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Perry Calcagno, Worshipful Master

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The Masonic Altar

The Masonic altar, within the Masonic Lodge, upon which the Bible rests, is a symbol of our place of connecting with God. However, in ancient times, they were a place of sacrifice, atonement and connecting with God. Today, as then, each of us must sacrifice ourselves up to the God, atone for our sins and only then, may we connect with Him. Altars are usually found in sacred places such as shrines, temples and churches.

All major religions have altars. Even the pagans built altars to their gods. Historically, an altar is an elevated place, pedestal or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered. Both the Altar and its utensils were considered to be sacred, and the priests had to vest and wash their hands before touching them. The Masonic altar within the Masonic Lodge represents the sanctity of the Altar of Incense within the Holy of Holies (Sanctum Sanctorum) in King Solomon's temple.

The scriptures in the Holy books tell us that each of the men had to erect an altar to God. God commanded that each of them build an altar unto Him and in many places in the scriptures, He specified the exact material, size and even the material which the tools were made of that they should or should not use in its building.

Their search to reach God on a spiritual level, even though they did not possess a Masonic altar, is the same quest in which Freemasons are in search of being pleasing in God's eyes and therefore, to receive His blessings.

While Masonic ritual is different from Church teachings, (just as each Church or Temple's teachings are different from one another), the desire to receive God's blessings is universal. Like each of our ancient forefathers before us, our Masonic altar is symbolic of our search to connect with God.

Cordially & Fraternally,
Perry A. Calcagno
Worshipful Master, 2017


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