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Masonic Funerals

CHAPTER IX

THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER'S HANDBOOK

Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M. of the District of Columbia


One of the most important things we can do for our Brethren and their families is to support them in their time of trial or troubles. Certainly one of their darkest moments is when one of our Brothers departs to the Celestial Lodge above. Showing our support by attending the funeral and later making a condolence call at the house shows the family that our Brother was indeed respected and among friends and brothers and important to us. In the past, the Worshipful Master would have telegrams sent to a group of brethren. They would receive the signal and would be expected to be present. Today, an obituary is placed in the Washington Post. It is expected that the Worshipful Master and his officers will attend when in town and not absolutely impossible to do so, especially, when an emergent Communication or Masonic Service has been requested.

Normally, the family or friends should notify the Secretary or the Worshipful Master. Only if requested by the widow or immediate family member should there be a Masonic Funeral Service - usually at the funeral home. When the request is to the Secretary, the Master should personally confirm it with the immediate family member. A dark suit and tie without nametags or traveling jewels is appropriate dress. Steinís and Danzanskyís have a set of paraphernalia. If the funeral service is elsewhere, someone needs to be assigned to bring the paraphernalia from one of the other locations and return it afterwards. It can be a terrible embarrassment to our brotherís family and ourselves if the service isnít done well. There will be times when a passing brother may be very close to some of the members of the Lodge and the Worshipful Master will be asked if they can participate. The Master should accept these offers graciously.

Prior to the service, after the Lodge has been opened by the Master in emergent form, the Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden should visit with the family and pay their respects on behalf of the Lodge. Also the Master (often with the Master of Ceremonies) should talk to the Minister (or Rabbi) and discuss whether we wait for him to come into the room (sometimes they prefer to wait until we are finished) . After the service, when it is time to leave, the Masons line the corridor to the hearse, prior to the pall bearers bringing the casket. The Stewards (or Deacons, if no Stewards) cross their staffs over the door to the hearse. The Deacons then will cover the Worshipful Master. If in a new funeral home or at a cemetery, it is a good idea to discuss with the Rabbi and Master of Ceremonies when and how to enter and egress.

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