Alamosa Masonic Lodge #44

Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday's at 1900 hours.

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world and came to Colorado with the gold miners in the middle 1800’s. The first Masonic meeting took place at the confluence of the South Platte and Cherry Creek rivers in 1859. The Grand Lodge of Colorado was formed in 1861 and has been in existence since that time. There are 129 individual lodges in the State of Colorado and are located from corner to corner of the State and everywhere in between.

The goal of Freemasonry is to “Make good men Better”. Better Husbands, Fathers, Sons, Civil Leaders and better men overall. This is done by presenting through allegories and symbolism, in our obligations, the lessons that have been sent down to us from times past and are still an important part of life in maintaining a civilized society today.

[12/11/16]   Congratulations to are newest brother!

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www.thelaudablepursuit.com By: Wor. Jason E. Marshall My oldest son Jase playing with my "Masonic Superhero Stuff" A few months ago when I came home from Lodge I snuck into my son’s room, like I always do, to check on them, tuck them back in, and give them a kiss on the forehead. As I bent down to kiss my ol…

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Buffalo Bill Cody
Born William Frederick Cody
February 26, 1846
Le Claire, Iowa, U.S.
Died January 10, 1917 (aged 70)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Cause of death Kidney failure

Cody's Masonic story begins with his petition to Platte Valley Lodge, at that time at Fort McPherson and under dispensation of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska, on Saturday February 12, 1870. The minutes show that the Lodge received five petitions for initiation in the first meeting they conducted, one of which was Cody's.

At their second meeting on February 26, 1870, Cody was elected to receive the degrees and the Entered Apprentice degree was conferred on March 5, 1870. The Lodge closed at midnight, after conferring four other Entered Apprentice degrees and two Fellow Craft degrees. On Saturday, April 2, 1870, Cody was found proficient and passed to the degree of Fellow Craft. He was examined on the second degree on April 23rd but failed that night's test. The next time his name appeared in the minutes was January 10, 1871 when he reballotted and was elected to receive the Master Mason degree. He remained a Mason all his life.

So why the two funerals? Surely the answer lies in Cody's extraordinary fame. Cody's exploits, real and imagined were the subject of an estimated 1700 dime novels. But Cody's real exploits were no less fantastic; his first attempt at what would become his Wild West Show occurred when he escorted visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich to a camp that included arranged buffalo hunts, a war dance done by friendly Indians and a terrifying stage coach ride in 1872. By 1883, the Wild West Show was so popular that it appeared at the Chicago World's Fair. Four years later, Cody took the show to Europe during the celebration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The performances sold out with an estimated 2 1/2 million tickets sold, as well as a personal performance for Queen Victoria herself. Buffalo Bill's last performance was at Portsmouth, Virginia, where he became ill with a cold and headed for his Wyoming ranchix. Cody died on January 10, 1917, at the age of 71. Although it was known that he suffered from an enlarged prostate and rheumatism in his later years, the official cause of Cody's death was "uremic poisoning" or kidney failure.
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Del Norte, CO Masonic Lodge #105 A.F.&A.M.

Good job with the cemetary clean up today. It looks great. Thanks to all who helped with weeding, gopher hole filling, and stone righting. The most fun was reading old tombstones.

Del Norte, CO Masonic Lodge #105 A.F.&A.M.

The second meeting in May will start our summer meetings in South Fork at Masonic Park. See you there!

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The Masonic Temple at One North Broad Street, built 1868-1873, designed by Brother James H. Windrim, is a National Historic Landmark. It attracts thousands of visitors each year who marvel at one of the architectural wonders of the Masonic world. It serves as the home for the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and houses their museum and library.

For the next few days we are going to virtually tour this Masonic icon. Hope you enjoy the tour. Keep all hand and feet inside the car.

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Yesterday on April 22 On this date in 1785, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart received his 3rd degree.

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Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine had a crazy career. He won the Academy Award for best Actor in 1955 for Marty, was a TV lead for McHale’s Navy and Airwolf, was nominated for an Emmy at 92 for his role on ER, and was an original voice actor on SpongeBob SquarePants, but above all he was a Freemason in Abingdon Lodge No.48, Abingdon, Virginia. He was coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1983, and received the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour in 1991.

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Pioneer lodge with their traveling degree team.

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Continuing with yesterday's theme. Here are the Mountain Men degree team. Message pictures of other degree teams to the page. A lot of neat sounding ones were named. What are so e others?

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The Oklahoma Masonic Degree Team. How many Brothers have seen them? What are some other unique degree teams you have seen?

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How does your lodge deal with all the different devices in the electronic age?are they forbidden in lodge? Do you levy fine if one goes off?

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Hope everyone in the USA with the exception of a few areas remembered to set their clocks forward today.

Had to add the last bit as without fail a few will inform us how they don't have to change their clocks during this time. :)

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History of Freemasonry

No one knows with certainty how or when the Masonic Fraternity was formed. A widely accepted theory among Masonic scholars is that it arose from the stonemasons' guilds during the Middle Ages. The language and symbols used in the fraternity's rituals come from this era. The oldest document that makes reference to Masons is the Regius Poem, printed about 1390, which was a copy of an earlier work. In 1717, four lodges in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England, and records from that point on are more complete.

