Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York Volume 97-99

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York Volume 97-99

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... rites of Masonic sepulture are a art. It bars no Mason from attending the funeral of a brother who is not burie with our services. On the contrary, unless the teachings of Masonry have been lost on its members, they ought to be more ready than others to honor the memorv of. one of their number by their individual presence athis funeral, and especiall in a case of this kind where it is known that the deceased especially desired t eir presence, although he did not desire to be buried with Masonic rites. " To you, and to others it appears, my decision that a rule forbids a. Lodge to appear on a funeral occasion, except for the performance of the burial rites, seems to have been prompted by the fear that the di nity ef the Fraternity would suiier if the Lodge was not accorded ' the lace, ' an the rule itself to be rooted in the phariseeism which says, ' Stand asi e, I am holier than thoul ' _ " Of this it is suf cient to say that the rule is older than any of the organizations of an imitative character that have' adopted forms of burial service of their; and it is difficult to see how an assumption of superiority over the poor publican of the comparison could be imputed to the pharisee at a time when the poor publican did not exist. " say: ' We have buried a number of brethren, at which times the other societies have joined with us with a fraternal feeling; but when the case was diiierent we could not reciprocate. Their charity is beyond ours.' "Herein, I imagine, although not upon its surface, lies the key to the had impression which you sav the matter has created against Masonry in your neighbor ood. If you will analyze more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 699g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236930967
  • 9781236930965