Tylers Guide - Prytaneion Lodge

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A Guide for the Prytaneion Lodge Tyler
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At least one week before the meeting, ensure you have received the summons and read it carefully, making sure that you have noted:
  • The correct date and start time of the meeting (It has been known for the Lodge to change the date or time and not inform the Tyler)
  • The work for the meeting   e.g. ceremony, lecture etc.

The night of the meeting
Ensure you arrive at the meeting room well before the start time. This will allow you to set up the Tyler’s Room. This way, items should not be missed.
Brethren, old and new, have a habit of asking you questions. If you are still setting up, this is when things can get forgotten. If you are set up before the Brethren arrive, you can then give them your full attention, making sure that they all sign the Attendance book before entering the Lodge room (this is be part of the Fire Routine of the Lodge)
You may have to provide items of clothing, regalia etc. It is not unknown to be asked for everything from gloves to jackets.
Ensure that Lodge Officers are wearing their correct collars. If a Brother has more than one office suggest that he wears just the senior collar.
A good way to ensure that the correct collars are with the right Officer is to place the collars on the back of their chairs in the Lodge room.
(There are no guarantees that this will work!)
Check all 3 candles Make sure the bulbs are working.
Are the Candle Columns in the right place? The lonic - (scroll) - WM Pedestal, Doric - (plain) - SW Pedestal, Corinthian (Acanthus leaves) - JW Pedestal.
Are the Tracing Boards against the JW Pedestal and in the right order?
On the WM pedestal - The VSL, Cushion, Square & Compasses, up to date B.O.C., By-Laws (Provincial & Lodge). Ensure the VSL can be read by the WM and that the points of the compasses are pointing towards the Master.
On the SW pedestal - Celestial Globe Column (Laid down), Perfect Ashlar, Derrick and wooden Level.
On the JW pedestal - Terrestrial Globe Column (Raised), Rough Ashlar and wooden Plumb Rule.
Put up the Lodge Banner.
Place the Warrant on the shelf to south of the WM Pedestal. (The Warrant is should only be taken down for Installation)
Ensure that the box of Working Tools is beside WM's Chair.
Put out 3 Gavels and Blocks for the WM, SW and JW.
Check for, or put out, DC’s wand, ADC’s wand and the two Deacons’ wands. Are stands for the wands in the right position?
Place the Officers Collars on the right chairs (or where they are usually placed)
On the Tyler's Table: Sword, Summons, Master’s & Wardens collars and gauntlets.
Attendance signature book in place
Spare aprons including EA, FC, MM and PM.
Ceremony equipment.

NOW READ THE SUMMONS / AGENDA CAREFULLY
If there is to be:-
1. A Lecture… An easel & pointer or a lectern may be required for the tracing board
2. A Ballot... A Ballot Box and black & white balls will be needed.
3. Initiation… Pair of slippers - Right Slipshod, Rope or cord to act as belt, Hoodwink, Cable-tow, extra Compasses at the WM's pedestal, Poniard with IG next to door. EA apron at WM’s pedestal
4. Passing… Pair of slippers - Left Slipshod, a Wooden Square for the WM’s pedestal and the one next to the door for the I.G., pointer for the 2nd degree Tracing Board, FC’s Apron at WM’s pedestal (or SW’s.)
5. Raising… Pair of slippers, the 3rd degree sheet, Compasses for the I.G. on stand next to door and a Heavy Maul, MM’s apron fitted to Candidate at SW’s pedestal.
6. Installation… WM’s or PM apron fitted to Master Elect, Collar & Jewel for the new IPM & IPM’s Breast Jewel for the outgoing Master. Make sure that all the Provincial Officers and PM’s are wearing their own collars under their Officers collar. Explain to them that they will be removing their Officers collar during the meeting and that they will be improperly dressed without their own collar on.

