Participation in Ritual competition has many benefits to Job’s Daughters, including improving presentation skills, developing confidence, and obtaining experience before an audience.  We encourage all Daughters to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in the Ritual Competitions. If you have questions about any part of this information, please contact a member of the Ritual Competition Committee for clarification.

 

Ritual competitions are open to all Nebraska Job’s Daughters who are registered for Grand Session 2021. This year Daughters are able to participate in ritual competition if they attend Grand Session in person, OR if they are registered, Daughters may compete virtually for individual competitions. There is no restriction on the number of Daughters from each Bethel that may compete in an individual category (i.e., a Bethel may have two Daughters competing in Chaplain, First Messenger, etc.) A Daughter may compete in all three team competitions and one individual competition on Wednesday and one individual competition on Thursday.

 

Any Daughter that receives a zero on her score sheet from the verbatim judge will NOT place in her competition.

Restrictions for State Officers

Updated April 25, 2021
Current Miss Nebraska Job’s Daughter and MNJD contestants:
MNJD contestants may compete in an individual ritual competition on Wednesday this year since all other MNJD activities are being done virtual and you will have extra time. Please indicate on the registration form this conflict so we can plan accordingly.

 

There is no restriction for Grand Bethel Officers or Representatives.

Please note that holding a GRAND BETHEL OFFICE is your top priority and all Grand Bethel parts need to be memorized before considering participating in Ritual competitions!

Dropping Competitions

We encourage Daughters to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. Out of respect for the time of our volunteer judges, every contestant is expected to be fully prepared to compete when she arrives at Grand Session. Councils and Daughters share in this responsibility equally in order to ensure that Daughters are prepared for their competitions.  Please stress with the Daughters the importance of this commitment and notify the committee of any dropped competitions by June 1.

General Instructions for ALL Competitions

  • Daughters will wear official regalia for all competitions. Either color cord is acceptable.

  • Enter the Bethel room in an orderly fashion and wait behind the line marked on the floor until the Verbatim Judge says “You may begin” and then begin your Ceremony.

  • REMEMBER YOUR SQUARE CORNERS.

Ritual Competition

Beth Jacobson, laurabethjacobson@hotmail.com
Cindy Queen, cherschlag@hotmail.com

DEADLINE: MAY 8

(extended from May 1)

Team Competitions - Wednesday

Each Bethel may enter one team in each team competition.  A Daughter may be part of each team the Bethe:l enters.

 

Select a competition to learn more about it

Circle of 5

Participants: Five Daughters from the same Bethel.

Daughters present their lectures from the Ceremony of Initiation in sequence, each standing in the correct position west of the Altar as per the Ritual. The instructions to the Guide and Marshal must be given by the Second, Fourth and Fifth Messengers as part of this competition.

FIRST MESSENGER:

  • Rises, turns left and takes position west of Altar between the stations of the First and Third Messengers.

  • Begin on page 90 with “On the edge…” thru page 91 with “…on his mission.”

  • First Messenger turns right, returns to her station and is seated. (page 142-Plate 25 in Ritual.)

SECOND MESSENGER:

  • Rises, takes position west of Altar by walking on a diagonal line, stopping between the stations of the First and Third Messengers.

  • Begin on page 91 with “Job was happy…” thru page 92 with “…to the Junior Princess.”

  • Second Messenger returns to her station by stepping back until in line with her station, turns right, goes to her station and is seated. (page 142-Plate 25 in Ritual.)

THIRD MESSENGER:

  • Rises, turns right and takes position west of Altar between the stations of the First and Third Messengers.

  • Begin on page 95 with “Job, stricken with…” thru page 97 with “…God’s Divine Hand.”

  • Third Messenger turns left, returns to her station, and is seated. (page 144-Plate 27 in Ritual.)

FOURTH MESSENGER:

  • Rises, takes position west of Altar by walking on a diagonal line, stopping between stations of the First and Third Messengers.

  • Begin on page 97 with “Job’s cries to…” thru page 98 with “…to the Senior Princess.”

  • Fourth Messenger returns to her station by stepping back until in line with her station, turns left, goes to her station and is seated. (page 144-Plate 27 in Ritual.)

 

FIFTH MESSENGER:

  • Rises, walks east, and takes position west of Altar between the stations of the First and Third Messengers.

  • Begin on page 101 with “The story of…” thru page 102 with “…Daughters of Job.”  -PAUSE- (Do not sing song.)

  • Continue on page 102 with “Guide and Marshal…” thru “…to the Honored Queen.”

  • Fifth Messenger backs to her station and is seated. (page 146-Plate 29 in Ritual.)

