We all know that the Outer Door is to be used by Master Masons whenever retiring from a Lodge.

However, during Degree’s the Inner Door is to be used by Candidates AND those acting as their Escorts. When the Worshipful Master instructs the Candidates to “stand at the Altar, salute, and retire. Bro(s)………, accompany them.” Those Brothers are to follow those Candidates through the Inner Door.

If for whatever reason you have to retire as well, to attend to whatever duty awaits you, you have 2 options:

  1. Join the Candidates and their Escorts but use the Inner Door
  2. Wait until after the Candidates and Escorts have left the Lodge, then stand up, go to the Alter, Salute and use the Outer Door.