The Masonic Funeral Service as set out by The Grand Lodge of Ireland.

Layout for Masonic Funeral Service.

Layout for Masonic Funeral Service.

Brethren, I have recently received a couple of Masonic enquiries from Irish Brethren wishing to learn about the form of The Masonic Funeral service, that used to be conducted under the auspices of The Grand Lodge of Ireland. Having now had a look into the background and history of the Funeral Service, I thought that it might be of interest to you all, to have some details on this important aspect of Irish tradition from our earliest days.
I’ve used as my source the details given in the 1850 edition of the Constitutions of Freemasonry or Ahiman Rezon published by The Grand Lodge of Ireland.

Frontis Page from the 1850 Edition of The Grand Lodge Laws and Constitutions.

Frontis Page from the 1850 Edition of The Grand Lodge Laws and Constitutions.

The Masonic Funeral Service is the most important act of compassion and service that a Masonic Lodge can preform for a Freemason and his family. Sadly, we no longer conduct seperate funeral ceremonies in Ireland, but attend the funeral service as individuals participating in the general service of remembrance organised by the family. However if you search on Google, or Facebook, you will see that some Constitutions, particularly our Brethren in the Prince Hall Constitutions, still conduct their own form of the Masonic Funeral service. I have included the entire funeral service below, as published in the 1850 Constitution of Freemasonry, by The Grand Lodge of Ireland.

Pages 1-2 of The Funeral Service.

Pages 1-2 of The Funeral Service.

Page 3-4 from The Funeral Service.

Page 3-4 from The Funeral Service.

Pages 5-6 from Funeral Service.

Pages 5-6 from Funeral Service.

Pages 7-8 from The Funeral Service.

Pages 7-8 from The Funeral Service.

Last Page from The Funeral Service.

Last Page from The Funeral Service.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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