RUSTY NAIL DEGREE
The Rusty Nail Degree requires the participation of several members, and the
decision to put on the
degree should be made by the entire Lodge. It may be a good idea for several
Lodges to go together
and perform the degree. The Worshipful Master should appoint a Committee to be
in charge of
preparing the event.
The Rusty Nail Degree is a great time to invite sojourning brethren into your
lodge as well as those
members of your lodge who have not attended in quite some time.
Each member should make a conscious effort to contact someone who has not been
in Lodge for sometime
and offer to bring them to the event. You could also advertise in your local
paper to reach the
To assure that the brother does not get cold feet at the last minute, he
should be called two days before
the meeting by another brother, who should inform him that he will be picked
up and brought to the
Masonic temple for the degree. One brother could bring three other Masons with
him to the Lodge.
To instruct the brethren present in the proper manner of giving the steps, due
guards, signs, grips
and words of all three degrees, and the personal conduct required of them when
visiting a lodge, and in
the opening and closing of a Master Mason's Lodge.
To promote Masonic fellowship, and to increase the bond of brotherly love and
the brethren present by affording them the opportunity to sit together in
closed, tyled session.
Delivery time is approximately 35 minutes
Introduce self, and all lodge officers present (Put names and titles on the
Bring out any interesting information about the sojourning members present
(e.g. total number of
years in Masonry represented, how many different states represented)
Announce the Title of the Lecture
Announce the Objectives
Present Charter and show its important characteristics
Proceed with presentation
PRESENTATION: (most easily done with four assistants)
"My brothers, what we are going to do tonight is demonstrate and explain, in
examination form, all
of the important points of the first three degrees of Freemasonry, which were
taught to you in the
lessons of the degrees. At the conclusion of tonight's work, you should have
no difficulty in gaining
admission to any Masonic lodge, anywhere in the United States or abroad."
"Brother _______________, please assume the step of an Entered Apprentice and
explain the step."
"Brother _______________, please go to the altar and kneel as you did for your
Obligation and explain the due form."
"Brother _______________, please give me the due guard of an Entered
Apprentice and explain."
"Brother _______________, please give me the sign of an Entered Apprentice and
"Brother _______________, please assume the step of a Fellow Craft and explain
"Brother _______________, please kneel at the altar as you did for your Fellow
and explain the due form."
"Brother _______________, please give me the due guard of a Fellow Craft and
"Brother _______________, please give me the sign of a Fellow Craft and
10. "Brother _______________, please assume the step of a Master Mason and
explain the step."
11. "Brother _______________, please kneel at the altar as you did for your
Master Mason Obligation
and explain the due form."
"Brother _______________, please give me the due guard of a Master Mason and
"Brother _______________, please give me the sign of a Master Mason and
14. "Brother _______________, you may rise from the altar now, and thank you
for your assistance.
Please pair off now, for the next phase of instruction."
(In preparation for the next events, the instructor should draw a fist diagram
on the chalkboard, and
label with arrows, those knuckles used in the grips).
"Brother _______________, please assist me in demonstrating the grips, and the
arriving at them. Brothers, take each other with the grip of an Entered
"Brother _______________, please reply for all. What is that?" (etc., going
through all the grips
up through the Master Mason pass.)
"My brothers, we have now reviewed the pertinent parts of the 1st and 2nd
degrees, and the first
half of the 3rd degree. Before proceeding with a review of the second section
of the 3rd degree, let's
have a quick recap."
Have everyone demonstrate the steps as a group.
Have everyone demonstrate the due guards and signs.
Have everyone demonstrate the grips and words.
"Great! Now, if you will all have a seat again, we will proceed with the
second section of the 3rddegree."
"During this part of the degree, you represented our ancient G.M.H.A. during
the building of King
Tell the story - -
Burial and acacia placement
The seafaring man
The 12 Fellow Crafts
The search by the 12
The wayfaring man
m. The punishment
Again the search
Again the acacia
The report to Solomon
The raising (demonstrate)
Stress the five points of fellowship, then convey the substitute word to each
brother present, in the
Demonstrate the Grand Hailing Sign and words.
"And that, gentlemen, concludes the first part of our instruction. The second
part is simple. It's a
review of the opening and closing of a lodge."
Review and demonstrate:
Attending the East, with signs (Mention that the signs are used as private
Attitude of prayer
Entering and leaving a lodge at labor (Check the bible)
First time visitor procedure
"That's it! We will now take a five-minute break. Then we will assemble back
here, open lodge,
take a refreshment break, then return and close lodge and be finished for the
You may want to advertise during the month prior to the Rusty Nail Degree to
let the Sojourning
Masons in your area know what you are doing. It is best not to put all of the
information in the ad so
that they must call someone in the lodge and you can talk to them and
encourage their attendance.
A sample ad is shown below.
This will possibly bring in some sojourners, but you need to personally
contact those members of your
lodge who have not attended recently.
Have you not attended your Blue Lodge in years?
Have you felt unable to attend another Blue Lodge, but
would like to?
Are you afraid you can’t gain admittance because your
work is too rusty?
Tuesday, March 15th
is your night!
Acacia Lodge No. 26 will put on a special “Rusty Nail
Degree” that evening. Call the Junior Warden for details.