The original “Ritual Exceptions for Degrees during COVID-19 Social Distancing” that was included with Grand Master’s Edict #5, effective August 1, 2020, is rescinded and replaced by the “Ritual Exceptions for Degrees during COVID-19 Social Distancing”, dated August 14, 2020 and is effective August 14, 2020 until further notice.
Following release of Grand Master’s Edict #5, it was recommended that the Committee on Nebraska Work review the "Ritual Exceptions for Degrees during COVID-19 Social Distancing."" I requested the Committee review the Ritual Exceptions. The philosophy of the Committee is that one does not simply join the Masonic Fraternity, but experiences it from a very personal standpoint and the Ritual Exceptions, as previously published, diminished the candidate experience too much. The philosophy of the Committee and their input resulted in several adjustments to the Ritual Exceptions which have been incorporated into the revised Ritual Exceptions that follow.
Please click here for the complete Grand Master’s Edict #5 - Revised Ritual Exceptions for Social Distancing, including the Phase II Guidance and Directives.
Ronald D. Stites
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