During the meeting
The Lodge locker is in the dining hall so make sure that all the equipment you may need during the meeting is upstairs with you. You might need aprons etc. if Brethren arrive late. Latecomers often need to be proved if the Tyler is to carry out his duties to the full.
If there is a ceremony, prepare yourself for the Candidate by having everything ready so that the Lodge is kept waiting the minimum amount of time while he is with you. Have the words for the ceremony and his name ready to read out. It is embarrassing if you forget or get your words wrong.
Before you let a Candidate back into the Lodge room, make sure that he is wearing an apron and he has practised his salutes. Your reputation is on the line if he goes back in and can’t salute correctly.
You should make sure that the Candidate does the correct Emulation salute. Remind him that the Lodge may have slight variations, but he should nevertheless know how to do the correct salute. The standard of a new Masons’ salutes will often start with you. Give candidates the right salutes to start with and they should carry them on throughout their Masonic career.
Be ready by looking through the spyhole for the end of the evenings work. When the DC instructs the procession to move off and the organist strikes up with the outgoing voluntary, the IG should be ready to open the door but make sure both doors are opened.
Be ready to collect the Officers collars as they come through the door. Time out of number an Officer has taken his collar home with him, leaving you to hunt for it.
As soon as the Lodge room is clear, put all of the kit away. Encourage Brethren to help, let them, but YOU put the kit back into the locker. That way, you should know if anything is missing.
Before you leave the room, double check to make sure nothing of the Lodge has been left behind. Check the pedestals (the WM and Wardens have a habit of leaving things behind) and clear any rubbish away, such as summonses and sweet papers.
If Brethren have left their copy of the Lodge accounts behind, collect them and give them to the Treasurer. These are documents that should not be left lying around as they are personal to the Lodge. Leave the Lodge room as you want to find it.
Remember, there may be another Lodge coming into the room after you for rehearsal etc. Don't expect your things to be in the same place that you left them.

Initiation (1st Degree)
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Preparation of Candidate:
D...v...d of m...l and h...w...d.
r a, l b and k made bare,
r h s s,
c t about neck,
tunic open to the waist
Make sure the candidate has removed all money and metal (i.e., watch, rings, necklace, belt, shoe buckle etc.) if a ring cannot be removed, it should be covered with a piece of tape.

Have the words ready to be read out at the Lodge door, be ready to prompt the IG if necessary.
Make sure you have the Candidates full name (this can be found in the summons) and you know how to pronounce it.

Words:

T: Mr ….. a poor Candidate in a state of darkness, who has been well and worthily recommended, regularly proposed, and approved, in open Lodge, and now comes, of his own free will and accord, properly prepared, humbly soliciting to be admitted to the mysteries and privileges of Freemasonry.
IG: How does he hope to obtain those privileges?
T: By the help of God, being Free and of good report.

When the Candidate comes out, make sure he is dressed correctly before he goes back in (EA Apron & Gloves if these are not going to be presented inside the lodge). He should wear a black tie until he is provided with a Provincial tie. This item may be provided by his Proposer or the Lodge.
Practice the salute with him. Remember, it is your reputation that is on the line if his signs are not done correctly.

Show him how to do it to Emulation standard, but explain that his Lodge may have slight variations.

Passing (2nd degree)

Lodge room: A Wooden Square for the WM’s pedestal and the I.G. Sq on the rack by the door. Pointer for the 2nd degree Tracing Board. FC’s Apron at SW’s pedestal.
Preparation of Candidate:
l a, b and r k bare,
l h ss
Make sure you replace the EA apron on the Candidate before he is admitted for the ceremony. A good tip -, when you remove it from him, tie it around the Lodge room door handle. Practice 1st degree salute with him, remind him of P/G & P/W (sh......)

Words:

T: Bro...... Who has been regularly initiated into Freemasonry and has made such progress as he hopes will recommend him to be passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft, for which ceremony he is properly prepared.
IG: How does he hope to obtain the privileges of the second degree?
T: By the help of God, the assistance of the Sq. and the benefit of a P/W
IG: Is he in possesion of the P/W?
T: Will you prove him?

When the candidate retires to restore himself, make sure he is properly dressed in a FC Apron & gloves (maybe Officers collar)
Practice salutes with him, 1st & 2nd degree.
Show him how to salute to Emulation standard, but explain that his Lodge may have slight variations. Remember, it is your reputation that is on the line if his signs are not done correctly.

Raising (3rd Degree)
Lodge room: Wooden Level on the SW Pedestal, Wooden Plumb Rule on the J.W. Pedestal, the 3rd degree sheet, emblems of mortality, Compasses for the I.G. on eack by the door and a Heavy Maul (or the Masters Gavel) + MM’s apron fitted to Candidate at SW’s pedestal

Preparation of Candidate:
Both a’s, both k’s bare
Both h ‘s ss,
Tunic open to waist, put FC apron back on, make sure he can show 1st & 2nd degree signs correctly, remind him of P/G & P/W (T....C....)

