The Principles of The Order of The Secret Monitor


The Nature of the Order of The Secret Monitor

The nature of the Order may be briefly stated as embracing all that has made Masonry what it now is and has led to its being a power in our land second to none of its kind. Masonry is widely diffused and the tie of brotherhood between Freemasons is well recognised. But it is so extensive that the number of those who may call on it for support may be too large for the resources of the individual Freemason to respond such that his Brother is supported to the extent to which noble principles to which Freemasons subscribe would suggest.

This does not cause a problem in times of peace and prosperity, but in times of stress, in times of danger, or in times when a man is afraid to trust his fellow man, and when life and death and even things more sacred than either may depend upon the action of Brother to Brother, a more intimate tie has often been sought, and being found, has been handed down to posterity by those who approved and could appreciate its worth.

So long as the world has stood, there have been oppressors and the oppressed, and in all ages, the only hope of the oppressed lay in their union they could form with each other, bound together by the ties their Society would allow.

The Order of the Secret Monitor shows how such a tie can be invoked, even in modern Society.

The story — the allegory — is based on the biblical history of the Tribes of Israel, spanning from Moses, wandering defenceless in the wilderness, to the time of Saul when David was growing in power, and describes one particular example of the bonds which were forge for mutual protection and support.

As is typical with much of the ritual of Freemasonry, research cannot substantiate every expression and detail, but much of that of the Order is expressed in the words of the ancient Hebrew Scriptures. Anyone reading the Scriptures with knowledge of the ceremonies of the Order is able to perceive the hidden meaning implicit in them. That knowledge will enable him to better understand the obligations undertaken by the modern Freemason.

The allegory of the Order is based on the friendship which is known to have existed between the two great Hebrew heroes, David and Jonathan. The love which Jonathan bore for David has been rivalled, though not excelled, by many examples in history and such mutual love and friendship is not unknown even in these latter days. The nature of our Order is to afford an opportunity for the better understanding of this mutual confidence, this trust which is never betrayed, leading to further enlightenment of aspects of the moral philosophy of Freemasonry.

The principles of the Order, then, are framed upon the concepts of self-sacrifice, mutual trust, brotherly care, warning in times of danger, solace in times of sorrow and careful advice in every circumstance of life. It is an Order that aims to meet a moral need in human affairs.

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 and if in poverty, he will find aid. Moreover at every turn of life, at every crisis of fate, he may look to his brethren who have pledged themselves to give him caution, to prompt his good actions, to guard him from doubtful ones and generally to watch over, support and cherish him for so long as he may need their care and prove himself worthy of the confidence reposed in him.

You may be interested in reading a paper which considers how the Secret Monitor extends the understanding of Masonic Philosophy. Click on the link below. A form for applying for Membership of the Order is also published below. You should consult the Grand Conclave pages to ascertain contact details of a Conclave in your vicinity.

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