The Knights of Today
Becoming a Knights Templar requires preserverence, tolerance and obedience. They are the 'Brother Builders' of Character, Truth, Knowledge, and Strength and are the Protectors of those who adhear to the beliefs of the Christian Faith.
Masonry began with Geometry, God's secret science. Passed to Enoch, Noah, and Abraham and the Egyptians. The knowledge of Geometry became a necessary part of life when man desired a place to dwell with a roof over his head that wouldn't fall down on his head. Geometry makes this possible. The science of Geometry was combined with the ancient mystery schools of the Druids, Essenes, Hermetics, Kabbalists and Rosicrucians, who had spiritual mysteries. These and the laws of God became known as 'The Craft' or 'the brotherhood'. The secrets of the Craft of building were so protected that the craft became known as a 'secret society'. The only secrets that remain today are the means by which the 'brothers' recognize each other as members. The rest is history which can be found in any library or any bible. You don't have to be a Mason to believe in God, but you do have to believe in God to be a Mason.
The symbols of the Craft are the building
tools that make a man and a building square, level and plumb.
The men of the Craft no longer actually construct buildings , but they do construct their souls to be ready for the Kingdom of Heaven by following the laws of truth, justice, relief and brotherly love.
As in the time of Jesus and the Essenes, a man must want to be a 'Brother' and he must agree to abide by the laws of the fraternity.
A Man who becomes insulted because Jesus is not spoken of in the 'Blue Lodge' does not understand the meaning of Brotherly Love or the true mission or essence of Christ.
Masonry is for all men, of all religions and all creeds who see the benefit of working together for the benefit of All. God is the Father of everyone, but not everyone considers God as their Father.
To begin this journey , one must become a member of a 'Blue Lodge'. There are many web sites that speak of 'Blue Lodges' , their locations and who to contact. You may know a Mason or have a relative who does. This is where you must begin. You will find friendships within the Lodge, that will last a lifetime and a 'brotherhood' that can only be described as 'fullfilling' and the most rewarding experience of your life..
The symbols of Free Masonry are of those tools used
in the building of King Solomon's Temple. As the stone
masons of old used their tools to perfect and erect the
temple as designed by the Almighty Architect Of The Universe,
Free and Accepted Masons use them as a reminder to prepare
and use their bodies as a temple for God and an example
The Holy Bible is The Great Light of symbolic Masonry and we are taught never to loose sight of It's teachings.
The square reminds us to regulate our actions and conduct to be in harmony with the principles of morality and virtue,
The Compasses to limit our desires so that we may live respected and die regretted,
The 24 inch rule to allocate our time so as to be used for service to God and distressed Masons,
The gavel to divest our hearts and minds of all of the evils and pettiness of live,
The plumb to walk upright before God and man,
The trowel to spread the cement of brotherly love; cementing all mankind into one common bond.
Our brothern and neighbor in Arkansas has this page... A Primer For The Uniniated Keep in mind that nothing having to do with Rights and Secret Ritual has been revealed here, as brother Bill Duggan points out. This can only be revealed to another Mason. Those claiming to know or say they are sharing these secrets are violating their oath and cannot be considered Masons.
Admittance to the 'Brotherhood' is similar to the basic requirements for admission into the Yahad or "Unity group" described in several of the Dead Sea Scrolls. "According to the Rule of the Congregation, to gain membership in the group, one must have received instruction in the statutes of the law precepts of the covenant for at least ten years. At age twenty, admission was granted, although family duties and sexual relations with women were to be carried out. At age twenty-five, the novice could take his place in the lower ranks of the congregation and work for its benefit. At thirty, he could take part in the decision making of the community, finding his place in the ranks of members."- Howard C. Kee, "Membership in the Covenant People at Qumran and in the Teaching of Jesus" in Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls (James H. Charlesworth, Ed. - 1992), p. 110
The third treatise in the Community Rule states that "to join the Community a recruit
had to pass an examination by the members under their leaders.
Before that there was almost certainly a probationary period when an inquirer
could learn about the way of life and the rules before committing himself.
Josephus says he spent some time in such a state, though not at Qumran."
