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The Father of The York Rite

Thomas Smith Webb is considered to be the Father of the York Rite or the American Rite. Born on October 30, 1771, in Boston, Massachusetts, Webb grew up as a printer’s apprentice in Boston before continuing in New Hampshire. In New Hampshire, he completed the three Ancient Craft Masonry degrees at the Rising Sun Lodge in 1790. In 1793, Thomas Smith Webb moved to Albany, where he started a paper staining factory.  

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The Masonic Rose

The rose is a flower that has been used in the traditions, folklore, and symbolism of several cultures and religions all through the ages. The rose has represented romance, wisdom, duality and other concepts. It is a complex symbol that means more than meets the eye. The dictionary definition of the rose plant states that it is a prickly shrub with showy flowers and pinnate leaves. According to Greek mythology, the rose was created by Chloris, the goddess of flowers. Chloris found the body of a nymph and turned the body into a flower. Chloris called Dionysus, who added nectar to the flower to give it a sweet fragrance. Aphrodite was invited to give the flower beauty. The god of...

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Royal Arch Masonry Symbols

The Royal Arch Degree is one with several esoteric meanings and symbolism. The Royal Arch degree is an additional degree that Master Masons can go through. It completes the story of the 3rd Degree Master Mason.    Symbols of the High Priest First, we’ll look at symbols associated with the High Priest, which is the title of the presiding officer in the American Royal Arch. Image credit: www.biblestudy.org  Exo 28:4  And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. The...

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The Crown and The Cross

The Crown and the Cross is a logo of the Knights Templar within the York Rite Appendage body. The Crown and the Cross is also a popular symbol in Christianity. This shows how the Knights Templar is founded on Christian principles and symbolism. The logo unites the Crown and the Cross symbols. When the two symbols are united, they form a unique meaning. But separately, each symbol has a vast history and symbolic interpretation. James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”       Revelations 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil...

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Knights Templar Uniforms

In this blog post, we’ll describe and compare the uniforms of the Masonic Knights Templars and that of the historical Templars of the Crusades. Their uniforms are different even though they share similar names.    Uniforms of the Historical Knights Templar Image credit: http://www.medievalwarfare.info/templars.htm The Knights Templar were identified by the white mantle decorated with the red cross pattee their knights wore. The sergeants wore a brown mantle. When the Knights Templar were first established, they did not wear the red cross on their uniforms as they were not permitted to do so. The Knights Templar were a noble body that followed strict guidelines and regulations with uniform conformity. Knights Templar Tunic Outfits Collection   In 1129, the Templar Rule was written...

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