Saturday, October 18, 2014

Masonic ships off our coasts


At least two ships have had masonic names.

Two sailing ships of interest operated off the U.S. Eastern seaboard between 1737 and 1779. They were the "Freemason" and the "Master Mason"
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The brigantine "Freemason" is recorded on voyage in late 1772 while in Shipwrecks North of Boston: Vol. 1: Salem Bay a note is made of a "... storm, killing ten (1773); The explosion at anchor in Marblehead of the privateer brigantine Freemason" in 1779.


In sailing, a brigantine is a vessel with two masts, at least one of which is square rigged. In modern parlance, a brigantine is a principally fore-and-aft rig with a square rigged foremast, as opposed to a brig which is square rigged on both masts. In the late 17th century, the Royal Navy used the term brigantine (often contracted to brig) to refer to small two-masted vessels designed to be rowed as well as to sail, rigged with square sails on both masts.


Friday, October 17, 2014

12 Challenges for the True Mason


Read and take action on one of these each day!


I will do more than care –– I will help.
 
I will do more than belong –– I will participate.

I will do more than believe –– I will practice. 

I will do more than be fair –– I will be kind.
 
I will do more than forgive –– I will forget.
 
I will do more than dream –– I will work. 

I will do more than teach –– I will inspire.
 
I will do more than earn –– I will enrich. 

I will do more than give –– I will serve.
 
I will do more than live –– I will grow.
 
I will do more then be friendly –– I will be a friend. 

I will do more than be a citizen –– I will be a patriot.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Make a Brother smile today!


Have you heard of the Lodge that was holding its meetings in the ball room of the local hotel while its building was undergoing renovations?

One night a traveling salesman asked the desk clerk, "Who are all those well dressed men going into the room down the hall?" 

The desk clerk replied: "Oh, those are the Masons."
The salesman said: "Oh, I've always wanted to join a lodge. Do you think they would let me in?"

"Oh, no," said the clerk. "They're awful exclusive. Why, you see that poor guy standing outside the door with a sword? He's been knocking for six months and they still won't let him in!!!"

Editor:  Please share this with a Brother today!  
We could all use a smile!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ON THIS SUNDAY: A Freemason's Prayer



Almighty Architect! whose mind 
Hath planned all things that be, 
Whose thought is law, whose law is Love, 
Whose love Fertility. 
Help us to reverence Thy mind, 
And see Thy Temple in mankind.


"Let there be light"––Thy primal voice 
We echo, nor in vain 
The hidden mysteries explore 
That all Thy works contain, 
Yet pray for humbleness and awe 
In tracing Thine enfolding law.


Let there be life, it follows on 
For light smiles not on death, 
And light is life and life is light 
When man remembereth 
Thy name and will, and thinks it joy 
To labor if in Thine employ.


Let there be love, for Thou art love. 
Ah! Father, none can view 
With filial love Thy Fatherhood 
But love his brother too. 
If charity our heart has filled, 
Cementing stone to stone we build.


Wisdom, and Strength, and Beauty form 
The pillars of Thy throne; 
Each in its perfect self belongs 
To Thee, to Thee alone; 
Yet may they gleam before our eyes 
To make us strong, and clean, and wise.


By Faith establish well our ways, 
Bid Hope expand our view 
And crown Thy gifts with golden Love, 
Which maketh all things new. 
Then shall our light before men shine 
Because they mark that we are Thine.

Written  about 100 years ago in 1914

--- By Brother Canon J. W. Horsley
Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076


Editor's Note:

Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 (its Latin title meaning Four Crowned Ones) is a Masonic Lodge in London dedicated to Masonic research. Founded in 1886 the lodge meets at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street.

The name of the Lodge is taken from lines 497 - 534 of the Regius Poem. 
This poem from circa 1390 is one of the oldest Masonic documents.
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

North Munster Masonic Centre in Limerick, Ireland


In 1860 in Limerick, Ireland, there was found in a small chapel a stone dated 1517 with the following inscription: 

"I will serve to live with love & care
Upon the level, by the square."

A Freemasons words to live by!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lessons withstanding the test of time and cultures



In China, about 300 B.C., Mencius wrote "A master Mason, in teaching his apprentices, makes use of the compasses and the square. Ye who are engaged in the pursuit of Wisdom, must also make use of the compasses and the square." 

Additionally, in a book called Great Learning, 500 B.C., we find that "A man should abstain from doing unto others what he would not they should do unto him; and this is called the principle of acting on the square."

Friday, October 3, 2014

Where did those words originate?

The oldest known Masonic writing, the Regius Manuscript or "Poem of Moral Duties," was discovered to be a Masonic document by a non-Mason, J. O. Halliwell, in 1839.  

It was written about 1390 and was given the name "Regius" because it was found in the Royal Library of England.  It is now a part of the British Museum.  