 

The Daughters will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses them.  The Daughters retire in an orderly manner of their choice.

Capes & Crowns

Participants: Three Daughters from the same Bethel: Honored Queen, Senior Princess, Junior Princess. Each must wear the official regalia of the office she is representing. Honored Queen must be filled by a current or past Honored Queen.

 

All paraphernalia, including the emblems and gavel, will be provided. There will be no Custodians, Guide, Marshal or other officers present.  They will not have to sing.  Only the speaking parts referred to in these instructions will be given.  For smoothness of delivery, most instructions to the Inner Guard, Guide, and Marshal have been omitted.

 

The directions in the Ritual are very specific about when to sit and to stand; however, we are repeating the information here so there will be no confusion on the part of the competitors as they prepare for and present their work. 

HONORED QUEEN

  • Rises. Begin on page 83 with “Ceremony of Initiation.
    PAUSE - Remains standing.

  • Continue on page 83 with “Inner Guard, are there candidates in waiting?” Standing.

  • Continue on page 84 with “Guide and Marshal, you…” thru “…Ceremony of Initiation.

  • Continue on page 84 with “Inner Guard, you…” thru “…properly vouched for.”  Sit, Remain Seated.

  • Continue on page 85 with “You will answer the alarm and admit the candidates.
    PAUSE, Rise.

  • Continue on page 87 with “Pilgrims, we extend…” thru “…shall hear.
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 87 with “We read in the…” thru “…west of the Altar.
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 88 with “Daughters, you will rise.”
    PAUSE – as the Senior Princess and Junior Princess rise.

  • Continue on page 88 with “Chaplain, you will attend at the Altar.
    PAUSE
    - ONE RAP OF THE GAVEL
    PAUSE as the Senior Princess and Junior Princess are seated.

  • Continue on page 89 with “Junior Princess (rises), these…” thru “…under your direction.” HQ is seated.

 

JUNIOR PRINCESS

  • Standing. Begin on page 89 with “Guide and Marshal…” thru “…Second Messengers.
    PAUSE - Remains standing.

  • Continue on page 92 with “We hope that…” thru page 94 “Which means “Dove.”
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 94 with “Honored Queen” thru “Second Epoch.” JP is seated.

 

HONORED QUEEN

  • Rises. Begin on page 94 with “Senior Princess (rises), the…” thru “…under your direction.” HQ is seated.

 

SENIOR PRINCESS

  • Standing. Begin on page 95 with “Pilgrims, you are…” thru “…Fourth Messengers.
    PAUSE - Remains standing.

  • Continue on page 99 with “Pilgrims, you have heard…” thru page 100 “…”used in incense.
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 100 with “Honored Queen” thru “third epoch.” SP is seated.

 

HONORED QUEEN

  • Rises. Begin on page 100 with “Pilgrims, it is my…” thru page 101 “…the Fifth Messenger.
    PAUSE - Remains standing.

  • Continue on page 103 with “Pilgrims, it is my…” thru page 104 “…in the regular manner.
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 104 with “Senior Princess (remains seated), you will…” thru “…be vouched for.” HQ is seated.
     

SENIOR PRINCESS

  • Rises. Begin with Proficiency Lesson 8 (Salutation sign)

  • Continue on page 106 with “If a member’s…” thru “an examination.”
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 106 with “Junior Princess (rises), you…” thru “…whom I will examine.”

SENIOR PRINCESS AND JUNIOR PRINCESS stand on an angle

  • Continue together on page 106, asking the questions and reciting the statements from

(Proficiency Lessons 2 thru 7).

-The Senior Princess and Junior Princess bow to each other and are seated. -

 

HONORED QUEEN

  • Rises. Begin on page 106 with “Pilgrims, when you…” thru Proficiency Lesson 9.
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 107 with “We are taught…” thru page 108 “…west of the Altar.
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 108 with “Our Chaplain…” thru “…in prayer.”
    - THREE RAPS OF GAVEL
    PAUSE – as the Senior Princess and Junior Princess rise.
    - ONE RAP OF GAVEL
    PAUSE – as the Senior Princess and Junior Princess are seated.

  • Continue on page 109 with “Guide and Marshal…” thru “…Permanent Record Book.” HQ is seated.
    - PAUSE. HQ rises.

  • Continue on page 110 with “I now welcome…” thru “This completes the Ceremony of Initiation.”       (Eliminate the instructions to the Inner Guard.)
    - ONE RAP OF GAVEL. HQ is seated.

 

The Daughters will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses them.  The Daughters retire in an orderly manner of their choice

Bethel Team Competition (Cancelled)

To keep Grand Session safe for everyone - we have decided to cancel Bethel Team Competition this year.

