Welcome to the online To Light! feature of the Nebraska Mason!
The Grand Lodge Education Committee has adopted this new format of print connected to online for To Light! in order to better serve the Craft. There is so much educational material available to Lodges and individual Masons that our two pages of print space just could not contain it all. Plus, by tying the education website to the print version, we can expand our offerings to the Craft.
Things you will find here:
- Expanded articles from the Nebraska Mason
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- Answers to the Jeopardy Questions
- Lots and lots of resources for you to use in your Lodge Education programs or for yourself
Please take a few minutes to look at the other materials available on this website as well. This website is maintained by Grand Lodge Education Committee and all material is intended for the use of Lodges and Masons throughout Nebraska.
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Masonic Ritual Is An Innovation
by Robert G. Davis
When the Worshipful Master is asked at his installation if he agrees that it is not in the power of man, or any body of men, to make innovations in the Body of Masonry, it is important to understand that this charge is intended for the preservation of the organizational structure of Freemasonry, and not its ritual ceremonies. More than one Grand Master or Custodian of the Work has attempted to apply this admonition to Masonic ritual itself. Yet a brief review of ritual development and its many forms across the landscape of Masonic jurisdictions will quickly show this question taken from the “Old Charges” has nothing to do with the ritualistic aspects of our fraternity. Our founders never intended that ritual ceremonies remain static. Prohibition to innovation does not apply to Masonic ritual as this is the single basis upon which all Light in Masonry is transmitted and revealed.
An Address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes UGLE
Brethren, it seems that we have been anticipating 2017 for longer than I care to remember and now we have arrived and I hope we have all been looking forward to our celebrations with great excitement and expectation. It is vital that these celebrations do not disappoint and, from what I have seen and heard so far and from what I know will be happening in the future, they most certainly will not disappoint.
From Freemasonry Today (UK)
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The Masonic Approach to Self-Development
by WB Phillip Hellier, Grand Lodge of Victoria, Australia
One of the objectives of Freemasonry…is to 'Provide opportunities for self development'. Self-development is the growth of the individual person's abilities by the individual himself. Such development can of course be greatly influenced by the people and organizations with which the individual relates. Learn more ...
Craft in Spirit Pilgrimage: A Journey Towards Light
by WB Julian Rees
After the prayer in the first degree, the aspirant is led round the temple by the Deason in a clockwise manner, past the Master in the East and halting at the Junior Warden and Senior Warden for an examination.
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The Landmarks of Masonry
THE "Ancient Landmarks" and "Landmarks of Masonry" are terms which appear throughout the literature of Masonry, and are the source of deep study by many Craftsmen who have devoted time, talent and genius to promote the best interests of our fraternity.
On the subject of "landmarks," as on the subjects of history and symbolism, there is a great diversity of opinion, both by Grand Lodges and by individuals, and the need of a comparison of ideas which are held by those who have made the subject a study was the cause which prompted us to compile this article.
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Missing the Mark: Why They Didn't Come Back
by The Craftsman
We know reasons many men do not become or remain active in Masonry. We know the average longevity of men who attend lodge is roughly 3-5 years. We know there’s many programs designed to improve retention and we know that in some lodges some retention programs work. We also know that not all lodges subscribe to or practice retention programs. We know these things to be true through studies, surveys and further substantiated by whatever weight we put on the anecdotal.
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The Book of Amos holds a distinguished place in Freemasonry. An excerpt is used during the ceremony of circumambulation during the Fellow Craft degree: “Thus he shewed (showed) me: and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand. And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them anymore” (Amos 7:7-8 KJV). In holding such a prominent place in the lives of all Masons, it would do well to take an opportunity to contemplate on this prophet of God and learn more about this book.
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