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MAT 24, 1864. 





W.A.8. W.S. 

W. F. 8. W. T. 


1 ' 

W. Sent. 


1. Opening Ceremonies. 

2. Roll of Officers and Appointments pro-tern. 

3. Reading Journal, and action thereon. 

4. Reports of Investigating Committees. 

5. Balloting on Candidates. 

6. Initiatory Ceremonies. 

7. Propositions for Membership, and reference 

to Committees. 

8. Reports; Special Committees ; Sickness; 


9. Charges preferred and referred to Com- 


10. Reports of Officers ; Trustees; Finance 


11. Application for Degrees. 

12. Election; Installation, and other Special 


13. Unfinished Business. 

14. Communications, and New Business. 

15. Good of the Order; Lectures, Essays, 

Speeches, Papers, etc. 

16. Closing Ceremonies. 


1. Whenever an obligation is to be administered, the Lodge 

should always be called to their feet. 


2. The attitude to be assumed on receiving the obligation, 
is, the right hand upon the heart. The open Bible should lie 
upon the altar, in front of the candidate. 

3. Should candidates refuse to assent to the Obligation, 
the Initiation cannot proceed, but the W. M. will conduct such 
candidates to the ante-room. 

4. Officers entering the Lodge room and reporting to the 
W. C. T., give the salutation to that Officer as they report 

5. When the Lodge is visited by the Officers of the Grand 
Lodge, or their Representatives, officially, it should rise as they 
enter the room and give the salutation. 


[ When the hour arrives for opening the Lodge, the 
W. C. T. (and in his absence the W. V. T., or a P. W. 
C. r.) will take the chair and call the Lodge to order.*] 

W. C. T. We are now about to open the 
Lodge. All not members of the Order will 
please retire. The Officers and Members will 
clothe themselves in appropriate regalia and 
assume their respective positions. 

The Worthy Vice Templar will see that the 
Guards of the Lodge are at their proper places, 

* These Explanatory Notes and Special Rules, In italic, are for the information 
and guide of the Officers only, and are not to be spoken in any instance during 
the Ceremony. 


and that they are correct in the Quarterly Pass- 
word, Explanation and Signals. 

[ The W. C. T. will now make such pro-tern, appoint- 
ments as are necessary to open the Lodge.~\ 

The Marshal and Deputy will communicate 
to me the Pass-word and Explanation of the 
present term, after which they will ascertain 
and report if all present are in possession of 
the same. 

'[The W. M. commences with the L. H. S. ; the W. D. 
M. with the R. H. S. reporting each failure to give them 
correctly as it occurs. Should there be any present not in 
possession of the Quarterly Pass-word and Explanation, 
and not entitled to the same, the W. C. T. should re- 
quire them to leave the room; if entitled, the W. C. T. 
will communicate them at once. On completing examin- 
ation, the Marshal and Deputy resume their respective 
positions, and report all correct."] 

[ Officers that respond rise."] 

W. C. T. Worthy Officers : what are your 
respective duties? 

W. V. T. To assist you in preserving order ; 


allow none to enter or retire during the Open- 
ing, Closing, or Initiatory Ceremonies, unless 
directed by you; to have charge of the ante- 
room of this Lodge, and in conjunction with 
the Guards, enforce the rules of the Order in 
relation to the same. 

P. W. C. T. To receive and recognize the 
salutation, and see that Members are properly 
clothed in regalia. 

W. S. To keep a correct record of the pro- 
ceedings of this meeting. 

W. F. S. To keep just and true accounts 
between this Lodge and myself; between the 
Lodge and its members, and pay all money 
received to the Worthy Treasurer. 

W. T. To safely keep* all money of the 
Lodge, and pay the same only on the order 
of the Worthy Chief Templar and Worthy 

W. M. To see that all present are quali- 
fied to remain; to keep the regalia in order; 
introduce* candidates, and attend to visiting 


W. Chap. It is my duty and privilege to 
conduct the devotional exercises of the Lodge 
Let us look to God for his blessing. 

[or, "Let us listen to the teachings of Divine Inspira-> 
tion" (in case a passage of Scripture is read). An 
extempore prayer can be used if preferred."] 


Our Father, who art in Heaven, we thank 
Thee, that Thy protecting care has been over 
us, and ours, during another week; and that 
we are permitted again to meet together around 
our common altar, under circumstances of so 
great mercy. Do Thou be pleased to pardon 
all our transgressions, and forgive us for having 
loved and served Thee so feebly. As we are 
met to promote the great interests of the Tem- 
perance cause, may we be enlightened and 
strengthened, so as to make our plans and acts 
most potent for good. We would commend to 
Thee the suffering everywhere, and especially 
the inebriate and his family; and wilt Thou 
help us to work for the good of t^ose thus 
unfortunate. Bless, Lord, the organization 


to which we belong, and all Temperance effort 
in whatever direction, and in Thine own good 
time, may everything that can intoxicate be 
driven from our midst, and the clouds that have 
so long darkened our sky, be scattered by the 
golden beams of truth and Temperance. Do 
Thou guide us in our deliberations this evening, 
through the journey of life ever lead us, and 
finally bring us to Thyself in Thine own 
Kingdom, which we ask in the name of Thy 
dear Son, our Redeemer. Amen. 

