We are coming to the end of our second run through of the learning the Second Degree as part of our 100 Day Study Guide for Master Elects. Yesterday we went from the end of the Obligation, Entrusting with the grip and token of the Degree, and explaining the meaning of the word.
This finished with the Senior Deacon taking the Candidate for a perambulation around the Lodge to meet each of the Wardens. Once the Wardens are happy the Senior Warden then presents the Candidate to the Master.
Learning Masonic Ritual, Day 54 of 100: Charge in the South East and Closing
Starting with Investing with the Fellowcraft’s Badge, giving the Charge in the South East and finishing the Ceremony (pages 141-146 in my book of Emulation Ritual), we then continue to Close the Lodge in both Degrees (pages 59 to 65).
Please note that I have assumed that you are not doing the Second Degree Working Tools or the Explanation of the Second Degree Tracing Board, and that these are being performed by a Master Mason or a Past Master. If you are then ensure you allocate some extra time to work these!
As this is our second run through let’s just re-cap what we are learning.
The Investing with the Badge starts with a short sentence to delegate the investing to the Senior Warden which very similar to that of the First Degree.
Once the Senior Warden has done that it’s explaining the future study to the Candidate. I mentioned this last time, but for some reason I am still having problems with this part. It’s only short, but it just doesn’t want to stick, and requires more than just a prompt. No panic yet, time is on our side and it’s good to identify these problem areas now to dedicate extra time on them later.
The Charge in the South East is about 3/4 of a page (though it straddles two so at first looks longer than it is), and is actually about half the length of the Charge in North East we learnt for the First Degree. Even though it’s shorter, it is still quite a long piece and seems devoid of punctuation so feel free to at a few commas here and there to break it up to assist your learning.
As we skipping over the Working Tools there’s only telling the Candidate they can leave to restore themselves, they re-enter, then Close the Lodge in both Degrees.
On our first run through we covered the Closings on a separate day, but as it’s Ritual you are likely to be familiar with (especially the First Degree Closing) I feel we can include that into today’s learning.