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March 2016

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“The Symbolism of Freemasonry”

What is Symbolism in Masonry? Is it the rich bodies of philosophical works which adorn our collective histories? Or the majestic works of art that fill our minds with wonders and provoke deeper meaning and thought? Symbolism in Masonry extends to every clime, culture, convergent history and looks with the mind’s eye a search for what is true. As Albert Mackey once put it:

“It must be evident, from all that has been said respecting the analogy in origin and design between the masonic and the ancient religious myths, that no one acquainted with the true science of this subject can, for a moment, contend that all the legends and traditions of the order are, to the very letter, historical facts. All that can be claimed for them is, that in some there is simply a substratum of history, the edifice constructed on this foundation being purely inventive, to serve us a medium for inculcating some religious truth; in others, nothing more than an idea to which the legend or myth is indebted for its existence, and of which it is, as a symbol, the exponent; and in others, again, a great deal of truthful narrative, more or less intermixed with fiction, but the historical always predominating.”

The allegories in Masonry relate moral and social truths which guide and teach the initiated observer in what Mackey teased out of the cold slabs of knowledge hidden within his words. Our collective legends are “philosophical myths” which are an “ingenious method of conveying, symbolically, a masonic truth.” What does this mean? If we take the Hiramic legend or the myth of the Winding Staircase we find that in historic fact these are cleverly designed stories which probably did not occur. However the intelligent Mason sees past the convention and draws the wealth contained within these vehicles. The Winding Staircase myth gives us the portioned and varied liberal arts and sciences needed for our own mental and spiritual growth. Whereas the former explains the strength of fortitude and true meaning of keeping one’s word.

I leave you my brethren with the words of Mackey who like Shakespeare could draw upon that self-evident truth which lies on the tips of men tongues but eludes them like careless flickers of light in the depth of the dark. His brilliant words on the Symbolism of Masonry:

“Without its symbols, and its myths or legends, and the ideas and conceptions which lie at the bottom of them, the time, the labor, and the expense incurred in perpetuating the institution, would be thrown away. Without them, it would be a “vain and empty show.” Its grips and signs are worth nothing, except for social purposes, as mere means of recognition. So, too, would be its words, were it not that they are, for the most part, symbolic. Its social habits and its charities are but incidental points in its constitution–of themselves good, it is true, but capable of being attained in a simpler way. Its true value, as a science, consists in its symbolism–in the great lessons of divine truth which it teaches, and in the admirable manner in which it accomplishes that teaching. Every one, therefore, who desires to be a skillful Mason, must not suppose that the task is accomplished by a perfect knowledge of the mere phraseology of the ritual, by a readiness in opening and closing a lodge, nor by an off-hand capacity to confer degrees. All these are good in their places, but without the internal meaning they are but mere child’s play. He must study the myths, the traditions, and the symbols of the order, and learn their true interpretation; for this alone constitutes the science and the philosophy–the end, aim, and design of Speculative Masonry.”

 

S & F,

Angelo Aponte

Worshipful Master

 


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February 2016

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Brethren All,

 

All Masons are taught of Wisdom, Strength and Beauty; the words “For there should be Wisdom to contrive, Strength to support and Beauty to adorn” are older than our Rituals. King Solomon esteemed wisdom greatly.  In fact he cherished wisdom so much that in Proverbs he says:  “Incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thy heart to understanding.  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding.  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver and the gain thereof than fine gold.  For wisdom is better than rubies and all things that may be desired are not to be compared to it!”

 

Brethren the world is in great need and demand of wisdom and tolerance. The story of mankind must go forward into an age where reason returns to the faithful breast of all men and the way of the learned is once again the lay of the land. We are in great danger of becoming useless drones which contribute nothing to ourselves or the advancement of mankind. For knowledge comes from study; Wisdom from experience. However we have let our minds become dull and have let our consciousness fade to the discourse of barbarous forces. For knowledge may be the possession of the criminal, the wastrel, the “irreligious libertine” and the atheist.  Wisdom comes only to the wise, and the wise are ever good.

 

The great lessons of our Institution should be taken to heart by every Mason as a symbol of the real need of a brother to become wise with the goodness of Masonry, skilled in the arts of brotherhood, learned in the way to the hearts of his brethren.  If he knew not, and asked “how may I gain Masonic Wisdom,” let him find the answer in the ritual, important though it is; let him find it in the form and ceremony, beautiful as they are, and in themselves strong with the strength of repetition and age – let him also look to the Five Points of Fellowship, for there is the key to the real wisdom of the brotherhood of man. Always remember the strength by which he establishes his kingdom is not a strength of iron but a strength of will; his pillars support not a wall to keep out the cowans and eavesdroppers, but a character, proof against the intrusion of barbarous forces.

 

 

S & F,

Angelo Aponte

Worshipful Master


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January 2016

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Brethren All,

 

I like to welcome you all to the beginning of a New Year. A few weeks ago while sitting at the Seasons listening to all the great speeches by Right Worshipful sirs I was astounded on how each message brought a new thought, ways of looking at things and reflecting on the craft. I believe RW Bro. Nirio Garcia words resonated and touched upon why masons meet. We all love the craft, the ritual which defines and differentiates us from the other organizations out there, the symbols, handshakes, passwords and titles. However, what makes all of this have a soul, as it were, is the brotherhood. Sitting around the dining hall table listening to the great stories of past masters and fellow brothers is what makes this all come alive.

