Oath of Allegiance

This ceremony occurs on the first night of Session.  During the ceremony, members sign a declaration of Allegiance, promising to live up to the challenges of the TUXIS standards. It is a quiet and significant ceremony that officially opens Session.

The Ceremony


Through the evolution of the Parliamentary system, the Oath of Allegiance has found special significance among parliamentarians.  Historically, Members of the Parliament were required to sign a declaration of allegiance to the Monarchy and State as a precursor to House membership.  Even today, the Oath of Allegiance continues to play a strong symbolic role in Parliament.


An appropriate song will open the following guided meditation.

Words taken from "What Can I Do?" from "Chants Communal" by Horace Traubel (adapted for inclusive language):

What can I do?  I can talk out when others are silent.  I can say people when others say money.  I can stay up when others are asleep.  I can keep on working when others have stopped to play.  I can give life big meanings when others give life little meanings.  I can say love when others say hate.  I can say every person when others say one person.  I can try events by a hard test when others try it by an easy test.  What can I do?  I can give myself to life when others refuse themselves to live.

Moment of Silence

Song (What Can I Do?)

Period of Challenge

Words taken from "The Future" by James Oppenheim:

I arose swiftly that night, for I heard a knock at my door.

"Who's that?"  I asked.

And there answered on the outside:

"The Future."

"What do you want?"  I asked.

"Your life," he said, "your service, your agonies of toiling... I demand all."

"And what is the pay?"  I asked.


We two were silent; the snow fell on the streets; the night was still.

"And is that all?"  I asked.

"Yes, that is all."

"And who should gain by my travail?"

                He did not answer.  I started out.

Moment of Silence


Creator, grant us the understanding of what our calling is as an individual, as the TUXIS Parliament, and as a caring society.  Help us remember that in doing more than that which is our duty to do, it must also be done cheerfully and with good will.  Grant us the courage to accept the challenges of our call, even though that path may not take us the way we want to go.  And while we ask for understanding and courage, God, our need is even greater than the motivation to fulfill the measures for life.  We have no right to ask this, yet we do so as we humbly train under your name in service.


The Pledge

The oath shall take the form of a parchment to be signed by the Members, and it shall read:

"In signing this document, I accept that the challenges expressed in the standards of the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta are traditional and meaningful to generations of Parliamentarians.  They represent a commitment to intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social growth. The three standards are:  

The Scripture:  "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and with people." Luke 2:52. 

The Motto:  "Life is not a goblet to be drained, but is a measure to be filled." 

The Second Mile: "Willingly and cheerfully doing more than that which is our duty to do."

I further pledge to pursue intellectual, spiritual, physical and social growth in daily life both in and outside the Parliament. "

Acceptance of the Oath

The Period of Challenge will be followed by a silent meditation during which Members, as they feel ready, approach the parchment and symbols (the cup symbolizes what the motto asks of us, while the mace and songbook symbolize Parliament; also, they represent the spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social aspects of TUXIS).  In recognition of the acceptance of the oath, the individual may place his or her hands on the cup, the Mace, and/or the songbook, as he or she feels appropriate, and sign the parchment.  Traditionally, the Elected Leaders are the first to sign, and signing is concluded by the Department of Devotions. 


Willingly and cheerfully doing more than that which is our duty to do.
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