Circle of 5 for Small Bethels

Participants: Two-Four Daughters from the same bethel, must recite all messenger parts.

 

Daughters present their lectures from the Ceremony of Initiation in sequence, each standing in the correct position west of the Altar as per the Ritual. Daughters who are filling multiple stations will start at one messenger and, upon finishing that lecture, will then proceed to the next station she will be filling. See CIRCLE OF 5 competition above for additional information.

You may submit this form multiple times to register your bethel for all the team competitions.

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Individual Competitions - Wednesday & Thursday 

Each Daughter may enter only one individual competition on Wednesday and one on Thursday. 

 

Competitions on Wednesday (You may choose one)

  1. Honored Queen - Ceremony of Initiation

  2. Chaplain

  3. Story of Job

 

Competitions on Thursday (You may choose one)

  1. First Messenger

  2. Second Messenger

  3. Third Messenger

  4. Fourth Messenger

  5. Fifth Messenger

  6. Obligation (For Daughters initiated after Grand Session 2019 only.)

  7. Jobie 2 Bee. (This will be Virtual only this year.)

HONORED QUEEN

Participants: Only Honored Queens or Past Honored Queens may enter this competition. Daughter should wear full Honored Queen’s regalia.

 

The Daughter should be prepared to: recite her station and duty, use the gavel where indicated, hold the Lily of the Valley, gesture to the Horn of Plenty, and any other specifics of the Initiation Ceremony given in the Ritual, including Proficiency Work.  She will not have to sing.  She will sit and stand as per the Ritual and as indicated below, and she should pause after each section of her message.  She must recite all speaking parts, including instructions to the Guide and Marshal, from the Ritual for this Ceremony as included below.

 

  • Rises. Begin on page 45 (station & duty) with “My station is in…” thru “…of our Order.

  • Continue on page 45 with “The sign of the Third Epoch is (Proficiency Lesson 6 – sign only); the response is (Proficiency Lesson 7 – response only).  Our Chaplain will lead us in the Lord’s Prayer.
    - THREE RAPS OF GAVEL
    PAUSE
    - ONE RAP OF GAVEL

  • Continue on page 83 with “Ceremony of Initiation.” Standing.

  • Continue on page 83 with “Inner Guard, are there candidates in waiting?” Standing.

  • Continue on page 84 with “Guide and Marshal, you…” thru “…Ceremony of Initiation.”

  • Continue on page 84 with “Inner Guard, you…” thru “…properly vouched for.”  Sit, Remain Seated.

  • Continue on page 85 with “You will answer the alarm and admit the candidates.
    PAUSE, Rise.

  • Continue on page 87 with “Pilgrims, we extend…” thru “…you shall hear.
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 87 with “We read in the…” thru “…west of the Altar.
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 88 with “Daughters, you will…” thru “…at the Altar.”
    PAUSE
    - ONE RAP OF GAVEL

  • Continue on page 89 with “Junior Princess, these…” thru “…under your direction.”
    Sit, PAUSE, Rise.

  • Continue on page 94 with “Senior Princess, the…” thru “…under your direction.” 
    Sit, PAUSE, Rise.

  • Continue on page 100 with “Pilgrims, it is…” thru page 101 “…the Fifth Messenger.”
    Sit, PAUSE, Rise.

  • Continue on page 103 with “Pilgrims, it is…” thru page 104 “…cannot be vouched for.” Sits.

  • Continue on page 105 with “You will admit her.” Remain Seated, PAUSE, Rise.

  • Continue on page 106 with “Pilgrims, when you…” thru page 108 “…west of the Altar.”
    PAUSE

  • Continue on page 108 with “Our Chaplain will lead us in prayer.”
     - THREE RAPS OF GAVEL
    PAUSE
    - ONE RAP OF GAVEL

  • Continue on page 109 with “Guide and Marshal,…” thru “…Permanent Record Book.” Sit, PAUSE, Rise.

  • Continue on page 110 with “I now welcome…” thru “…Ceremony of Initiation.”
    - ONE RAP OF GAVEL

  • Finish on page 110 with “Inner Guard, you…” thru “…in the Bethel meeting.” Honored Queen is seated.

 

Daughter will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses her.

 
 

CHAPLAIN

Participants: Any Daughter may enter this competition. Daughter should wear a robe with either color cord.