- Alan Millard, Discoveries From the Time of Jesus
The well-known words in Exodus 19:8 should be considered the origin of the self-designation yahad (togetherness, union) . In this passage Israel 'together' (yahdaw) made the following promise: 'Everything that the Lord says, we will do!' Everyone who joined the Qumran yahad and entered the covenant had to confirm by an oath the obligation 'to return to the law according to everything that is commanded with his whole heart and soul' (lQS 5.8-9); one had to live and to pray 'together' (yahad; 1QS 6.2-3)." "Only through sincere inner acts, through a spirit of 'holiness for uniting in His truth' and of 'righteousness and humility' toward the Lord's statutes, could they cleanse themselves of sin, to then 'be accepted through sweet-smelling atonements before the Lord' and become part of the eternal 'covenant of unity'."
"..no man who is struck with any kind of human uncleanness shall enter into the assembly,...man smitten in his flesh, or crippled in the feet or hands, none lame, blind, deaf or mute; none smitten with a visible blemish in his flesh, or an old man who stumbles and cannot keep still in the midst of the congregation.."
"there shall be twelve laymen and three priests,
...so as to work truth, righteousness, justice, living-kindness, and
humility, one with another". They are to preserve faith in the land
with self-control and an unbroken spirit,...
"They are to walk with all by the standard of truth and the dictates proper to the age...."
"They will be 'the tested wall, the precious
cornerstone', whose foundations shall neither be shaken or swayed, a fortress,...
'upholding the covenant of eternal statues'.
"Disobedience to the Community could result in expulsion"...
Excerpts from the Dead Sea Scrolls from Masonic rules in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Although the rules above are no longer rigorously applied, Freemasonry requires that candidates must be of sound mind and able bodied; any physical handicap is supposed to bar admission." - Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas, The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus
What is Masonry? If you are a man, 21 or older, have a belief in the principals , are of good moral repute and would like to become a Mason, you must search out a Mason and request a petition. After thorough investigation by the local lodge, you will be permitted to receive the symbolic degrees of Free Masonry only if all members at a meeting vote favorably. The vote is always by secret ballot and must be unanimous for the applicant to be accepted
The Blue Lodge (Symbolic Masonry) confers the first three degrees -
Entered Apprentice (first degree), fellowcraft (second degree), and Master Mason (third degree).
Promotion depends upon a Mason's proficiency in learning certain things about Freemasonry, its ethics, and its philosophy.
There is no higher degree in Masonry than Master Mason. However, a Master Mason may enter the Scottish Rite, or York Rite, to elaborate upon basic Masonic principles.
As you climb the ladder of Degrees, you may find yourself here...
"Scottish Rite Masonry has almost a million members in America..." "In one jurisdiction, the Scottish Rite Mason is made a 'Knight Kadosh'. Kadosh is direct from the Hebrew, and means 'holy'. The 'Holy Knight' of this degree is the Knight Templar. The story of the final days of Grand Master Jacques de Molay, along with a brief history of the Templar order, is recounted to the candidate for the degree. The spirit of the degree is to call upon the initiate to be aware of, and to resolutely oppose, all forms of personal and religious injustice." - John J. Robinson, Dungeon, Fire and Sword (1991)
The York Rite consists of nine degrees in addition to Blue Lodge degrees.
Ancient York Rite Masonry is considered by Masonic historians to have been "original" Masonry. It is not practised in its orginal form anywhere today. In the United States, the term 'York Rite' has come to be applied to a number of degrees conferred only in this country.
York Rite degrees are divided into Capitular Degrees of the Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch Mason; the Cryptic Degrees of the Royal Master, Select Master and Super Excellent Master, and the Chivalric Orders of the Order of the Red Cross, Order of the Knights of Malta and the Order of Knights Templar.
The highest honor of becoming a Knight Templar is a part of The Royal Arch Degree and is the 32nd and highest order taught. Within the Knights Templar Organization are Three seperate branches, The Royal Arch, The Cryptic Rite and The Commandery.
The Knights Templar Orders of today take an oath to defend the Christian Religion. In modern times, the warlike spirit of the Order has passed away; replaced by a spirit of refined moral chivalry, which prompts all of its members to be ever-ready to defend the weak, the innocent, the helpless and the oppressed. In a brothers cause they are to do all that may be demanded by manhood and fraternity. The order of the Temple teaches that truth is a divine attitude and that shall prevail.
