Lodge Officer Duties - Junior Deacon

Discussion in 'Officers of the Lodge' started by Blake Bowden, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Travelling Man91

    Travelling Man91 Registered User

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    Thank you, that's what I was trying to explain to him.

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  2. MBC

    MBC Twice Registered User Premium Member

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    I couldn't do that.
    I will have to "tactical retreat" if we both sit in the third jurisdiction which both of us recognised.
    But the fact is, he is simply not recognised by my Grand Lodge. It is a fact and no matter how you and me dislike it, I still need to follow it.
     
  3. Ripcord22A

    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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    You could because you'd never know it.

    But I 100% agree that regardless of our feelings we must follow GL Law

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  4. MBC

    MBC Twice Registered User Premium Member

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    Maybe not in the teachings of your Lodge, but it is in mine.
     
  5. Ripcord22A

    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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    So when you visit a lodge you have to make sure all in attendance are recognized by your gl? How do you do that?

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  6. Bloke

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    Ask. We certainly cannot sit in Lodge with a Bro from an unrecognized brother, but I am sure if it did happen, and they were all in the same regalia, I dont think our GL would be very interested in taking action against me... I would suggest a 24 hour suspension :)
     
  7. Ripcord22A

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    So everytime you visit you ask every one there what GL they are from and you carry a Book Of Lodges Masonic? It's impractical. ...

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  8. Warrior1256

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    Understood. How would I know who all my GL recognizes and who it dosen't?
     
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  9. dfreybur

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    Some jurisdictions publish a recognition list, so you familiarize yourself with the list and do your best on the spot. California has the list in the Proceedings every year. I download it most years, so I'm mostly familiar with the list.

    Other jurisdictions don't publish a list or at least don't make it easy to find. I've looked for the Texas list but haven't been able to find it. So I make my best guess.

    So best educated guess. If you're not educated, then the Brothers at the lodge you're visiting are your education. This is where the "act like the locals" rule probably came from.

    If your jurisdiction doesn't have an "act like the locals rule", AND you know they don't, then you're still back at making an educated guess. Even with minimal education you'll know about some jurisdictions. But if you don't know for certain, I suggest you ask yourself what's the brotherly thing to do. Sometimes maybe it is to withdraw from the meeting. Sometimes maybe it is to make an educated guess that the recognition list of the host lodge is close enough that you're okay staying.
     
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  10. Warrior1256

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    Wise advise, thank you Brother.
     
  11. Mark Stockdale

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    In my Mother Lodge, we have an Inner Guard.
    The Junior Deacon is responsible for the candidate in the EA degree, and assists the Senior Deacon in the FC and MM degrees.
    As such, I am the first person candidates interact with as they take their first real step in Freemasonry, as I prepare them for the ceremony and try to put them at ease about what they are about to experience, before leading them through the Lodge door to truly begin their journey.
     
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