Grand Commanding Officer
His Station is in the East, reached by three steps. His seat represents the place once occupied by King Solomon.
The colour of his station is ‘White’ denoting Purity and Wisdom.
White reminds us of that Divine Wisdom which can only be obtained through searching the revealed word of Him who is without beginning of days or end of years.
His jewel is the Square of Virtue which teaches us morality. It is an angle of 90 degrees or the fourth part of a circle.
His tools of authority are the Charter (Warrant), Book of Constitutions, Gavel and the Hat (BLACK).
His position in the Court is similar to the Minister in the church. He has always been charged to present religious and intellectual teachings to the Ship and must do so at every communication. (Wages)
He is the overall administrator of all acts in and for the Court.
The Court at all times belongs to the Grand Commanding Officer and is to be at his Will and Pleasure. He cannot be contested or questioned or placed on trial.
He answers only to the Supreme Grand Commanding Officer/Mystical Court, and his conscience.
Whenever the GCO enters an area, he is to receive the acknowledgement of every Mystical Court member present.
It is his duty to deal fairly with every infraction of Mystical Law in his domain. This includes visitors and unaffiliated Members.
All who enter his domain should make their presence known, offer their services and seek their wages.
While a Grand Commander’s power is extensive within his Court, he does not have the right or power to issue an edict. That power is reserved for the Supreme Grand Commanding Officer, to invoke firm precepts applicable to every Court, thereby maintaining similarity throughout the jurisdiction.
He is to maintain peace and harmony in his Court and be a good example to the ship.
He should establish a process of learning for his ship and demand that each member participates. He should demand that his officers become proficient, and he himself be proficient. A master who reads everything in the Court will lose a degree of the effectiveness for which his office is known.
He must be a moral and good man He must be a law-abiding man. He must not be a conspirator or enemy of the government. He must be temperate and meek he must be cautious, courteous, faithful and self-governing. He must possess a love for genuine Mystical Court. He must respect his Mystical superiors:
Deity through His Law
The Mystical Court through its charter
His own law (while he commands, he obeys also)
He must be a zealous man.
He must be well versed in the Landmarks of The Mystical.
He must be a lover of old-time things. (Written Laws of Old)
He must be zealous to honour.
He must communicate stately with the Mystical Court.
He must recognize no clandestine rival.
He must maintain the regularity of the system.
His Duties Include (but not limited to):
Attending the communications of his Court regularly
– To open his Court at a regular time, and close at a suitable time
– To preserve order in his Court
– To regulate the admission of visitors
– To protect and preserve the charter/transfer it to his successor
– To perform the ritualistic work of his Court/drill and drama, and
should early commit to memory all that is to be communicated
– To cause investigation into all un-mystical conduct
– To visit the sick and preside at funerals
– To be a good example to his brothers, maintaining peace and harmony within and without the Court