David and Jonathan

David and Jonathan

The Order of the Secret Monitor which developed from a still more ancient degree is the Brotherhood of David and Jonathan and is in its way older than Freemasonry itself.  Its principles and its watchwords being founded upon those grand examples set by two worthy Hebrew Princes around 1000BC as recorded in the Jewish history of the Bible.

This is a Society framed upon the principles of self-sacrifice; of mutual trust, watchful brotherly care; of warning in time of danger; solace in time of sorrow; and skilful and effective friendly advice in every circumstance of life:  A Society that meets a great and crying need in human affairs and is calculated to benefit those who act up to its tenets.

If a Brother be in sorrow the Conclave will afford him sympathy; if in danger his Brethren will give him assistance; if in distress the Visiting Deacons will bring him consolation; if in poverty he will find aid.

At every turn in life, at every crisis of fate he may look, and not look in vain to the experienced among the Brethren who have pledged themselves to give him caution, to prompt him to good actions, to warn him of doubtful ones – Generally to watch over him, support him and cherish him so long as he may need their care and prove himself worthy of the confidence reposed in him.

Within Craft Freemasonry we are taught, at an early stage, that it has for its Principles, ‘Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth’.  In no other Order in Freemasonry, than that of The Order of the Secret Monitor, can there be found a greater emphasis on those fundamental Masonic Virtues, for the teaching of those Principles

The Province of East Lancashire

ScreenHunter_02 Nov. 29 14.48Secret Monitor in the Province of East Lancashire is contained within the Craft boundaries and comprises fourteen conclaves generally meeting three times a year in:  Burnley in the north, to Salford in the south, from Shaw and Rochdale in the east to Bury in the west (plus several towns in between).  The oldest conclave in East Lancashire is Cockcroft Conclave No 25 consecrated in 1895 and the latest to be warranted is Dr James Edward Glover Conclave No 409, consecrated in 1995.

In addition to conclaves meeting on a weekday evening, Supera Moras Conclave No 49 meets Saturday lunchtime and draws its membership from Secret Monitors across the country having an Internet Connection, and thereby is peripatetic.  Fraternity Conclave No 75 meets at lunch time, mid-week and is closely associated with a Craft Lodge of Past Masters.  For those brethren who enjoy ritual, there is a Demonstration Team of skilled and dedicated brethren which guides and assists conclaves in the Province.

Interested in joining us?

For Induction, candidates need only be Master Masons in good standing.  There are Three Degrees, including the Chair. Regalia for the first two degrees is a breast jewel and upon Installation, having received a delightful and personal commissioning ceremony, the Supreme Ruler is invested with a sash, collaret and robe.  Provincial and Grand rank bring with them distinctive sashes of blue and crimson respectively, each accompanied by a collaret and jewel.

Contact The Provincial Recorder by Email –  alan.edge6@virginmedia.com