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Mission: To keep members of the Masonic Fraternity informed concerning Masonic Functions and to provide a forum for open discussion concerning Masonic issues

Texas MasoniCon
02/10/2020

Texas MasoniCon

Up and at 'em! Early bird gets the worm.

Quick and easy meals, "Shortcuts for Stewards" Cookbook coming out soon.
02/08/2020

Quick and easy meals, "Shortcuts for Stewards" Cookbook coming out soon.

02/07/2020
Jim Dent, author of Twelve Mighty Orphans

Jim Dent, author of Twelve Mighty Orphans

Mr. Dent spoke to a public gathering about Twelve Mighty Orphans, our 2012-2013 Read Through the Valley book selection, as well as about his other books.

El Paso Lodge # 130 AF & AM
02/07/2020

El Paso Lodge # 130 AF & AM

O.T. Bassett Tower built by Charles N. Bassett in honor of his father. Both Oscar and Charles were masons and belonged to El Paso Lodge # 130 A.F. & A.M.

O.T. Bassett made his fortune in the lumber business. He owned property extending from Texas, Oklahoma, and Los Angeles. Trivially, Bassett, California is named in his honor.

The building stood 196 feet tall and was built by the architectural firm Trost & Trost (Also members of El Paso Lodge # 130 A.F. & A.M.) This skyscraper was Henry Trost’s last commission. Consequently, the building finished its completion in the 1930s. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

(Photo Source/Credit: El Paso Lodge # 130 Archives)
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#trostandtrost #elpaso #masons #grandlodgeoftexas #masonry #bassett #faith #hope #charity

02/04/2020
Jamie Janover

Jamie Janover

"The Golden Key": Phi - 1:1.618 - the Golden Ratio is the ratio the universe uses to multiply and divide itself at all scales...

Video by Jonathan Quintin Sacred Geometry For You

Washington Potomac Chapter No. 8
01/29/2020

Washington Potomac Chapter No. 8

Between 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons were executed because they were Freemasons, plus Masonic membership was banned, lodges were closed, and lodge property and assets were seized, all by the German Nazis and those blindly supporting Nazi goals in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.

The exact number of Masonic victims is uncertain because many Masons also fell into other categories of persons persecuted by the German Nazis, especially Jews. Freemasons were grouped in the category of political dissidents, and wore a red triangle in the concentration camps. By the end of the German Nazi regime some 11 million people, mostly Jews, had fallen victim to the German Nazi propaganda and insanity, and were executed.

On this International Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember all those innocents who were murdered in the name of the cancerous and misguided politics and hatred of the Nazi Party.

Want to become a Knight Templar?
01/28/2020

Want to become a Knight Templar?

Tuesday, January 28th. Big Country Chapter and Council Monthly Meeting tonight 7:30 at the Stamford York Rite Center. We...
01/28/2020

Tuesday, January 28th. Big Country Chapter and Council Monthly Meeting tonight 7:30 at the Stamford York Rite Center. We will be practicing the Past Masters Degree for Wardens and Masters to be conferred at John Sayles Lodge in February. Please bring your red Chapter Book. It is our goal to have the parts memorized for the degree. This will be our only practice in Stamford. Thanks you! Rick Trogdon - for our Most Excellent High Priest Jonathan Carroll.

Viroqua Freemasons La Belle
01/27/2020

Viroqua Freemasons La Belle

On this 27th day of January , we remember the 80,000 Freemasons that lost their lives at the hands of Hitlers Nazi Army during the Holocaust. May they continue to rest in peace. /G\
SMIB

Don't miss this opportunity to receive "More light in Masonry". If you would like to join the Scottish Rite we hope you ...
01/25/2020

Don't miss this opportunity to receive "More light in Masonry". If you would like to join the Scottish Rite we hope you will join us in Ballinger for the "One Day" Reunion on March 14th and become a 32° Mason. If you are already a member come out and have some great food and sublime fellowship.

01/25/2020
Lawn Lodge 1230Congratulations to our newest Master Mason, Chris Gutierrez. The Brothers conferred a superb candlelight ...
01/25/2020

Lawn Lodge 1230
Congratulations to our newest Master Mason, Chris Gutierrez. The Brothers conferred a superb candlelight degree. It was beautiful, very dignified, reverent and most impressive. Thanks to all the Brothers who came out to Lawn this evening. Our visitors were Chuck Roach, W.M. Merkel 710. Al Woody, P.M. Abilene, 559, John Armistead, P.M. Abilene 559, Mike Daughtry, W.M. Concho 1260, Mitt Chorn, Abilene 559. We look forward to seeing you dedicated Brothers again soon.

