Obedience Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary gives this meaning of obedience and it states:
1. (a) an act or instance of obeying (b) the quality or state of being obedient.
Obedience is Submission to the constituted authorities, both in state and the Ship, is a quality inculcated upon all Members within The Mystical Court.
With respect to the State, a Mystical Court member is charged to be a “peaceable subject” to the civil powers, wherever he resides or works, and never to be concerned in plots or conspiracies against the peace and welfare of the nation, nor to behave himself undutifully to inferior persons in authorities.
And with respect to the Ship, he (she) is directed “to pay due reverence to his (her) Supreme Grand Commanding Officer, Grand Commanding Officer, and Fellows, and to put them to worship”.(respect)
And another part of the same regulations directs, that the rulers and governors, supreme and subordinate, of The Mystical Court, are to be obeyed in their respective posts, by all the Brethren, with the humility, reverence, love and alacrity (eagerness)
The spirit of obedience runs through the whole system, and constitutes one of the greatest safeguards of our Organization. The every member of The Mystical Court is obedient to the Supreme Grand Commanding Officer; the Commanding Master of the ship and The Mystical Court; and this, in it’s turn, to the old landmarks and regulations of the Organization.
Thus is a due degree of subordination kept up and the Organization preserved in its pristine purity.
“ In the Temple of God, the Foundation is Faith, which is conversant with unseen things; the roof is Charity, which covereth a multitude of sins. The door is Obedience… The pavement is humility, of which the Psalmist saith “My Soul cleaveth to the pavement” The four sides are the FOUR Cardinal Virtues—justice, fortitude, temperance, prudence.
Hence the Apocalypse saith “ The City lieth four-square”
Research Author: Sir Godfrey Gregg OHPM, ROMC
VGCO (The Mysticsl Court)