Some common Masonic Ritual terms
 in use today are found in it such as

 "So Mote It Be."


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ponder This Masonic Challenge


Being a Mason means much, much more than simply belonging to another organization that is respected in the community. Freemasonry is much, much more than just another association where you hear fine‑sounding lectures and forget them. 

Each of you has undertaken to answer and obey all lawful signs and summonses; you should attend your lodge whenever you can, pleading thereto no excuse save sickness or the pressing emergencies of your public or private avocations. 

Each of you has the responsibility of sharing your time, not only in the lodge but beyond it. 

Each of you is responsible for the use of your abilities and possessions for the benefit of the lodge, the Craft, and the world at large, so far as may fairly be done without injury to yourself or your family. 

If the fundamental principles of Masonry are observed, your abilities, time, and possessions will be expended for the benefit of all mankind, and your Masonry will be meaningful. 

Herein lies your 3 step challenge 
in the next 30 days to be more 
than just a Brother of Freemasonry:

1) Demonstrate the virtue of Brotherly Love.  Reach out to a deserving Brother and do something for him or his family that he does not expect.  Do something that will make his day, maybe his week, or even his month.  Build your bonds with your Brother and it could last a lifetime! 

2) Open your eyes, look around you, there are good men, men of action who would enjoy being part of your Lodge. Make a goal to help build your Lodge this October and share the secret of Freemasonry.  Bring him to open events, especially the Open House.

3) Join with Brothers from your Lodge, or from around your District, and perform a service for your community!  Everyone has said during their investigation: "I want to give back, I want to help people."  Have you recently?  Really?  The opportunities to serve are there, bring a Brother with you and make a difference.  You will both enjoy it, and who know it may even become a habit.

Accept the challenge and let your Masonic principles live!

Send us your story of how you met this challenge and we will 
share the best ones with our readers!


Use the sharing links below and challenge a Brother to take these steps with you!   

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Visiting Brothers have more fun!

This page shows 3 ways Freemasons 
get creative with stones 

Malheur Cave in Eastern Oregon.
Not a lodge, but it's used by the Freemasons
in Burns, Oregon for ceremonies and events.
Mackey’s Fourteenth Landmark reads as follows:
“The right of every Masons to visit and sit in every regular Lodge is an unquestionable Landmark of the Order.  This is called the ‘right of visitation.’  This right of visitation has always been recognized as an inherent right, which inures to every Masons as he travels through the world.  And this is because Lodges are just considered as only divisions for convenience of the universal Masonic Family."

A Mason who has the opportunity to visit in other lodges may well recall the words of the Great Light upon the Altar, no less true for him that they were said in olden time; “Let us go again and visit our Brethren in every city” (Acts 15:36).  Brethren of that lodge which has the privilege of acting as host to him who comes to the Tiler’s door a stranger and enters the lodge as a brother may rejoice in the words:  “Let Brotherly Love continue.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 14:1, 2.)


Brothers, get out and see some Lodges:
There is always something new to see in Freemasonry!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brother Charles Augustus Lindbergh


On his famous solo flight over the Atlantic May 20th, 1927 Colonel Charles Augustus Lindbergh wore a patch of the square and compasses on his jacket as a good luck emblem. He was life member of Keystone Lodge No. 243 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He received his Master Masons Degree December 15th, 1926 just five months before his legendary flight.

  


Monday, September 22, 2014

Sounds of Freemasons From the Liberty Bell


Andrew McNair, a Philadelphia Mason, rang the Liberty bell in Independence Hall of July 8, 1776 to call the people together to hearing the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The bell developed a crack when it was rung for the death of Supreme Court Chief Justice Marshall, Past Grand Master of Virginia.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Usages of the Cable-Tow


The Cable-Tow is a rope such as would be used to tow or restrain.  It is also generally regarded as a symbol of the voluntary and complete acceptance of, and pledged compliance with, whatever Masonry may have in store.  

To many, the Cable-Tow is symbolic of the umbilical cord, which is necessary to begin life; but is severed when love and care replace it, and the individual grows on his own.   

The length of the Cable-Tow is frequently referred to in the language of Freemasonry, but many of the new Brethren do not understand its meaning.  In the 1800's, a Cable-Tow was deemed to be the distance one could travel in an hour, which was assumed to be about three miles.  

Each Mason is bound to all other Masons by a tie as long and as strong as he himself determines his ability will permit.  One may also consider the idea of the silver cord (Ecclesiastes 12:6) and the Cable-Tow.

Brother: May your Cable-Tow know no bounds for those who truly are in need!

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Below found on the web
thought you might enjoy the borrowed reference


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What is a True Freemason?


A True Freemason does more than just call himself one.

Reading about the noted Freemason's of the past brings this thought to mind. I'm not reading about members who sit home or sit in a meeting watching from the sideline and think they are doing something Masonic. I'm reading about Freemasons who were or are men of action!

