Ritual booklet for the Phi Delta Delta Legal Fraternity (initiation service and pledge)

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Ritual booklet for the Phi Delta Delta Legal Fraternity (initiation service and pledge)
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PHI DELTA DELTA RITUAL


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THE PHI DELTA
SERVICE AND P1
AND THIS BOOK]
IN A PLACE WHEI
DELTA DELTA \



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DELTA INITIATION
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The PHI DELTA DELTA Initiation Service
is conducted from memory by the five Chapter
Officers. High Priestess, Priestess, Registrar,
Chancellor and Chaplain, who wear the au-
thorized gown of the Fraternity, and who stand
behind the altar in the order given below. The
customary setting is given below but some
deviations from this are permissible to meet
* conditions peculiar to the locality in which the
initiation is held. The room is softly lighted,
preferably only by the candles on and in back
of the altar. There may be soft music, if de-
sired.

0 SETTING
FLORAL BACKGROUND
High
Chancel- Chap- Priest- Priest- Regis-
lor lain ess ess trar

ALTAR
on which the following are placed
CANDLE BIBLE CANDLE
CORSAGE BOUQUETS

CUSHION
S for candidate to kneel on
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RITUAL

SPONSOR GIVES FIVE KNOCKS; A DOOR-
KEEPER OPENS THE DOOR. MEMBERS OF THE
FRATERNITY ARE STANDING GROUPED AROUND
THE ROOM FACING THE ALTAR.
SPONSOR LEADS CANDIDATE INTO ROOM
AND UP TO CHANCELLOR, THEN STEPS AWAY.
CHANCELLOR THEREUPON LEADS CANDIDATE
BEFORE HIGH PRIESTESS AND SAYS:
"Before you, High Priestess, is Candidate
.................. ......, who accord-
ing to our custom, was voted upon and, having
received the unanimous approval of all active
members, was duly pledged and by wearing our
pledge pin has shown her willingness and desire*
to become a member of this Fraternity. SheW
now awaits further instructions."
HIGH PRIESTESS SPEAKS TO CANDIDATE:
I wish to
impress upon you the seriousness of the step you
are about to take. Joining our Fraternity means
lifelong friendship and loyalty to those who are
now members and to those who may become
members You have been asked to join this
Order with the unanimous consent of all active
members of this Chapter, but if for any reason
you do not wish to proceed into membership, it
is not too late to withdraw now before yoa take
the Oath. Hearing all this do you still wish to
become a member of PHI DELTA DELTA?"
Answer: "I do." *






High Priestess: "Do you pledge faithfully
to keep the Oath and secrets of this Order and
never to reveal that which has taken place or
will take place to-night?"
Answer: "I do."
High Priestess: "I now present to you,
Chaplain, this candidate, who is ready to take
the Oath of this Fraternity."

OATH
Chaplain: "Kneel; place your right hand
on the Bible and repeat after me the following:
'I, .. in the
presence of Almighty God and these witnesses,
# lo solemnly swear never to reveal the Oath or
any of the signs, passwords or secrets of this
Order. From this day I shall strive to have the
stars of LOVE, LOYALTY, TRUTH, JUSTICE and
WISDOM, the guiding stars of this Fraternity,
direct my life.
'I promise to seek the influence of LOVE so
that sympathy and understanding may radiate
to others from me;
'To be loyal to all members of PHI DELTA
DELTA through sickness or health, sorrow or
joy, and whatever change my heart may know,
to feel that the insignia of our Fraternity seals
my lips to destructive criticism and binds my life
to LOYALTY and helpfulness forever;
'To broaden my character by living in
TRUTH and reflecting its radiance in the world
of business, society and home:






'To strive so to live that all I say or do be
truly just;
'To reflect the light of WISDOM so that all
my deeds may be free from hypocrisy and
tempered with understanding;
'So to keep these rVows that the lights from
our Sacred Stars may converge in me and create
the warm glow of LOVE, steady fires of
LOYALTY, the white light of TRUTH, beacons
of JUSTICE and the clear beam of WISDOM'S
ray, thus proclaiming the ideals of our Fra-
ternity.
'To all this I make a solemn oath'."
"Will you now rise?"
CHAPLAIN NOW TURNS TO HIGH PRIEST.I
ESS AND SAYS:
"I now present to you, High Priestess,
................ who by taking
unto herself this Oath has become entitled to
know the meaning of PHI DELTA DELTA and to
receive the signs and passes of the Order."
High Priestess: "The three Greek letters
on the official Fraternity pin stand for .......
.............; literal meaning, 'We receive
light as a gift'; esoteric meaning, 'For the bounty
of knowledge we look to the Father of Light'.
''The five points on the Fraternity pin stand
for our five Sacred Stars: LOVE, LOYALTY,
TRUTH, JUSTICE and WISDOM."
EACH OFFICER GIVES A MESSAGE FROM A STAR.