Within thirty years, the fraternity had spread throughout Europe and the American Colonies. Freemasonry became very popular in colonial America. George Washington was a Mason, Benjamin Franklin served as the head of the fraternity in Pennsylvania, as did Paul Revere and Joseph Warren in Massachusetts. Other well-known Masons involved with the founding of America included John Hancock, John Sullivan, Lafayette, Baron Fredrick von Stuben, Nathanael Greene, and John Paul Jones. Another Mason, Chief Justice John Marshall, shaped the Supreme Court into its present form.

Over the centuries, Freemasonry has developed into a worldwide fraternity emphasizing personal study, self-improvement, and social betterment via individual involvement and philanthropy. During the late 1700s it was one of the organizations most responsible for spreading the ideals of the Enlightenment: the dignity of man and the liberty of the individual, the right of all persons to worship as they choose, the formation of democratic governments, and the importance of public education. Masons supported the first public schools in both Europe and America.

During the 1800s and early 1900s, Freemasonry grew dramatically. At that time, the government had provided no social "safety net". The Masonic tradition of founding orphanages, homes for widows, and homes for the aged provided the only security many people knew.

Today in North America, the Masonic Fraternity continues this tradition by giving almost $1.5 million each day to causes that range from operating children's hospitals, providing treatment for childhood language disorders, treating eye diseases, funding medical research, contributing to local community service, and providing care to Masons and their families at Masonic Homes.

The four million Masons worldwide continue to help men and women face the problems of the 21st century by building bridges of brotherhood and instilling in the hearts of men ideals for a better tomorrow.

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March 3 On this date in 1753, George Washington received his Fellow Craft degree in Fredericksburg Lodge in Virginia

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February 23 On this date in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle received his 2nd degree.

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On his famous solo flight across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh wore a square and compasses on his jacket as a good luck piece. He was a mason.

How many nights a month are you out? Including appendant and concordant bodies.

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THE LAMBSKIN APRON

In Masonic symbolism the Lambskin Apron holds precedence. It is the initial gift of Freemasonry to a candidate, and at the end of life’s pilgrimage it is reverently placed on his mortal remains and buried with his body in the grave.

Above all other symbols, the Lambskin Apron is the distinguishing badge of a Mason. It is celebrated in poetry and prose and has been the subject of much fanciful speculation. Some Masonic writers have contended that initiation is analogous to birth, or our advent from prenatal darkness into the light of human fellowship, moral truth and spiritual faith. Much ancient lore has been adduced in an effort to show that the Lambskin Apron typifies regeneration, or a new life, and this thought of resurrection may be the cause of its internment with the body of a deceased brother. At least it will serve until a better reason is advanced for this peculiar custom in the Masonic burial service. The association of the lamb with redemption and being born again is expressed by John, the Apocalyptic Seer, who had a vision on the Isle of Patmos, and beheld the purified and redeemed “Of All Nations, Kindreds, People and Tongues.” Of them it was said, “These are they which came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

By many it has been regarded as a great religious symbol. In our present conception there are three parts of man; body, soul and spirit; what the body is to the soul, the soul to the spirit; namely, a house or habitation, but in oriental thought there are seven parts of man; four earthly and three heavenly; four physical and three spiritual. The four sides of the square symbolize the four physical and the three sides of the flap, or triangle, symbolize the three spiritual parts of man. The apex of the triangle, or point of the flap, stood for the Atma, and which means the eternal spark, the Divine Flame, the indestructible spirit of the living God in every human being. In this aspect it means that:

God is not a looker on At the Life of anyone;

God is under every man, God is part of every man.

A badge is either good or bad by reason of that for which it stands. Aside from mysticism, I believe there are five distinct things of which the Lambskin Apron is a badge.

Firstly, in its use, it is a badge of service. In his recent book on “Symbolical Masonry,” Brother H.L. Haywood has an interesting chapter on “The Apron wherein the Builder Builds,” and says it “was so conspicuous a portion of the costume of an operative Mason that it became associated with him in the public mind and thus gradually evolved into his badge.” By it Speculative Freemasonry seeks to distinguish the builder and place upon the brow of labor the laurel wreath of dignity and honor.

Secondly, made of lambskin, it is in its fabric a badge of sacrifice. The lamb in all ages has been not only an emblem of innocence, but also a symbol of sacrifice, and he who wears this Apron with understanding must be prepared for the time when hard things are to be done, when trials are to be endured, and fortitude glorified. Thirdly, in its color it is a badge of purity. White is the clean color that reflects most light.

