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Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Hancock, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Hancock

    Hancock Registered User

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    The night before last, I was raised. It's hard to find the words to describe it; I felt as if I were part of the greatest Shakespearean play ever produced. It was truely awe-inspiring.

    The Grand Master, and the Grand Lecturer honored us by being present, and brought a degree team with them. It seemed as though they were as near to perfect as it gets, but as I have never seen a raising, I don't know.

    What I experienced was the sincerity, brotherly love and purpose I hoped to find in Masonry. It gave me the desire to continue to search for more light.

    The Grand Master presented my ring to me, and made a very powerful speech about it which brought tears to at least one brothers eyes. I complemented a brother's Masonic bolo tie, he gave it to me.

    I almost walked away from Masonry based on one lodge; I was wrong. Without the encouragement to preserver from those of you here, I would have missed a great experience. Now, I need to find the right lodge.

    Thank you all.
     
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  2. Kangabrother

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    Congratulations Brother! I’m also glad you hung in there and didn’t give up after one experience. I have been a Master Mason for 44 years, but the third Friday of every month still has me keen to arrive at Lodge. I hope you have many great years as a Freemason.


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  3. David612

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    Glad to hear your raising went so well brother-
    I have to say mine was not as good-
    We had people trying to fill parts minutes befor we opened and the 3 brothers I invited where no shows.
     
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  4. Bloke

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    Congrats Bro Hancock - your Third Degree is just one of many steps forward I hope you will take in Freemasonry, and as a man.
     
  5. Okla. MM

    Okla. MM Registered User

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    Congratulations Brother !........I was raised over forty one years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday.

    There were two of us being raised the same night and I was fortunate in that I was raised first and was able to sit in lodge and watch the other brother being raised.
     
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  6. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Congratulations!!!!!
     
  7. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    Welcome again, and again, to the family thrice adopted Brother.
     
  8. Keith C

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    Sad to say we had a similar experience last week at an EA Degree Extra Meeting. Several Brothers who were to fill chairs had to miss at the last minute due to work commitments that were imposed on them at the last minute. We were just able to fill the chairs. Thankfully several of those filling in were PMs and knew the Duties and Business well, but it was mass confusion before we opened. Thankfully the Candidates were without and waiting, so likely had no knowledge of the chaos before the first Guide knocked.
     
  9. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Lol...also been there, done that.
     
  10. hanzosbm

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    A few things come to mind here.

    First, to the OP, congratulations on being raised to the sublime degree. I am truly happy to hear that your raising went so well and that you were able to see such a stark contrast to the work that had caused you such doubt.
    Secondly, and this is to the OP and others who might read this; take this as a learning opportunity and motivation. My lodge is quite small, and it's not uncommon to have to shuffle chairs the night of a degree. While others have mentioned this as a sad state, I see it as a test. Our small lodge is made up of almost 100% Past Masters, and all the brothers are extremely proficient in their ritual work; it's something we view as a matter of pride. It's not desirable to have to make last second adjustments, but I think we should all challenge ourselves to be good enough ritualists that we can step into any chair without notice. See what kind of an impact excellent ritual can have? So challenge yourself to be the one capable of delivering that experience. If we all did that, every man who passed through the west gate would have the same amazing experience that the OP did.

    I'll freely admit, I'm not quite there yet. So there are a few chairs for a few degrees I wouldn't feel comfortable filling, but I'm working on them. Imagine how much easier all of our lives would be if every brother was proficient in every chair.
     
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  11. Hancock

    Hancock Registered User

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    What I experienced should be the norm.

    Has anyone ever heard any of the spoken parts SUNG? Was that because we had a trained team, or is it common?
     
  12. hanzosbm

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    For the third degree, there is a portion which is sung. If that's the portion you're referring to, that is the norm for my jurisdiction.
     
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  13. Hancock

    Hancock Registered User

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    Thanks.
     
  14. Keith C

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    FYI, No part is sung in any Craft Lodge Degree here in PA. You will find significant differences depending on jurisdiction.
     
  15. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    Which usually sounds like a bunch of dogs howling at a pound facility.
     
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  16. hanzosbm

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    After I hit 'Post Reply' I thought to myself, "I should've said that there is a portion that's sung...badly".
     
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  17. dfreybur

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    In three jurisdictions I have now learned two different songs for that particular part of the third degree ritual.

    There are parts that could be sung if a ritualist were so inclined. As the candidate is walked around early in a degree there are scripture readings. The stage directions in one of my jurisdictions says that part is to be "sung or spoken" but I have only heard it spoken.
     
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  18. Warrior1256

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    Same here in Kentucky.
    Lol....also same here in Kentucky.
     
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  19. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    "Hark! From the tombs a doleful sound, my ears begin to cry..." ;):D
     
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