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Brief introduction for new members

Brief introduction for new members

As a point of departure and a brief introduction to our new member, let us look at him as he progresses through the various ceremonies involved in becoming a Freemason. During the course of his initiation, he was admonished to consider the volume of the sacred law an unerring standard of truth and justice and to regulate his life by the divine precepts which it contains. As a citizen, he was advised to be exemplary in his civil duties and as an individual, the practice of every domestic and social virtue was recommended to him, as a model for him to follow. What then should we expect to see in a man who by his own admission sought membership in our order because of a general desire for knowledge and a sincere with to render himself more serviceable to his fellow creatures? Many characteristics could be considered, since it is clear that we expect him to exhibit all possible virtues. The list could be so long as to become tedious and it is difficult to know wherein to begin or to end. When I have finished,

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District Honours

District Honours

Earning your colours/honours:

October is traditionally the month that the District Grand Lodge of South Africa North, will be awarding select District honours to past masters and promotions to current District officers, whether active and past rank, for their respective Lodges. This is definitely a joyous and defining moment for the past masters as Freemasons. Congratulations to all who will be receiving District honours, active or past, first or the highest. Congratulations, also goes out our Brethren in the District who received Grand Rank earlier this year.

The earning or awarding of honours must be seen as justifiable to the individual, beneficial to the District, and honourable to Freemasonry. Significantly, most importantly and individually, the recipient of the honours should, assist his Lodge, be beneficial to the District, and above all, be a good ambassador for Freemasonry. It is not rank or fortune that defines you, but your honour and virtue.

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There's More to Ritual than a Book

THE CORNERSTONE SOCIETY

“THERE’S MORE TO RITUAL THAN A BOOK”

The Cornerstone Society Northern Conference, Salford Greater Manchester
10th November 2007
Martin Roche ©

‘The Beauties of true Godliness’: the word that stood out to me immediately more than any other, was ‘true’, implying that below the simple and superficial there was an inner meaning, a depth that needed to be explored in which could be found the genuine value, the real worth. Next came an examination of the word Godliness. In many references I examined, an interesting and surprising common denominator was the word ‘contentment’. ‘True contentment’ suggests to me a balance, an exploration that comes from seeking the hidden meaning and import and above all else, a satisfaction and an understanding that not only is found in the destination but also the journey.

Therefore, before finding what lies beneath, the basics have to be grasped and weighed; the analogy of learning to walk before running springs to mind.

In masonry, we introduce (in theory) the candidate to the basics of our gentle art and through a series of ceremonies and lectures, gradually move from the known to the unknown, from the simple to the complex  ... that’s the theory anyhow, but the practice to the Masonically uneducated, is far from that straightfor ward, that simplistic.

So, the root of true contentment has many different facets of which knowledge is a constant. But hand - in - hand with that must come understanding and the structure that the new mason builds to wards enlightenment is hewn from the quarry of ritual – ritual which must also have a foundation constructed from ‘understanding’ if those inner strengths are to be found and its resultant beauties revealed. And this is the starting point and basis of my lecture. During it I will touch on what I consider are several vital supporting issues that I feel, all add to the understanding of ritual and a masons place within it. I will explore the precursor to learning ritual, the contributory aspects, administrative practices we have developed and simple bad habits which must be addressed to ensure sustainable enjoyment, sustainable membership. Some may seem in isolation unrelated and may equally be judged in the greater picture of masonry as insignificant or obvious. However, I would contest that tackling them will contribute to that beauty masonry clearly possesses being accessible and discoverable to all; a beauty which is so often obscured from view because of a lack of understanding of our art and each other. I hope that I can demonstrate that in identifying the issues that surround, support and on occasion obscure the study and learning of ritual, I can illustrate that the issues are as many as are the solutions and that we can all contribute something towards it without having to change what we are, what we believe and most importantly, what we say in our ceremonies. The starting point is understanding that there is more to ritual than a book.

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The Hiramic Legend

THE HIRAMIC LEGEND

Presentation to The
Lyceum Lodge of
Research June 2013
Philip Heydenrych

INTRODUCTION

1. I have, on many occasions heard it said, and read it from as many sources, many of them senior representatives of the Craft, that the Legend of Hiram the builder is just that, a legend and allegory – nothing more, and does not relate to any person or historical event.

2. In trying to understand this viewpoint, and at the same time trying to understand the legend, I had to stop many times, and on each reflection had to scrap what I had written and restart this journey. Just as I thought on numerous occasions that I had finally come to understand the legend, I found out as many times that I had yet to begin to understand, and so had to re-write this introduction more than four times.

3. To try to make sense of all the divergent points of view, I had to crystallise what I was seeking to find, and condense it into a series of questions:
a. Was there a person such as Hiram Abiff?
b. If so, who was he?
c. Why the central Masonic theme is based on this figure, or is it at all?
d. Is the Hiramic Legend purely the figment of someone’s fertile imagination, or is there some kind of historical basis to it?
e. Was there a Temple?
f. If so, what was its nature?
g. Who built it?
h. Was there a King Solomon?
i. Was there a Hiram King of Tyre?
j. Is this legend the story of Hiram King of Tyre, Hiram Abiff, Solomon king of Israel and a Temple?
k. What is the relationship between these four elements?
l. Fact or fiction, what does it all mean?

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The Cornerstone Society, Whither Directing our Course?

THE CORNERSTONE SOCIETY
www.cornerstonesociety.com

WHITHER DIRECTING OUR COURSE?
Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton

I start with the disclaimer that the views in this paper are my own and not necessarily those of Grand Lodge. As Pro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, and therefore the most senior representative of the Grand Master, I am conscious that one of my responsibilities is to try and steer the Craft during my tenure of office in a direction which I hope will be beneficial for its future - hence the title of this paper. I begin with the premise that with nearly three hundred years of experience under our belt we must be doing something right, so why should freemasonry in, say, twenty five years be any different from the model we have today. Well we may be by far the biggest Grand Lodge in the world with a membership of 272,000 individuals spread over the four quarters of the globe, but something is wrong with Anglo Saxon freemasonry. Having said that, I know an enormous amount of effort has been invested in our future both in London, our Provinces and Districts, and many brethren are working hard to recruit, retrieve and retain our members with various schemes designed for that purpose. But the overall picture is not a satisfactory one as the following figures will show.

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First Degree or Ceremony of Initiation “Walk Through Working"

FIRST DEGREE
OR
CEREMONY OF INITIATION
“WALK THROUGH WORKING”


BY TRANSVAAL DISTRICT GRAND STEWARDS LODGE NO: 8192 EC

Orator 1:
This walk through demonstration working is not intended as a standalone reference. “It is intended as a supplement to the Emulation Ritual. For many the Emulation Ritual is quite clear and is exhaustive in its laid down procedures and descriptions of the Emulation working. In many instances where, despite what might be thought to be a clear description in the ritual’s rubric, brethren quite commonly fail to carry out the work in accordance with exact Emulation working. It should not be forgotten, this actually preserves, as far as possible, the only Craft ritual that has ever been formally approved by the Grand Lodge.” by VWorBro Graeme Redman PGSwdB, Assistant Grand Secretary. (Emulation Working Today) 2007
The success of an evening starts long before the brethren are summoned to the Lodge to conduct an Initiation ceremony.This is however a walk through demonstration working and much of what should be done prior to the meeting can be left for a workshop at a future period.

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