The earliest Chinese secret societies used aprons; the Essenes wore them, as did the Incas of Peru and the Aztecs of Mexico. The Order of the Eastern Star is open to men who are Master Masons, and female relatives, spouses, and descendants of Master Masons. Hence, while influenced by this principle, hypocrisy and deceit are unknown among us, sincerity and plain dealing distinguish us, and the heart and tongue join in promoting each other's welfare and rejoicing in each other's prosperity. An angle of ninety degrees, or a fourth part of a circle. As mentioned above 18 , in the Scotch ritual the position of the h.
Gabe, is it of your own free will and accord? He is exhorted to practice the Golden Rule and to avoid excesses of all kinds. Now, κυων, a dog, or evil worker, is the masonic cowan. Some close entirely, and open on the First; but we will adopt a short way, that Lodges have at the present day. Once around the Lodge, to the Junior Warden's station in the south, where the same questions and like answers were asked and returned as at the door. John, do hereby and hereon Master presses his gavel on candidate's knuckles most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will always hail, ever conceal, and never reveal, any of the arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Ancient Free Masonry, which may have been, or hereafter shall be, at this time, or any future period, communicated to me, as such, to any person or persons whomsoever, except it be to a true and lawful brother Mason, or in a regularly constituted Lodge of Masons; nor unto him or them until, by strict trial, due examination, or lawful information, I shall have found him, or them, as lawfully entitled to the same as I am myself. On being brought to light, what did you first discover? Did you ever return to the sanctum sanctorum, or holy of holies, or King Solomon's Temple? Masonic ritual is always performed behind closed doors, with a guard called a tyler, standing on the outside of the lodge room. Since this is so, since no man can find his way alone, in life as in the lodge we must in humility trust our Guide, learn His ways, follow Him and fear no danger.
The degree is purely for fun. Because, agreeably to our most ancient institution, no Atheist could be made a Mason; it was therefore necessary that I should put my trust in Deity, or no oath would have been considered binding among Masons. In the island of Lombok near Java a woman on going to the barn to get rice for household use must enter with the r. The Master here shows the candidate these tools, which are generally made of rosewood. I was ordered to be returned to the place from whence I came, and reinvested of what I had been divested of, and returned to the Lodge for further instructions. The lodge puts before him the bread of truth, the wine of belief, the staff of power, and sets his feet upon the path that leads to Light. What are the names of the Three Lesser Lights in a freemasons' lodge, where are they situated and what is their purpose? Why are they said to represent them? He who is not first prepared to be a Freemason in his heart, that is, of his own free will and accord, can never be one.
Until recently the average Masonic student has concentrated his attention on 18th Century Masonic history, because he knew of no other evidence, for the antiquity of our Order, than Historical documents. Republication of these files on another web site is a violation of Federal Copyright Law. As the initiate converses with well-informed brethren, he will learn that there are literally millions of Masons in the world - three millions in the United States. Gabe only, and will call a special communication next week to attend to Mr. To learn to subdue my passions and improve myself in Masonry.
Establish rhythm, volume, voice control, mastery. Gabe, you will take oft your coat, shoes, and stockings, also your vest and cravat; and now your pantaloons; here is a pair of drawers for you. Light is the first demand of a candidate at his initiation; and the material light is succeeded by an intellectual illumination. Lodge of Master Masons was then closed, and a Lodge of Entered Apprentices opened in due form. Still others were created to allow wives and children to take part in the lodge experience.
However spelled, in Freemasonry it signifies both the permission of the lodge to have to join another lodge, and the paper containing that permission. There are variations in certain jurisdictions, 1 such as F. Were they cast solid or hollow? Where were you made a freemason? Bodies of water deluge him with rain, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inudations. But modern Masons generally dedicate theirs to St. Ancient Free and Accepted Masons , etc. Grip me, brother, as I grip you. Some Masonic lodges and appendant groups place initiates into a Chamber of Reflection to meditate on their past life and future mortality before certain degree ceremonies, but it is not a uniform practice.
We have confirmation of this. This gave rise to societies, and birth to every useful art. Calmet positively asserts that he was an Essene, which was the secret society of the day, that conveyed moral truths under symbolical figures, and may. Crockerberry, a candidate for initiation, reported favorably, whereupon he was balloted for, and duly elected. It has been suggested, and I think very credibly, that the point symbolizes the Polestar, and the Circle, the stars which revolve round it, never setting, and Renouf identifies the Pole-star with the coffin of Osiris.
The seven Sabbatical years, seven years of famine, seven years of war, seven years in building the Temple, seven golden candlesticks, seven wonders of the world, seven planets; but, more especially, the seven liberal arts and sciences, which are grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. It may not be affirmed as a proved fact that the Freemasons of the Middle Ages were the direct descendants through the Comacine Masters of the Colleges of Architects of Rome, but there is too much evidence of a similar structure, ideal, and purpose, and too many similarities of symbol, tool, and custom, to dismiss the idea merely because we have no written record covering the period between the expulsion from Rome and the beginning of the cathedral-building age. You are now entitled to wages, as such; which are, the Corn of nourishment, the Wine of refreshment, and the Oil of joy, which denote peace, harmony, and strength. The reason given for this in the Lecture is threefold, - that no weapons should be brought into the Lodge, that it should remind the initiate of the virtue of charity, and lastly that no m. The Junior Deacon, with the two Stewards accompanying him, steps to the centre of the Lodge, makes the duegard and sign of a Fellow Craft, and passes out of the Lodge into the ante-room. By it we account for the return of the seasons, and the variety of scenes which each season displays to the discerning eye.
Fortitude is that noble and steady purpose of the mind whereby we are enabled to undergo pain, peril, or danger, when deemed expedient. This admonishes us that as from it we came, so unto it we must shortly return. But we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to make use of it for the more noble and glorious purpose of dividing our time. The ornaments of a Lodge are a representation of the mosaic pavement which formed the ground floor of King Soloman's Temple, the beautiful tesselated border that surrounded it, and the blazing star in the center, the Sanctum Santorum, or Holy of Holies The mosaic pavement is the emblematic of human life, checkered with good and evil; the indented tessel or tesselated border, of the manifold blessings and comforts which constantly surround us, and which we hope to enjoy by a firm reliance on Divine Providence, symbolized by the blazing star in the center. I will be much more proud of my accomplishment than if I recorded it and played it back. A regular communication of St. To Relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly on Freemasons, who are linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection.
To be good and true are the first lessons we are taught in Masonry. The inner door of the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple. The Junior Warden represents the pillar of Beauty, it being his duty at all times to observe the sun at high meridian, which is the glory and beauty of the day. Masonry is considered under two denominations--namely, Operative and Speculative. Arise assists candidate to rise , follow your conductor and fear no danger.