W. C. T. Officers and Members : our re- 
spective duties are plain, and I need not urge 
their faithful discharge upon all. A nobler 
moral object than ours never called true men 
and women together in council. We are here 
to work. Let us do it, and so advance our 
common cause, and honor God. Please sing 
our Opening Ode. 

[ The W. C. T. will announce which Ode will be sung.'] 



1. Am " Watchman." 

Friends of Temperance, welcome here, 

Cheerful are our hearts to-day ; 
TeH us we would gladly hear ' 

How our cause speeds on its way. 

Here we pledge ourselves anew, 
Not to touch the drunkard's drink ; 

Proving faithful, proving true, 
We will from no duty shrink. 

2. AIR" Tlie Battle Cry of Freedom? 

"We are gathering for the conflict, with earnest hearts and true, 

Shouting the battle cry of Temperance;' 
The world will bless our progress in the work we have to do ; 

Shouting the battle cry of Temperance. 
Cold water forever, hurrah ! then, hurrah ! 
Down with the wine glass up with our star; 
As we gather for a right cause, with earnest hearts and true, 

Shouting the battle cry of Temperance. 

W. C. T. I now declare the Lodge open for 
the transaction of business. 

[ The W. C. T should require all the members in the 
ante-room to enter, and then proceed with the usual Order 
of Business.] 



[ When the Lodge is ready for Initiation, the W. C. 71 
will direct the W. 'M. to retire to the ante-room, and 
ascertain if there are candidates in waiting ; and the 

W. M., in reporting candidates, should announce their 
names in full in open Lodge, that the W. C. T. and 

W, S. may satisfy themselves that the persons have been 
duly elected.] 

W. 0. T. The Past Worthy Chief Templar 
and Financial Secretary will repair to the ante- 
room, propound the usual questions, and collect 
the fees and dues. 

[The P. W. C. T. and W. F. S. will retire; the follow- 
ing questions are to be answered in the affirmative :] 

P. W. C. T, Will you be obedient to all 
the laws and rules of this Institution, they not 
conflicting with your duties as a citizen .or a 
Christian ? 

Ansiver. I will. 

P. W. C. T. Will you take a solemn pledge 
to abstain forever from the use of, or giving to 
others as a beverage, anything that will intoxi- 
cate ? 

Answer. I will. 


P. W. C. T. Do you believe in the exist- 
ence of Almighty God, the Ruler and Governor 
of all things ? 

Answer. I do. 

[These questions having been answered in the affirma- 
tive^ and the fee collected, the Officers return to the Lodge- 
room, salute the W. C. T., and report."] 

W. F. S. Worthy Chief Templar, the fee is 

P. JY. C. T. Worthy Chief Templar, the 
questions are properly answered. 

W. C. T. The Marshal and Deputy will 
now repair to the ante-room, and introduce the 

\If but one candidate, only one officer need retire. 
The W. M. conducting the candidate to the door, gives 
three distinct raps.~\ 

I. G. Worthy Vice Templar, there is an 
alarm at the inner gate. 

W. V. T. You will attend to it. 



/. Gr. It is our Marshal, accompanied by a 
friend, who seeks admission to our Lodge. 

W. V. T. Admit them. 

[While singing, the W. M. conducts the candidates 
slowly around the room, stopping at the close of the Ode 
in front of the chair of the W. C. T.~] 

1 . AIR " Savior, like a shepTterd lead us" 

"Welcome, welcome to our Order, 

"We shall need your help and care; 
In the harvest fields of Temperance, 

You shall have a rightful share. 
Welcome, welcome, 

Heaven bless you ! is our prayer ; 
Welcome, welcome, 

Heaven bless you ! is our prayer. 

2. Ara Harwell. 

Welcome, stranger, to this Temple, 

To our altar now advance ; 
Join our band of valiant soldiers, 

Strike for Right and Temperance. / 
Hearts united cheer you on, 
Honor, pleasure will be won, 
Welcome, stranger, to this Temple, 
Welcome, welcome, welcome here ! 


W. M. Worthy Chief Templar, allow me to 
introduce to you our friend^ who, after due trial, 
wishes to become a member of our Order. 

W. O. T. My friend, we give you a cordial 

R. H. &. Welcome ! Here you will find 
encouragement in every laudable purpose. 

L. H. 8. Welcome ! Here you will find 
friends in the hour of peril. 

W. 0. T. It rejoices our hearts that hence- 
forth your services are to be given to the great 
Temperance reform, and that to this end, you 
desire to unite your influence with ours. This 
place is sacredly dedicated to the cause of Tem- 
perance, and you see here the entire family 
circle around one common altar, fully determined 
to reclaim the fallen, and save others from 
falling. The enemy with which we have to 
contend is crafty and powerful, and to resist 
such a foe successfully will require our mightiest 
efforts. All have felt his power, or suffered 
more or less from his destructive influences. 
In every walk of 'life, intemperance, like an 


undying worm, has gnawed at the vitals and 
corrupted the life-blood of the fairest, ablest 
and purest of earth. We aim to unite all moral 
and social elements of society in an unceasing 
warfare upon this giant evil. Our hearts and 
hands are ever open, to lift up those who are 
sunk low in the scale of human degradation, 
and restore them to family, friends, and society, 
as well as to save the young, pure and virtuous 
from ever falling into the snares of the tempter. 
You will now be required to take upon your- 
self a solemn obligation of total abstinence, and 
to bind yourself to our laws; but, as you have 
already been assured, there is nothing in this 
obligation inconsistent with your duties arising 
from any of the relations of life. It is an 
obligation earnest in its nature, imperative in 
its requirements, and lifelong in its duration. 
Regarding it .thus, are you still willing to 
proceed ? 

