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,
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.
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
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
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:
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
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
Bro. Jon Sage
At the conclusion of each degree, we ask that a Brother demonstrates proficiency in the preceding degree before he may progress to the next. This practice hearkens back to the days of old, during the time of active and operative Lodges, which were very much involved in the building arts. Accordingly, proficiency, in a manner of speaking, takes the place of the Operative practice that once consisted of 7 years in an apprenticeship. After such a time, and if completed successfully, one might be Passed as a Fellow of the Craft. Continue reading
W.B. Jon Sage
Foundational Elements: Religion within the Masonic Order
In the beginning of the journey of every Freemason, each has an individual answer for the inevitable question, “What has drawn you to Masonry”? For a great many, it is the allure of a possible mystique, the ancient rites of our Order that perhaps prompted them to ask for and ultimately gain admittance into the Lodge room. Others are no doubt influenced by a Father, Brother, Grandfather, even a friend in the workplace; who were or are Masons, and for such a reason, curiosity was piqued. There are a few who may join, or attempt to join, for other reasons; possibly thinking that the secrets of our world and universe will be offered to them at some point in the initiatory process. For whatever reason, and in whatever manner our Candidates come to us, there is one common thread that binds each of them. This is the indisputable and absolute demand of the Masonic Institution that her votaries possess a firm belief in Deity. Continue reading
I had planned to write a bit of a dissertation on the “Letter G”, and of its importance within and without the Order. However, as is often the case, a first draft turned into a second; the second into the third; until I finally lost whatever spark which was driving the initial inquiry. At this moment, I did a bit of research, and went back through a number of the Masonic Service Association of North America (MSANA) “Short Talk” Bulletins. What I found, was a short paper on the subject that I felt I could neither refute nor add to! And so, although I rarely do this, I am only writing a brief introduction of what I believe is one of the best explanations concerning the “Letter G” that might ever be found. With that said, I turn to Bro. Joseph Fort Newton, and his seemingly endless knack for getting it right! Continue reading