MAINE LODGE ORGANIZATION
The Grand Lodge of Maine, including those originally charted by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, charters all lodges in this jurisdiction and all fall under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Maine. The Master is the presiding Lodge officer and has broad powers, far beyond those exercised by a president of a club. The Senior and Junior Wardens, who are empowered to fill in for the Masters in his absence, assist him. The officers are the Treasurer, Secretary, Chaplain, Marshall, Senior and Junior Deacons, Senior and Junior Stewards, Organist, Historian, Librarian and Tyler. The Worshipful Master, Wardens, Treasurer and Secretary are always elected positions within a Lodge, while the remaining officers are either appointed by the Master or elected by the Lodge according to its By-Laws.
The Worshipful Master represents the pillar of wisdom. The emblem or jewel of his office is the square, which are an instrument having at least one right angle and two or more straight edges. It is a symbol of morality and virtue, and admonishes the Master to preserve decorum among the Lodge members and insure harmony within the Lodge. The Worshipful Master is elected to a one - year term and is responsible for every thing that takes place under his command, for the administration and management of the Lodge to the well–being of every Lodge member. He has many powers available to him in the execution of his duties. The road to becoming a Master of a Lodge is long and represents many years of work and dedication; it provides many opportunities for personal growth and development of lasting friendship.
Because he is the presiding officer of the Lodge, he is called “Worshipful.” This is an old English word meaning “worthy of respect.” In Masonry, therefore, this title of respect is given to the officer who rules and governs his Lodge. The Worshipful Master’s station is in the East of the Lodge because, in the world of nature, the sun rises in the East to defuse light on the earth. In like manner, it is the province of the Master to be the source of Masonic knowledge for his Brethren as they approach the East in search of light.
The Senior Warden is second in command and assumes responsibility for the Lodge in the absence of the master. His station in the West represents strength. His jewel is the Level, an instrument for proving horizontals lines and an emblem signifying the existence of quality among the members of the Lodge.
The Junior Warden is third in command and, in the absence of the Master and Senior Warden, is the only other Lodge officer normally authorized to open a communication of his Lodge. His station in the South represents beauty, and his jewel is the Plumb, a tool used to measure perpendiculars and the emblem of moral rectitude, justice and truth.
The Treasurer controls and accounts for the money and other properties of the lodge. His jewel is the Crossed Keys, a symbol of trustworthiness.
The Secretary maintains the records of the Lodge and handles all correspondence. He receives money from the Brethren and transfers the receipts to the treasurer. His jewel is the crossed Quill Pens that represent writing, obviously an important aspect of his duties.
The Chaplain is responsible for conducting all devotional exercises of the Lodge and, in so doing, satisfies the spiritual need of the Brethren. His jewel is either a Plain Circle or an Open Book of Scriptures within a circle.
The Marshall is responsible for organizing the Lodge and conducting all processions in the Lodge. His jewel is the Baton or Staff.
The Senior Deacon assist the Master, carries his messages wherever directed, both inside and outside the Lodge and introduces and accommodates visiting Brethren. He also receives and conducts all candidates within the Lodge. His jewel is the Sun within the square and compasses.
The Junior Deacon assist the Senior Deacon, prepares candidates for the degrees, carries messages as directed by the Master or Senior Warden and sees that the Lodge is properly tyled . His jewel is the Moon within the square and compasses. Both Deacons carry black rods in the performance pf their duties, which are symbol of their deputed authority.
The Senior and Junior Stewards are responsible for preparing the regalia of the Lodge, assisting in the preparation of the candidate, participating in processions and aiding the Junior Warden at the time of refreshment. They carry white rods in the performance of their duties and their jewels are the Cornucopia, an emblem of plenty.
The Organist is responsible for the musical services of the lodge. His jewel is the Lyre, a harp-like instrument used by the ancients to accompany singing or recitation. It is an emblem of harmony.
The Tyler is responsible for guarding the outside of the tyled door and for denying admittance to those people who are not authorized to enter the Lodge room. His jewel is the Sword.
The Historian is responsible for maintaining the history of the Lodge and submitting it to the Grand lodge periodically.
The Librarian is responsible for maintaining the Masonic Library and education manuals of the lodge.