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    The Candidate kneels. The Brethren move in the prescribed manner, the Lodge Deacons crossing their wands above the Candidate's head, while the Worshipful Master or the Chaplain prays aloud, 'Vouchsafe Thine aid, Almighty Father and Supreme Governor of the Universe, to our present convention and grant that this Candidate for Freemasonry may so dedicate and devote his life to Thy service, as to become a true and faithful Brother among us. Endue him with a competency of Thy Divine Wisdom, so that, assisted by the secrets of our masonic art, he may be the better enabled to unfold the beauties of true Godliness, to the honour and glory of Thy Holy Name.'

    The Immediate Past Master says or sings, 'So mote it be.'

    'Mr Smith,' continues the Worshipful Master, 'in all cases of difficulty and danger, in whom do you put your trust?', and the Candidate replies, 'In God.'

    'Right glad I am to find your faith so well founded. Relying on such sure support you may safely rise and follow your leader with a firm but humble confidence, for where the name of God is invoked we trust no danger can ensue.'

    The Candidate rises to his feet with the help of the Deacons. The Worshipful Master and the Brethren sit. The Worshipful Master then gives a single knock with his gavel. 'The Brethren from the north, east, south and west will take notice that Mr John Smith is about to pass in view before them, to show that he is the Candidate properly prepared, and a fit and proper person to be made a Mason,' says the Master.

    There then follows various ritual motions and the Candidate is led in a procession around the Lodge. Arriving at the place where the Junior Warden stands, the Junior Deacon takes the Candidate's right hand and taps the Junior Warden's right shoulder with it three times.

    The Junior Warden asks, 'Whom have you there?'

    'Mr John Smith,' replies the Junior Deacon, 'A poor Candidate in a state of darkness, who has been well and worthily recommended, regularly proposed and approved in open Lodge, and now comes of his own free will and accord, properly prepared, humbly soliciting to be admitted to the mysteries and privileges of Freemasonry.'

    'How does he hope to obtain those privileges?'

    'By the help of God, being free and of good report.'

    The Junior Warden then takes the Candidate's right hand, and says to him, 'Enter, free and of good report,' and he is led to the Senior Warden, before whom a similar exchange takes place. The Senior Warden moves to the Worshipful Master. 'Worshipful Master,' he says, making the appropriate sign, 'I present to you Mr John Smith, a Candidate properly prepared to be made a Mason.'

    'Brother Senior Warden,' replies the Worshipful Master, 'your presentation shall be attended to, for which purpose I shall address a few questions to the Candidate, which I trust he will answer with candour.' He turns to the Candidate. 'Do you seriously declare on your honour that, unbiased by the improper solicitation of friends against your own inclination, and uninfluenced by mercenary or other unworthy motive, you freely and voluntarily offer yourself a Candidate for the mysteries and privileges of Freemasonry?' 'I do.'

    'Do you likewise pledge yourself that you are prompted to solicit those privileges by a favourable opinion preconceived of the Institution, a genuine desire of knowledge, and a sincere wish to render yourself more extensively serviceable to your fellow creatures?'

    *I do.'

    'Do you further seriously declare on your honour that, avoiding fear on the one hand and rashness on the other, you will steadily persevere through the ceremony of your initiation, and if once admitted you will afterwards act and abide by the ancient usages and established customs of the order?'

    'I do.'

    'Brother Senior Warden, you will direct the Junior Deacon to instruct the Candidate to advance to the pedestal in due form.'

    'Brother Junior Deacon, it is the Worshipful Master's command that you instruct the Candidate to advance to the pedestal in due form.'

    The Junior Deacon complies, leading the Candidate to the pedestal and instructing him to stand with his heels together and his feet at right angles, the left foot facing east and the right foot south. He continues: 'Take a short pace with your left foot, bringing the heels together in the form of a square. Take another, a little longer, heel to heel as before. Another still longer, heels together as before.'

    The Candidate is now standing before the pedestal, with the Junior Deacon to his right and the Senior Deacon to his left.

    'It is my duty to inform you,' says the Worshipful Master, 'that Masonry is free, and requires a perfect freedom of inclination in every Candidate for its mysteries. It is founded on the purest principles of piety and virtue. It possesses great and invaluable privileges. And in order to secure those privileges to worthy men, and we trust to worthy men alone, vows of fidelity are required. But let me assure you that in those vows there is nothing incompatible with your civil, moral or religious duties. Are you therefore willing to take a Solemn Obligation, founded on the principles I have stated, to keep inviolate the secrets and mysteries of the order?'

    'I am.'

    'Then you will kneel on your left knee, your right foot formed in a square, give me your right hand which I place on the Volume of the Sacred Law, while your left will be employed in supporting these compasses, one point presented to your naked left breast.'

