GRAND OFFICES AND GRAND OFFICERS:
7.1 To provide strength, stability and to establish a solid foundation for this Grand Lodge constituted in November AL 6004 (AD 2004), it was the wish and will of the first Grand Master, unanimously supported by the Board of General Purposes, that Grand Officers installed at the consecration of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta should remain in Office for a tenure of three years. Thereafter and in perpetuity The Grand Master after consultation with the Board of General Purposes shall appoint or re-appoint Grand Officers to serve Grand Lodge for a tenure of three years. Tri-annually at the appropriate semi-Annual Communication the Board of General Purposes shall recommend worthy Brothers as Candidates for the Offices of The Grand Master, Grand Secretary, President of the Board of General Purposes and Grand Treasurer after which Grand Lodge will vote in the usual Masonic manner. The worthy Brothers so elected shall be invested at the next Annual Communication. Following his investiture The Grand Master shall announce and invest Grand Officers to serve Grand Lodge for the ensuing three years. In the event of there being more than one nomination for any of the elected Grand Offices, the election shall be conducted by a secret ballot. A simple majority shall determine the outcome of such a ballot. The same shall also hold for the election of Officers in Subordinate Lodges.
7.1.1 In order to preserve the hierarchical integrity of the Masonic Institution and to benefit from the collective experience of worthy Brethren:
7.1.2 Nomination to Grand Office of The Grand Master shall require the candidate to have been an active and subscribing member of a Subordinate Lodge for at least ten (10) active years immediately prior to nomination, and one who has been installed as a Master of a Subordinate or any other Lodge recognised by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta as Regular.
7.1.3 Nomination to Grand Offices of Deputy Grand Master and Assistant Grand Master shall require the candidate to have been an active and subscribing member of a Subordinate Lodge for at least eight (8) active years immediately prior to nomination, and one who has been installed as a Master of a Subordinate Lodge or any other Lodge recognised by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta.
7.1.4 Nomination to Right Worshipful ranked Grand Offices other than the above shall require the candidate to have been an active and subscribing member of a Subordinate Lodge for at least five (5) active years immediately prior to nomination, and one who has been installed as a Master of a Subordinate Lodge or any other Lodge recognised by the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta.
7.2 THE GRAND MASTER: shall be duty bound to uphold and obey the Laws of Grand Lodge and to enforce obedience to these Laws by the Brethren and Subordinate
Lodges under the Jurisdiction of Grand Lodge; and at the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge to present a written Report which shall contain inter alia all his official acts and Edicts or Decrees effected during his tenure together with an appraisal of the general condition of Masonry within the Jurisdiction together with recommendations for such legislation as he may deem necessary or beneficial to the interests of the Craft within the Jurisdiction; and shall in consultation with the Board of General Purposes and always consistent with the provisions of the Laws and Constitution have the power, authority, and responsibility to;
7.2.1 Exercise all Executive functions of Grand Lodge and preside at its Communications exercising such judicial powers as are granted him by the Constitution, and
7.2.2 Appoint all Officers, Committees and Boards not required to be elected and to fill all vacancies as specified herein, and
7.2.3 Require any Officer or member of Grand Lodge to attend the Communication of Grand Lodge and to demand information of a Masonic nature from any member of a Subordinate Lodge, and
7.2.4 Convene Grand Lodge Committees or Boards at such place and time as he may identify, and
7.2.5 Suspend from Office any Officer in neglect of or acting in contravention of the Laws and Constitution, and
7.2.6 Suspend any member of a Subordinate Lodge for cause deemed appropriate to warrant such suspension in accordance with these Laws, and
7.2.7 Supervise, direct and approve the functions of any Officer where pertaining to the functions of his Office whether he be elected or appointed, and
7.2.8 Convene any Subordinate Lodge at any time, opening and closing same without ceremony as he so desires and presiding therein at his will and pleasure and to inspect records and proceedings and to require conformity with the Laws of Grand Lodge, and
7.2.9 Suspend the Warrant of a Subordinate Lodge or suspend the authority to perform Ritual Work for just cause as outlined in the Constitution, and
7.2.10 Grant Dispensation enabling a Subordinate Lodge to install or elect Officers when such Subordinate Lodge has failed for adequate reason to elect Officers at the place and time designated and required, and
