Archive for April 12, 2008
RULER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH,
WE MOST REVERENTLY INVOKE THY BLESSING
in these troubled times.
All about us we see evidences of men
abandoning the basic Faith of their Fathers;
We see new gods placed in the temples of everyday life;
We see a discarding of the moral principles
that have proven their worth throughout the ages.
About us and everywhere
we see people living in fear,
shackled with tension
and cringing from frayed nerves.
THY children are seeking
for peace of mind and serenity of soul,
but find neither in the market place,
the palaces of pleasure, or the ways of godliness.
Grant that all men may again plant in their hearts
the Cardinal Virtues of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
May men everywhere follow the precepts of Freemasonry
and have the strength, the courage
and the strength to do THY Divine Will;
to meet upon the Level of equality,
to live by the Plumb-line of virtue,
and act always on the square.
Grant, Oh GOD,
that liberty and equal opportunity
may exist in all lands
and that the dignity of the individual
be recognized everywhere.
May the Temples of Freemasonry
throughout the world ever be open
to give unto all men the spiritual strength
to meet the vital problems of the hour,
to the betterment of all men
and the glory of Thy HOLY NAME.
Thou who understandest
our thoughts afar off,
knowest that individual Freemasons
belong to various creeds,
yet each and every one believes in THEE;
that all believe in the Fatherhood of God
and the Brotherhood of Man;
that THOU Holy Script
is the rule and guide of their conduct;
that though Masons hold various political beliefs,
yet they believe in equal treatment for all before the law,
and THOU knowest that
these fundamental beliefs make for complete Harmony.
Inspire us, therefore, Gracious Father,
to instill these gentle precepts of Freemasonry
in the hearts of all men,
so that Brotherly Love
may prevail throughout the World.
Cast the Light of THY Wisdom
on our labors in the quarries of the Craft,
that we may better shape
the stones of Faith, Hope and Charity
for the erection of that house
not made with hands, Eternal in the Heavens.
SO MOTE IT BE.
GREAT ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE
TEACH US the benefits of living
So as to cause our lives to be as pure and spotless
As was the first Masonic apron presented to us.
MAKE US careful about our reputation
As individual Masons
And as a Fraternity.
REMIND US of the blessings
Which flow from purity of heart
And blamelessness of conduct
In a world where scandal seems to be the rule
Rather than the exception.
GUIDE US on our way as we journey from this place
And STRENGTHEN US to make purity of life
And rectitude of conduct