Words:
T: Bro..... who has been regularly initiated into Freemasonry, passed to the degree of a FC and has made such further progress as he hopes will entitle him to be raised to the sublime degree of a MM, for which ceremony he is properly prepared.
IG: How does he hope to obtain the privileges of the third degree?
T: By the help of God, the united aid of the S & C’s and the benefit of a P/W
IG: Is he in possession of the P/W?
T: Will you prove him?

When he retires, make sure he is dressed correctly with FC apron & gloves (maybe an Officers collar)
Practice the salutes with him in all three degrees, remember, FULL signs in the 3rd degree. Show him how to salute to Emulation standard, but explain that his Lodge may have slight variations.


Ceremony of Installation:
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Lodge room: B of C at Secretary's desk, WM’s or PM apron fitted to Master Elect, Collar & Jewel for the new IPM, and PM’s Breast Jewel for the outgoing Master
Make sure that all Provincial & PM’s in Office are wearing their Provincial or PM’s collar under their Officers collar. Explain to them that they will be removing their Officers collar during the ceremony and they will be improperly dressed without their collars.
As the junior Brethren retire from the Lodge room, make sure they keep the noise down.
Explain to them what they will be doing when they go back into the Lodge; practice the salutes, particularly for the 2nd and 3rd degrees. Most junior Brethren only see these salutes once a year at Installation.
(‘Breast, hand, badge’ in the 2nd degree and Grand or Royal Sign in the 3rd degree)
When you are called into the Lodge to be invested, carry your sword in your left hand with the point downwards and your collar over your left arm.
Enter the Lodge room when summoned and salute (1st degree) from inside the door – but on the chequered part of the carpet.
Proceed to the WM’s pedestal, unaccompanied, to be invested.
After the investiture proceed directly to the door of the Lodge, turn to the WM, salute (1st degree) and exit, still with sword in right hand with point up.
Note: Tylers must NOT be escorted into or out of the Lodge room by the IPM or DC


The Tyler's Toast
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Conduct fire at a regular pace – do not do it fast.
The full toast follows but may be abridged to just the last verse according to how late the evening is.

Are your glasses charged in the West and South,
The Worshipful Master cries;
They're charged in the West, They're charged in the South,
Are the Warden's prompt replies;
Then to our final toast tonight your glasses fairly drain
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"

The Mason's social brotherhood around the festive board,
Reveal a wealth more precious far than selfish miser's hoard.
They freely share the priceless stores that generous hearts contain
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"
We work like Mason's free and true, and when our task is done,
A merry song and cheering glass are not unduly won;
And only at our farewell pledge is pleasure touched with pain
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"

Amidst our mirth we drink "To all poor Masons o'er the world"
On every shore our flag of love is gloriously unfurled,
We prize each brother, fair or dark, who bears no moral stain
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"
The Mason feels the noble truth the Scottish peasant told
That rank is but the guinea's stamp, the man him self’s the gold,
With us the rich and poor unite and equal rights maintain
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"

Dear Brethren of the Mystic Tie, the night is waning fast
Our duty's done - our feast is o'er - this song must be our last
"Good night." "Good night" - once more, once more repeat that farewell strain —
"Happy to meet - Sorry to part - Happy to meet again!"

To all poor and distressed Masons where 'er they may be
On land, sea, or in the air.
Here's wishing them a speedy relief to their sufferings
And a safe returen to their native land should they so desire.

Brethren. the toast is Poor and Distressed Masons.
Tyler’s Case
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Below is a list of some of the things you may wish to carry in your case. This list is not complete. There may be many more items that you can carry. I have been asked for items ranging from socks to jackets. You cannot provide everything; however, standard things like gloves and ties are essential items to carry.

Case Contents
Needle & Thread, Safety pins, Spare RA Jewel, Gloves, Tie, Slipshod, Hoodwink, B of C, Cable Tow, Year Book, Scissors, Pliers, Sellotape, Black Ins. Tape, Ritual book, Torch, Sq & C’’s Master's Song, EA Song, Visitor's Song, Parting Song, Ladies Song, Toast List, Blue Tack, Plaster.
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