Candidate. I am. 


Worthy Marshal, you will now present our 
friend to the Worthy Vice Templar for obli- 

16 ' RITUAL. 

[The W. M. and candidate will remain standing at 
the Altar while one of the following Odes is sung :] 

1 . Am America. 

God of the Temperance cause, 
Bless Those who seek thy laws, 

Owning their power; 
Be Thou to them a shield, 
Teach them thy sword to wield 
Upon temptation's field, 

In sin's dark hour. 

2. AIR PkyeFs Hymn. 

God of Mercy! be Thou near, 
While these vows are spoken here ; 
Shield the victor, guard and guide 
Where the lurking tempters hide; 
Man may strive, but Thou alone 
Must the final conquest crown. 

W. M. Worthy Vice Templar, by direction 
of our Worthy Chief Templar, I here present 
our friend for Obligation. 


W. V. T. You will place your right hand 
upon your heart and assent to the following 


You, in a full belief in the existence and 
power of Almighty God, and in the presence 
of these witnesses, do solemnly and unreserv- 
edly promise that you will not make, buy, sell, 
use, furnish, or cause to be furnished to others, 
as a beverage, any spirituous or malt liquors, 
wine or cider ; and that, in all honorable ways, 
you will discountenance their use in the com- 
munity. You also promise, that you will not 
reveal any of the private work or business of 
this Order to any one not entitled to know the 
same, and that in all things you will yield a 
cheerful obedience to all our laws, rules and 
usages. You also promise, that you will not 
knowingly wrong a member of this Order, or 
see one wronged, and that you will do all in 
your power to promote the good of this Order 
and to advance the cause of Temperance. 

Do you thus promise ? 

Candidate. I do. 


W. M. (and all the Lodge in concert.) We 
are witnesses of your solemn obligation. 

W. C. T. The Chaplain will now invoke the 
Divine blessing. 


W. Chap. Our Father who art in Heaven, 
we now implore thy blessing upon this friend, 
who has just assumed a high and responsible 
obligation, and whose influence is henceforth to 
be united with ours to drive Intemperance from 
the land. Give him strength to discharge every 
duty arising from this new relation, and grace 
to redeem every pledge. May lie have strength 
to resist every temptation ; and, in Thy hands, 
become an honored instrument in leading many 
to virtue and peace. Be pleased to graciously 
bless us, in this addition to our numbers and 
influence ; and may our union prove a blessing 
to us and many others, and an honor to Thy 
great name; to whom be glory and dominion 
for ever and ever. Amen. 

{The Candidate will turn and face the W. C. T. The 
Officers remain standing."] 


P. W. C. T. This vow we have all taken 
and kept. Let the fidelity with which it is 
kept by you, be your glory and your shield. 
Remember your vow. 

W. C. T. None but the brave dare take 
such a vow ; but a true heart and determined 
purpose will accomplish much. Remember your 

W. Chap. A Templar's vow is registered in 
heaven ; as you value your standing here and 
your peace in eternity, keep that vow sacred 
to the end of life. Remember your obligation. 

W. V. T. Your sacred honor is given to us 
that you will keep your obligation. He that is 
faithful in little, will be faithful in much. Your 
character is at stake in your vow. Keep it, 
then, to the end of life. 

Marshal, you will continue to act as guide to 
our friend. 


[The W. M. conducts them around the room while 

1. AIR "Beautiful Star." 

Hail! all hail! O friends of Right! 
Keep the vows you're made to-night ! 
Let no purple wine be poured 
As you gather at the board. 

Destroying wine, 

Destroying wine, 
Wine, wine of the drunkard, 
Taste not, O taste not the wine ! 

2. AIR Auld Lang Syne. 

Come, friends and brethren, all unite, 

In songs of hearty cheer ; 
Our cause speeds onward in its might 

Away with doubt and fear. 
We give the pledge, we join the hand, 

Resolved on victory ; 
We are a bold, determined band, 

And strike for liberty. 

The cup of death no more we take ; 

That cup no more we give ; 
It makes the head, the bosom, ache 

Ah! who can drink and live? 
We give the pledge, we join the hand. 

Resolved on victory ; 
We are a bold, determined band, 

And strike for liberty. 

[ The W. M. will lead the Candidate just in front of 
the Altar, facing the W. C. T., and the officers rise as 
they respond.] 


W. C. T. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is 
raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is 
not wise. He that loveth pleasure shall be 
poor : he that loveth wine shall not be rich. 

P. W. C. T. Be not among wine-bjfobers ; 
for the drunkard shall come to poverty, and 
drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. 

W. C. T. How exceedingly strong is wine ; 
it causeth all men to err that drink it : Let no 
drunkenness go with thee in thy journey, for 
it duninisheth strength ; it maketh wounds ! 

