Let Him Enter


                                                             ARTICLE NO. 44



                               LET HIM ENTER


          The greatest day in one's life is not the day of your
election or appointment to some important office but your 21st
birthday when you were clothed with all the privileges and
responsibilities of citizenship.

          The greatest day in your Masonic life was not the day you
became Master of your Lodge or even the Grand Master but the day
you became a Mason, when you first heard those words "Let Him
Enter".

          Previously to that important moment a Petition had to be
signed and presented to the Lodge. then there was an Investigation,
and it was determined whether you measured up to our standards. 
There were 25 qualifications or more which you were required to
have, and you were found "worthy and well qualified".  Then you had
to pass the ballot.  Then you were "duly and truly prepared"; you
were "divested of all metallic substances"; you were neither naked
nor clothed, barefoot nor shod, etc.", and in that state you stood
at the outer door and gave three distinct knocks. The door was
opened and some questions were asked and answered, and then you
heard the momentous words of the Master, "Let Him Enter".  You
thought then that he meant that you were to enter the lodge room
and he meant that and he meant much more than that.  For you
entered something more than the Lodge room.  "Let Him Enter", what?

     1.   An organization with a tremendous tradition:
          reaching back into the dim and distant past; even to the
          builders of prehistoric times; to the beginning of the
          building art; when the right angle was a secret-the
          principles of the vertical, stresses, the keystone, the
          principles of mechanics, the level, plane, pulley; the
          beginnings of sculpture and design; to the days of the
          Tower of Babel, and Babylon-to Egypt, Tyre, Greece and
          Rome; to the Comacine Masters; to the Middle Ages; to the
          great builders of temples and tombs, the pyramids and the
          Parthenon, the bridges and stadia of ancient Rome, the
          churches and cathedrals of the bygone centures.

          To Freemasonry in its operative days belongs the credit
          for the wonderful cathedrals that stand for all time, and
          their beauty and grandeur; the great art of building and
          cultivation of the arts, of sculpture and design, and
          architecture and the fine arts.



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          Then we come to that important two hundred years, 1500-
          1700; and the period of transition from operative to
          speculative Freemasonry, and to that momentous year 1717
          when four lodges comprising about 100 members were formed
          into the first Grand Lodge.  More than 235 years have
          since elapsed, and today we have about 40,000 lodges,
          with over five million members.  That one Grand Lodge of
          England has grown into about 100 Grand Lodges and all
          over every part of the world, in every civilized nation,
          we find thousands of temples and lodge rooms, with many
          Homes, benevolent funds, elaborate and impressive
          degrees, a literature of great interest and a wonderful
          system of organization; a fraternity pledged to serve
          mankind.  How?

          Through countless homes and hospitals for the aged, the
          sick, the orphan and the friendless; through millions
          invested in benevolent funds.  The whole fraternal world
          is on fire with this vision of service of Masonry along
          similar lines.  Every jurisdiction now has its Funds of
          Benevolence or its Home for the aged, or both.  In the
          United States along there are 64 homes.  In Nova Scotia
          we have our splendid Home at Windsor.  The Royal Arch
          serves mankind and the Craft in a variety of ways,
          principally by scholarships and through orphanages.  The
          Knight Templar body in Canada and the United States has
          made education of the children its benevolent purpose. 
          In the United States loans are made to college students;
          in Canada the Order assists in the education of children
          of their deceased members and in a variety of ways
          through its Welfare fund.  The Scottish Rite has its
          funds to assist the welfare of mankind such as that
          established in the United States for research work in the
          vast field of mental diseases.  The Shrine Hospitals, 18
          of them for crippled children have brought health and
          happiness to tens of thousands of children regardless of
          class or creed or color.

          Masonry has been the inspiration of 1000 other fraternal
          orders; all inspired by the same vision of service; all
          a vast army serving mankind, all classes, creeds and
          races; leading them on to higher thoughts, nobler deeds,
          greater achievements; the greatest service organization
          devised by man next to the Church of God; a fraternity
          pledged to serve mankind.




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     2.   "Let Him Enter"

          A society of good fellowship - a band of brothers, among
          whom no contention should ever exist, except that noble
          contention, or rather emulation who best can work and
          best agree; bound together by the realization that we are
          all members of the same organization; bound to stand by
          one another; bound to speak no slander, nor listen to it. 
          Something altogether different from the world outside,
          where pomp and circumstance and external trappings count,
          where rivalries and bitterness exist, where ambition and
          greed and selfishness are the marks of some men's
          greatness - a real brotherhood and fellowship.  We are
          asked to shut out the world behind us and to enter a new
          world of men united by brotherly love and affection,
          where men have promised that their word is to be their
          bond, men who act by the plumb, who meet upon the level,
          who part upon the square; a chosen band of brothers who
          naturally seek each other's welfare equally with their
          own, who remember or should remember the five points of
          Fellowship.  You know them, foot to foot, knee to knee,
          hand to back, breast to breast, mouth to ear.  The inner
          circle where there is the sense of comradeship and
          fellowship, where we stand all for one and one for all;
          the greatest band of brothers the world has ever known.

