St Lawrence Prepared for Martydom
Adam Elsheimer 1578- 1610
Wynn Ellis Bequest
The Degree of St. Lawrence
the Martyr was designed to commemorate the martyrdom of the Saint in Rome in the middle of the third century A.D.
It is recorded that the Degree has been worked in its present form for over two centuries in Lancashire and Yorkshire. It has been suggested that it was a piece of old Operative ritual, intended to distinguish a genuine Craftsman from the new-fangled Speculatives when they started to join Craft Lodges.
This Degree teaches especially the lessons of fortitude and humility. A Candidate for this degree is said to be "Introduced, Received and Admitted as a Brother of St. Lawrence".
The regalia traditionally worn in this Degree consists of the following:-
Breast Jewel:a gridiron with seven vertical bars in silver, suspended by a ribbon, orange in the centre bordered on each side with royal blue. For Past Masters the gridiron is enclosed in a circle.
Collar for Officers: silk, four inches wide, orange in the centre bordered on each side with one inch of royal blue; suspended from the collar a jewel consisting of a gridiron in silver with superimposed the emblem of office, similar to that borne by the corresponding Officer in the Craft, surrounded by a circle bearing the naming of the Council.
Apron: This is no longer worn, save in those Time Immemorial Councils who have specific permission to do so. It is made of white lambskin from 14 to 16 inches wide and 12 to 14 inches deep: rectangular in shape with a triangular pall or flap; edged with ribbon 1 1/2 inches wide, orange in the centre bordered on each side with royal blue.