West Kent Mentoring - After Passing


The 2nd Degree Tracing Board


Start by congratulating the Candidate on taking his second step in Freemasonry and becoming a Fellow Craft. Embark upon an explanation of the Second Degree ceremony and endeavour to impart as much general Masonic knowledge as the Candidate is able to assimilate without overburdening him.

As a conscientious Mentor, you will be very aware that it is essential to have at least one clear meeting between the stages of advancement if the Candidate is to progress satisfactorily, having regard to the sheer volume of information with which he is faced.

Symbolic explanation of the Ceremony of Passing (two alternatives)

The Tracing Board in the Second Degree is quite a long piece of ritual, and it is therefore not always delivered when a Candidate is Passed. In some Lodges, it is explained on an evening when there is little other work and, as a result, may be witnessed by several Fellow Crafts for the first time. An optional shorter explanation of the Tracing Board is available.

Applying the principles of Freemasonry to our everyday lives. The 2nd degree working tools of this Degree spell out the way in which we should live our lives, so provide a copy and discuss it with the Candidate.

In many Lodges, a Candidate does not have access to the printed ritual until he is presented with, or allowed to purchase, a ritual book following the completion of his Third Degree. Ensure he is provided with a copy of the ritual immediately following the ceremony of Passing, so that he may read it and raise any questions while the events are reasonably fresh in his mind.

Ensure the Candidate is proficient in the Second Degree signs and remind him of those in the First. Make him aware that he will be called upon to demonstrate both, when he leaves the Lodge after answering his questions and when he re-enters the Lodge before the ceremony of Raising.

The Candidate may not have been too aware of his surroundings during and immediately after the Ceremony of Initiation, but will certainly have taken note of many features in the Lodge Room by the time he becomes a Fellow Craft. It is a good time to talk about the Symbolism which forms such an important part of Freemasonry.

Arrange for the candidate to make an accompanied visit to a Lodge conducting an Initiation Ceremony as part of the learning process.

Charity is at the very heart of Freemasonry. It is practiced through the work of the four National Masonic Charities, many Provincial Charities and individual Lodges across the length and breadth of England and Wales.

The relationship between the United Grand Lodge of England and the Provinces, in terms of respective roles.

Explain the different Masonic Clothing and Regalia

Provide the Questions and Answers with which the Candidate must be conversant before he is Raised to the Third Degree and help him to learn them. The Mentor should discuss with the Candidate the meaning of the questions and answers rather than merely providing the missing words.

Discuss with the Worshipful Master the need for him to deliver a Royal Arch Chapter Address to the Candidate at the conclusion of the Ceremony of Raising and/or introduce the Candidate to the Royal Arch representative.

Be especially vigilant after the Second Degree ceremony, as the Candidate may not have been quite the centre of attention he was on the evening of his Initiation when everyone wished to talk with him. It is important he does not feel any sense of anti-climax.



West Kent Mentoring - 3.8 Post Raising