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    Posted: January/10/2013 at 8:50am
We have our District Deputy Grand Master's official visit coming up in 2 months and I am struggling to come up with my greeting dialogue.  I know this might seem like old hat to some of you but I'm not the best when it comes to making up greetings and such... And I'm not referring to just Greeting the District Deputy, but the visiting worshipful master... any suggestions on greeting them as well?

If anyone has some suggestions they could post here, i would really greatly appreciate it. 
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Greeting a Master of a sister Lodge ? I always found "Hello brother " along with some other niceties such as "Pleasure to have you here" works just fine for District Deputies and other lodge Masters alike .

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If your looking for a greeting to give from the East, we always use: "Mahoning - New Castle Lodge #243 extends to you warm and fraternal greeting and hope your evening spent with us is a pleasurable one". It's my understanding that that greeting is a long standing tradition in our lodge. We use that greeting for all visitors from DDGM on down. I think I heard our RWGM greeted in that fashion.

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Originally posted by excellencee excellencee wrote:

If your looking for a greeting to give from the East, we always use: "Mahoning - New Castle Lodge #243 extends to you warm and fraternal greeting and hope your evening spent with us is a pleasurable one". It's my understanding that that greeting is a long standing tradition in our lodge. We use that greeting for all visitors from DDGM on down. I think I heard our RWGM greeted in that fashion.


Thank you for sharing this, I really like it and I think i will talk to our Past Masters and see if they have anything like this archived away in their memory.  If not I might be borrowing this and tweeking it slightly for our own purposes.
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In our jurisdiction there is a uniform way the DDGM and the GM are received. Check in your area to see if there is a standard to follow.
 
 
Im sorry. I see you were looking for a reply to the reception itself. Use your imagination, you will do fine. Good luck!


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Check with your GL; education committee; Custodian of Works (???).  I suspect there is a prescribed ritual/procedure & wording that you should be using for the reception of the DDGM or a GM on 'Official' business.

Our School of Instruction just went over this last month.

If this is not an 'Official' visit, then 'Hello Worshipful Brother & welcome' is all that is necessary.  These Brothers are very well know and do not need special introductions listing all their accomplishments.  
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Most Worshipful (entire name), and give him a hand of friendship.
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Masonic Protocol... entire books could be written (and I suspect have been) on the topic!

In general, the rule is [Honorific] Brother A.B.

While you are a Mason in good standing, you will always earn the right to be addressed with the highest respective title held... "Worshipful, Right Worshipful, etc." in our jurisdiction, Past Grand Masters are still referred to as "Most Worshipful," however, some jurisdictions reserve this honorific for the presiding Grand Master, and Past Grand Masters are referred to as "Right Worshipful" or "Right Worshipful Sir."

Summary for our Jurisdiction:
Any current or Past Master should be referred to as "Worshipful Brother"
Any current or Past Grand Line (or elected) Officer should be referred to as "Right Worshipful Brother"
Any current or Past Grand Master should be referred to as "Most Worshipful Brother"

In our jurisdiction, DDGMs are always at least a Past Master, not sure if any past Grand Officer has later served as DDGM, if so, they could be called "Right Worshipful" or even "Most Worshipful" as appropriate.

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We have a separate book called "The Trestleboard" that has all this stuff in it. It's all in "cleartext", so I doubt it's considered secret. I've also seen it done in front of families at Installations. 

Greeting the DDGM starts with sending the Marshall out at the appointed time to "determine if the District Deputy Grand Master is in the anteroom". He comes back with the District Deputy Grand Marshall who is introduced as "Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Marshall Leonard Bones Mc Coy" Who then announces "The Right Worshipful James Tiberius Kirk, District Deputy Grand Master for the twelfth Masonic District, sends his warm fraternal greetings and wishes me to inform you that he is in the anteroom for the purpose of a Fraternal Visit to your lodge."  The Master then says, "Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Marshall, please convey the warm fraternal greetings of Ancient York Lodge and inform the Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master James Tiberius Kirk that we will await his Fraternal Visit by Committee." The Master then appoints the committee and the chair who go out with the DDGMarshall and get the DDGM and his suite. It goes on from there in much the same vein. The last Visit of a DDGM's term can be painful as he usually has about 30 people on his suite and introduces every one of them :)

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Thanks Brother.
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Originally posted by Adrian N. Gollop Adrian N. Gollop wrote:

Most Worshipful (entire name), and give him a hand of friendship.


The only Brothers who are called Most Worshipful in my jurisdiction is the Grand Master himself and Past Grand Masters . It would be very improper to call a visiting Master or the DDGM , or any other Grand Line officer "Most Worshipful" . I am the DDGM in my district and I prefer Brother John Doe , DDGM of District # 18 . I dislike any title that makes it look as if I am on a higher pedestal than my brethren  .

In my jurisdiction.....

The GM is "Most Worshipful"
Deputy Grand Master on down are "Right Worshipful"
Grand Chaplain is "Right Reverend"
And to be completely on point the DDGM would be called "Worshipful Brother John Doe , DDGM " if he so choses .
And a visiting Master is called "Brother" and nothing more .


Edited by Nero - January/12/2013 at 11:43am
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