Is anyone free Thursday, February 29th, at 6:30pm? We are hosting the Fantastic
Is anyone free Thursday, February 29th, at 6:30pm? We are hosting the Fantastic Teeth program, at:
The Arabia Shriners
10510 Harwin Dr.
Houston, TX 77036
and need all the help we can get to assemble these kits.
This program helps children and parents learn to prevent painful dental problems and avoid expensive treatment. We provide free tooth decay prevention kits and dental education to first graders across Houston and the State of Texas.
If you, your friends and families are interested in participating please let me know. Thanks in advance.
Open to: 2° and 3°
The Mason’s, “Passing,” from an Entered Apprentice
Open to: 2° and 3°
The Mason’s, “Passing,” from an Entered Apprentice to a Fellowcraft.
For the Medieval stonemasons, this degree marked a craftsman’s progression from an apprentice to a journeyman. In Freemasonry, the second degree represents the symbolic growth from youth to manhood as a Brother accepts more responsibility within the fraternity and commits to studying its teachings. As he grows in knowledge, he becomes a “fellow of the craft.”
Many Freemasons consider the second degree among the most moving ceremonies in the craft. At this stage, a Brother is expected to use the wisdom he’s gained through life’s many experiences to face any challenge that may come. During this degree, he delves deeper into the philosophies and symbolism of the craft.
The Fellow Craft degree teaches a man about the value of an informed mind, therefore preparing the candidate to take his place in the world as a good citizen, friend, and family man. This ceremony deepens the candidate’s connection to himself and, above all, teaches the Fellowcraft to be just with all mankind.
Fellowcraft or Master Masons in good standing with the Grand Lodge of Texas or with their respective Grand Lodges may attend.
Today in Masonic History we present The Palace by Rudyard Kipling.
When I was a King and a Mason A Master Proven and skilled I cleared me ground for a Palace Such as a King should build. I decreed and dug down to my levels; Presently, under the silt, I came on the wreck of a Palace, Such as a King had built.
There was no worth in the fashion There was no wit in the plan; Hither and thither, aimless, The ruined footings ran. Masonry, brute, mishandled, But carven on every stone, "After me cometh a Builder; Tell him I, too, have known."
Swift to my use in my trenches, Where my well-planned groundworks grew, I tumbled his quoins and his ashlars, And cut and rest them anew. Lime I milled of his marbles; Burned it, slacked it, and spread; Taking and leaving at pleasure The gifts of the humble dead.
Yet I despised not nor gloried, Yet, as we wrenched them apart, I read in the razed foundation The heart of that builder's heart. As he has risen and pleaded, So did I understand The form of the dream he had followed In the face of the thing he had planned.
When I was a King and a Mason, In the open noon of my pride, They sent me a Word from the Darkness - They whispered and called me aside. They said, "The end is forbidden." They said, "Thy use is fulfilled. Thy Palace shall stand as that other's - The spoil of a King who shall build."
I called my men from my trenches, My quarries, my wharves, and my sheers; All I had wrought I abandoned To the faith of the faithless years. Only I cut on the timber - Only I carved on the stone: "After me cometh a Builder; Tell him I, too, have known."