ceremonies

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Grand Lodge Establishes Ceremonies

In 1921, the OA developed a national organization with the formation of the Grand Lodge.

One of the decisions of the Grand Lodge was that all ceremonies should be similar among the different lodges. To accomplish that choice it was resolved that the Grand Lodge would print both the First Degree and Second Degree ceremonies and distribute them. The ceremonies were mimeographed on 8.5” x 11” paper, stapled together, and were distributed to new lodges and current lodges in a packet of materials following payment of Lodge dues to the Grand Lodge.

Grand Lodge Changes Ceremonies

Dr. William Hinkle presented the following report to the Grand Lodge in 1921:

Report of Committee on Ordeals and Ritual - 1921

The committee on Ordeals and Ritual beg leave to make the following report:

William Hinkle

William Hinkle was the gentle spirit of maturity and age among the enthusiasm and spirit of the young leaders of the emerging Wimachtendienk. He is a mystery person from the beginnings of the Wimachtendienk. He never emerges to the forefront, but his record of service and recognition places him in the same league with the founders and their key group of adult supporters.

Ceremony Booklets

The ceremonies of the Wimachtendienk and later the Order of the Arrow were written down and passed around so that there was similarity of the rituals in all Lodges. However, we do not have the earliest ceremony in any form.

The 1915 ritual that took place on each Friday night of camp at Treasure Island does not exist. There is even disagreement about the content of that ceremony among those who were there and witnessed it.

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