Hampden Lodge Pour Bien Desirer

OFFICERS OF THE CRAFT LODGE

In most Lodges there are eleven non-progressive officers and seven progressive officers. Lodge officers are recognisable by the jewels suspended from their Lodge collars and from the position they occupy in the Lodge.

THE PROGRESSIVE OFFICERS

Usually each year a Brother would progress through these offices on a path from Steward, via Deacons and Wardens, to the highest honour within a Lodge - the Worshipful Master. However, each office is subject to the choice of the Master of the year.

Steward of the Craft Lodge

STEWARD

This is the first office held in a Lodge. The Stewards´ main function is to assist at the dinner following the Lodge meeting (the Festive Board).

The Inner Guard of the Craft Lodge

INNER GUARD

The Inner Guard sits just inside the door of the Lodge. He is responsible for checking that all those who enter the Lodge are qualified to do so.

Junior and Senior Deacons Jewel

JUNIOR AND SENIOR DEACONS

The Deacons accompany the candidate during the ceremonies of the Three Degrees in the Lodge. The collar jewel for both Deacons is identical. They carry a wand as a badge of their office.

Senior Warden of the Craft Lodge

SENIOR WARDEN

The Senior Warden sits opposite the Master at the West end of the Lodge and is usually the next Master.

Junior Warden of the Craft Lodge

JUNIOR WARDEN

The Junior Warden sits in the South of the Lodge and will normally progress to Senior Warden. It is the role of the Junior Warden to ensure that no unqualified person enters the Lodge. Although their roles are different, they work together by assisting the Master in running the Lodge.

Worshipful Master of the Craft Lodge

WORSHIPFUL MASTER

The Master is elected by the Lodge members every year and is then installed in to his office. He is usually Master for one year. He is in charge of the Lodge during his tenure of office and acts as its chairman. He also normally conducts the ceremonies in the Lodge. Being elected and installed as Master is the highest honour a Lodge can bestow on any of its members.