How Freemasonry Makes Men and Society Better
01/22/2020
How Freemasonry Makes Men and Society Better

How Freemasonry Makes Men and Society Better

There are lots of conspiracy myths (theories) concerning the danger caused by the Freemasons to the society, many histories usually overlooked both the minor and major contributions of the Freemasons to mankind. For centuries, millions of members have been included by the Masonic Brotherhood and the...

Lawn Lodge 1230 Stated Meeting Tuesday, Jan 21, 8:00 p.m. Meal at 7:00 p.m. Pot Roast with vegetables, mashed potatoes, ...
01/21/2020

Lawn Lodge 1230 Stated Meeting Tuesday, Jan 21, 8:00 p.m. Meal at 7:00 p.m. Pot Roast with vegetables, mashed potatoes, rolls, dessert and tea. ($10.00)
Called Meeting Friday, Jan 24 7:30 p.m. for a Fellowcraft Proficiency Examination and "Candlelight" Master's Degree conferral (hopefully). Light meal at 7:00 p.m. (free for visitors)

There's a lesson in here somewhere...
01/20/2020

There's a lesson in here somewhere...

01/06/2020

Sad in West Texas. One of the finest Masons to ever serve the Grand Lodge of Texas.

To all Texas Freemasons:

It is my duty to inform you that Right Worshipful Orville Lee O’Neill has submitted his written resignation as Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Texas. The Grand Master and Grand Trustees have regretfully accepted his resignation.

Pursuant to Art. 23 of the laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Grand Master Terry W. Stogner has appointed and the Grand Trustees have ratified the appointment of Allan Lazor, a Past Master of Temple Lodge No. 4 in Houston, Texas, as Acting Grand Secretary to fulfill such office until the installation of officers at the 2020 Grand Annual Communication. The Grand Lodge of Texas sincerely thanks Right Worshipful O’Neill for his years of steadfast and dedicated service to this Grand Lodge. He has truly been a beacon of light to the Masons of Texas. Please join us in praying for him in his future endeavors.

In Your Service,

Terry W. Stogner

Grand Master of Masons in Texas

Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
12/28/2019

Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts

Most Worshipful Richard Maggio has just been installed as our 90th Grand Master.

Maggio belongs to William Parkman Lodge in Woburn, MA.

He begins the first of three terms as Grand Master in the presence of hundreds of friends and brothers from all over the world.

Alamo Masonic Lodge #44, AF & AM
12/28/2019

Alamo Masonic Lodge #44, AF & AM

Americans For Freemasonry
12/28/2019

Americans For Freemasonry

Alamo Masonic Lodge #44, AF & AM
12/28/2019

Alamo Masonic Lodge #44, AF & AM

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F & AM
12/27/2019

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F & AM

Congratulations to Brother Thomas Gamon, IV, who has been installed as the new Right Worshipful Grand Master of The Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging.
https://pagrandlodge.org/masonic-leadership/grandmaster/

EMPATHY is the most important leadership skill needed today!
12/18/2019
EMPATHY is the most important leadership skill needed today!

EMPATHY is the most important leadership skill needed today!

In this digital age, there is a big disconnect between leaders and the people they lead. Many managers think they are doing a great job but when you ask the people they lead, it's quite the opposite.

Texas Masonic Lodge No.8 A.F.&.A.M.
12/18/2019

Texas Masonic Lodge No.8 A.F.&.A.M.

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge
12/10/2019

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge

Of the 254 counties in Texas, 102 are named for Freemasons. Among them are Stephen F. Austin, Robert Emmett, Bledsoe Baylor, James Bowie, David Crockett, George M. Dallas, Rev. John B. Denton, Jack Hayes, Sam Houston, Anson Jones, Mirabeau B. Lamar, James Madison, Pat Neff, James K. Polk, Sam Ross, Adolphus Sterne, Edward H. Tarrant, William B. Travis, and George Washington. (Source: "The Scottish Rite Journal", Southern Jurisdiction)

Wish more Brothers would show up for Masonic Burial Services.  Worshipful Masters should make sure their officers unders...
12/06/2019

Wish more Brothers would show up for Masonic Burial Services. Worshipful Masters should make sure their officers understand their duties concerning Masonic Funerals when opening the Lodge of Sorrow.

