Do you wear your lambskin apron to lodge?

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Do you wear your lambskin apron to lodge?

  1. Yes

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    12.5%
  2. On special occasions

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    31.3%
  3. Never cross my mind

    9 vote(s)
    18.8%
  4. Only at my funeral

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    37.5%
  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Do you wear your lambskin apron to lodge?
     
  2. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Special occasions here.
     
  3. Bro_Vick

    Bro_Vick Moderator Premium Member

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    When they have the tiled meeting at the Alamo and when I attend funerals.

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  4. Ashlar

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    At funerals . When we hold that Lambskin up and tell the friends and family of the departed brother that the lambskin is an "emblem of innocence and a badge of a Mason...." I do not think it looks right , the brethren wearing cloth aprons .
     
  5. SeeKer.mm

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    I didn't know it was up to me. When I received it I was told (not in an official ritualistic capacity but by Brothers after the ritual) that I would only ever wear it when I returned to that house not made with hands. That being said, I am not sure if the rules differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For now I went with at my funeral only, and will have to do some research into CT jurisprudence as it relates to said topic. Depending on my findings I may or may not change to Masonic funerals only...
     
  6. rpbrown

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    I have only worn mine at funerals. However, I am an officer and required to wear the officers apron anyway.
     
  7. dreamer

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    To be placed upon my coffin with my earthly remains......
     
  8. Brother JC

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    But prior to that; "It yours; yours to wear throughout an honourable life..."

    And finally, "I present it to you without spot or blemish and hope you will wear it with pleasure to yourself and honour to the Fraternity."
     
  9. Benjamin Baxter

    Benjamin Baxter Moderator Staff Member

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    These are good points. It may have changed my view to special occasions and funerals. :confused:

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  10. Daniel Mosmeyer

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    As I posted in another thread......

    "Hmmmm.... I would think that if one worked at the Craft, the wear and tear on his apron would be apparent. To me, my pristine apron would say that I had not labored but had been a bystander when work should have been actively pursued.

    But, when it really boils down to the bare facts, isn't the apron a part of the external?

    Just my 2 bits worth. I would wear mine but, as a recently raised Master Mason, I'm not sure how it would be received. Still debating with myself over that."
     
  11. JJones

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    I'd like to have a 'leather apron' meeting one month where we all wear ours but I don't think it'd be successful.

    My dad, for example, refuses to wear his because he wants it to remain pristine. He's afraid that, with his luck, he'd get a stain on it or something...

    I keep telling him that he's only wearing it in lodge, it's not a bib or anything, but he won't listen. :p
     
  12. Benjamin Baxter

    Benjamin Baxter Moderator Staff Member

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    This as interesting/cool as it would be, I think it would be difficult. There are so many mixed answers at my lodges. It would be hard to get a concensus.
     

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  13. Roy Vance

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    I am saving my "presented" Lambskin apron for my funeral. I had one made to wear when I visit other lodges in the state. I am an officer in my parent Lodge #570 and my affiliate Lodge #1415 so I wear an officer's apron there.





    Junior Deacon
    San Angelo Lodge #570
    San Angelo, Texas
    Junior Warden
    Phil Head Lodge #1415
    Carlsbad, Texas
     
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  14. jvarnell

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    I would like to have a soft leather apron for normal ware like some I have seen in museams. It looks like in the past most had dayly ware aprons. But I don't want to mess up the one I was given.
     
  15. Benjamin Baxter

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    I ordered a plain white cloth apron with a white satin border and backing. I have not recieved it yet, but the brother that makes them even made it texas size with my info under flap. I hope it is well recieved at lodge.

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  16. dfreybur

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    Each year I've been in the east I've scheduled a "lambskin apron night" at one of the Stated meetings. I had at least three goals in mind.

    1) An attempt to get the brethren to take it out so their family knows where it is so it's not lost at their funeral. Even if they don't wear it at lodge this is a good idea.

    2) Masonic education that it was presented to you to wear so you can do so if you wish. Wearing it only at your funeral is a valid tradition but not a universal one. Some jurisdictions expect you to bring your own apron.

    3) An additional form of meeting on the level. At almost all meetings many brothers wear aprons that can be considered badges of earned distinction. I wear my PM apron at nearly every meeting. For the newer brothers it's too easy to see those different aprons as marks of rank and for them to want to move up through the ranks. But that's not what the core of Masonry is about.

    4) Brothers "can" wear any apron they are entitled to. That can mean his original lambskin, the office he's installed in, the office he's sitting in tonight pro tem, a PM apron, several types of aprons issued by GL. There can be a trend to wear the highest ranking apron authorized. This level is a reminder going the other direction - This time to level out the distinctions.

    I also want to point out that spots on the Operative Mason's apron were marks of distinction. We're taught to keep ours unspotted from the world, but isn't that symbolic? Our aprons represent having done no harm. When we do someone harm that's a symbolic spot on our speculative apron. When we get a physical mark on our operative apron while serving our lodge, isn't that also the symbolic equivalent of a mark of distinction?
     
  17. crono782

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    Very cool idea


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  18. newkid18

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    I am only a recent raised EA my teacher says I have about two weeks till my proficiency but tommrow there two so I can't wait for that really great learning experience but my question was do I get a white lambskin when I am raised to a master mason?

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  19. crono782

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    2 things: it's a nitpick, but the term "raised" is for master mason"; you were "initiated" an EA. secondly, different jurisdictions do different things. Your question is better suited for your mentor/instructor.


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  20. jaanthony

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    I have never worn mine, I have reserved it for my coffin. I usually use a dress apron (charter lodge or Tranquility) when visiting and my DDGM apron when working in the MM degree as member of my district degree team.

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