Today’s topic is “Masonic Rituals”. This is one of the topic topics I get many questions from readers on our website. So today, we discuss it.
Short History of the Freemasons
The Free Masons are believed to have been formed as a secret subgroup of the Knight Templars and it is believed that these warrior monks protected pilgrims during the dangerous crossing into the holy land during the great crusades. It is believed that the Free Masons were established as an order by a Scotsman named William Schaw.
William Schaw had his own stonemason tribe, which officially become the FreeMasons. During the 17th Century, many people starting flocking to this mystical cult-like group and many powerful members of the British society became members as well. This led to people believing that if they wanted to ha e a political career, they needed to be a part of this well established and well-connected group, and so it boomed in popularity.
In the early part of the 18th century, four lodges (the headquarters of the local masonic members) that were operating in London came together at the Goose and Gridiron Ale House in St. Pauls Churchyard to form the first Grand Lodge of the time. Initially, the lodge only had a jurisdiction that applied to a 10-mile radius around Charing Cross. Still, later on, many of the other lodges throughout Great Britain started to accept the legitimacy of the Grand Lodge.
This entire event led to many people becoming even more entrenched into the myth and the legend that was slowly taking over the entire world, and many people now wanted to be a part of it for various different reasons, Whether it be for political connections or just to be a part of an alluring group that made them seem interesting and awe inspiring.
To become a Mason, you must first perform certain rites in order to be a member. There are various ceremonies and rituals which are all related in some way to the bible and the Cristian beliefs. Even though many members in today’s modern Free Mason community vary from faith to faith, the one unifying factor for all of them is that they all belong to one of the monotheistic religions.
For these reasons, rituals and customary rites form a large part of being a Free Mason since all religions have certain sacred rituals. Most of the themes of these rituals revolve around architecture and geometry. Even God, which they all worship, is called the Grand Geometrician. Another reason why God and all these concepts are very generic is quite ingenious. It is done so that people of various faiths within the lodge are not offended at all. There are a lot of rituals and rites to perform and so we shall discuss the best way to learn them quickly below.
Old Fashioned Way The good old fashioned way of learning these rituals is to quite simply just attend all the lodge meetings and see how these rituals are performed. After a while, you automatically start to understand and memorize all the steps to the rituals.
1. Masonic EA Ritual Work
The best way to learn the rites and rituals is to go to the lodge and work as an apprentice Mason under a Master and let them guide you through all the steps in the lengthy rites that they perform. If you are truly entrenched in the masonic way of life, you could also study hard for a better position among your lodge.
2. Ritual Teams
As the name suggests, this means that the lodge you are a member of will have experts to help you memorize the rituals. This means that Master Masons will assist you in learning the difficult rites and ceremonies. In certain locations, there are clubs or groups known as ritual teams that help all their members who are about to “graduate” into learning everything the same way a study group or study circle would work. So, ask your Master Mason now where the nearest Ritual Team is.
Read more: What Is The Master Mason Degree?
3. Ritual Team Lodge
Some Lodges even have dedicated people specifically for the task of training their apprentices in the rituals and ceremonies that the Free Masons perform, so all you have to do is ask.
4. Wardens Club
The Wardens Club can be found in certain districts where the Free Masons are found. In this Warden Club, various Free Masons like Apprentices or Junior Masons perform the various ceremonies to attain the rank of the Master Mason. All you have to do is attend and watch the various Free Masons perform those rites, and then you will automatically learn the relevant steps that need to be performed. However, not all districts have a Wardens Club, so if they do not have one, you should consider starting one yourself.
As far as the Warden’s club is concerned, there are few lodges within a district type that is known as Warden’s club. There are Junior, Senior Wardens, Past Masters, Worshipful Masters, and Ritual Team members, and apart from that, any other member of the lodge who desires to attend it, watch it, listen and learn.
As soon as the wardens walk towards the Chair of the Master, the ritual practice that is received through attending Warden’s Club meetings can be irreplaceable. For instance, if your district does not consist of a Warden’s Club, we would like to tell you that you should definitely get one.
As soon as the lodge officers and the rest of the members become more capable in ritual, they are ready to perform more and more of their own degrees without taking any external help from any of the rest of the lodges or the Ritual Team Members. In return, they end up mentoring the new ascending officers.
There are practice meetings taking place for Ritual Team, Warden’s Club, and Ritual Club. You will be allowed to attend it once you have been raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.
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