W. Chap. Woe unto him that giveth his 
neighbor drink, that putteth the bottle to him 
and maketh him drunken also ! 

W. V. T. He that contemneth small things 
shall fall by little and little. Show not thy 
valiantness in wine, for strong drink hath des- 
troyed many. 

W. C. T. Who hath Borrow ? Who hath 
woe ? Who hath babbling ? Who hath con- 
tentions? Who hath wounds without cause? 
Who hath redness of eyes ? 


W. M. They that tarry long at the wine ; 
they that go to seek mixed wine. 

W. C. T. Then look not thou upon the wine 
when it is red, when it giveth its color in the 
cup, wjien it moveth itself aright. At the last 
it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an 
adder ! 

Worthy Marshal, you will now conduct this 
friend to our Worthy Chaplain. 

W. M. Worthy Chaplain, our friend awaits 
further instruction. 

W. Chap. My friend, the gems of truth 
which we have just given you, are from Divine 
revelation ; treasure them in your heart, and it 
will be well with you now and hereafter. Study 
well the volume from which they are taken, for 
therein are found words of eternal life. The 
Scriptures teach Temperance in all things, and 
declare that no drunkard shall inherit the King- 
dom of Heaven. In your hours of study, 
consult them ; in your hours of reverie, medi- 
tate upon their teachings ; and in the hour of 
temptation, look to that Word which was in the 
beginning, is now, and shall be evermore, for 


strength ; and at the feet of the Son of God, 
learn the lesson of faith, hope, and charity ; for 
if you love them that love you, and do good 
to those who bestow their favors upon you, 
what do ye more than others ? I charge you 
to love God, and keep his commandments ; let 
your hope be ardent, your faith strong, and 
your charity like the bounty of God, who 
sendeth the rain and the sunshine alike upon 
the just and upon the unjust. 

Worthy Marshal, you will conduct this friend 
to the Worthy Vice Templar, who will give him 
further instructions. 

W. M. Worthy Vice Templar, this friend is 
on his way to learn more of the teachings of 
our Order. 

W. V. T. I welcome you on your way. 
Many have gone the same road before you, and 
we hope many may come after. You have 
listened to the voice of revelation, but Tem- 
perance is not alone taught in the Scriptures. 
In nature we find no strong drinks nothing 
that can intoxicate. The Almighty and All- 
wise prepared but one drink pure water. 


This He furnished bountifully, and sent it 
coursing through the earth, pushing down the 
hill-side, glancing in the sunbeams, bounding 
through the valley, distilling in the dew, and 
treasured in the mighty deep. Animated na- 
ture needs no other drink. Man alone, whom 
God made upright, is dissatisfied, and has sought 
out many inventions. Placed at the head of 
all animate creation, man is the only creature 
that sinks below his element below the brute 
by yielding to his strange and acquired 
appetite. Think well of these things, and I 
charge you to be satisfied with the drink fur- 
nished by One wiser than we. 

Marshal, conduct our friend to the Past 
Worthy Chief Templar, who will still further 
advance him on his way. 

W. M. Past Worthy Chief Templar, I am 
directed to present this friend to you for further 

P. W. C. T. My friend, it gives me pleasure 
to assist you in advancing. You have heard 
the warnings of Scripture ; you have listened to 
the teachings of nature; but lessons of Temper- 


ance are not confined to these. History lifts 
its warning voice, saying, BEWARE OF STRONG 
DRINK ! It tells of heroes, prophets, priests and 
kings, fallen by its potent power. It shows 
that neither power, genius, learning, position or 
strength are proof against it. Our own obser- 
vation confirms this testimony. We have seen 
the tears of the widow and orphan ; heard the 
low, sad wail of agony sent up by broken 
hearts. We have seen bright hopes and pros- 
pects blasted; the innocence of youth grown 
old with the deformity of ignorance and want; 
beauty clothed with rags and shame, and man- 
hood shorn of its glory, each repeating daily 
the sad warning, of the past BEWARE OF THESE 
DRINKS! For protection against their deadly 
and seductive influences, and to hasten the hour 
when the means of intoxication shall be driven 
from our land, are we banded together here. 
(Stepping dotvn and taking the candidate by the 
hand,] I now welcome you -to our Lodge our 
fraternal home. Abide with us. Here you 
are safe. Remain with u^, for the destroyer 
can never enter here. Ever have before you 
the Divine rule, as though it were written in 
letters of living light, "Whatsoever ye would 


that others should do unto you, do ye even so 
unto them." Thus, you will live to a good and 
noble purpose : the memories of the past will 
be pleasant, and our future glorious. 

You will now accompany our Marshal to the 
desk of the Financial Secretary, and sign the 
Constitution ; then to the Worthy Chief Tem- 
plar for the closing ceremonies. 

1 . Ara America. 

Long live our temple bright, 
Offspring of truth and light, 

Sent from above! 
Long may our Brothers stand, 
And Sisters glorious band 
Strong pillars in our land, 

Our pride and love ! 

2. MR Old Hundred. 

Now bound by honor's sacred laws, 
Be faithful to our holy cause ; 
Let truth preserve each member's fame, 
Nor curses blast our honored name. 

