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?
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.
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.
Masonic 1st Degree Tracing Board (an open bible is shown at the foot of Jacob's
- 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
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
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."
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
Facts....Did you know...
Fact 1: The Altar is the centre of all Masonic
lodges and is always cubical in shape
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
Fact 3: Oil is an element of masonic consecration
and a symbol of prosperity and happiness. Often referred
to as "oil of joy".
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
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
Fact 6: Freemasons are often referred to as 'sons of
light' because Lux, or Light, is one of the names of
Fact 7: The temple of Solomon was built on Mount
Moriah, a hill in Jerusalem
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
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
Fact 10: Ancient freemasons dedicated their lodges
to King Solomon as he was the first most excellent Grand
Fact 11: The pot of incense is a symbol of a pure
Fact 12: The temple of King Solomon is symbolically
supported by three pillars
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
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
Fact 15: The three great lights symbolise the duty of
a mason to to himself, his neighbour and to his God
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