 

  • Daughter rises and nods, recites station and duty. “Honored Queen, my…” thru “…lights of life.”  Chaplain remains standing, PAUSE

  • Approaches Altar by leaving her station and marching diagonally to a point halfway between the East Dais and the Altar, in front of the Honored Queen, turning west and marching to the Altar.  When she reaches the Altar, she pauses.  She reverently opens the Bible to the 42nd Chapter, 15th verse, of the Book of Job, by using both hands, placing the left hand at the back of the Bible to keep it at the center of the Altar.  With her right hand on the lower corner of the Bible, she slowly stands the Bible upright.  Then, using both hands, she slowly opens it until the Bible rests flat on the Altar.  She drops her hands to her sides.  She never rests her arms or places her hands on the Altar. 

  • Continue on page 88 with “This solemn pledge…” thru “…repeat after me:”

  • Kneel, assume the Attitude of Prayer (placing hands together, palm to palm, fingers together, pointing upward), do not bow head.

  • Continue with Proficiency Lesson 1 (Obligation) The Chaplain does not bow her head nor close her eyes when giving the Obligation.  Chaplain will look at an imaginary Pilgrim on west side of Altar. All pauses in Proficiency Lesson 1 must be given where indicated.
    PAUSE - Kneel and Bow Head. Return to Station, Sit, PAUSE, approach to Altar, Kneel

  • Continue on page 108 with closing initiatory prayer, beginning with, “Our Father…” thru “…Amen.” 
    PAUSE - Kneel and Bow Head. Return to Station, Sit, PAUSE, approach to Altar

  • Continue on page 68 with the Closing Ceremony prayer, beginning with “Our Heavenly Father …,” thru “Amen.”

  • Chaplain rises, reverently closes the Bible. (Using both hands, reverently raise both the front and back covers until the Bible is upright and closed, place left hand at the back of the Bible to keep it at the center of the Altar, using right hand at the lower corner to slowly lay the Bible on the Altar) Returns to station (by backing to the halfway point, marching diagonally to her station), turns toward the Altar, faces east and is seated. (page 127-Plate 10)

 

Daughter will remain seated until Verbatim Judge dismisses her.

 

STORY OF JOB

Participants: Any Daughter may enter this competition.

 

When in position, Daughter will recite all five messenger lectures in sequence. It should be told as a story; therefore, do not include the instructions to the Guide and Marshal.  No singing is required.

 

  • Once prompted to begin by verbatim judge, Daughter will proceed to the First Messenger’s chair and sit. When ready, Daughter rises, turns left and takes position west of the Altar between the stations of the First and Third Messengers; page 142-Plate 25.

  • 1st Messenger - Begin on page 90 with “On the edge…” thru page 91 with “…on his mission.”

  • 2nd Messenger - Continue on page 91 with “Job was happy…” thru page 92 with “…to receive misfortune?”

  • 3rd Messenger - Continue on page 95 with “Job, stricken...” thru page 97 with “…God’s Divine Hand.”

  • 4th Messenger - Continue on page 97 with “Job’s cries to…” thru page 98 with “…by the Adversary.”

  • 5th Messenger - Continue on page 101 with “The Story of…” thru page 102 with “…Daughters of Job.” Daughter backs to Fifth Messenger’s station and is seated (page 146-Plate 29)

Daughter will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses her.

 

1st Messenger

Participants: Any Daughter may enter this competition.

 

  • Once prompted to begin by verbatim judge, Daughter will proceed to the First Messenger’s chair and sits. When ready, Daughter rises and nods. Begin on page 41 (station & duty) with, “Honored Queen, my…” thru “…for others.

  • Remain standing, PAUSE, turn left and take position west of Altar between stations of First and Third Messengers (page 142-Plate 25).  

  • Continue on page 90 with “On the edge…” and end on page 91 with “… on his mission.” 

  • First Messenger turns right, returns to her station and is seated (page 142-Plate 25).  

Daughter will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses her.

 

2nd Messenger

Participants: Any Daughter may enter this competition.

 

  • Once prompted to begin by verbatim judge, Daughter will proceed to the Second Messenger’s chair and sits. When ready, Daughter rises and nods. Begin on page 41 (station & duty) with, “Honored Queen, my …” thru “…of life’s temptations.”

  • Remain standing and take position west of the Altar by walking on a diagonal line, stopping between the stations of the First and Third Messengers (page 142-Plate 25). 

  • Continue on page 91 with “Job was happy…” and end on page 92 with “…to the Junior Princess.”  (Note:  The instructions to the Guide and Marshal must be given as part of this lecture.)

  • Second Messenger returns to her station by stepping back until in line with her station, turns right, goes to her station and is seated (page 142-Plate 25).  

Daughter will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses her.

 

3rd Messenger

Participants: Any Daughter may enter this competition.

 

  • Once prompted to begin by verbatim judge, Daughter will proceed to the Third Messenger’s chair and sits. When ready, Daughter rises and nods. Begin on page 41 (station & duty) with, “Honored Queen, my …” thru “…to noble deeds.”

