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Cyclopedic Meanings and Bible References
Pure gold is 24
karats. The karat of gold alloy is determined by the percentage of pure
gold. For instance 18K gold is 750 parts pure gold and 250 parts other
metal or 18 parts pure gold and 6 parts other metal.
Of The House Shall Tremble
Refers to the infirmities of
old age. By
the house is meant the body of man, the arms and legs weakened by old age, are
the keepers. Eccles. 12:3
ancients the key was a symbol of authority and power; this was true among the
Hebrews. Following this ancient symbolism the crossed keys are the Jewel
of the Treasurer of a Lodge, because he is responsible for the purse and for
receiving and paying out the funds for the Fraternity. In the Royal Arch
Degree and in the Secret Master, or Fourth Degree of the Scottish Rite, the
key is the symbol of secrecy. It is a reminder that the secrets of
Freemasonry are to be locked up or concealed in the heart.
Isa. 22:22 - Matt. 16:19
stone placed in the center of an arch which preserves the others in their
places, and secures the firmness and stability to the arch. As it was
formerly the custom of Operative Masons to place a peculiar mark on each
stone of the building to designate the workman by whom it had been adjusted,
so the Keystone was most likely to receive the most prominent mark, that of
the superintendent of the structure. Such is related to have occurred
to that Keystone which plays so important a part in the legend of the Royal
Arch Degree. The objection has sometimes been made, that the arch was
unknown in the time of Solomon. But this objection has been completely
laid to rest by the researches of antiquaries and travelers within a few
years past. Wilkinson discovered arches with regular keystones in the
doorways of the tombs of Thebes, the construction of which he traced to the
year 15540 B.C., or 460 years before the building of the Temple of Solomon.
And Dr. Clark asserts that the Cyclopean gallery of Tiryns exhibits
lancet-shaped arches almost as old as the time of Abraham. In fact, in
the Solomonic era, the construction of the arch must have been known to the
Dionysian Artificers, of whom, it is a freely received theory, many were
present at the building of the Temple. EXAMPLE
Another shape used is a double keystone; that
is, a keystone on top of a larger keystone.
This is a
village in Ayrshire Scotland, reputed to be the site of
the earliest Masonic Lodge of that country, and of great Masonic influence in
German, meaning imperial-royal, or royally privileged. Loosely, it means
"by appointment" (usually to a Prince or Count). Printed mark
may be found on a variety of types of articles made in Austria and Bohemia
Chapter meets as a Lodge of Mark, Past, or Most Excellent Masters, the Senior
Warden represents Zerubbabel, prince or governor of Judah, and is designated
"king." This is because of the rule of Persia that the High Priest
should serve as the vicegerent of the king of Persia in Palestine, and the
governor acted as a subordinate. Jesjua the High Priest served as
vicegerent in Palestine; Zerubbabel as prince or governor...
Ezra 2:2 - Ezra 3:1-9 - Zech. 4:1-14
knees has, in all ages of the world, been considered as an act of reverence
and humility, and hence Pliny, the Roman naturalist, observes, that "a
certain degree of religious reverence is attributed to the knees of
man." Solomon placed himself in this position when he prayed at the
consecration of the Temple; and Freemasons use the same posture in some
portions of their ceremonies, as a token of solemn reverence.
2 Chr. 6:13,14 - Matt. 17:14,15 - Rom. 14:11
When, in his
devotions to the Grand Architect of the Universe, he seeks forgiveness for the
past and strength for the future, the Freemason is taught that he should, in
all these offices of prayer, join his brother's name with his own. The
prerogative that Job, in his blindness, thought was denied to him, when he
exclaimed, "Oh that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth
for his neighbor!" is here not only taught as a right, but inculcated as
a duty; and the knee is directed to be bent in intercession, not for ourselves
alone, but for the whole household of our Brethren.
Knife and Fork Degree
This is a
sarcastic term used of those Masons who take more delight in the banquet and
other festivities of the Lodge than they do in its more serious labors.
Commander of the Court of Honor or K.C.C.H.
