RITO ANTIGUO Y PRIMITIVO
ORDEN MASONICA REGULAR
FUENTE UNICA Y AUTENTICA
FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE
SOVEREIGN SANCTUARY OF THE 95 AND LAST DEGREE OF THE
ANCIENT AND PRIMITIVE RITE
REGULAR MASONIC BODY OF FREEMASONRY
PUBLISHED BY KIND PERMISSION OF HIS GRACE THE
Sovereign Grand Conservator General of the Rite
1835 BANQUETS TRADITIONS OF THE RITE OF MEMPHIS
BANQUET OF THE ELECT KNIGHT OF THE NINE.
COMMANDS. Right hand on the dagger! Dagger in the left hand! Right hand on the urn! Raise the urn! Empty the urn in three! Plunge the dagger in the urn (in three movements saying NEKAM); the urn on the heart! Lower the urn by three! One, two, three! Dagger in the fight hand! Raise the dagger! Salute the dagger! Copy me for the fire (the knocks of the degree, and say NEKAM three times).
BANQUET OF THE SUBLIME OF THE ELECT
The glasses are called cups. COMMANDS. Flag across shoulders! Right hand on cup! Raise the cup! Left hand on sword! Empty the cup in three, one, two, three! The cup at the left shoulder! The cup at the left hip! The cup at the left shoulder again! The cup diagonally at the fight hip! The cup at the right shoulder! Lower the cup by three, one two, three! Copy me for the fire (the knocks of the degree.)
God bless the knights, to your places, the work of the college is suspended.
BANQUET OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE SWORD.
COMMANDS. To arms, knights! (All the knights rise), Right hand on the sword! Salute the sword in three! Right hand on the chalice! Raise the chalice! Raise the chalice! Empty it in three! Wave the sword! Lower the sword and the chalice t (Knocks) Acclamation, Glory to God!
BANQUET OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE RED EAGLE.
The table is round, and the dishes are presented successively
To each in the middle of the table is a trophy for a feat of arms, in the middle of which is a golden palm. (NOTE : the palm carried by the initiates at Eleusis was a myrtle, to which may be compared the golden palm carried by Aeneas in his descent into Hell). The incense is burning; there are seven lights. (NOTE : this number is symbolic of great and sublime mysteries see the instruction in the 1st degree) there are three toasts:
(1) The Master says, "The heat of the day of our solemnities calls us to new libations; charge your glasses; Mighty Junior
Warden, what happiness do you announce to us?"
After the reply, the W.M. says:
"Worthy Wardens and you Mighty brethren of this hierarchy, let us celebrate the grandeur of the glorious destiny which unites us." The cup is emptied in one draught
(2) The Master says: The Heat, etc., Mighty S.W., what
Hour is it?
W.M.: What talents are united in us?
W.M.: Where are our brethren?
Reply: The Sovereign Grand Master directs them in Lodge and keeps them in hierarchy.
W.M.: Mighty brethren of this wise hierarchical Lodge, I drink to the health of all Masons elected and to be elected, by seven and three times three.
(3) The W.M. has the glasses charged and says: "Mighty Brethren, we drink to the health of France and its children, may the Sublime Architect of the worlds give them joy and prosperity. Duties and of the necessity for the faithful discharge of these duties. The costume of the brethren consists of (1) a blue tunic, (2) a blue ribbon with an embroidered silver star, worn over the shoulders, and (3) a pair of white gloves. For the officers the tunic is red. The Insignia is regulated by a list in the possession of the Grand Chancellor of the Order.
FESTIVAL OF THE ORDER
“The Awakening of Nature”
The Masonic Order of Memphis celebrates a Festival of the Order once a year at the spring equinox, under the name of "The Awakening of Nature." This Fete will be celebrated by (1) an account by the Orator of the Masonic work done during the year, and by (2) speeches by the Orator or other brethren on Moral or Masonic subjects. All the speeches must be communicated to the Orator and submitted to the V.M. at least 3 days before the meeting. The V.M. will decide on the order in which the speeches are to be made.
On the day of the Fete, immediately after the Minutes have been read, the officers who have been elected or re-elected will be installed. The liturgical committee will establish, some time before the Fete, the details of the literary and philosophical competitions. This committee will give as questions to be discussed, subjects which will result in bringing glory and prosperity to the Order. At the conclusion of the ceremony, after the various Papers have been read, the work will be regularly suspended and a banquet will take place to celebrate the Fete of the Order. This banquet is obligatory. Brethren who are unable to be present are to apply to the V.M..
There are seven toasts:
(2) The Grand Empire, supreme authority of Memphis.
(3) The Venerable Master
(4) The two Wardens.
(5) The Visitors.
(5) The officers of the Lodge.
(7) All Masons throughout the World
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