Order of Patrons of Husbandry
5th Degree - Pomona
The Master will take his place,
and call the Grange to order by one stroke of the gavel. Officers will
immediately repair to their respective stations, and members, clothed in
regalia, will be seated. The Master will then rise and say: Brothers and Sisters, we have assembled for work in the Degree of Pomona.
Please assist in opening the Grange.
Worthy Overseer, please ascertain if all present are entitled to remain with
us in the Fifth Degree.
Worthy Steward, you will direct your Assistants to satisfy themselves that all
present have received the Fifth Degree.
Assistants will make an examination and report.
The Assistants will receive the
words from the Overseer, make the examination and report, as in the Fourth
Worthy Master, I am satisfied that all present have been instructed in the Fifth
Worthy Steward, is the Gate Keeper on guard?
The Steward will see if the Gate
Keeper is at his post and reports.
He is, Worthy Master
Worthy Chaplain, we will join with you, and invoke the Divine favor.
Our Father who art in heaven, we beseech Thee to inspire us with Thy presence on
this occasion. Give us strength of mind, purity of thought, and earnestness of
purpose in the discharge of every duty; and may the work and influence of this
Grange imbue us with wisdom and virtue—that we may he able to carry good cheer
to our homes, and become better qualified to discharge the duties of life. We
ask all in Thy holy name. Amen.
All respond: Amen.
Worthy Steward, please close the Inside Gate.
Steward Closes the door.
The Gate is closed, Worthy Master.
Brothers and Sisters having reached this high position through the exercise of
F*, H*, and C*, with F*, and by P*; let the language of the Salutation of this
Degree, be our inspiring motto in all our work as Patrons of Husbandry.
I now declare the Grange opened for work in the Fifth Degree. Worthy Steward,
inform the Gate Keeper.
A double curtain is stretched across
the Hall, in front of the Stage, on which POMONA presides, surrounded
by ten or twelve Lady Attendants, all gaily dressed. The Stage is superbly
decorated with flowers, shrubbery and fruits.
POMONA seated on the throne—her
Attendants form a good Chorus.
A table occupies the centre of
the Hall, on which are displayed fruits and flowers. The Master’s desk is in
front of the curtain, on the same side which it occupies in the subordinate
degree work. The officers’ desks are decorated, but all decorations are
covered up in the first part of the work, and the room is dimly lighted by a
single candle on each officer’s desk.
Candidates in the ante-room are
clothed in the regalia of the fourth degree, and Masters of Granges wear their
jewels. Each candidate is closely blindfolded.
A.S. gives the signal of the
Worthy Overseer, an alarm!
Worthy Master, an alarm!
Worthy Overseer, request the Steward to ascertain who thus disturbs our
Worthy Steward, by command of our Worthy Master you will ascertain who is
S., opens door: Who are these persons thus disturbing the deliberations of this assembly?
A.S.: Patrons of Husbandry who desire to receive the degree of Pomona.
Will you testify that they are eligible?
A.S.: I will. They have their credentials, which are correct.
S., closes door: Worthy Overseer, those without are duly qualified candidates for the
degree of Pomona.
If you will assume the responsibility you can admit them.
S., opens door, and in a loud
voice says: Worthy Assistant, the door is opened, but at
your peril let none enter who are not fully qualified. Tread lightly, and be
Soft music as they pass once
around the Hall— the women candidates attended by the L.A. Steward—and as
they reach the Overseer’s desk, crash of thunder.
Who are these, and whither are they going?
A.S.: Patrons of Husbandry, who have served faithfully in all the subordinate
degrees, and desire to enter a higher field of usefulness.
Have they credentials?
A.S.: They have: and I now present the same for your examination. Hands
their papers are being inspected, you will conduct the candidates to the
A.S.: Worthy Chaplain, by order of our Overseer, I bring these Patrons of
Husbandry for instruction, preparatory to their advancement.
Chap.: Patrons, the ceremony of the degree you are about to receive is one that
can never be erased from your minds, and should he considered by you with all
due solemnity. Therefore, that you may be prepared in heart and in mind, let us
unite in prayer. Master calls up.
Chap.: Almighty Father, we bow before Thee in all humility, and beseech Thee to
look with favor upon those now present who seek further knowledge
of our mysteries. May this occasion teach them to
look to Thee with increased reverence, and to love and to serve Thee with
greater fervor and devotion. Give them strength of mind and body, that they may
labor more effectively in the good cause. We ask it in Thy holy name.
