The Order of the Secret Monitor
or brotherhood of David and Jonathan

How to join the Order
Structure of the Order The Order is controlled by Grand Conclave with the Grand Supreme Ruler as its head, who has a Deputy and other Grand Officers. Under Grand Conclave there are a number of Provinces (in the UK) and District Grand Conclaves, (overseas) each headed by a Provincial/District Grand Supreme Ruler who is responsible for the management of the Conclaves within his Province or District.

Conclaves and Officers
Each private Conclave is headed by a Supreme Ruler who represents David. The Immediate Past Ruler represents Jonathan. The other principal officers are the Counsellor and the Guide. Then come the usual offices of Treasurer, Secretary and Director of Ceremonies. Next are four officers who are of key importance in promoting the fundamental principles of the Order – the Visiting Deacons. They are each assigned a portion of the membership and are responsible for communicating with their 'charges' between meetings of the Conclave to ensure that all is well with them. The other officers are the ADC, Guarder and Sentinel. In the Second Degree the titles of some the officers take on the names of certain Biblical characters involved in the story.

Qualification for Membership
A candidate for induction into the Order must be a Master Mason in good standing, and member of a regular Craft Lodge under a recognised Constitution. If you would like to join our wonderful Order, here’s what to do:
  • Go to the conclave page, choose a conclave that suits your location and meeting dates.
  • Contact the Provincial Grand Recorder, his details are on the contact page. He will be delighted to assist you.
Useful Information
Do I need to purchase any regalia? Apart from a provincial tie, which some Conclaves include in the joining fee, no other regalia needs to be purchased. You will be given a Jewel when you are inducted, other regalia is supplied by the Conclave.

How many meetings are there in the year?
The average Conclave holds three meetings per year, you are also encouraged to attend the Provincial meeting which is held at Gillingham Masonic Centre in the month of October.

How much are the Conclave subscriptions?
As of May 2020, the average Conclave subscription is between £60-£80

The principles of the Order
A Society based upon the principles of self-sacrifice, of mutual trust, watchful brotherly care, of compulsory warning in time of danger, official comfort in time of sorrow and skilful and effective though unpretentious advice in every circumstance in life. A Society that meets a great and crying need in human affairs and is calculated to benefit those who act up to its Principles.

This is the Order of the Secret Monitor. If a Brother be in sorrow the Conclave will afford him sympathy; if in danger his Brethren will give him assistance; if in distress the Visiting Deacons will bring him consolation; if in poverty he will find aid. At every turn of life, In every crisis of fate, a Brother may look to those in the Conclave and he will not look in vain, to the experienced among his Brethren who have pledged themselves to give him caution, to prompt him to good actions, to warn him of doubtful ones and generally to watch over him, support him and appreciate him, so long as he may need their care and prove himself worthy of the confidence placed in him. Tried they have been in times of peril and true they have been in times of difficulty.

As a result OSM is not for everyone. Do you have these qualities?

for more information contact the Provincial Grand Recorder whose details are available on the Provincial Officers tab or the Contact page

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