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MASONRY’S MOST VISIBLE SYMBOL - May 03, 2008

   

 

PRESENTED TO:  HORNEPAYNE LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 636 BY KAMINISTIQUIA LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 584

HORNEPAYNE, ONTARIO

 

To The Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren of Hornepayne Lodge, No. 636, A.F. & A.M.

  

Greetings:

 

We are pleased to present The Travelling Square during the official visit of the District Deputy Grand Master, R. W. Bro. Eric Johnson.

 

We hope it will not rest long.

 

Sincerely & fraternally,

  

Robert J. Omeljaniuk, Worshipful Master

  

MASONRY’S MOST VISIBLE SYMBOL

 

The classical definition of a fraternity is a group of men joined together by common interests, for fellowship, or a group of people with the same beliefs.  This definition describes Freemasonry exactly.  We are a society of Brothers with a common interest, that being the advancement of the Craft.  We do organize for fellowship one with another, and to provide for mutual aid, both spiritual and material.

 

The above being the accepted, our most visible symbol should be ourselves.  Through our actions and deeds in our communities, we should make Masonry a living symbol for our neighbours and others with whom we come in con tact.  Far too often though, this does not occur, and our most viable symbol becomes the Masonic square and compasses.  I would like for us to briefly look at this symbol and how, if we use it properly, it can help us achieve the goal of making ourselves the symbol of Masonry we each should be.

 

The honoured square and corn passes is well known as a Masonic symbol.  With it we adorn the exterior of our Lodge buildings and decorate with distinction our notices in newspapers.  In addition, many Masons display this symbol proudly in public by wearing the square and compasses as a treasured piece of jewellery, but how many of us have given serious thought to the meaning of this symbol and how It can be a constant reminder of our duties and a source from which our spirits can be uplifted and renewed?

 

In Masonic symbolism the square and compasses refer to our duty to the Craft, and to ourselves, thereby becoming an emblem of Brotherhood.  That the symbol has been adopted as the badge of the Fraternity has been proved in many historical writings and has even been documented in a legal decision of the United States Patent Office in 1873 (c.).  In this decision the use of the emblem as a trademark was refused on the grounds that the mark was a Masonic symbol.

 

The symbol consists of three parts, the square upon which rests the compasses with points extended and the letter “G” lodged within the center.  The square has been defined as an Instrument for making or testing right angles, or used to adapt or regulate.  We as Masons have many uses for the square: as the emblem of office of Master of our Lodges, as a rule and guide of our conduct, as a light by which we are reminded to do our duty to our Brothers and to all mankind, and more often as a symbol of truthfulness, honesty and morality

 

As students we were taught the compasses was an instrument with two pivoted legs for drawing circles or for measuring, but as Masons, we find many useful lessons can come from the com passes also.  We are taught to use them to keep ourselves within the bonds of union and fellowship and to keep our desires within due bounds.  The compasses should also become an emblem of virtue for each of us, as it is an important Masonic Working Tool used in making accurate measurements vital to the architect’s plan.  By these measurements we assure pro portion and stability, two factors so necessary in character building.

 

Then the letter “G” is given considerable attention by our Fraternity, and it is considered by many to have a dual interpretation.  The first refers to the much revered science of geometry which symbolizes the unchanging natural laws governing our universe.  The second relates to the “G” as the first letter our name for the Deity in whom we all profess belief.  This faith we continue to express with the physical symbol of the Holy Writings placed upon our altars.  The displaying of the letter “G” should be a striking reminder of the power, wisdom and beneficence of our Creator.

 

By honouring this most beneficial symbol before us daily as a reminder and by viewing it in its singular parts or in its composite form And applying its les to our lives, how then can we help but become the living symbol of Masonry we each should desire to be?

 

Presented by W. Bro. Bill Towill