Welcome to the website of Masonic Province of Somerset Order of the Secret Monitor, or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan
What greater themes could one wish for in any Masonic Order than those of friendship and caring? This is principally what The Order of the Secret Monitor is about. Its ceremonial is based on the Old Testament story of the lifelong friendship between David and Jonathan.
Who is eligible for membership of OSM and how is it organised?
A candidate for Induction (Admission) into the Order of the Secret Monitor must be a Master Mason in good standing, and a member of a regular Craft Lodge under a Constitution recognized by Mark Masons Hall, London. The Order besides being called The Order of the Secret Monitor (OSM) is also known as the Brotherhood of David and Jonathan and is managed by Grand Conclave based and administrated from Mark Masons Hall. Grand Conclave is headed by the Grand Supreme Ruler, who has a Deputy and other Grand Officers to assist in the smooth running of the Order. Grand Conclave supports several provincial Conclaves (Lodges) in the UK and District Grand Conclaves (overseas). These provincial Conclaves support the private conclaves within its province.
Click HERE for the conclaves meeting within the area of the Masonic Province of Somerset.
The officer structure of OSM is the same throughout the Order except for the prefix of Grand (national), Provincial (county) or just the office title (within a private Conclave).
A Conclave is headed by a Supreme Ruler the other principal officers are;
Counsellor (Senior Warden), Guide (Junior Warden),Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Ceremonies.
Then four officers called the Visiting Deacons. This role is the most important role within the order, and key in promoting the fundamental principles of OSM. Each Deacon is assigned a quarter of the Conclaves’ membership and are responsible for communicating with their quarter of the Conclave between meetings to ensure that all is well with them.
Assistant Director of Ceremonies, Guarder (inner Guard). Sentinel (Outer Guard)
Click HERE for the Principals of the Order
The Royal Order of the Masonic Knights of the Scarlet Cord was originally founded in 1889 but fell into abeyance in 1929 and remained so until it was revived as part of the Order of the Secret Monitor or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan around the turn of the century.
Click the link ???? for more information on the History and origins of the Order of The Secret Monitor.
For the National Website of The order of The Secret Monitor click here ????
This is inexpensive on entry, and comprises of two simple breast jewels and tie of the Order, until you attain the status of Past Supreme Ruler when a collarette is worn. On reaching Provincial or Grand Rank, a sash and a collarette and jewel are added.
How to Join The Order
To join the Order of the Secret Monitor you must be a Master Mason in good standing, and a member of a regular Craft Lodge under a recognised Constitution.
You can join one or more of our Conclaves, for a list of Provincial Conclaves click the ???? to discover more
Express your interest
Download and complete an application form – Click the ???? to download form
Or Contact the Provincial Recorder – ???? Mail R.J.McHardy
Do I need to purchase any regalia?
Apart from an Order tie, and a breast Jewel for the Degree you are taking.
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 Nailsea in the month of July.
How much are the Conclave subscriptions? The average Conclave subscription is between £70-£80