6th Annual Table Lodge

Wednesday June 26, 2019

   6:30pm

Nelms Lodge #323 F&AM

The Lodge will Open on the Entered Apprentice Degree 

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TABLE LODGE - PROGRAM

THE CEREMONY OF THE SEVEN TOASTS

 

FIRST TOAST:            The Office of the President of the United States

  (Juice/Water)

♪GOD BLESS AMERICA♪
God Bless America, Land that I love. 
Stand beside her, and guide her 
Thru the night with a light from above. 
From the mountains, to the prairies, 
To the oceans, white with foam 
God bless America, My home sweet home.

 SECOND TOAST:                     The Most Worshipful Grand Master and

 (Appetizer)                                        the Grand Lodge of Georgia


THIRD TOAST:                                                    The Worshipful Master

(Salad)

 

FOURTH TOAST:                                                                 The Wardens

(Soup)

 

FIFTH TOAST:       Brethren of the Armed Forces of the United States

(Main Course)

 

SIXTH TOAST:       Other Officers, new initiates and visiting Brethren

(Dessert)

 

SEVENTH TOAST:                   All Masons where-so-ever spread  over 

                                                                                  the face of the globe

 

AULD LANG SYNE
Should Auld Acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind.
Should Auld Acquaintance be forgot, and days of Auld Lang Syne.
For Auld Lang Syne, my dear, For Auld Lang Syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet. For Auld Lang Syne.


GUEST SPEAKER


Wor Bro Jamie Newsome




Why a Table Lodge?

 St. John's Day, Masonic feast

Freemasons historically celebrate two feasts of Saint John. The feast of John the Baptist falls on 24 June, and that of John the Evangelist on 27 December, roughly marking mid-summer and mid-winter. During the Eighteenth Century, the Premier Grand Lodge of England and the Grand Lodge of Ireland favoured the day of John the Baptist, while the Grand Lodge of Scotland, the Antient Grand Lodge of England and the Grand Lodge of All England at York installed their Grand Masters on the feast day of John the Evangelist. The United Grand Lodge of England was formed on 27 December 1813.

John the Baptist

The first Grand Lodge was formed on 24 June the feast day of John the Baptist in 1717. This may arise from a very old tradition, since the Baptist appears to have been regarded as the patron of stonemasons in continental Europe during the Middle Ages. The guild of masons and carpenters attached to Cologne Cathedral was known as the Fraternity of St. John the Baptist. The earliest surviving record of Grand Lodge of Ireland installing a Grand Master is dated to 24 June 1725. As records of individual lodges appear in Ireland and in the Antients' in England, it seems many of them met to install a new master twice a year, on the feast days of both the Baptist and the Evangelist.


33 Seats, $33 per Seat

Cash, Check or PAYPAL
(Please pay in advance)

Make Checks To:   Nelms Lodge #323

Amount: $33    For: Table Lodge
Mail to:  Nelms Secretary
PO Box 446
Smyrna, GA  30081

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RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Please RSVP to 770-617-6119

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- Directions - 
South Cobb Dr (Hwy 280) turn west on Concord Road, go 1 mile, behind CVS at the intersection of Concord Rd and Hurt Rd. 

TABLE LODGE RITUAL

GRAND LODGE OF GEORGIA F&AM

Appended hereto are the Table Lodge Regulations governing the formalities of planning for and conducting of the Table Lodge under the expressed responsibility of the Master and Wardens.

 ARRANGEMENTS FOR A TABLE LODGE

A Table Lodge is a part of the mysteries of the Order, the Lodge should be held in a place as securely tyled as the Lodge Room. The table is set up in the shape of a horseshoe and is Large enough if the place will allow, permitting all to be seated on the outer side of the table. The Worshipful Master is always placed at the East, facing the middle of the table, and the Wardens at the two 'ends of the table in the West. Master Masons will occupy the North and South Columns, taking care to yield the places nearer the East to Entered Apprentices, Fellow Crafts, and visiting brethren. The Worshipful Master will designate places For the Chaplain, Senior Deacon, special guests, and the serving brethren.

(Ordinarily, the Senior Deacon and Chaplain should sit in close proximity to the Senior Warden and Junior Warden to facilitate the performance of their duties.) (The Chaplain's prayer shall be given at the Altar.)

All that constitutes the table service should be set in three parallel lines. The plates, knives, forks, spoons, and napkins form the first line. The fruit juice, water glass, coffee cup, and firing glass for each person should form the second line. The third line might be composed of such items as individual Fruit cocktail and salad dishes, ashtrays, candles, salt and pepper shakers et cetera. 

COMMANDS FOR THE TOASTS

RIGHT HAND TO ARMS  - The right hand grasps the Cannon (glass).  

READY  - The Cannon (glass) is raised, arm extended, level with the breast.

AIM - The Cannon (glass) is brought to the Lips

FIRE, GOOD FIRE, FIRE ALL - Drink (in 3 motions) one-third with each Command

PRESENT ARMS -  The Cannon is brought to the Ready position, all imitating the  Worshipful. The Cannon (glass) is carried to the left breast, then to the right Breast and then again to the "Ready" position, so that the routine makes a triangle. When this has been done thrice, the Cannon (glass) is brought to the table.

THE BATTERY (3x3) -  Cannon (glass) pound on table - 3 times x 3

THE ACCLAMATION -  "VIVAT", "VIVAT", "VIVAT"      (from “Viva” as a salute or cheer)  [Rhymes with “Pea” “Pot”]

The foregoing should be done with exactness and evenness so that everyone will execute all movements in unison and the firing glasses and knives shall strike the table simultaneously!

 

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