Guidelines for wearing your Collar
In the absence of any directive from a Provincial Grand Master, the wearing of collars by Grand Officers and Provincial or District Grand Officers in a Lodge of Master Masons is basically a matter of personal preference and common sense. The following guidelines may assist.
1. A collar should never be worn over a chain (or a chain over a collar).
2. (a) A Grand Officer who also holds active office in Provincial or District Grand Lodge shall wear his Grand Rank apron and his Provincial/District collar with his active rank jewel when performing his Provincial/District duties.
(b) On all other occasions he shall wear his Grand Rank apron and collar with his Grand Rank jewel.
(c) He shall not append a Grand Rank jewel to a Provincial/District collar or vice versa.
3. (a) In a private Lodge a Grand/Provincial/District officer who is also an officer of his Lodge, shall at the Installation Meeting or any other occasion when he is required to remove his Lodge collar, wear his Lodge collar over his Grand/Provincial/District collar.
(b) If he is to be appointed to more than one office he shall be invested with the collar of the highest office. The collars of his other offices may be handed to him when he is brought forward for investiture to those offices, but they will not be worn.
(c) On occasions other than Installation (i.e. when he is not due to remove his Lodge collar) it is acceptable to wear only the collar of his Lodge office and his Grand/Provincial/District apron.
4. (a) A Past Master, who is not a Grand/Provincial/District officer, being installed again as Worshipful Master must remove his Past Master’s collar before being invested with the Worshipful Master’s collar. But if he is a Grand/Provincial/District officer he may continue to wear his Grand Collar underneath.
(b) In the Royal Ark Mariners, where the only collar is a Past Commander Noah’s collar, (irrespective of the colour of the jewel), this should be removed before being invested with the Worshipful Commander’s collar.
Bro Secretary, please ensure that this advice is sent or delivered to the Directors of Ceremonies in both your Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Lodges. Brother Director of Ceremonies, the guidelines detailed above have been the practice in Middlesex for many years, please ensure your lodge continues to adhere to them. LMM ProvGDC Middx.
This directive comes from the GDC MMH