While candidates stand before the
Chaplain the Overseer says: Worthy Assistant Steward,
their credentials are correct, and you will proceed to the altar with the
Music while candidates are being
ranged around the altar.
A.S.: Worthy Master, the candidates at the altar are ready to take the
O. Calls up.
Patrons, repeat after me:
I, ..., pledge my sacred honor that what I may, at
this time, learn of the mysteries of this Order, shall he kept secret by
me,—and solemnly promise that as a representative in any legislative or
business body of the Order, my voice and vote shall always be used to promote
the welfare of the Order, without fear, favor or personal bias. And I declare
that I never will, by word or deed, wrong a member of the Order, and will always
endeavor to protect our Sisters from harm. And I hereby renew and confirm all
former pledges, under the penalties heretofore invoked, and make them part of
O. calls down, and M. says: Worthy Assistant Steward, you will restore them to light, and conduct them
to the Overseer.
A.S.: Worthy Overseer, I bring these Patrons of Husbandry to be prepared for
entering the Court of Pomona.
Patrons, have you brought any token of your industry—any product of the soil?
Each Cand.: I have not.
It is necessary that you do so; for, to gain favor with Pomona, some tribute
must be presented. I cannot grant you authority to proceed further, and if you
venture it must be at your own risk.
O. inverts his candle.
A.S.: Patrons, you have heard the Overseer. Shall we proceed?
A.S.: If you will take the risk, I will be your guide. Music.
Worthy Lecturer, these Patrons are on their way to the Court of Pomona.
To be admitted there, each must present a written essay upon some agricultural
subject in which the writer is interested—one calculated to advance the
interests of our Order. To candidates:
Are you so provided?
Each Cand.: I am not.
It is highly important that you should be, to show that you take an active
interest in the progress of our Order. It is instituted not merely for
amusement, but to accomplish great objects. If all are negligent in this
respect, our time is lost. All the results of experiments must be noted, and
this experience he given for the benefit of our associates. Hereafter, heed
this. As it is, I cannot encourage you with even faint hopes of success in your
pilgrimage to Pomona; and if you proceed, I must caution you that it will be
at your own risk.
L. inverts his candle.
A.S.: Patrons, she prospect of success is far from encouraging. We will venture
to approach the Worthy Master, and see if we can gain his approval. Music.
Worthy Master, I bring Patrons of Husbandry who seek admission to the Court of
Have they brought evidence of their skill as Husbandmen and Matrons?
A.S.: They have not.
Then they certainly cannot expect to find favor here. It is one of the precepts
and commands of our Order that each member shall contribute liberally, either in
the products of the soil or of the mind for the common good of our fraternity.
They certainly cannot be permitted to participate in the benefits of this degree
without the special permission of Pomona.
A.S.: Can they have your authority to approach and ask her permission?
Coming here without any specimen of their skill and industry, I cannot give it.
They must go at their own risk.
M. inverts his candle.
A.S.: Patrons, your hopes of success grow faint. There remains but one way in
which you can succeed. Will you venture on that?
Each Cand.: I will!
A.S.: I charge you then to have courage! You must first secure the Password.
Come this way.
Music. Every candle but one is extinguished. It is
dark Distant thunder and rain are heard. Lightning flashes. On reaching the
Altar the first curtain is drawn aside showing the Apparition in white, guarded
by dragons. Thunder ceases.
Spectre: Who are these that dare intrude within this sacred portal.
A.S.: Patrons of Husbandry who have labored diligently in Subordinate Granges,
and who now desire to gain admission to the Court of Pomona.
Spec.: Have they brought offerings to lay before her?
A.S.: They have not,
Spec.: How, then, do they expect to gain admittance? Have they authority from
the Worthy Master?
A.S.: They failed to secure that.
Spec.: Why did they fail?
A.S.: Because they brought no offerings.
Spec.: Then they cannot pass.
A.S.: Are all their hopes, then, blasted? Is there no way in which they can
gain your favor?
Spec.: There is—one way.
A.S.: What is it?
Spec.: Hope, and Persevere.
A.S.: In what respect?
Spec.: ALL THROUGH LIFE! Let it be a lesson, never to be forgotten, that success
in a good cause is gained only by perseverance. Never be discouraged. Hope and
Hope and Persevere!
Thunder and lightning. Grand
crash. Apparition and dragons disappear.
A.S.: How we have a clue! Come this way. With it you may gain your end.