Then welcome to our Unionhood, 
A cheerful welcome to the good ; 
Long live our Order's great renown, 
And happiness each member crown ! 

Stand firm in truth while life shall last, 
Nor let the blight fall on thy way ; 

Our hopes, may treason never blast ; 
Our trust, no Judas e'er betray. 


3 Ant "Lift your heads, tJie day is breaking." 

To our noble cause forever, 

Be a steady beacon light ; 
Let no deed or word e'er sever 

Those who gather here to-night. 
Firm in principles of Temperance, 

Turn the wine-king from his throne, 
Keeping always in remembrance, 

God, Great God, is King alone. 

W. M. Worthy Chief Templar, our friend 
has traveled the circuit of our Lodge, and now 
comes to you for the closing instructions and 

W. C. T. You have now undertaken a life- 
long work, and we expect that henceforth your 
labors and influence will be with us and for us ; 
that you will be present at all of our meetings, 
and that our association here and elsewhere 
will be mutually pleasant and profitable. I 
charge you to consider well the lessons of this 
Lodge. Of necessity they have been brief: 
ponder them in your mind, and as you advance 
in our noble Order, they will be more fully 
exemplified and set forth. 

We have signs of recognition, test and pass- 
words, grips and signals, which I will now give. 

[ The W. C. T. will here give the instructions.'] 


The members will now form our circle of 

[ The members form a circle, joining hands around the 
candidate and officers; the W. C. T., R. H. S., and L. 
H. S., on one side of the fountain, or table on which are 
the glasses of water, the W. M. and D. M. with the can- 
didate on the opposite side, and in front of the officers 

W. C. T. By the authority of the Grand 
Lodge of the Independent Order of Good Tem- 
plars, I proclaim this person a member of this 
Lodge ; and he is hereby declared to be entitled 
to all the rights, privileges and protection guar- 
anteed to members by our Constitution, By- 
Laws, Rules and usages. 

[The R. H. S. and L. H. S. hand the W. C. T., W. 
M., D. M. and candidate glasses of water."] x 

And in this pure element of water, God's 
only beverage, we mutually pledge a life-long 
fidelity to our sacred cause. (Officers and 
candidate drink.} 


1 . Am " There's much good cheer." (Cracovienne.) 

Fill all your sparkling glasses high, 
With health that wine can never buy ; 
Cold water, full of strength and life, 
Will nerve our weakest for the strife ; 
Flash out a draught of water cold, 
With cheerful faces, young and old, 
'Twas given a blessing from the sky, 
Then fill your sparkling glasses high ! 

2. AIR "Sparkling and Bright" 

Sparkling and bright, hi its liquid light, 

Is the water in our glasses ; 
'Twill give you health, 'twill give you wealth, 
Ye lads and rosy lasses ! 

O ! then resign your ruby wine, 
Each smiling son and daughter; 
There's nothing so good for the youthful blood, 
Or sweet as the sparkling water ! 

W. C. T. Thus are you surrounded by 
friends upon whom you have fraternal claims ; 
this circle which you see around us being the 
emblem of perpetual friendship. The union 
of hands signifies the union of hearts, and 
purpose and effort in our great work. Be- 
fore you join hands with us, we will invest 
you, as all worthy members should be, with 
proper regalia. (The R. H. S. or L. H. S., or 
loth, officiate.) It is hoped you will ever wear 


this badge with- pleasure and profit to yourself, 
and honor to this institution and the cause of 

You will now take your place, and form a 
part of our circle. 

[ The W. C. T. and Supporters resume their respective 

Now, as we all stand united around our 
common altar, having plighted our faith together 
beneath our sacred standard, behold how good 
and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell 
together in unity. May the pleasant ties that 
now bind us together be severed only hi death. 

Am Zion. 

Hail we now our new made member, 
Linked with us in friendship's chain ; 

Kind and faithful to each other, 
Love will soothe our woes and pain ; 

Thus progressing, 
Blessings follow in our train. 

^During the recess for congratulations, the candidate 
should be made acquainted with all present."] 



W. 0. T. Worthy Financial Secretary, what 
are the receipts of the evening ? 

W. F. 8. The receipts are * * * Worthy 
Chief Templar. 

W. C. T. Has the Treasurer received the 

W. T. \ have, Worthy Chief Templar. 

W. C. T. Worthy officers and members, we 
are about to close this meeting. I thank you 
for your presence and attention this evening : 
let us now listen to our parting counsel. 

W. V. T. Brothers and Sisters, let us not 
forget the principles enjoined upon us by our 
Order. At our altar we have given our most 
sacred promises to abstain from all that can 
intoxicate, and by all just means in our power 
to banish intemperance. We desire the pres- 
ence of all, and shall expect you here at our 
next meeting. 


W. C. T. We must now separate, to mingle 
again in the pursuits and temptations of life. 
In your respective callings, shun the way of 
evil doers, and exhibit by your integrity that 
the labors and teachings of our Lodge are not 
in vain. 

We will now sing our closing ode. 

1. Am Sicilian Hymn. * 

Heavenly Father ! give thy blessing, 

While we now this meeting end ; 
On our mind each truth impressing, 

That may to thy glory tend. 
Save from all intoxication, 

From its fountain may we flee ; 
When assailed by strong temptation, 

Put our trust alone in thee. 

