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sed the entrance thereof, which closed the first day of man's salvation. And the first captain guards this sepulchre.
G. C. You have a second duty ?
F. C. To receive and dispatch all general orders from the Grand Commander to the second captain and see them punctu
P. G.C. In the east.
P. G. C. Very early on the first day of the week came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to the Sepulchre. And lo! there had been a great earthquake and an angel of the lord descended from heaven, rolled back the stone which covered the entrance to the sepulchre and sat thereon. Which opened to us life from death: for as by the first man Adam came death; so by the second Adam came life everlasting. So it is the Grand Commanders place to preside in the East, to superintend, govern and regulate the grand christian encampment, by projecting schemes and plans for its general welfare, and to see that all orders and distinctions are preserved and duly executed with every becoming warlike enterprize. To order the sound of the aların, to call the Sir Knights from refreshment to the field, to fight the battles of our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. and, after the Grand Prelate has offered up his prayer, to open the grand christian encampment.
The Grand Prelate prays thus:-0 thou great Emanuel and God of infinite goodness; look down upon this conclave with an eye of tender compassion and incline our hearts to thy holy will, in all our actions, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (He then reads the first six verses of the last chapter of the Gospel according to St. Mark.)
G. C. (The knights in the posture of the Grand Sign) As our blessed saviour's resurrection from the dead opened life and salvation unto men, and as all those who sincerely believe on him may rest, assured of eternal life through his name.-the life of grace with all its comforts here ; the life of glory with all its unutterable blessedness hereafter, both being effectually obtained by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who hath opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. So, in his names of Christ our Prophet, Christ our Priest, Christ our King, I now open this grand christian encampment, for the dispatch of such business as may come regularly and duly before us.
P. G. C. So mote it be, --The swords of the G. C. and two Captains are then placed in the form of a triangle, on the floor, opposite to the G. C. All the other Knights sheath their swords.
In some encampments, the G. C. merely pronounces that it is his will and pleasure that this grand christian encampment be opened for the dispatch of business, Which is repeated successively by the two captains and a master of the ceremonies, that, the encampment be open. After which, the G. C. pronounces it open in the three names of Christ.
The ceremony of closing is a mere repetition of the ceremony of opening, with the exception, that the Grand Prelate reads the six last verses of the fifteenth chapter of the Gospel according to St. Mark after the following short prayer: May the blessing of our heavenly captain descend upon us and remain with us now and evermore. Amen:
P. G. C. So mote it be. And the concluding observations of the G. C, are thus; (the knights in their grand sign posture:) When our Saviour's agony was at the summit and he knew that all things were accomplished, having received the vinegar, he said, it is finished. He then bowed his head, gave up the ghost, surrendered that life, which otherwise could not have been taken from him, as a ransom for many, and freely resigned his soul into his his father's hands. The work of redemption completed, the full atonement made, all the types and prophecies fulfilled, the laws magnified by a perfect obedience unto death, the justice of God satisfied, and salvation to sinners secured. Thus was our great surety laid under the arrest of death and consigned to the silent mansions of the grave, that he might make the clods of the valley sweet to us prepare our bed of dust perfumed with his own glorious body, and comfort us in the reviving hope of following him through the grave, the gate of death, into a joyful immortality. After onr blessed Saviour's example, may we, by faith, when time with us shall be no more, cheerfully commend our departing souls to our heavenly father's keeping, until the happy resurrection morn, when fashioned like unto Christ's glorious body, our sleeping ashes shall be reanimated, that we may then be taken to dwell with him in his eternal kingdom, where all terrestial things will close. So, in his names of Christ our Prophet, Christ our Priest, Christ our King, I now close this grand christian encampment,, until the time that you are next summoned to attend by my orders from the Grand Registrar,-
P. G. C. So mote it be.
The particulars of the form of initiation shall be introduced in the Catechism, for the present, we will suppose a candidate initiated and receiving a lecture from the grand commander, . G. C. Sir Knight companion, as you have passed the first degrees of masonry and have been ballotted for, admitted, and dubbed a Knight Companion of our most christian and sublime 01 der, you are to mark and learn all those parts of our rules and mysteries which you will find to be ingeniously calculated to form and qualify you to engage in services of great moinent. We have been informed, that you earnestly desired and sought to be
admitted initiated and united to our christian order, and that from free and disinterested motives, abstracted from pecuniary or secular views, so we kindly entreat you ro receive the instructious which we do now or may hereafter inculcate and enjoin. However strange and difficult our ceremonies may first appear we trust that you will persevere with unremitting zeal and expect that you will be modestly inquisitive and uniformly attentive, in order to acquire such pleasing instructions as will be most expedient to forward the great purposes of rational and social converse,
From what has been suggested, it appears, that the order of knights Templars is universally acknowledged to be the most sublime and refined and the most catholic and efficiently useful department of Freemasonry. Its votaries are formed into a select body, self-existing and self-dependant only, being under no subordination whatever, the great and immutable scheme of - christian morality excepted.
