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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions About the Masonic Knights Templar

The Masonic Knights Templar is a Masonic Order that offers more opportunities for friendship, growth, and development in Freemasonry. We’ll answer some frequently asked questions about the Knights Templar in this blog post.   When was the Masonic Knights Templar established? There is no specific date for when the Masonic Knights Templar was established, but the earliest records that exist are the minutes of the Chapter of Friendship in Portsmouth in 1778. In that period, the degree was under chapters and lodges that were warranted by the Antient Grand Lodge using various rituals. There were various encampments or Preceptories as they are called today. When did the Masonic Knights Templar gain popularity? In 1791, the first Grand Conclave or Great...

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Masonic World Grand Lodges

This blog post will show you links to Masonic Grand Lodges around the world. If you would like to become a Freemason or contact a Masonic lodge near you, you’ll find this information helpful. But you must note that some subordinate lodges whose Grand Lodges are in other countries.   Grand Lodge Websites Most Grand Lodges have a website that contains links to their subordinate lodges. You can use these links to find subordinate lodges in your locality. If the subordinate lodge does not have a website, you can contact the Grand Lodge and request for more information on Masonic lodges close to you. Here is a guide on how you can use the Grand Lodge websites listed here to...

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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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