I have been asked to present The Walking Charge at our next 3rd degree (likely to be in 2009). While I can find many versions of it on the web, some with instructions on giving signs and others with instructions for either walking around the Lodge or walking in a "V" pattern, I am struggling to make this work in my head. Most of the information on the web is American or Canadian. I know the charge is referred to as The Walking Charge, The Canadian Charge and The Candlelight Charge. The version I have been given does not contain one specific verse found on the American sites.
Specifically, I would appreciate any advice on how the charge is performed in England. Where is the Candidate placed? Is there a recommended way of walking around the lodge? Would you involve the seated members, at any point? What do you do with the general lighting?
I am sure there is probably no one right way of presenting this charge but I would be very grateful if any of you could offer some guidance. And if anyone knows of a Lodge where the charge is to be performed, in London, Herts, Beds, Bucks or Middlesex in particular, during 2008, I would appreciate the opportunity to visit.
Thanks Penfold. That does seem to be the logical place for the candidate. Did the presenter move around the lodge, in a clockwise manner from the SE, or just move around in front of the candidate, perhaps in a "V" formation, or just simply stand still until required to move by the actions detailed in the charge?
A beautiful piece of Ritual! I saw it performed by a Brother from the (UGLE) Province of Hampshire . Even I would say that this is one piece that simply could NOT be read and would require to be done from memory.
Perhaps a letter or e-mail to The Provincial Grand lodge of Hampshire might be helpful as regards stage directions etc?