A.S. and Candidates retire to the ante-room. As soon as the Hall is
vacated the curtains are drawn back, table and officers’ desks uncovered, full
light, and the whole room made to appear like a fairy bower, in as strong
contrast to its former gloomy appearance as possible. A.S. then gives signal,
which is answered by the S. and the door is thrown open. Grand Concert of voices
and instruments, during which candidates pass slowly around the room, and, as
the song ends, stop at L.
A.S.: Worthy Lecturer, we are on our way to the Court of
Pomona, seeking wisdom.
L.: Patrons, those whose seek Pomona’s Court should
delight in the science and art of Agriculture, The charge and labors of the
farm, the garden, the dairy, and the farm household, should have a humanizing
influence on the mind. Can we aid in giving fruitfulness to the soil, assist in
the subterranean mysteries of germination, and direct the growth of the almost
intelligent plants, without grateful recognition of the power of the Almighty?
Can we superintend the mysterious alchemy of dairy and kitchen and the more
interesting changes of the human frame and intellect in their wonderful
developments from infancy to age, and not feel an adoring awe at the wisdom and
love of the framer of our bodies and the Father of our spirits? Thus the study
of God’s works is a never ending source of delight and improvement. It
enlightens our minds, refines our tastes, and expands and improves our
In these great aims of our Order Pomona delights,
and richly rewards all who endeavor to promote them.
Music, during which candidates are conducted to O.
A.S.: Worthy Overseer, we salute you.
O.: Patrons, you have been prepared to consider anew
your obligations as husbandmen and matrons. There is one great duty which I
would impress upon your minds at this time. It is, to preserve, and bring
together for exhibition, at proper seasons, the choicest productions of
orchard, farm, garden, dairy, and household skill, that we may incite one
another to good works. But what avail these, beyond a momentary pleasure,
without that instruction which will form others how they may accomplish similar
Every Patron of our ancient art should experiment to discover new modes of
cultivation, or to ascertain precisely what are the elements of success. He
should note the character and condition of the soil; the quality, measure and
weight of his seed; the time and mode of planting; and the state of atmosphere
and season, before, at, and after planting. He should also carefully observe and
record all changes and accidents, helps and hindrances that attend each stage of
growth. And when the experiment is completed, he should as carefully note all
particulars per. taming to the results obtained. This will enable him to
instruct others, and will suggest many valuable hints for future use. Thus will
you truly become eminent Patrons of Husbandry, honoring and being honored,
blessing and being blessed, instructing and being instructed, favored of God,
and your brethren, approved by your own conscience, and the judgment of the wise
and good who know you and your works.
Music, during which the candidates are conducted to Chaplain.
A.S.: Worthy Chaplain, we solicit words of counsel from
Patrons, it was proper that you presented yourselves at our Altar. None should
live so near God, and in such acknowledged dependence on Him,
as the Husbandman and Matron. We live amid His works, surrounded by His
productions, dependent on His air, His light, His warmth, to cause the seed we
plant, to germinate, and all our labors, to yield fruit.
Our every sense is vitalized and gratified by His providence, and our every want
supplied by His bounty. It is most especially true of us, that “in Him we
live, and move, and have our being;” for our labors are His labors, our
rewards are the results of His workings, and our every pulsation and breath
should therefore be in harmony with His works and His will. Even we, ourselves,
are God’s husbandry.
They pass up and salute Pomona.
A.S.: Worthy Pomona, I greet you, and in behalf these
Patrons I solicit your favor.
Pomona: Have they brought any tribute?
A.S.: They have not.
Pom.: How, then, could they enter here?
A.S.: The talismanic words of success were uttered, and
all obstacles were removed.
Pom.: What were they?
A.S.: Hope, and Persevere!
Pom.: Let those words be indelibly graven on their
candidates. What seek you?
A.S.: The authority by which they may be invested with
all that belongs to this degree.
Pom.: It is granted. Take this signet to our Worthy
Master, that they may receive the Sign and Password.
Passes an emblem of the degree to one of her Attendants, who gives it to
A.S.: Thanks, Worthy Pomona. Bows to her, and turns to candidates.
Through Perseverance we have gained our object. Now let us to the Worthy Master.
A.S.: Worthy Master, I present this signet, received
from Pomona, and ask that these Patrons may be vested with the Sign and Password
of this degree.
M.: The signet is received, and the request shall be
granted. Patrons, our wishes may produce pain and anxiety, but Elope always
gives pleasure. Hope on, persevere ever. These words express the meaning of
the letters as placed on the Cornucopia, the emblem of this degree, H.O.P.E. Calls
now, Patrons, let us pay our respects to our Worthy Patroness, POMONA.
Pomona rises and advances to the front of the stage.
Pom.: Patrons, this is truly a fit time for serious
reflection. If we work upon marble, it will crumble—if we work upon brass,
time will corrode it—if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if
we work upon immortal minds,—if we imbue them with just and true principles,
the reverence of God and the love of our fellow-man, we engrave or something
which will brighten to all eternity.
As a reward for your fidelity, your industry and
zeal, let us now partake of those bounties which our labors have secured. I
invite you to follow us to the feast.
Music. Pomona leaves the stage. Master approaches and offers his arm,
which she accepts.
Officers and members wait upon the ladies into the Banquet. Master calls upon
Chaplain, who asks a blessing. After the feast, the Grange reassembles, but
Worthy Overseer, is the work of this meeting completed?
It is, Worthy Master.
Worthy Steward, with the aid of your Assist. ants, please collect the books,
regalia, and implements of labor.
The Steward should collect the
Manuals and other books, and place them upon the Master’s table. The
Assistants should pass around the hall and receive the regalia, badges, &c.,
and place them neatly in a box prepared and kept for that purpose. The Master
should be the custodian of the Manuals and other books; the Steward of the
regalia and working tools; and the Secretary of all record books, files, &c.
All are secured, Worthy Master.
Worthy Steward, is the Inside Gate securely closed?
The gate is closed, Worthy Master.
C. gives benediction.
Brothers and Sisters, I declare this Grange duly closed, until again lawfully
opened. Let us remember our motto and persevere in all good works.
Suggestions for the Fifth Degree Work
Material for paraphernalia necessary in preparation of hall for
conferring the Fifth Degree of Pomona (Hope), and the estimate cost of the
1 heavy curtain of Green Baize or Green Flannel, to stretch the entire
width of the hall, 7 or 5 feet high.
1 light curtain, 7 by 5 feet—requires 4¼ yards of White Tarletan.
2 dozen one-half inch curtain rings or hooks.
2 copper wires, length of each a little more than the width of hall.
1 censer or iron pan.
2 Ounces alcohol
2 pepper dusters.
4 ounces Lycopodium—(can be had at drug store).
1 yard Magnesium Tape—(can get at drug store or art gallery).
1 Tin Pan, in form of dusting pan, 3 inches wide, 10 inches long, ½ inch
deep, with a place to insert the Magnesium Tape, and an open socket for wooden
2 wall hinged lamp brackets, 12 or 14 inches long.
8 yards Bleached Muslin, for spectre robe.
1 round table stand, 3 feet in diameter.
1 round shelving rack for fruit stand, tier after tier till it reaches a
peak—in form of a flower stand.
1 White Muslin Table Cloth, six feet square.
The entire cost of the outfit will be about $20 to $30. A little judgment
must be used to see that everything is neatly made by competent mechanics.
This Degree symbolizes a storm, followed by bright sunshine and a scene of
Arrangement of Stage.—Decorate with Autumn fruits, plants and trees,
representing orchard, vineyard and fruit garden, the abundance of a
Court Robes.—Light Green material, Ceres trimmed with yellow; Flora,
pink; Pomona, pink and white. Floral decorations of fruit buds for
with bouquets or baskets of fruit for each. The robes can be made by the same
method as those for the Subordinate Degrees.
The L.A.S. Robe.—Material, Navy blue cheese cloth, or calico, made
sailor fashion, trimmed with white braid. A white cord and tassel confines it at
the waist. A shepherdess’ hat completes the costume. Requires about ten yards
of material. The same suit is worn throughout all the Degrees.
Directions for Making Court Robes—The robes can be made so that they may
as over-dresses; fitting anyone, by ladies wearing their own dress waist
made of fancy or light colored material.
Then take a full breadth of the goods; getting the length by measuring
from the back of the neck down front, touching the floor when hemmed; next cut a
vent to come to the waist ; now lay it in plaits over the shoulders; cutting it
out at the back of the neck so it will lay nicely around the neck over the
basque like a scarf, next cut two widths, from the waist down, allowing for a
train, and complete the skirt by sewing to front piece at waist, place a draw at
the waist, bringing the skirt over the basque at the waist, wearing sash of two
inch ribbon. Such a stage robe will fit anyone.
