PROCEEDINGS OF THE
The first order of business was discussion on how many and which volumes of Sacred Law are permitted on the altar during open Lodge. The consensus was that only volume of Sacred Law was to be open on the altar, but others could be placed there, space permitting. A motion was made to allow the volume of Sacred Law of the candidate’s choice to be open during the candidate’s obligation. The Holy Bible is to be used during the opening and closing of the Lodge. More discussion ensued with final opinion allowing more than one volume of Sacred Law to be on the altar, space permitting, but only one volume open at a time. A demonstration was given for informational purposes only how Lodges in California present the apron to the candidate at the altar. Discussion ensued on variations in different juristictions. There was discussion on the recognition of Ritual Sub-division Card holders being sent to all of the Lodges of which a card recipient is a member of instead of sending it only to the members home Lodge. It was decided to recommend that the cover letter that accompanies the cards and certificates be sent to every Lodge of which the recipient is a member. A question was asked if any changes to the ritual initiated during the previous Grand Lecturer’s term would be reviewed and changed again. Discussion ensued. It was determined that no action would be discussed or taken until a permanent Grand Lecturer is appointed. Discussion then turned to recommending a permanent replacement candidate. RWB Randy Jones had previously indicated that he was willing to resume the position. Discussion followed that there were several qualified candidates and that perhaps we should spread the wealth and recommend a qualified person who has not had the opportunity to serve. The committee only has the power to recommend a candidate(s). Ultimately the choice will be made by the top five Grand Lodge officers. It was offered that a successful candidate should be an administrator and communicator as well as being well versed in the ritual and have the ability to give instruction in a kindly yet firm manner. It was also recommended that a successful candidate be in possession of all five ritual cards. Discussion then turned to Lodges that cannot or do not open on all three degrees. Although the Grand Lodge permits business to be conducted on any degree, it is felt that Lodges that only open on the 1st Degee of Freemasonry are losing the ability to properly collect passwords in the 2nd and 3rd Degrees. Conversely, Lodges who consistently open on the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry to conduct their business are not giving opportunities to the officers of the E. A. and Fellowcraft Degrees to recite their duties. It is the committee’s recommendation that Lodges open on all three degrees when practicable. RWB Randy Jones expressed his appreciation for all who attended the Ritual Committee and gave the Benediction and wished everyone a safe trip home. The meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM.
Official proceedings of the One Hundred Ninety-Fourth Annual Communication Columbia Sept 28-29 A.D. 2015 A.L. 6015
Published on Sep 14, 2016