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(I)    In the Preparation Room

As a reminder, it was in this room that you began your Masonic experience as a candidate for the Entered Apprentice degree. I would, however, like to remind you that you began this Masonic journey of your own free will and accord because it is only by your own commitment that Freemasonry can become truly meaningful to you.

  • You were asked particular questions by the Junior Deacon. You may like to have a copy of these questions along with a list of qualifications for initiation to take with you. These articles you will also remember ( a slipper, hoodwink and cable tow.) You learned that these articles have a symbolic meaning in fact, several closely associated meanings.
     
  • You will recall that you entered the Lodge in darkness, that you carried no minerals or metals either as weapons or wealth, and that you came neither naked nor clothed and without worldly distinction, for the Masons who awaited you were interested in your inner character and not your social position or your outward appearance. You entered the Lodge neither barefoot nor shod both as an indication of your serious intent and your humility. The cable tow was also a symbol of your willingness to subject yourself to initiation so that you might enter into the tie of Masonic Brotherhood.

(II)    In the Lodge Room and behind the Altar

Here you knelt at the Altar of Freemasonry for the first time while a prayer was given, asking that the Creator of the Universe might grant you Masonic wisdom and that through your Masonic experience you might be better able to act with brotherly love and to understand that which is true for now and forever.

  • You were asked a most important question. Do you remember what that question was? 
     
  • Having given this answer, you were assured that no danger lay ahead. Your trust was well placed and your immediate safety in the hands of a friend. And thus began your Masonic journey within this Brotherhood of men.

(III)  With the assistance of the Senior Deacon, you then circled the Lodge turning from East to West as the Sun rises and sets. At that moment you were partaking of one of the oldest rituals of mankind, the symbolic following of the Sun path and the celebration of light and life. The Sun, for Masons, is a symbol of a greater light, the light of that creative wisdom and love which created the Universe.

(IV), This celebration of light as a symbol of life, wisdom and God’s plan of creation was again dramatized following your obligation. Do you remember the nature of this dramatization and its special relation to you? This same ceremony also symbolized the commitment of the Brethren of this Lodge to assist you by both instruction and friendship in your apprenticeship, for your sacred promises had made you a brother.

(V)  For the first time you observed the great symbols of Freemasonry in their proper arrangement for the Entered Apprentice degree. The principal instruments of the Craft, whose teachings you are now in the process of understanding, radiate their symbolic meaning to the Craft and especially to the Worshipful Master of this Lodge who has the special responsibility of the government of the Masons who gather here. For this reason we never walk between these symbols, when they are properly displayed upon our altar, and the Master’s station.

  • Your first view of these principal symbols of Freemasonry in conjunction with the Volume of Sacred Law was lighted by the flames of the three Lesser Lights.
     
  • You will remember that the three lesser lights are symbols of those regulating principles in Nature and of the necessary government of a society in which peace and progress are the goals and, in particular, in the society of Freemasons.

(VI) Penalties of your obligation. These penalties have been a part of Freemasonry ritual from the days when such penalties were grim realities. The old and terrible penalties are today symbolic only. However, a violation of your obligation still carries sobering consequences, including the loss of self-respect and the respect of your Masonic Brethren as well as the Fraternity at large.

(VII) Do you recall the working tools of an Entered Apprentice?  No doubt you noticed how well the use of the tools by Masons who worked in stone was employed to instruct Masons who work in the building of character. 

(VIII) Here, each of us has stood while the Worshipful Master presented us with the badge of a Mason, the Lambskin Apron, a badge which, because of the character and the actions of this Fraternity, is honored around the World. For most Master Masons, it was a moment that will never be forgotten.

(IX) As an accepted candidate you were told that you would learn more about the symbolic lodge in which Masons meet. In the Entered Apprentice degree you were given this information. You learned that a Lodge must be furnished with the Holy Bible, the square and the compasses, whose Masonic teachings are the Great Lights within this Lodge. The Lodge receives its official right to exist and to work by means of a charter . 

  • You will remember that the Lodge is said to be a special shape or form. This form was anciently thought to be the shape of the World in which we have our human existence. The Masonry which we are to practice in the World embraces beliefs fundamental to mankind. In keeping with the far flung dimensions of the symbolic Lodge, the roof is the clouded canopy, the symbol of God’s overarching presence in which we hope to find ourselves by the practice of faith, hope and, most importantly, love.
     
  • It is important to remember that it is not walls which support this symbolic Lodge but rather the essentials of all man’s finest endeavors, namely, Wisdom, Strength and Beauty. 
     
  • The symbolic Lodge is adorned with both Ornaments and Jewels, the latter being the   jewels of spiritual worth, and not those of monetary value. Its ornaments, you will remember, are the Mosaic Pavement which, with its black and white tiles, reminds us of both the good and the agony which life can bring. The Border which surrounds it (do you remember its name?) symbolizes the blessings of God whose radiance is represented by the symbol of a Blazing Star.
     
