Taking a chair

When I move back to Copenhagen sometime around new year, I will take the office of assisting Junior Warden in St. John’s lodge Hafnia. The official press officer of the Order has stated this many times, so I am not revealing anything by saying that the JW in Swedish Rite represents Conscience (and SW Reason). The two wardens are seated side by side in the West and mostly act in tandem, without the aid of any Deacons. This makes it a very active office that also offers opportunity to give “free” speeches, small talks prepared by the warden (within the confines of the ritual).

In our system there is no progressive line, and to hold an office one has to have the prerequisite degree. For instance a (Worshipful) Master of a lodge of St. John must have the IX°, and I believe that it is VII° for the Wardens. For this reason I cannot actually hold the office yet – from Initiation until VII° may be as long as 10 years. But a Master (III°) can serve in an assisting capacity. This is like an understudy, where he gets to take the chair and do all the things that is associated with the office, without actually holding the title. One can do this for several years, if everyone is happy with the work. In this way brothers can get involved without a line, and get a lot of practise for a specific office.

This is what I will be doing. Hopefully well enough that I can keep doing it and “breathe” the ritual for a couple of years. Until January all I can do is watch the work done in my temporary lodge and try to get it down. Something to look forward to …

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