The Order of Knights Templar, with two banners at its head, is steadily marching forward to do battle for the right and truth. "In this sign we conquer, us the symbol of our faith, Made holy by the might of love, triumph over death; He finds his life who loseth it, forever more it saith ; For truth and right are marching on".
To Serve the Craft in the Next Century "To bring the blind by a way that they knew not; to lead them in paths they have not known; to make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight; these things to do unto them, and not forsake them, and in a Brothers cause, to do ALL that may become men".
2 Be 1 Ask a Blue Lodge Member Mason in your neighborhood, it's close to where you live. Someone is always there to welcome you and answer your questions.
More about Albert Pike and Indian Territory Re-discovered Speech of Albert PikeFrom the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma
Welcome to the world's largest Scottish Rite Temple. With its Greco-Roman exterior and fourteen artistic rooms - each featuring a different architectural style and culture- it is a must see for anyone passing the Midwest. Open to the public Monday through Friday, except holidays. For additional information contact Robert G. Davis by mail at PO Box 70, Guthrie, OK 73044 or phone number 405-282-1281.
Built in 1921, The Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple is located on a ten acre site which was originally selected by the founders of the City of Guthrie for the Oklahoma State Capitol. They named the area Capitol Park.
Once inside, visit the Egyptian Room This room serves as an auditorium and, though smaller than the main auditorium, will seat six hundred and fifty people on the main floor and balcony. It is used for moderate sized productions as well as for meetings and lectures. Stage facilities include eighteen scenery drops, complete lighting, sound equipment and dressing rooms. Clyde Upham designed this room after a study of ancient Egyptian tombs, using the Queen Isis Court of the Dead as the pattern. The painted ceiling represents the celestial globe. Birds, located at each corner, are Egyptian symbols for birth, life' marriage, and death. It is interesting to note that while the hieroglyphics on the north wall are three-dimensional, those on the south are one-dimensional. The image takes you to the main page of the Grand Oklahoma site.
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation
As a Knight Templar, one has many opportunities to help others who are less fortunate. One way is through the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. The Eye Foundation is a Great Humanitarian Charity whose purpose is to provide research, surgical treatment and hospitalization to those who suffer from diseases or injury to the eyes.
Any questions or comments regarding the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. can email email@example.com.
The Knights Templar Educational Foundation
The Knights Templar Educational Foundation, the first program of its kind, was organized in 1922. Since then, more than $32 million dollars has been loaned to students to complete their last two years of college. This financial assistance is given without regard to race, color, creed, age or Masonic affiliation.
In recent years, some Grand Commanderies have also been offering Scholarship Grants to students who are members of Masonic-related Youth Groups.
The Holy land Pilgrimage
Another major fund Raising campaign is constantly under way. The Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Isreal.
This foundation raises money to send ministers and pastors to the Holy Land so they may experience 'the paths that Jesus walked'. They visit Nazareth, Galilee, Jerusalem, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, who is said to have been the appointed keeper of the 'Holy Grail' and who was present and assisted in the preparation of Jesus' body for burial.
General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International.The Center for Central Auditory Research ..is funded by RARA. This philanthropy of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International has been a leader in supporting Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) research since 1974.
What is Eastern Star?
"The Order of the Eastern Star?"
Only men who are Masons are eligible and only women with
specific Masonic affiliation may be members. These affiliations
Affiliated Master Masons in good standing, the wives ,daughters ,legally adopted daughters ,mothers widows, sisters, half sisters, granddaughters, stepmothers, stepdaughters, stepsisters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, great granddaughters, nieces, great nieces, mothers-in-law sisters-in-law,
and daughters of sisters or brothers of affiliated Master Masons in good standing, or if deceased were in good standing at the time of their death; as well as members - either active for three(3) years or majority - of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls or of the International Order of Job's daughters, each of whom having attained to at least the age of eighteen (18) years, are eligible to membership in the Order of the Eastern Star.
