RITUAL U. B. F.
The Grip is then given of the
First Degree.—Clasp hands in the ordinary way, place thumbs
along side of each other, press lightly with the thumb each one time,
Should you visit this or any other Lodge of the U. B. F. and it is
in session, you will approach the outer door and give an ordinary rap.
When the wicket is raised whisper the quarterly password which I
now give you, which is: * * * * when admitted you will then
advance to the inner door and give ***** distinct raps adn
whisper the First Degree password, which is * * *. After being
admitted you will advance to the T. A. and S. and give the following
salutation, addressing the W M. only, alter which you will be seated.
When you wish to address the Worthy Master of the Lodge you
will, before speaking, give the salutation sign, but let what you have
to say be in as feAV words as possible.
Salutation Sign of the First Degree.—Right hand on heart, extend
left to arm's length, place right on left, clasp, then let them fall to
Salutation Sign means, I smite my breast in sincerity, clasp the hand
of my brother in unity and we destroy all hatred and malice.
MORAL LECTURE ON FIRST DEGREE.
The life of Nebuchadnezzar, the subject of this lecture, gives a
striking illustration of the relation that man sustains to his God.
Man may at some stage of his life seem to appear as a God among his
people. He may be robed in purple and fine linen, he may own the
cattle upon a thousand hills; in fact, all nations may give obeisance
to him, and though robed in all his glory, yet there is a grandeur, a
sublimitv, that will exhalt him far above those great possessions that
made Nebuchadnezzar so proud and haughty as to forget that he too
was a created being and owed homage to a Supreme power, that
power being an omnipotent, omniscent and omnipresent one, who is
able to view man from any position in which he may array himself,
and if that position is not one of "Justice, Mercy and Truth," this
Supreme Ruler will eventually interpose in behalf of those three
model attributes—Justice, Mercy and Truth. Hence the "dream"
that "made him afraid," and the thoughts upon his bed and the
visions of his head to trouble him were only signs and tokens of that
great punishment that will eventually overtake every man who fails
to acknowledge the Supreme Being and learns to deal justly, to love
mercy and to speak the truth at all.
Brethren, this lesson also teaches the candidates of this degree