7.2.11 Grant Dispensation upon request and where deemed beneficial enabling a Subordinate Lodge to temporarily convene in a location other than that prescribed in its By-laws, and
7.2.12 Grant Dispensation enabling a Subordinate Lodge to hold its regular meeting on a day other than that prescribed in its By-laws or to permit a Subordinate Lodge to go into temporary darkness to preclude violation of its By-laws due to an inability to convene because of unforeseen circumstances of a temporary nature, and
7.2.13 Grant Dispensation enabling a Subordinate Lodge to fill the Office of Master by election in the event a valid vacancy in such Office exists, and
7.2.14 Order the consolidation of one Subordinate Lodge with another in accordance with the terms of the Constitution and any specific requirements of the respective Subordinate Lodge By-laws, and
7.2.15 Authorize Pay-Orders issued by the Grand Secretary, and
7.2.16 Grant Dispensation enabling a new Subordinate Lodge to be formed and to further issue a Warrant to such Subordinate Lodge as he deems worthy, and
7.2.17 Issue Edicts and Decrees which shall have the force of Law until enacted as Laws at the next Annual Communication, and
7.2.18 Issue Directives establishing administrative and other procedures which shall be binding upon Subordinate Lodges, and
7.2.19 Constitute and Consecrate Subordinate Lodges in person, and
7.2.20 Receive and distribute any assets, properties, furniture, or regalia of an inactivated Subordinate Lodge, and
7.2.21 Grant Dispensation where deemed beneficial enabling Subordinate Lodges to convene emergency meetings as requested and not in conflict with established Custom or Usage of the Craft or otherwise provided for within the Constitution, and
7.2.22 Preserve order and harmony within Grand Lodge and exercise such other powers or prerogatives granted to him, and
7.2.23 Present Pay-Orders directly to the Grand Treasurer in the unavailability of the Grand Secretary for the relief of Brethren within the Jurisdiction in times of calamity or disaster, and
7.2.24 In consultation with the Board of General Purposes to confer Honorary Past Grand rank on those considered worthy of this distinction, themselves being Grand Officers of other Jurisdictions in Masonic union with Grand Lodge, or Past Masters of and in Subordinate Lodges.
7.3 In the unlikely event that The Grand Master is considered to have abused his powers thus rendering himself unworthy of the obedience of Grand Lodge and its Subordinate Lodges a petition signed by no less than two thirds of the membership of the Board of General Purposes and setting out the nature of the abuse shall be forwarded to the Grand Secretary for onward transmission to the Deputy Grand Master.
On receipt of such petition the Deputy Grand Master shall be duty bound by this Law to advise The Grand Master accordingly and require that he remit his complete authority in writing to the Deputy Grand Master who shall immediately lodge this document of such transference of authority with the Grand Secretary who shall immediately notify each member of Grand Lodge of this circumstance. Should The Grand Master refuse to transfer his authority as specified then the Deputy Grand Master shall advise the Grand Secretary accordingly that he has assumed the authority of The Grand Master under this Law. As soon as possible the Board of General Purposes shall convene an ad hoc Disciplinary Tribunal comprising three senior members of their choosing preferably with professional background and who shall not be members of the Board of General Purposes and who shall establish the operating procedures of the Tribunal.
This ad hoc Disciplinary Tribunal shall act expediently taking such evidence and calling such members as it deems appropriate towards establishing whether or not it considers a prima facie ‘case to answer’ has been established. Upon the Tribunal reaching a majority vote decision the Chairman shall invite The Grand Master to attend the Tribunal in session and inform him of its findings. On advice of this decision and evidences The Grand Master shall either be reinstated forthwith with immediate re-transference of the authority of Office or be given the options of unconditional resignation from Office with immediate effect or of his requesting a full Hearing in Grand Lodge to be specifically convened for the purpose by the Deputy Grand Master.
7.4 DEPUTY GRAND MASTER: It shall be the duty of the Deputy Grand Master to assist The Grand Master as he may direct and in his absence to preside at the Communications of Grand Lodge. In the event of the death of The Grand Master, his severance from membership in all Subordinate Lodges or his permanent departure from the Jurisdictional area of Grand Lodge, the Deputy Grand Master shall assume the rights, privileges and responsibilities of The Grand Master and shall be known as the ‘Acting Grand Master’ until the next Annual Communication.
7.5 ASSISTANT GRAND MASTERS: shall act in order of Masonic seniority determined by their respective date of initiation into the Craft and in the absence of the Grand Master and the Deputy Grand Master shall assume the power, authority, responsibility, and privileges of The Grand Master.
