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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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Learning the Work… Living out the Work!

As I travel around, I notice that each Lodge has its own methodology for instruction and the declaration of proficiency. In Operative days, the apprentice was to labor for 7 years before becoming eligible for advancement in his trade, and this agreement to apprenticeship was as much of a consideration of the apprentice- inasmuch that he intended to fulfill his duties as an apprentice; as it was to the Master- who assumed responsibility for many things, including the instruction and welfare of his charge. In the era of the Speculative Mason, this time period of instruction has dwindled, in many instances, regarding substance and duration. Continue reading

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My Mason’s Prayer

 

My Mason’s Prayer 

This ring I wear,
cast of silver fair,
is so much more to me.

With many symbols borne,
sharp edges now worn,
‘tis a constant reminder and memory.

An Oath I took,
for Brotherhood,
of service to God and Man.

Has been engraved,
with tongue and blade,
affixed on my right hand.

May the world without,
be shown no doubt,
of my intent and plan.

That I should do,
good Works and truth,
always upright to stand.

My Mason’s prayer,
if through human error,
perhaps my soul be stained.

With Light restore,
this heart once more,
Working till all be gained.

Square & Compass, now keep me in, bounds now there transcribed;
Allow me to live, through my cause might give, a whisper of Light and Life.

~Jon Sage
www.morelightinmasonry.com

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The Operative Mason in the Modern Era

Bro. Jon Patrick Sage (Re-Printed from August 19, 2014)

I was talking this last week with a Brother, friend and author, John S. Nagy, and he mentioned something that, on the surface, sounded very strange, and even seemed to go against the normal and accepted teachings of any “speculative” Lodge. As we remember from the several lectures; we, in the modern era, “operate as speculative Masons only”. Continue reading

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Masonic Gravestone NOT Allowed At Church Cemetery

Relatives of dearly departed Brother William Kenneth Wilson and many within the Freemasonic family in general were greatly dismayed to learn that his gravestone will not be permitted to bear Masonic insignia. The ruling which will prevent the engraving the Square & Compass upon his stone has been handed down by the Church of England’s Consistory Judge Geoffrey Tattersall QC. Tattersall, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Carlisle, has placed the ban of the emblem(s) within a cemetery, located at St Oswald’s Church at Dean in Cumbria. Continue reading

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70 Years A Mason!

W.B. Jon Sage

This morning, I sat across a breakfast table at Lodge from a 51 year Mason, and we spoke of Bob, who is a mutual friend and Brother, and who also just happened to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his Raising. Throughout the course of our conversation, we spoke of many things, and touched on more than a couple topics within Freemasonry and also within the local community.

Of the most importance in our talk, were two things:

  • Fraternal Brotherhood and Friendship
  • Service to God and our Fellow man

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Six Hundred Years of Craft Ritual

By W. Bro. Harry Carr, P.J.G.D. (E.C.)
A lecture given on Friday, 7 May 1976 to the Victoria Lodge of Research and Education
650 Fisgard Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 1R6
BRETHREN, I travel enormous distances in the course of my lecture duties and the further I go
the more astonished I am to see how many brethren believe, quite genuinely, that our masonic
ritual came down straight from heaven, directly into the hands of King Solomon. They are all
quite certain it was in English, of course because that is the only language they speak up there.
They are equally certain that it was engraved on two tablets of stone, so that, heaven forbid,
not one word should ever be altered; and most of them are quite certain that King Solomon, in
his own lodge, practised the same ritual that they do in theirs. Continue reading

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Riches in Lodge???

Bro. Jon Sage

~Republished from an earlier date~

The notion that joining a Masonic Lodge is a pathway to wealth or higher standing in the community is a long standing one, though somewhat unfounded. This includes networking within the Masonic and secular community, as well as the availability of Masonic Relief/Financial Assistance to a Mason who might be facing hardship, and applies for that aide. Continue reading

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