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The Tiler

Many new Brethren ask what the functionality of the Tiler is in a Masonic Lodge.  Why is there (often) a veteran of the Lodge standing guard at the door armed with a medieval weapon?  The sword is certainly symbolic as well as functional in steadfastly guarding the craft at work. His Jewel is the Sword, […]

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The Templar Tradition Yesterday and Today

We present for your further summer reading this in depth article about the Templar traditions and how they arc from the past to the present.  The arguments for Masonic foundations being firmly laid by the Order of the Knights Templar in antiquity are numerous.  In the previous articles in our summer series on Masonic history […]

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The Mother Grand Lodge Pt. III

FEBRUARY 1929 THE MOTHER GRAND LODGE III   There is a reason for everything, even for a superstition, if we seek far enough to find it. There was a reason, both in the spirit of the age and the state of the Craft, for the “revival” of Masonry in 1717.  It was the fad of the day to form […]

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The Mother Grand Lodge Pt. II

JANUARY 1929 THE MOTHER GRAND LODGE II   Of “the few Lodges at London,” as the record puts it, who constituted themselves a Grand Lodge in 1717, only four are named.  If other lodges were invited, it may be surmised that they either had not been notified of the purpose of the meeting, or if so that they had […]

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The Mother Grand Lodge Pt. I

This summer stay cool with some important Masonic history. Before we come back to light this website will feature a series of articles dealing with our storied history. First up will be a short talk bulletin presented by the Masonic Service Assn. in 1928. We will learn about the early days of organized Masonry at […]

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Freemasonry and the Modern Collegia

FREEMASONRY AND THE ROMAN COLLEGIA Freemasonry and the Roman Collegia | Chapters of Masonic History by Bro. H.L. HAYWOOD The Builder Magazine, June 1923 – PS Review of Freemasonry The origin of modern Freemasonry has been traced by means of documents and other historical records to guilds of builders in the Middle Ages. These guilds […]

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Chamber of Reflection

                    The Chamber of Reflection is one of Freemasonry’s most alluring, provoking, and truly esoteric of symbols. From simple to more complex variations on the theme, the Chamber of Reflection forces each candidate to recognize that they are mortal, and from this moment forward, a new life awaits them, […]

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The Early Lodges

The historical path backwards to the formation of Freemasonry is like the roots of an ancient tree.  They extend deep downwards from that solid trunk in many directions.  While we can argue various aspects of our origin from the elite Crusading knightly order the Knights Templar to guilds of expert artisan stone working philosophers,  the truth […]

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The Irish in Freemasonry

THE IRISH CONNECTION By R.W. Bro. Michael W. Walker Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Ireland This Short Talk Bulletin has been adapted from remarks given at the 200th Anniversary of Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.  We thank R.W. Bro. Walker for permitting us to share them with us and the rest of our American Brethren. The Grand […]

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Origins of the Order

Freemasons, Born in Blood. Reprinted and edited from the Summer ’91 edition of the Missouri “The Freemason” By John C. Allen Past Master, Pleasant Grove Lodge #42 Otterville, MO.   In the summer issue of this year’s “The Freemason” appeared a review by Zel Eaton of the book Born in Blood, by John J. Robinson. […]

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The Shriners Hospitals for Children

“While we have spent money for songs and spent money for bands, it is time for the Shriners to spend money for humanity. I want to see this thing started. Let us get rid of all the technical objections. And if there is a Shriner in North America who objects to having paid the two […]

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Modes of Recognition

Brethren, I hope this finds you all still enjoying this beautiful if not muggy and record breaking hot summer.  It won’t be long now until the cooler weather is returning and with it our Lodge activities for autumn.  Last month I presented an article about the Signs of Recognition which dealt with the subject of […]

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Signs of Recognition

I hope you are all enjoying this hot summer, Brothers.  Cool off for a second and sit down to read a little bit about our signs of recognition.  Now, again this discussion is about the Masonic signs of recognition, which is not to be confused with our modes of recognition, which I will discuss next […]

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