Another pretty style of robe is the Grecian. Make a perfectly plain, white
yoke, with high standing collar; cut the material in required lengths allowing
for 3 inches of train, back and front; use not less than four widths, and sew on
the yoke about 3 inches from lower edge of collar; cut an arm’s eye; make a
plain, long, tight-fitting sleeve. Take a width of material and to make an extra
sleeve, like the old. time angel sleeve, and sew it to the arm’s eye,
commencing at the back underneath and ending on the top of the shoulder. This
allows the material to fall from the arm down the skirt of the robe. A narrow
ribbon or cord should gather the gown loosely at the waist line. The gown should
be drawn up to escape the ground at front and sides and let fall over the ribbon
or cord. In making the robes observe the proper colors for Ceres, Flora and
All that remains to be done after that is to trim them nicely observing
the colors of green and white for Pomona, yellow for Ceres, pink and white for
Flora, with wrist ribbons.
The cheese cloth is wide and soft, consequently makes up and drapes very
nicely and will take about 5 yards for a suit.
Pink, white and yellow tarletan, makes a pretty trimming for some of the
suits and ribbon for the others.
Directions for Stage and Court.—To give an impressive effect to the
Court in the several degrees the stage should not be less than ten feet deep and
fifteen feet wide for an ordinary good-sized Grange Hall.
If stage scenery is used, which adds much to the effect of the Court, the
deeper the stage the better the effect, provided the hall is proportionately
In almost any good-sized town a professional stage-fitter can be found who
would be glad to take the contract to put in the slides and scenery similar. to
those used in opera houses.
For Pomona Granges two sets of slides and scenes are necessary; one
representing a storm, the other representing sunshine, fruits, plants, trees,
orchard and vineyard.
MANNER OF WORK.
Instruction in preparing hall for conferring the Fifth Degree, and manner
of conducting the initiation.
Stretch a heavy curtain made of green baize or green flannel across the
entire hall, in front of the stage, 7 or 8 feet high, or as may suit the hall,
mounted on a strong wire or cord; parting in the center. To mount the curtain,
fasten a ring or curtain hooks every sixteen inches to the upper end of the
curtain, through these run a strong wire or cord ; then fasten the one end of
the wire to the wall by means of a strong screw eyelet, so as to bring the
curtain immediately in front of the stage. Now stretch your wire with curtain
tightly across the hall and fasten it on the opposite side. The curtain will now
slide easily on the wire when needed and will come right in front of the stage.
Back of the heavy curtains and on the side of the stage and within five
inches of the first is stretched another curtain, made of white Tarletan, 7 by 5
feet, mounted in the same manner as the first, excepting that it don’t part in
the center. If properly mounted it will slide readily on the wire. It should be
weighted lightly with lead at the lower end to keep it in place, in case of a
current of air, and out of danger of lights.
In conferring the degree the light curtain is drawn right in front of the
stage, and the heavy curtains are drawn over this, meeting at the
center—closing the stage from view.
The Master’s desk is brought in front of the curtains to the same side
as in the Subordinate Degree.
The censer is now set near the front and middle of the stage, right back
of the curtains—but not so close as to endanger fire—into this iron pan or
censer pour 2 ounces of alcohol, and put into it a little strip of paper so that
it can be easily lighted when wanted.
On the extreme outer sides of the stage,
immediately back of the
curtains, should be placed the lamp brackets at an elevation of about three
feet, upon each of which place a candle or gas jet.
The heavy woolen curtains should now be pushed towards the center of the
stage, from both sides a distance of about three feet from the wall.
Thin, white muslin curtains should now be placed on both sides, in front
of the candles on the wire from where the heavy curtains were pushed from the
outer sides of the stage.
Place the Lycopodium in the pepper dusters, and to produce the lightning,
throw the Lycopodium from the pepper dusters on the burning candle or gas jet,
which will produce very pretty and impressive explosive flashes through the
muslin curtains in imitation of lightning over clouds (it is perfectly
harmless and without any unpleasant odor). Thunder is produced by means of 2
pieces of sheet iron, 3 feet long, one placed on each side of the stage, which
can by a little practice, be very skilfully used in imitation of distant
To produce the sound of rain, use medium size shot, dropping them from a
height of 4 feet into a pan.
The part of the spectre can be most impressively performed by a sister who
should have her part committed. She should be robed in a white sheet, covering
her head and person, only her face and one hand being exposed, in the style of
some ancient classic picture, carefully concealing every vestige of clothing,
and be alone on the back part of the stage near the center, immediately back of
the censer. [A brother may be assigned the part of spectre if preferred]. On
either side of the stage should be the two managers, but out of sight.
A round stand or table should be placed in the center of the hall, on
which should be arranged, in splendid order, tier after tier, fruits and flowers
of the richest display—the gratuitous contributions of the skilled Matron and
preparations for the feast should be carefully covered over
with a large white cloth in the first part of the degree.