With the hindsight of age and experience, advice is given to youth to “gather the harvest while they are young” because as we age, we change and are not able to enjoy things with the same lightness of heart. Those who become Freemasons only for the sake of finding out the secret of the order, run a very great risk of growing old under the trowel without ever realizing their purpose. Yet there is a secret, but it is so inviolable that it has never been confided or whispered to anyone. Those who stop at the outward crust of things imagine that the secret consists in words, in signs, or that the main point of it is to be found only in reaching the highest degree.

This is a mistaken view: the man who guesses the secret of Freemasonry, and to know it you must guess it, reaches that point only through long attendance in the lodges, through deep thinking, comparison, and deduction. My brethren all remember we are working hard to make sure that this place where masons meet is passed down from generation to generation. Come see your new lodge!

 

S & F,

Angelo Aponte

Worshipful Master


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December 2015

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Greetings Brethren,

We have come to the close of another beautiful masonic year. Although we were not able to complete some of the projects that were on the drawing board we were able to achieve other projects that were important. It was a pleasure to work with each and every one of my Officers and Brethren alike. As I step down from the oriental chair, I will not be very far. I have now joined the ranks of those who can say, “When I was Master….”

 

As it stands, I am honored to serve as Worshipful Master 2015. Thank you all for the support you have given me and the Lodge. Please continue to support us for 2016 and beyond. It has truly been a pleasure.

 

Thanks,

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master 2015

 

 


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November 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving month to one and all. Let us all take charge of our actions and remember what to be thankful for. I am thankful for life, family friends and for this great Brotherhood that we both share. I am thankful for those whom I have met and those whom I have not yet.

Congratulations to our RW Freddy R Nunez Jr for his appointment to DDGM, RW Nomar Vizcarrondo and RW Nirio Garcia for their appointments to Grand Chaplain and RW Phil Caliolio for his appointment to DRI. We will be celebrating with them and all our District Brethren on November 19 at our District 5 Ball.

 

We will only have one meeting this month. Hope to see you there.

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 

 


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October 2015

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It is said that God took 6 days to create the sun, the stars, the morning, the night, the waters, the land, man and woman. Was it easy for God to accomplish this major feat because God is a devoted God or because he didn’t have all the distractions we have today?

Today we are bombarded by many tasks during a single day. We do not have the luxury of spending one day at a time and manage one task . This is a true situation for many of us. His story teaches us that by taking our time, perfection is possible. His story explains, as he created, he stopped to admire his work and proclaim that his work was good. Ever wonder why we are to busy that we don’t make time to stop and admire our work?

Brethren, we all lead very busy lives. Work, family, & self, completely takes a toll on one’s mind. Maybe it’s time to stop and admire your work. Admire the achievements in your workplace. Admire your achievements in your family (hugs and kisses will do). Admire yourself for all your personal achievements. And while you’re at it, remember the reason why you joined the lodge (the good reasons). Stop, on in and admire what your brethren have achieved while you were away.

Maybe his-tory is something that is more relevant to us today than we believe.

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 

 

 


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September 2015

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Greetings Brethren,

Welcome back to the quarry’s, it is time to pick up our working tools and finish the year strong. Our lodge has completed its small metamorphosis and waits to be visited by all. We will be having a Fellow Craft Degree on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:30pm. It is the 5th Wednesday of the month and is not a meeting night. I am sure that we will be able to provide our EAs a solid performance.

On a somber note, let us remember September 11th and say a prayer for those that were lost and those that have lost. It was a very tough period in our American History.

 

In Brotherhood,

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 

 


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July 2015

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Brethren,

Greetings from the East!

 

Summer time is here! As we go dark for these next couple of months we truly are not at rest.  We prepare for our Fellow Craft Degree in September, we celebrate with our annual picnic in July and we keep a watchful eye on the Lodge changes throughout.

 

Rivers are like lives. The more contributions they gain from friendship, the bigger they grow. Friendly, quiet little streams that join them in their long, troublesome journey to the sea, make them strong and mighty. The helpful contributions of love and kindness we gain from friends make our journey of life better and richer.

 

Have a great summer!

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master


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June 2015

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Brethren,

 

Greetings from the East! May ended with our annual Beefsteak Dinner and what a success it was. Thanks to all who helped. Hope to see everyone next year. This month will the Wheelchair Track and Field Events, Lodge Meetings, GLI and preparation for our renovations.

Change is a coming. I am really looking forward to what will be the new look of the lodge and the different faces that will attend. Masonry can be for everyone, however, everyone is not for Masonry.

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 

 


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May 2015

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My Brothers,

 

Welcome to May Everyone! April showers brings May’s flowers. I am looking forward to our new EA’s to bloom and continue on their Masonic journey. May also brings in a few activities that would be great to see our Brotherhood in action. Our Memorial Day parade in Secaucus is happening on May 16 @ 12pm.  We can meet at the lodge and ride over to the parade spot. Our Beefsteak dinner will be on May 30, between 5p—10p. Contact the lodge officers for tickets.

The 5th District will be represented very well in Grand Lodge. Congratulations to RW Roger Quintana for being elected to Junior Grand Warden, RW Freddy R  Nunez for being  appointed to District Deputy Grand Master, RW Phil Coliolio for being appointed to District Ritual Instructor, RW Nomar Vizcarrondo and RW Nirio Garcia for being appointed to Grand Chaplain. Best of luck to all of you.

 

Roberto J Santana

Worshipful Master

 

 


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