I didn't know that brother! Thanks for sharing this light!There is an interesting legend of a Temple workman whose name was Cavelum. He was kinsman of King Solomon and was the house of David; thus he had high status among the other workmen. In the process of inspection of work in progress on the north wall of the Temple at a place where the north gate was to be, Hiram Abif accidentally dislodged a stone. It fell and struck Cavelum, who was killed. Hiram Abif was so overcome by grief that he ordered the north gate sealed and closed forever. (5)
This legend was once used as the basis for a degree called Fellow Craft Mark. Dr. Albert Mackey has stated that this was an early trace of the present Mark Master degree.
http://www.masonicworld.com/education/files/artfeb02/OLD LEGENDS OF HIRAM ABIFF.HTM
Just about every "permanently installed" organ or piano that I have seen in Lodge is in the Northeast behind the Treasurer. But when I and other musicians travel to a different Lodge, the North is always quite open.
MOST people sit in the North in our Lodge and most of the ones I have visited in PA.We have seats in the North but they are rarely occupied. Unless we have a large gathering or a Memorial of some sort. In that case, we place the family there. Most Lodges in the Florida Keys have seats in the North and most of the time they are empty.
In England I only recollect them in the SW.Just about every "permanently installed" organ or piano that I have seen in Lodge is in the Northeast behind the Treasurer. But when I and other musicians travel to a different Lodge, the North is always quite open.
Well there you go. Our organs are in the West and almost always South West. indeed, I cannot think of a lodge room where it's been anywhere else. except the South West except where the door is there like at Sovereign Hill Historical Park. it's the only example I can think of where it is in the Nth West not Sth West.
I have never seen the Chaplain sit in the North. In some English lodges you will see the Secretary and Treasurer there.Well, I just left a Lodge meeting in a suburb of Portland Oregon. Most of the Brethren sat in the North and some in the South. The Treasurer, Chaplin and Senior Deacon were in the North on the East side. Interesting. A great touch was that after the stated meeting, all of us had our beverage of choice and went around the room to all 37 of us to speak for one moment about why we are gratified to be Free and Accepted Masons. It is a splendid way to spend some time together after the formal meeting. Being a visitor, I couldn't help but take note that I immediately was greeted with friendship and Brotherly love from these new acquaintances. There will always be a place where we are welcome. Great Fraternal Order. I am honored.
In Minnesota, alcohol is only prohibited in the actual lodge room. Elsewhere in the building is okay. And I attended lodges in Scotland where "harmony" was held in the same room as the meeting had just been conducted in. They removed the Masonic accoutrements, set up tables, and the bar opened.Thanks.
I have never been in any lodge (in over 30 jurisdictions) in which alcohol was allowed in the temple/the lodge room except for ceremonial purposes.
This old navy guy also calls the chow hall “the mess.” I suppose we could say “the dining hall“ and be all fancy.