Wages of a Fellowcraft

For some time I have wondered what is intended by the words of the Senior Warden in the closing of the Lodge (Emulation Ritual) when, being asked by the Worshipful Master as to his place in the Lodge, he responds, (in part) “to close the Lodge, by command of the WM after having seen that every Brother has had his due “ To my mind, I immediately Continue reading

Fellowcraft Working Tools

Fraternal Greetings Brethren In preparing this month's edition I have been grappling with the length of the paper I have chosen to share with you, feeling it was rather long , however, I have come to the conclusion that to split it would lessen it's message and impact on each and every one of us.  As such, it is now presented in its entirety. THE Continue reading

The Evergreen & the Campfire

 The Evergreen Courtesy of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba The Evergreen, which once marked the temporary resting place of one illustrious in Masonic history, is an emblem of our abiding faith in the immortality of the soul. By it, we are reminded of our high and glorious destiny in our Father’s Kingdom; and that there dwells within each of us an Continue reading

Ritual Things we say & Mandela

Ritual Things we Say!! There are a great number of things we SAY in our Rituals, and in and about Freemasonry, that seem to mean many different things to many different people, and in fact may even have been heard once or twice and never thought of again. With this thought in mind I have decided to tackle some of these words and phrases and with your Continue reading

A Morning Prayer

Starting off your day,  A Morning Prayer This little gem comes from V.W.Bro.Doug Sowden Past Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of BC&Yukon. A few years ago, my wife gave me a paper with a prayer on it. I’ve kept it pinned to my office notice board, now I’d like to share it with you. You may have seen it before, but I believe the message bears Continue reading

24 Inch Guage

The 24 Inch Gauge The first implement placed in the hands of a new apprentice, we are told, is the 24” Gauge, or as we should nowadays say, the two-foot rule: that common implement in the hip pocket of every working artisan. It’s purpose, we are taught is, to ascertain the extent of the work in which we are about to engage, and to compute the time and Continue reading

Morality & A Mason’s Portrait

Morality In preparing to write this paper, I have been giving much thought, and research, to the particular section of the Entered Apprentice Tracing Board which this paper is intended to clarify. I must admit I have heard the delivery of this section numerous times, however, it has always seemed difficult for me to totally understand. In Continue reading

Serpent Clasp on Aprons

What could be the Significance of the Serpent on the Clasp of many Masonic Aprons? The use of a serpent or snake-like hook to fasten our Masonic Aprons is an intriguing practice. Although the serpent is despised by more people than any other creature on earth, it is one of the oldest, and most venerated, of symbols. Even though the snake or serpent Continue reading

Why the North East Corner & Human Relations

Fraternal Greetings Brethren. WHY THE NORTH EAST CORNER ? It has often been asked WHY the candidate is placed in the N.E. Corner of the Lodge and there presented with what is commonly referred to as the Charity Lecture. My research has lead me to the information related below which was published in the Masonic Light, Quebec, in December Continue reading