. . . Freemasons originally laid them in traditional ceremonies –
and are still doing so today
Perhaps the best description of the Masonic tradition of Cornerstone Laying is found in the book, Cornerstones of Freedom, written by S. Brent Morris, and originally published by the Southern Jurisdiction of Scottish Rite. It contains 195 pages of enjoyable reading and great pictures.
Also, a brochure, Cornerstones – a Masonic Tradition of Dedication . . . That Makes Sense Today, examines more recent Grand Lodge ceremonies and their significance. The brochure, written by James Tresner for the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, was subsequently published by MSA's Masonic Information Center.
You may purchase both the book and brochure for $12.00, including shipping and handling. (Out-of-U.S. purchasers should contact MSA for shipping costs.)
In addition, Author Brent Morris will autograph all copies of Cornerstones of Freedom purchased as part of this offer.
You may purchase the package at MSA's Online Store by clicking here, and using a credit card.
Or, send your check, marked "Cornerstones," to:
Masonic Service Association of North America
3905 National Drive, Suite 280
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Hurry. Quantities are limited.
The fourth of a projected five-volume set of “The Complete Collection of Short Talk Bulletins” can now be ordered at special, reduced pre-publication prices.
Volume IV, with more than 700 pages, will cover all Short Talk Bulletins for the years 1968 through 1982. When the series is completed, all 90-plus years of Short Talk Bulletins will be published in this attractive, re-edited, re-typeset, and indexed version.
Orders will be taken at the reduced, pre-publication price until September 1, 2016. The Volume IV book will be shipped to all buyers in the Fall, 2016.
The Short Talk Bulletin is an invaluable treasure of Masonic education and inspiration, and a great source of topical material for Lodge meetings.
The editor of the volumes is S. Brent Morris, P.M., Managing Editor of the Scottish Rite Journal and Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge in London.
Limited supplies of Volume II and III of the Collection are still available for sale. Volume I is now out of print.
Read a detail flyer about Vol. IV, including all pricing information, as well as directions for ordering.
Robert A. McDonald, right, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was in Massachusetts in mid-July to attend a meeting at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center. As he entered the facility, he found MSA's Hospital Representative and Deputy Representative Harvey A. Simons and Lil Simons, at the information desk. Also pictured, at left, is volunteer Norman Hartstone. Secretary McDonald is "a very gracious person." Lil commented.
The Disaster Relief Appeal for South Carolina, following large-scale flooding last October, has concluded. A total of $110,000 has been sent to the Grand Lodge of South Carolina to assist in recovery efforts. The picture here shows the level of water at Fort Jackson Masonic Lodge at the height of the flooding.
Also, $30,000 was sent to the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, following a series of tornados that caused severe damage there.
Presently, there are no other active MSA Disaster Relief Appeals that have been requested by Grand Lodges, even though reports of fires, flooding, tornadoes, and earthquakes have been in the news recently in many locations.
Officially titled, "An Open Letter Concerning . . . Masonic Funeral Services," this brochure is one of the most sought-after items on the shelves of the Masonic Service Association.
A new version of the brochure, which promotes a better understanding of Masonic funeral practices, was newly designed and reedited in 2014 to become a more contemporary communications tool. Demand for the venerable brochure has caused this new reprinting.
The pocket sized pamphlet is aimed at clergy of all faiths, and is also great for education of Masons, whether new members or those seeking more information regarding the Masonic funeral procedures.
The Regius Poem, believed to be the oldest surviving Masonic document, is considered to be one of the "Old Charges" – that is, a description of the requirements to be a Freemason.
There are other ancient manuscripts and documents, which also fall into the category of "Old Charges."
The archives of the Masonic Service Association contain descriptions, insights and commentary about at least four of these historic documents. They are:
For those who want to learn more about some of the earliest historical documents about Freemasonry, MSA has assembled of packet from its archived material.
The Packet includes 2 Digests, 2 historical Short Talk Bulletins, and 2 copies of other saved documents from MSA's archives, all of which try to explain and translate what our Masonic forefathers considered important.
These items, if obtained individually from MSA, would cost $21. Together in the special offer, they are available for $15, including shipping and handling.
Those interested can send a $15 check for each packet to the MSA Office, using the order code #SPRP. Or, they can be obtained at MSA's website – shopping.msana.com -- using a credit card.
Supplies are limited.
