EA

  1. As an Entered Apprentice whence came ye?
    From a Lodge of the Holy Saints John at Jerusalem
  2. What came you here to do?
    To learn to subdue my passions and improve myself in Masonry
  3. Then you are a Mason, I presume?
    I am so taken and accepted by all brothers and fellows.
  4. What makes you a Mason?
    My obligation
  5. Where did you receive this obligation?
    Within the body of a just and lawfully constituted lodge of Entered Apprentices.
  6. When just and lawfully constituted, how many compose such a lodge?
    Seven or more
  7. When of seven only, whom are they?
    The Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Senior and Junior Deacons
  8. How do you know yourself to be a Mason?
    By having been tried, never denied, and willing to be tried again.
  9. How may i know you to be a mason?
    By certain signs, a token, a word and the perfect points of my entrance
  10. What are signs?
    Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars
  11. What is a token?
    A certain brotherly and friendly grip where one Mason may know another in the dark as well as in the light.
  12. What are the perfect points of your entrance?
    Guttural, pectoral, manual and penal
  13. Where were you first prepared to be made a Mason?
    In my heart
  14. Where next?
    In a room adjacent to a just and lawfully constituted Lodge of Entered Apprentices
  15. How were you prepared?
    By being divested of all metallic substance, neither naked nor clad, barefoot nor shod, left food, knee and breast bare, hood-winked with a cable-tow once around my neck, in which condition i was conducted to the door of this Lodge by a friend, whom I afterwards found to be a Brother
  16. You being hood-winked, how did you know it to be a door?
    By first meeting with resistance, afterwards gaining admission
  17. How gained you admission?
    By giving three distinct knocks on the door, answered by a like number from within, answered by a voice saying, who comes here?
  18. Your answer?
    Mr. (Full Name), a poor blind candidate, who has long wandered in darkness regarding the secrets of Freemasonry, now seeks to be brought from dark to light, to have and receive a part in the rights, lights and benefits of this Worshipful Lodge, erected to God and dedicated to the Holy Saints John, as all Brothers and fellows have done who have gone this way before.
  19. What were you then asked?
    If it was of my own free will and accord that I make this request, if I was dully and truly prepared, worthy and well qualified, or lawful age and properly vouched for, all of which being answered in the affirmative, I was asked by what further right or benefit I expected to be made a Mason?
  20. Your answer?
    That of being a man, Free-born, coming under the tongue of good repute and well recommended.
  21. What followed?
    I was directed to wait with patience until the Worshipful Master could be informed of my request and his answer returned
  22. What was his answer?
    Let him enter this lodge in the name of God and be received in due and ancient form.
  23. How were you received?
    On the point of a sharp instrument piercing my naked left breast, the moral of which was to teach me that as this was an instrument of torture to my flesh so should the recollection there to be my mind and conscience should I ever presume to reveal any of the secrets of Freemasonry unlawfully.
  24. How were you then disposed of?
    I was conducted toward the center of this Lodge and caused to kneel for the benefit of prayer
  25. After prayer, what were you asked?
    In whom I put my trust.
  26. Your answer?
    In God, My trust being in God, my faith was well founded. I was taken by the right hand, ordered to arise, follow my conductor and fear no danger.
  27. Where did you follow your conductor?
    Once round about the Lodge, halting at the stations of the Junior Warden in the South, the Senior Warden in the West, and the Worshipful Master in the East, where the same questions were asked, and like answers returned, as at the door, with these additions in the East. Which came you and where traveling?
  28. Your answer?
    From the West, traveling East.
  29. Why left you the West to travel East?
    In search of light. Light being the object of my search, I was ordered to be reconducted to Senior Warden in the West, who would teach me how to approach the East, the source of all Masonic light, in due form as an Entered Apprentice.
  30. How do Entered Apprentices approach the East?
    By advancing one regular step with the left foot, bringing the heel of the right to the hallow of the left, feet forming an angle of an oblong square, body erect, facing the Worshipful Master in the East.
  31. What did the worshipful Master then say to you?
    Mr (Last name), for the first time in your life you stand before the sacred altar of Freemasonry, but before preceding farther in the ceremonies of this degree it will be necessary for you to take upon yourself a solemn and binding obligation, which as Worshipful master of this Lodge, I am free to inform you contains nothing that will conflict with any of those exalted duties you owe to God, your country, your neighbor, your family or yourself; it pertains to Freemasonry only. It does contain penalties which have historical significance, but are only symbolic and have not been applied to any Mason by justly constituted Mason authority. With this assurance on my part, are you willing to proceed and take upon yourself such an obligation, as all Entered Apprentices have taken before you?
