Senior Warden’s Message – May 2022

In thinking what to write about this month I keep coming back to our May Stated Meeting and the discussion that took place. While I can’t divulge the details of the discussion, I can say that it had a very big impact on me and the way I think about Freemasonry, my Lodge and my Brethren within it. I will be the first to admit I am sometimes guilty of being a bit stubborn and set in my ways. However, I am, hopefully, becoming more open to change and new ideas and looking at Masonry through fresh and younger eyes. That said, one topic I would like to address is Free Will and Accord. The following is directly from the Entered Apprentice Education book on the Grand Lodge of California website.

‘Every candidate for Freemasonry must first prepare himself in heart and mind for the ceremonies which will follow. The rites of Freemasonry are of a serious nature, dignified in their presentation and intended to obligate him to lead a better life. The candidate must approach Freemasonry’s door acknowledging his need to learn more and his willingness to place himself in the care of men whom he has asked to be his Brothers. His approach must be of his own free will and accord, unpressured by others. Otherwise, he may lack the zeal required for a lifetime commitment to Freemasonry.’

It’s a thin line we, as Master Masons and Officers of the Lodge, must tread as we help our Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts progress through the degrees of Masonry. We want to strongly encourage without pressuring. And while there is a lot to learn during one’s time as an EA and FC, it should be remembered that the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degrees are but stepping stones in the Masonic journey towards the Master Mason degree. We are here to help, but it is ultimately you, the candidate, that decides the pace of your study and progress.