The Court of
Honor is an honorary body between the Thirty Second and the Thirty Third
Degrees of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, Ancient
and Accepted Scottish Rite. It was established to confer honor on
certain Brethren whose zeal and work for the Scottish Rite Freemasonry
entitled them to recognition. This Court of Honor is composed of all
Thirty Third Degree Masons, whether active or honorary, and also such Thirty
Second Degree Masons as the Supreme Council may select. In the Court of
Honor there are two ranks, that of Knight Commander and that of Grand
Cross. Only three Grand Crosses can be selected at each regular session
of the Supreme Council. Each active Thirty Third Degree member may
nominate one Thirty Second Degree member for the honor and decoration of
Knight Commander. In addition, he is entitled to nominate for this honor
one Thirty Second Degree member for every forty Fourteenth Degree Masons made
in his Jurisdiction since the preceding regular session of the Supreme
Council. The rank of Knight Commander or Grand Cross cannot be applied
for, and if applied for, must be refused. The Court of Honor assembles
as a body when called together by the Grand Commander, and is presided over by
the Grand Cross named by the Grand Commander.
The piety or
superstition of the age had induced multitudes of pilgrims in the eleventh and
twelfth centuries to visit Jerusalem for the purpose of offering their
devotions at the sepulcher of the Lord and the other holy places in that
city. Many of these religious wanderers were weak or aged, almost all of
them unarmed, and thousands of them were subjected to insult, to pillage, and
often to death, inflicted by the hordes of Arabs who, even after the capture
of Jerusalem by the Christians, continued to infest the sea coast of Palestine
and the roads to the capitol. To protect the pious pilgrims thus exposed
to plunder and bodily outrage, nine French knights, the followers of Baldwyn,
united, in the year 1118, in a military confraternity or brotherhood in arms,
and entered into a solemn compact to aid each other in clearing the roads, and
defending the pilgrims in their passage to the holy city. Uniting the
monastic with the military character, they took, in the presence of the
Patriarch of Jerusalem, the usual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience,
and with great humility assumed the title Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ.
Their story is told well in the John J. Robinson book, Born in Blood, a review
of which can be read here.
In the dualism
of Freemasonry, knowledge is symbolized by light, as ignorance is by
darkness. To be initiated, to receive light is to acquire knowledge; and
the cry of the neophyte for light is the natural aspiration of the soul for
knowledge. Prov. 8:10 - Prov. 22:17
The sacred book
of the Mohammedans, and believed by them to contain a record of the
revelations made by God to Mohammed, and afterward dictated by him to an
amanuensis, since the prophet could neither read or write. In a Lodge
consisting wholly of Mohammedans, the Koran would be esteemed as the
Book of Law, and take the place on the altar which is occupied in Christian
Lodges by the Bible.
York Cross of Honor or K.Y.C.H.
ballot after nomination from other holders of the K.Y.C.H. at one of their
regular meetings. To be qualified you have to have been installed as and
some say: "served as... not just installed" as a: (1.)
Worshipful Master of a Masonic Blue Lodge. (2.)
Excellent High priest of a Royal Arch Chapter. (3.) Illustrious Master
of a Council of Royal and Select Master or Council of Cryptic Masons.
(4.) Eminent Commander of a Commandery of Knights Templar.
Add up the number of
required years to be the head of each of the above four bodies and that is
how long it would take to have the K.Y.C.H., if you were ever elected to
The crown in
their jewel is for dedicating your life to the service God and Man as any
true leader or (KING) would under the eye of GOD. The four emblems
representing the four Masonic bodies which compose the York Rite of
Freemasonry. The Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter, Council of Royal and
Select Masters, and Knights Templar. The four color four
ribbon cord representing the colors of the four orders are symbolic of:
Blue: Masonic Lodge;
Red: Royal Arch Chapter;
Purple: Cryptic Masons;
and White: Knights Templars.
The rays representing
the ever giving flow of light and knowledge by service to the orders and
mankind. The quadrant with the appropriate color for the body served.
Greek: γνῶθι σεαυτόν,
English phonetics pronunciation:
gnōthi seauton (also
... sauton with the ε
contracted), was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the
Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek periegetic (travelogue)
Pausanias (10.24.1). The
maxim, or aphorism, "Know Thyself" has had a variety of meanings attributed to
it in literature. The
Suda, a tenth century encyclopedia of Greek Knowledge, says: "the proverb
is applied to those whose boasts exceed what they are,"
and that "know thyself" is a warning to pay no attention to the
opinion of the multitude.
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