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Your GL's position on reading Ritual versus reciting Ritual by memory

Reading Ritual versus Reciting Ritual by memory ?

  • My Grand Lodge's approach is to allow the Ritual to be read in its subordinate lodges

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Does your Grand Lodge have a position on if the ceremonial can be read or must be recited - or is it left to individual lodges to decide ?
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Nothing should be read here, barring the chaplain's prayers. The IPM and secretary may have a ritual book open to assist prompting the master and everyone else respectively.

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I believe that reading is not an option in my Lodge (under the Supervision of GLoS).

In fact during each of my initial interviews and when I first met some of my brethren I was asked if I could recite verses in old-fashioned English with archaic expressions by heart. It seemed to be a pretty strong requirement.

I assume that it's the same rule across the GLoS, but I wouldn't know for sure.