What makes something a “ritual?” Is it an evil connotation? Is it something sinister? Why then is Freemasonry considered a ritual practice? How could something so full of moral virtues practice something ritualistic? The use of the word ritual is described as the regular practice of the same … [Read more...] about Why is Freemasonry a Ritual Practice?
Some thoughts on how to promote citizenship in America. In the Masonic world, we recently observed "Citizenship Month" here in Florida. Because of this, I was asked to give a talk on the subject for a local Lodge. Drawing upon a couple of my past columns, I assembled the following short talk: My … [Read more...] about My Talk on Citizenship
They are known as The Knights of The Masonic Roundtable or simply as The Masonic Roundtable. They are five innovative, hard working, and extremely nice Masons who got together in 2014 to spread Masonic light around the world via their weekly show. Phoenixmasonry (and Freemason Information) is … [Read more...] about The Knights of the Masonic Roundtable Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before: An In-Depth Interview
In this edition of Symbols and Symbolism, we look at a reading from Albert G. Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry on the subject of Esoteric Masonry. More installments of Symbols & Symbolism are available here and on YouTube. That secret portion of Masonry which is known only to the … [Read more...] about Esoteric Freemasonry
BRYCE ON FREEMASONRY Who is the Better Mason? The individual or a Lodge officer? I have been wrestling with a conundrum lately regarding Freemasonry: Who is the better Mason, the person who is properly initiated, passed and raised a Master Mason and disappears shortly thereafter, or the Mason who … [Read more...] about Who is the Better Mason?
Prince Hall Freemasonry, traditionally called "Black" Freemasonry by some, is of direct lineage from the Grand Lodge of England (1717). The Lodge that Prince Hall and the 14 others were made a Mason in was Lodge No. 441under the Irish Constitution. 1784 is the year that Bro. Hall requested and … [Read more...] about Amity or Recognition
William J Morris, in his Pocket Lexicon of Freemasonry, defines the All Seeing Eye as "an emblem found in every well-furnished lodge, and which is unnecessary further to explain." Yet, further explanation is necessary to detail the Eye of Providence that is so much in the parlance of the Masonic … [Read more...] about The All Seeing Eye as Omnipresent Deity
A Grand Session in Prince Hall is a very special, interesting and motivating experience especially when the female Orders meet at the same time. Texas is no exception where Eastern Star and the Heroines of Jericho meet simultaneously separately but attend the luncheons, social events, banquets and … [Read more...] about A History Making Grand Session
Recently, I asked the members of The Euphrates' mailing list to send me any subjects that they would like me to cover in my articles. I received a number of great ideas and am going to work my way through them over the next few months. This week, I'm going to cover a subject that really captured my … [Read more...] about The Lodge as a Sanctum Sanctorum
Any Freemason that has taken a moment to delve into the history of Freemasonry, has undoubtedly discovered a legendary history of the order. Typically these histories will include an account of the fraternity as carried down from Adam through the building of King Solomon's Temple and practiced by … [Read more...] about Freemasonry’s Epic History