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« Reply #150 on: June 14, 2009, 03:43:09 am »

CHARGE TO THE GRAND SENIOR WARDEN.

Eminent Sir, you have been elected Grand Senior Warden in this Grand Commandery, and I now invest you with the Jewel of your office. Your station is at the Southwest angle of the Triangle. Let it be your constant care that the Warrior be not deterred from duty, nor the Penitent molested on his journey.

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« Reply #151 on: June 14, 2009, 03:43:24 am »

CHARGE TO THE GRAND JUNIOR WARDEN.

Eminent Sir, having been elected Grand Junior Warden, I now invest you with the Jewel of your office. Your station is at the Northwest angle of the Triangle. Your duty will be to attend on all visiting Knights, and, if found worthy, to introduce them, on the order of the Grand Commander, into the Asylum. Be ye therefore perfect, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
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« Reply #152 on: June 14, 2009, 03:43:40 am »



Eminent Sir, you have been elected Treasurer of the Grand Commandery, and I now invest you with the Jewel of your office. Your station is on the right, in front of the Grand Generalissimo. The qualities that should especially distinguish the incumbent of your station are accuracy and fidelity—accuracy, in keeping a fair and minute account of all receipts and disbursements; fidelity, in carefully preserving all the property and funds of the Grand Commandery that may lawfully come into your hands, and rendering a just account of the same whenever called upon. Your respect for and attachment to this Grand Commandery and the great Order of the Temple, will stimulate you to a zealous, faithful, and prompt discharge of the trust confided to you.
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« Reply #153 on: June 14, 2009, 03:44:00 am »

CHARGE TO THE GRAND RECORDER.

Eminent Sir, by the suffrages of the Grand Commandery you have been chosen Grand Recorder, and I now invest you with the Jewel of your office. In selecting you to discharge the duties of this most important trust, the Sir Knights have been guided by a belief that you possess in a large degree the qualities that should distinguish a Grand Recorder. I can not doubt your resolve to discharge these important duties with benefit to this Grand Commandery, and with

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honor to yourself. Your station, to which you will now repair, is on the left, and in front, of the Grand Captain General.
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« Reply #154 on: June 14, 2009, 03:44:14 am »

CHARGE TO THE GRAND STANDARD BEARER.
Eminent Sir, to you has been awarded the distinction of Grand Standard Bearer, and I now invest you with the Jewel appropriate to that office. Your station is in the West. Your duty is to display, support, and protect the Banner of our Order, which I now place in your official custody. Let your conduct be such that the virtuous will delight to imitate it.
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« Reply #155 on: June 14, 2009, 03:44:31 am »

CHARGE TO THE GRAND SWORD BEARER.

Eminent Sir, having been elected Grand Sword Bearer, I now invest you with the Jewel of your office. Your station is on the right of the Grand Standard Bearer. You are to assist in the protection of the Banner of our Order with that mystic Sword which is endowed with justice and tempered by mercy.
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« Reply #156 on: June 14, 2009, 03:44:54 am »

CHARGE TO THE GRAND WARDER.

Eminent Sir, the Grand Commandery has selected you to fill the office of Grand Warder, and I now invest you with the Jewel of your office. Your station is on the left of the Grand Standard Bearer. Your duty is to announce the approach of the Grand Commander, and to announce all visiting Sir Knights who may be admitted to the privileges of our Conclaves. You will therefore be punctual, and by a strict performance of duty merit not only the honor now conferred upon you, but the commendation of all Sir Knights who may experience your official courtesy.
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« Reply #157 on: June 14, 2009, 03:45:12 am »

CHARGE TO THE GRAND CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD.

Eminent Sir, you have been elected to the responsible station of Grand Captain of the Guard, and I now invest you

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with the Jewel appropriate to your office. Holding the post of danger and of honor, your vigilance should be sleepless, your courage undaunted, and your courtesy beyond question. See to it that the avenues of approach are strictly guarded. Your courage should keep the unworthy at bay, but the valiant and the true should receive from you the knightly welcome due to a Soldier of the Cross.