As we are orderly assembled for the most valuable of all purposes, so we are likewise enlightened in a peculiart manner and strongly connected in the bonds of brotherly love, governed by certain and allowed rules, supported by decency, guarded by secrecy, skilled in mystery, both delightful and instructive, posessing the affection of each other and seriously devoting ourselves thereto at stated times and seasons, apart from all temporal concerns; conversing together without dissimulation or reserve and abounding in mirth, affability and good humour. We conceive you to be well informed in the three great qualifications which are essential to form the character of a grand Mason, morality, secrecy and brotherly love, and shall not therefore rehearse them
We expect, that you will join with us in all things in labour and refreshment, in silence and mirth, always rejoicing with us in prosperity and sympathizing with us in adversity, and to be, like the rest of your brethren, obedient to the Grand commander, or his deputy, respectfully attentive to all the presiding officers, de cent and diligent, while in the encampment, and always ready either to give or to receive instruction. You are on Do account to disobey the summons of your encampment; but, if your time will possibly allow, be punctual to the hour appointed. To al these promises, we expect that you will cheerfully comply, and we sincerely wish you much success in the issue of your labours.
As an earnest of your desire to fulóil the respective duties which you have just heard proposed, you will be pleased to attend to the Grand commander, who will question you on the great subject of christian charity, that great scheme of brotherly love, * I think it has been a very mutable scheme.
R.C. + Very peculiar manner indeed !
which has been framed by the all wise providence, to procure for mankind, and more especially for masons, the highest happiness. In the course of your answer you shall have requisite assistance.
G. C. Wherein doth christian charity or the love of which you have just now heard consist ?
Noodle. In doing all the good offices for, and shewing unfeigned kindness towards my brother. If he be virtuous, it will make me to esteem him. If he be honest, but weak in judgment, it will raise my compassion to commisserate and aid him. If he be wicked, it will incline me to give him pious admonition and timely exhortation, in order to reclaim him: and if he reform, it will augment my happiness. But if, through perverseness and selfwill, he continues in an idle course and evil habit, it will excite my pity to pray for him, and, if possible to administer to his ne. cessities. I will at all times throw a veil over the reproach he may deservedly incur; but if his character shall at any time suffer violence without a just cause, I will then exert my best abilities to wipe off every unjust aspersion, by openly vindicating his character in a fair and honourable way. If, from birth, honour, state or wealth, he is my superior, it will teach me to be attentive, tractable, obliging and modestly submissive. If he be my inferior, it will make me affable, courteous and kind. If he be my equal, it will teach me to preserve equity and candour towards him, in a social way. Lastly, if I receive good from him, it will make me thankful and desirous to requite it. If I receive evil at his hands, it will make me slow to anger, easy to be entreated and of long forbearance, when impelled to exact restitution, In this last act of infliction, mercy shall always triumph over judgment, to my brother's edification and enlargement.
G. C. I thank you, Sir Knight companion, for the ready earnest which you have so cheerfully given of your intention to serve your brethren, with respect to your abilities and their several necessities and conditions in life.-- First captain be pleased to call upon our Sir Knight Companion, the second Captain, or whomsoever he or you may depute, to read aloud the rules of our grand christian encampment, in order, that the Knights companions may be more fully informed of their whole duty and become better prepared to acquit themselves agreeably to the honourable and friendly confession, which our worthy companion and the rest of the knights have already made.
F. C. (to the second captain.) Sir Knight Companion, the Grand Commander bas signified his pleasure to me, that the rules be now read, which have been subscribed by all the Sir Knights Companions of this grand christian encampment ;
and, therefore, he calls upon you, or whomsoever you shall depute, to read them aloud.-S. C. I depute the grand Orator.
G.,0. Hear ye, hear ye, each and all, Sir Knights Companions present, the whole of the rules of your grand Christian encampment, as they have been written for your own good peace, order and pleasure, and, afterwards distinctly heard, assented to and freely subscribed, not by another, but by and for yourselves. (All answer We will hear.) And, whereas, the Sir Knights Companions of this most Christian order and encampment of High Knights Templars have drawn up, approved, and agreed to the following rules, the better to prevent feuds, controversies, animosities, or debate, with a single eye to the glory of God, the honour of his Majesty, the welfare and prosperity of the kingdom and the well being and happiness of each other, all of which they profess most religiously to observe, they are now to be declared and known.
(These rules differ in every encampnient, each forming its own. I have the printed rules of two. Those of the Royal Graud Select Sols of London, perhaps extinct now, of wbich Charles James Fox seems to have been weak enough in intellect to have been a member: and those of the Bristol Encampment, the Grand Orator of which, Arthur Chichester, may consider that I am paying him in good coin for bis abuse of me in 1820. I see the name of E. P. Stock among the members. If this be the physician, wbo has exhibited great mental weakness in his fanatical waverings, and, to whom, I surmise, that I am indebted, for two or three letters, ridiculously fanatical, sent to me from London during the last winter, I present my compliments to bim, and desire him and his friend, the Rev. Mr. Wait, to read the whole of my exposure of Masonry. I copy, to fill up my exposure, the rules of the Bristol Eucampment, as I learn from high authority, that the members of this encanp. ment feel themselves to be the first in rank in this country and to excel all others in order and splendour.)
LAWS AND REGULATIONS To be observed by the Knights Companions of the Conclave
of Baldwyn, from time immemorial. I. That the Encampment of Baldwyn from Time immemorial, submit to the Grand Encampment of England, under the Command of his Royal Highness the Duke ot Sussex, our most Eminent Grand Master, and his Successors.