The Master retires to his seat in the east, and while the conductor S. We must always search diligently for truth, and never permit prejudice, passions, or conflicts of interest, to hinder us in our search. John, do hereby and hereon Master presses his gavel on candidate's knuckles most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will always hail, ever conceal, and never reveal, any of the arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Ancient Free Masonry, which may have been, or hereafter shall be, at this time, or any future period, communicated to me, as such, to any person or persons whomsoever, except it be to a true and lawful brother Mason, or in a regularly constituted Lodge of Masons; nor unto him or them until, by strict trial, due examination, or lawful information, I shall have found him, or them, as lawfully entitled to the same as I am myself. That this was not the origin of the g. To give him specific facts as well as assertion: the Bible is first mentioned as a Great Light in Masonry about 1760, whereas the first of the Old Charges one of the foundation stones on which rest the laws of Freemasonry, first published in 1723, but presumably adopted by the Mother Grand Lodge at its formation in 1717 reads in part as follows spelling modernized : A Mason is obliged by his tenure to obey the moral law; and if he rightly understands the art, he will never be a stupid atheist, nor an irreligious libertine.
Each person is endowed with a worth and dignity which is spiritual, and should not be subject to man-made distinctions. For the dispatch of business during which time, all private committees, and other improper, unmasonic conduct, tending to destroy the peace of the same while engaged in the lawful pursuits of Masonry, are strictly forbidden, under no less penalty than a majority of the brethren present, acting under the by-laws of this Lodge, may see fit to inflict: this you will communicate to the Junior Warden in the south, and he to the brethren around the Lodge, that they, having due and timely notice, may govern themselves accordingly. They may find it as necessary to prove themselves to him as he may need to prove himself to them. But what millions of other men have done, any initiate can do. The Kentucky Monitor reveals the identity of Hiram Abiff in a discussion of various religions: All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state or successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. These penalties have been a part of Freemasonry ritual from the days when such penalties were grim realities.
Similarly, to be interred in land which was no man's property - between high and low water mark - was symbolical of spiritual death. The Anchor and Ark stand for that sense of security and stability of a life grounded in truth and faith, without which sense there can be no happiness. Order of business as follows, viz. Then we see it as through a glass, darkly. It has been suggested, and I think very credibly, that the point symbolizes the Polestar, and the Circle, the stars which revolve round it, never setting, and Renouf identifies the Pole-star with the coffin of Osiris. Junior Deacon - turns right, controlling Candidate by holding his right hand, regains floor of Lodge, turns Ieft instructs Candidate in whisper to step off with left foot passes in front of Worshipful Master's pedestal to the S.
The reason that it is so displayed is plainly given to the candidate in this Degree. Junior Deacon - turns right and faces Worshipful Master, Step and Entered Apprentice Sign. Some researchers have thought that the two pillars before Solomon's Temple represented the Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire which led the Israelites through the desert to the Promised Land. Worshipful Master - Having been kept for a considerable time in a state of darkness, what, in your present situation, is the predominant wish of your heart? Many Grand Lodges publish lists of their members. The open Bible signifies that we should regulate our conduct according to its teachings because it is the rule and guide of our faith and is a symbol of man's acknowledgment of his relation to Deity. These virtues were considered a ladder to heaven, another symbol of ascent. If a man will not accept what is offered, if his understanding is so dull, his mind so sodden, his imagination so dead that he cannot glimpse the substance behind the form, both be and the lodge are unlucky.
Gabe, is it of your own free-will and accord? Luckily for us all the Great Architect so made his children that when the heart is opened to pour out its treasures, it is also opened to receive. Usually, the symbols of Freemasonry are discussed in the same order and the explanations use almost identical wording. As the point within a circle has had so many different meanings to so many different people, it is natural that it have many meanings for Masons. To whom in modern times? Claudy Reproduced by permission of Brother Joe Ohlandt of Temple Book Publishers At your leisure hours, that you may improve in Masonic knowledge, you are to converse with well-informed brethren, who will always be as ready to give, as you will be ready to receive, instruction. Here the Mason may give as much as he will and be not the poorer but the richer for his giving. Thus, Masons are devoted to freedom of thought, speech and action. Former Masons should be examined carefully before they are allowed to take any teaching or leadership role in the church.
But if, unfortunately, your differences be of such a nature as not to be so easily adjusted, it were better that one or both of you retire than that the harmony of the Lodge should be disturbed by your presence. Worshipful Master - How does he hope to obtain those privileges? Junior Deacon - if necessary instructs Candidate in whisper. How shall I know you to be a Mason? Ask and it shall be given unto you. Since this is so, since no man can find his way alone, in life as in the lodge we must in humility trust our Guide, learn His ways, follow Him and fear no danger. There is a great deal of similarity between the monitors of various states. A faithful heart, that I should be faithful and keep and conceal the secrets of Masonry and those of a brother when delivered to me in charge as such, that they may remain as secure and inviolable in my breast as in his own, before being communicated to me.
The methods of the Anthropologist, the Student of Folk-lore and of Comparative religions, enable us to re-discover the life and history of our pre-historic ancestors, and the same methods are yielding equally valuable results in Masonic research. Some of these differences are accounted for by different original sources, yet even in two jurisdictions which sprang from the same source of Freemasonry, and originally had the same work, we find variations, showing that mouth-to-ear instruction, no matter how secret it may be, is not wholly an accurate way of transmitting words. Do you, Brother Inner Guard, vouch that he is properly prepared? The two parallel lines which in modern Masonry represent the two holy Sts. The candidate is now ready to approach the portal of the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Much the same idea as the labyrinth, it portrays the path of initiation as that of a journey. Members are called craftsmen because they are workmen.
The symbol is found in India in which land of mystery and mysticism its antiquity is beyond calculation. Now, κυων, a dog, or evil worker, is the masonic cowan. Worshipful Master - to Candidate You are now enabled to discover the three lesser lights; they are situated East, South and West, and are meant to represent the Sun, Moon and Master of the Lodge; the Sun to rule the day, the Moon to govern the night, and the Master to rule and direct his Lodge. This then we do in confirmation of a token, and as a pledge of our fidelity; thereby signifying that we will renounce our own will in all things, and become obedient to the laws of our ancient institution. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same. Senior Warden - gives grip after Junior Deacon has adjusted Candidate's right thumb and retains grip throughout the whole of the colloquy - What is this? A listening ear teaches me to listen to the instructions of the Worshipful Master, but more especially to the cries of a worthy distressed brother.