The Masonic Service Association has established a Disaster Relief Fund for Louisiana, following drenching rainstorms and massive flooding. Thousands of homes and buildings have been damaged or destroyed, with 70,000 persons reportedly displaced.
The magnitude of the storm was described by the America Red Cross as the "worst natural disaster in the United States" since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Recovery is expected to take months, and the lack of communication in flooded areas continues to cause issues in finding information and victims.
The Grand Lodge of Louisiana reported that two Lodge buildings have been heavily flooded, and the building of the Scottish Rite Valley of Baton Rouge, which houses three additional Lodges, incurred significant amounts of flooding and damage. Many Masons and Masonic families are among the 70,000 displaced.
Please forward to the MSA such donations, which you feel are appropriate to help our devastated Brothers, their families and others in this stricken jurisdiction. Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send them to: Masonic Service Association, 3905 National Drive, Suite 280, Burtonsville, MD 20866. When remitting funds to MSA, please mark checks, "Louisiana Appeal."
Also, donations may be made on MSA's webpage – www.msana.com -- with the use of a credit card. This allows funds to reach their destination faster.
MSA is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.
George O. Braatz, Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Association of North America, has announced his upcoming retirement.
A Past Grand Master and Past Grand Secretary of Ohio, Brother Braatz is completing five years as the full-time Executive Secretary for MSA.
Thomas H. Galyen, Chairman of MSA, said that the organization is seeking applications from individuals to fill the position. More information on the position and application instructions can be obtained by writing or calling the MSA office. He said the MSA Board of Commissioners is interested in filling the position in the next several months.
Thomas H. Galyen has been elected Chairman of the Masonic Service Association of North America, succeeding William G. Roberts, PGM of Nevada, who died last November.
A Past Grand Master and Past Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, M.W. Brother Galyen has served as an Executive Commissioner of the MSA since 1997, representing the Great Lakes Division of Grand Lodge.
Elected as the new Executive Commissioner to represent the Great Lakes Division is Barry D. Weer, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
The actions were taken at MSA's Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, during the Conference of Grand Masters.
A great, new brochure has been published by the Masonic Service Association that, in simple, understandable words, establishes a sound mentoring program for any Lodge.
Masonic Mentoring explains:
It is perfect to assist any Lodge candidate-counseling program, or any new member orientation effort. It is good for members of a candidate committee, or for any individual who may be working with a new member.
Thanks to Bert Bouma, of Montana, author, and to the Grand Lodge of Montana, for permission to republish this material.
Congratulations to the Grand Lodge of Maine, which has obtained subscriptions to the Masonic Service Association's "Short Talk Bulletin Online Audio Library" for its District Education Officers, to share this resource with members in their districts. MSA has been working with Brother Michael Smith, of Maine, and Anaba Publishing to provide subscribers with the monthly Short Talk Bulletin as a spoken audio file, in addition to access to a growing collection of historical Short Talks in audio version.
For details, go directly to https://gumroad.com/l/STBOAL# (The letter in the middle is the lower case letter l ("L".)
A new style of subscription for the Short Talk Bulletin, is now available for those who may be visually impaired or just prefer an audio version.
By subscribing to the Short Talk Bulletin Online Audio Library, every month you will receive the current Short Talk Bulletin as a spoken audio file.
The Masonic Service Association is working with Brother Michael Smith, of Freeport, ME, and Anaba Publishing, who recently published an audio book of MSA Short Talks from many years ago.
The subscription fee for the special audio Short Talk is $20 per year. For more information, go to the Online Audio Library for information on how to subscribe.
The subscription also provides notification of the growing collection of historical Short Talks, as audio versions are produced.
The newly updated MSA Publications Catalog is now ready for viewing on this site. The Catalog is available only on our webpage. Click here to download the Catalog in PDF format. Please print a copy for yourself to keep on hand. NOTE: This replaces all previous editions of the Catalog, and orders placed should be at the current pricing.
The redesigned Catalog shows updated prices on publications, which is required due to the increasing costs of printed materials. We have adjusted our shipping charges and now any order totaling $5.00 or less will ship for free.
Everything that MSA offers in its Catalog is not at the Online Store, but the most popular publications and those which we periodically offer at a special discounted price can be found there. MSA's Online Store may be used for ordering those items using a credit card. All other items in the Catalog can be ordered using the order form and including a check with the order.
The list of Short Talk Bulletins--from 1923 to the present--which in the past was printed in the Catalog, is now available as a separate document by clicking here.