The Junior Warden is the 3rd in line
within the Masonic lodge hierarchy and helps the lodge to run smoothly, both
at labor and at refreshment.
ASSISTANT OFFICER: In
Freemasonry, the Junior Warden is an elected officer in the Lodge. His
position is similar to a Vice-President.
JEWEL: His Jewel of Office
is the Plumb,... which is a stonemason's instrument used for
ascertaining the alignment of a vertical surface. It symbolizes upright
behavior among Masons.
REFRESHMENT: He sits in the South (symbolic of the position of the sun at midday) and
is responsible for the Brethren while the Lodge is at ease or refreshment.
It is his to
arrange all meals for the lodge, and, typically, the 2 Stewards act as his
assistants in this responsibility. Symbolically, it is also his duty to make
certain that the members do not convert their refreshment into intemperance
This is a holdover from earlier days, which still remains as part of his job description, even though in most U.S. jurisdictions, alcohol is barred from the lodge.
Which Officers Can Open the Lodge? The Master, the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden or a Past Master may
open the lodge if the ranking officer(s) is unable to attend the meeting.
JUNIOR WARDEN DUTIES
The term Warden is derived from the
Middle English word "wardein" and from the Anglo-French word wardein,
gardein, from warden to guard dated around the 13th century.
The word, Warden, has many different meanings in today's world. Its basic meaning
is one having care or in charge of something with supervisory duties or with
the enforcement of specified laws or regulations.
1. To assist the Worshipful Master in the
performance of his duties.
2. To discharge those duties
which ancient usage has assigned to the
station of the Junior Warden.
3. During the absence of the
Worshipful Master and the Senior Warden, to succeed and be in charge with all the powers and duties of the
4. To prefer charges against a
Mason guilty of un-Masonic conduct and
present such charges to the Master of the Lodge.
5. To be responsible for all
refreshments served at the Lodge.
6. To keep an attendance record
for all Lodge functions whereby
refreshments are served. (an ongoing
count which is necessary to
plan for future events in order to
insure there is the correct amount
of food and supplies ordered)
7. To serve as Committee Chairman
for the Refreshment and
Entertainment Committee along with the
Senior and Junior
8. To serve either as a Committee
Chairman or Member of any
committee that the Worshipful Master may request his services.
9. To assist the Senior Warden
with the execution of his duties as
10. To attend all Lodge functions
(Stated or Called, Lodge social events
and other Lodge Functions).
11. To attend the Grand Lodge Annual
Like all other officers of the Masonic
lodge, the Junior Warden's understanding and performance of his duties
creates harmony within the lodge and promotes the brotherhood of its members.
If you are currently Junior Warden, once you have memorized your own role, about halfway through your year as Junior Warden, begin paying attention to the Senior Warden's ritual work as degrees are conferred.
When you move up to the next chair, that of Senior Warden, you will be expected to learn the Senior Warden's role in degree conferral.