7.6 GRAND WARDENS: shall be duty bound to assist The Grand Master or the Deputy Grand Master or an Assistant Grand Master as they may so direct and in the absence of the aforesaid Grand Officers shall preside in succession at the
Annual Communication of Grand Lodge and shall when a vacancy occurs in any of the aforesaid Grand Offices shall assume in succession the duties of such vacant Office until the next Annual Communication.
7.7 GRAND SECRETARY: The functions and duties of the Grand Secretary may generally be outlined as follows:
1. Maintain and record all transactions of Grand Lodge, and
2. Pursue and receive all monies rightly due and payable to Grand Lodge and keep a proper record of all such together with pertinent accompanying vouchers and statements and within ten working days of receipt of any funds transfer such funds to the Grand Treasurer against his receipt for same, and
3. Receive, keep in orderly fashion and safely maintain all Grand Lodge papers, documents, and such other data as is committed to his care, and
4. Maintain office hours within Grand Lodge office as agreed with The Grand Master, and
5. Issue Pay-Orders to the Grand Treasurer authorising payment of Grand Lodge liabilities and valid and approved expenditure and provide appropriate support documentation for each and keep complete financial records pertaining to such Pay-Orders, and
6. Maintain all necessary and appropriate records commensurate with good Administration and sound Governance of the Craft within Grand Lodge, and
7. Routinely conduct the correspondence of Grand Lodge as so delegated to him including but not limited to communications with Regular Grand Jurisdictions, and
8. Have absolute custody of the Seal of Grand Lodge and certify and attest to all Instruments of Grand Lodge when so required, and
9. Order, stock and provide such Masonic supplies as may be needed by Subordinate Lodges and as approved by the Board of General Purposes at no profit to Grand Lodge, and
10. Report all financial transactions pertaining to his Office at monthly intervals to the Finance Committee and annually to Grand Lodge at the Annual Communication, and
11. Perform such other administrative or financial duties deemed inherent to his Office.
7.8 GRAND TREASURER: The Grand Treasurer shall be required to:
1. Maintain bank accounts in the name of Grand Lodge and to maintain accounting records of all transactions to the standards required by the appointed independent auditor, and
2. Deposit all funds or credits received by him in said bank accounts at the earliest opportunity following receipt of same and advise the Grand Secretary accordingly, and
3. Execute Pay-Orders certified in the appropriate format by the Grand Secretary or in his extended absence by The Grand Master or the Deputy Grand Master where so authorised, and
4. Prepare on a monthly basis a Report of all transactions for presentation to the Grand Lodge Finance Committee and on an annual basis a full set of accounts for presentation to Grand Lodge at the Annual Communication, and
5. Attend with records of his Office as The Grand Master and such other Officers and Committees as may so require from time to time, and
6. Perform such other duties related to his Office as may from time to time be required by the Board of General Purposes, and
7. Prepare and effect a transfer of all data, documents and materials pertaining to his Office to his duly installed successor at the close of the Annual Communication and within no more than five working days of the Annual Communication’s closing.
7.9 GRAND DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES: The Grand Director of Ceremonies shall ipso facto be a member of the Ritual Committee and shall be required to:
1. Arrange all Grand Lodge ceremonies, conduct processions of Grand Lodge and introduce Representatives of other Grand Jurisdictions and distinguished visitors as and when requested to so do by The Grand Master, and
2. Proclaim the installation of Grand Lodge Officers and make such other proclamations as may from time to time be directed, and
3. Prepare ballots for elections as prescribed and collect and transfer results to the Tellers, and
4. Assume custody and safekeeping of such property of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta as may be committed to his care including but not limited to Grand Lodge jewels, ceremonial items, clothing and furniture, and
5. Prepare and maintain an updated inventory of all moveable and immovable Grand Lodge property, which inventory shall be verified with the Grand Secretary immediately upon cessation of tenure of office, and
6. Perform such other duties related to his Office as may from time to time be required by The Grand Master.
7.10 GRAND CHAPLAIN: The Grand Chaplain shall perform those services required of and pertaining to his Office and shall officiate at Masonic functions as requested by The Grand Master.
7.11 GRAND SUPERINTENDENT OF WORKS: It shall be the duty of the Grand Superintendent of Works to advise the Board of General Purposes as to the suitability of venues for Grand Lodge Communications and to make arrangements for the same, as directed by the Board of General Purposes.
