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.
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.