These Freemason's are active in their Lodge, in their community, and often in the service of their country!  Oh yes, they take care of their family, but with no excuses or regrets they take actions to practice the Three Great Tenets of Freemasonry. Remember them?

A True Freemason makes the necessary time and place for both.  

How do they do it?

A common trait of all the True Freemason's of action is that they always invest the time in themselves (finding a way around the often used excuses of the young) to study those who have lived a life of more light.  They internalize what they learn, incorporate that knowledge into their character, and take quantifiable actions to become the man they joined Masonry to be.

Where and when will your studies begin?

Ask your Lodge Mentors & Master's 
they will be happy to point you to the light. 
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Publication From Over The Pond

Grand Lodge of England

FreeMasonry Today
The Official Journal of the United Grand Lodge of England
(Summer 2013 Edition)

Open this up on your
 "PC/Mac screen or Tablet/iPad"
not formatted well to read on a mobile phone.

Click the link below to view current edition.


The article that caught my eye was on
Page 50: 
Talks about Today's Social Media
and its impact on Freemasonry

Lot's of other reading in this issue and a long list of past issues to read.

I've enjoyed several issues so far.

Enjoy yourself and your summer!

I would be interested to hear what you think of this publication.
Drop me a quick email at: Editor@MasonicAlmanac.org

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Are you a traveling man?


A Freemason is a member of the world's largest fraternal organization. He not only enjoys the friendship and brotherhood of other Freemasons in his community, but also is welcomed by Freemasons anywhere in the world.

Display Your Diploma With Pride!


A Masonic Certificate recognizes the Master Mason's special
achievement of having been raised to the highest degree
within Freemasonry.
  
It is awarded in recognition of:
1.  Your Devotion to your lodge, the craft and its brotherhood.
2.  Your Personal dedication and commitment
      to Freemasonry's tenets. 
3.  Your Ongoing journey in the quest for more light..
 This visual record attests to the affirmation of your obligation...and while you have already received your lambskin apron; it proudly provides a visual testimonial of your achievements and your ongoing loyalty to the brotherhood...(a "sheepskin", if you will), which honors your independent decision to be the best man that you can be.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A U.S. President Inspired To Become A Freemason


When asked how he came to be a Freemason, President McKinley explained:

"After the battle of Opequon, I went with the surgeon of our Ohio regiment to the field where there were about 5,000 Confederate prisoners under guard.  Almost as soon as we passed the guard, I noticed the doctor shook hands with a number of Confederate prisoners.  He also took from his pocket a roll of bills and distributed all  he had among them.  Boy-like, I looked on in wonderment; I didn't know what it all meant.  On the way back to camp I asked him:

'Did you know these men or ever see them before?'
'No,' replied the doctor, 'I never saw them before.'
'But,' I persisted, 'You gave them a lot of money, all you had about you.  
Do you ever expect to get it back?'
'Well,' said the doctor, 'if they are able to pay me back, they will.  But it makes no difference to me; they are brother Masons in trouble and I am only doing my duty.'

"I said to myself, 'If that is Masonry, I will take some of it myself.' "

Editor's Note: Conflicting Masonic claims as to when he was raised. 
Some reports say Hiram Lodge No. 10 in Winchester, West Virginia in 1865
Some say Hiram Lodge No. 21 at Winchester, Virginia
McKinley later affiliated with Canton Lodge No. 60 at Canton, Ohio in 1867 
He received the Capitular degrees in Canton in 1883 and was made a Knight Templar in 1884.

McKinley was the last President to have served in the American Civil War

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Masonic Wedding?

Masonic Wedding at The Main Temple 
of the Grand Lodge Of Puerto Rico

You've heard about a Masonic Funeral, why not a Masonic Wedding?  It happens more often than you think.  In Texas, on Galveston Island in the Gulf, a Masonic groom and his bride can be wed in a “Masonic Wedding”. Masonic wedding ceremonies like the one above have also been performed in, Greece, Turkey, France, and the Netherlands.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Boy Scouts Raise Flag

1st Annual Troop 151 
Memorial Day Flag Raising 
at Boylston Lodge

The troop camped out on Lodge grounds 
during very wet and cold conditions 
in the days leading up to 
Memorial Day 2013.

Saturday & Monday they performed public service 
at the West Boylston Memorial Day Program. 
Despite the weather their spirits 
were not dampened and they
cheerfully and patriotically 
raised the flag in honor 
and memory of
the fallen men and women 
of our American Military.

