The process of building a great edifice
consists of working the rough rock into perfect ashlars and uniting or massing
them together łon the square,˛ according to the plan of the Architect. Each
unit has to be prepared for a place and has to possess all the qualities
necessary for its place. It is the aggregation of these units that makes
the structure, and to make a perfect whole, each unit must be complete and
perfect as such.
According to Masonic tradition, at the
Temple of Jerusalem each stone was tried, and none was passed on to the building
unless it was sound and true to the plan. When passed, besides the marks
of the individual craftsman and of juxtaposition, it had also the mark of
approval, without which it would not be received at the Temple.
This latter mark was an Equilateral
Triangle, held generally in the ancient east as a symbol of the Deity. It
was only put on material that had been carefully inspected and found to be of
sound and according to the plan, and was therefore considered to be the Divine
mark of approval. The Equilateral Triangle, with jod or ray of light
within it, was the unpronounceable name of God.
Our Perfect Ashlar in the Northwest
quadrant of the Honolulu Lodge room has both of these marks, that of the
individual craftsman and the mark of approval. You are welcome to inspect
the work brothers.