Monthly Archives: November 2010

The York Legend

The oldest document that refers to ancient Freemasonry is the Regius Poem, or Halliwell Manuscript.  James O. Halliwell discovered an ancient manuscript in the archives of the British Museum in 1838.  Scientists have concluded from the type of parchment, language, … Continue reading

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The Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem photo taken by Jean Bryant in 2005. The most universally recognized symbol of Jerusalem is not a Jewish or Christian holy place but a Muslim one: the Dome of the Rock. When people … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Rosslyn Chapel

In a long and checkered history Rosslyn Chapel is no stranger to controversy, but in recent times its fame has reached an international audience, even being dubbed Scotland’s answer to the Pyramids. If ever a church could audition for Hollywood, … Continue reading

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Dare To Lead

One of the basic functions of leader- ship is to unite people, i.e., bring people together to achieve common objectives. There is truth in the statement, where there is unity there is strength. This article offers a working definition for … Continue reading

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Leadership Or Something Like It

Have you ever heard the saying “he is a natural born leader”?  Is leadership genetic or an acquired skill set?  This debate has been raging for decades and in today’s membership climate, it is more relevant than ever. The fact … Continue reading

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Further Light – An Introduction To Royal Arch Masonry

The Royal Arch Degrees was considered most important in the early years of Freemasonry and so dogmatic was the Mother Grand Lodge – from which all Speculative Masonry derives – that in 1813, when the two grand lodges in England … Continue reading

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Melchizedek

Priest-king mentioned in Genesis 14:18-20 as having served as priest to Abraham: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God (El Elyon). And he blessed him, and said, … Continue reading

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The Four Crown Ones

The Regius Poem refers to, “The Four Crowned Ones”. Here is a small discourse on the reference, plus an excellent image of the Four (although there were actually five) , from Florence, Italy.  Four Crowned Saints (or Four Crowned Martyrs) … Continue reading

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Albany Masonic Lodge

Masonry probably first came to Albany during the Seven Years War. A British army lodge is said to have met in Albany in 1758. When those soldiers moved on the following Spring, an Albany Lodge was unveiled with Richard Cartwright, … Continue reading

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The Supplicant’s Letter

Masonic Humor A postman, on his route, picked up a letter from a mailbox that was addressed to GOD. The postman, seeing that the letter was not sealed, and there being no postage on it, opened and read it. It … Continue reading

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