Masonry Belongs To All Time

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Of no one age, Masonry belongs to all time; of no one religion, it finds great truths in all. Indeed, it holds that truth which is common to all elevating and benign religions, and is the basis of each; that faith which underlies all sects and over-arches all creeds, the sky above and the river bed below the flow of mortal years. It is not a religion, still less a cult, but it is a worship in which all good men may unite, that each may share the faith of all. It does not undertake to explain or dogmatically to settle those great mysteries which out-top human knowledge. Beyond the facts of faith it does not go. With the subtleties of speculation concerning these truths, and the unworldly envies growing out of them, it has not to do. There divisions begin, and Masonry was not make to divide men, but to unite them. It asks not for tolerance, but for fraternity, leaving each man free to think his own thought and fashion his own system of ultimate truth. Therefore, all through the ages it has been, and is today, a meeting place of differing minds and a prophecy of the final union of all reverent and devout souls. Joseph Fort...

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The White Lamb Skin Apron

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By Franklin W. Lee Here’s a toast to the Lambskin, more ancient by far Than the fleece of pure gold or the eagles of war; ‘Tis an emblem of innocence, nobler to wear Than the Garter of England or order as rare. Let the king wear the purple and point to his crown Which may fall from his brow when his throne tumbles down; But the badge of a Mason has much more to give Than a kingdom so frail that it cannot long live. Let the field-marshal boast of the men he can guide. Of the infantry columns and the heroes that ride; But the White Leather Apron his standard outranks, Since it waves from the East to the Death River banks. ‘Tis the shield of the orphan, the hostage of love; ‘Tis the charter of Faith in the Grand Lodge above; While the high and the low, in its whiteness arrayed, Of one blood and one kin by its magic are made. Kingdoms fall to earth; cities crumble to dust; Men are born to die; swards are made but rust; But the White Leather Apron, through ages ;assed on. Has survived with the Lodge of Holy St. John. So a toast to the Lambskin, which levels, uplifts- To the White Leather Apron, most priceless of gifts, ‘Tis the badge of a Mason, more ancient by far Than the fleece of pure gold or the eagles of war. [First appeared in the Trestleboard of Friendship Masonic Center and re-printed in the Oregon Masonic Magazine] Re-printed from the Southern California Research Lodge F. &...

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The Road of Masonry

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Men build a road of Masonry Across the hills and dales, Unite the prairie and the sea, The mountains and the vales, They cross the chasm, bridge the stream, They point to where the turrets gleam, And many men for many a day Who seek the heights shall find the way. Men build a road of Masonry, But not for self they build: With footsteps of humanity The hearts of men are thrilled. This music makes their labor sweet: The endless tramp of other feet, The thought that men shall travel thus An easier road because of us. We build the road of Masonry With other men in mind; We do not build for you and me, We build for all mankind. We build a road! – remember, men, Build not for Now, but build for Then, And other men who walk the way Shall find the road we built today. Who builds the road of Masonry, Though small or great his part, However hard the task may be, May toil with singing heart. For it is something, after all, When muscles tire and shadows fall, To know that other men shall bless The builder for his faithfulness. Douglas...

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The Road of Masonry

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Men build a road of Masonry Across the hills and dales, Unite the prairie and the sea, The mountains and the vales. They cross the chasm, bridge the stream, They point to where the turrets gleam, And many men for many a day Who seek the heights shall find the way. Men build a road of Masonry, But not for self they build: With footsteps of humanity The hears to men are thrilled. This music makes their labor sweet: The endless tramp of other feet, The thoughts that men shall travel thus An easier road because of us. We build the road of Masonry With other men in mind; We do not build for you and me, We build for all mankind. We build a road! – remember, men, Build not for Now, but build for Then, And other men who walk the way Shall find the road we built today. Who build the road of Masonry, Though small or great his part, However hard the task may be, May toil with singing heart. For it is something, after all, When muscles tire and shadows fall, To know that other men shall bless The builder for his faithfulness. Douglas Malloch Men build a road of Masonry Across the hills and dales, Unit the prairie and the sea, The mountains and the vales. They cross the chasm, bridge the stream, They point to where the turrets gleam, And many men for many a day Who seek the heights shall find the way. Men build a road of Masonry, But not for self they build: With footsteps of humanity The hears to men are thrilled. This music makes their labor sweet: The endless tramp of other feet, The thoughts that men shall travel thus An easier road because of us. We build the road of Masonry With other men in mind; We do not build for you and me, We build for all mankind. We build a road! – remember, men, Build not for Now, but build for Then, And other men who walk the way Shall find the road we built today. Who build the road of Masonry, Though small or great his part, However hard the task may be, May toil with singing heart. For it is something, after all, When muscles tire and shadows fall, To know that other men shall bless The builder for his faithfulness. Douglas...

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The Trowel

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The tools of a true Master Mason— A man who has proven his skill— Are any or all as he chooses, His tasks to correctly fulfil, Foremost of these is the Trowel, Which practical builders all class As the tool for the spreading of mortar Uniting the house in one mass. But we as Freemasons would use it For purpose more noble and grand, As Craftsmen have faithfully taught us, As Masonry’s rituals command, To spread the cement of affection, Devotion and brotherly love, To bring peace, good will and contentment On earth as in Heaven above. Yea; that’s the cement that unites us In one sacred union of friends— Brothers ‘mongst whom no contention, Nor discord nor diff’rence portends, Except that most noble contention By Masons Accepted and Free; Or rather that fine emulation Of who can best work and agree. Michael N....

