
The Worshipful Master
Play the music
FOR HE&lsquo;S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW

For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
Which nobody can deny
Which nobody can deny

Which nobody can deny.
For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
Which nobody can deny.
S.W.
Seats Lodge with one rap.
Response by the Worshipful Master and Introduction of the Speaker for the evening:
Worshipful Ronald L. Koretz, Grand Orator




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IV. THE SIXTH TOAST
THE VISITING BRETHREN



W.M. 
(Rises and raps 2 times) &mdash; Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W. 
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M.
"Brother Senior Warden, are all cannons charged in the column of the West?"
S.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brother Junior Warden, are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?"
J.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brethren of BURBANK LODGE ONLY, kindly be upstanding for the Toast to our Masonic
visitors, which will be proposed by our Treasurer, Worshipful Tom Oldham." 
(All visitors should remain seated)
TREASURER
"Worshipful Master and Brethren, I give you our Masonic visitors.
"This 6th obligatory Toast is to those visiting Brethren who honor us with their presence this
evening. May this occasion persuade them to share our hospitality whenever their
circumstances permit. To this Toast, we earnestly add the health of all Lodges affiliated or
corresponding with ours. We hereby proclaim: UNION CONTENTMENT WISDOM. Be pleased
to join me in delivering the best possible Fire for this Toast."
"Brethren of Burbank Lodge, Our visiting Brethren"
406 MEMBERS
ONLY
"Our visiting Brethren"
TREASURER
"Brethren, the GOOD FIRE taking your time from me."
All STANDING follow the cadence set by the Treasurer. He will recite, at a smart pace,
marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.
&ldquo;The Brethren
repeat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
with the proposer,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
in unison&rdquo;
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat

TREASURER
ONLY
"Ready"
On the command "Ready", ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.
TREASURER
ONLY
"Derry-Doon"
On the command "Derry-Doon", drink your wine, then raise your glass comfortably at arm's
length and at eye level.
TREASURER
ONLY
"Fire"
On command "Fire" by the Treasurer, all, in unison, strike your Cannons sharply on the Table.
TREASURER
"Together Brethren, the battery of Three Times Three." 
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!


SONG FOR THE SIXTH TOAST
(The Visiting Brethren)
Play the music
IT'S A LONG, LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY

"It's a long way to Tipperary.
It's a long way to go.
It's a long way to Tipperary,
To the sweetest girl I Know!
Goodby, Piccadilly,
Farewell, Leicester Square
It's a long, long way to Tipperary,
But my heart's right there!"
W.M.
The Master will seat the Brethren with one rap.
RESPONSE should be requested by the W.M. from a visiting sitting Master who may be
present:
It is also appropriate to give the other Masters present an opportunity to speak at this time.




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IV. THE SEVENTH TOAST
THE TYLER'S TOAST



Note: This Toast is traditionally the last, and no business or responses are permitted after its
conclusion.
W.M. 
(Rises and raps 2 times) &mdash; Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W. 
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M.
"Brother Senior Warden, are all cannons charged in the column of the West?"
S.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brother Junior Warden, are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?"
J.W.
"They are, Worshipful Master."
W.M.
"Brethren, kindly be upstanding for the final Toast of the evening, which, in accordance with
time immemorial Masonic tradition, will be given by our faithful Tyler, Brother Dennison.
(All Rise)
TYLER
"Worshipful Master and Brethren, I give you OUR ABSENT BRETHREN"
(All raise their Firing Glass)
TYLER
"To all poor and distressed Masons, wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth or
water, a speedy relief to their suffering, and a safe return to their native land if they so desire.
Let us with reverence invoke for all the favor of the Great Architect of the Universe that it may
please Him to succor the unfortunate, and bring them into safe and good harbors.
Brethren, be pleased to unite with me in delivering the most sincere of Toasts and most
efficient of Fires to this last health.
Brethren: OUR ABSENT BRETHREN"
ALL PRESENT
"OUR ABSENT BRETHREN"
TYLER
"Brethren, the GOOD FIRE taking your time from me." All present follow the cadence set by
the Tyler. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in
the earlier instructions.
&ldquo;The Brethren
repeat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
with the proposer,
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat,
in unison&rdquo;
Vivat,
Vivat,
Vivat

TYLER ONLY
"Ready"
On the command "Ready", ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.
TYLER ONLY
"Derry-Doon"
On the command "Derry-Doon", drink your wine, then raise your glass comfortably at arm's
length and at eye level.
TYLER ONLY
"Fire"
On command "Fire" by the Tyler, all, in unison, strike your Cannons sharply on the Table.
TYLER
"Together Brethren, the battery of Three Times Three." 
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap! Clap!


SONG FOR THE SEVENTH TOAST 
Play the music
The Tyler's Toast

"Are your glasses charged in the West and South, the Worshipful Master cries;
They're charged in the West, They're charged in the South, are the Wardens' prompt
replies;
Then to our final toast tonight your glasses fairly drain"
"Happy to meet Sorry to part Happy to meet again!"
"Happy to meet Sorry to part
Happy to meet again, again,
Oh! happy to meet again!"

