HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg ROMC
Grand Commanding Officer
One of the four cardinal virtues; the practice of which is inculcated in the First Degree. The Mystical Court member who properly appreciates the secrets which he has solemnly promised never to reveal, will not, by yielding to the unrestrained call of appetite, permit reason and judgment to lose their seats and subject himself, by the indulgence in habits of excess, to discover that which should be concealed, and thus merit and receive the scorn and detestation of his Brethren.
And lest any Brother should forget the danger to which he is exposed in the unguarded hours of dissipation, the virtue of temperance is wisely impressed upon his memory, lay its reference to one of the most solemn portions of the ceremony of initiation. Some Mystical Court members, very properly condemning the vice of intemperance and abhorring its effects, have been unwisely led to confound temperance with total abstinence in a Mystical application, and resolutions have sometimes been proposed in many Courts which declare the use of stimulating liquors in any quantity a Mystical offence. But the law of The Mystical Court authorizes no such regulation. It leaves to every man the indulgence of his own tastes within due limits and demands not abstinence, but only moderation and temperance, in anything not actually wrongs.