THE MASONIC MANUAL
A pocket Companion for the Initiated
Compiled and arranged by
Revised Edition 1867
THIS degree is the summit and perfection of
ancient Masonry; and without which the history of the Royal Arch Degree
can hardly be aid to be complete. It rationally accounts for the
concealment and preservation of those essentials of the craft, which were
brought to light at the erection of the second temple; and which lay con-
pealed from the Masonic eye for four
hundred and seventy years. Many particulars relative to those few who were
selected, for their superior skill, to complete an important part of king
Solomon's temple, are explained. And here, too, is exemplified an instance
of justice and mercy by our ancient patron, towards one of
the craft, who was led to disobey his commands by an over-zealous
attachment for the institution. It ends with a description of a particular
circumstance, which characterizes the degree.
PRAYER AT OPENING A
May the Supreme Grand Master graciously
preside over all our counsels, and direct us in all such things as he will
be pleased to approve and bless. May our profession as Masons be the rule
of our conduct as men. May our secret retreat ever continue to be the
resort of the just and merciful; the seat of the moral
virtues, and the home of the select.
So mote it be.
THE FOLLOWING PSALM IS
His foundation is in the holy mountains.
The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are spoken of
The officers and stations of a Council of Select Masters are as follows:
Thrice Illustrious Grand Master, as K. S., in the East; Deputy Illustrious
as H., K. T. on the right, in the East; Principal Conductor of the Work,
as H. A., on the left; Treasurer, in the North; Recoder, in the South;
Grand Captain of the Guards, as Adoniram, in the West Grand Marshal; Grand
Steward, as Achizar (Ahishar), at the Door.
thee, O city of God. Seiah. I will make
mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me. Behold Philistia, and
Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be
said, This and that man was born in her; and the Highest himself shall
establish her. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that
this man was born there. Selah. As well the singers, as the players on
instruments, shall be there: all my springs are in thee. - PSALM lxxxvii.
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The following passages of Scripture are
introduced and explained:
So king Solomon was king over all Israel.
Azariah, the son of Nathan, was over the officers; and Zabud, the son of
Nathan, was principal officer, and the king's friend; and Ahishar was over
the household; and Adoniram, the son of Abda, was over the tribute. - I
KINGS iv. 1-5-6.
And the king commanded, and
they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the
foundation of the house. And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did
hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to
build the house. - I Kings v. 17-18.
And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out
of Tyre. He was a widow's son, of the tribe of
Napthali; and his father was a man of Tyre,
a worker of brass; and he was filled with wisdom and understanding, and
cunning to work all works in brass. - I KINGS vii. 13-14.
The ancients of Gebal, and the wise men
thereof, were in thee thy caulkers; all the ships of the sea, with their
mariners, were in thee, to occupy thy merchandise." - EZEKIEL xxvii. 9.
And it came to pass, when
Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until
they were finished, that Moses commanded the Levites which bare the ark of
the covenant of the Lord, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in
the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your GOD, that it may be
there for a witness against thee. - DEUT. xxxi. 24-26.* * *
And Moses said, This is the
thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill an omer of the manna, to be kept for
your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in
the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt. And Moses
salid unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an
omer full of manna therein, and lay it up
before the LORD, to be kept for your generations. As the Lord commanded
Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony to be kept. - EXODUS xvi.
* * * * * * * *And
the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to
be kept for a token. - NUMBERS xvii. 10.* * * * *
And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle
of the congregation, to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one
speaking to him from off the mercy-seat that was upon the ark of the
testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him. -
NUMBERS vii. 89.* * * *
And look that thou make them after their
pattern which was shewed thee in the mount. - EXODUS xxv 40.
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CHARGE TO THE CANDIDATE.
COMPANION: - Having attained to this degree
you have passed the circle of perfection in ancient Masonry. In the
capacity of Select Master you must be sensible that your obligations are
increased in proportion to your privileges. Let it be your constant care
to prove yourself worthy of the con-
fidence reposed in you, and of the high
honor conferred, in admitting you to this select degree. Let uprightness
and integrity attend your steps; let justice and mercy mark
your conduct; let fervency and zeal stimulate you in the
discharge of the various duties incumbent upon you; but suffer not an idle
or impertinent curiosity to lead you astray, or betray you into
danger. Be deaf to every insinuation which would have a tendency to
weaken your resolution, or tempt you to an act of disobedience. Be
voluntarily dumb and blind, when the exercise of those
faculties would endanger the peace of your mind, or the probity of your
conduct; and let silence and secrecy, those cardinal virtues
of a Select Master, on all necessary occasions, be scrupulously observed.
