Brotherhood of David and Jonathan Or The Order Of the Secret Monitor
In just under a month, I will join my first order aside from the craft.
Namely, The Order of The Secret Monitor. This masonic side order of dutch origin was actually the only other thing my father did apart from the craft, Which naturally made me curious about it.
From speaking to various members of the order the general message and aesthetic I understand from it seems to be about building friendships and very much the ‘Brotherly Love’ side of Freemasonry.
The culmination of this being the 4 ‘visiting deacons’ office that is especially created for the OSM who each look after a quarter of their ‘conclave’ (what OSM assemblies are referred to as.)They then contact them between meetings to see how they are and to enquire if they can help them out in anyway at all. The visiting deacon then stands in the meeting and gives an account of the absent members of his quarter, letting them know on their reasons for not being able to attend and how the brethren can help, If possible.
From a personal point of view, This is THE best office I have come across in my short lived life in freemasonry, and there is something really quite lovely and reassuring knowing that there is going to be someone that is always a phone call away to offer assistance or help in a time of need.
I am greatly looking forward to joining the Order of the Secret Monitor, I feel that it is, sadly, overlooked and underrated in terms of importance. but with a message so important in this day and age such as being friends and caring for one another, I feel that it most certainly should not be.
P.S November sees my good friends Father becoming the Grand Supreme Ruler of the OSM (the equivalent of Grand Master of the order) and I am lucky enough to be attending his investment and will make sure to do a post about it.