“Many years ago, I had the privilege of conducting a Masonic funeral service for an active, longtime member of our lodge. As is my custom, after completing the service, when all of the attending brethren left the room, I approached the widow and family and very quietly expressed our lodge’s condolences and that he will be missed by our brothers. Afterwards, I explained the contents of the funeral book and then thanked her for allowing us to come and say goodbye to our departed brother.
After the service, the brothers and I retired to an adjoining room to remove our regalia. I had just removed my Master’s Collar when the widow and her daughter entered the room. She walked over to me and put out her arms around me and hugged me. She stepped back and said, ‘After all these years, I think I see why my husband was so passionate about the Masonic fraternity and why he enjoyed going to his lodge functions and meetings.’ She then told us, ‘Thank you all so much for coming and for the beautiful Masonic service.’
When she left the room, I turned around to the brothers to say something. When I saw their faces, I knew I didn’t need to say a thing. I was looking at the faces of a large group of very proud Masonic brothers who had just represented our beloved fraternity with dignity and pride.”
- James A. Young, Sr., District Deputy Grand Master, 18th Masonic District

12/05/2019
Holland Lodge No. 1 AF & AM

Holland Lodge No. 1 AF & AM

This video clip is an extract of Brother Anson Jones' narration of the origin of Texas Masonry and the formation of Holland Lodge No. 1.

Special Thanks to Brothers Austin Davis and Grady VanWright for producing this video clip.

12/04/2019

Brethren,

Evelyn Godbee, wife of our friend and Brother G Ray Godbee, passed away last night. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 5pm to 7pm at The Hamil Family Funeral Home (6449 Buffalo Gap Rd). Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, December 6 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, with burial to follow in the Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery. Please keep Bro Godbee and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

In peace & harmony,
Abilene Lodge 559

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge
12/02/2019

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge

As we enter the holiday season, homes and businesses around the United States are being decorated with Poinsettias. But, did you know the Poinsettia has Masonic roots? Bro. Joel Poinsett, a South Carolina Freemason, and Minister to Mexico, introduced the flower to the American market in 1825. The flower was first successfully cultivated in the United States by Robert and Ann Bartram, in Philadelphia, in 1829.

Northwest Lodge No. 1434, A.F. & A.M.
12/02/2019

Northwest Lodge No. 1434, A.F. & A.M.

On this Date (11/29) in 1929, Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) Polar Explorer, Naval Officer, Pioneer Aviator and three companions make the first flight over the South Pole. They flew from their base on the Ross Ice Shelf to the pole and back in 18 hours and 41 minutes.

Byrd was an active Freemason. He became a member of Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, D.C. on March 19, 1921 and affiliated with Kane Lodge No. 454, New York City, September 18, 1928. He was a member of National SojournersChapter No. 3 at Washington. He and his pilot, Bernt Balchen dropped Masonic flags on the two poles—Balchen also added his Shrine fez. In the Antarctic expedition of 1933-35, 60 of the 82 members were Freemasons and on February 5, 1935 established First Antarctic Lodge No. 777 of New Zealand constitution.

Americans For Freemasonry
12/02/2019

Americans For Freemasonry

Missouri Lodge of Research
12/01/2019

Missouri Lodge of Research

Clark Mills, sculptor of Freedom statue atop the US Capitol building, Lebanon Lodge 7, Washington DC, was born this date (12/1) in 1815 #Freemasons

Northwest Lodge No. 1434, A.F. & A.M.
12/01/2019

Northwest Lodge No. 1434, A.F. & A.M.

On this date (11/28) in 1911, Franklin D. Roosevelt (U.S. President 1933-1945) received his 3rd degree.

