| Master's Message —
“Do we know our Masonic ritual?” By this, I do not mean that we know the lines of text laid out in our Masonic ritual. By this, I mean do we understand the messages that are intended to be conveyed within these words. My brethren, the ritual of Freemasonry is not just merely words on a page. It contains many and inestimable messages for us to live by to become enlightened men. Hence, we must ask ourselves the following when studying the ritual, “Why am I studying this?... is it just to learn the order of words on a page, so that I may exhibit my memorization prowess? Or is it much more than that, so that I may truly understand and receive the messages contained within? For, it is the messages contained within ritual that has given Freemasonry life since its beginning.
"A peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.” Masonry's ritual is a key by which to read the symbols. If you are lazy, Masonry safeguards herself by requiring effort of you. The winding tortuous road of knowledge is difficult; Masonry's wisdom is only for those with the stamina, will and perseverance to pursue her secrets through her symbols into the broad light of understanding.
So my Brethren, the most important thing to seek is the messages contained within the words that is intended to be conveyed. It is the messages that enlighten our minds and have the power to make us better men.
|Cordially & Fraternally,
|Worshipful Master, 2019
by Bro. Carl W. Mason
A Mason's hand is a hand that helps,
That lifts the fallen one,
That comes, in need, with a kindly deed
To him whose strength is gone.
A Mason's heart is a heart that loves
The best that is good and true
He stands the friend, his best to lend,
Under his banner blue.
A Mason's eye is an eye that smiles
And his a cheering voice;
He spreads the light, dispels the night
And makes the world rejoice.
Over the earth in stranger lands,
Where distant peoples dwell,
The eye, the grip, the life, the lip,
Of love unchanging tell.
George Washington’s Rules of Civility and
Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation