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7 Years In The Making- The Royal Art of Freemasonry

To Know Thyself; Making Your Life Count; Bettering Yourself; Communion With Your Creator; Facing The Uncertainty of Eternity… With Certainty!

These were some of MY fundamental reasons for becoming a Freemason and for then practicing, studying, and applying the philosophy of Masonry in my life. As it turns out, these are also some of the key ideas to be explored and discussed in a new documentary, The Royal Art Of Freemasonry.  Continue reading

Ask One To Be One!

This phrase, known the Masonic world over, now carries with it new intent, as pointed out in an article found in the latest “Indiana Freemason”  , a new method. In days gone by, the notion was for a NON-Mason to go out, find a Mason, and then “Ask the Mason” how he might become a Mason as well. This scheme hearkens back to the old adage that you will get exactly what you need. Effectively, this practice entrusted that only those who were truly interested in becoming Masons would “Ask One to Be One” and petition a Lodge, eventually joining the ranks of the Freemasonic Institution. Continue reading

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Open Houses In Utah… Let’s Do It!

The 1st part of the Inside The Freemasons series aired last night on Sky 1, and I am happy for the producers, for all who watched, and for our Fraternity, which I hope will be uplifted and assisted by this publicity. In the meantime, there is no time like the present and no place quite like home to make a difference in everyday Freemasonry.

Utah’s Freemasons are doing just that- carrying on in their own present and down at home in an activity that has been customary for them for some time now. We have LONG touted the benefits of Masonic “Open Houses”, especially when they are done correctly and portray the Fraternity in a solemn and positive light.  Continue reading

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Kinds Of Masons

By: Carl H. Claudy

“I am almost through!” The New Brother displayed a
sheaf of cards to the Old Tiler. “Soon I will have joined
them all and become every kind of Mason there is.”

“What do you know about the kinds of Masons there
are?” asked the Old Tiler, interested. “You have not
been a Master Mason long enough to gain all that
knowledge!”

“That’s not hard to gain, with all the brethren poking
petitions at you. There are Scottish Rite Masons and
York Rite Masons and Templar Masons and Chapter
Masons and council Masons and…”

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Birmingham Prince Hall Grand Lodge To Be Renovated!

“One of the most important buildings in downtown Birmingham’s 4th Avenue Historic District is about to get a major upgrade.

The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons (F&AM) of Alabama, Temple Building is a civil rights landmark whose story was in danger of being lost. But after 95 years, the building will be brought back to life as the result of a planned massive renovation project that is expected to take about two years and around $10 million to $15 million dollars to complete.”

This is the big story in the Birmingham Times today, and is finally coming to fruition only after much hard work and labor!  Continue reading

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World War I Freemasons To Be Honored At Memorial

In one of several events which are coinciding with the Tri-Centennial celebration of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons who received the Victoria Cross will be honored in an upcoming ceremony, conducted by HRH The Duke of Kent in a ceremony this coming April 25.

Of the Victoria Cross recipients (64 total are honored at the new Memorial), 5 hailed from Surrey. Those 5 were among those who were a part of the famous 6 VC’s before breakfast, which occurred in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.  Continue reading

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108 Years Ago: Y.M.C.A. Cornerstone Laid By Masons

For those who nearly always long for the “glory days” of Freemasonry, let’s take a brief trip down memory lane. It was 108 years ago, on April 5, 1909, that the cornerstone for the Y.M.C.A. was laid in Charlottesville, VA.  This feat was accomplished in a grand manner by 130 Masons from Widow’s Sons’ Lodge No. 60.

The event was preceded by a parade through town, in which the Masons led a marching band, eventually arriving at the construction site. The Masonic ritual involving the laying of a cornerstone then began, where ““The cornerstone of marble block was elevated a few feet, by ropes worked by a pulley. With much ceremony, a hermetically-sealed copper box was placed in a cavity of the stone carefully prepared for the purpose, and the marble block was lowered to its place where it is to remain forever as the ‘cornerstone’ of the building”. Continue reading

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Masonic Temple At Fort Collins Vandalized

Yesterday, the front steps and facade of the Masonic Temple at Fort Collins, Colorado was vandalized with spray paint, depicting upside down crosses and the phrase “great tribulation is at hand” scrawled across the steps.

This comes just days after a possibly un-related incident of vandalism at a Mosque in that same community. Continue reading

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Women In Charge Of Our Fraternal Care Facilities = SUCCESS

Masonic Homes have historically been staffed by a mix of men and women. But as of the last 15-20 years, it has been increasingly common to see women at the helm of these Home’s, which are grounded in the Tenets of the Masonic Fraternity. Reported in yesterday’s Columbia Business Times, I read the story of Barbara Ramsey, who is the Executive Director of the Masonic Home of Missouri. She is doing a terrific job, and so are other women around the Country!

This is welcomed and timely news.  Continue reading

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New T.V. Documentary Series on Freemasonry

A new 5 part series on Sky 1 T.V. which will air April 17 is going to take the concept of a Masonic “Open House” to a new level, as the televised series takes a documentary approach at viewing the inner workings of Freemasonry.

While some may scoff at such an idea, and ask “what could there be to tell”? The producers are promising to show much more than what goes on inside the Lodge Room. Indeed, any and all “secrets” will be kept, as this is being made in conjunction with the U.G.L.E. However, the good efforts of the Fraternity OUT-side of the respective Temples will be of great focus.  Continue reading