I just read your question again. I'd like to add that I had seen a ritual that revolved around that particular passage I quoted--which was a ceremony of some recognition for a particularly honorable act--and I noted that the left hand of those involved were bound. I noticed this because in the tradition of Wicca that I studied, there is similarity of binding of the Left Hand on Sabbat, as no magic must be performed during the observance of honoring the God/dess (depending on which particular Sabbat is observed)
And yes, I have seen at least one ritual with swords, which were used in a type of pantomine performance, that apparently was a welcoming of new members.
And yes, I "sat up interested" as is my not-so smooth habit. And no, I was never allowed to see such again.
I have no idea why I got to see as much as I did as it is...
There's some other interesting things.
My f-i-l's funeral service--the Rose Ritual was lovely, although it is rather a nightmare to try to schedule services for a man who was a retired Captain of the fire department, A Master Mason, Coast Guard, an auxilliary police officer, Catholic, a Shriner and I probably forgot some organizations--but just know that I gave the Masons and the Fire Department Honor guard the services at the "wake". Over 300 people had shown up too. All of whom (except immediate family) had to be asked to leave the viewing area whle this ritual was performed too. And yes, I goofed in quite a lot of ways. He wasn't properly attired apparently--so they had to put on the proper aprons and such. Also, as an homage to his very active community service life, there was a place to displace (<--heh, I came back to edit that, but it amuses me so I'll leave it) personal items--which I did, but it was a rather small table. So I placed the various hats of all of these different organizations on the ground, in a semi-circle, symbolizing, I hoped, the various roles he played. I was pulled aside by a Mason to say that a Mason leader's hat should normally never touched the ground, but that they understood what I was trying to convey, and appreciated the gesture. I didn't disappear after I did that, so I guess I was forgiven.
Also, all of my father-in-law's books and files had to be returned. Almost all of them were too.
My husband--who is not a mason--was also told he was allowed to wear his father's Masonic symbol--a gold necklace--but that if someone was to ask him anything about it--his reply was to be:
"This is the light of my ancestors."
Then they would know he was not attempting to masquerade as a Mason, but honoring his father.
*shrugging* Most of this stuff has been detailed in many "expose'" type books--just google, Mz. D.
I find it fascinating as well. Just not fascinating enough to JOIN.