On Tuesday evening, December 27, the American Lodge of Research will be hosting a lecture entitled:
The Beginnings of Indian Freemasonry
71 W. 23rd Street, NYC
This is a tiled communication open to all Master Masons.
(W\) Brother Andrew Hammer
will be delivering a lecture
on January 24, 2012
at the Masonic Hall in NYC.
Brothers are encouraged to read his book:
Observing the Craft:
The Pursuit of Excellence in
Masonic Labour and Observance
…prior to attending in order to enhance your understanding of this extraordinary Masonic thinker.
Details regarding this event
will be forthcoming.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It is again high noon on this bright Sunday as I sit down to pen this column. In the coming days is the convergence of two commemorations which connect to our Masonic symbolism. The Jewish holiday of Chanukah is the celebration of the rededication of the Great Temple of Jerusalem, (the second Temple to stand on Mount Moriah as the Temple built by King Solomon was destroyed by Babylonian conquerors). The holiday focuses on the symbol of Light, and the miracle that it can continue to shine despite the efforts of the enemies of that which we hold dear to snuff it out forever. Simultaneously is the marking of the Winter Solstice. This occasion is often wrongly focused on the fact that it marks the shortest day of the year, a day in which the Sun is seen for too few hours…However, more significantly, like a Phoenix, this day also portends the dawn which follows---the day in which the Sun becomes stronger as its rays again begin to shine brighter and the workday of our ancient operative brethren could again be longer and more productive.
So too should we, under the leadership of our lodge masters, rededicate our Temples and step forward to ensure that our labor is both energetic and focused on our desire to achieve perfection. How do we rededicate ourselves? Pick up a Masonic text and study it…deconstruct its verbiage and genuinely learn its subtle lessons. Increase your Masonic labor by preparing a Masonic paper or lecture. Mentor a brother of the Craft in need of guidance. Visit a brother of your Lodge who you have not seen in the Temple. These holidays are not meant to be days of rest, but rather days of being Freemasons.
Always on the level,
Brother Lenny Lubitz, F&AM
I came across this interesting read at Sacred-Texts. If you haven't been to the site, it's a great place to get books that were printed in the early Twentieth Century or prior. All the Masonic standards are there, i.e. Pike, etc.
Check it out!