By a steady adherence to the important instructions contained in this
degree, you will merit the approbation of the select number with whom you
are associated, and will enjoy the high satisfaction of having acted well
your part in the important enterprise in which you are engaged; and, after
having wrought your regular hours, may be admitted to participate
in all the privileges of a Select Master.
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CHARGE AT CLOSING.
COMPANIONS: - Being about to quit this
sacred retreat, to mix again with the world, let us not forget, amid the
cares and vicissitudes of active life, the bright example of sincere
friendship, so beauti-
fully illustrated in the lives of the
founders of this degree. Let us take the lesson home with us, and may it
strengthen the bands of fraternal love between us; incite our hearts to
duty, and our desires to wisdom. Let us exercise Charity, cherish Hope,
walk in Faith. And may that moral principle, which is the mystic cement of
our fellowship remain with and bless us. So mote it be.
FOR COUNCILS OF ROYAL AND SELECT MASTERS.
- The Most Puissant Grand Master of the
Grand Council, or his representative; or a Past Master of a subordinate
Council, will preside; and direct the Recorder to read so much of the
record as pertains to the election of the officers. After which he will
- "Companions of -- Council -- Do you
remain satisfied with the choice you have made in the selection of your
officers for the ensuing year?"
- The answer being in the affirmative, the
officers elect are arranged in due form; when the following declaration
"I, A -- B--, do solemnly promise, that I will faithfully, and to the
best of my ability, dis-
charge the duties of the office to which
I have been elected; and that I will strictly conform to the
requirements of the by-laws of this Council, and the regulations of the
Grand Council, under which the same is holden, so far as they may come
to m knowledge."
- The Grand Marshal then presents the
Thric Illustrious G. Master elect for installation, "as a companion well
skilled in the Royal Mysteries; zealous in diffusing the select
principles of our fathers, and in whose integrity and fidelity his
brethren repose the highest confidence."
- The installing officer then addresses
him as follows:
THRICE ILLUSTIOUS - I feel great satisfaction in receiving you as the
Thrice Illustrious Grand Master of this Council. It is a station highly
honorable to him who diligently and faithfully performs the duties it
devolves upon him. But previously to investing you with the appropriate
jewel of your office, I must require your unequivocal assent to the
- Do you solemnly promise that you will
use your utmost endeavors to correct the vices and purify the morals
of your brethren; and to promote the peace, happiness and prosperity
of your Council?
- That you will not suffer your Council
to be opened when there are less than nine Select Masters present?
- That you will not suffer any person to
pass the circle of perfection in your Council, in whose integrity,
fervency and zeal you have not entire confidence?
- That you will not acknowledge or hold
inter course with any Council that does not work under some regular
and constitutional authority?
- That you will not admit any visitor
into your Council who has not been regularly and lawfully invested
with the degrees conferred therein, without his having previously been
- That you will faithfully observe and
support such by-laws as may be made by your Council, in conformity
with the Constitution and General Regulations of the Grand Council,
under whose authority it works?
- That you will pay due respect and
obedience to the Grand Officers, when duly installed, and sustain them
in the discharge of their lawful duties?
- Do you submit to all these
requirements, and promise to observe and practice them faithfully?
Response: I Do.
And now, Thrice Illustrious,
with entire confidence in the rectitude of your intentions, and in the
integrity cf your character as a Select Mason, I invest you with this
jewel, the appropriate badge of your office.
Having been honored with the free suffrages of your Companions, and
elevated to the highest office
within their gift, it becomes your duty to
set them tin example of diligence, industry and fidelity: to see that the
officers associated with you faithfully rerform their respective duties;
and that the interests and reputation of your Council are not endangered
by imprudence or neglect.
The important trust committed to your
charge will call forth your best exertions, and the exercise of your best
faculties. As the representative of the wise King of Israel, it will be
your duty to recite the secret traditions, to illustrate the moral
principles of the Order, to cherish the worthy, and hold in due veneration
the ancient landmarks.
By frequent recurrence to the by-laws of
your Council, and the general regulations of the fraternity, and a
consistent observance of the great principles inculcated in the lectures
and charges, you will be enabled to fulfill the important obligations
resting upon you, with honor to yourself, and with credit to the Craft.
And may He, without whose approving smiles our labors are all in vain,
give strength to your endeavors and support to your exertions.
CHARGE TO THE DEPUTY
ILLUSTRIOUS GRAND MASTER.
