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Ceremony of the Seven Toasts

For those coming to the show tonight, below is a brief description of the toasts to be proposed.

The format for each of the toasts will be the same. Although there are many other ways to do Toasts in various rituals, please follow the pattern given below for each toast this evening. The wine in your will be recharged once after every toast.

The pattern for toasting is below.

The Host Master will call the toast, this applies to all toasts.

All will acknowledge the toast raising their “Cannon” in front, shoulder high, the arm extended comfortably. The glass is held in this position during the reading of the next on of the Toast and during the response by the brethren.

The proposer will then give the toast, ending with “Brethren…” followed by the response that is to given.

All present will then respond by repeating the last phrase as given by the proposer.

Host Master Only says: “Ready”

On command “Ready,” bring the glass to your lips, ready to drink from it.

Host Master Only says: “DerryDoon”

On the command “DerryDoon,” the brethren drink their wine, then return their glass to arms length, eye level.

The Host Master will then say: “Brethren, The Good Fire, taking your time from me.”

The procedure for “Good Fire” is:

a) The Host Master will recite the following at a smart pace, marking time with his Cannon (Firing Glass), in the air;

b) All present follow the cadence set by the proposer, repeating, with the Host Master, in unison:

Vivat Vivat, Vivat!

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

On first command “Vivat,” move the glass to the left shoulder.

On second command “Vivat,” move the glass across the throat to the right shoulder.

On third command “Vivat,” move the glass back to the starting point, in front, completing a triangle. Repeat this sequence with each set of three “Vivat’s” completing three triangles, ending with the glass in front and at arms length. (“Vivat” is said while the glass is in motion)

On the command “One,” swing your arm to the left. On “Two,” swing your arm back to the right and up.

On the command “Fire,” all, in unison, will strike their Cannons sharply on the Table.

In order to avoid breakage we recommend not getting TOO boisterous, the glass is not a gavel!

The proposer will then say “Together, brethren” for the battery of Three Times Three.

Clap! Clap! Clap!

Clap! Clap! Clap!

Clap! Clap! Clap!

The Host Master will close the toast.

If the Host Master wishes, he may ask some brother to give a response to the toast. The brother does this, speaking spontaneously about the subject of the toast. The response should be brief’. The brother DOES NOT PROPOSE ANOTHER TOAST!

The next toast will then follow in sequence.

It is worth noting that the Good Fire is a triad of seven times three salutes (21 motions in all). The ‘GOOD FIRE,” or “QUICK FIRE” described above is really a 21gun salute, and in ancient times, especially in the French Rite, the Good Fire was given by an elaborate ritual using heavy “Firing” Glasses or “Cannons” with thick glass bases which could be struck upon the table top in time to the proposer’s cadence. We do a version of this.

Speeches may be interspersed between toasts at the discretion of the Host Masters. Furthermore, they may call for brief remarks from any brother as a response to any of the toasts.

IMPORTANT NOTE

NO BROTHER SHOULD PRESUME TO OFFER A TOAST.

TOASTS ARE RESTRICTED TO THOSE LISTED IN THE PROGRAM,

WITH THEIR ORDER AND PROPOSERS DETERMINED BY THE MASTER.

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1. THE FIRST TOAST – Dean to give

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and CANADA

Host Master.: “are all cannons charged in the column of the West?”

Are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?”

Host Master.: “Brethren, it is my honor to propose this first toast to the United States of America and Canada! We offer our wishes for its honor and prosperity in peace, and for its continued Sovereignty, Independence, and the Freedom of its citizens. This is a health so dear to us that I invite you to deliver your fire as handsomely as possible. Upstanding, brethren!

ALL: (Rise and hold Cannons out in front, arm’s length at eye level

W.M.: “Brethren, I give you the United States of America and Canada!

ALL PRESENT: “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CANADA!”

H.M.: ONLY: “Ready” On the command “Ready,” ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.

H.M.: ONLY: “DerryDoon” On the command “DerryDoon,” drink your wine, then raise your class comfortably at arm’s length and at eye level.

H.M.: “Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East.”