  • There are six jewels which enhance the Symbolic Lodge. Let us name them over: The Square, which teaches Morality; the Level, which teaches Equality; and the Plumb, that instrument which in everyday practice tells when walls are truly vertical and erect, which symbolically teaches the upright, the just and the honest life. To these are added the rough Ashlar and the perfect Ashlar (point out). The rough Ashlar is emblematic of man without knowledge, rough, and lacking self-discipline and proper training. The perfect Ashlar, square and finished, symbolizes the man which we all hope to become. The Trestle Board reminds us that God has communicated His wisdom and His will through His creation and His inspiration of men. Thus He has given us the plans for spiritual building. 

(X)    Return to Northeast Corner

You were conducted to the Northeast corner of the Lodge the place where you found yourself at the close of the Entered Apprentice degree. It is a place poised between the darkness and the light a place of beginnings in your Masonic journey toward the East, where the Light of Masonry shall gleam with increased brilliance in the Degree of the Fellowcraft.

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BROTHERLY LOVE.

By the exercise of Brotherly Love we are taught to regard the whole human species as one family  the high and low, rich and poor; who, as created by one Almighty Parent, and inhabitants of the same planet, are to aid, support and protect each other. On this principle, Masonry unites men of every country, sect and opinion, and conciliates true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF FREEMASONRY

TENETS

The tenets of your profession as a Mason are BROTHERLY LOVE, RELIEF, and, TRUTH.

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RELIEF.

To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly on Masons, who profess to be linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection. To soothe the unhappy, sympathize with their misfortunes, compassionate their miseries, and restore peace to their troubled minds, is the grand aim we have in view. On this basis we form our friendships and establish our connections.

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TRUTH.

Truth is a divine attribute, and the foundation of every virtue. To be good and true is the first lesson we are taught in Masonry. On this theme we contemplate, and by its dictates endeavor to regulate our conduct. Hence, while influenced by this principle, hypocrisy and deceit are unknown among us; sincerity and plain dealing distinguish us, and the heart and tongue join in promoting each other’s welfare and rejoicing in each others prosperity.

Review for the Entered Apprentice

General Plan of a Lodge Room, Officers’ Jewels, and Officers’ Places
Symbols of Entered Apprentice Degree
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CARDINAL VIRTUES

The four Cardinal Virtues are TEMPERANCE, FORTITUDE, PRUDENCE and JUSTICE

Temperance is that due restraint upon our affections and passions which renders the body tame and governable and frees the mind from the allurements of vice.

Fortitude is that noble and steady purpose of mind whereby we are enabled to undergo any pain, peril or danger when prudentially deemed expedient.

Prudence teaches us to regulate our lives and actions agreeably to the dictates of reason, and is that habit by which we wisely judge and prudentially determine on all things relative to our present as well as our future happiness.

Justice is that standard or boundary of right which enables us to render unto every man his just due without distinction. This virtue is not only consistent with divine and human laws but is the very cement and support of a civil society.

ACCORD (v)  to agree, agreement

ARCHIVES (n)  a storage place for documents and records

AVOUCH (v)  to acknowledge

AWE (v)   Reverential fear; amazement

BIAS (n)  prejudice; influence or affect unduly

CENSURE (n)  condemnation or blame

COUNTENANCE (v)  approval; support; encourage; favor

COWEN (n)  a person who lays brick or stone without mortar impersonating a skilled mason

DEBASE (v)  to lower in character; degrade

DEMEANOR (n)  behavior; manner

DENOTES (v)  represents; signifies

DEROGATORY (adj.)  lessening in good reputation

DIVINE PROVIDENCE  God’s blessing

DEITY (n)  God

DIVEST (v)  to strip; dispossess; deprive

ECLIPTIC (n)  apparent path of the sun

EMBLEMATICAL (adj.)  serving as an emblem; symbolic

EMINENT (adj.)  standing above others; distinguished

EQUIVOCATION (n)  a deception arising from the use of a word

FERVENT (adj.)  enthusiasm

FRUITION (n)  realization; the yielding of natural or expected results

IMMEMORIAL (adj.)  extending beyond memory of record

IMPLORE (v)  to call to urgently

INCULCATE (v)  to teach; to impress upon the mind

INDENTED TESSEL (n)  the skirt work around the lodge originally;  a chord tied in lovers knots and having tessels emblematical of the ties of brotherhood

INESTIMABLE (adj.)  above price; very valuable

INTEMPERANCE (v)  lack of moderation especially in the use of alcohol

INVIOLABLE (adj.)  that which must not or can not be violated

INVIOLATE (adj.)  pure; unbroken

INVOKING (v)  to call on for aid or protection

MAXIM (n)  a brief statement of a practical principle

MENTAL RESERVATION (n)  the unexpressed qualifications of a statement that would, if uttered, effect or alter its meaning so as to violate its truth

PRECEPT (n)  a prescribed rule of conduct or action

RASHNESS (adj.)  acting without forethought

REPROACH (v)  to bring disgrace upon; blame, discredit

SUPERFLUITY (n)  wastefulness; intemperance

TOKEN (n)  a visible sign; evidence

TRANSGRESS (v)  to break the bounds of; sin; exceed

ZEAL (n)  enthusiastic devotion

E.A. DEGREE  WORD DEFINITION

Elected Officers
  • Worshipful Master
  • Senior Warden
  • Junior Warden
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
Appointed Officers
  • Senior Deacon
  • Junior Deacon
  • Senior Steward
  • Junior Steward
  • Marshal
  • Tyler
  • Chaplain