     3.   "Let Him Enter"

          Enter what?  A school, intended and designed to make its
          votaries wiser and better.  How?  By teaching them to see
          and think, buy inculcating great lessons of life and
          faith and citizenship, such as Fortitude, Prudence,
          Temperance and Justice; Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth;
          Fidelity; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity; Faith, Hope and
          Charity.

          What lessons there are for us in the Rough and Perfect
          Ashlar or in the Living Stones built into that stately
          Temple of our citizenship, or that wonderful Temple of
          our Spiritual Building, whose twin pillars are the
          Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God.

     4.   "Let Him Enter"  What?

          A holy sanctuary; the beginning of a series of
          ceremonies, rich with meaning-meanings interpreted to the
          initiate centures ago; old before the Christian era  


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          began; the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, of Asia Minor,
          Persia, Greece and Rome; the faith of Israel; the
          doctrines of Buddha; the teachings of Christ; everything
          is permeated by the sublime principles of all faiths and
          all civilizations.  Freemasonry today is "the heir of all
          the ages in the foremost files of time".  The man who
          enters this sanctuary and misses the spiritual meaning of
          it all, has lost most of its tremendous meaning.

          Masonry like other orders, presents its drama, its
          pageant, its wealth of display, its ceremony and dignity,
          and few, if any, other orders out rival Freemasonry in
          these respects; but Freemasonry goes one step further -
          it interprets these ceremonies to the initiate and
          explains their meaning and symbolism, and most of us are
          satisfied with the meanings given us.  But Freemasonry
          goes still one step further than that; it gives you a
          hint here and there, that you are to seek for still other
          meanings, for more light - further light; you are told of
          a Lost Word and the hope is held out that the wisdom of
          future generations may discover and bring to light this
          Lost Word; in other words you are to study, and meditate
          upon these things, and seek until you find the great
          riches hidden behind and beneath the symbolism placed
          before you.

          Let me illustrate:

          Take the Apron - first of all it is a badge.

          Then we are told it is an emblem of innocence, that its
          whiteness is an emblem of purity of life and rectitude of
          conduct.

          But behind all this there is something more; for have you
          ever realized that for every Mason made, a lamb must be
          slain?

          And what does that suggest to you?  Who, but the Lamb of
          God in whose blood we shall all be washed and made whiter
          than snow?  No wonder the apron is the badge of a Mason.

          Freemasonry is the greatest treasure house of hidden
wealth found anywhere in modern life.






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          Such are the privileges of Freemasonry; social,
benevolent, intellectual, spiritual, and historical.  But
privileges imply obligations, and obligations imply duties; - to
God, to the Order, to our neighbour, to ourselves.

          Many enter Freemasonry and take the obligations and then
forget them.  I won't attempt to set them down; you know them, they
are familiar words; to ourselves - "To circumscribe our desires,
etc."  "To avoid all intemperance and excess."

          Brethren, if Masonry is not to become a meaningless
series of rites and ceremonies, a school of hollow platitudes, a
society for selfish ambitions, an empty sham, then the obligations
we assumed at that altar must materialize into action, for the good
of others, for the community in which we live, for the order we all
love, for the empire to which we bear allegiance, for God whom we
all profess to serve.  Masonry must be made to mean something in
our lives and in the lives of others, our homes, our neighbours,
and the community in which we live.  No flashy emblems will then be
needed on our necktie, our fingers, or our motor car radiators; but
our Freemasonry will be evident to all; our Order will be still
greater than all others, and the world will know our Order as a
band of men, with the Divine Light flooding their souls and their
lives; a light unto their feet, leading them to higher thoughts,
nobler deeds, and greater achievements, radiating the same light
out in the service of others, to God and our fellowmen.  And we
shall be in the words of Tennyson,

               "A goodly company, the flower of men
               To serve as model for the Mighty world
               And be the fair beginning of a time.
               I made them lay their hands in mine and swear
               To reverence their King as if he were their
                    Conscience
               And their conscience as their King.

               The world needs many men today;
               Red-blooded men along life's way,
               With cheerful smiles and helping hands,
               And with the faith that understands
               The beauty of the simple deed,
               Which serves another's hour of need.

               Strong men to stand beside the weak,
               Kind men to hear what others speak,
               True men to keep our country's laws
               And guard its honour and its cause;
               Men who will bravely play life's game
               Nor ask reward of gold or fame.

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               He has not served who gathers gold,
               Nor has he served whose life is told
               In selfish battles he has won,
               Or deeds or skill that he has done;
               But he has served who now and then
               Has helped along his fellowmen."



THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED BY M.W. BRO. R.V. HARRIS, PGM, GRAND LODGE
OF NOVA SCOTIA, AND WAS DONATED TO THE BOARD OF MASONIC EDUCATION
BY BRO. G. VICKERS, PGS, GRAND LODGE OF NOVA SCOTIA.