LOVE
Chancellor: "The Star of LOVE is the
Morning Star of Life. Its rays light the way
to success and deflect the sting of failure. LOVE
is a many-sided sacrifice; it means thoughtfulness
for others, gentleness, strength, patience and
faithfulness."
LOYALTY
Chaplain: "LOYALTY is the seal of unity.
It binds us one to the other as links in an endless
chain. May we by foregoing personal desires so
forge each link that this chain may withstand
all strain and endure forever."
TRUTH
S High Priestess: "TRUTH is the desire of
1 ges. It has been fixed in the Heavens through
generations and by its pure white light has dis-
persed the shadows of ignorance and supersti-
tion. May we have the courage to face fear-
lessly the calm, unchanging radiance of this
Star."
JUSTICE
Priestess: "The Star of JUSTICE is at the
zenith of the Heavens. Its clear beam is the shaft
upon which hang the scales wherein are balanced
all influences. May we stand mute before this
balance and learn not to condemn until every
influence has been weighed."
WISDOM
Registrar: "WISDOM is the Evening Star of
Life. Its rays dispel uncertainty and give us





knowledge and understanding. May we, by
casting away all pretense, self-seeking and dis-
content, find freedom under the guidance of this
Star."
High Priestess: "From out of the darkness
have risen the Stars of Light. May you be so
guided by them that your character shall reflect
the ideals of this Fraternity.
"Our International Password is .' ;
the Chapter Password is .r,/,. .....
Our colors are old rose and violet; our jewel,
pearl; our flowers, roses and violets; our sym-
bolic number, five.
"Our Coat of Arms is composed of the head
of Athena, our Patron Goddess, surrounded byF ,
the five Sacred Stars.
"The Shield, divided into three parts, con-
tains the Scales of Justice, balancing Truth and
Power; the Lamp of Knowledge; and the Open
Book, on the first page of which is written
'Pbos' meaning Light or Knowledge and on
the second page, the Greek word 'Nomos' mean-
ing Law. Below the book is the date 1911,
when PHI DELTA DELTA first organized.
"The Wreath of Oak Leaves stands for
Strength and on the Scroll is written PHI
DELTA DELTA in Greek.
"The Great Seal contains the head of
Athena and the five Sacred Stars.
"You have heard the precepts of our Order,
you know what impulse actuates our bond. I





call upon you now to take the obligation which
establishes your membership in PHI DELTA
DELTA."
Priestess: "Raise your right hand and re-
peat after me:
'Before God and these witnesses I make this
declaration. The tenets of this Order are good.
I subscribe to them willingly. I make these
precepts my own. I shall strive at all times to
be worthy. Into my hands the law is placed,
a trust. I so accept it. To be just and to be
wise in its administration shall be my constant
aim. To these ends I take the teachings of this
Order for my guide. And if a day should come
when I am tempted to degrade our high profes-
sion, then will I recall this hour, this oath, and
S in the memory hereof, recharge myself with new
determination'."

IF THERE ARE OTHER CANDIDATES,
SPONSOR THEN BRINGS THEM FOR-
WARD SINGLY OR IN GROUPS.

After all candidates have been initiated.
High Priestess says: "I now ask all members
present to join hands and form a circle and to
repeat after me the following pledge:
'We, as members of PHI DELTA DELTA,
pledge ourselves to uphold its idealsand to make
our Fraternity,/an ennobling influence in the legal
professioryand throughout the world'"
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Pins and corsage bouquets are now pre-
sented to new members, High Priestess placing
each pin and showing each new member the
Fraternity handclasp, then presenting the bou-
quets of roses and violets. The old members
then welcome the rew and the initiation is
brought to a close by all joining hands, forming
a circle and singing the PHI DELTA DELTA song.
It is then customary to have a banquet at which
some member gives the PHI DELTA DELTA
toast.






PLEDGE FOR PROSPECTIVE INITIATES


PLEDGE
At this time, in the presence of my sisters-
to-be# I fully, freely pledge myself to the PHI
DELTA DELTA Fraternity, and in so doing,
solemnly affirmrthat I will ever strive to uphold/
its ideals of LOVE, LOYALTY TRUTH, JUSTICE
and WISDOMk I
To maintain the highest standard of scholar-
ship I can with honor keep;.
To command the respect of my instructors
and fellow students;/
* To at no moment during my pledge time
forget/hat I am a PHI DELTA DELTA to-be;
My life exalted by a new purpose my heart
expanded by the approach of vows/that shall
admit me into the inner circle/of a sisterhood of
love I shall from this day, feel drawn with
strongest ties, of loyalty to the PHI DELTA
DELTA Fraternity and to the girls who form the
sisterhood,/and finil I am admitted to full
membershibfl promise to be guided by their ad-
viceAnd at all times to rendeyinstant and im-
plicit obedience to their every command.

Dated this ....... day of ............

19 ..... at ..........................


(Signature of pledger.)















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