Mason

The Builders

The Builders

THE BUILDERS

A STORY AND STUDY
OF MASONRY
BY

JOSEPH FORT NEWTON, LITT. D.

GRAND LODGE OF IOWA

When I was a King and a Mason—
  A master Proved and skilled,
I cleared me ground for a palace
  Such as a King should build.
I decreed and cut down to my levels,
  Presently, under the silt,

Symbolic Masonry

Symbolic Masonry

    
Symbolical Masonry, by H.L. Haywood, [1923], at sacred-texts.com

  

SYMBOLICAL MASONRY

  

An Interpretation of the Three Degrees

  

By

  

H. L. HAYWOOD

  

EDITOR OF The Builder

  

NEW YORK

  

GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

  

[1923]

Scanned, proofed and formatted at sacred-texts.com, July 2009 by John Bruno Hare. This text is in the public domain in the US because its copyright was not renewed in a timely fashion.

Masonic Titles

Masonic Titles

Puissant

During the ritual of the 19th Degree of the Scottish Rite the candidate swears an oath of secrecy and an oath of total obedience. The Master of the Lodge is called “Thrice-Puissant.” It is worth noting, this word “Puissant” means mighty or powerful. The Master of the Lodge takes upon himself a designation that seems to apply to God – namely thrice-mighty or powerful.

Shriners

Shriners

In order for a person to become a Shriner, he must not only go through all the degrees of Masonry, make all those blood-curdling oaths, worship gods who are not gods and he must make a blood oath of allegiance to Allah as his god and Mohammed as his prophet. The Shriner is then given a red fez with a crescent moon and star and an Islamic beheading sword on the front of it. This originates from 7th century Arabia when the Moslems, under the leadership of Mohammed, slaughtered all Christians who would not bow down to Allah.

Mason Initiation

Mason Initiation

Mason Initiation

The initiate is prepared for the induction ceremony that is performed in front of the seated members of the Masonic Lodge.  He is dressed in a funny looking outfit with one pants leg cut off and one long sleeve of his shirt cut off.  He is also blindfolded and a noose is put around his neck with  6 foot of the rope hanging down, and part of his chest is exposed.