Why are there no Rosettes in an EA apron?

Discussion in 'Frequently Asked Questions' started by Rinesh Hegde, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Rinesh Hegde

    Rinesh Hegde Registered User

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    A MM apron has 3 Rosettes, a FC has 2, then why is it that an EA apron doesn't have any Rosette, shouldn't the natural way be have 1 Rosette as it is the first degree?
     
  2. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    I've never seen rosettes used at all except one time in a TO lodge. I do however know they are used outside the U.S.
     
  3. Bloke

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    Hi Rinesh.

    Many American Brothers would have no idea of what you're talking about. Just like brothers from our jurisdictions would have no idea when a Bro from Sth America speaks of turning his apron in the Third Degree..

    I've actually never heard or read a completely satisfactory answer on why an EA has no rossettes. I've heard it said the 3 rossettes on a MM also represents the three obligations he's taken of each degree, the FC's two rossettes his two obligations, but that logic falls down...

    I just tell bros they are there to easily distinguish rank.
     
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  4. Thomas Stright

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    This... Other than officers and Past Masters, ours are plain white.
     
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  5. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    I would say the EA's apron IS the first rosette.
     
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  6. Warrior1256

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    I've never seen them used in regular lodge. Have not yet visited a TO lodge.
     
  7. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    I'm gonna use that :)
     
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  8. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    I'm curious as to why it's not normal practice in the U.S. to wear our aprons in accordance to whatever degree our lodge is opened on. Afterall, even as 3rd degree masons, 33rds or whatever, we still are EAs and FCs just as much and to have that conformity, I think that would make the most sense.
     
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  9. Warrior1256

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    Good question. Similarly, whenever doing a AASR funeral here in Kentucky everyone wears their 32nd Degree Black Hat regardless of actual status.
     
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  10. drw72

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    I met a Brother a few years ago in England while I was still an EA. We still keep in touch so I posed the question to him....here is his answer:

    "To answer your question re the Apprentice apron.
    The Apron is the badge and the rosettes are the awards of merit if you like. The triangle of the apron is worn either up or down depending on which lodge follows that style. but mostly up, as it represents the "Bib" of an operative mason."

    He also mentioned that he had attended a lecture many years ago giving a full history of the apron. I have attached a copy of the document he sent me.
     

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  11. Rinesh Hegde

    Rinesh Hegde Registered User

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    Bro. Dave Woodruff can't thank you enough for the paper... it's really great. Helped me a lot in understanding the importance of an apron. If only there was an option to superlike your response.
     

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