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.