Tuesday, February 13, 2024

‘Remember the great objects of our association’

Chuck Dunning imparted something via Facebook last week that inspires me to share here. (Plus, it’s easier than writing something myself.) Enjoy.

Friends and Brothers,

Chuck Dunning
Here’s a traditional opening charge for Blue Lodges in the Preston-Webb tradition. It’s now rarely a mandatory part of ritual in many jurisdictions, and some no longer even include it as optional. I regard it as highly instructive and inspiring, and it would be wonderful if more lodges included it.

Charge at Opening

The ways of virtue are beautiful. Knowledge is attained by degrees. Wisdom dwells with contemplation: there we must seek her. Let us then, brethren, apply ourselves with becoming zeal to the practice of the excellent principles inculcated by our Order.

Let us ever remember that the great objects of our association are the restraint of improper desires and passions; the cultivation of an active benevolence; and the promotion of a correct knowledge of the duties we owe to God, our neighbor and ourselves.

Let us be united, and practise with assiduity the sacred tenets of our Order. Let all private animosities, if any unhappily exist, give place to affection and brotherly love. It is a useless parade to talk of the subjection of irregular passions within the walls of the lodge if we permit them to triumph in our intercourse with each other.

Uniting in the grand design, let us be happy ourselves and endeavor to promote the happiness of others. Let us cultivate the great moral virtues which are laid down on our Masonic trestleboard, and improve in every thing that is good, amiable, and useful.

Let the benign Genius of the Mystic Art preside over our councils, and under her sway let us act with a dignity becoming the high moral character of our venerable Institution.

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