27 February, 2012

Freemasons: The Solemn Obligation Of A Master Mason

Freemasons Masonic Diploma

I wasn't sure what to write today but was handed the following which, I'm told, is part of the Freemasons initiation into the Third Degree of a Master Mason. It is the Solemn Obligation of a Master Mason, and is only a small part of the complete process.

I thought it may be of interest to readers, especially the promise in the final paragraph.

Candidate:
I, full name, of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this Worshipful Lodge of Master Masons, erected to Him and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints John, do hereby and hereon solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will keep and conceal and never reveal any of the secrets belonging to the Degree of Master Mason, which I have received, am about to receive, or may be hereafter instructed in, to any person unless it shall be to a worthy Brother Master Mason, or within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of such, and not unto him or them until by due trial, strict examination, or lawful Masonic information, I shall have found him or them justly entitled to receive the same.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will support the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the name of lodge here, also all the laws, rules, and edicts of the same, or of any other Grand Lodge from whose jurisdiction I may hereafter hail; together with the by-laws, rules, and regulations of this or any other Lodge of which I may become a member, so far as the same shall come to my knowledge.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will answer and obey all due signs and regular summons sent me from the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge of Master Masons, or handed me by a worthy Brother of this degree, if within the length of my cable-tow.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will help, aid, and assist all poor and distressed Master Masons, their widows and orphans, they applying to me as such, I finding them worthy, and can do so without material to myself or family.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will keep the secrets of a worthy Brother Master Mason, when communicated to me as such, as secure and inviolate in my breast as they were in his before communication.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not give the Grand Hailing Sign of Distress of a Master Mason, except for the benefit of the Craft while at work or for the instruction of a Brother, unless I am in real distress; and should I see the sign given, or hear the word spoken, I will hasten to the relief of the person so giving it.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not give the substitute for the Master’s Word in any other way or manner than that in which I receive it, which will be on the Five points of Fellowship, and at low breath.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not wrong, cheat, nor defraud a Master Masons Lodge, or a worthy Brother of this degree to the value of anything, knowingly, nor suffer it to be done by another, if in my power to prevent.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not knowingly strike a Brother Master Mason, nor otherwise do him personal violence in anger, except in the necessary of myself, family or property.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not have illicit carnal intercourse with a Master Mason’s wife, widow, mother, sister or daughter, nor suffer it to be done by another if in my power to prevent.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not be present at the initiating, passing, or raising of an old man in dotage, a young man under age, an irreligious libertine, an atheist, a person of unsound mind, or a woman, knowing them to be such.

Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not be present at the initiating, passing, or raising of a candidate clandestinely, nor hold Masonic intercourse with a clandestine Mason, or with one who has been suspended or expelled, knowing him to be such, until duly restored.

To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind in me whatsoever; binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken thence, and with my body burned to ashes, and the ashes thereof scattered to the four winds of Heaven, that there might remain neither track, trace nor remembrance among man or Masons of so vile and perjured a wretch as I should be, should I ever knowingly or willfully violate this, my solemn Obligation of a Master Mason. So help me God and make me steadfast to keep and perform the same.

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10 comments:

  1. My grandfather on my mother's side was a Master Mason,but he died before I was born,so unfortunately I never got to meet him in this life.
    He must not have willfully violated his oath,because according to my mother he died peacefully in his sleep.-)

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    1. I've a feeling that one of my uncle's was a Mason but it was all hushed up and he died while I was still a kid.

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  2. I am a master mason. I have memorized many hundreds of words and promised under oath never to reveal any secrets. What you're reading above would be considered "secrets" and the mason that revealed them to the public, or non-master masons, would have revoked his promise on the bible, and his promise to his brothers. He should be ashamed. Although, and unfortunately, he will never be severed in twain, he surely has no honor in revealing things he swore he never would. What a shame. He is not a man. He is a coward.

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    1. Wholeheartedly agree. Regardless of this person's motives, he swore an oath on a Bible. Somewhere along the way, he has placed his personal agenda above honoring a contract he swore to God that he would uphold. For the sake of brotherly love and compassion, I'll refrain from condemning him but I will say that I hope he receives what he is due.

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    2. As a Master Mason I will say he is a coward and dishonorable man. I take my obligation serious and literal. He diserves to suffer the penalty of our obligation.

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    3. I am also a Master Mason. It is interesting to read the comments of those other MMs above over cowardice and the revelation of secrets. Whereby they fail to see that the Obligation itself is not a secret, it is a necessary and vital part of the Initiation, Passing and Raising ceremonies in Masonry and, as such, is readily available to read in works published by the various Masonic bodies around the world.

      The Masonic secrets are completely different. They are not the signs or tokens, nor the words that we speak, nor the way that we stand, walk, greet one another. The Masonic secrets are those that we learn, that we take to heart, that influence our lives and our actions with other people, both Brethren and Profane.

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    4. I have recently been raised as a Master Mason, and am preparing to take my examination. My grandfather was a Master Mason, as was my step father. I initially joined the Freemasons, out of curiosity and was intrigued. What I have found is a group of men that are hard working dedicated caring and loyal to one another. I have always been one to seek enlightenment in all forms. I take my oath seriously, and while the obligations and tokens and such are common knowledge to many outside the brotherhood of Masonry, I refuse to communicate them to anyone. I dont believe anyone should be severed in twain for revealing the above. However, I do feel that it was an insult to his character for him to do so. Along my path of knowledge in Masonry I have developed a loyalty and passion for Masonry that goes beyond anything I have ever encountered in my life, even as a US Marine. When I see the misguided programs on the History Channel dealing with masonry I weep inside for the persons that in their ignorance and uninformed state, refuse to listen to what Masons that they interview say. It shows a disregard for the "truth" they claim to seek and in their bumbling they misguide even more. Freemasonry has inspired me to hone my character, skills, and emotions, to become a better man both within and without. Granted I am young in Masonry and have much to learn, I have already learned so much about a better way of life that I am excited to continue my Masonic Education. I was humbly Initiated in Mid July, Passed the next month, and Raised two weeks later. I am only just preparing for my Master Mason Examination due to two major surgeries, owing to the reason I had been unable to study more in the last month. I am 30 years old, and have been on a search my entire life for light and truth, education and knowledge, at 30 years old I feel as if i have finally stepped into the first of many lights and truths and am thankful for the same. My wish is that more would seek the truth of masonry rather than defame it, and or ignorantly spread falsehoods based on misinformation and ignorance. I appreciate the passion those in the comments above mine show for Freemasonry, and it is my hope that all Masons take their obligation seriously, not out of any fear but out of loyalty and strength of character. Love and peace with you all, Your brother in Masonry, TT.

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  3. I couldn't agree with you more, and yes it's a sad shame this coward isn't severed in twain.

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