Job done.

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Th Spirit of Freemasonry by Kamel Oussayef

Unknown-1Kamel Oussayef, a longtime resident of Winchester, recently published “The Spirit of Freemasonry,” his second book. It is an annotated translation of a rare manuscript written by Jean Frédérique Doszedardski in 1804, the year that Napoleon Bonaparte crown himself Emperor of the French.

The 500-page book is available at the Winchester Public Library and on the website of the Masonic Scottish Rite Museum and Library in Lexington at scottishritenmj.org. It is divided into 12 chapters that can be read in any order.

“The Spirit of Freemasonry” as related by Doszedardski, is a compilation of fascinating excerpts from various commonplace books, descriptions of Masonic rituals and ceremonies and a few historic and religious events that have shaped the history our world.

To our delight and surprise, more trivial topics were included such as, the protocol of a “Table Lodge” where Freemasons gather in a lesser formal setting for copious meals, libations and camaraderie. It is clearly described and its strange origin and vocabulary are explained. To the initiated, “firing a cannon loaded with strong red powder” simply means “to drink a glass of red wine.” Enjoy … the book without moderation.

Doszedardski was a prominent Freemason who held the prestigious title of Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 33rd and last Degree, the highest rank in Freemasonry. He also described himself in one of his manuscripts as Doctor in Medicine, Count, Knight and former Captain. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1770.



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A Master’s Work (Robert Jackson)

Sympathy of Midnight Freemason

I’ve heard before that our job as Masons is to make more Masons. What does that mean? How do we successfully do that job? In one light, we can think that it’s just the degree work. Open the doors, get them through, either through one day classes or in the traditional method. But does simply taking a degree make a man a Mason? If you are reading this, I’m betting your answer is “no.”

So how do we do our job? Much like fatherhood, there is no real instruction manual. What is the best way to make a Mason? I would argue that making a Mason has little to do with kneeling at the altar and taking an obligation. Funneling people through the machine doesn’t make Masons. Churning the machine, however, does have an impact on the Fraternity. The importance on the ritual can be diluted, and worse yet, the Masons supportive of the machine, can burn out through a serial repetition of degree work. So, if our job is to make Masons, how else can we achieve this goal?

Throughout our lives, we rarely have a comprehensive view of the full impact of our actions, either good, or bad. Everything we do has an impact on others. Whether it is holding a door open for somebody, hanging with a friend while he’s getting his first tattoo, or cutting somebody off in traffic. Your action ripples, and at least partly determines what kind of day somebody is going to have. Beyond that, their actions from that day could impact their life for years to come (cue Butterfly Effect). Note that none of these scenarios required the recipient to be a Brother.

By being men of strong moral character, applying those working tools each day, we spread a positive opinion of the Fraternity and the Craft. A courteous and helpful hand, who just happens to be wearing a Masonic ring, could do more for our Fraternity than all of the advertising campaigns combined. More importantly, however, we are able to distribute the compassion and care that our world seems to so desperately need. I would humbly submit that the best way to create Masons, is simply by living the lessons of our Craft, spreading the cement of Brotherly Love and Affection.

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New threats against the Charlie Hebdo

As Freemasons fond of a full and scrupulous defense of freedom of expression we solidarize ourselves with this testimony of the Grand Orient de France.

“Contre la violence et les menaces, la liberté d’expression doit être garantie

A l’heure où de nouvelles menaces de mort sont proférées à l’encontre de l’équipe de Charlie Hebdo, le Grand Orient de France tient à l’assurer, ainsi qu’il l’a toujours fait, de son indéfectible soutien.

Au nom des principes humanistes et universalistes qu’il défend, le Grand Orient de France dénonce le fanatisme et le totalitarisme dont témoignent ces appels au meurtre. Il n’est pas tolérable que, dans une société démocratique, la liberté d’expression soit ainsi attaquée et que la violence se substitue au débat, à la nécessaire confrontation pacifique des idées. Il n’est pas davantage tolérable que, dans une société libre, les dogmes de toute nature, et notamment meurtriers, s’érigent en menace permanente.”

Grand Orient de France

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How Freemasonry works

It needs to be. One of the good things that Freemasonry has, as an Order, is the door open. To come inside one need to knock at the door and pass through an enquiry and afterward being approved in a ceremony of initiation. But the Order is not a prison. Anyone who is dissatisfied because he cannot find inside what he is looking for or disagrees on the way his Grand Lodge [or Grand Orient] is run has all the right to move away and step out. The Order is an open house. In this time of conflict and nonsense it appears sometimes for those who search that Freemasonry as an institution can provide the power, being it political, financial, institutional [or other sort of it] that may help the one to climb the social stairway. Who comes inside with that intention is a recipe for deception. He cannot find that alley within the Freemasons. Probably in other places.
«La puerta de entrada a la masonería es estrecha pero amplia la de salida».

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UGLE commemorates 300 years

More than 4,000 brethren from all over the world descended on London’s Royal Albert Hall for the Tercentenary celebration and the audience included Masons from 136 grand lodges around the globe. The evening included dramatic a presentation that portrayed UGLE history and heritage, and how central both Freemasons and Freemasonry have been to Western history. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra provided the musical accompaniment against the backdrop of a colossal 55ft gold Square and Compasses and dramatic light show incorporating the All Seeing Eye.

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Sun Yat Sen Lodge joins the United Grand Lodge of Portugal

After three years of working as an independent Lodge following the landmarks approved by the United Grand Lodge of England to the world of Freemasonry, Sun Yat Sen Lodge joins the United Grand Lodge of Portugal where becomes registered as number 8. The project of the founders to reinstall the regular traditional type of Freemasonry in the little enclave of Macau has become a reality. These were three years of hard work, collective spirit, determination, sacrifice and love for the August Order. It is the first Lodge of this new Portuguese Obedience that is determined to put on the right track the original project of those who abandoned the Grand Orient of Portugal in the 1990s to reinstalled the theist tradition of Freemasonry in Portugal. It is well-known fact that Macau was administered for more than 400 years by Portugal. From that time on the connection of the Portuguese people with the Chinse people become intensive and warm. It was not by hazard that we choose the name of Dr. Sun Yat Sen as the name of our Lodge. Dr. Sun was the first president of the Republic of China, a revolutionary fighting the Chinese Empire that had many contacts in Macau where he was received when he was persecuted by the Imperial authorities.  According to historical sources that refuge was eased by Portuguese Freemasons living in Macau that helped Sun Yat Sen to exercise his business as a physician.  That bond would remain for the future and would be consecrated through the existence of our Lodge. A harbour where Freemasons of different nationalities become part of the same Masonic family. The attribution of number 8 to our Lodge, a number so dearly appreciated in the Chinese culture, is a recognition of our effort and dedication. The Sun Yat Sen Lodge is greatly grateful and recognised to the Most Respectful Brother Paulo Cardoso, the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Portugal for receiving us in the Obedience.

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