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Sincere thanks to the brethren at 148 for their warm welcome of the friend I brought by last night for dinner and to pick up a petition. Y'all were friendly and the meal was fantastic! I suspect you will be seeing more of both of us. :)
Good work, Bro. Blake! Wikipedia actually has a very good article on "Lucifer," including several citations showing how the term has been used for Christ both Biblically (2 Peter 1:19) and in Catholic chant.
I agree with the brother(s) who said all that is necessary is that a candidate answer in the affirmative for a belief in a Supreme Being. I don't have to understand, let alone share, whatever that belief may be.
Agreed! It was a fine reunion. I'm happy to say that I am a member of the Guthrie Valley, and in addition to the brothers from Austin there were a few more of us there from Texas. Anyone who hasn't made the trip up to Guthrie for a reunion should do so. The temple there is stunning in both...
What a wonderful and impossibly difficult question to answer!!! Right at this moment, I would have to say it is the word "Light."
Mackey's Encyclopedia is certainly not the best reference for factual information about Masonic history, but it is a very good resource when exploring what used...
Thanks, Blake! I enjoyed that. It's too bad that we don't actually find a pot of incense burning on most Masonic altars, or at least somewhere in the lodgeroom. The fragrance of high quality ceremonial incense definitely creates a more reverent atmosphere for me.
The last 2 lodges I visited, Mill Valley in California and Arlington Heights here in Fort Worth, both required a dues card and DL, and both asked for the Tiler's Oath, which I gave. Nobody asked for signs, grips or words, though at Arlington Heights I was asked if I knew them. Of all those...
This is the only site I know about that actually offers a practical course of inner work just for the Masonic tradition. I highly recommend it.
There used to be an online group for Masons practicing this system, but it is now...
No, I'm not a member and I don't think they are interested in such papers from outsiders, if at all. However, the editor of Ad Lucem is a good friend, and despite knowing me as well as he does :huh: he agreed to publish it there.
I also have a rich family history of Masonry. My dad worked in all three of my degrees, and as the WM in the FC and MM. My father-in-law and my wife's maternal grandfather were in all three as well, as were many men who were dear family friends.
It seems like I was aware of...