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Masonic News & Views - The Middle Chamber
June 03, 2012
In the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry the candidate is symbolically conducted to the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple, but what is the symbolism of the approach to the chamber?
In its Companion to the Monitor the Grand Lodge of Iowa explains this fully. Consider the following excerpts:
“The journey to the Middle Chamber is based upon a legend connected with the building of King Solomon's Temple. Like most Masonic teachings it is symbolic, and if you would profit by its lessons and apply them to the building and beautifying of your own Spiritual Temple, you must really work as a Speculative Mason….
"It is said that at the building of the Temple, Fellow Crafts met in the Middle Chamber on the evening of the sixth day of every week to receive their wages. None but the worthy craftsmen were admitted, and these were invested with certain mysterious signs, tokens, and words, by means of which they were able to pass the guards….The journey (to the Middle Chamber) is an allegory, a symbol of the journey of life and the reward for faithful living….
"In our journey from the quarries to the Middle Chamber, we are now within the precincts of the Temple, and before us is the beautiful arched gateway which leads to the inner court. Passing through this gateway we come to the porch and the entrance of the Temple, where you observe two brazen pillars, one on the right hand, the other on the left, called Jachin and Boaz….
"We have considered the names Boaz and Jachin as meaning strength and establishment. An equally good translation of the word Boaz is power, and of the word Jachin, wisdom or control….
"Masonry conducts you between these pillars and earnestly recommends them to your attention. You need the things they typify: power—physical, mental, and moral strength to stand for the right, strength on occasion to say No; control—that your power may not be wasted but brings only good to yourself and to your fellows; wisdom—to make the right decisions in the issues of life from day to day….
"If with strength comes wisdom, if with power comes control, you may confidently hope to reach your Middle Chamber and receive wages….
"There is nothing in the Biblical description of the Pillars...to indicate that they were surmounted by Globes; but Masons of modern times have added those symbols, delineating on one the divisions of the earth and on the other heavenly bodies….
"Hence, the Globes denote the universality of Masonry and teach us so to regulate our lives that when we pass from earth, the terrestrial, it may be to that other and better world, the celestial….
"In our symbolic journey we have reached a flight of winding stairs (consisting of three, five, and seven steps). In a symbolic sense you are now preparing for your life work, and the stairs are to climb from the depths of your earthly nature to the heights of a moral and spiritual life….
"A winding stairway is one to try a man's soul; you can see only to the next turning, perhaps only one step in advance. You cannot SEE the Middle Chamber; you must depend upon your faith that there is a Middle Chamber. Once started, there can be no return; and as the Worshipful Master informed you, it will be necessary that you make regular advance; none other will serve. It is only by your own honest effort that you can climb the stairs. And then, no matter how hard you try, you may never reach the Middle Chamber of your boyhood dreams.
"Pillars we may consider as symbols of our faith in God, and the Three Steps teach that we are dependent on Him and that our first care should be to harmonize our will with His to build our Temple agreeable to the Divine Plan….
"By the five steps you are taught to use Order in the architecture of your Temple and to improve yourself by a rational development of all your natural powers….
"The seven steps symbolize that the crowning glory of man is the development of mind and spirit;...your destiny as an immortal being requires you to ascend step by step until you reach the summit where the treasures of TRUTH await you....Unless you have acquired the secret signs, tokens, and words of the faithful Craftsman by putting into daily practice the moral and spiritual teachings found in the Great Light of Masonry, you cannot pass the inner door to the place of wages."
Until next we meet, keep climbing.
Information from Handbook of Freemasonry - Missouri
Now, on with the news........................
Tuesday, June 5, 2012: Ava Lodge No. 26 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their regular communication. Worhsipful Master Warren Gunter's youngest son, Dylan, will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner will be a chicken and noodle dish with salad and dessert. Dinner will be ready at 6:30 and the Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012: The Brethren of Friend Lodge No. 352 will recognize the service of all Past Masters during their regular communication. Dinner will be ready at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.
Thursday & Friday, June 7 & 8, 2012: Ava Chapter, O.E.S. will hold their annual yard sale at the lodge hall in Ava, MO. Donations are welcome beforehand, and while your patronage is appreciated the cost of admission is just a friendly word and a smile.
Saturday, June 9, 2012: Henderson Lodge No. 477 will host a Concealed Carry Weapons Class at the lodge hall, 127 East Center Sreet in Rogersville, MO. beginning at 9:00 AM.
Chad Porter - C-417-763-1041 H- 417-753-3082 - chad.porter'at'trane.com
Saturday, June 9, 2012: The Brethren of O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7 proudly present the 9th Annual Pickin in the Park Bluegrass and Country Music Festival. This event will be held in the City Park in Walnut Grove, Missouri. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy fourteen Country and Bluegrass Bands playing from 11am to 10pm. Come out for a great day and night of music. Adults $6.00; Family $15.00. All proceeds go to charities in the area. For more information call WB Steve Gilkey or contact any member of O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7.
Saturday, June 9, 2012: It's time for the annual Good Times BBQ & Music event on the grounds of Sparta Lodge No. 296, 7702 State Hwy 14 East, Sparta, MO. Music will be provided by:
There will be a small auction somewhere about the middle of the event. Several new hand tools and power tools along with various other items. Please plan on attending; don't forget mark this down on your calendar. Tickets can be purchased that day or you can call John Van Slyke to purchase in advance.
Saturday, June 23, 2012: Ash Grove Lodge No. 100 will hold an open house between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. You are invited to visit the remodeled historic lodge. Refreshments will be served. Ash Grove Lodge No. 100 has been part of the community for more than 100 years. The lodge is located in downtown Ash Grove above the public library.
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.
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. Details are still being finalized and 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.
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