Q/A: The Admonition
Q: I am preparing to seal my brotherhood in the Order.
I am working on the Brotherhood requirements
and have only one question, "What is the admonition?" I have searched and searched. I have
read the OA Handbook cover to cover, I have searched the internet and can not find the admonition
anywhere. I have only heard it whispered once during the Ordeal induction ceremony. I must
have been excited because I have forgotten it. Can you help me?
A: As you have discovered, the admonition of the OA is not readily available. This is by
design, as it is intended to be known only to those who are members. It is not surprising that
you may have forgotten the admonition; the Ordeal ceremony is intended to be the climax of an
intense experience, and the exact details of it may not be clear until later. Do not be worried.
This is why most lodges have procedures to help Ordeal members like you as they work to better
understand the Ordeal they went through, and its meaning. When you arrive at your
event, you will probably find that there is a designated way for those members working to seal their
membership in Brotherhood to meet and discuss the information they need to know. (Some lodges do
this as a group session; others have the people working on Brotherhood meet individually with more
experienced members.) You should be able to find out the admonition at that time.
If, for some reason, no such activity is scheduled for those working on Brotherhood, ask the
event leaders. If they can not help you, you can ask an experienced OA member what the admonition
is. The ceremony chair and adviser should know, as the admonition is written in the
Ceremony for the Ordeal book.
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