All present follow the cadence set by the Host Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

2. THE SECOND TOAST – Greg to Give

THE ANCIENT AND GENTLE CRAFT AND THE MEMORY OF OUR FOUNDERS

Host Master.: “are all cannons charged in the column of the West?”are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?”

H.M.: “Brethren, the Toast to the Craft and the Memory of our Founders which will be proposed by our Host MASTER:

“To Him who brought the stone and wood,

To him who all things understood,

To him who hapless, shed his blood in the doing of his duty,

To that bright day, To that blest more

wherein these three great men were born,

Our Ancient Science to Adorn With Wisdom, Strength and Beauty.”

“Host Master and brethren, I give you the Ancient and Gentle Craft and The Memory of Our Founders. This second obligatory health, which I have the honor to propose, is to the ties which unite a great Brotherhood, and to a future made great by reason of a greater understanding of the spirit of Freemasonry. This health is so dear to us that I invite you to deliver your fire as handsomely as possible. Upstanding, brethren!

ALL: (Rise and hold Cannons out in front, arm’s length at eye level

W.M.: “Brethren, I give you the THE MEMORY OF OUR FOUNDERS!

ALL PRESENT: ” THE MEMORY OF OUR FOUNDERS!”

H.M.: ONLY: “Ready” On the command “Ready,” ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.

H.M.: ONLY: “DerryDoon” On the command “DerryDoon,” drink your wine, then raise your class comfortably at arm’s length and at eye level.

H.M.: “Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East.”

All present follow the cadence set by the Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

Introductions and Salutations

Round table for all present who wish to speak and make comment to the event and to Masonry in general.

3. THE THIRD TOAST – Dean to give

TO THE GRAND LODGES OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE GRAND MASTERS, PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE AND THE BURDEN THEY BARE AS THE LEADERS OF OUR VENERABLE INSTITUTION.

Host Master.: “are all cannons charged in the column of the West?”

are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?”

H.M.: TO THE GRAND LODGES OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE GRAND MASTERS

H.M.: “Host Master and brethren, I have the honor to propose a toast to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodges of Free and Accepted Masons of North America, the Most Worshipful Grand Masters that preside over them together with all officers and members of their Grand Lodge!”

“To its long and honored past, its steady adherence to our principles, their unfailing answer to the call of distress, and its encouragement to those who seek Further Light in Masonry. To their health, we gladly add our Fraternal wishes for its prosperity that it may direct with Wisdom, decide with Justice, and plan with Vision worthy of the Fraternity it serves, and of the brethren who constitute its Masonic people. Be pleased to join me in delivering this most Masonic and Fraternal Toast and Fire! Upstanding, brethren!

ALL: (Rise and hold Cannons out in front, arm’s length at eye level

W.M.: “Brethren, I give you the TO THE GRAND LODGES OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE GRAND MASTERS! TO THE GRAND LODGES OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE GRAND MASTERS

ALL PRESENT: ” THE GRAND LODGES OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE GRAND MASTERS! TO THE GRAND LODGES OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE GRAND MASTERS!”

H.M.: ONLY: “Ready” On the command “Ready,” ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.

H.M.: ONLY: “DerryDoon” On the command “DerryDoon,” drink your wine, then raise your class comfortably at arm’s length and at eye level.

H.M.: “Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East.

All present follow the cadence set by the Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

4. THE FOURTH TOAST – Greg to Give

To Masonic Central, the pod cast for Freemasons by Freemasons

Host Master.: “are all cannons charged in the column of the West?”

are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?”

Host .M.: “Brethren, the toast to our beloved Masonic Central. I beg permission to propose a Toast to our own beloved program Masonic Central. To this precious program, so close to the hearts of its participants, and to the brotherhood that has blossomed throughout the past year. Its brothers display an interest and loyalty unshaken by adversity, and unspoiled by prosperity. So may we all, each one of us, ever it reflect its integrity and its stability in our daily lives. Brethren, I give you the Masonic Central Pod Cast! ”

ALL: ” the Masonic Central Pod Cast! ”

H.M.: ONLY: “Ready” On the command “Ready,” ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.

H.M.: ONLY: “DerryDoon” On the command “DerryDoon,” drink your wine, then raise your class comfortably at arm’s length and at eye level.

