The lambskin Master Masonic apron was inspired by the aprons that stonemasons wore. It is a Freemason badge, and it is a sign of innocence. The Masonic apron is highly regarded amongst the finest decorations of Ancient Europe and Ancient Rome.
The Order of the Garter
The Order of the Garter is considered as the highest decoration that can be given to anyone by a Ruler in Britain. It started in medieval England as an order of knighthood. It is a very high honor for anyone to have the Order of the Garter bestowed on them.
The Roman Eagle
The Roman Eagle is made of bronze or silver, and it is a sign of imperial power to the Romans. The eagle is placed on top of the pole of military flags.
The Order of the Golden Fleece
The Order of the Golden Fleece is highly regarded as an Order of Knighthood. The Duke of Burgundy established it in 1429. He was a member of the royal family and made the fleece, the badge of the Order of Golden Fleece because wool was the major produce of the country. The Order of the Golden Fleece is one of the most brilliant orders in Europe.
The white leathern Master Mason apron made of lambskin, is the emblem of a Mason. It is a badge of innocence and it is more honorable than any Order than can be conferred on someone by any King or royal person. The Master Mason apron is older than the Roman Eagle or Golden Fleece. Only a Mason, one who is a member of a Masonic Lodge can wear this honorable apparel.
Men may wear various laurels on their head, hang various pendants on their breast and wear various other jewelry and richly decorated apparel. But none will match up to the honor and beauty of wearing the apron. It is a symbol of the highest purity and perfection. It also serves as a guide reminding Freemasons that all their deeds must be pure, noble and spotless before other men and their creator.
Purity and Innocence
The Master Mason apron serves as an object for teaching incoming Masons that no one can be awarded that honor but those that are pure in body and mind. In the ancient times, the Master Mason apron is more of a religious item than a decorative attire.
To be heavenly rewarded by the Supreme Being, a man must be pure and have a good conduct, living an exemplary life and doing good to men he encounters.
The High Priest, Melchizedek was the first to start wearing the Master Mason apron as a sign of his religious authority. The apron is a sign of a holy man, and it is a high honor for anyone to wear it.
A badge of distinction for those worthy
In ancient times, the Master Mason apron was worn as an honorary badge of distinction. High Priests and other senior religious officials wore specially ornamented apparel with girdles made of purple, crimson, blue, gold and white color. These special apparels were presented at special ceremonies.
Religious sects in various nations wore various aprons. Priests in nations like Egypt, Persia, Ethiopia and India all had their apparels. All these aprons were beautifully made, and they had they had unique designs on them. Some were colored white while others had colors like purple, gold, red, gold etc. Some of them had fringes, tassels and other unique colors around them. The aprons worn in various nations are further detailed below:
Essenes: The novices of the Jewish sect in Essene wore white robes.
Rome: White garments were worn by Roman priests when making sacrifices.
Hindostan: There, the sacred zennar was worn. It is a religious sash that serves as a substitute for the apron.
Scandinavia: Those that accomplished military exploits were presented with white shields in symbolic instructions similar to the way Freemason aprons were presented.
Israel: The priests among the Israelites wore a religious girdle.
Druids: The initiates among the Druids wore garments of various colors at each degree. Initiates at the last degree wore white to signify purity or perfection. The white signified that those who attained the last degree were those that have been cleansed of all impurities in their minds and bodies.
Japanese: Initiates in Japanese rites of initiation wore white aprons that were bound with girdles around the loins.
Persians: The Persian initiates wore white aprons.
The Grand Lodge in England
When the Grand Lodge was formed in England, the Master Apron was white in color without any ornament. It was made full scale, the same size as the apron of Operative Masons.
Master Mason Apron
A Master Mason apron is white in color as a sign of purity and innocence.
Lambskin is used to make the Master Mason apron. No other material must be used for to do so is to destroy the symbolic meaning of the Master Mason apron. It is made of lambskin because the lamb has always been a sign of innocence. In the Bible, the lamb is always used to denote pure, innocent, upright people. It is also used to refer to the son of the Supreme Being.
Drill Apron: A drill apron symbolizes the lambskin Master Mason apron.
Reason for wearing the Lambskin Master Mason Apron with Pride
The Master Mason apron is proudly worn for the following reasons:
Spiritual Knighthood: The Master Mason apron reminds the Master Mason that he must not do evil to anyone. It reminds him that he must forgive his brothers when they do him wrong knowingly or unknowingly. It is a sign of dedication to a spiritual brotherhood that helps man to rise above ignorance and deceit.
Dignity: The Master Mason apron is worn as a sign of dignity and honor. It is a sign of Man’s virtues with which he wears it with pleasure to himself while also honoring the Freemason Fraternity.
Honor: Freemasons wear the Master Mason apron as it is more honorable than other apparels. All that it teaches is shown by the wearer who is an honorable person.
Most American Master Masons wear aprons that are made of synthetic leather that is color white. It measures 14 inches by 16 inches in dimension. Masonic symbols are designed on the apron with blue thread. Some American Master Masons also buy apron cases with handles for their aprons to preserve them and keep them free of dirt.
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