Question : Our
Lodge has resolved that a pair of White Gloves be presented
to each of our Candidates on the night of his being raised. Could you
supply us with material for a few brief words
explaining how our Glove customs arose ?
Answer : Answer : I can well
understand that the members of your lodge are not agreed on the method
of using firing glasses because quite frankly there is no one correct
way and 1 find that practices vary. What is quite a common method is
not to use them for drinking but solely for firing and to hold them by
the rim for the « Point, Left, Right ; Point,
Left, Right ; Point, Left, Right ; One
Two » and then the glass is banged on the table and
left there on « Three » and the normal claps
follow. Another method I have known is to have the glasses filled with
wine and on the command from the Worshipful Master ail the brethren
stand, leaving their glasses on the table. The following drill is then
gone through, the commands being given by the Master :
1 . « Hand to Arm ». The glass,
remaining on the table is held in the right hand.
2. « Take Aim ». The glass is
then raised and held with the right arm stretched out vertically.
3. « Tire One ». A sip of wine
4. « Tire Two ». Another sip is
5. « Tire All ». The glass is
6. Without any word of command, the glasses are banged three times on
the table, on each occasion with a shout of « Vivat
The only suggestion I can make is that you discuss the procedure to be
adopted on some suitable lodge occasion and select that favoured by the
majority of your brethren.
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note by Christian Guigue : The french usage and
military terms are differents. They come from military lodges and 18th
century uses. The glass is not a glass, it’s a cannon. The table is not a table,
it’s a platform. We take the cannon in
hand at order : « Present ! ». The
commands are : 1.
feu" - 3.
and all fire)".
Only the lodges working to the french or modern rite shout " Vivat " the first and second
time, and we find so " Vivat, vivat, semper vivat " the third time. The
french lodges of Rectified Scotish rite (french knight
templar system in 6 degrees), Ancient and accepted Scotish rite do not
shout « Vivat »