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Masonic News & Views - The Fellow Craft Degree
July 01, 2012
Greetings Brother,

The second section of the Fellow Craft degree is, to my mind, one of the most beautiful and inspiring works in all of Masonry. The lecture alone has been known to inspire men to higher and nobler deeds. And so, let us continue our study of the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry.

What is the objective of the lecture in the Fellow Craft degree?

No matter how well grounded a candidate may be in the subjects covered by the Middle Chamber lecture, he is not, nor ever will be so learned that he may conscientiously cease his studies and rest on his laurels. It is said that "Freemasonry is a progressive science." So must the acquisition of useful knowledge be continuously progressive in the life of man, an ever onward march that never ceases. Otherwise, he will become stagnant and his position in society will become less secure and less valuable to his fellow man. Freemasonry expects its votaries to seek, to learn, and thus by precept and example to teach. Thus, and only thus, can the Craft carry out its human activity and accomplish its mission.

All useful knowledge rests upon ELEMENTARY fundamentals, which may profitably be reviewed in order to keep them in proper perspective and to remind that the process of education never ceases. The Fellow Craft degree accomplishes this by reviewing the basic elements of education. It reminds the candidate how far man has progressed in the acquisition of useful knowledge. Thus, it sets before him a progressive pattern for the future. The Middle Chamber lecture, therefore, with its elementary fundamentals presents a logical approach to Truth and permits the candidate to view in true perspective the Grand Architect and His works.

The detailed discussion on the Five Orders of Architecture fixes the candidate's attention on the growth and importance of architecture and displays the magnitude of its influence on the progress of man. It emphasizes that architecture is a symbol of the very foundation of Freemasonry, which is a speculative science derived from an operative art.

Why do Freemasons put so much emphasis on Geometry?

The place of Geometry in the Masonic system is not only historical, but a most natural emphasis on a basic science which is essential to building. The lecture of the Fellow Craft degree records its importance to the Craft.

Historically, the Egyptians were one of the first peoples to cultivate Geometry as a science. From Egypt it passed over into other countries and Geometry and Operative Masonry have always been found together; the latter carrying into execution the designs which were first made possible according to the principles of the former.

Speculative Masonry, in like manner, is intimately connected with Geometry. Since Masonry derives its most important symbols from the science of Geometry it is natural that it should be given a place of great prominence in Masonic ritual. Geometry is not only synonymous with Freemasonry but with the art of building as well, and since Freemasonry teaches that each individual should erect within himself a spiritual temple it is natural that the tools of architecture and geometry be used as symbols in carrying out that instruction.

Freemasonry has sometimes been described as a search for Truth. What is that but a study of all available information by which one can better discern Truth?

Until next time, may we always meet upon the level and part upon the square.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

Source material from Handbook of Freemasonry - Missouri

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Now, on with the news........................

Monday, July 2, 2012: Daylight Lodge No. 678 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their regular business meeting. One duly elected candidate will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Breakfast will be ready at 7:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 8:30 AM. All Entered Apprentice Masons are welcome.

Monday, July 2, 2012: We're re-starting the Metropolitan Scottish Rite Club! The MSRC has, in the past, been the largest and one of the most active Scottish Rite Clubs in the Valley and we're excited by the possibilities. The initial meeting will be held at Logan's Roadhouse in Springfield at 6:00 PM. If you reside in the Springfield area, or just happen to be in the area on July 2, come out and join us for this first meeting!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012: Friend Lodge No. 352 will have work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their regular business meeting. Dinner will be ready at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012: Ava Lodge No. 26 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their stated meeting. Donny Collins, who has been duly elected, will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.

Thursday, July 12, 2012: Forsyth Lodge No. 453 will have work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their stated meeting. Brother Clint Gailey will be presented for advancement to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, July 14, 2012: Temple Chapter No. 95 O.E.S. and Fellowship Lodge No. 345 A.F.& A.M. will host a MOCHIP Event today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 505 Byers Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. For more information on the Missouri Child Identification & Protection (MOCHIP) program visit www.mochip.org.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother Donny Collins is scheduled to be passed to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM.

There will be no meeting of the Buckeye Ritual Club in July. Meetings will recommence in August.

Friday, July 20, 2012: The Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill will be conferred upon worthy candidates by Ozark Order #109 at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building located at 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO.

  • Dinner will be served at 6pm. (Free for Candidates, Donation asked of Swordsmen) Conferral of the order will start at 7pm.
  • Petition and $25 initiation fee buys a lifetime membership into The Order and a night you will not soon forget!
  • For petition and more information, contact David Maggard at 417-234-6513 or drmaggard@gmail.com.
  • This event is hosted by Queen City Chapter #226, O.E.S.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Brothers Dylan Alcorn and Lawson Curtis are scheduled to be Raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. All Master Masons are invited in.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother Andy Mcloud is scheduled to be Raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. All Master Masons are invited in.

Friday, August 10, 2012: Most Worshipful Brother John W. Hess, Grand Master of Missouri Masons, will travel to Ava Lodge No. 26 to participate in the Raising of Brother Donny Collins. All Master Masons are invited in. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM.

Saturday, September 8, 2012: Save the date! The 2012 KCCH Memorial RiteCare Golf Tournament will be held at Deer Lake Golf Course in Springfield, MO. All proceeds will go to support the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinics and services right here in southwest Missouri. It's a worthy cause and a good time. Please do what you can to help the kids. Click here to open and save a flier for the event.
Details and updates will be posted on the JoplinKCCH Facebook page as they become available. In the meantime check out the great course for this year's tournament by visiting the Deer Lake Golf Course Web site.

As you can see there's lots of Masonry going on in Missouri. See the links below to keep up with the latest or to submit information for your upcoming meeting or event.

For more news of upcoming events and special communications visit the Upcoming Masonic Events page on Masonsmart.com

For a calendar of Stated meetings for many of the Lodges and Masonic bodies visit the Masonic Calendar page on Masonsmart.com

For help locating a lodge building visit the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map page on Masonsmart.com

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