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"THE PIGEON DEGREE"

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 27, 2009 at 9:16 AM Comments comments (0)

 

This article was published in The Grand Lodge Florida Mason magazine, 2003.

Special thanks to W:. John Garnder.

 

MASONIC EDUCATION, OPINIONS & POETRY.

NOVEMBER 2003 THE FLORIDA MASON

"THE PIGEON DEGREE"

This is a true Masonic story of what happened at one Masonic Blue Lodge.

A few years ago, the Lodge was having trouble with flocks of pigeons roosting on their roof.

These pigeons caused the worst smell ...

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What Fortitude Achieves*

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 25, 2009 at 8:27 PM Comments comments (0)

What Fortitude Achieves*

 

An EA candidate must decide by his own free will to enter the Lodge through a door. After entering, fortitude is associated with the first point of our entrance. Fortitude teaches Masons to have the strength of heart and mind to persevere in all noble endeavors.

 

Fortitude is an earnest enthusiasm that is disciplined by reason and ennobled by sincerity. It is a dynamic quality that is essential for all great achievement. Men with f...

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THE TWELVE ORIGINAL POINTS OF MASONRY

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 25, 2009 at 8:16 PM Comments comments (0)

THE TWELVE POINTS WERE BASED UPON THE 12 SONS OF JACOB, AND SYMBOLIZED

THE PATH OF THE CANDIDATE THROUGH HIS FIRST DEGREE.

 

1. OPENING OF THE LODGE:

REFERS TO THE TRIBE OF REUBEN, THE FIRST BORN OF JACOB - THE

BEGINNING OF HIS STRENGTH. WITHOUT THE OPENING, THERE WOULD

BE NO LODGE.

 

2. PREPARATION OF THE CANDIDATE:

WAS TO SYMBOLIZE THE TRIBE OF SIMEON, BECAUSE SIMEON PREPARED

THE INSTRUMENTS FOR SLAUGHTER OF THE SHEMITES...

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The Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 22, 2009 at 9:12 AM Comments comments (2)

 By Brother Red Skelton 33. January 14, 1969

?When I was a small boy in Vincennes, Indiana, I heard, I think, one of the most outstanding speeches I ever heard in my life. I think it compares with the Sermon on the Mount, Lincoln?s Gettysburg Address, and Socrates? Speech to the Students.

 

We had just finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and he called us all together, and he says, ?Uh, boys and girls, I have been listening to you recite the Pledge of...

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The Skirret, a Masonic Working Tool

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM Comments comments (0)

A skirret is a line of cord on a reel.  At the loose end of the cord is a stake. 

 

Within Freemasonry, it is used symbolically to create a straight and undeviating line of conduct.  The spool of cord resides on a cord holder which freely rotates on a center pin.  We might commonly see this tool used by a gardener in which to create straight rows of crops.   The rotating cord holder reels out the cord which is stretched tightly.  In this wa...

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Women Freemasons.

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 15, 2009 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (2)

There are two groups of Women Freemasons.  There are Co-Masonry lodges, which admit both men and women and there are Women Freemason lodges which admit only women.

 

The members of Co-Masonry lodges and Women Freemason lodges take Freemasonry just as seriously as their all male counterparts.  Ascending the chairs is a much slower process than in American Freemasonry, as much study and a high degree of proficiency is required.

 

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Prince Hall Masonry

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 8, 2009 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Historically, the regular (mainstream) Grand Lodges did not recognize the lodges under the "Prince Hall" Grand Lodges.  The Prince Hall Masonic Lodge descends from a lodge of Black Freemasons in Boston begun by a Black man by the name of Prince Hall. 

 

Prince Hall Free Masonry began during the War of Independence, when Prince Hall and fourteen other free black men were initiated into Lodge # 441, Irish Constitution, att...

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Ancient Free and Accepted Masons versus Free and Accepted Masons

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 8, 2009 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

From 1751 to 1813, there were actually 2 Grand Lodges in England.  The difference in AF&AM vs F&AM states goes back to a disagreement between these 2 Grand Lodges in London at that time. 

 

One group was called the "Moderns", but was actually the older of the 2 English Grand Lodges.  The other group was called the "Antients", which became the "Ancients" in AF&AM.

Due to this disagreement, the 2 ...

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THE FIVE POINTS SYMBOLISM

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 8, 2009 at 9:42 AM Comments comments (0)

By BRO. N. A. McAULAY (From The Builder, Anamosa, Iowa, October, 1916)

 

Foot to foot that we may go,

Where our help we can bestow:

Pointing out the better way,

Lest our brothers go astray.

Thus our steps should always lead

To the souls that are in need.

 

Knee to knee, that we may share

Every brother's needs in prayer:

Giving all his wants a place,

When we seek the throne of grace.

In our thoug...

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Audie Murphy & Masonry.

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 3, 2009 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Harold B. Simpson quotes the Encyclopedia Britanica, in his out-of-print book AUDIE MURPHY, AMERICAN SOLDIER, when he describes Freemasonry as a:

"... fraternity to which men called Freemasons belong . . . . It is secret insofar as it has rituals and other matters which those admitted take an oath never to divulge. Its meeting places, however, are prominently identified and its governing bodies publish annual proceedings, while its membership is a matter...
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