A single candle should be on each officer’s desk, and no other lights
should be in the room outside the curtains. The arrangements now all being
completed, the candidates in the anteroom should be blindfolded and then brought
into the hell by the Assistant Steward, with candidates on his right, as
instructed by the Manual, and on reaching the Master’s desk the second time
around there is lightning and a heavy crash of thunder produced by the stage
operators back of the curtain.
After the Obligation remove the blindfold.
As the candidates pass the various officers and are instructed, the lights
are extinguished as marked in the Manual. Distant mutterings of thunder are
heard. At last passing the Master his light is extinguished also. The censer is
now lighted on the stage by the operators; distant thunder becomes more ominous
and rain and storm is heard, lightning flashes—the darkness and solemnity of
the scene before us is the drama of a great storm sweeping over the hills and
valleys of our rural homes, teaching us to look with reverence and welcome on
these great atmospheric disturbances and electric storms that come to clear our
sultry atmosphere and water our parched fields so that they may again bring
forth fruit to satisfy our necessary wants.
The candidates reaching the altar, the first or heavy curtains are drawn
to either side, parting about 5 or 6 feet, showing the apparition in white,
protected by serpents and burning alcohol in censer, in front of the apparition.
Thunder becomes more distant and the spectre speaks in a slow, measured voice,
as in Manual Finally, when the Assistant Steward and spectre get through with
the colloquy—there is thunder, lightning and a grand crash, and the apparition
quickly disappears—the burning censer is removed—the Assistant Stewards wait
with the candidates standing at the altar till the sunlight appears by the
managers lighting the Magnesium Tape at a candle (and placing it in its place on
the pan, being careful that none of its ashes will drop on clothing or curtains
to cause fire). It is then placed in the center of the stage by means of a long
wooden handle, fixed in the socket of the pan. It is now slowly raised in
imitation of the brilliant sun bursting through the clouds after a storm. At the
close of this scene the candidates are taken to the anteroom, when the curtains
are drawn back, the room quickly re-arranged, the stand laden with fruits and
flowers unveiled, the hall is brilliantly lighted, decorations appear
everywhere, Pomona, with her court, accompanied by Flora and Ceres, take their
places on the stage gaily robed and decorated.
The candidates are now brought back and instructed by the various
officers, finally reaching Pomona. She steps forward and delivers her lecture,
and presents the Assistant Steward with a Cornucopia, with the letters H-O-P-E
engraved on it. The Assistant now addresses the Master and presents to him the
Cornucopia, the emblem of this degree. When the Master instructs the candidates
(as in the Manual, on pages 17 and 18, followed by an impromptu lecture on the
signification of the emblem and signs of this degree, and what the grand and
various scenes represent, as follows, immediately after the letters H-O-P-E.)
MASTER SHOULD COMMIT.
“Patrons, the degree that we are conferring upon you, is that of Pomona,
and is the Fifth Degree of our Order.
It is intended to represent the ominous darkness of a great electric rain
storm, such as we frequently witness passing over our hills and valleys,
watering and refreshing our parched fields, orchards and vineyards so as to
again make them productive.
It is also intended to teach us to look with greater appreciation and
reverence upon the wise provision of the Creator, to protect our very existence.
For, were it not for the purifying effects of these great electric storms
upon the air, life could not be permanently maintained, as disease and death
would scourge the country with pestilence and destruction.
Hence, what we have been taught to hook upon with so much dread, as
elements of destruction and death, are really God’s wise provisions for the
preservation of our very existence.
You observed at the close of the first part of this degree, a
spectre arising in the distance. This is in symbolism of spectres rising in the
night from the drenched and marshy soil; and after the dread and darkness of the
storm have subsided, heaven’s sunlight bursting in upon us, making our hearts
glad with the revived freshness of fruitful fields, orchards and vineyards.
Thus in this degree, like in all previous degrees, we make the symbolism
and teachings part of the fanner’s life.”
(Here follow the instructions in the unwritten work of the degree).
Pomona then addresses the candidates and invites all to the festive board.
She then leaves the stage. The Master approaches and offers her his arm which
she accepts. Officers and members now wait on the ladies to the banquet. The
Master calls on the Chaplain, who invokes a blessing; when all commingle in
social pleasure and partake of the refreshments and luscious fruits of orchard,
field and vineyard.
The feast being over, the Grange reassembles and finishes its business in
this Degree, and then closes with the ceremonies of the Fifth Degree.