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Distinctive Title

In the rituals, all Lodges are called Lodges of Saint Johns but every Lodge has also another name by which it is distinguished. This is called its distinctive title. This usage is preserved in the diplomas of the Continental Freemasons, especially the French, where the specific name of the Lodge is always given as well as the general title of Saint John, which it has in common with all other Lodges. Thus, a Diploma issued by a French Lodge whose name on the Register of the Grand Orient would perhaps be La Vrit, meaning The Truth, will purport to have been issued by the Lodge of Saint John, under the distinctive title of La Vrit, or to use the full expression in French, par la Lope de St. Jeansous be titre distinctif de la Varit. The term is never used in English or American Diplomas.

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