7.12. GRAND CHARITY STEWARD: It shall be the responsibility of the Grand Charity Steward to advise the Board of General Purposes of all matters relating to appeals for charity both from within the membership of Grand Lodge and the world at large. He will co-ordinate the functions of providing relief for distressed Masons and their dependents, supporting Masonic charities and making grants to non-Masonic charities or deserving individuals.
7.13 GRAND DEACONS: It shall be the duties of Grand Deacons to convey communications in Grand Lodge and to assist the Grand Master as required and requested always in a manner as ancient usage of the Craft prescribes.
7.14 GRAND STEWARDS: It shall be the duties of Grand Stewards to assist Grand Wardens about Grand Lodge and particularly during the hours of refreshment and to assist as requested and required in the arrangements pertaining to festive occasions of Grand Lodge.
7.15. GRAND STANDARD AND GRAND SWORD BEARERS: It shall be the duty of Grand Standard and Sword Bearers in all processions of Grand Lodge and in all ceremonies where so required to carry and display the Maltese National Flag, the Standard of Grand Lodge, other Standards as shall be required together with the Grand Sword, in all processions of Grand Lodge and in all ceremonies where so required.
7.16 GRAND INNER GUARD: The Grand Inner Guard shall maintain communication with the Grand Tyler and together shall be responsible for the security of Grand Lodge-in-session. His prime duty shall be the securing of the Inner Door of Grand Lodge allowing none to enter or to leave without the direct prior permission of The Grand Master. His responsibilities shall include announcing to The Grand Master at his direction the name and proper Masonic title of any Brother entering Grand Lodge and to ensure that all Brethren are properly clothed and enter and leave Grand Lodge in proper form.
7.17 GRAND TYLER: The Grand Tyler shall maintain communication with the Grand Inner Guard and together shall be responsible for the security of Grand Lodge-in-session. His prime duty shall be the securing of the Outer Door of Grand Lodge ensuring the veracity of the credentials of all Brethren desiring admittance in accord with the ancient usage of the Craft and these Laws and shall report to the Grand Inner Guard the name and proper Masonic title of any Brother desiring entry to Grand Lodge-in-session. His responsibilities shall include making such preparations and arrangements pertaining to the Temple as may be required of him by The Grand Master.
7.18 Grand Lodge Officers may be removed from Office during their tenure at The Grand Master’s will and pleasure and at the recommendation of the Board of General Purposes after due process of law as provided within this Constitution.
7.19. Grand Lodge Officers may be suspended from the functions of Office by The Grand Master for cause and at the recommendation of the Board of General Purposes.
7.20 A vacancy in the Office of The Grand Master shall under no circumstances be deemed to exist between Annual Communications. Other than elsewhere prescribed, vacancies in Grand Lodge Offices shall be deemed to exist only should the incumbent die in Office or resign unlawfully from Office or be convicted after due process as defined within this Constitution of a Masonic offence or become removed from the Jurisdiction of Grand Lodge or demit from all Subordinate Lodges or be suspended from membership of a Subordinate Lodge.
7.21 In the event that a Grand Officer wishes to tender his resignation from Office, he should tender his resignation in writing to The Grand Master under Strictly Private cover via the Office of the Grand Secretary. A personal meeting between The Grand Master and the resigning Grand Officer will be arranged by the Grand Secretary for the soonest possible date to which the President of the Board of General Purposes will be invited to attend subject to the resigning Grand Officer having no objection. It is expected that the resigning Grand Officer will continue to remain in Office until the next Grand Lodge Communication.
7.22. The Grand Master shall have regard for the views of the Board of General Purposes when appointing a Grand Lodge Officer to fill such vacancies as may arise.
7.23 The Grand Master shall be titled and addressed as ‘Most Worshipful’. The Deputy Grand Master, Assistant Grand Masters, Grand Wardens, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, Grand Director of Ceremonies and Grand Chaplain as ‘Right Worshipful’ and all other Grand Officers as ‘Very Worshipful’.
7.24 Grand Lodge Officers in procession shall take precedence among themselves as follows:
The Grand Master; Deputy Grand Master; Assistant Grand Masters; Senior Grand Warden; Junior Grand Warden; Grand Secretary; Deputy Grand Secretaries; Grand Treasurer; Grand Mentor; Grand Chancellor; Grand Director of Ceremonies; Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies: Grand Chaplain; President of the Board of General Purposes; Senior Grand Deacon; Junior Grand Deacon; Grand Sword Bearer; Grand Superintendent of Works; Grand Charity Steward; Grand Stewards; Grand Standard Bearers; Grand Inner Guard; Grand Tyler.
