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Order of DeMolay. Initiatory Degree. It presumes the existence of ideal conditions for the presentation of the work. In those instances in which the Chapter room or meeting hail impose physical limitations, the Chapter may make the adjustments necessary, so long as they adhere as closely as feasible to this official standard.

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Order of DeMolay. DeMolay D egree. It presumes the existence of ideal conditions for the presentation of the work. In those instances in which the Chapter room or meeting hail impose physical limitations, the Chapter may make the adjustments necessary, so long as they adhere as closely as feasible to this official standard.

All DeMolays, Chapters, and Advisors are reminded that a full officer corps is the best and proper manner in which to confer all degrees and present all Ritual work of the Order. Only in exceptional circumstances, and with the expressed approval of the Executive Officer, are Chapters to use a reduced officer corps for the duration of time where it is absolutely necessary. A reduced officer corps was never intended to replace the full officer corps.

All Chapters are encouraged to work toward the complete ritual. For example: Some Chapters may find it necessary to place the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Preceptors on the South side of the room and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Preceptors on the North side.

Required Paraphernalia: A Chapter room should be furnished with the following paraphernalia: Crown of Youth with seven detachable jewels, two gavels, seven candlesticks with candles, Bible, school books, National flag in standard and gong.

Candles: The candles should be arranged about and to the East of the Altar. Flag and Banner: The National flag and the Chapter banner should be placed in standards at the positions shown on diagram. Gavels: A gavel should be on the pedes t al at the stations of the Master Councilor and Senior Councilor. If desired, only an Altar cloth, Bible marker and flowers may be added.

If flowers are used, they should be placed around the Holy Bible, but not on it. If a Bible marker is used, the DeMolay emblem upon it, if any, should be toward the West side of the Altar, whether the Bible is open or closed.

If there is a DeMolay emblem on the Altar cloth, it should be on the West side. Pronunciations and Definitions: Appendix A contains a brief dictionary of words used in DeMolay ceremonies, including correct pronunciations.

DeMolay members preparing a ritual part should consult Appendix A for a thorough understanding of the meanings of the words and correct pronunciations so they may more effectively teach the lessons contained in the degrees. Music: The use of music in all DeMolay Ritual work is strongly recommended. Throughout the text, blanks for the entry of suggested music are provided. A standard cassette tape of musical selections is available from the DeMolay Service and Leadership Center.

Floor Movements: After the Master Councilor has called the Chapter to order, no person shall pass between the Altar and the East except when this Ritual expressly requires it.

All floor movements should be made in a clockwise dire ct ion except when specifically nosed otherwise. The shaded area on Diagram One represents a walking band which is always wide enough for two Officers to walk side by side. X is the station of the Officer s being directed.

Z is the point on the walking band nearest the station of the Officer s being directed. An Officer di r ected to move X Z moves directly forward from his station to the walking band, except: the Councilors, Scribe and Treasurer will move by the most direct route to the walking band, but around the pedestals or desks in their paths.

Their return from the West side of the Altar by way of the North to their stations would be noted: Ch. Recognition: When a person wishes to be recognized by t he Master Councilor, he should rise, face the Master Councilor, and remain silent until he is recognized. When a person is addressed by the Master Councilor by name, or an Officer by title, he shall rise immediately and face the Master Councilor. No other salute of any kind is to be given to the Master Councilor.

Except during prayers, all Officers including the Master Councilor and all other persons stand when speaking.

Gavel Raps: Except when this Ritual expressly requires o t herwise, when a gavel is rapped once, all Officers standing at stations and all others standing will go to appropriate seats and sit down; when rapped twice, all Officers sitting will stand; when rapped three times, all persons sitting will stand.

The Marshal may carry a baton. If he does so, one end of the baton should be in his left hand; the other end should be tucked under his left arm. An Active DeMolay kneels on his left knee, his right elbow resting on his right knee, his forehead resting in his right hand as shown, his left hand around his right elbow.

The Chaplain kneels at the Altar on both knees both hands palms down on the Holy Bible, body erect, and head slightly turned up; eyes may be opened or closed. Active DeMolays kneel and r i se in unison with the Chaplain. Special rules are here set forth for two Officers: The Marshal and the Standard Bearer, in particular instances: 1 the Marshal in the formation of the Triangle kneels with the other Officers. If the Marshal is carrying a baton, he kneels placing the baton across his right leg, behind his right elbow; 2 the Standard Bearer does not kneel during the prayer in the Initiatory Degree Opening Ceremony.