"The Mason's social Brotherhood around the festive board,
Reveal a wealth more precious far than selfish miser's hoard
They freely share the priceless stores that generous hearts contain"
"Happy to meet Sorry to part Happy to meet again!"
"Happy to meet Sorry to part
Happy to meet again, again,
Oh! happy to meet again"

We work like Masons free and true, and when our task is done,
A merry song and cheering glass are not unduly won;
And only at our farewell pledge is pleasure touched with pain
"Happy to meet Sorry to part Happy to meet again"
"Happy to meet Sorry to part
Happy to meet again, again,
Oh! happy to meet again"

Amidst our mirth we drink "To all poor Masons o'ver the world"
On every shore our flag of love is gloriously unfurled,
We prize each brother, fair or dark, who bears no moral stain
"Happy to meet Sorry to part Happy to meet again!"
"Happy to meet Sorry to part
Happy to meet again, again,
Oh! happy to meet again"

The Mason feels the noble truth the Scottish peasant told
That rank is but the guinea's stamp, the man himself is the gold
With us the rich and poor unite and equal rights maintain
"Happy to meet Sorry to part Happy to meet again!"
"Happy to meet Sorry to part
Happy to meet again, again,
Oh! happy to meet again"

Dear Brethren of the Mystic Tie, the night is waning fast
Our duty's done, our feast is o'er; this song must be the last
"Good Night, Good Night." Once more, once more repeat the farewell strain
"Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again!"
"Happy to meet Sorry to part
Happy to meet again, again,
Oh! happy to meet again"
W.M.
The Master will seat the Brethren with one rap.




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CLOSING THE LODGE
The Master's Charge at Closing




W.M.
(Rises)
"Brethren, you are now to quit this sacred retreat of friendship and virtue, to mix again with the
world. Amidst its concerns and employments, forget not the duties you have heard so
frequently inculcated and forcibly recommended in this Lodge. Be diligent, prudent, temperate,
discreet. Remember that around our altar you have promised to befriend and relieve every
Worthy Brother who shall need your assistance. Remember that you have promised to remind
him, in the most tender manner, of his failings, and aid his reformation. These generous
principles are to extend further. Every human being has a claim upon your kind offices, Do
good unto all. Recommend it more especially to the household of the faithful. Finally, Brethren,
be ye all of one mind, live in peace, and may the God of love and peace delight to dwell with
and bless you." (Brother Thaddeus Mason Harris, 1792 Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts)
W.M.
(Raps 2 times) Wardens rise.
S.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
J.W.
(Rising, raps 2 times)
W.M.
"Brothers Senior and Junior Wardens, are all the Brethren in order?"
S.W.
"They are, W.M."
J.W.
"They are, W.M."
W.M.
"What is the hour?"
S.W.
"Midnight."
W.M.
"In consideration of hour and age, inform all our Brethren on the columns of the West and
South, that we are about to close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner.
Our Chaplain will give the Benediction"
S.W.
"Brethren on the column of the West, I inform you on behalf of the W.M., that we are about to
close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner."
J.W.
"Brethren on the column of the South, I inform you on behalf of the W.M., that we are about to
close this Lodge, ending our work in the usual manner."
W.M.
"Brother Chaplain, you will lead us in prayer."
Chaplain
ALMIGHTY GOD in whom we live and move and have our being, and through whom are all
things builded if they are to endure, we lay before Thee the aspirations of our hearts and the
work of our hands, asking that they may be found worthy in Thy sight.
As we have collaborated here in Thy presence and under Thy guidance, may we, as we go our
separate ways, carry with us the inspiration of this hour. May each in his respective walk of life
give practical expression and helpful furtherance to the ideals that here prevail.
Forgive us our transgressions and abide with us in all the vicissitudes of life.
Make happy our homes and loved ones, prosper our Fraternity, our community and Nation,
and lead us all to Thy glory in service to Thee, our Country our Fraternity and our fellow men.
AMEN
J.W.
(Raps three times)
(Brethren on the column of the South rise.)
S.W.
(Raps three times)
(Brethren on the column of the West rise.)
W.M.
(Raps three times)
(Brethren at the Head Table rise.)
J.W.
"My brothers, our labors are closed."
S.W.
"My brothers, our labors are closed."
W.M.
"My brothers, our labors are closed."
(one rap)
All remain Standing!

SONG FOR CLOSING THE LODGE
Play the music
AULD LANG SYNE

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of Auld Lang Syne
For Auld Lang Syne, my dear
For Auld Lang Syne
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For Auld Lang Syne"

(All cross arms and join hands, Right Hand to the Brother on your Left,
Left Hand to the Brother on your Right.)

"And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And here's my hand in thine
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For Auld Lang Syne
For Auld Lang Syne, my dear
For Auld Lang Syne
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For Auld Lang Syne" (Brother Robert Burns)
W.M.
The Master will seat the Brethren with one rap. 


THUS ENDS THE THIRD ANNUAL FESTIVE BOARD OF BURBANK MASONIC LODGE NO. 406, F. &
A.M.


July 23, 5998 A.L.
Please remain seated.
Brandy, Coffee and Chocolates will be served
The Master and Wardens will greet the Brethren
and make some presentations.

 


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