    This done, the Candidate is then made to repeat the 'Obligation' after the Worshipful Master, 'I, John Smith, in the presence of the Great Architect of the Universe, and of this worthy, worshipful, and warranted Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, regularly assembled and properly dedicated, of my own free will and accord, do hereby (WM touches Candidate's right hand with his left hand) and hereon (WM touches the Bible with his left hand) sincerely and solemnly promise and swear, that I will always hele, conceal and never reveal any part or parts, point or points of the secrets or mysteries of or belonging to Free and Accepted Masons in Masonry, which may heretofore have been known by me, or shall now or at any future period be communicated to me, unless it be to a true and lawful Brother or Brothers, and not even to him or them, until after due trial, strict examination, or sure information from a well-known Brother, that he or they are worthy of that confidence, or in the body of a just, perfect, and regular Lodge of Ancient Freemasons. I further solemnly promise that I will not write those secrets, indite, carve, mark, engrave or otherwise them delineate, or cause or suffer it to be so done by others, if in my power to prevent it, on anything movable or immovable, under the canopy of Heaven, whereby or whereon any letter, character or figure, or the least trace of a letter, character or figure, may become legible, or intelligible to myself or anyone in the world, so that our secret arts and hidden mysteries may improperly become known through my unworthiness. These several points I solemnly swear to observe, without evasion, equivocation, or mental reservation of any kind, under no less a penalty, on the violation of any of them, than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by the root, and buried in the sand of the sea at low water mark, or a cable's length from the shore, where the tide regularly ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, or the more effective punishment of being branded as a wilfully perjured individual, void of all moral worth, and totally unfit to be received into this worshipful Lodge, or any other warranted Lodge or society of men, who prize honour and virtue above the external advantages of rank and fortune. So help me, God, and keep me steadfast in this my Great and Solemn Obligation of an Entered Apprentice Freemason.


    • #77
      Further Reading
      BEHA, Ernest, A Comprehensive Dictionary of Freemasonry (Arco Publications, 1962).

      BOX, Hubert S., The Nature of Freemasonry (Augustine Press, 1952)

      CAHILL, E., Freemasonry and the Anti-Christian Movement (Gill and Son, Dublin, 1952).

      CARLILE, Richard, Manual of Freemasonry (Wm Reeves, London, 1845).

      CARR, Harry, The Freemason at Work (Lewis Masonic, 1976).

      COVEY-CRUMP, Rev, The Hiramic Tradition, (London, 1937).

      COX, Barry, SHIRLEY, John and SHORT, Martin, The Fall

      of Scotland Yard (Penguin, 1977). DEWAR, James, The Unlocked Secret (William Kimber,


      FlTZWALTER, Raymond and TAYLOR, David, Web of Corruption (Granada, 1981)

      GOULD, R. F., History of Freemasonry (Caxton, 1951).

      HANNAH, Walton, Darkness Visible (Augustine Press,

      1952); Christian by Degrees (Britons Publishing Co


      JONES, Bernard E., Freemasons' Book of the Royal Arch Freemasons's Guide and Compendium (Harrap, 1950).

      'JUBELUM', Freemasonry and the Church of England Reconciled (Britons Publishing Co 1951).

      KNIGHT, Stephen, Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution (Harrap, 1976).

      LAWRENCE, Rev John, Freemasonry - A Way of Salvation? (Grove Books, 1982).

      LAWRENCE, Rev John ‘I., Masonic Jurisprudence (A. Lewis, 1923).

      LENNHOFF, Eugen, The Freemasons (A. Lewis, 1934). LEPPER, J. Herron, The Traditioners (Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, vol 56, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, no 2076).

      LEO XIII, POPE, Humanum Genus, 1884 (Britons Publishing Co, 1952).

      MACKENZIE, Norman (Editor), Secret Societies (Aldus, 1967).

      MACKEY, Albert G., Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry (3 vols) (Macoy Publishing and Supply Co, Richmond, Virginia, 1946).

      MORGAN, William, Freemasonry Exposed (Glasgow, 1836).

      NEWTON, Joseph Fort, The Builders: A Story and Study

      of Freemasonry (Hogg, 1917; Allen and Unwin, 1918).

      PICK, Fred L. and KNIGHT, G. Norman, The Pocket History of Freemasonry (Frederick Muller, 1953).

      PlNCHER, Chapman, Their Trade is Treachery (Sidgwick

      and Jackson, 1981).

      RAINSBURY, Rev A. W., Freemasonry - of God or the Devil? (substance of a sermon preached in Emmanuel Church, South Croydon, 1959).

      RUMBLE, Dr L., Catholics and Freemasonry (Catholic

      Truth Society pamphlet).

      THURSTON, H., Freemasonry (CTS pamphle.t).

      'VlNDEX', Light Invisible, A Freemason's Answer to Darkness Visible (Britons Publishing Co, 1952).

      VOORHIS, H. V. B., Facts for Freemasons (Macoy Publishing Co, 1951, revised 1979).

      WHALEN, William J., Christianity and American Freemasonry (Bruce Publishing Co, Milwaukee, 1958).


      Freemasons' Magazine and Masonic Mirror Freemasons' Monthly Remembrancer Freemasons' Quarterly Review Masonic Square

      CONSTITUTIONS of the Antient Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons under the United Grand Lodge of England (UGL, London, 1917).