Pomp and Circumstance
One thing that distinguish Masonic functions apart from other organizations is that it is always accompanied by the usual pomp and circumstance. This goes true even to all the concordant and appendant organizations of Freemasonry. This ritualistic tradition are benchmark characteristics of Freemasonry being an Ancient and Honorable institution. Freemasonry claims ascendancy as being more ancient than the Golden Fleece or the Roman Eagle and more honorable than the Order of the Star of France or the Order of the Garter of England.
The Order of DeMolay, being a youth organization founded by Masons upon strong Masonic principles and traditions, follows suit. The Order of DeMolay is also beset with rites, degrees, decorations, honors and awards patterned after medieval Chivalric traditions of Knighthood, particularly from the Knights Templar of which the Order had taken inspiration.
Last February 8, 2008, during the 9th Biennial Session of the Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay of the Republic of the Philippines, after so many years I once again enjoyed our Order’s usual pomp and circumstance. I was inducted, together with many others, as an Active Member of the Supreme Council, in a simple yet symbolic Rite called the Ceremony of Collaring. It is in this ceremony where one’s status as Active Member is confirmed by being presented with a certificate and adorned with the collar and jewel of the Supreme Council.
This year marks my 27th year of being a member of the Order of DeMolay, and it is fittingly punctuated by my being collared an Active Member of the Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay of the Republic of the Philippines. The honor of becoming member of the DeMolay Supreme Council is a privilege enjoyed only by regular Master Masons in good standing, or that of a Senior DeMolay who is a Legionnaire of the Legion of Honor of the Order of DeMolay. This is an act ensuring the perpetual stewardship of Freemasonry over the DeMolay movement all over the world.
I’m proud to be a DeMolay especially that both the incumbent Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, Most Worshipful Pacifico B. Aniag, and the sitting Grand Master of the Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay of the Republic of the Philippines, Hon. VW Evaristo A. Leviste, are my brother DeMolays.