GC.—Sir Knight Grand Marshal, make Proclamation in the East.

G. Mar.—Sir Knights, Attention! In the name and by authority of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of —, I proclaim the Officers thereof duly elected and installed.

GC.—Grand Commandery, Be seated!
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« Reply #158 on: June 14, 2009, 03:45:46 am »

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INSTALLATION OF GRAND ENCAMPMENT.

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The Grand Encampment has adopted only the Vow to be taken by its Officers, but certain ceremonies are usually observed in administering that Vow, and in installing each into his office. The following is offered to the consideration of the Grand Encampment at its Conclave of 1895:

GM.—Sir Knights, your Grand Master, and the other Grand Officers whom you have chosen, are in readiness for installation. The Grand Marshal will announce to them our readiness to install the Grand Master, and he will escort the Grand Master and the Officers elect to the East.

The Grand Marshal repairs to the room in which the Officers elect are assembled, and will escort them, in single file, to the Asylum. When they reach the door of the Asylum—

GW.—The Grand Master elect, and his associate Officers, approach.

The Grand Master calls up the Grand Encampment; a March is played as they pass down the Asylum, and halt in the East, in front of chairs prepared as seats for them.

G. Mar.—Most Eminent Grand Master, the Grand Officers elect are before you, and await your pleasure.

GM.—Excellent Grand Prelate, lead us in a solemn Invocation to the Throne of Grace. Sir Knights, Uncover!

The Grand Prelate will offer the following, or some other appropriate

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« Reply #159 on: June 14, 2009, 03:46:04 am »

PRAYER.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, bow down Thine ear, we beseech Thee, and hearken unto the voice of our supplication. Pardon our sins, and blot our transgressions, and give unto each of us a broken and a contrite spirit.

Give unto these, Thy servants, whom we have chosen to rule over us, wisdom from on high. Give unto each the spirit of the Master, and may the words of their mouths and the meditations of their hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and our Redeemer. Amen!

GM.—Sir Knights, Re-cover! Officers elect, before I can install you into your respective stations, I must receive from you a solemn Vow to be faithful to the trust about to be reposed in you. Most Eminent Grand Master elect, are you ready to take such a Vow?

He answers in the affirmative.

GM.—Very Eminent Deputy Grand Master, are you so ready?

He answers in the affirmative.

GM.—Are you all so ready?

They all say, each for himself, "I am".

GM.—Let the Grand Master elect approach the East.

Grand Marshal escorts him to the East.

GM.—Most Eminent Sir, you will now uncover, place your right hand upon your heart, and repeat after me:

The Grand Master uncovers.

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« Reply #160 on: June 14, 2009, 03:46:22 am »

I, —, do promise and vow that I will support and maintain the Constitution and Statutes of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America, and will use my best endeavors to cause a proper observance of the same, according to the authority which is in me vested; and that I will, to the best of my ability, faithfully discharge the duties pertaining to the office to which I have been elected.

GM.—Most Eminent Sir, I now with pleasure invest you with the Jewel of your high office, the highest in the gift of the great Order of the Temple.

The GM. takes the Jewel from his own breast, goes down and places it on the breast of the new Grand Master.

GM.—One so distinguished in the Order needs no admonition from me as to how this Jewel should be worn. The interests of the Order are placed in your hands, whether for weal or woe depends upon the fulfillment of the promises you have made to yourself, and to us. This body, whose chief you now are, feels confident that you will not abuse or pervert the powers conferred upon you as Grand Master.

It is known to you that to rule well has not been the lot of all called to such duty. And it is further known to you that it is not by a strong arm, or by an iron will, that order and obedience are secured, but by holding the key to the hearts of men. We hope and believe that you now and ever will hold such a key.

You will ascend to your station in the Grand East, and receive the salutations of your Companions-in-arms.

The Grand Master is escorted to his chair by the Grand Marshal. He stands in his station.

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« Reply #161 on: June 14, 2009, 03:46:40 am »

GM.—Most Eminent Sir, I now salute you, and proclaim you Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America!

