Obedience Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary
1. (a) an act or instance of obeying (b) the quality or state of being obedient.
Obedience: Submission to the constituted authorities, both in state and the Ship, is a quality inculcated upon all members of The Mystical Court.
With respect to the State, Country, Nation or Island a member of The Mystical Court 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 magistrates (Justices of the Peace).
And with respect to the Ship, he (she) is directed “to pay due reverence to his Master Commanding Officer, Officers, and Fellow sailors, 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 stations, 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 Institution. The member of the Mystical Court is obedient to the Master Commanding Officer; and this, in it’s turn, to the old landmarks and ancient regulations of God.
“ 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”