Active Lodge #158 AF&AM
12/01/2019

Active Lodge #158 AF&AM

Today seems like a good time to discuss the Cornucopia and the Stewards. From our friends at Today in Masonic History

The Cornucopia as a symbol of abundance and of nourishment that stretches back to Classical Antiquity (a period of time in the Mediterranean that generally encompasses the Greco-Roman period). It is most commonly associated with Zeus, King of the Greek gods. When Zeus was born he was hidden away by his mother to prevent Kronos, his father, from eating him, as he did Zeus' siblings. Kronos in doing this was trying to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy that one of his children would destroy him. While Zeus was in hiding from his father, he was fed and cared for by various divine attendants including Amalthea (the Nourishing Goddess) who appeared in the form of a goat. The legend states that Zeus accidentally broke off one her horns. Later he gave the horn to the world of man as it would provide whatever was desired.

In other myths of the period, Heracles (the Roman equivalent of Hercules) broke off the horn of a river god, with similar results as Amalthea's horn. The Cornucopia is associated with a variety of gods and goddesses around the Mediterranean.

The one Greek God that the Cornucopia is associated that is probably most fascinating to Freemasons, is it's association with Pluto, god of the underworld. This version of the God of the Underworld, formerly Hades, was taught in the Mystery Religions, sometimes called the sacred mysteries or mysteries. The Mystery Religions of the Greco-Roman world were religious schools that were only for the initiates. At least one source about the Mystery Religions states that "The main characterization of this religion is the secrecy associated with the particulars of the initiation and the ritual practice, which may not be revealed to outsiders." Pluto, probably to show the difference between him and Hades, is often depicted holding a Cornucopia in contrast to Hades who is depicted holding a drinking horn. Pluto was the giver of agriculture, mineral and spiritual wealth.

In modern times the Cornucopia has been adopted the world over as a symbol of prosperity and abundance. This is especially true in North America. In Canada an annual festival called Cornucopia is held. In several Central and South American countries the Cornucopia is depicted on their coat of arms. In the United States several states have the Cornucopia on their state flags and on state seals. It is most closely tied in the United States with the Thanksgiving Holiday.

For Freemasons the Cornucopia is most commonly known as the symbol for the stewards who are stationed in the Masonic South. The Masonic South is tied with nourishment of the brothers. Often one of the duties of the stewards is to help with meal preparation and other times when nourishment is provided to the members of the lodge.

Sheffield Freemasonry
12/01/2019

Sheffield Freemasonry

Lastnight we at Lodge StAndrew no.25 in StAndrews,Scotland were host to some Derbyshire Past Masters.
Haste ye back!

Northwest Lodge No. 1434, A.F. & A.M.
12/01/2019

Northwest Lodge No. 1434, A.F. & A.M.

Of the early American Astronauts, John Glenn, L. Gordon Cooper, Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., Thomas P. Stafford, and Donn F. Eisele were members of our "GentleCraft."

Americans For Freemasonry
12/01/2019

Americans For Freemasonry

The Traveling Templar
12/01/2019

The Traveling Templar

Today is the Feast Day for the Apostle St. Andrew who was the first disciple of Jesus Christ and youngest brother of Saint Peter. Saint Andrew was born in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. Saint Andrew had been a follower of Saint John the Baptist, but when John declared Jesus the Lamb of God, Andrew was the first to follow the Savior. After the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, Saint Andrew traveled through Asia Minor, Scythia (central Eurasia), and Greece to spread the gospel. Saint Andrew was crucified at Patras in Achaea in Greece. Saint Andrew was not crucified on the same type of cross like Christ, but upon a "crux decussata" which is an X shaped cross which is why this type of cross is commonly known as Saint Andrew's Cross. Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, Russia, and Greece as well as fishmongers, gout, singers, sore throats, spinsters, maidens, old maids and women wishing to become mothers.

11/30/2019
Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge
11/29/2019

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge

Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we're reminded of a peculiarly placed bird at The Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. In the Grand Banquet Hall, you may notice a turkey above the door at the west end. Brother Benjamin Franklin famously espoused the virtues of the turkey and believed it to be a noble creature. Enjoy your holiday, everyone!

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge
11/27/2019

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge

The Masonic Temple Building was a skyscraper constructed in 1892 in Chicago, Illinois. At 21 stories tall, it was, for a time, the tallest building in the country. It remained the tallest building in Chicago for more than two decades. The Masonic meeting space was housed on the highest floor of the building, with commercial space being leased on all of the lower floors. The building was demolished in 1939 because of internal issues and a new subway project which would have required extensive retrofitting.

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