A quick question on the Ordeal Ceremony or perhaps I should say Ordeal “Sequence”.
I’ve heard of some Lodges doing the Ceremony after the banquet – wondering if your Lodge does this and how it’s done.
The reason I ask is that I’m a huge fan of having the Ceremonies at night when it’s dark out rather than during the day. To me a daylight Ceremony is rather anticlimactic – it’s just not the same, nor is it nearly as impressive.
One way to sort of “get around” this is to have the banquet first then after wards do the Ceremony later on when it’s dark out.
I live in northern New England so “dark” in the September time frame (when we have our Fall Ordeal) it’s generally dark around 7:30-ish. Our Spring Ordeal is done in May, so it’s quite a bit later before it gets dark enough.
Are there Lodges out there that do this – have the Ceremonies after the banquet so they can be done at night??
What are the logistics behind it?? How do you do it???
I realize that (I think) National policy as far the sequence of events dictate the ceremony is first then the banquet, but I’ve heard a lot of Lodges do it in reverse. Is National more or less a “guideline”???