  • Remain standing, PAUSE turn right and take position west of Altar between stations of First and Third Messengers (page 144-Plate 27).

  • Continue on page 95 with “Job, stricken with…” and end on page 97 with “…God’s Divine Hand.”

  • Third Messenger turns left, returns to her station, and is seated (page 144-Plate 27).  

Daughter will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses her.

 

4th Messenger

Participants: Any Daughter may enter this competition.

 

  • Once prompted to begin by verbatim judge, Daughter will proceed to the Fourth Messenger’s chair and sits. When ready, Daughter rises and nods. Begin on page 42 (station & duty) with, “Honored Queen, my …” thru “…to life eternal.”

  • Remain standing, PAUSE, and take position west of the Altar by walking on a diagonal line, stopping between the stations of the First and Third Messengers (page 144-Plate 27).

  • Continue on page 97 with “Job’s cries to…” and end on page 98 with “…to the Senior Princess.” (Note:  The instructions to the Guide and Marshal must be given as part of this lecture.)

  • Fourth Messenger returns to her station by stepping back until in line with her station, turns left, goes to her station and is seated (page 144-Plate 27).  

Daughter will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses her.

 

5th Messenger

Participants: Any Daughter may enter this competition.

 

  • Once prompted to begin by verbatim judge, Daughter will proceed to the Fifth Messenger’s chair and sits. When ready, Daughter rises and nods. Begin on page 42 (station & duty) with, “Honored Queen, my …” thru “…attainments in life.”

  • Remain standing, PAUSE, walk east and take position west of Altar between the stations of the First and Third Messengers (page 146-Plate 29).

  • Continue on page 101 with “The story of Job…” thru page 102 with “…Daughters of Job.”  PAUSE (Do not sing song.)

  • Continue on page 102 with “Guide and Marshal,…” thru “…to the Honored Queen.”   (Note: The instructions to the Guide and Marshal must be given as part of this lecture.)

  • Fifth Messenger backs to her station and is seated (page 146-Plate 29).

Daughter will remain seated until the Verbatim Judge dismisses her.

 

Obligation

Participants: Daughters initiated after Grand Session 2019 may enter this competition. This is a change from previous Grand Session, due to not being able to meet in person in 2020.
Note: Daughter does NOT touch the Altar at any time.

 

The Daughter, wearing a robe with either color cord, will be met at the door by the Guide.  She will follow the Guide to the west of the Altar, kneel (without touching the Altar) and assume the Attitude of Prayer, placing hands together, palm to palm, fingers together, pointing upward.  The Daughter does not bow her head.  She will look at an imaginary Chaplain on east side of Altar.  The Verbatim Judge will say, “You will repeat the Obligation.”

 

The Daughter will recite Proficiency Lesson 1 beginning with, “In the presence…” and ending with “…in Job’s Daughters.”  (The Daughter needs to pause where pauses are indicated in the Proficiency Lessons. These pauses are indicated in the Proficiency Lessons as dashes.  The Verbatim Judge is given instructions about this on their Judge’s sheets.) 

 

When the Daughter is finished, she shall rise (without touching the Altar) and stand with her hands at her sides.  The Guide will lead the Daughter to the exit door.

Jobie 2 Bee

Participants: Jobie 2 Bees who have not been initiated into the Order.

 

This will be Virtual only this year. More information will be coming out.

 

The Jobie 2 Bee will wear a Job’s appropriate dress. The judges will give a prompt to being. The Jobie 2 Bee will rise and recite the following poem then be seated. No floorwork is needed.

 

“A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift.

A friend is someone we treasure for true friendship is a gift.

A friend is someone we laugh with over little personal things.

A friend is someone we are serious within facing whatever life may bring.

A friend is someone filling our lives, with beauty, joy, and grace.

A friend makes the world we live in a better, happier place.”

 
 

Majority Member - Story of Job

Attire for Adults: Women who participate should wear appropriate Job’s Daughters dress apparel just as it is with the Daughters. Adults are not judged on their apparel, but general appearance is considered, as it is with the Daughters, in the Overall Impression score.

 

When in position, participant will recite all five messenger lectures in sequence. It should be told as a story; therefore, do not include the instructions to the Guide and Marshal. No singing is required. (Follow instructions outlined above for Story of Job.) Any participants who would like to be considered for the Majority Member Supreme Messenger Team in Hampton, Virginia from August 4-7, 2021, please email b. The team will be selected from the top scores.

 
Individual Registration

Each daughter may enter ONE competition on Wed, and ONE Thurs.

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