7.25 Past Grand Lodge Officers shall be entitled to precedence in processions or otherwise, immediately following the current holder of the same office.
7.26 All Grand Officers when installed shall wear the authorised Grand Lodge regalia at Grand Lodge assembled. Grand Lodge regalia may temporarily and for specified period be removed from the Jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta only with the written authority of The Grand Master. No Brother shall appear clothed in any of the jewels, collars or badges of the Craft, in any procession, meeting or assemblage at which persons other than Masons are present, or in any place of public resort, unless the Grand Master shall have previously given a dispensation for Brethren to be there present in Masonic clothing.
7.27 Grand Officers shall be received in Subordinate Lodges as befitting to their Masonic station. Most Worshipful Brethren shall be given eleven salutes, Right Worshipful Brethren seven, and Very Worshipful Brethren five salutes. Grand Officers of other
recognised Jurisdictions shall be saluted in accordance with their own tradition.
7.28 Upon an incumbent of ‘active’ Grand Office attaining seventy-five years of age, the tenure of Office shall automatically lapse as at the next Grand Lodge Communication, subject only to prolongation of the incumbency for a specific period being requested by the Board of General Purposes and accepted by the incumbent. The Board shall recognize the circumstance six months ahead of the anticipated anniversary. Should the Board of General Purposes consider that pertaining circumstances and Grand Lodge best interests may be served by prolongation of the appropriate tenure, the consideration will be duly voted upon. An approving vote of two-thirds of Board of General Purposes shall carry a Motion to request prolongation of tenure, and the Grand Secretary shall be so advised to proceed accordingly. The incumbent is under no obligation to accede and events shall turn in due course.
7.29 Such worthy Grand Officers of Jurisdictions in Masonic union with Grand Lodge and worthy Past Masters of Subordinate Lodges may at the discretion of The Grand Master and the Board of General Purposes be conferred with Honorary Past Grand Rank. Brethren so honoured shall rank after Past Grand Officers and may wear similar Aprons and Collars with a Jewel bearing the insignia of that Office.
7.30 To be eligible to hold Grand Office a Brother needs be a subscribing Past Master of a Subordinate Lodge, with the notable exception, and in full consideration of the provisions of Law 7.1.1 that he shall alternatively have the unqualified approval of The Grand Master and the support of no less than two-thirds of the full prescribed membership of the Board of General Purposes.
7.32 Ownership of Grand Lodge property shall be vested in trust or in a Trust incorporated within the State of Malta and in either case the Trustees shall be Grand Lodge Officers and be a minimum of three in number.
7.33 A Brother proven to Board of General Purposes satisfaction to have canvassed directly or indirectly for tenure of Grand Rank Office shall be automatically ineligible for appointment to such Grand Office.
7.34 Should The Grand Master for any cause decline to preside over the Fraternity or be rendered permanently incapable of discharging the duties of his Office the Deputy Grand Master shall assume the powers and privileges of the Office of Grand Master until the next Annual Communication.
7.35 An Advisory Council shall be convened at the pleasure of the Grand Master and shall comprise the incumbent Deputy Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand
Chancellor and Immediate Past Grand Master, together with others as identified from time to time at the sole discretion of the Grand Master.
7.36 The Grand Master or in his absence the Deputy Grand Master or in his absence an Assistant Grand Master shall have authority to require the Grand Treasurer and the Grand Secretary to attend them with their books whenever each shall respectively deem it necessary.
7.37. The Grand Master has authority and right to preside in any Subordinate Lodge and to order the Grand Wardens to attend who, if present, are to fill the Wardens’ chairs in such Subordinate Lodge. The Grand Master may issue a Warrant for the Deputy Grand Master or an Assistant Grand Master to exercise a similar authority to preside in any Subordinate Lodge and to order the Grand Wardens to attend who, if present, are to fill the Wardens´ Chairs in such Subordinate Lodge. Representation of Grand Lodge by any Grand Officer, under any circumstances whatsoever, shall always be supported by a valid written Authority or Warrant from The Grand Master.
7.38 The Grand Master will receive official communications only via the Office of the Grand Secretary.