Prayer in Lodge

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Bro Jaime Solis, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. Bro Jaime Solis

    Bro Jaime Solis Premium Member

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    on another site i found a post pertaining to prayer in a lodge setting. The question was should prayer be specific to ones believe or should we use a more universal prayer. i for one believe that we must be mindful and respect those brethren of other religious beliefs. i also believe that in our ritual there is an example prayer to use in lodge settings, so that harmony can prevail.....WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS,
     
  2. anthonywilson

    anthonywilson Registered User

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    At my Lodge the prayers start with "Heavenly Father" when the Chaplain gives it. I've heard a non-dominational prayer before at Lodge, but that was the only time. I think it's because of the location of the Lodge. Granbury is a little under 7,000 people and the vast majority of the population are Christians, thus returning back to the Lodge, 99.9% of the Brothers are Christian so I think that's why the prayer starts off the way it starts. I think in bigger cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, where there is a bigger diverse religious population; the prayers would be more universal.
     
  3. Michael Hatley

    Michael Hatley Premium Member

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    In the lodges I have attended (Houston area), the prayers are kept neutral. Supreme Architect, etc. Every now and then someone says a prayer and throws in a Jesus this or that, but being that there are pretty regularly Jews in our crowd, Unitarian Universalists, Deists, and a few Muslims, there is a real reason to stick to the monitor and its brand of neutrality. Respecting people of all faiths is just a good habit to get into, regardless of what religion is predominant in the lodge. Just my view.
     
  4. chrmc

    chrmc Registered User

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    I'm most familiar praying to Great Architect of the Universe or similar wordings. If you put a brother on the spot and asks him to lead prayer there is a great chance that he'll fall back to the wordings he's used to.
     
  5. Benton

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    The chaplain in our lodge usually prays a Christian prayer, but I don't think he's trying to be inconsiderate, I think its just a) almost everyone in our lodge is a Christian with a few deists, if not all Christian, and b) as the above poster said, I think some of the older brothers just fall back onto what they're used to. If any brother were to complain, I have no doubt they'd try harder to be more considerate.
     
  6. Dow Mathis

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    In our lodge, all I've ever heard used is Supreme Architect Of The Universe. Sorry, I don't know the demographic breakdown of Kendall lodge, but I suspect that it's overwhelmingly Christian.
     
  7. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm the trouble maker, so I make it a point when someone at Lodge calls us a "Christian" Lodge. As for prayers, for the most part they're generic prayers to whom you feel is your Supreme Being. As least that's how I take it.
     
  8. Traveling Man

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    I'm with you on this...
     
  9. Chalms

    Chalms Registered User

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    As the currently serving Chaplain I have the opportunity to pray often. Being Christian I have some habits that I have to actively subdue.

    When praying in the lodge I generally use Lord and God. Supreme Architect is usually a little cumbersome for meal blessings.
     

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