In Masonry there are three great religious rites. One is discalceation, that is, entering a holy place or standing in the presence of God barefooted as a symbol of humility. It comes from a time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary. When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, he said, “Put off thy shoes from thy feet for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” Another is the rite of circumambulation, that it, going around an Altar from east to west by way of the south. Dr. Joseph Fort Newton said: “When man emerged from the night of barbarism his religion was a worship of light; to him light was life and love, darkness was evil and death; to him light was the mother of beauty, the unveiler of color, the radiant, illusive mystery of the world; his Temple was hung with stars, his Altar a glowing flame, his ritual a woven hymn of night and day.” To him the sun was the greatest of God’s creations, it inspired his adoration and in all his religious ceremonies he followed its apparent course through the heavens, as though he were walking in the footsteps of the Most High. Through this rite, memories of that religion of the dawn linger with us in Masonry today.

The third is the rite of investure or purification; that is, the presentation of the Apron. In a qualified way it bears the relationship to the Lodge that baptism does to some Churches, it is the external symbol of an inner purification. The Psalmist asked:

“Who shall ascend into the Hill of The Lord?” and answering his own question said, “He that hath clean hands and a pure heart.” The Apron when correctly understood is the pledge of a clean life, the testimony that a candidate means to live pure, speak true, right wrong and reverence conscience as king.

When we turn to the Ritual for its interpretation, we find the Apron to be an inheritance from the past, it is a badge of antiquity, “more ancient than the Golden Fleece and Roman Eagle.” A ministerial Brother once said that the Masonic Ritual was couched in stilted phrases and extravagant language, and, as an illustration referred to the ritualistic speech used in the presentation of the Apron. Let us see if he was right. The most specific way of conveying thought and expressing truth is by comparison, It is difficult to comprehend an idea unless we can correlate or compare it with something already known. The Order of the Golden Fleece here referred to was founded in the year 1429, by Phillip, Duke of Burgandy; the Roman Eagle became Rome’s Ensign of Imperial Power about one century before the Christian era, while the Apron had come down to us from the very sunrise of time. “Herbrew Prophets often wore Aprons,” they were used in the ancient mysteries of India and Egypt, they were used by early Chinese secret societies, by the Jewish religious sect called Essenes, they were employed as emblems by the Incas of Peru, the Aztecs of Mexico, and the prehistoric races of the American continent.

As a badge of antiquity, it emphasizes the value of the past. Blackstone, in his commentaries on the English Law, said that in the making of a new law three things must be considered; namely, the old law, the mischief and the remedy. No man can apply an intelligent remedy to a existing mischief without regard to the antecedent conditions out of which it grew. Present progress must be based on the accumulated experience and wisdom of the ages. Albert Pike said, “It is the dead who govern, the living only obey.” “Every ship that comes to America got its chart from Columbus, every novel is debtor to Homer, every carpenter who shaves with a foreplane borrows the genius of some forgotten inventor.”

As a badge of antiquity the Apron exalts the greatness and glory of the past in its present contribution to human good and happiness. In the fifth place, the Apron is a badge of honor. It is declared to be “More honorable than the Star and Garter.” Here we have another comparison. The Order of the Star and Garter was created by John II of France at the beginning of his reign in the middle of the 14th century. It was a Royal plaything and at the time of its formation its founder was engaged in acts of despotism and destruction.

The Order of the Garter was formed by Edward III of England in 1349. It was composed of the King and Twenty-five knights, and originated in the false pride and fantastic pomp of medieval manners. Edward A. Freeman, an English historian says: “The spirit of knighthood is above all things a class spirit. The good knight is bound to endless courtesies toward men and women of a certain rank; and he may treat all below that rank with any degree of scorn and cruelty.” “Chivalry is in morals what feudalism is in law. Each substitutes personal obligations devised in the interest of an exclusive class, for the more homey duties of an honest man and a good citizen.”

Freemasonry is in striking contrast to such conceptions. It stands for the dissipation of discord and dissension, for the promotion of peace, the pursuit of knowledge and the practice of brotherhood, for untrammeled conscience, equality of opportunity and the Divine right of liberty in man, for devotion to duty, the building of character and rectitude of life and conduct. Its symbolical supports are wisdom, strength and beauty; the principal rounds of its theological ladder are faith, hope and charity. Its primary tenets are brotherly love, relief and truth; its cardinal virtues are fortitude, prudence and justice. Its Temple is erected to the Master Builder, its Great Light is the Word of Revelation and at its center is an Altar of high and Holy purpose. Like the shadow of a rock in a weary land, like a shining light in a window of a home, like a mother’s kiss on a trouble brow and the breath of her prayer in the hour of despair, is the spirit of Freemasonry, calling men from the circumference of life to find God at the center of the individual soul.

When we consider the messages delivered by these Orders and the Lambskin Apron - one speaking the language of class distinction, special privilege and the Divine right of Kings; the other telling the story of exact justice, equality of opportunity, and the brotherhood of man - it is not a stilted phrase and an exaggeration of speech, to say that the badge of a Mason is more honorable than the Star and Garter.

As a badge of honor, the Lambskin Apron spells out integrity, honesty of purpose, probity of character, and soundness of moral principle.

“SO MOTE IT BE”

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