A COMPANION - Having been
elected to the second office in this Council, it is with pleasure that I
invest you with this jewel, the badge of your office. The duties of the
important office to which your
Companions have elevated you, will require
your constant and earnest attention. You are to occupy the second seat in
the Council; and it will be your duty to aid and support your chief in all
the requirements of his office. In his absence, you will be called upon to
preside in Council and to discharge his duties. Although the
representative of a King and elevated in rank above your Companions, may
you never forget that, in all the duties you owe to GOD, your neighbor,
and yourself, you and they stand upon the same level of equality. Let the
bright example of your illustrious predecessor in the Grand Council at
Jerusalem, stimulate you to the faithful performance of every duty; and
when the King of Kings shall summon you to his immediate presence, from
His hand may you receive a crown of glory, which shall never fade away.
CHARGE TO THE P.'. C.'.
COMPANION: - As the third
officer in the Council, I invest you with this badge. It is your duty to
sound the Silver Trumpet at early dawn and eve of day, when the sun's
first and last beams gild the mountain-tops; to announce high noon, and
proclaim the time of rest and labor. In the absence of either of your
superior officers, you will be required to perform his duties; and, as the
interests of your Council ought never to be permitted to suffer through
the want of intelligence in its officers.
you will allow me to urge upon you the
necessity of being always qualified and prepared to meet such an
emergency, should it ever arise. Having been admitted to the fellowship
of Kings, you will be frequently reminded that the office of
mediator is both honorable and praiseworthy. Let it, therefore, be
your constant care to preserve harmony and unanimity of sentiment among
the members of your Council. Discountenance whatever may tend to create
division and dissension among the brethren in any of the departments of
Masonry; and as the glorious sun at its meridian dispels the mists and
clouds that obscure the horizon, so may your exertions tend to dissipate
the mists of jealousy and discord, should they ever unfortunately arise in
COMPANION: - You have been
elected to a responsible office, and I with pleasure invest you with this
jewel. It is your duty to number and weigh out the Shekels of the
Sanctuary, and to provide for the helpless orphan. The qualities which
should distinguish you are accuracy and fidelity; accuracy in keeping a
fair and true account of the receipts and disbursements; fidelity in
carefully preserving the property and funds of the Council, and in
rendering a just account of the same when required. Your interest in this
Council, your attachment to the craft, and your known integrity of
character, are a sure guaranty that your duties will be faithfully
CHARGE TO THE RECORDER.
COMPANION: - I now invest
you with this badge of your office. The qualities which should recommend a
Recorder are correctness in recording the proceedings of the Council;
judgment in discriminating between what is proper and that which is
improper to be written; regularity in making the returns to the Grand
Council; integrity in accounting for all moneys that may pass through his
hands, and fidelity in paying the same over to the Grand Treasurer. The
possession of these qualities has designated you as a suitable Companion
for this important office; and I entertain no doubt that you will
discharge all the duties incumbent on you with fidelity aud honor. And
when you shall have completed the record of your transactions here below,
and finished the term of your probation, may you be admitted to the Grand
Council above, and find your name recorded in the book of life eternal.
CHARGE TO THE CAPTAIN OF
A COMPANION: - Having been
elected Cap tain of the Guards, I present you with this implement of your
office. Guard well your post, and suffer none to pass it but the select,
the faithful and the worthy Be ever attentive to the commands of your
chief and always near at hand to see them duly executed
CHARGE TO THE MARSHAL.
COMPANION: - The duties of
your office require but little elucidation. It is your duty, in connection
with the Conductor, to attend to the examination of visitors, and to take
special care that none are permitted to enter but such as have proved
their title to our favor and friendship. I present you with the implement
of your office, in the confident belief that it is entrusted to competent
and faithful hands.
CHARGE TO THE GRAND
COMPANION: - You are
appointed Steward (or Sentinel) of this Council; and now invest you with
this badge, and present you with this implement of your office. As the
Sword is placed in the hands of the Steward to enable him to guard the
Sanctuary and entrance to the secret passage, with sleepless
vigilance, against intruders, so should it morally serve as a
constant admonition to us to set a guard at the entrance of our thoughts;
to place a watch at the door of our lips; to post a sentinel at the avenue
of our actions; thereby excluding every unworthy thought, word, and deed;
and enabling us to preserve our consciences void of offence towards GOD
CHARGE TO THE OFFICERS AND
COMPANIONS: - From the
nature of the constitution of every society, some must rule and
others obey. And while justice and moderation are required of the
officers, in the discharge of their official duties, subordination and
respect for their rulers are equally demanded of the members. The relation
is reciprocal. The interests of both are inseparable; and, without mutual
co-operation the labors of neither can succeed. Let the avenues to your
passions be strictly guarded; let no curious intruder find his way into
the secret recesses of your retirement, to disturb the harmony which
should ever prevail among the select and chosen. In so doing, you will
best secure the prosperity of your Council, the respect of your brethren,
and the commendation of your own consciences.
The Grand Marshal will then proclaim the
Council to be regularly constituted, and its officers duly installed.