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Where VSL is Opened To

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United States

State

Where the VSL is Opened To in lodge meetings

Alabama opens randomly to passages (but not to pictures)
Alaska Different passages for each degree
Arizona

EA - Psalms 133:1-3
 FC - Amos 7:7-8
 MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

Arkansas  
California The VSL is opened randomly but with one condition. If the random opening is to a page with a picture, the volume is closed and again opened at a random page until a page without a picture is opened.
Colorado 1st Degree: EA - Psalms 133:1-3
2nd degree: FC - Amos 7:7-9
3rd degree: MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
It is common practice to mark the passages with ribbons colored red, white and blue: Red for the EA, white for the FC, and blue for the MM. This is not an estoeric practice, merely so the Senior Deacon, when opening the Bible, can quickly locate the appropriate passage. That particular color order is easily remembered.
Connecticut 1st Degree: EA - Psalms 133:1-3
2nd degree: FC - Amos 7:7-9
3rd degree: MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
Delaware 1st Degree: EA - Psalms 133:1-3
2nd degree: FC - Amos 7:7-9
3rd degree: MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
District of Columbia  
Florida Different passages
Georgia There is no requirement but the following are customarily followed:
EA - Psalms 133:1-3
FC - Amos 7:7-9
MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
Hawaii  
Idaho No specific passage
Illinois Non picture page
Indiana EA - Psalms 133:1-3
FC - Amos 7:7-9
MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
Iowa Different passages
Kansas EA - Psalms 133:1-3
FC - Amos 7:7-9
MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
Kentucky  
Louisiana  
Maine  
Maryland  
Massachusetts Random
Michigan  
Minnesota Different passages
Mississippi Open to where both pages are Scripture. No pictures at all.
for EA Book is open 1/3
for FC Book is open 2/3
for MM Book is open in center
Missouri Randomly
Montana EA - Psalms 133:1-3
FC - Amos 7:7-9
MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
Nebraska  
Nevada  
New Hampshire Psalms 133:1-3
1 Corinthians 13
Ecc 12:1-7
New Jersey Optional
New Mexico  
New York 1st Psalm CXXXIII
2nd Amos VII,7,8
3rd Ecc XII, 1-7
North Carolina  
North Dakota  
Ohio Different specific passage for each degree
Oklahoma From an email:
EA is opened at Psalms 133:1-3 (S&C placed on left side of opened Bible)
FC is opened at Amos 7:7-9 (S&C placed on right side of opened Bible)
In our FC lodge, we only use verses 7 and 8 of Amos ... not the usual 7-9
MM is opened at Eccl 12:1-7 (S&C placed on right side of opened Bible)
Oregon

EA Psalm 133:1-3
FC Amos 7:7&8
MM Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
The S&C is placed on the right side of the Bible when Opened

Pennsylvania No different pages
Rhode Island  
South Carolina Different passages
South Dakota  
Tennessee  
Texas EA Psalm 133:1-3
FC Amos 7:7&8
MM Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
Basically the VSL is opened to the passages that are read during circumambulation.
Utah  
Vermont  
Virginia  
Washington Different passages
West Virginia The Bible is opened to any page in West Virginia when the lodge is open. The Committee on Work makes it a point to stress that there is no correct page for any particular degree.
Wisconsin Random
Wyoming  

Other than the United States

England Varies
Scotland In Scotland, many Lodges work according to their Old traditional Working, all with Grand Lodge blessing. My main experience, having affiliated with Lodge Aggrey 1396 and Lodge Niger 1670, and being a Past Master of Lodge Yerwa 1686, all in Nigeria under Grand Lodge of Scotland, is as follows :
- Opening Lodge in EAFM Degree: VSL is opened at RUTH, chap. 2 and Chaplain reads verse 19,
- Opening Lodge in FCFM Degree: VSL is opened at JUDGES chap. 12 and Chaplain reads verses 5 & 6,
- Opening Lodge in MM Degree: VSL is opendd at GENESIS chap. 4 and Chapalin reads verse 22,
- Closing Lodge generally : VSL opened at 2 CORINTHIANS chap.13, Chaplain reads verse 17 then closes VSL.
And I remember quite well seeing the same procedure in the 25 or so other Scottish Consitution Lodges I visited in Nigeria or Ghana while I was there (1971-1978).
Israel Varies
Brazil EA - Psalms 133
FC - Amos 7:7,8
MM - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
British Columbia, Canada Custom is to open at specific passages, but they may vary
Ontario, Canada EA - Ruth IV, verse 7
Judges XII, verse 6
Ecclesiastes XII

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