LESSON 1: THE WORK OF A LODGE

SUBJECT:             The Lodge – Foundations and Fundamentals;
                                Masonic Halls and Temples, Lodge Rooms and Orientation

Lesson 1: Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry - Builder

The chief architect of the Temple of Solomon is often called “the Builder.”

But the word is also applied generally to the Craft ; for every speculative Mason is as much a builder as was his operative predecessor.

An American writer (F. S. Wood) thus alludes to this symbolic idea : “Masons are called moral builders . In their rituals, they declare that a more noble and glorious purpose than squaring stones and hewing timbers is theirs, fitting immortal nature for that spiritual building not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” And he adds, “The builder builds for a century; Masons for eternity.”

In this sense, “the Builder” is the noblest title that can be bestowed upon a Mason.

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