A Charge for the Festival of St. John

The Charge

Brethren; Being this day, by your choice, exalted into the chair, it is the fervent wish of my heart to render myself as little undeserving as possible of this distinguished honour: many important has a Master of the Lodge to perform.

St. JohnTo give instruction is one: I do not, however, presume upon any special abilities to dictate to my brethren; yet I think it incumbent upon me, whilst I have the honour to sit in this chair, on this and all other occasional festivities, and indeed my office requires it of me, to exhort you to consider the nature of our institution, and to remind you of the duties it prescribes.

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2016 Lecture – Searching for the Apple Tree: What Happened in 1716?

Prof. Andrew Prescott
Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Glasgow

Prof. Andrew PrescottAndrew Prescott is Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow. He is also Theme Leader Fellow for the ‘Digital Transformations’ strategic theme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the major funder of advanced research in the humanities in the UK. Andrew trained as a medieval historian, completing a doctoral thesis in 1984 on the records of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. He was a curator in the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library from 1979 to 2000, where, among other responsibilities, he was the lead curator for the pioneering digitisation project Electronic Beowulf edited by Kevin Kiernan, and took a major role in the move of the Manuscript Collections from the British Museum to St Pancras. From 2000 to 2007, Andrew served as the founding Director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry at the University of Sheffield. He has also been Librarian of the University of Wales Lampeter and Head of the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Andrew is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Royal Historical Society.

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The General Charge as the Ceremony of Installation: The Address to the Brethren

Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario logoIt is possible that some brethren would be interested to know where the ceremony of installation came from.  Most of it is done exactly as it was in England two hundred years ago.  If you were to visit in an English Lodge when the Master is installed, nearly the whole thing would be familiar to you.  There is one notable exception, one piece of ritual that was “made in Canada”, that is the General Charge, or Address or Charge to the Brethren delivered to the Lodge at the conclusion of the ceremony.  I do not know if you have ever listened to it carefully.

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