2. Am Cheney. 

Great God! hear thou our prayer to-night, 
The foes of Temperance may we brave; 

Guide ali our faltering steps aright, 
Our fellow men from ruin save. 

3. Am Ward. 

May friendship's chain be ever bright, 

And charity and love increase ; 
May Providence protect the right, 

Reclaim the wrong, establish peace. 


W. C. T. You will now give attention to 
the Closing service by the Worthy Chaplain. 

[ The Chaplain will pronounce a benediction, offer a 
short extempore prayer, or use the following :] 


Our Father who art in Heaven, we thank 
Thee for the privilege of the present meeting, 
and for whatever good we may have been en- 
abled to accomplish. Pardon, we entreat Thee, 
whatever in our present intercourse may have 
been displeasing to Thee, in thought, word or 
deed. Deepen every conviction of duty; and 
strengthen every earnest resolution of amend- 
ment. Accompany us to our several homes, 
and keep us and all our loved ones there ever 
under the shadow of Thy wing. Guide us by 
Thy counsels while we live, and finally receive 
us into that temple not made with hands, eter- 
nal in the heavens. For thine is the kingdom, 
and power, and the glory forever. - Amen. 

W. C. T. The meeting is now closed. 


[ The proper installing Officer is the G. W. C. T., (or, 
in his absence, a D. G. W. C, T.~) When the Lodge 
is ready for installation, the G. W. C. T. will quietly 
appoint a G. W. S. and a G. W. M., and retire to the 

W. C. T. Worthy Marshal, our Lodge is 
duly prepared for the installation of its officers, 
and the Grand Worthy Chief Templar is in 
waiting in our ante-room to install them. You 
will now retire and introduce him, with such 
representatives of the officers of the Grand 
Lodge as may accompany him. 

[ W. M. retires and introduces the officers.'] 

W. M. Worthy Chief Templar, I have the 
honor and pleasure of presenting to you the 
Grand Worthy Chief Templar, who is here for 
the purpose of installing the officers of this 
Lodge. He also brings with him these Brothers 


(atid Sisters), whom he has selected to repre- 
sent the Grand Lodge. 

[ All yive the salutation except in public installations^ 

W. C. T, It is with pleasure that I welcome 
you within our Lodge. Our officers are elected, 
and waiting' to be installed. It will be our 
pleasant duty to assist you in any manner you 
may require. 

Gr. W. C. T. It is a source of gratification 
to us to find a Lodge ready for our services. 
You will now give us, as representatives of the 
Grand Lodge, a place with you, and we will 
proceed with the installation ceremonies. 

[The W. C. T. and W. S. now step forward and con- 
duct the officers to seats. The W. C. T. takes the G. W. 
C. T., the W. S. the G. W. S., and the W. M. the G. 
W. M. each to their respective stations. The W. C. T. 
then steps in front of the G. TF. C. T., who says .* 

G. W. C. T. You have now closed your term 
as Worthy Chief Templar of this Lodge. There 
are certain laws which must be observed before 
I am permitted to proceed, and in order to 


know that you have complied with them, I will 
ask the usual questions : 

G. W. C. T. Have the officers elect been 
chosen in accordance with the laws, and have 
the required bonds been given and approved ? 

W. C. T. They have. 

G. W. C. T. Have the Quarterly Returns 
been made out, and, with the per centage, 
placed in the hands of the proper officer ? 

W. C. T. They have. 

G. W. C. T. It is with pleasure that we 
receive your report, and, with the same feeling, 
I will proceed with the installation, as soon as 
the names of the appointed officers are re- 
ported to the Grand Worthy Secretary. The 
labors of your office are ended, yet your ex- 
perience prepares you for still further useful- 
ness, and the Lodge cannot now dispense with 
your services. You will therefore take your 
seat (if re-elected, say " among the members" ) 
as Past Worthy Chief Templar of this Lodge 
for the ensuing term. 


\_A full list of the officers elect, with blank spaces ready 
to Jill in the names of the appointed officers, should be 
on the desk of the G. W. S., and, while the appointments 
are being made by the Officers elect, the G. W. M. will 
arrange seats in front of the G. W. C. T., as shown in 
the diagram : 

G. w. c. T. 

W. O. G. * * * L. H. 8. 

W. I. G. * * R. H. 8. 

W. D. H. * * W. C. T. 

W. M. * * W. V. T. 

W. T. * * W. CHAP. 

W. P. 8. * ., * W. A. S. 

The regalia, except that of the Guards and Supporters, 
will be left at the chairs of the officers."] 

a. W. a T. (Rising.) My Brothers and 
Sisters, you have been elected to take charge 
of this Lodge for the ensuing quarter. It is 
no common mark of favor which has thus been 
bestowed upon you. I feel confident that it 
has been worthily bestowed, and that diligence 
in the discharge of all your duties, together 
with courteous demeanor, will raise you still 
higher in the estimation of your associates. 
In rising to the position of Officers of this 
Lodge, you have done well; but if you rise 


in the discharge of your duties, you will do 

Please sing our Installation Ode : 

Am "Auld Lang Syne" 

Whatever station we may fill 

In this exalted band, 
Our plighted duties we shall still 

Achieve, with heart and hand ; 
And evermore, through good and ill, 

By one another stand 
"Whatever station we may fill 

In this exalted band. 

