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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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Masonic Ritual Words

Some Masonic ritual words that had previously been used in old Freemasonry are now archaic and seldom used. A lot of Freemasons do not know the meaning of these words and the real significance of them. But it is essential for us to learn them so we can truly appreciate them. Here are some archaic Masonic words that are used in Masonic rituals in the United States and their meaning. We’ll start with letter A and progress to letter Z. Some of these words have multiple meanings as they are also used in everyday life and the English language has undergone a lot of changes since the old times. We omitted the multiple meanings so you won’t be confused in...

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Masonic Knights Templar Swords

Most Knights Templar swords available today are ceremonial or symbolic swords. They aren’t designed for fighting or to be used as a weapon. They are also different from the swords used in the Middle Ages by the Knights Templar to protect pilgrims and fight wars during the Crusades. Swords used by the Templars of those days were plain, and not decorated like Masonic swords of today. Knights Templar swords are valuable and can be passed on from one generation to another. Features of a Knights Templar Sword Sheath: The sheath of a Knights Templar sword could be nickel-plated or gold-plated. Nickel-plated knights templar swords traditionally belonged to Sir Knights while gold-plated sheaths are for Commanders in the United States or...

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History of The Knights Templar

Established in 1119 CE, the Knights Templar was a medieval military order affiliated with the Catholic church. Although the Order was established in 1119 CE, it was not given papal recognition until 1129 CE. The Knights Templar was established to defend pilgrims and Christian holy sites in the Middle East and some other parts of the world. The headquarters of the Knights Templar was first at Jerusalem before it was moved to Acre. The Knights Templar was actively involved in The Crusades, and their insignia of a red cross on white became an iconic reminder of The Crusades. Their fighting brought them great loot, and they controlled properties in Europe and the Levant. But, things went awry, and the Knights...

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Masonic Calendars

 There are different Masonic calendars that are used by the Freemason appendant bodies and Craft Masons to celebrate various historical and significant events. The dates on these Masonic calendars are found and used on several official Masonic documents. These calendars do not start counting from the beginning of time. Instead, they begin with historical dates that signify new beginnings. A lot of Masonic calendars take great interest in the creation of light in the Universe, and they relate this with the creation of intellectual light and spiritual light in a Freemason. Freemasonry is an institution that makes an unenlightened person to become an intellectual one. Masonic calendars typically begin with ‘Anno’ which is a Latin word that means ‘In...

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