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Emessay Notes April 2008

Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076

The Premier Lodge of Masonic Research

   The lodge was founded in 1884 by a group of nine brethren: Sir Charles Warren (then a Colonel but later a General), W. Harry Rylands, Robert Freke Gould, the Revd Adolphus F.A. Woodford, Sir Walter Besant, John P. Rylands, Major Sisson C. Pratt, William James Hughan and George W. Speth. All were scholars and some were highly distinguished in the field of Masonic study.

   The founders’ objectives were to develop for brethren everywhere an interest in research; to encourage study of the many facets of Freemasonry; to have papers read in the lodge and for them to be open to discussion and, if appropriate, criticism; to attract the attention and to enlist the co-operation of Masonic scholars in all parts of the world.

   The name of the lodge, Quatuor Coronati (Latin scholars would prefer ‘Quattuor’), was chosen because of its connection with the craft of the operative stonemason. The ‘Four Crowned Ones’ were martyred on 8 November in AD 302 and were regarded as the patron saints of stonemasons throughout Europe from about 400 to 1600. The installation meeting of the lodge takes place on the second Thursday in November, this being the nearest practicable date to that of their martyrdom.

Bro. S. Brent Morris, PhD is currently serving as Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge. Bro. Morris is a well known and highly respected Masonic author whose works include Cornerstones of Freedom, and with Arturo de Hoyos, Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry?

Astronomical Time Keeping

Three important markers of time:

The Sun: The Day – 24 hours (60 minutes, 60 seconds all leftovers of Babylonian base-60 arithmetic) 86,400 seconds by definition

The Moon: The Month (month is derived from moon) 29.531 days to return to the same lunar phase

The Sun/Stars: The Vernal Equinox Year – 365.2424 days, The Tropical Year is 365.26.

Solstice – sun stopped. The twice-yearly turning-point in the highest culmination and lowest culmination of the Sun’s annual movement against the background stars.

(Source: Brian Patten – Lodge of the Nine Muses, Washington, DC)

From The Redwood Builder

By Brother Andrew G. Sholes

            The Hour Glass symbolically represents time. During the history of the Master Mason’s Degree, we all remember the reference to the Hour Glass and that in the short space of an hour all the particles of sand had fallen to the bottom. During that hour, we are mesmerized by the shifting changes of the sand and the descent of the various particles through the narrowing of the glass. Time passes ever so swiftly. Freemasonry has recognized that time is not ever lasting. We must make the most from the limited amount that is doled out to man. The time that the particle of sand takes to fall to the bottom of the Hour Glass cannot be recouped. It is forever lost.

            All Masons are taught to walk upright before God and man. With time ever so fleeting, each Brother should do his utmost to make a positive change and influence upon the Brethren and society. We cannot procrastinate, or postpone our actions. We need to remember that we lead by example in our daily activities. The courteous manner, the honest answer and the charitable action should be a common part of our life. Just as the whole is comprised of its many parts, our combined actions create a positive effect to all that we encounter.

            We are rich in knowing that in some small part we are working toward that common goal of creating a better place. Time waits for no one. Do the utmost with those particles of sand that each of us controls. After all the particles of sand have fallen, we can only hope that our actions have made a small part of life better for all. As one, we cannot change society, but as many—we can.

(Source: Rhode Island Freemason – March/April, 2008

The Bridge Builder

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim—
That sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when he reached the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting strength in building here.
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way.
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you the bridge at the eventide? ”

The builder lifted his old gray head.
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him. ”

  Will Allen Dromgoole

(MSA has had many inquiries about this beautiful poem and we found it in A Treasury of Masonic Thought edited by Carl Glick)


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