Rite of Emulation
Rite of Emulation
The brother initiated in the Rite of Emulation is characterized by a special attachment to the knowledge and mastery of the Ritual itself, since it is this that draws the framework and content of the Tenidas. This Rite can be defined as intimate since it is through the practice and study of the Ritual that the Initiate incorporates and reflects on the many messages contained in the opening and closing texts of the “Works” of the Lodge, as well as in the texts corresponding to the initiation ceremonies, passing the second degree of Companion and elevation to the third degree of Master.
The Rite of Emulation traces a path to practice, initially and apparently, without the outside help of analysis and explanations from the other brothers. You have to live the Ritual and the Tenidas. Masonic work is represented as a psychodrama that leaves a deep imprint on the mind and heart of the brother, as long as he is receptive. Sometimes this path can be disconcerting or difficult for the brother who hopes to obtain explanations from the older ones, considering them more experienced. You can be helped to identify a part of the «Landmarks» (the Ancient Duties, Uses and Customs) that you must maintain, but the path is individual and personal, which requires an introspective effort and intimate self-criticism from Masons who practice the Rite of Emulation.
The progression from Apprentice to Master is based on understanding, inner silence and deep knowledge of the tools of the degree. The accent is placed on the personal work of the raw stone, a symbol of moral commitment and its improvement.
Unlike other Rites, not all Masonic work is done exclusively during the Tenida. In the Rite of Emulation, the fraternal agape that follows the Open Meeting takes on exceptional importance and, in fact, does not end until the last toast or «Brindis del Retejador» is celebrated. The agape is part of the Tenida and therefore has its own rules. Its external framework is the toasts and the established order of the use of the word of each brother. The interior framework is made up of the words that he pronounces, under the direction of the Director of Ceremonies and in accordance with the Venerable Master. During the agape, every member of the Lodge can and should contribute opinions and reflections likely to enrich others. There are no previous indications about the topics of the “Works” in the agape, but they can mean,