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Observations on the Final Charge in the First Degree

The Final Charge in the First Degree encapsulates so much of what we believe about Freemasonry that it could be used as a summary of the craft. It can be one of the most impressive parts of the initiation ceremony, so it was with some surprise that I found that some consider it not a charge at all, but rather a lecture ( like the tracing Board ) and so not a part of the ritual proper.

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