H.M.: “Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East.

All present follow the cadence set by the Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

9’o’clock toast – to our absent brethren

To our absent brethren

H.M.: “Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East.

All present follow the cadence set by the Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

5. THE FIFTH TOAST Designate TBD to give

To the Masonic Central Hosts

Host Master.: “are all cannons charged in the column of the West?”

are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?”

Designate: “Brethren, I have the honor of proposing a toast to our Host Masters Brother Dean Kennedy and Brother Greg Stewart

Designate.: “Host Masters and brethren, the health which I have the honor to propose is that of the Host Masters, who directs the labors of this Pod Cast, and of all who are near and dear to them. Be pleased to join me in delivering this Toast and the best possible fire in homage to these Brothers who serves us all. Upstanding, brethren!

ALL: ” Host Masters Brother Dean Kennedy and Brother Greg Stewart ”

H.M.: ONLY: “Ready” On the command “Ready,” ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.

H.M.: ONLY: “DerryDoon” On the command “DerryDoon,” drink your wine, then raise your class comfortably at arm’s length and at eye level.

H.M.: “Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East.

All present follow the cadence set by the Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

Education Interlude – Greg

Saint John the Evangelist

6. THE SIXTH TOAST – Dean to give

THE VISITING BRETHREN

Host Master.: “are all cannons charged in the column of the West?”

are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?”

H.M.: “Brethren, this sixth Toast is to those visiting Brethren who honor us with their presence this evening. May this occasion persuade them to share our hospitality whenever their circumstances permit. To this Toast, we earnestly add the health of all Lodges affiliated or corresponding with ours. We hereby proclaim: UNION, CONTENTMENT, and WISDOM. Be pleased to join me in delivering the best possible Fire for this Toast. Please raise your cannons for this Toast.

All: (Hold Cannons out in front, arm’s length at ey level

H.M.: “Brethren of Masonic Central, I give you our visiting brethren!”

All: “Our visiting brethren!”

H.M.: ONLY: “Ready” On the command “Ready,” ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.

H.M.: ONLY: “DerryDoon” On the command “DerryDoon,” drink your wine, then raise your class comfortably at arm’s length and at eye level.

H.M.: “Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East.

All present follow the cadence set by the Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

7. THE SEVENTH TOAST – Greg to give

THE TYLER’S TOAST

Host Master.: “are all cannons charged in the column of the West?”

are all the cannons charged in the column of the South?”

H.M.: ” Brethren, kindly be upstanding for the final Tyler Toast of the evening, Brethren, I propose a toast to all poor and distressed Masons, wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth or water, a speedy relief to their suffering, and a safe return to their native land if they so desire. Let us with reverence invoke for all the favor of the Great Architect of the Universe that it may please Him to succor the unfortunate, and bring them into safe and good harbors. Brethren, be pleased to unite with me in delivering the most sincere of Toasts and most efficient of Fires to this last health. Upstanding, brethren!”

TYLER: “Worshipful Master and brethren, I give you our poor and distressed brethren!”

All: (Hold Cannons out in front, arm’s length at ey level

H.M.: “Brethren of Masonic Central, I give you our poor and distressed brethren!”

All: ” Our poor and distressed brethren!”

H.M.: ONLY: “Ready” On the command “Ready,” ALL bring the wine to the lips, ready to drink.

H.M.: ONLY: “DerryDoon” On the command “DerryDoon,” drink your wine, then raise your class comfortably at arm’s length and at eye level.

H.M.: “Brethren, the GOOD FIRE, taking your time from the East.

All present follow the cadence set by the Master. He will recite, at a smart pace, marking time with the triangular motions described in the earlier instructions.

Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat! Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!

End of table lodge – end of recording.

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A devoted student of the Western Mystery Traditions, Greg is a firm believer in the Masonic connections to the Hermetic traditions of antiquity, its evolution through the ages and into its present configuration as the antecedent to all contemporary esoteric and occult traditions. He is a self-called searcher for that which was lost, a Hermetic Hermit and a believer in “that which is above is so too below.” Read more about Greg Stewart.

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