Archive for April 2, 2008
TEN Master Masons, happy, doing fine;
One listened to a rumor, then there were nine.
NINE Master Masons, faithful, never late;
One didn’t like the “Master,” then there were eight.
EIGHT Master Masons, on their way to heaven;
One joined too many clubs, then there were seven.
SEVEN Master Masons, life dealt some hard licks;
One grew discouraged, then there were six.
SIX Master Masons, all very much alive;
One lost his interest, then there were five.
FIVE Master Masons, wishing there were more;
Got into a great dispute, then there were four.
FOUR Master Masons, busy as could be;
One didn’t like the programs, then there were three.
THREE Master Masons, was one of them you?
One grew tired of all the work, then there were two.
TWO Master Masons with so much to be done;
One said “What’s the use,” then there was one.
ONE Master Mason, found a brother — true!
Brought him to the Lodge, then there were TWO.
TWO Master Masons didn’t find work a bore;
Each brought another, then there were FOUR.
FOUR Master Masons saved their Lodge’s fate;
By showing others kindness, then there were EIGHT.
EIGHT Master Masons, loving their Lodges bright sheen;
Talked so much about it, they soon counted SIXTEEN.
SIXTEEN Master Masons, to their obligations true;
Were pleased when their number went to THIRTY-TWO.
So we can’t put our troubles at the Lodge’s door;
It’s our fault for harming the Lodge we adore.
Don’t fuss about the programs or the “Master” in the East;
Keep your obligation by serving even the very least.
GRAND LODGE OF ALABAMA, F&AM P.O. Box 6195 Montgomery, AL 36106-0195. Phone (334) 272-8961. Web: www.alagl.org
GRAND LODGE OF ALASKA, F&AM P.O. Box 190668 Anchorage, AK 99519-0668. Phone (907) 561-1477. Web: www.alaska-mason.org
GRAND LODGE OF ARIZONA, F&AM Masonic Temple 345 West Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ 85003-1684. Phone: (602) 252-1924. Web: www.azmasons.org
GRAND LODGE OF ARKANSAS, F&AM Albert Pike Memorial Temple 700 Scott St., Little Rock, AR 72201. Phone: (501) 374-6408. Web: www.arkmason.org
GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA, F&AM California Masonic Memorial Temple 1111 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108-2284. Phone: (415) 776-7000. Web: www.freemason.org
GRAND LODGE OF COLORADO, F&AM 1130 Panorama Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Phone: (800) 482-4441 or (719) 471-9587. Web: www.coloradomasons.org
GRAND LODGE OF CONNECTICUT, AF&AM P.O. Box 250, Wallingford, CT 06492. Phone: (203) 284-3900. Web: www.grandlodgeofconnecticut.org
GRAND LODGE OF DELAWARE, AF&AM 818 Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801-3077. Phone: (302) 652-4614. Web: www.masonsindelaware.org
GRAND LODGE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, F&AM 5428 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Washington, DC 20016-2524. Phone (202) 686-1811. Web: http://dcgrandlodge.org
GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA, F&AM P.O. Box 1020 Jacksonville, FL 32201. Phone: (904) 354-2339. Web: www.glflamason.org
GRAND LODGE OF GEORGIA, F&AM P.O. Box 4665, Macon, GA 31208-4665; 811 Mulberry St., Macon, GA. Phone: (912) 742-1475. Web: www.glofga.org
GRAND LODGE OF HAWAII Honolulu Masonic Temple, 1227 Makiki St., Honolulu, HI 96814. Phone ( 808 ) 949-7809. Web: www.grandlodges.net
GRAND LODGE OF IDAHO, F&AM 219 North 17th St., Boise, ID 83702-5187. Phone: ( 208 ) 343-4562. Web: www.idahoaf.am
GRAND LODGE OF ILLINOIS, AF&AM P.O. Box 4147 Springfield, IL 62708; 2866 Via Verde St. Springfield, IL. Phone: (217) 529-8900. Web: www.ilmason.org
GRAND LODGE OF INDIANA, F&AM P.O. Box 44210, Indianapolis, IN 46244-0210; Masonic Temple 525 North Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN. Phone: (317) 634-7904. Web: www.indianamasons.org
GRAND LODGE OF IOWA, AF&AM P.O. Box 279 Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0279; 813 First Ave. SE Cedar Rapids, IA. Phone: (319) 365-1438. Web: www.gl-iowa.org
GRAND LODGE OF KANSAS, AF&AM P.O. Box 1217 Topeka, KS 66601; 320 SW Eighth Street, Topeka, KS. Phone: (913) 234-5518. Web: http://gl-ks.org
GRAND LODGE OF KENTUCKY, F&AM 300 Masonic Home Drive, Masonic Home, Louisville, KY 40041. Phone: (502) 893-0192. Web: www.mastermason.com/glky/
GRAND LODGE OF LOUISIANA, F&AM P.O. Box 12357 Alexandria, LA 71315-2357; 5800 Masonic Drive, Alexandria, LA. Phone: (504) 523-4382 or ( 318 ) 443-5610. Web: www.la-mason.com/gl.htm
GRAND LODGE OF MAINE, AF&AM P.O. Box 15058 Portland, ME 04112-5058; 415 Congress St., Portland, ME. Phone (207) 773-5184. Web: www.mainemason.org
GRAND LODGE OF MARYLAND, AF&AM Freemasons Hall, 304 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030. Phone: ( 410 ) 527-0600. Web: www.mdmasons.org/gl/main1.htm
GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS AF&AM 186 Tremont Street, BOston, MA 02111. Phone: (617) 426-6040. Web: www.glmasons-mass.org
GRAND LODGE OF MICHIGAN, F&AM Masonic Temple 233 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3270; Phone: (616) 459-2451. Web: www.gl-mi.org
(to be continued)
GREAT ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE
Show us how to take our lives in their rude and natural state
And dress , square, and polish them
So that we might become disciplined and educated.
Keep us everlastingly at the task of self mastery.
Enable us to uncover the Perfect Ashlar within us
By removing the superfluous material
Which encrusts our lives
And teach us how best to perfect our spiritual edifice
MAY I be no man’s enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides.
May I never quarrel with those nearest me; and if I do may I be reconciled quickly.
May I never devise evil against any man.
May I love, seek and attain only that which is happiness and envy none.
May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me.
When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself .
May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never angry with people because of circumstances.
May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow their footsteps.