From The East
October is upon us and it’ll be the end of the year before we know it! How many of you are ready for it? I’ve got quite a bit to do before I can call it a year!
Here is some Masonic Trivia found around the Web for your information!
The oldest known Masonic writing, the Regius Manuscript or “Poem of Moral Duties,” was discovered to be a Masonic document by a non-Mason, J.O. Halliwell, in 1839. It was written about 1390 and was given the name “Regius” because it was found in the Royal Library of England. It is now a part of the British Museum. Some common Masonic Ritual terms in use today are found in it such as “So Mote It Be.”
In China, about 300 B.C., Mencius wrote “A master Mason, in teaching his apprentices, makes use of the compasses and the square. Ye who are engaged in the pursuit of Wisdom, must also make use of the compasses and the square.” Additionally, in a book called Great Learning, 500 B.C., we find that “A man should abstain from doing unto others what he would not they should do unto him; and this is called the principle of acting on the square.”
Music written by Brother John Stafford Smith (1750-1836) of Inverness Lodge #4 in London was, at one time, used by an Irish Masonic Orphans’ Home as their song. Later it became a popular drinking song for many years known as To Anacreon in Heaven. Then, some years later, the music was adopted by Francis Scott Key to which he wrote the words to our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
In 1860 in Limerick, Ireland, there was found in a small chapel a stone dated 1517 with the following inscription:
“I will serve to live with love & care
Upon the level, by the square.”
By Ancient custom, the King was always covered while his subjects were never covered in his presence. The American custom of the Master of the Lodge wearing a hat as a symbol of his authority is apparently a result of that ancient custom.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
David M Patterson
Master, Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168
From The West
From now thru October your officers will be moving to advanced stations to qualify for next year. Please come out to participate in the practices and share your ritual knowledge. You might be surprised at the depth of your Masonic understanding and I know we will be.
We cleaned out the back room of the Lodge last year. Everyone worked hard to clean out all the recycles and get rid of all the stuff that filled up the room. We are now using the space as an education and recreation space. You are invited to come and explore the new room.
Second Call: Are you a teacher or a wannabe. We have many new members who are eager to learn more about Masonry and its lore and symbols. I am looking to start classes to educate these newer members. I’m thinking once a week discussion groups focused around a topic rather than a lecture. If you are interested please contact me at email@example.com
Sincerely and fraternally,
From The South
The Square and Compasses (or, more correctly, a square and a set of compasses jointed together) is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses
are architect’s tools and are used in Masonic ritual as emblems to teach symbolic lessons. Some Lodges and rituals explain these symbols as lessons in conduct; for, Duncan’s
Masonic Monitor of 1866 explains them as: “The square, to square our actions; The Compasses, to circumscribe and keep us within bounds with all mankind”. However as Freemasonry is non-dogmatic, there is no general interpretation for these symbols ( or any Masonic symbols) that is used by Freemasonry as a whole.
With a G In many English speaking countries the Square and Compasses are depicted with the letter “G” in the center. The letter has multiple meanings, representing difference words depending on the context in which it is discussed. The most common is the “G” stands for God, and is to remind Masons that God is the center of Freemasonry. In this context it can also stand for Great Architect of the Universe (a non-denominational reference to God). In different context, the letter stands for Geometry, described as being the “noblest of sciences’, and “the basis upon which the superstructure of Freemasonry is erected”.