God bless father. God bless the purposes of DeMolay. Parts: Any Active DeMolay may perform the part of Master Councilor in an initiation, the part does not necessarily have to be performed by the regularly installed Master Councilor. In those instances, in which the Chapter room or meeting hall impose physical limitations, the Chapter may make the adjustments necessary, so long as the adhere as closely as feasible to this official standard.

For example: Some Chapters may find it necessary to place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Preceptors on the South side of the room and 4th, 5th, 6th arid 7th on the North side. All floor m ove m ents should be made in a clockwise direction except when specifically noted otherwise.

The shaded area represents a walki n g band which is always wide enough for two Officers to walk side by side. Z is the point o n the walking band nearest the station of the Officer s being directed.

An Officer directed to move X Z, moves directly forward from his station to the walking band, except The Councelors, Scribe and Treasurer will move by the most direct route to walking band, but around the pedestals or desks in their paths. Floor movement examples: Movements of Chaplain and Marshal from their stations by way of the South to the West side of the Altar would be noted thus: Gh.

Their return from the West side of the Altar by way of North to their stations would be noted: C h. DeMolays who have not received the same will please retire. DeMolays who have received only the Initiatory Degree assemble West of the Altar; give step, sign and token in three separate movements which are returned by the M. Deacons rise. Simultaneously, J.

Both face West. They should be standing within approximately 3 feet of each other. Deacons face respectively North and South. They then collect the password and grip not sign of the DeMolay Degree from each Active DeMolay except the Councilors, starting with those Officers mentioned. The password is given by the Active DeMolays to the Deacon and is not exchanged in syllables. The J. When Deacons have finished collecting the word, J.

He returns to position West of Altar. Chapter, sponsored by Brother Junior Deacon, you will so inform the Sentinel. A gong is struck nine times. The striking of the gong and the dimming of the lights may be omitted at public occasions if the circumstances are such that that would be more appropriate.

At this hour also, the guests in homes and hospitals are preparing fo r the hour of rest. Let us pause a moment in our deliberations while the Chaplain offers a prayer. All stand. Suggested music cue. As Ch. Lights are dimmed. Mar and Ch. Mar takes one further step North; both face East. All others will remain standing. Active DeMolays except Mar kneel as Ch. We ask Thy benediction upon all who labor for the relief of suffering and need.

May we ever realize that we are brothers of the helpless and suffering and rejoice in every call to the relief of pain or the alleviation of sorrow. Wilt Thou help us to lead upright and patriotic lives worthy of the devotion of all who have labored for our beloved country in every field of sacrifice and service. Active DeMolays rise as Ch. Lights raised to full. Both face North. Mar moves Z X and both Ch.

As Mar and Ch. The text of this Degree must be followed to the letter. No words may be added or deleted from those here printed. Positively no additional scenes can be used not included here. Chapters are encouraged to make the Degree more impressive by employing effective and appropriate scenery, costumes, equipment and staging and reasonable latitude is given in these areas as well as an interpretation of the way the lines may be delivered. Certain explanatory phrases are placed in italics and in parentheses at the beginning of some speeches to indicate a suggested way to deliver the lines.

Non-speaking characters such as extra Inquisitors and Guards may be added. If extra Inquisitors are added, seats must be provided for the other members of the Commission at each side of the speaking Inquisitors. The foremost point to be remembered is to portray J acques DeMolay as the hero and to select an interpretation for the DeMolay Degree which will enhance the lessons of fidelity and toleration.

The scene is lighted by candles or a combination of candles and electric lights, but there must be sufficient light to discern the features of all the characters easily. Chamber Guards are primarily security guards and are not particularly concerned with the prisoners.

Prisoner Guards are those who enter with the Senior Guard and are pri m arily concerned with the prisoners. Suggested music cues are listed and it is strongly recommended that music be used. Speaking Characters required : Orator Or.

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Grolabar We seek to emphasize the magnificent heroism of DeMolay, his unfaltering fidelity to the trust reposed in him, his loyalty unto death. The spirits of my brave comrades would haunt me through all eternity if I surrendered them to thy vengeance. Movements of the Chaplain and Marshal from their stations by way of the South to the West edmolay of the Altar would be noted thus: The sign is made by extending the right hand forward, as though about to grasp him by the hand. As the light from these candles permeates this Chapter room, let your light so shine deolay men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Do you assert upon your honor that you are not inspired by an unworthy desire to be exclusive by belonging to a secret order? Brother Senior Councilor, what have you learned sitting in the West? Many of them have made the supreme sacrifice and have helped win the blessings which we now enjoy.

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