How to join: To inquire about membership, talk to a current member, or contact a local chapter. To find chapters in your area, contact the Grand Secretary of that state or province. Petitions are carefully read, eligibility investigated and election to membership must be by unanimous vote. The Order strives to select persons of mental, moral and spiritual quality who will work together in harmony to perform its objectives.
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Masonic relationship requirements for membership include girls between the ages of 11 and 20 who are direct descendants of a Master Mason, adopted daughters by law, step-daughters, step-granddaughters, sisters, half-sisters, step-sisters, sisters-in-law, nieces, grandnieces, or first or second cousins of a Master Mason or so related to his wife or widow, or who are daughters, step-daughters, granddaughters, or step-granddaughters or Majority Members of Job's Daughters.
Grand Encampment, Knights Templar of the United States of
General Grand Council of Royal Arch Masons, International Royal Arch
General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons, International.. Cryptic Council
York Rite Freem@sonry, The International Information Site . York Rite
Three Degrees Of The Knights Templar
Order Of Red Cross
Here we revert to the period of the Royal Arch Degree when the Jews were returning from Babylon to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. One of their number prevails upon King Darius to restore the Holy Vessels to the new Temple. They had been carried away by the Babylonian armies when the first Temple was destroyed. In presenting his plea before the King, The Companion gives a powerful testimony to the almighty force of Truth.
Order Of Malta
Shifting to the time of the Crusades, admission to the Mediterranean Pass is sought so that a safe pilgrimage to the Holy Sepulchre might be undertaken. This is a sublime and sacred Order, which culminates in the enrollment of the supplicant as a Knight of Malta
Order Of The Temple
No Degree or Order in Masonry is more solemn, impressive or soul-searching than the Order Of The Temple. It is a fitting climax to the labors of the humble penitent, who has faithfully performed the seven symbolic years of preparation for this consummation of his endeavors. He is knighted a Christian warrior.
Knights Templar were so named because of their close association with the site of the Temple during the years they occupied Jerusalem. The Ancient Order Of The Temple has been dispersed and its warlike spirit has passed away. There remains, however, a spirit of refined and moral Chivalry, which prompts its members to be ever ready to defend the weak, the innocent, the helpless and the Oppressed.
The Order Of The Temple is often called the most beautiful of all Orders and Degrees of Masonry. No Mason, who is a believer in the Christian religion, should be satisfied until he has received this -- the capstone of the York Rite.
How to become a member
of a Commandery of Knights Templar You must minimally be a Member of a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in good standing and must petition a Commandery of Knights Templar. It is strongly encouraged that you also be a member of a Council of Royal and Select Masons, but this is not a prerequisite.
To petition a Commandery of Knights Templar for membership, you must first be a member of a Masonic Lodge and other pre-requisite bodies, and must profess a belief In the Christian Religion. Commanderies organize many social activities, including Ladies Auxiliaries, Drill Competitions, Public Divine Services, Family Picnics, Organized Trips, Dinner Parties and Entertainment, Christmas Observances, Easter Sunrise Services, and Memorial Services.
Question on Religion and Freemasonry Expanded Edition by Jim Tresner, Ph.D., 33rd degree,
Forward by MW Allan Large, Grand Master of Masons of the State of Oklahoma
Jim Tresner is the Director of the Masonic Leadership Institute. He holds the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, is the Director of the 33rd degree Conferral Team at his Temple, and is Director of the Works at the Guthrie Scottish Rite temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He holds a B.A. with majors in Communications, Theatre, English and Psycology, an M.A. in Communications Theory, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Business Communications
The Knife and Fork Degree
I do not attend the meetings
I have not the time to spare
But every time they have a feast
You will surely see me there
I cannot help with the degrees
For I do not know the work
But I can applaud the speakers
And handle a knife and fork
I am so rusty with the ritual
That it seems like Greek to me
But practice has made me perfect
In the knife and fork degree.
From Charles Lloyd Cowser, Secretary
Olive Branch Lodge No. 792 Weatherford, Texas
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard
it. Do not believe simply because
it has been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not
believe in anything simply because it is written in Holy Scriptures.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of Teachers, elders or wise men.
Believe only after careful observation and analsis, when you find that
it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all,
then accept it and live up to it.
The Buddha on Belief from the Kalama Sutta
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