  32. Your answer?
    I am
  33. How were you then disposed of?
    I was placed at the alter in due and ancient form to be made an Entered Apprentice
  34. What is that due and ancient form?
    Kneeling on my naked left knee, my right extended forming a square, my left hand supporting, my right resting upon the Holy Bible, square and compasses, in which due and ancient form I took upon myself the solemn and binding obligation of an Entered Apprentice.
  35. Repeat the obligation (part1)
    I, (Full name), of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this Worshipful Lodge, erected to him, and dedicated to the Holy Saints John, do hereby and hereon most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that i will always hail, forever conceal, and never reveal any of the sacred arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Free Masonry, that have been, may now, or shall hereafter be communicated to me as such, to any person or persons whomever, except it be to a true and lawful Brother of this degree, or within the body of a just and lawfully constituted Lodge of Entered Apprentices and not unto him or them until a strict trial, due examination, or lawful Masonic Information I shall have found him or them to be as justly entitled to receive the same as I am myself.
  36. Repeat the Obligation (Part 2)
    I furthermore promise and swear that i will not mark, write, print, paint, stamp, stain, cut, carve, hue, hack or engrave them, or cause the same to be done upon anything moveable or immovable, capable of receiving the least impression of a sign, letter, syllable, word or character, whereby the same may become legible or intelligible to any person or persons under the whole canopy of heaven, and thereby the secrets of Free Masonry being unlawfully obtained through my unworthiness.
  37. Repeat the Obligation (Part 3)
    To all of this and these I due most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without the least hesitation, mental reservation or secret evasion of mind in me whatever, binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by its roots, and together with my body buried in the rough sands of the sea, at low-water mark, a cabletows length from shore, where the tide regularly ebbs and flows twice in twenty four hours, should i ever in the least, knowingly or willfully, violate or transgress any part or portion, of this my solemn and binding obligation of an Entered Apprentice. So help me God and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.
  38. What followed?
    I was ordered to detach my hand, bow my head and kiss the book lying open before me, which was the Holy Bible.
  39. What followed?
    I was released from my cable-tow
  40. What were then asked?
    In my present blindfolded condition what i most desired
  41. Your answer?
    Light
  42. Did you receive it?
    I did, by order of the Worshipful Master, assisted by the Brethren
  43. Upon being brought from darkness to light in a Lodge of Entered Apprentices, what did you first observe?
    The three Great Lights in Masonry, accompanied by the representation of the three Lesser Lights
  44. What are the Three Great Lights in Masonry?
    The Holy Bible, Square, and Compasses
  45. What are the three Lesser Lights?
    The Sun, Moon, and Worshipful Master, and are represented by three burning tapers placed in a triangular form about the altar
  46. What did you next behold?
    The Worshiful Master approaching me from the East, on the step, under the duegard and sign of an Entered Apprentice, who, in token of his brotherly love and friendship, extended me his right hand and invested me with the grip and word of this degree, ordered me to arise, go and salute the Junior and Senior Wardens as an Entered Apprentice
  47. What followed?
    I was presented with a lambskin or white linen apron and ordered to carry it to the Senior Warden in the West, who would teach me how to wear it as an Entered Apprentice
  48. How do Entered Apprentices wear the aprons?
    With the bib or flap turned up
  49. How were you then disposed of?
    I was conducted to the Worshipful Master in the East, who taught me a true Masonic lesson, that of charity, and ordered me to be reconducted to the place whence I came invested with the things I had been divested, and in due time returned to the Lodge for further instruction
  50. Upon your return to the Lodge where were you conducted?
    Directed to the North East corner of the Lodge, and then placed on the first step in Masonry, where the Worshipful Master was pleased to say that I stand an upright man and Mason, and give it me strictly in charge ever to walk and act as such
  51. What were you then presented?
    The working tools of an Entered Apprentice and taught their use
  52. What are the working tools of an Entered Apprentice?
    The twenty four inch gauge and common gavel
  53. Step off as an Entered Apprentice. Give the duegard and sign
    Give presentation
  54. To what does the duegard allude?
    The position of my hands when I took upon myself the obligation
  55. To what does the sign refer?
    The penalties of my obligation
  56. Give me a token. ___ I hele
    I conceal
  57. What do you conceal?
    All the secrets of Masons in Masonry to which this token alludes
  58. What is this?
    The grip
  59. The grip of what?
    The grip of an Entered Apprentice
  60. Has it a name?
    It has
  61. Will you give it me?
    I did not so receive it neither will I so impart it
  62. How will you dispose of it that i may gain a knowledge thereof?
    Letter and halve it with you
  63. Letter and begin?
    Begin you.
  64. No my brother, the word is with you, you must begin
    • (Alphabet letters)
    • _,_,_,_,_,_,_
    • Boaz is the word, my Brother, and is the name of the left hand pillar on the porch at the entrance of King Solomon's Temple and Denotes strength
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