Day 75 of 100: Masonic Ritual, The Charge

Day 75 out of 100 to Learn Masonic Ritual and we’re three-quarters of the way through our study plan. It’s fair to say we are now on the home straight, and I’m sure you’d agree that your Installation is starting to loom closely on the horizon.

Yesterday we took a break from the Third Degree ceremony to have another revision of the Installation Ceremony, so we are continuing from Day 73, which was the Fifteen Fellowcrafts.

Learning Masonic Ritual, Day 75 of 100: Fifteen Fellowcrafts

The Charge in the Third Degree (pages 188-192 in my book of Emulation Ritual) immediately follows the Fifteen Fellowcrafts, and like the that it is very unlikely that you have to perform this in most Lodges, especially if this is your first time in the Chair. As ever, do check that you aren’t expected to do it.

Also, if during your year in the Chair you will be performing two Raising ceremonies it is possible that may be asked to do this the second time round.

During this study plan we have been skipping over pieces of ritual that it is unlikely that you will be performing from the Chair (such as the Working Tools). I have decided to keep the Charge in though because it pays to have familiarity with the piece so you aren’t caught by an surprises.

Knowing how the story continues also ensures you have the understanding of the Raising ceremony as a whole, which is useful for presenting as it helps move your ritual from merely repeating the words to creating a connection with the Candidate which they will remember.