Masonic Ring Pres.

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  1. jonesvilletexas

    jonesvilletexas Premium Member

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    I thought this was nice.

    Brother, _________________________ the heart of every sincere mason rejoices when a worthy man such as you is raised to the sublime degree of a master mason. Masonry is a song of the human soul, it is my pleasure to explain what a Mason is and made of.
    •When he can look out over the rivers, the hills and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope and courage, which is the root of every virtue;
    •When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic and lonely as himself; and seeks to know, to forgive and to love his fellow man;
    •When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea even in their sins – knowing that each man fights a heard fight against many odds;
    •When he has learned how to make friends with himself;
    •When he loves flowers, can hunt birds without a gun and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy;
    •When he hears the laugh of a little child;
    •When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life;
    •When star-crowned trees and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters subdue him like the though of one much loved and long dead;
    •Hen no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response;
    •When he finds good in every faith that helps any man to lay hold of divine things and see majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be;
    •When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something beyond mud, and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and see something beyond sin;
    •When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope;
    •When he has kept faith with himself, with his God;
    •In his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song; glad to live, but not afraid to die!...such a man has found the only secret of Freemasonry, and the one in which he is trying to give to all the world
    With your family’s permission it is now my pleasure to present to you this beautiful Masonic emblem surmounted by the square and compass and the letter “G†symbols whose meanings you have already been taught. For centuries honorable men have trod the master’s carpet and darned this jewel honorable. I now charge you to wear this Masonic emblem with the honor and fraternity for many years. What an honor it must be to DORN this Masonic ring that was honored by and worn by your _________________________ for over __________ years. I will now ask your _______________ (wife) to place this beautiful Masonic ring on your finger.
    May I remind you that a Mason is only as great as;
    •The truth he speaks; as great as the help he gives;
    •As great as the destiny he seeks and; as great as the life he lives…
    So inspired by the principles and precepts of Masonry and guided by its lessons of morality and virtue, accept this gift from your family with blessings from all your brethren here tonight, and accept my personal Congratulations, My Brother.
     
  2. Wingnut

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    Of all the works of Joseph Fort Newton, the part most recalled is always the last paragraph of "The Builders". Ive also heard it used many times, sadly, at Masonic Funerals. I really like this adaption for the ring!

    "When is a man a Mason? When he can look out over the rivers, the hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope, and courage--which is the root of every virtue. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive, and to love his fellow man. When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins--knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned how to make friends and to keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself. When he loves flowers, can hunt the birds without a gun, and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy when he hears the laugh of a little child. When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life. When star-crowned trees, and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters, subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead. When no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response. When he finds good in every faith that helps any man to lay hold of divine things and sees majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be. When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something beyond mud, and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and see something beyond sin. When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope. When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellow man, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song--glad to live, but not afraid to die! Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world."
     
  3. js4253

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  4. Bro. Stewart P.M.

    Bro. Stewart P.M. Lead Moderator Staff Member

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    Both Contributions by Brothers Wyndell & Jerry are very nicely written.

    I had the chance to listen to a ring presentation last Thursday evening that was very much from the heart & "from the hip". I would be a liar to tell you that there wasn't any emotion in the crowd. Quite a few of us were tearing up.
     
  5. nick1368

    nick1368 Registered User

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    wow...that is nice. did not know there was a ring presentation like that...very nice.
     
  6. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    This is great stuff. I have never seen a ring presentation nor would even know how and when this is appropriate. I guess I am asking since most of us purchase our own rings how would one know this is an option or when it is appropriate?
     

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