The Spirit of Freemasonry


                                                       ARTICLE NO.3

                           THE SPIRIT OF MASONRY  

      
     IT PREACHES THE GOSPEL of brotherly love and affection for all
          mankind   
     
     IT BRINGS UNTO US the lessons of faith, of hope, and of
          charity

     IT REVEALS UNTO US the light wherein we see the divine plan of
          the Great Artificer of the Universe

     IT BREAKS OFF the corners of rough stone, the better to fit
          them for the builder's use

     IT FITS OUR MINDS as living stones for that Spiritual
          Building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the
          heavens 

     IT BRINGS INTO OUR HEARTS the secret of the lost word.  The
          only secret there is in Masonry, the secret that comes to
          man through his own soul when in meekness and humility he
          kneels before God

     IT TEACHES US ALWAYS the lesson of the ages, that we are born
          to die, that all things earthly pass away, and our souls
          alone keep step with the march of eternity 

     IT REVEALS UNTO US THE TRUTH that man must meet death to find
          life

     IT PROCLAIMS UNTO US forever the message of our Patron, St.
          John the Evangelist, who tells us; " I am the
          resurrection and the life, saith the Lord, He that
          believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live,
          and whosever livith and believeth in me, shall never
          die." 

     THIS MY BROTHERS IS THE SPIRIT OF FREE MASONRY, and upon this
          auspicious occasion let us not mourn our departed
          brother, but rather let us rejoice and give thanks.  In
          every age, from time immemorial, men have knelt before
          the altars of Freemasonry and have found faith in the
          immortality of the soul - Faith which gladdens our hearts
          with the knowledge our departed brother,
          Brother............. has found eternal membership in the
          Celestial Lodge above.


     THIS PAPER WHICH HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR USE AT MASONIC FUNERAL
     SERVICES WAS DONATED TO THE BOARD OF MASONIC EDUCATION BY    
     WILFRED YOUNG