Presentation of a Past Master Jewel


                                                             ARTICLE NO. 51


                    PRESENTATION OF A PAST MASTER JEWEL


          Brother, it becomes my pleasure to present you with the
jewel which symbolizes the completion of your year as Master of
this Lodge.  This is a pretty jewel, and a somewhat expensive one,
but it is not to be put carefully away, to be brought out only for
exhibition on stated occasions.  It is far more than an ornament. 
It has a symbolism which may be known to you.  For one thing, it
symbolizes that you have stepped down from a high position to a
more important one.  Your duties may not be so numerous, but they
well may be more weighty, and it well may be that more time will be
required if you are to fill this new and more exalted position as
well as you have filled the lesser one you are leaving.

          You will note the Jewel pictures the 47th problem or
proposition of Euclid, greatest ancient geometricians and prominent
in the ritual and legendary history of Freemasonry.  This problem
is enunciated by Euclid in these words; "in any right-angle
triangle, the square which is described upon the side subtending
the right angle, is equal to the sum of the squares described upon
the sides which contain the right angle."  That is a little
abstruse for most of us, but may be sixth grade arithmetic to a
Past Master.  There are 48 propositions in the first Book of
Euclid, and all from the first up to the 47th are required in
proving the 48th.  You may need to brush up on your Euclid.

          When a Past Master is presented with his jewel, the
presumption is that he has mastered all the secrets of Freemasonry
symbolized by his jewel and is qualified to instruct others,
particularly in the noble science of Geometry.  I know of none who
has gone before you who could qualify, but I know of none who has
received this jewel before you who has been called upon to
demonstrate such proficiency.  Past Masters, however, should be
able and willing to instruct in the less abstruse phases of
Freemasonry, and that we shall expect of you.  A Past Master who is
not qualified and willing to teach; who does not hold himself ready
to, upon request, pass valuable instruction to his successor, does
not fulfil the symbolism of this jewel.  The jewel of a Past Master
is symbolic of what he should be and what his Brethren expect of
one who has passed the chair.  I am sure, and your Lodge is sure,
that you are more than worthy of this regard of service and will in
all ways live up to the symbolism which has been explained to you.

          May I offer my congratulations.

THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED BY V.W. BRO. NORMAN AMIRAULT OF ANNAPOLIS
ROYAL LODGE NO. 33, AND WAS DONATED TO THE BOARD OF MASONIC
EDUCATION BY BRO. AMIRAULT.