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
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
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
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
W.B. Jon Patrick Sage
The continuous improvement, the building of our Masonic edifice, is what should occupy the majority of our time as Masons. By doing this work to ourselves, with our bodies as living stones, we are not acting in a selfish manner. This is because, quite simply, if we are to improve ourselves, we will naturally contribute to the improvement of those around us. However, it is impossible to contribute to the improvement of anyone or anything unless you- yourself- are first grounded in reality, and aiming towards that perfection which, though unattainable in this lifetime, is still the laudable pursuit. Continue reading
W.B. Jon Patrick Sage
Remember those Country Time Lemonade commercials? This stuff was supposed to be lemonade, but it was really more like a yellow colored, sugary mix. You took this great, sweet-tart powder, and added water. I would just eat the powder, and not worry with the water, that stuff was good. I think that it’s probably still around, but I don’t have any reason to go and look.
Now when I want lemonade, I just make it out of lemons… Continue reading
An introduction of Freemasonry and historical talk is being planned in Arlington, Massachusetts by the Mystic Valley Lodge. The event, planned by Past Master Alan Jones and the Arlington Historical Society, is something that we feel deserves some attention. In the past, such demonstrations have been more of a display… toted as an “open house” if you will, with little or no real explanation of the inner workings of the Fraternity or of its good efforts.
However, in this case, the presence of the Lodge- rather, the entire history of the Lodge within the community of Arlington is being approached and discussed as a historical commentary. In addition to this, there will be limited examples and discussion of Ritual and of the importance which Ritual work and Initiation into our gentle Craft helps to promote all of our other good Work. Continue reading
W.B. Jon Patrick Sage
In these dark and dreary days (and nights), of winter; we understand the value and importance of physical light and warmth. However, at times such as these, I also wonder if my “inner Light” is visible to others? Am I perceived as cold and uncaring, or warm and accommodating?
The answer, or rather– the explanation for the answer, is found in the 1st degree of Masonry, as the Candidate is brought from darkness to light, and with it, a never ending quest for self-improvement, and love of mankind. I believe that the correct “Masonic” answer must be that YES, we are Illuminating Light, even when we feel that we are not. However, when considering the definition of Masonic light, and “what does it mean”, let us refer to an article by W. Bro. Julian Rees. Continue reading
The Charter of a Lodge, which grants those Brethren permission to Work, is usually framed and displayed prominently on the wall of any modern Lodge room. But, what happens when the original document is lost? Very often, a replacement can be issued by a Grand Lodge, although the new Charter may never quite “live up” to the original. Such was the case at Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 27 in Statesville, North Carolina.
Evidentally, the Charter had been lost once before, and then replaced around the beginning of the 19th century. However, the Lodge’s original Charter from its founding in 1795 remained lost, until 2014. At that time, it was carefully preserved and will hopefully NOT be lost to time again! Continue reading
For about the last year, I have been hearing a lot about the Essex Cornerstone Club, and how this new group is attempting to do away with some of what they might term to be the age old stereotypes, with the word “old” being the operative term… At first glance, while reading over the many news items, they appear to be no different than any other Lodge; wanting to promote charity, self-betterment, and Fraternal Brotherhood. However, one thing is dreadfully missing from their charter, and it is one of dire importance.
The concept of Fraternal Brotherhood? The Essex Cornerstone Club does not understand the meaning or application of the term. Continue reading