The Rite of Emulation is a rite that wants to be simple, pure, based solely on the symbology of the art of the builders, devoid of additions and artifices.
The brother initiated in the Rite of Emulation is characterized by a special attachment to knowledge and mastery of the Ritual itself, since it is this that draws the framework and content of the Tendencies. This Rite can be defined as intimate since it is through the practice and study of the Ritual that the Initiate incorporates and reflects on the many messages contained in the opening and closing texts of the “Works” of the Lodge, as well as in the texts corresponding to the initiation ceremonies, pass the second degree of Companion and elevation to the third degree of Master.
The Rite of Emulation draws a path to practice, initially and apparently, without the outside help of analysis and explanations from other brothers. You have to live the Ritual and the Tents. Masonic work is represented as a psychodrama that leaves a deep imprint on the brother’s mind and heart, as long as he is receptive. Sometimes this path can be disconcerting or difficult for the brother who hopes to get explanations from the older ones, considering them more experienced. He can be helped to identify a part of the “Landmarks” (the Old Duties, Uses and Customs) that he must maintain, but the path is individual and personal, which requires an introspective effort and intimate self-criticism to the Masons who practice the Rite of Emulation.
The progression from Apprentice to Master is based on understanding, inner silence and deep knowledge of the tools of the degree. The accent is placed on the personal work of the raw stone, a symbol of moral commitment and its improvement.
Unlike other Rites, not all masonic work is done exclusively during the Tenida. In the Emulation Rite, the fraternal agape that follows the Open Tendency takes on an exceptional importance and, in fact, does not end until the last toast or “toast of the Retejador” is celebrated. The agape, is part of the Tenida and therefore has its own rules. Its external frame is the toasts and the established order of the use of the word of each brother. The inner frame is made up of the words that he utters, under the direction of the Director of Ceremonies and in agreement with the Venerable Master. During the agape, every member of the Lodge can and should contribute opinions and reflections susceptible of enriching others. There are no previous indications on the themes of the “Works” in the agape, but they can mean, well taken, a great help to guide the Brothers in the way of being a good Mason.