The Sword

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  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    In modern times the implement used by the Tiler is a sword of the ordinary form. This is incorrect. Formerly, and indeed up to a comparatively recent period, the Tiler’s sword was wavy in shape, and so made in allusion to the "flaming sword which was placed at the east of the garden of Eden, which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life." It was, of course, without a scabbard, because the Tiler’s sword should ever be drawn and ready for the defense of his post.

    The Taunton Lodge in 1850 buried Brother Davey, their Tiler, and at the conclusion of the Church burial service, the Provincial Grand Secretary broke his wand and the Worshipful Master broke the sword of the deceased Tiler, casting the same into the grave with the customary exclamation on such occasions, "Alas, our Brother." This is the editorial answer to a question in the Freemasons Magazine and Masonic Mirror (August 20, 1863, page 1).
     
  2. tom268

    tom268 Registered User

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    In my lodge, flaming swords are used by both wardens, but they are not mendatory. Our ritual only speaks of swords with a straight handguard, so it forms a cross. In Swedish Rite every brother wears a sword from the EA degree on. The swords are used during initiation. When the new brother stands in the West and the wardens takes off his hoodwink, all brothers point their swords at him. He also has the sword point of the SW on his heart during the journeys, and the WM lays his own sword across the bible in the opening.
     
  3. Sirius

    Sirius Registered User

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    You learn something new every day. Thank you, brothers.
     

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