In this final installment of the Faith Hope and Charity series, we consider the symbolism of charity, or perhaps better called love. It is this attribute that allows the fraternity to "find in every clime a brother, and in every land a home," the subtext of which Mackey defines in his text from his … [Read more...] about Charity in Freemasonry
In this installment of the Symbols and Symbolism of Freemasonry, we examine the text of Albert Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry on the symbolism of Hope. Much derided, today, hope is one of those indispensable utilities that carries many of us over the final miles of a trying journey through … [Read more...] about Hope in Freemasonry
In this installment of the Symbols and Symbolism of Freemasonry, we consider a reading of Albert Mackey's text on the subject of Faith as it pertains to Freemasonry. Distilled to a single word, Mackey gets to the essence of what that faith means in the fraternity and why it is so critical to the … [Read more...] about Faith in Freemasonry
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?
Freemasonry is grounded in three specific virtues which are at the core of Masonic teachings. Are these virtues really at the core of the Masonic connection to faith, religion and the divine? These three virtues are the foundations upon which Freemasonry is built. Brotherly Love as directed … [Read more...] about Why Brotherly Love Relief and Truth in Freemasonry?
A common connection with Freemasonry is that it is a patriotic organization. While it suggests certain attributes of patriotism, the multi-national spread of the fraternity would suggest something other than a direct form of nationalistic adherence. So then, is Freemasonry a patriotic … [Read more...] about Is Freemasonry a Patriotic Body?
In this episode we look at the definition of what the masonic apron represents. Of the many emblems of Freemasonry, none is more iconic that the lambskin apron. Alien outside of the lodge, under the tiled lodge it represents the totality of what it means to be a Mason. It’s said to be more noble … [Read more...] about The Masonic Apron | Symbols and Symbolism
What is Freemasonry hiding? Is there some great mystery at work in the secret workings of the Masonic Lodge? Why are Freemasons so Secretive? Many masons will not answer questions about the fraternity as they believe it is supposed to be a secret. In the end this becomes a loss for the fraternity … [Read more...] about Why Are Freemason’s Secretive?
In this installment of Symbols & Symbolism we look at a reading from Albert G. Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry on the meanings behind Clandestine, Clandestine Lodge and a Clandestine Freemason. The video, deals with the first two subjects, the third is a subject of much contention … [Read more...] about Clandestine Masons and Clandestine Freemasonry
In this installment of Symbols & Symbolism, we look at a reading from Albert G. Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, on the Ashlar - a symbol familiar to every individual made a mason. More installments are available here under Symbols & Symbolism, and on YouTube. "Freestone as it … [Read more...] about The Ashlar