(I) In the Preparation Room
As a reminder, it was in this room that you began your Masonic experience as a candidate for the Entered Apprentice degree. I would, however, like to remind you that you began this Masonic journey of your own free will and accord because it is only by your own commitment that Freemasonry can become truly meaningful to you.
(II) In the Lodge Room and behind the Altar
Here you knelt at the Altar of Freemasonry for the first time while a prayer was given, asking that the Creator of the Universe might grant you Masonic wisdom and that through your Masonic experience you might be better able to act with brotherly love and to understand that which is true for now and forever.
(III) With the assistance of the Senior Deacon, you then circled the Lodge turning from East to West as the Sun rises and sets. At that moment you were partaking of one of the oldest rituals of mankind, the symbolic following of the Sun path and the celebration of light and life. The Sun, for Masons, is a symbol of a greater light, the light of that creative wisdom and love which created the Universe.
(IV), This celebration of light as a symbol of life, wisdom and God’s plan of creation was again dramatized following your obligation. Do you remember the nature of this dramatization and its special relation to you? This same ceremony also symbolized the commitment of the Brethren of this Lodge to assist you by both instruction and friendship in your apprenticeship, for your sacred promises had made you a brother.
(V) For the first time you observed the great symbols of Freemasonry in their proper arrangement for the Entered Apprentice degree. The principal instruments of the Craft, whose teachings you are now in the process of understanding, radiate their symbolic meaning to the Craft and especially to the Worshipful Master of this Lodge who has the special responsibility of the government of the Masons who gather here. For this reason we never walk between these symbols, when they are properly displayed upon our altar, and the Master’s station.
(VI) Penalties of your obligation. These penalties have been a part of Freemasonry ritual from the days when such penalties were grim realities. The old and terrible penalties are today symbolic only. However, a violation of your obligation still carries sobering consequences, including the loss of self-respect and the respect of your Masonic Brethren as well as the Fraternity at large.
(VII) Do you recall the working tools of an Entered Apprentice? No doubt you noticed how well the use of the tools by Masons who worked in stone was employed to instruct Masons who work in the building of character.
(VIII) Here, each of us has stood while the Worshipful Master presented us with the badge of a Mason, the Lambskin Apron, a badge which, because of the character and the actions of this Fraternity, is honored around the World. For most Master Masons, it was a moment that will never be forgotten.
(IX) As an accepted candidate you were told that you would learn more about the symbolic lodge in which Masons meet. In the Entered Apprentice degree you were given this information. You learned that a Lodge must be furnished with the Holy Bible, the square and the compasses, whose Masonic teachings are the Great Lights within this Lodge. The Lodge receives its official right to exist and to work by means of a charter .
(X) Return to Northeast Corner
You were conducted to the Northeast corner of the Lodge the place where you found yourself at the close of the Entered Apprentice degree. It is a place poised between the darkness and the light a place of beginnings in your Masonic journey toward the East, where the Light of Masonry shall gleam with increased brilliance in the Degree of the Fellowcraft.
By the exercise of Brotherly Love we are taught to regard the whole human species as one family the high and low, rich and poor; who, as created by one Almighty Parent, and inhabitants of the same planet, are to aid, support and protect each other. On this principle, Masonry unites men of every country, sect and opinion, and conciliates true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance.
THE FOUNDATIONS OF FREEMASONRY
The tenets of your profession as a Mason are BROTHERLY LOVE, RELIEF, and, TRUTH.
To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly on Masons, who profess to be linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection. To soothe the unhappy, sympathize with their misfortunes, compassionate their miseries, and restore peace to their troubled minds, is the grand aim we have in view. On this basis we form our friendships and establish our connections.
Truth is a divine attribute, and the foundation of every virtue. To be good and true is the first lesson we are taught in Masonry. On this theme we contemplate, and by its dictates endeavor to regulate our conduct. Hence, while influenced by this principle, hypocrisy and deceit are unknown among us; sincerity and plain dealing distinguish us, and the heart and tongue join in promoting each other’s welfare and rejoicing in each others prosperity.
The four Cardinal Virtues are TEMPERANCE, FORTITUDE, PRUDENCE and JUSTICE
Temperance is that due restraint upon our affections and passions which renders the body tame and governable and frees the mind from the allurements of vice.
Fortitude is that noble and steady purpose of mind whereby we are enabled to undergo any pain, peril or danger when prudentially deemed expedient.
Prudence teaches us to regulate our lives and actions agreeably to the dictates of reason, and is that habit by which we wisely judge and prudentially determine on all things relative to our present as well as our future happiness.
Justice is that standard or boundary of right which enables us to render unto every man his just due without distinction. This virtue is not only consistent with divine and human laws but is the very cement and support of a civil society.
ACCORD (v) to agree, agreement
ARCHIVES (n) a storage place for documents and records
AVOUCH (v) to acknowledge
AWE (v) Reverential fear; amazement
BIAS (n) prejudice; influence or affect unduly
CENSURE (n) condemnation or blame
COUNTENANCE (v) approval; support; encourage; favor
COWEN (n) a person who lays brick or stone without mortar impersonating a skilled mason
DEBASE (v) to lower in character; degrade
DEMEANOR (n) behavior; manner
DENOTES (v) represents; signifies
DEROGATORY (adj.) lessening in good reputation
DIVINE PROVIDENCE God’s blessing
DEITY (n) God
DIVEST (v) to strip; dispossess; deprive
ECLIPTIC (n) apparent path of the sun
EMBLEMATICAL (adj.) serving as an emblem; symbolic
EMINENT (adj.) standing above others; distinguished
EQUIVOCATION (n) a deception arising from the use of a word
FERVENT (adj.) enthusiasm
FRUITION (n) realization; the yielding of natural or expected results
IMMEMORIAL (adj.) extending beyond memory of record
IMPLORE (v) to call to urgently
INCULCATE (v) to teach; to impress upon the mind
INDENTED TESSEL (n) the skirt work around the lodge originally; a chord tied in lovers knots and having tessels emblematical of the ties of brotherhood
INESTIMABLE (adj.) above price; very valuable
INTEMPERANCE (v) lack of moderation especially in the use of alcohol
INVIOLABLE (adj.) that which must not or can not be violated
INVIOLATE (adj.) pure; unbroken
INVOKING (v) to call on for aid or protection
MAXIM (n) a brief statement of a practical principle
MENTAL RESERVATION (n) the unexpressed qualifications of a statement that would, if uttered, effect or alter its meaning so as to violate its truth
PRECEPT (n) a prescribed rule of conduct or action
RASHNESS (adj.) acting without forethought
REPROACH (v) to bring disgrace upon; blame, discredit
SUPERFLUITY (n) wastefulness; intemperance
TOKEN (n) a visible sign; evidence
TRANSGRESS (v) to break the bounds of; sin; exceed
ZEAL (n) enthusiastic devotion
E.A. DEGREE WORD DEFINITION