Cr. W. C. T. The Officers will now assume 
the Good Templar attitude for receiving the 


You, and each of you, do solemnly promise, 
upon your sacred honor, that you will faithfully 
discharge all of the duties devolving upon you 
as Officers of this Lodge, in strict accordance 
with the laws, rules and usages of the Order, 
the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand 
Lodge, and of this Lodge. 

Officers respond. W e 


G. W. C. T. Brothers and Sisters, you have 
just heard the Obligation taken voluntarily by 
your Officers. 

Members respond. We are witnesses. 


[ Officers rise as they are addressed."] 

G. W. C. T. Worthy Guards, your duties 
require you to take charge of the doors of our 
Lodge : see to it that no unworthy persons are 
admitted, and that our Opening, Initiatory and 
Closing ceremonies are not disturbed. Our 
Grand Worthy Marshal will clothe you in re- 
galia, and conduct you to your stations. You 
will relieve the present Guards, and immediately 
enter upon the discharge of your duties. 

a. W. 0. T. Worthy Marshal and Worthy 
Deputy Marshal, you will see that all who enter 
here without passing the Guards are qualified 
to remain ; you will have charge of the Regalia 
and Odes, and will see that they are properly 
distributed at the opening and collected at the 



close of each meeting; conduct candidates at 
their initiation, and introduce visitors. Follow 
our Grand Worthy Marshal, and he will conduct 
you to your places in the Lodge, and clothe you 
with your regalia. 

G. W. C. T. Worthy Financial Secretary and 
Worthy Treasurer, the financial affairs of this 
Lodge are now placed in your hands ; see to it 
that no injustice or wrong is done to the Lodge 
or any of its members, or to yourselves. The 
Worthy Financial Secretary will, at the close 
of each meeting, pay all receipts to the Worthy 
Treasurer, and the Worthy Treasurer will keep 
the same subject to the order of the Lodge. 
You will now be conducted to your stations by 
our Grand Worthy Marshal, and enter upon 
the discharge of your duties. Let your fidelity 
be apparent, and a good conscience your reward. 

G. W. C. T. Worthy Secretary and Worthy 
Assistant Secretary, the Records of this Lodge 
are now about to be placed in your keeping, 
and upon the precision, punctuality and ability 
of the Worthy Secretary, the prosperity and 
harmony of the Lodge in a great measure 


depend. A good Secretary is always at his 
post. Without prompt action on your part, 
the Worthy Chief Templar cannot successfully 
conduct the affairs of this Lodge. You have 
accepted an arduous place, but we feel confident 
that you have taken it with a determination to 
perform its duties faithfully. So do, and you 
will merit and receive the thanks of this Lodge 
and of the Grand Lodge. The Grand Worthy 
Marshal will now conduct you to your place, 
by the side of the Grand Worthy Secretary, 
and clothe you with regalia. 

G. W. C. T. Worthy Chaplain, it is your 
privilege to invoke the divine favor and bless- 
ings, without which we labor in vain. Endeavor 
so to conduct the devotional exercises of this 
Lodge, that they may be beneficial to the mem- 
bers and acceptable to our Heavenly Father. 
The Grand Worthy Marshal will now conduct 
you to your place in the Lodge. 

G. W. C. T. Worthy Vice Templar, you 
have, by the favor of your Brothers and Sisters, 
been placed in an important position. In the 
discharge of your duties, you are required to 


assist in maintaining order, give out nightly a 
retiring Pass-word, and superintend the Guards. 
Be faithful, dignified, and prompt ; and as you 
discharge your duties, so will your merits be 
appreciated by the Lodge. The Grand Worthy 
Marshal will now conduct you to your place, 
and clothe you in the regalia of your office. 

G. W. C. T. Worthy Right and Left Hand 
Supporters, your stations are indicated by the 
names of your office. You will support your 
Chief, and assist him as he shall from time to 
time direct. (They remain standing.} 

Worthy Chief Templar, you have been elected 
to the highest office in the gift of this Lodge, 
and you will consider it a mark of the esteem 
and confidence the Lodge reposes in you. Let 
it be your highest aim to merit a continuance 
of their confidence, and to grow in their esteem. 
Your duties are high and arduous. You are 
the presiding and executive officer of this 
Lodge, and you will see that order and the 
rules of the Lodge are enforced, and that the 
Lodge, in all of its workings, conforms to the 
Ritual, the laws of the Right Worthy Grand 




Lodge, your own Grand Lodge, and of this 
Lodge. It is expected that you will be in your 
place at every meeting, in time to commence at 
the regular hour ; and upon the care and fidelity 
with which you discharge your duties, the 
welfare and prosperity of the Lodge principally 
depend. Be prompt, fearless and impartial in 
your acts; courteous and kind in your inter- 
course with the Lodge, and you will have the 
assistance of all the members in conducting its 
affairs, to your mutual profit and satisfaction. 

Grand Worthy Marshal, you will now clothe 
the Supporters with regalia, and conduct them, 
with the Worthy Chief Templar, to their places. 

