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