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"
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.

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."