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The Knights Templar and the History of the Craft

Most historians once agreed that Freemasonry, in its current form, probably developed as an adjunct from medieval stonemasons through the ages leading up to the Operative Stone Masons Guilds.  Just how or when the transition took place from Operative Guild Free-Stone Masonry to Speculative intellectual Freemasonry (using stonemasons tools, clothing and customs as allegorical aids to teach their […]

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History of the Order of the Eastern Star

The history of the Order of the Eastern Star is divided into three Eras: 1. The First Era extended from 1850 to 1866, under the leadership of Dr. Rob Morris, Poet Laureate of Masonry. 2. The Second Era extended from 1866 to 1876, under the leadership of Robert Macoy of New York. 3. The Third […]

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Give em’ the Third Degree!

Give em’ the Third Degree!

Brothers, After we conduct a degree it is common for us to give a pat on the back and say good job to those who participated and to welcome the new brothers with a hearty hand shake. This last degree has sparked a different feeling in me that I thought I would share. Our ancient […]

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The Craft in Jamaica

A Visitor’s View by GM Smith Freemasonry is deeply entrenched in Jamaican society, enjoying support and patronage at every level. A spry 85 year old Jamaican Grand Officer sees his role in life as one of awe; to “advise, warn, encourage.” The ‘ancient’ is Jamaica’s Governor General, His Excellency Sir Howard Cooke. Prominent too among […]

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