Ellis Island – The Golden Door

ELLIS ISLAND

It is not a name that one normally associates with the Ancient and Accepted Order of Freemasons.  Yet in the last few months, after repeated visits to the island, I have come to see this historic immigration facility as one of the most Masonic structures on the planet.It is not a feeling that can be easily explained.  Free Masonry after all, was a respected institution in America long before Ellis was built-long before this country even was a country (The Free Masons have been in existence for longer than many of the world’s nations for that matter).  And(...)

Where Parallel Lines Intersect

"But in modern times they are dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, who were eminent patrons of Masonry; and since their time there is represented in every regular and well governed Lodge a certain Point within a circle; the Point representing an individual Brother; the Circle representing the boundary which he is never to suffer his passions, prejudices or interests, to betray him on any occasion.  This Circle is embroidered by two perpendicular parallel lines, representing St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, who are perfect parallels in Christianity as well as Masonry. (...)

Amos What Seest Thou?

In all the Lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana (and many other Grand Jurisdictions) the Volume of the Sacred Law should be open at the Seventh Chapter of Amos in the Fellowcraft Degree. Why do we do this? This practice is not universal, but ours has the sanctity of long use and the sacredness of the familiar. Also, since one of the working tools of a Fellowcraft Mason is the Plumb, it is appropriate to open the Bible at the story about the plumb line of the Lord.   What do we really know about(...)

Blue Lodge Masonry

Freemasonry as we know it today came into being in the early 1700’s, when the first Grand Lodge of England was formed. Masonry prior to that time was a guild or union of stoneworkers, who practiced their trade throughout England and Europe, and were responsible for the beautiful cathedrals and public buildings throughout the continent. Whole masonic families lived and died during the construction of each of those buildings, some of which took over a century to build. The term “Freemason” arose because these builders were not bound to a single Lord, Earl, Duke, or King, but instead worked under a(...)

Take Me as I Take You

By Harold Grainger, W.M. King Solomon Lodge No. 31, F,A.A.M. Washington, D.C.

Let us talk about hands, and their importance to man and Masons. A man’s hands are often a true indication of the crafts and skills of their owner. Long tapered fingers are found on an artist or a musician. Big expansive hands are found on a blacksmith or a metalsmith. There are those who believe that the past and the future can be read in the skin folds of the palm of the hand. Inasmuch as the feet have just as many lines, if not more, it gives us cause(...)