GM.—Sir Knights, Behold your Grand Master!

The Grand Encampment will salute with the sign of the Order. The new Grand Master will make such remarks as he desires.

In. Of.—Most Eminent Grand Master, the remaining Officers elect await your pleasure.

The Grand Master will install the remainder of the Officers, or he may ask the Installing Officer to continue.

GM.—Sir Knights, Be seated!

In. Of.—Officers elect, Attention! Place your right hands upon your hearts, uncover, and repeat after me:

Same Vow as that taken by the Grand Master.

In. Of.—Present the Deputy Grand Master, and the remaining Officers elect will be seated.

G. Mar.—Most Eminent Sir, I present Very Eminent Sir —, who has been chosen Deputy Grand Master, and is now ready for installation.

In. Of.—Very Eminent Sir, you are aware that in case of incapacity of the Grand Master to act, you are to succeed to his duties. Remember that you are placed in most intimate relations with him, as head of the Order.

I now invest you with the Jewel of your office, and the Grand Marshal will conduct you to your station, on the right of the Most Eminent Grand Master.

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« Reply #162 on: June 14, 2009, 03:47:20 am »

The Grand Marshal will present the remaining Grand Officers as the Installing Officer may direct.

GRAND GENERALISSIMO AND GRAND CAPTAIN GENERAL.

In. Of.—Invest the Eminent Fratres with the Jewels of their offices. (Done by Grand Marshal.) Sir Knights, repair to your stations, and be not weary in well doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not!

THE GRAND WARDENS.

In. Of.—Invest the Eminent Fratres with the Jewels of their offices. (Done.) Sir Knights, repair to your stations, and see that the courtesies of the Grand Encampment are extended to all worthy visiting Knights of the Order of the Temple.

THE GRAND TREASURER AND GRAND RECORDER.

In. Of.—Sir Knights, you have been chosen to responsible stations, because the Grand Encampment believed you worthy and competent. See to it that their confidence has been well reposed. Repair to your stations.

STANDARD BEARER, SWORD BEARER, AND WARDER.

In. Of.—Place the Grand Standard in possession of its new Bearer. (Done.) Sir Knight, bear it worthily, and so display its precious emblem—in which Sign we shall all conquer—that each valiant Knight may be prompted to exclaim in the words of its gracious inscription, "Not unto us, O Lord; not unto us, but unto thy Name be the glory."

And you, Sir Knight Sword Bearer, protect that Banner at peril of your life. And if, in the vicissitudes of the next three years, it should fall from the hands of its Bearer, raise it aloft, for unto that honor you temporarily succeed.

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« Reply #163 on: June 14, 2009, 03:47:35 am »

Sir Knight Warder, be vigilant in the discharge of your responsible duties. Look well to the avenues of the Asylum, and see that all are duly guarded.

Sir Knights, repair to your stations, and remember that zeal and vigilance are necessary prerequisites to your offices.

In. Of.—The Grand Marshal will make Proclamation. Grand Encampment, Attention!

G. Mar.—In the name and by the authority of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America, I now proclaim the Officers thereof duly elected and installed.

GM.—Grand Encampment, Be seated!
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« Reply #164 on: June 14, 2009, 03:47:57 am »

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TEMPLAR UNIFORM.

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Edict of 1886.

1. The Uniform of Knights Templar, Knights of Malta, and Knights of the Red Cross, under the immediate jurisdiction of the Grand Encampment, is that prescribed by the Grand Encampment. No other Uniform is allowed, except in case of Washington Commandery, No. 1, of District of Columbia, whose members are permitted to wear the Uniform prescribed and worn in that Commandery before the adoption of the regulation of 1882.

2. Each Grand Commandery shall have full power and authority to prescribe the Uniform to be worn by those belonging to its own jurisdiction, except that the Insignia of Rank shall always be under the exclusive control and regulation of the Grand Encampment, and no other authority shall alter, modify, or in any way interfere therewith.
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