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Passed to Fellowcraft

Mike Mendelson

Registered User
Passed to Fellowcraft last night along with my lodge brother (we were initiated together) and four brothers from a neighboring lodge. Great experience and the journey continues. I'm looking forward to the next phase of study. Be well and stay safe!
 

Winter

Premium Member
Congratulations Brother. FC has always been my favorite degree. It has, in my opinion, the deepest symbolism and opportunities to study and learn. Likely because until relatively recently, it was the highest degree a Brother attained with the MM and all the appendant degrees being added later.
 

Mike Mendelson

Registered User
Thanks for the advice. I have been thinking about the seven liberal arts. Good news is that we will have a speaker on this very subject at our next lodge meeting!
 

Thomas Stright

Premium Member
Passed to Fellowcraft last night along with my lodge brother (we were initiated together) and four brothers from a neighboring lodge. Great experience and the journey continues. I'm looking forward to the next phase of study. Be well and stay safe!

6 degrees in one night....impressive
 

Mike Mendelson

Registered User
Yes. Six candidates. Two of us did our catechism (the other four had done theirs at their home lodge), then we had two groups for the degree work. It was a long but fantastic night!
 

Keith C

Registered User
Congratulations.

We will do up to 3 degree conferrals in a single evening, for the first 2 Candidates we skip the majority of the recapitulation and lecture at the Altar after the Oath and Obligation, then they stand behind the last candidate while he is at the Alter to hear what was left out. After the last candidate is brought back in, all 3 are brought to the East for the investiture of the apron and Working Tools lecture as well as the Charge.

This might seem odd to the rest of you, but it works for us with the Ancient Ritual used in PA. Any more than 3 would be too many as we only save about 35 minutes by combining these elements.
 

Thomas Stright

Premium Member
Degrees should not be shared or combined IMHO. The degree is about the candidate or brother.

When you combine the degrees, do they still pay the full degree fee??
 

Glen Cook

G A Cook
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Degrees should not be shared or combined IMHO. The degree is about the candidate or brother.

When you combine the degrees, do they still pay the full degree fee??
In some jurisdictions where a group go through the degrees together (sometimes called a cable tow), an increased fellowship among the brethren of the class is often reported. We also see this in AASR classes when they spend three days together (I realize some valleys only do the mandatory degrees).

In some ceremonies, only the lecture of the degree is shared.

Not all jurisdictions charge a separate fee per degree. In my jurisdiction which does do joint degrees, the full fee must be paid.
 
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