Great. Nobody works less than 90 minutes right now.
In germany the christian Grandlodge works no more than 45 minutes... opening, some ritual, closing of the lodge - everything in no more than 45 minutes... like Lucky Luke, they work faster than their shadow.... ;D
Can't really answer this as I've never been to a Trinity lodge 1st without there being an initiation. I take it you're not including special events like gentlemen's evenings or tracing board dedication.
Bill Trinity Lodge, No. 254 (UGLE) We've toasted the Queen and Officers a score; We shall toast them again as we've toasted them before, But still there is left us a Good Toast more, And it's - "Trinity! Trinity! 254!!!"
In the US, the only reason we open on the 1st degree is to confer that degree, all business is conducted in the 3rd. I know many are working to change that, and I have to agree that it would make more sense to do so as well.
Have not seen a 1° lodge meeting without a 1° initiation or 1° obligation. What would be the point?
Following the Morgan affair, many, if not all, US jurisdictions chose to conduct their business in the third degree. In most other jurisdictions business is conducted in the first degree. For example, if the work of the evening was a lecture (which did not touch on the secrets of the second or third degrees), the lodge would be opened in the first degree, the work of the evening conducted and then closed in that degree. Thus, in most jurisdictions, there is usually little point in opening in the second or third degrees except for an advancement or raising, or on the way to opening a board of installed masters.
Our lodge opens on the degree of the 'youngest' member. Meaning, on the EA if an EA attends, on the FC if an FC attends. Degree work is always opened on the degree conferred that night. That way, the newly made brothers can be involved as early as possible. I've seen meetings last as short as 30 minutes. Last night, our MM degree lasted about 3 hours. We are AF&AM in the U.S. and U.G.L.E. recognized.
omni: In my Lodge the Secretary is a hugh bully along with control issues. if anyone even asks a question he files masonic charges against them. He controls members mostly because they are afraid of him.
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