THE WIDOWS SONS IS THE LARGEST MASONIC
MOTORCYCLE ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD
BIBLE OPENINGS IN THE
According to the late Harry
Carr in his book The Freemason at work
there is some variation in different parts of
the country with regard to which pages the Bible
should be opened at in a Lodge.
The first ever recorded in this country
dates from the English exposure Three
Distinct Knocks of 1760 for the three
degrees as follows.
epistle of Peter (with reference to
brotherly kindness and charity)
The story of
Judges 12 of the test of the
1 Kings 7,
the final details of Solomon's
In the 1920's Dr. Cartwright reported that
in old Yorkshire Lodges it was customary to
open the Bible at:
Behold how good it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity
The Lord stood upon a wall made by
plumb-line, with plumb line in His
7: Then the dust shall return to
earth as it was; and the spiritshall
return to God who gave it.
In Bristol - where the workings
are very old - the following.
The story of Ruth and Boaz.
The test of the Ephraimites.
The birth of Jabal and Jabul, who
are mentioned in the Old Charges
from c. 1400 onwards.
Germany, many lodges use:
John 1: 1:
In the beginning the Word...
thought shall love thy neighbour as
7: Solomon's dedication of the
many old English workings it was common for
the Bible to be opened at John I especially
when seven degrees were worked: Those of the
1st, 2nd and 3rd, Mark, Excellent
Master (Veils) Royal Arch and Knights
Templar. It is important to remember that in
many very old Lodges there were two
installations a year, when the Master only
served six months: on St John the Baptist
Day 24th of June and St John the Evangelist
Day on the 27th of December; hence the name
used by some lodges for installations as the
festival of St. John.
There is no Official Grand Lodge ruling and
a few of the named rituals such as The
Perfect Ceremonies actually specify which
openings should be used, where the opening
for all degrees is IIChronicles chapter 7 as
a standard opening which is also prescribed
in the English Ritual. That
particular passage deals with the
preliminariies to the building of the Temple
and of Solomon's first request Hiram, King
of Tyre for timber, etc. and a 'man cunning
to work in gold, and in silver and in brass'
Take a look at which openings your VSL has
the page markers in, the next time you go
into your lodge.