But a word or two may clear away some possible misapprehensions. The farther away we get from our original source, the more meticulously careful must trust-worthy Masons be to pass on the work to posterity exactly as we receive it. To provide a clarification of elements within the ritual. The Entered Apprentice lays his Masonic Cornerstone standing in the Northeast corner of the lodge, midway between the darkness of profane ignorance and the full light of the symbolic East. They are termed immovable, because they are appropriated to particular parts of the Lodge, where alone they should be found, namely, the square in the east, the level to the west, and the plumb to the south-- Lexicon. Because the left side is considered to be the weakest part of man; it was therefore to show that it was the weaker part of Masonry I was then entering upon, being that of an Entered Apprentice. The balloting is done as follows, viz.
From the practice of gematria have arisen extremely interesting techniques, which reveal a type of spiritual Geometry hidden within the Scriptures. Every brother is reminded of his duties and obligations. If a man senses the stirrings in his heart for a deeper understanding of life than that he has heretofore found, he will seek until he finds the Fraternity. The Due Guard is given by an Entered Apprentice on entering and retiring, that he may never forget the significance of his position when he took upon 1 Albert Gallatin Mackey: one of the greatest students and most widely followed authorities the Masonic world has known. In most cases, the other Brethren in the Lodge know nothing about his situation. Worshipful Master gives one rap, which seats the whole Lodge.
From all of us some things are secret and hidden that might be open and known - if we had the wit or would take the trouble to learn. The sun, moon, and Master of the Lodge. The educational process outlined in this manual is designed to present the new Mason with a brief review within the setting of the Lodge room, a less formal review of the Pollard Plan booklet, and the opportunity for discussion and exploration based upon handout materials. Senior Warden reports to the Worshipful Master. The members place their hands in the position of a duegard of an Entered Apprentice.
Our Working Tools are now testing instruments. Anything, brother that you may have about you, of a metallic nature, will be thankfully received--a button, pin, five or ten cent piece--anything, my brother. But the ultimates of truth are immutable and eternal: the Fatherhood of God; the immortality of the soul. How did you apply this to your then situation in Masonry? The square teaches morality; the level, equality: and the plumb teaches rectitude of life. This custom was observed until quite recently in Burmah and Siam 31 , but nearer Europe magic has now been called in to supply the necessary spirit. His place of residence is New York City, his age thirty-eight years, his occupation a bookseller. These benefits are symbolized by Corn, Wine, and Oil.
Worshipful Master - Brother Senior Warden, you will direct the Junior Deacon to instruct the Candidate to advance to the pedestal in due form. Junior Deacon - prompting Candidate aloud - A word Candidate Repeats. Inner Guard - when Junior Deacon has received Candidate closes and locks door, returns to chair and sits. He made me a Mason in due form. Let us name them over: The Square, which teaches Morality; the Level, which teaches Equality; and the Plumb, that instrument which in everyday practice tells when walls are truly vertical and erect, which symbolically teaches the upright, the just and the honest life. John the Baptist belonged to the Masonic Order.
Innocence in one sense is free from moral defect. The principal instruments of the Craft, whose teachings you are now in the process of understanding, radiate their symbolic meaning to the Craft and especially to the Worshipful Master of this Lodge who has the special responsibility of the government of the Masons who gather here. . Man must have both if his life is to be successful. Without all three no Masonic lodge can exist, much less open or work.
While Pythagoras born 586 B. So help me, God, and keep me steadfast. The Junior Deacon and his assistants retire to the ante-room, but before they leave the Lodge-room they step to the altar, and Blake the sign of the First Degree to the Master. The first of the great Sacred Numbers of the Ancient Mysteries, three was the numerical symbol of God, but not because God was necessarily considered as triune. . . Door through which candidates are admitted into the lodge.
The moral qualifications are self-evident for the viability of any brotherhood and the lofty ideals of our society. Representations of roaring lions symbolized the resurrection of the dead on the Last Day. This officer's station is at the inner door, and it is his duty to attend to all alarms from the outside, to report the same to the Master, and get his permission before admitting any one. How do you know yourself to be a Mason? The committee reports to the lodge whether or not, in its opinion, the petitioner is suitable material out of which to make a Mason. Brethren all place their hands in the form of a duegard of a Master Mason. Junior Deacon - holding Candidate's right hand firmly leads him to Senior Warden corner of the Lodge which is 'squared' and then to S. If you wish to speak, arise and wait until the Master recognizes you.
After saluting the Wardens, what did you then discover? The Junior Deacon and his assistants retire to the ante-room, but before they leave the Lodge-room they step to the altar, and Blake the sign of the First Degree to the Master. In order to examine these Masonic rituals, or print them, you will need to have a copy of the Adobe Reader from Adobe Systems. The Bible on the altar is more than the rule and guide of our faith. Right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars , ,. You cannot, therefore, but be fond of the Order, and zealous for the interests of Freemasonry, which, in the strongest manner, inculcates the same charity and benevolence, and which, like that religion, encourages every moral and social virtue; which introduces peace and good-will among man.