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Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason together with the Ceremony of Installation, Laying Corner Stones, Dedications, Masonic Burial, Etc.   By:

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[Illustration: GEORGE THORNBURGH]

MASONIC MONITOR

OF THE DEGREES OF

Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason

TOGETHER WITH THE

Ceremony of Installation, Laying Corner Stones, Dedications, Masonic Burial, Etc.

BY

GEORGE THORNBURGH

P. G. M., and Custodian of the Secret Work

COPYRIGHT 1903, BY GEORGE THORNBURGH LITTLE ROCK, ARK.

CONTENTS.

Order of Business.

Masonic Dates.

Opening Prayer and Charge.

Closing Prayer and Charge.

Closing Ceremonies.

Entered Apprentice.

Fellow Craft.

Master Mason.

Grand Honors and Reception of Visitors.

Election and Installation.

Instituting Lodge.

Constituting Lodge.

Laying Corner Stone.

Dedication of Hall.

Funerals.

Lodge of Sorrow.

ORDER OF BUSINESS.

At stated communications:

First. Reading the minutes.

Second. Considering unfinished business.

Third. Receiving and referring petitions.

Fourth. Receiving report of committees.

Fifth. Balloting for candidates.

Sixth. Receiving and considering resolutions.

Seventh. Conferring degrees.

At called meetings no business should be taken up except that for which the meeting was called.

The 24th of June and 27th of December are regular meetings, but it is not best to take up routine business. Let it be a celebration, and not a business session.

TO FIND AND WRITE MASONIC DATES.

=Lodge.= (Anno Lucis the year of light). Add 4,000 to the common year; thus, for 1903, write: A. L. 5903.

=Chapter=. (Anno Inventionis the year of discovery). Add 530 to the common year.

=Council.= (Anno Depositionis the year of deposit). Add 1,000 to the common year.

=Commandery.= (Anno Ordinis the year of the order). Subtract 1,118 from the common year.

Certificate and Recommendation

This is to Certify that we have examined the manuscript of the Monitor, prepared by Bro. George Thornburgh, and we approve the same.

GEORGE THORNBURGH, } W. M. KENT, } Custodians. GEORGE W. DEVAUGHAN, }

J. M. OATHOUT, Grand Lecturer.

JOHN T. HICKS, Grand Master.

Little Rock, Ark., August 19, 1903.

Office of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge F. and A. M. of Arkansas :

This Monitor, prepared by Past Grand Master George Thornburgh, having been approved by the Custodians of the Work, the Grand Lecturer and myself, I do recommend the use of the same to all the lodges in Arkansas.

JOHN T. HICKS, GRAND MASTER.

PREFACE AND DEDICATION.

The demand of the craft throughout the State for a practical working Monitor of the three degrees, arranged in conformity with the work in this jurisdiction, culminated in the adoption, by the Grand Lodge of 1902, of the following resolution:

"Resolved, That Brother George Thornburgh be requested to prepare a Monitor which shall be adopted as the Monitor of this Grand Lodge. When the proposed Monitor is approved by the Custodians of the Work, the Grand Lecturer, and the Grand Master, the Grand Master shall be authorized to recommend it to the lodges."

This Monitor has been prepared in obedience to that resolution. The book is the child of my heart and mind. A love for the cause inspired its preparation. It goes to the craft with my earnest prayers that it may cause a more general and closer study of the beautiful ceremonies of the first three degrees, which are the foundation of all true Freemasonry. I dedicate the book to the Masons of Arkansas, who have so often and so kindly honored me above my merit.

GEO. THORNBURGH.

Little Rock, Ark, Sept. 1, 1903.

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION

On the 20th of October, 1903, the first edition of one thousand Monitors was placed on sale. I supposed I would probably dispose of them in the course of a year, but to my surprise, by December 20 they were all sold. I placed the second edition of one thousand on sale February 24, 1904, and by June 15 they were gone... Continue reading book >>




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