Worthy Chief Templar, I now clothe you with 
the regalia of your office. Wear it with honor 
to yourself and profit to the Lodge. I also give 
to your keeping the Charter of the Lodge, which 
we all expect you will cherish and defend. I 
also present you a copy of the Constitution and 
By-Laws of this Lodge. These will guide you 
in conducting the ceremonies of our Order, and 
the admission of new members. And, lastly, 
I present you with the gavel : by this you will 


control the movements of the members , * * . 
will call to order, * * * will call up the 
members, * * * seats them again, and * * * 
will call up the officers. You will now enter 
upon the discharge of your duties. 


a. W. C. T. Worthy Officers and Members, 
your Chief has been fully invested with his 
authority. I now wish to remind you that he 
alone cannot make this a successful, growing 
and profitable Lodge. He desires and expects 
your assistance in all that pertains to its wel- 
fare. Act together in harmony, in honor pre- 
ferring one another; strive to excel in good 
words and works, remembering the object for 
which our noble Order was instituted, and its 
cardinal principles, as symbolized in our emblem 
and found in our motto "Faith, Hope, and 
Charity." The Grand Lodge expects a good 
report from you, and the community that you 
will do a good work. I return you the thanks 
of the Grand Lodge and my own for the past, 
and as you are now in a condition to continue 


your noble work, may Heaven bestow upon 
you increased prosperity. 

Please sing our Closing Installation Ode. 

AIR " The morning light is breaking." 

Stand up, stand up for Temperance, 

Ye soldiers of our cause; 
Lift high our royal banner, 

Nor let it suffer loss. 
From victory to victory 

Our army shall be led, 
Till every foe is vanquished 

And all are free indeed. 

Stand up, stand up for Temperance, 

Against unnumbered foes ; 
Your courage rise with danger, 

And strength to strength oppose; 
Forth to this mighty conflict 

Go, in this glorious hour 
Where duty calls, or danger, 

Be never wanting there. 

I now declare the officers of * * * Lodge, 
No. * * I. 0. of G. T., duly installed, and 
authorized to enter upon and discharge their 
several duties for the term ending * * * 1st, 
18 * * , and until their successors are elected 
and installed. 


The Officer instituting a new Lodge will satisfy himself, prior 
to the performance of 1m duties, that application has been made, 
in due form, for a Charter ; that the G. W. 8. is in possession 
of the same, and that the fee has been paid. 

On the nvjTit appointed for Institution, the G W. C. T , or his 
Deputy, shall take the Chair ; and, so far as may be in his power, 
sliaU appoint Members of the Order, in good standing, as acting 
Grand Officers. If } however, there are no Members of the Order 
present to assist him, he shall waive apjpointments pro tern., until 
after the applicants shall haw been duly initiated. 

The Grand Officer Witt then proceed with the Initiation Cere- 
mony, as provided in the Ritual, with this difference only, that in 
cases where there are no members of the order present, as assist- 
ants, he will confer the Obligation of the Order, in due form, 
himself, and shall explain the several Charges of the Officers acting 
in connection with the Initiatory Work, so tJiat the members of the 
newly instituted Lodge shall be enabled 1 to proceed correctly in att 
future Initiations. 

The applicants having been initiated, the Officer may proceed 
with the election and installation of the Officers, without conferring 
the Degrees ; but it shall be his duty to confer the Degrees within 
three months, so that after tJie first quarter (lie Officers, as far as 
required, sJiaH be Degree members. He may, however, confer the 
Degrees the following evening. 

After which the Grand Officer wiU examine the Charter of the 
Lodge, and see that it is duly filled out with the names of the mem- 
bers, name and number of the Lodge, location, date and proper 
signatures. He will then call up the Lodge, and proclaim a* 


G. W. C. T. Brothers and Sisters : Having 
complied with all that our laws and usages 
demand, it is my pleasure and duty to welcome 
the members of * * * Lodge into union with 
our Temperance Fraternity. It is your pre- 
rogative, if you are but faithful and energetic, 
to exert a healthy influence upon the community 
in which you dwell ; ' to reform the inebriate, to 
assuage the woes and afflictions entailed upon 
our race by intemperance, and to suppress the 
traffic in alcoholic poisons, is one of the holiest 
of callings. Let your efforts ever be in har- 
mony and unison, and your counsels together 
be tempered with reason, moderation, and the 
firmness of true wisdom. And, above all, let 
me ask that the example of this Lodge, and of 
the members thereof, shall ever be calculated 
to advance its true interests and 1 those of our 
common cause. The perpetuity and salvation 
of an Institution or a Society depends more 
upon the example and practice of its members, 
than upon its mere precepts or its professions. 
Live above reproach ; live to 4 good ; live to 
improve all the higher and better faculties of 
man's nature ; and, with the blessings of Provi- 
dence, you will be instrumental in accomplishing 


a part of the great work of regenerating the 

And now, by authority of the Grand Lodge 
of the Independent Order of Good Templars, 
I hereby declare * * * Lodge, No. * * * 
to be duly instituted and organized, and while 
obedient to the Constitution and decisions of 
the Grand Lodge, to be fully entitled to the 
rights and privileges of Lodges of our Order. 

At the close of this Ceremony, any necessary business may be 
transacted, after which close the Lodge inform. 


This Ceremony will be found in Chase's Digest, page 147. 


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