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Masonic Charity

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Masonic charity is not limited to simple gifts and contributions of money or other tangible material of worldly goods, although these, when necessary are right and proper, and are included within the term of charity…. True charity extends to all the wants of the great brotherhood of man. Have the cold and pitiless storms of a selfish, unfeeling world beat upon the heart, charity throws around it her broad mantle of brotherly love and affection, which warms and infuses into its whole being new life and animation, and as the genial showers and summer sun cause the face of nature to smile and look glad, so the drops of genial affection and the rays of brotherly love, beaming from its benign countenance of one whose heart is prompted by the honest impulses of genuine charity, cause the soul of the recipient thereof to overflow with gratitude and joy … The true Mason is continually seeking opportunities for the exercise of those virtues—the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth—of Faith, Hope and Charity…. He knows his duties, and knowing seeks to reduce them to practice; for with him Masonry is a living reality and not theory alone. It is the practice of those virtues that he delights for he has learned that in doing good there is much joy. Is a brother afflicted and distressed, his hand is ever ready to aid and assist him, and to relieve his wants and necessities. The blessed influences of brotherly love and charity—twin daughters of Heaven—prompt him to those noble deeds of benevolence which give joy and gladness to many a weary, sad and sorrowing heart…. This is the charity which envieth not another and which puffeth not itself, which is kind and forbearing, full of long-suffering, and goodness and truth. J. Q....

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The Masonic Ring

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Those men who help my dad each day, They wear those Mason rings. A Square and Compass set in gold, The praise of which I sing. My dad, he hurt his back you know, One cold and wintery day. He slipped and fell upon the ice, The insurance would not pay. And since that time those rings I see, On hands that help us much. With mowing lawns and hauling trash, Each day my heart they touch. They even built a house for me, Amid our backyard tree. Where all the neighbor kids, Would play with laughter full of glee. My Mom she cried from happiness, The time the Masons came. To aid our family in distress, Without a thought of gain. And when I’m big, just like my dad, Of this it must be told. I want to wear a ring like his, A Square and Compass gold. Long years have passed since when My dad was in that plaster cast. And since I swore that Solemn Oath, Which unites us to the last. But more than that I’m proud to say, I wear his Mason ring. The one dad wore for many years, Until his death this spring. And one last time his comrades came, To aid my weeping mother. They praised and bid a fond farewell, To our fallen Brother. And after which my son did ask, About their Aprons white. And of the rings upon their hand, Of gold so shiny bright. With tearful eye I said with pride, They’re men of spirit pure. Those men who wear those Mason rings, Of that you can be sure. And before he went to bed that night, The family he foretold. Someday I’ll wear a ring like dad’s A Square and Compass gold. Author...

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What Makes a Mason?

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What makes you a Mason, O brother of mine? It isn’t the dueguard, nor is it the sign, It isn’t the jewel which hangs on your breast, It isn’t the apron in which you are dressed, It isn’t the step, nor the token, nor the grip, Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip, Nor yet the possession of that mystic word On five points of fellowship duly conferred. Though these are essential, desirable, fine, They don’t make a Mason, O brother of mine. That you to your sworn obligation are true— ‘Tis that, brother mine, makes a Mason of you. Secure in your heart you must safeguard your trust, With lodge and with brother be honest and just, Assist the deserving who cry in their need, Be chaste in your thought, in your word and your deed, Support him who falters, with hope banish fear, And whisper advice in an erring one’s ear. Then will the Great Lights on your path brightly shine, And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine. Your use of life’s hours by the gauge you must try, The gavel to vices with courage apply; Your walk must be upright, as shown by the plumb, On the level, to bourn whence no travelers come; The Book of your faith be the rule and the guide, The compass your passions shut safely inside; The stone which the Architect placed in your care Must pass the strict test of His unerring square, And then you will meet with approval divine, And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine. George H....

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Why Men Go To Lodge

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The lodge is a place for a person who — Seeks fellowship amongst people of high ideals Seeks refuge from the sins and excesses of life within an environment of contemplation, reflection and meditation Seeks to better understand himself Seeks to better understand humanity Contemplates the existence of a supreme being Contemplates the nature and character of the supreme being Seeks to better understand his relationship with the supreme being Seeks a transformative experience Is interested in exploring the mysteries and secrets of nature Is interested in exploring the mysteries and secrets of science Is interested in esoteric study Wants to preserve history Likes to solve puzzles Seeks truth Seeks to understand truth Enjoys philosophical discussion Enjoys spiritual discussion Has a deep appreciation for symbolism Wants to improve his intellectual capacity Wants to become a more well rounded individual Wants to learn how to better understand his fellow human beings Wants to learn how to better appreciate his fellow human beings Wants to learn how to effectively communicate with his fellow human beings Is dedicated to improving the quality of life of his fellow human beings Freemasonry is an organization that: – promotes freedom of thought – promotes freedom of expression – promotes freedom of mobility – promotes freedom of choice – promotes universal brotherhood and humanity – promotes moral and ethical conduct in both public and private affairs – promotes diversity – promotes acceptance, not merely tolerance of others – is concerned with the spiritual and intellectual advancement of humanity – promotes the equality of all races – promotes the equality of all religious and spiritual paths – promotes equality amongst all human beings – preserves the initiatic traditions of humanity – preserves a common body of esoteric knowledge – provides moral support and encouragement to its members and their noble endeavors in life – provides a framework of enlightenment Bro. John Daniele, Secretary A.F. & A.M. No. 305 G.R.C. Humber...

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Masonic Tenants

Posted by on Apr 1, 2007 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Freemasonry has tenets peculiar to itself. They serve as testimonials of character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due course of instructions and examination. These are of no small value; they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the attention and support of the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost as long as memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him be stripped of everything he has got in the world, still those credentials remain and are available for use as circumstances require. The good effects they have produced are established by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have softened the asperities of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdued the rancour of malevolence; and broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of the uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they have made men of the most hostile feels, the most distant regions, and diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special joy and satisfactions that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason. Benjamin...

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