Masonic Prayer

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What is the significance of prayer to the freemasons? Discover facts and information about each individual Masonic Prayer! What is the significance of prayer a symbol to members of the Freemasons?

Masonic Prayer - Definition
Masonic Prayers are a vital part of freemasonry. The Holy Bible is one of the three Great Lights in Masonry and is used by masons as the rule and guide to their faith and practice. Every lodge has an open bible on its altar and a bible can been seen on masonic tracing boards.

 
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On the first degree trace board shown below, a bible is shown at the foot of the ladder, this is to symbolise that freemasons must follow the word of the bible to climb the ladder to heaven.
 

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 (an open bible is shown at the foot of Jacob's ladder)

Masonic Prayer - Raising of a brother to the degree of Master Mason

Thou, O God! knowest our down-sitting and our up-rising, and understandest our thoughts afar off.
 Shield and defend us from the evil intentions of our enemies, and support us under the trials and afflictions we are destined to endure while traveling through this vale of tears.
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months is with Thee; Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. Turn from him that he may rest till he shall accomplish his day.
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
But man dieth and wasteth away; yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up, so man lieth down, and riseth not till the heavens be no more.
Yet, O Lord, have compassion on the children of Thy creation; administer them comfort in time of trouble, and save them with an everlasting salvation.
Amen!

Masonic Opening Prayer
The following words are said before the opening of a lodge meeting:

Most holy and glorious Lord God, the Great Architect of the Universe: the giver of all good gifts and graces: Thou hast promised that where two or three are gathered together in Thy name, Thou wilt be in the midst of them. In Thy name we assemble, most humbly beseeching Thee to bless us in all our undertakings, that we may know and serve Thee aright, and that all our actions may tend to Thy glory and to our advancement in knowledge and virtue; and we beseech Thee, O Lord God, to bless this our present assembling, and to illuminate our minds by the divine precepts of Thy Holy Word, and teach us to walk in the light of Thy countenance; and when the trials of our probationary state are over, be admitted into the temple "not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens."
Amen.

Masonic Closing Prayer
The following words are said at the end of a lodge meeting:

Supreme Grand Master! Ruler of Heaven and Earth! Now, that we are about to separate and return to our respective places of abode, wilt Thou be pleased so to influence our hearts and minds, that we may, each one of us, practice out of the Lodge those great moral duties which are inculcated in it, and, with reverence, study and obey the laws which Thou hast given us in Thy Holy Word.
Amen.

Masonic Prayer - Facts
Masonic Prayer Facts....Did you know...

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Masonic Prayer Fact 1: The Altar is the centre of all Masonic lodges and is always cubical in shape

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Masonic Prayer Fact 2: Every altar must have an open bible on display, a lodge cannot receive or initiate candidates without an open bible on its altar

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Masonic Prayer Fact 3: Oil is an element of masonic consecration and a symbol of prosperity and happiness. Often referred to as "oil of joy".

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Masonic Prayer Fact 4: Saint. John the Baptist (feast day is celebrated on on June 24th) and St. John the Evangelist (feast day is celebrated on December 27th) are both the patron saints of freemasons

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Masonic Prayer Fact 5: Modern masons dedicate their lodges to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, who are the two patron saints of freemasonry

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Masonic Prayer Fact 6: Freemasons are often referred to as 'sons of light' because Lux, or Light, is one of the names of Speculative Masonry

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Masonic Prayer Fact 7: The temple of Solomon was built on Mount Moriah, a hill in Jerusalem

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Masonic Prayer Fact 8: In masonic symbolism the color black is a symbol of grief. The color black always refers to the fate of the temple-builder

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Masonic Prayer Fact 9: In freemasonry, the hand is a symbol of human actions. Pure hands are symbolic of pure actions whilst unclean hands are symbolic of impure actions

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Masonic Prayer Fact 10: Ancient freemasons dedicated their lodges to King Solomon as he was the first most excellent Grand Master

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Prayer Fact 11: The pot of incense is a symbol of a pure heart

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Prayer Fact 12: The temple of King Solomon is symbolically supported by three pillars

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Prayer Fact 13: The North-East Corner is an important ritual of the first degree. It refers to the north-east corner of the lodge and is explained by the symbolism of the corner-stone

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Prayer Fact 14: The clothing worn at a Masonic funeral is black or dark clothes, black tie, white gloves, white apron, and a sprig of evergreen on the left breast

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Prayer Fact 15: The three great lights symbolise the duty of a mason to to himself, his neighbour and to his God

Masonic Prayer - Tattoos
Words from a masonic prayer and other masonic symbols are a great idea for tattoos. Looking for a unique tattoo design? Why not choose a masonic symbol or incorporate a selection of masonic symbols in your own design? A great way to show your interest in the fascinating world of freemasonry. Whether you are a freemason or not, a Masonic symbol makes a great choice for a tattoo design! Browse through our selection of images, we have included lots of interesting freemasonry images in this section of the website!

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Discover the vast selection of pictures and videos which relate to each Masonic prayer and illustrate each individual Masonic prayer. What is the significance of each Masonic prayer? Why is the Freemasons considered to be a secret society? Find the answer to these questions about each masonic prayer and more! Lots of useful information and facts for anyone with an interest in the freemasons. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Signology Index - a great educational resource on Masonic prayer for everyone!

 

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