posted on Oct, 5 2008 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by intrepid
Down here in the Credit, the Tyler's position is largely ceremonial and unseen although he does provide an important last check in every degree. In
AF&A Masonry, one or the other of the Stewards are directed by the Master of the Lodge to prepare the candidate and wait until relieved by a Deacon
(it varies by degree). The Deacon is supposed to make sure that the candidate has been properly prepared by the Steward and before the Deacon and the
Candidate enter the Lodge room, the Tyler is supposed to do one last check to make sure that everything's as it's supposed to be.
Typically, the Tyler's a Past Master and will take the position for a year. On occasion when the presence of all Masons in the building is necessary,
the Master will instruct that the Tyler tyle the outside door (lock it) so that he may join the rest of the brethren in the Lodge room.
Also, as to whether the Tyler is armed, he is (with a sword). Not sharp enough to get a cut from in our Lodge but certainly enough to render an