The Absence of Past Masters

Past Master Jewel

In search of a title for this paper I could only arrive at one word to express the feelings of many who are concerned with the lack of enthusiasm and dedication to the Craft on the part of a large percentage of our Past. Masters. That word is “absence”.

The title of this paper may indicate that all Past Masters neglect their lodges as soon as they are installed as Immediate Past Masters. While this is not. true, a great number seem to feel that they are no longer obligated to be regular attenders and to offer their support to the Worshipful Master and his officers. Yet those who occupy the chairs are to some extent the members who supported the Past Master during his year in office.

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A Higher Stand

From its origin to the present hour, in its entire vicissitudes, Masonry has been the steady unweaving friend of man. – Rev. Erastus Burr

Freemason Initiation

Every Mason who has attentively observed the action of Grand Lodges within the last few years, must have seen the indications of  progress shown by these bodies assuming a  higher position in regard to moral requirements. Although morality is one of the foundation stones of our mystic temple, yet for many years there was some remissness in enforcing its observance. Members were too often permitted to violate the moral law with impunity, forgetful of the solemn admonitions of the Order, and reckless, not only of their own standing, but of the reputation of Freemasonry itself. The moral aspect of Masonry is, to a great extent, known by the uninitiated only as it is seen in the character and conduct of its members. Hence, a swearing, drinking, gambling, Sabbath-breaking Mason, was considered by “outsiders” as a legitimate representative of the Order to which they belonged: and when told that Masonry did not sanction nor permit such things, they triumphantly pointed to facts – to A, to B, to C, – whose daily practice taught very different doctrine, and whose membership in the Craft sustained the assumption.

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Trailer 2: Searching for the Apple Tree: What Happened in 1716? – Sankey Lecture Series

A Declaration for Masonic Action

By Kenneth H. Hooley

Freemasons' Hall, London, c. 1809Let me open by saying that I realize that the A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Research Lodge #1949 is normally engaged in passive research. That is to say that its usual preoccupation lies in the collection, collation, and interpretation of past and present events with Freemasonry for the use and benefit of future generations.

However, our Fraternity now faces a serious national decline in membership of alarming proportions. It has been entrenched for at least 10 years. In 1974 national Blue Lodge membership stood at 4 million. At the end of 1984 membership had declined to about 3 million, a straight-line attrition of about simple 2.5 percent per year. This is the most optimistic analysis. More likely, this decline is tracing a parabolic curve, like a mortgage wherein the remaining balance reduces to a near vertical descent in the latter years of the mortgage term. On this basis, national Masonic membership could well be near only 500,000 within the next 35 years. Consider the consequences against the backdrop of positive growth in national population! This means that Freemasonry is in crisis. It also means that strong and appropriate corrective measures must be implemented as quickly as possible.

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S.R.I.C. Archive – 1998 Officers of the Supreme Magus College of the S.R.I.C.

1998 - S.R.I.C. Officers
R.W. Frater Niall Good, IX°, Secretary General, M.W. FraterTony Olbrecht, IX°, Supreme Magus, R.W. Don Scott, IX°, Senior Supreme Magus

Photo taken at Toronto on the 23rd November, 1998 on the occasion of the Officers of the High Council, S.R.I.C., receiving their Ninth Grade from M.W. Dr. Claude Brodeur, Honorary Immediate Past Supreme Magus of the S.R.I.C.

A Beautiful System of Morality, Veiled in Allegory and Illustrated by Symbols

Author Unknown: Reprinted District #20 AF & AM, GRA; Original Masonic Temple 345 West Monroe, Phoenix, Arizona 86003.  PRINTED IN GRAND LODGE BULLETIN; G.R.A.; April, 1979.

Reprinted CANMAS 29th September, 2006.

THE FRATERNITY OF FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS: WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?

Freemasonry

Fundamentally it is a voluntary organization of men who support morality in public and private life.  It requires a belief in a  Supreme Being, endorses free public education and free choice of religious and political preference. It endeavors to improve society by self improvement of the individual, promotes patriotism and respect for the Constitution, equal rights under the law and practices good will toward all men, by Love, Relief and Truth and the cardinal virtues: Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice.  It is a teacher of morality in its highest sense.  There is no conflict between Masonry and Religion.  It does not pretend to take the place of religion, nor serve as a substitute for religious beliefs of its members.

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The Rosicrucians: Past and Present, at Home and Abroad

by Wm. Wynn Westcott, P.S.M., S.R.I.A., XI

William Wynn Westcott (17 December 1848 – 30 July 1925)It is well at certain times to consider our status as Rosicrucians, and to remind ourselves of the origin of the Society to which we belong, to notice how far we moderns have strayed from the original paths laid down by our Founder, C.R., and to take a note of the kindred Societies of Rosicrucians which are now in being, so far as we know of them.

With regard to past history we must not be surprised that extant published records are very scanty, for the purpose of the Rosicrucians was to be unknown to the people among whom they lived. Some few notable persons only appear to have had the right to function as recognized members of the Rosicrucian Colleges, for instance, Michael Maier the German student of Alchemy who died in 1662, and Dr. Robert Fludd of London and Bearstead near Maidstone who died in 1637.

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Searching for the Apple Tree: What Happened in 1716? – Sankey Lecture Series in Masonic Studies

The Farmers Almanac for 1823 – Definition of a Freemason

The Farmers Almanac for 1823 In The Farmers Almanac for 1823 published at Andover, Mass., the following was printed under the heading, “Definition of a Freemason‘:

The real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of Mankind by the uniform unrestrained rectitude of his conduct.

Other men are honest in fear of punishment which the law might inflect. They are religious in expectation of being rewarded, or in dread of the devil, in the next world.

A Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine, except those written in his heart by the finger of his Creator.

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W.Bro. Colonel William James Bury MacLeod Moore

(14th January, 1810 – April 1890)

W.Bro. Colonel William James Bury Macleod MooreColonel William James McLeod Moore was the founder and first Supreme Magus of S.R.I.C. The College named after him , McLeod Moore College, continue to meet quarterly at West Toronto Masonic Temple, Annette Street, Toronto. Membership is by invitation and is open to all Master Masons. For more information contact the Secretary General at info@rosicrucians.ca

W.Bro. Colonel William James Bury MacLeod Moore

By Bro. Robert Proctor, Lebanon Lodge No. 139 G.R.C.
Published in The Newsletter of the Committee on Masonic Education, Spring 1995 (2nd Quarter) Vol. 14 No. 4.

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