(Editors Note: Memorial Day Weekend 2013 was the coldest and wettest in the last 20 years! You can see in the picture the weather had cleared up in time for Monday)  Boy Scout Troop 151 ( Mohegan Council ) was recently re-chartered to the West Boylston Masonic Charity and Education Association.  They have been very active in and around public and Lodge events.  They are a very good group of boys who someday should prove to be some very fine and active men in community and service to their country!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Masonic Clothing Fundraiser

Proceeds Going To The 
Matthew John Whittall Lodge
Charitable Fund


Very reasonable prices
Get your order in soon!
Contact Information Is Found On Flyer

Friday, June 14, 2013

An Author Worth Reading




Carl H. Claudy 
Masonic author 
Playwright
D.C. Grand Master in 1943
Executive Secretary of MSA


From the Masonic Service Association:

"There was a time, an age before television, video rentals, and pro sports, when Freemasons read. An age when sitting before a fire with a book of Masonic lore or history was regarded as an evening well spent. Emerging from that time is the name of an author unparalleled in his contributions to Masonic literature. Anyone who has read just a little of Carl H. Claudy's works cannot help but be charmed by the story told and the manner of expression.

Foreign Countries, Old Tiler Talks, The Old Past Master, A Master's Wages, These Were Brethren, Where Your Treasure Is, The Lion's Paw, and Masonic Harvest, are but a few of his more well known Masonic works.

Honor our Brother and brighten your Masonic Light and pick up and read one of his works.  You will enjoy comparing his perspective to today's world.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Educational Opportunity - Learn Scottish Rite's History

A Sublime Brotherhood: 
200 Years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry 
in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Join Aimee E. Newell, the museum's Director of Collections and curator of the exhibition, to learn about the Scottish Rite's French roots, its founding in America two centuries ago and its evolution into one of the most popular American fraternal groups during the 1900s.  The exhibition includes photos, costumes, and Scottish Rite props, many of which have never previously been on view. 

This very informative free Gallery talk will held 
Saturday, June 15th 2013 at 2P.M.
Location: 
National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Road 
(At the intersection of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (781) 861-6559  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Winston Churchill


Today in Masonic History:
May 24th, 1901
Sir Winston Churchill 
received his 1st degree 
in Studholme Lodge #1591, London. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wages of a Mason



"Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy that begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason." 

- Brother Benjamin Franklin

Monday, May 20, 2013

Which title will you hold?



"I hope I shall always possess 
firmness and virtue enough 
to maintain what I consider 
the most enviable of all titles, 
the character of an honest man."

 — George Washington 
U.S. President & Freemason

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Masonic Sunday Funnies # 4



Q: How many Masons does it take to screw in a light bulb? 

A: Three. One to screw it in, one to read the minutes of the previous light bulb replacement, and one to sit on the sidelines and complain that this wasn't the way they USED to screw in light bulbs.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Stone Quarry Degree



“We can only know the fullest joys of Masonry 
when we truly walk the paths of service 
and of hard work in the quarries.”

— Brother George E. Burow

If a Brother asks for your help, 
remember the oaths you took.

Editors Note:  
The picture above was taken just before 
a 3rd Degree was performed 
in a real stone quarry
by torch light 
in Connecticut.
I attended with a dozen 
Master Masons from Massachusetts.
What a treat to experience!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Know when to fold them..



"To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, 
but that an equally great one is to know 
the right moment to stop."

Brother Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bonds of a Freemason



"That sacred and invisible bond that unites men of the most discordant opinions into one band of brothers, which gives one language to men of all nations and one altar to men of all religions, is properly, from the mysterious influence it exerts, denominated the mystic tie; and Freemasons because they alone are under its influence, or enjoy its benefits, are called brethren of the mystic tie."

Brother Albert Mackey 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Masonic Sunday Funnies # 3


Don & Jeff had been Lodge Brothers for many years. They had promised each other that the first to go to the Grand Lodge above would return to tell the other whether there really were Lodges in Heaven and what they were like. By and by, it came to pass that Don went first.


One day shortly after, Jeff was working in his garden when he heard a whispered voice, 
"Pssst Jeff!"  He looked around but saw nothing.
.
A few moments later he heard, now quite clearly " Jeff! Its me, Don!"
"Don" Jeff exclaimed, " are you in Heaven?"
"Indeed I am" said Don.

Jeff paused for a while to get over the shock and then said "Well, Don, are there Lodges up there in Heaven?"
   
"There certainly are, Jeff. There are Lodges all over and they are quite magnificent, equal or better to the House of The Temple in Washington D.C. The meetings are well attended, the ritual is word perfect, the festive board fantastic and the spirit of Masonic Fellowship is all pervasive."

"My goodness, Don," said Jeff, "It certainly sounds very impressive but for all that you seem rather sad. Tell me old friend, what is the matter."

"Well, Jeff, you are right. I have some good news and some bad."
"OK, so what's the good news?"
"The good news is that we are doing a 3rd this coming Monday"
"Great" said Jeff. "What′s the bad news then?"
"You′re the Senior Deacon!