Loyal Order of
Jonathan and David
Second Degree Ritual
COMMANDER: Scribe, examine the records of your office and
report the name of any Brother who is entitled to induction into the Second
Degree of our Order?
SCRIBE: I find, most worthy Commander, that Brother … was, at the meeting on the … day of …, A.D. … duly invested with the cabalistic work of the First Degree of the Loyal Order of Jonathan and David, and therefore qualified for further advancement.
COMMANDER: Most loyal Treasurer, do the records of your office show whether the Brother has paid all fees and charges entitling him to advancement in fellowship?
TREASURER: They do, loyal Commander. He has paid.
COMMANDER: The Captain will report whether the Brother is in waiting.
CAPTAIN: The Brother is in waiting, worthy Commander, under the protection of the Sentry.
COMMANDER: My Armor-Bearer will retire and examine the Brother further and report as to his worthiness for advancement.
Armor-Bearer will retire and addressing the Brother, say: The Commander has directed that I approach you with certain inquiries that will test y our fitness for further advancement in the Degrees of our Order Have you been faithful to the vow you made on your induction into the mysteries of the Loyal Order of Jonathan and David?
On receiving affirmative answer Armor-Bearer will blindfold initiate and leave him thus. On returning will say: I find the Brother worthy, most loyal Commander.
COMMANDER: Captain, you will retire to the ante-room, and making sure that the vision of the Brother is securely obscured, escort him hence.
CAPTAIN: Commander, the Brother awaits your further instruction.
COMMANDER: The Captain will restore the vision of the Brother that he may the more clearly perceive the beauties of the lesson as they are revealed unto him.
Captain Removes Hood.
The Courage of Jonathan and David, the emulation of which is so necessary to the making of a Worthy Brother of the Loyal Order of Jonathan and David, was graphically portrayed to you in your induction into the mysteries of our First Degree. In the recital of a few incidents in their careers, we recounted the triumphs of David and marked the gratification of Jonathan thereat. The triumphs of Jonathan were likewise portrayed, and the jealousy that possessed the soul of Saul toward David was hinted at. The covenant of friendship and brotherly love between Jonathan and David, their kindred and their seed forever, was recalled.
Shortly after the slaying of Goliath, in manner as recited, Saul sent David out as Captain over his men of War to fight against the Philistines, and the soldiers of Saul accepted him as their Commander. The people, after a great slaughter of the enemy, came out of all the cities of Israel, the women, as on the former great occasion, dancing, and with taborets and instruments of music, singing “Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands.”
And the soul of Saul was wrath. In his anger he cried “They have ascribed unto David ten thousand and to me they have ascribed but thousands. What can he have more but the kingdom?”
Saul eyed David from that day forward.
And it came to pass on the morrow that while David was playing upon his harp in Saul’s presence the King cast a javlin at him, saying: “I will smite David even to the wall with it”. But David evaded the blow, and thereupon Saul removed him from his house and made him Captain over a thousand. David went out and came in before the people, and in all respects conducted himself with great prudence and because thereof Saul was afraid of him. His fear was accentuated because of the fact that all Israel and Judah appeared to love David.
Saul in his soul greatly desired the death of David, and on finding that the people were fond of him he durst not kill him himself or even have him slain in a public manner, but conceived the purpose to have him exposed to the Philistines for slaughter. Accordingly, he said to David: “Behold my elder daughter, Merab, her will I give thee to wife, only be thou valiant for me and fight the Lord’s battles.”
David was greatly surprised at the honor Saul had offered him and answered: “Who am I, what is my life, and my father’s family in Israel that I should be son-in-law to the King.” Thereupon, Saul gave his elder daughter to another. But finding that Michal, a younger daughter, loved David, Saul said. “I will give him her that she may be a snare unto him that the hands of the Philistines may be against him.” Wherefore, Saul said to David. “Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law.”
Accordingly Saul commanded his servants to commune with David secretly and to assure him of his love and to urge him to accept the King’s daughter. But David said it was no light thing for him to aspire to, he being a poor man; and thereupon Saul’s servants told him that the King demanded no dowry other than the foreskins of an hundred Philistines. Saul hoped and expected to have David killed in the prosecution of this great undertaking. But David was, greatly pleased at the offer. Forthwith David and his men arose and went against the Philistines, slaying two hundred of them, and David brought their foreskins and gave them to the King.
Saul kept his promise and gave David his younger daughter to wife, who proved to be very fond of him. The affection of David’s wife’ for him contributed to his increasing glory among the people. The King thereupon spoke to Jonathan, his son, and to all his servants, directing that they kill David.
But Jonathan was true to the covenant he had made with David, and hastening to him, said: “Saul, my father, seeketh to kill thee. Now, therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning and abide in a secret place and hide thyself. And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee and what I see that will I tell thee.”