A tradition of Vermuyden Lodge in Crowle called ‘Marshall Fire’ was re-enacted at its latest first degree ceremony.
Taking its name from the Lodge founder member Stuart Marshall, who introduced it when the Lodge was consecrated, it involves the room being lit only by tea lights, one in front of each member.
The main lights are dimmed, and the WM initiates a round of Masonic Fire, with each firing glass banged once on the table; followed by a round of two knocks, and then three.
Said WM Andy Urry: “As each diner delivers his three knocks, he puts the firing glass over his tea light to extinguish it. One after another, all the lights go out around the room until only one remains alight; that in front of the new initiate, representing a new light coming into to the lodge.
“It’s spectacular and moving to see and take part in, especially for initiates,” he added.